GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It all started September 8, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After 9 days the electricity came back on at 2:30 PM and then went off again--it came back on at 6:30 PM and, so far, so good though I did have a problem getting back on the Internet--not wanting to push my luck I am signing off!!! :O) <BR> <BR> OMG!!! I have 999+emails to read and or respond to---NO WAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> Excuse me for not responding to your posts and or comments and/or notif... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:49:52 EST Hurricane Irma Part 2A It's here Hurricane Irma 2A <BR> <BR> Just before the rains started <BR> <BR><BR>du8 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 minutes later <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>PrE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Right now it is a question of how long before the electricity goes out!! Miami already has 40,000 outages while Fort Lauderdale 6,000. <BR> <BR> I have made a few vidieos—including my first one with the camera but wan... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 17:28:04 EST Hurricane Irma 1--calm before the storm <BR> Calm before the storm? <BR> <BR><BR>vNI <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry about all the noise in the background. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and make a video every day around 5 PM from the walkway outside my door to show IF there are any changes over the next few days. We have 5 trees and 3 buildings surrounding my backyard. <BR> <BR> First time I can recall all 3 movie houses are closed. <BR> <BR> Right now ‘they’ are saying it will hit the... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:24:02 EST Hurricane Irma report <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been getting a lot of emails and PMs so what I think I will do is take a picture every day at 6 PM to show you what's going on and then bring you up to date. (Might even try a video IF it hits!) <BR> So far today has been a beautiful day with plenty of sun, no rain. <BR> Was able to get gas without a problem, did my usual Thursday going to Dollar Tree, Winn Dixie--all were not a problem... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 21:03:57 EST NY Marina Deli in Fort Lauderdale--restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I use to come here when the original owner ran it and a couple of times after he died and his wife took over. The last I heard it had closed but it seems she just sold it to new owners. I became aware it was still open after seeing a coupon in a coupon book. <BR> <BR> I go every Thursday to this shopping center so we decided to give it a try and was pleased to see it was basica... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:45:48 EST What was cheap yesterday is expensive today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> New York magazine July 10-23 <BR> <BR><BR>heap-eats-nyc-2017.html <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As soon as I saw this article I was transported back to New York City in the 1960s and buying a book about eating in New York for $5 and under and working my way through the book. <BR> <BR> One restaurant I definitely went to even before th... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 11:32:57 EST August 2017 Fort Lauderdale My Life <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:09:35 EST "Ingrid Goes West"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just as I won’t stop reading a book no matter how bad it may be I find it almost impossible to walk out of a movie theatre until the end credits start. I watched “Ingrid Goes West” for 90 boring, never-ending, slow dragging minutes wanting to walk out though I was sort of taken with Aubrey Plaza’s performance in the title role but the last 7 minutes made me glad I stayed as not only did her... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:33:24 EST "Good Time"---a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are times when I wonder if the critics saw the same movie as I did such as the one I saw this afternoon, “Good Time”. This movie has an 83% (out of 100%) rating and there are many 4-5 star reviews and except for watching Robert Pattinson after the first 5 minutes of dying his hair bright blonde I couldn’t find any redeeming features. Yes it is interesting to see how far he has come, in... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:18:35 EST Helping others--living alone--an excuse to eat? A lot has happened in the past 5 days and finally got a little relief today. <BR> Allen had a stroke in his left leg and fell on the floor in the kitchen and had to crawl to his bedroom to get his phone and call 911--previously, the past 3 weeks he lost sight in his right eye. <BR> I lost count of how many doctors he went to who sent him to another! <BR> He had an MRI of the brain than of the body plus all amounts of blood extracted. <BR> One doctor said he had a blood clot in his brain--anot... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:50:57 EST "Logan Lucky"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> Is it me? Have I seen too many movies, including all the classics, since I started going to the movies, at least once a week, for 75 years? Yes, I am old and I do use the closed caption hearing when watching television though my NET doctor says all is okay. I have no problem when talking with people but I have problems understanding movie talk, especially when they use accents. <BR> Having had a r... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:39:31 EST Tequila Sunrise--Fort Lauderdale--Restauarnt review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allen, Anthony and I went for lunch here as I had a groupon. I have been coming here for close to twenty years as when I moved to Gateway the mother of the owner of the restaurant lived here and mentioned it. I would go 2-3 times a month as I liked their fajitas but it had been a year or so since I was here last. <BR> <BR> The 2 male servers were excellent getting our drinks rig... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:14:22 EST "Wind River"--movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Choosing between "Wind River", "Logan Lucky", "Hitman's Bodyguard", "Landline" or "The Only Living Boy in New York" I chose "Wind River" which was a huge mistake! <BR> <BR> "Wind River" opens with the death of a young Native American teenage girl running barefoot in the snow on a Wyoming Indian reservation. From that opening, it is as if the violence never ends with wolves being killed, lio... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:24:00 EST Olive Garden Restaurant--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't go to the Olive Garden for an Italian meal as we have too many real Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for the true experience. The Olive Garden is a wanna be Italian restaurant with real Italian names for their food items but that is as far as it goes. I have yet to taste a sauce there that isn't just bland, tasteless. <BR> <BR> I had a $35 gift card plus a $5 off ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:56 EST Day or night I love living here! 3/4 moon August 6 2017 <BR> <BR><BR>T9k <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A full moon August 7 2017 <BR> <BR><BR>Nks <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last garden at Gateway August 13, 2017 <BR> <BR><BR>6Lw <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A walk along my backyard August 13, 2017 <BR> <BR> https://ww... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:50:29 EST "From the Land of the Moon"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sadly what can you do when an Oscar winning, deservedly, actress works with a screenplay, actors, a director and even a music score that works against her? <BR> <BR> “From the Land of the Moon” as a title makes even less sense than the movie, which took 2 screenwriters to adapt from a novel. <BR> <BR> Marion Cotillard can either be crazy or a nymphomaniac or a crazy nymphomaniac or neither... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:56:42 EST "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> While there is a pre-sold audience of millions for this movie those who DON’T believe in global warming and/or climate change are the ones who should be seeing “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”. <BR> <BR> Ten years ago Al Gore won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” showing what was happening in the world and, without pointing fingers; many said it wasn’t true, it was just nat... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:17:44 EST Does that mean I can eat all the carrot cake I want? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every 4 months I go in for a thorough blood and urine work up as I have many ‘problems’ ranging from Periphery Artery Disease (PAD) affecting my legs, Arterial Fibration (AFib), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, an aorta valve replacement, pre-diabetic, etc., etc., along with the fact that I take 15 meds and 2 vitamin supplements. <BR... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:36:42 EST "Detroit"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Detroit” is a very violent movie and should be seen more by white people than black people. As a gay activist I’ve been involved with some police actions such as tear gas, being hit by police batons, being thrown in ‘wagons’ and taken to jail but what this film shows is the sheer brutality of police let loose. <BR> <BR> I was not really aware of this Detroit story as I was moving my life t... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:07:37 EST I got my 2018 New Year's present now! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune "Two for the Road" at the Parker Playhouse January 19, 2018 <BR> She is 84--he is 78 and who knows when/if we'll get a chance to see either again. I love the Parker Playhouse and even in the last row the acoustics and sightlines are perfect--the tickets range from $43-$173 --okay I wanted to get the $173 but Allen and Anthony outvoted me so we got the $58 w... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 11:07:35 EST "Kidnap"--a movi9e review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a women’s week of movies starting last Friday with a fine performance by Florence Pugh in “Lady Macbeth” followed by a full out action movie with Charlize Theron, “Atomic Blonde”, then Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot in “The Midwife” and the opening today of Halle Berry in “Kidnap”. (And let’s not forget the week before with the hilarious “Girls Trip”!) <BR> <BR> In “Kidnap” Ha... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 18:45:44 EST "The Midwife (Sage Femme) a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Seems I have been on a movie binge this week--better than a food binge, I guess! ) <BR> <BR> To see two fine performances, matched by a supporting cast, in itself makes a movie worth seeing and “The Midwife” fits that category which also has a warm, witty screenplay by Martin Provost who also directed. <BR> <BR> Beatrice (Catherine Deneuve) is the complete opposite of Claire (Catherine Fr... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:34:29 EST July 2017 Diary Part 2 Mother Nature, Gateway changes, carrot cake cookies and me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (July 2017 Selfie 'kid') <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> July went by too fast. I had Allen’s car for 10 days, discovered a new type of carrot cake in the form of cookies, a friend gave me a carrot cake (and he sneaked a piece of it first!) and trees are in bloom everywhere. <BR> <BR> July 2017 was also the hottest on record for Fort Lauderdale and I love it. <BR> <BR> The new owners of Gatew... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:02:36 EST "Atomic Blonde"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the 1940s and 1950s, in my teens, I thought Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth were two of the most beautiful women in the world and in the 1990s Charlize Theron took over that title. She also added one of the best actresses in “Monster”, at which time I swore if she didn’t win the Oscar I would never go to movies again (Whew! She did!), along with “Mad Max: Fury Road”. In her television ad fo... