GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "DEADPOOL"--MOVIE REVIEW NO/NEVER SPOILERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not being into comic books or films made from them I haven’t seen too many Marvel films but I do remember “Ant Man” this year mainly for the humor, especially the laugh out loud one liners and sight gags plus the special effects. “Deadpool” tries to be funny with many homoerotic jokes and also sight gags, most of which aren’t funny though many in the audience were laughing. <BR> <BR> The ma... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:12:25 EST New diet aid for me I found a new snack that I can have on my diet: Orville Redenbacher's mini bags smart pop popcorn--only 100 calories per bag though the sodium and carb level is a little high I can fit it into my maximum daily allotment everyday without trouble. <BR> <BR> Only 19 days and 2 and 3/4 pