GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "Lady Bird"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I base whether I like a movie or not on: 1) if I would like to see it again 2) the acting 3) if the story gets me involved with the characters and 4) if I get emotionally involved to the point of tears and/or laughter. <BR> <BR> “Lady Bird” is not a movie I would want to see again yet the acting was topnotch. On the other hand there were only moments of the 1 hour and 33 minutes of th... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:26:03 EST "Murder on the Orient Express"--movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When was the last time you saw a remake that was better than the original? Long time, if ever, right? “Murder on the Orient Express”, which opened last week, is a remake of the same film, based on Agatha Christie’s book, that was made in 1974 and directed by Sidney Lumet. This new rendition is directed by Kenneth Branagh who also stars in the film along with his elaborate mustache. <BR> <B... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:42:58 EST Q-BAR Burgers & Blues--restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been eating at the Sage restaurant for years and the last couple of years I noticed, and read, that they had added a place next door called Q-Bar Burger and Blues. Someone told me they did a lunch special of a burger, fries and soda for $10 and just like last week I saw a Groupon for it so I decided to give it a try--my mistake and I should have gone into the Sage instead. <BR> ... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:23:33 EST "Lucky"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lucky is, as his doctor tells him, “You’re old and getting older”. At one of his many routine stops around town, at the diner where he has coffee with lots of sugar and milk and works the crossword puzzle he is told by the owner, about Lucky’s smoking, “Those things are going to kill you” to which he respond’s “If they could’ve they would’ve.” <BR> Lucky is a 90 year old man who has never b... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:35:44 EST Another part of my world! Holiday Park <BR> <BR><BR>9bI <BR> <BR> This is but a small part of Holiday Park which also has a gym, a children's playground, a stable for police horses, a baseball field in addition to a soccer and a separate football field, a dog's park, the Parker Playhouse, the Memorial Auditorium, Chris Evert Tennis courts, etc. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pVgn9bI </link> Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:04:20 EST "Love Never Ends"--a musical theatre review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In January 2018 “The Phantom of the Opera” will start its 30th year playing to sold out crowds on Broadway and in February 2018 it will celebrate its 27th year as the opening show for the debut of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Last night the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera”, called “Love Never Dies”, had its performance for the first time in South Florida at the same ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 06:15:05 EST "Wonderstruck"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> "Wonderstruck" is a movie for thinking people. Though it isn't necessary to take notes during the first ninety minutes it would help when the puzzle is put together in the last twenty-five minutes. <BR> <BR> We are following the story of 2 children opening when 10-11-year-old Ben is struck deaf by lightning and the loss of his mother, never having known his father. His story takes place in the la... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 18:28:44 EST A beautiful day to a full moon A Day in Fort Lauderdale Part 1 <BR> <BR><BR>Vm0 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Day in Fort Lauderdale Part 2 <BR> <BR><BR>s_c <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> An hour later almost sunset <BR> <BR><BR>Soc <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 PM A full moon—see last shot <BR> <BR><BR>oMg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:00:04 EST "Tom of Finland"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Touko Laaksonen—more famously and widely known as Tom of Finland—was an important influence on Gay art from the 1950s on. He was the creator of changing the imagine of the homosexual from an effeminate moving and acting to a highly masculine Gay man emphasized in the outfits of police, uniforms of bikers, soldiers, leatherman, leaders, strong muscular men with exaggerated physical endo... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 20:00:56 EST October 2017 Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 17:52:16 EST October 2017 Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Part 2 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:40:20 EST Happy Halloween <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I look at the date on the bottom picture and I realize it is exactly 31 years ago and I still recognize that guy--WOW!! <BR> <BR> I was never into the Halloween scene especially since the 1970s when everyone dressed as either Judy Garland or a Nun! <BR> <BR> At that time I was working at Wag's on University Drive and Commercial Boulevard--it has since been 3 different businesses--and Gonza... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:57:25 EST "Suburbicon"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Suburbicon” is one of the funniest unintended comedies in a long time but not in a laughing way, more of an ‘OMG!’ Way! I have never seen Julianne Moore give a bad performance but here as a combination Stepford wife, throw in a little of Kim Novak from “Vertigo” and Barbara Stanwyck in “Double Indemnity” and you feel this is a new actress who won’t be heard from again. <BR> <BR> The four ... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:53:25 EST Have you ever had a Rambutan? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is on the left in the center <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ours were brown on the outside, not red. <BR> <BR> I love trying new--especially 'strange' looking--foods and we were at the Nabu American Fusion restaurant yesterday and there were Rambutans that looked like balls of porcupines!! <BR> <BR> They are re... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:20:46 EST Earmuffs, scarves and mittens needed! <img src=""> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:10:19 EST "Only the Brave"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Only the Brave” is not the sort of movie I would go to see but I did and I will tell all others who wouldn’t go see a picture like this go for it and those who are into films like this you got a winner! <BR> <BR> Aside from being pure entertainment, along with suspense and based on a true story, this is also educational in many ways regarding fires and fighting them. It certainly was... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:50:36 EST You are never too old to learn OR another way to lose weight--NOT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Full of---- (Your laugh for the day) <BR> <BR> Learning about ileus the hard way! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From <BR> <BR> Ileus is a disruption of the normal propulsive ability of the gastrointestinal tract. Although ileus originally referred to any lack of digestive propulsion, including bowel obstruction, up-to-date medical usage restricts its meaning t... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:21:58 EST Apartment improvements--more to come <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:29:36 EST THE Gateway artist at work! <img src=""> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:47:19 EST "The Florida Project"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A review in one word AWFUL! But since when do I use one word when I can use 10?! <BR> <BR> To quote Allen, "Thor would have to be better than this!" <BR> <BR> I came home and read the reviews by A. O. Scott of the NY Times, Douglas Markowitz of New Times, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and Peter Travers, all who raved about the movie! Did they see the same movie I did? Or don't th... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:42:51 EST "Marshall"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The theme of “Marshall” is a familiar one with a Black man being held a prisoner for the raping, beating and then kidnapping a wealthy White woman he works for to cover up the crime. It takes place in Connecticut in 1941. <BR> <BR> Thurgood Marshall is at the beginning of his career and is representing the man Joseph Spell and also the NAACP in a fight for justice at ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:23:50 EST Hard hat? NO! Hard head! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Long story short, because I will be posting about the new changes in other posts. <BR> <BR> Management is putting in a fan vent between my bedroom and living room wall so I had to remove all pictures and furniture from both walls. <BR> <BR> I have the original tall standing Detecto weight scale, which I had in Weight Watchers in Memphis 48 years ago, in my bedroom and moved it away, ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:26:21 EST Mother Nature aids MAN in destruction <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:59:39 EST "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women"--Must See Movie <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” is a smart, quiet, beautiful, exciting and, in many ways, educational in a good way. <BR> <BR> I never heard of William Marston before seeing this movie and I learned that not only did he and his wife Elizabeth discover the early prototype of the lie detector but they also created the systolic blood pressure test. She was a graduate of Harvard, his e... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:10:09 EST Brooklyn Water Bagel Company--restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Taking over another fast-casual spot, Italiano, I hope the Brooklyn Water Bagel does better though my experience today was not a good sign. It started off fine with an enthusiastic greeting from both people behind the counter of which one was a working manager, a rarity. <BR> <BR> I ordered a turkey on an everything bagel with a slice of onion ($9.99). Possibly my fault not orde... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:03:51 EST "The Sound of Music"--theatre review--Excellent cast and Production! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote 12 shows together with one originally for television, another for the movies and the rest for the stage of which 5 of the latter became classics of the Broadway theatre and, of those, “Sound of Music” had the most hit songs which included the title tune plus “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Climb Every Mountain”, “So Long, Farewell”, “Ma... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:58 EST The hills(???) are filled with music starting tonight <BR> Watch this page for my review tomorrow as I will be going to the opening night of the tour in Fort Lauderdale this evening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Climb Every Mountain” from the December 2015 touring company <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Medley of songs from Sound of Musical <BR> <BR> This made me realize what an excellent voice Lady GaGa has... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:08:55 EST Would you buy these gifts? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Starting from the left) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. LED battery operated table reading lamp <BR> <BR> 2. Haircut comb (cuts your hair while combing it) <BR> <BR> 3. Battery operated AM/FM radio <BR> <BR> 4. Sani Sticks (Keeps drains clear and odor free) <BR> <BR> 5. Electric razor <BR> <BR> 6. Slicer (cuts onions, tomatoes, etc. in even slices) <BR> <BR> 7. Battery operated storm lamps ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 10:52:43 EST "The Mountain Between Us"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The Mountain Between Us” has all the basics of a Hollywood romance story. The hero and heroine meet ‘cute’ while Kate Winslet and Idris Elba have the chemistry that couple needs. The photography by Mandy Walker of the British Columbia mountains is a standout while Dog, played by two dogs, almost steals the picture from the co-stars. <BR> <BR> I am a sucker for a love story but when it fail... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 11:48:01 EST "American Made"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “American Made” shows that even at 55 Tom Cruise, in spite of a few lines under the eyes, still has that contagious smile, only equaled by Julia Roberts, the firm buns that he flashes a couple of times and the infectiousness of his enjoying what he does. <BR> <BR> “American Made” is a ‘based on a true story’ film about a pilot Barry Seal, who I had never heard of, that seems to have been qu... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:07:57 EST September 2017 Mother Natures versus human nature Cut down Her bushes, vines, change Her landscape and She will retaliate with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcano eruptions!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:54:39 EST September 2017 Part 1 A Month in my life <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:34:05 EST My first phone videos And I learned not to stand on my head! As bad as they may be they are funny and still show the beauty of Mother Nature! <BR> <BR> First phone video I ever made—09/09/2017 <BR> <BR><BR>M-g <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Second phone video I ever made—09/09/2017 <BR> <BR><BR>lFA <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:29:28 EST What happened to them? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before Hurricane Irma came our way Gateway started to chop down many trees—mainly those near or against building and/or elevators—and I hated to see them go but as long as they didn’t touch the Avocado tree I wasn’t saying anything. <BR> <BR> The Avocado tree made it through Irma without losing a branch or even a leaf so I still don’t understand why it was chopped down a few days afte... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:06:59 EST Mother Nature gives/takes a beating and then... <img src=""> <BR> Between hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes in one month’s time Mother Nature has certainly taken her rage out on us and, at the same time, has had some pretty harsh words hurled at her. <BR> <BR> Then one day you walk out and see a scene like this and you are again in awe of her in a good way! <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:23:54 EST Hurricane? What hurricane? By the way did I mention I lost 8 pounds--the hard way! No airconditioning, sweating, climbing stairs instead of using elevator, no food, etc. :O) <BR> <BR><BR>Cxs Part 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>SqI Part 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>xHA Part 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Someday I will learn how to make a video!! So... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:26:42 EST September 10 2017 The Beginning <link><BR>O465JFg </link> <BR> <BR><BR>JFg Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:15:46 EST Hurricane Irma leaves I don't believe I didn't know what 'the mess' was!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>v04 <BR> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:22:06 EST Hurricane Irma after photos Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 86 degrees at 8:40 PM and no air conditioning--trees uprooted--car totaled--swimming pool room flooded--windows blown out--windows replaced--mmmm--how did that assorted cake picture from the Fresh Market get in there?--flooded parking lot--and read rule number 7 on the pool list and you will know why living here is dangerous everyday!! Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:46 EST "I'm Still Here!" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Parts of my roof waiting to be picked up!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Unashamedly I can say out loud that From Sunday September 10, 2017, at 12 Noon until Monday 6:30 PM September 18, 2017 certainly rate as some of the worst days of my life for many reasons which I won't get into now or possibly ever. <BR> <BR> I do know that at the age of 81 and 1/2 I have come to see people, and myself, in a... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:53:28 EST 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