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:48:45 EST July 2017 Diary Part 1 Movies, restaurants and me It’s been a busy and good July for me including an excellent health report. Discovered a new great restaurant that I have been back to already called Nabu. It is an American Fusion Buffet and Sushi restaurant. I also returned to a couple of favorites of mine: The Cheesecake Factory and Padrino’s. <BR> <BR> And, yes, I did some home cooking and eating which is what I do mostly—eat at home in order to maintain my weight. <BR> <BR> Saw 7 movies with one, “The Big Sick” so far the best film of ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:00:17 EST "Lady Macbeth"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Possibly because she has been in the news recently or the way the lead is dressed and the house is furnished, whatever, Florence Pugh in “Lady Macbeth” kept reminding me of Olivia DeHaviland in “The Heiress”, who plays Catherine, which isn’t a bad comparison for Pugh. <BR> <BR> Florence Pugh plays Katherine, (with a K), a 17 year old virginal girl who has been basically ‘purchased’ with a ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:26:12 EST "Girls Trip"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> “Girls Trip” is rated R, justifiably, for “crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity and drug material”. After 30 minutes, watching that women can be as stupid, crass and vulgar as men, I was ready to walk BUT I am so glad I didn’t! <BR> There is one of the funniest scenes I have seen in a comedy in decades and without giving too much away it involves Tiffany Ha... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:10:39 EST Nabu American Fusion Buffet & Sushi--a review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Nabu American Fusion Buffet would be a 5 star restaurant if it wasn't for some minor glitches, that could/should be fixed, noticed by someone in the business. <BR> To start the staff greets you at the door , you are quickly seated, you order your drinks and off you go. <BR> I didn't count how many different items are offered by the cover the range from various fresh salads, hot soups, 3... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:55:30 EST The Classic Gateway Movie Theatre--yesterday & today When I first experimented taking videos among the first three I took were in 2012 of the Gateway movie theatre. It has been my favorite movie house to go to since I moved back to Fort Lauderdale in 1979. When I lived in Miami Beach in the 1960s we use to drive up to what was known as 'the country'--Fort Lauderdale. We would always wind up going to the Gateway for a movie after a day on the beach and then dinner at one of the few restaurant choices available then. <BR> <BR> If a movie is play... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:10:24 EST "Dunkirk"--Oscar worthy?--my review <img src=""> <BR> “Wings” won the first Best Picture Oscar in 1929 and since then 16 other war movies have been honored with that award. I have never been a fan of the genre, in fact missed seeing “Braveheart” and the 3 war themed movies that Clint Eastward made plus skipping the Oscar winning “The Hurt Locker” so I approached “Dunkirk’ skeptically hearing excellent word of month. <BR> Christopher Nolan is a better... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:14:55 EST Starting my 10th year today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started on my 12 birthday—my 3rd Leap Year birthday—in 1948. I thought it made me look more sophisticated, debonair and grown up. 48 years later, on July 21, 2008, I was being lead into the operating room to have an aorta valve replacement. <BR> <BR> I started off smoking 2-3 cigarettes a day and at the age of 16 when I was going to the bars I was up to a pack a day. While in the Marines ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:32:47 EST Indian Harbor Restaurant--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went into the restaurant for lunch knowing little of Indian food except curries and I left knowing even less. Reading a couple of reviews here, and on a local site, I thought ordering the buffet would give me a selection of different tastes. It did but I have no idea what I tasted. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There were three people working in the dining room. I am not sure what the 'titles' o... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:57:10 EST "Catfish Dewey's--a restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been going to Catfish Dewey's for over 15 years but it had been awhile since I was there last. Robert wanted some catfish so there wasn't any decision except to go there. I've always loved their all you can steamed shrimp so that's what I ordered. The price of $20.50 is a 'little' higher then it was 15 years ago but it is still good. The all you can eat fried catfish has also gone up ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:39:53 EST "the Little Hours"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you think nuns using the 'f' word is funny? Do you think virgin nuns trying to seduce a supposedly deaf mute young hunky guy is funny? Do you think an orgy of 3 nuns and a man is satire and funny? Do you think that showing women in full frontal nudity but only showing the chest of a man having all kinds of sex is okay? If so then "The Little Hours" is meant for you. <BR> <BR> In the past... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:31:13 EST "Maudie"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking out of “Maudie” I felt the same way I did after seeing “Monster” when I said that IF Charlize Theron didn’t win an Oscar for her transformation, and acting, then I would never go to the movies again. Whew! She did. I am saying almost the same thing about Sally Hawkins playing the title role in this film. Her transformation into Maud, and her acting, draws you into the film to such a ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:08:15 EST Bring it on! I LOVE the summer!! <BR> <BR> I don’t care if it is in the 90s and so is the humidity. I don’t care if my glasses fog up when I walk out the door and the sweat starts making the shirt cling to the body. <BR> <BR> Why should I care when: <BR> <BR> A friend gives me a carrot cake—even if he did sneak a slice! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allen goes on vacation and I get his car which I hav... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:33:28 EST "The Big Sick"--Best movie of the year so far BUT... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The Big Sick” is an excellent movie with only 3 negatives, two really minor and another, in my opinion, major but I got over it! <BR> <BR> The movie is being sold as a romantic comedy, which two thirds of it is, but a major third is the drama and all are in equal parts. With Kumail Nanjiani, who I am familiar with from the HBO show “Silicon Valley”, starring and Judd Apatow producing I exp... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 18:30:21 EST Where did you ever get the idea I like to eat out? <BR> Book Café & "Newsies" Restaurant <BR> <BR><BR>gIE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Melt Restaurant <BR> <BR><BR>4to <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner by the Sea <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>3fQ <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:03:07 EST "The Beguiled"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of the 60 plus movies that Nicole Kidman has made I have seen at least 30 and she is always good, many times rising above the material given her to work with. Of the 6 movies Sofia Coppola has made I have seen 3 and have no desire to see any more by her. <BR> <BR> In “The Beguiled” Kidman once again rises above the material while only Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst equal her. Oh yes the pl... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:39:57 EST Maria fixed it all! At the age of 81 my brain--yes, I do have one--is filled with so much information and so many irrelevant facts along with bits and pieces of memories not forget important information like names, faces, places, grammar, math and so on I forgive myself when I, occasionally forget something, especially to forgetting how to do something right! <BR> <BR> Last week I posted a video that people said they couldn't see and I went crazy(ier?) trying to see what I had done wrong and how I could fix it ... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 10:39:36 EST Anytime of the year it is beautiful here---and so am I! :O) <BR> 360 degrees on my walkway (February) <BR> <BR><BR>Bnw <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a change—me (January +) <BR> <BR><BR>TCc <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> another 360 degrees on my walkway (September) <BR> <BR><BR>MAA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 13:01:59 EST June 2017--Sigh! Someone has to live my life! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>Wcs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s </link> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:45:44 EST Living along the water In my backyard <BR> <BR><BR>SyA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Audacity (sold shortly after I took this.) <BR> <BR><BR>6jE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Point--this one is a little loud just before I learned how to shoot without the background noise! <BR> <BR><BR>bBY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I took these in January... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:51:51 EST Nothing left on my 'bucket list'? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the first time you heard/used the term bucket list? It seems everywhere you turn someone is mentioning and/or talking about their bucket list. I decided to make up one for myself and after 3 hours looking at a blank sheet of paper and my mind racing all over the place I discovered I don’t have a bucket list, that I have done everything I wanted to and whatever I would put on ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:33:52 EST El Guanaco a restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have never, that I know of, had Salvadoran food so when I saw a groupon for this restaurant I decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> The servers were busy and without hesitation the busboy sat us, gave us menus, took our drink order and brought them. We were served chips and salsa at which time the server came over. <BR> <BR> If I had been in the mood for Mexican I would have tried one of t... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:09:45 EST "The Hero"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sam Elliot is one of those very rare actors who can make a bad role and/or movie better just because he is doing a role and he does it effortlessly! He is very seldom the star of a movie but whatever star is playing opposite in a scene is forgotten as your eyes will go to him. Tall, lean, with a silver mane any old man would envy plus a mustache that falls in love with women (see the movie!... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:43:51 EST The Tower of Changing Lights Will I ever make a GOOD video?? <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>jBg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I keep on trying!! LOL Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:10:21 EST Do you follow the 'rules' in eating chocolate? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you do all this BEFORE you eat your chocolate bar or do you just rip off the wrapper and gobble it down (like I do)?? <BR> <BR> Years ago Terry got me to try it the 'right' way--lasted for one square of chocolate! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:16:11 EST The Boys Night Out! A pre-theatre dinner and an opening night <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>9EQ <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:33:17 EST "Beatriz At Dinner"--movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Donald Trump doesn't star in "Beatriz At Dinner" though in every way, except physically, John Lithgrow is him with the name Doug Strutt. Strutt is a billionaire owner of luxury hotels, and golf courses, around the world among other buildings, who will ask Beatriz (Salma Hayek), after mistaking her for 'help' to get him a drink, who is corrected and proceeds to ask Beatriz if she is in this ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:52:32 EST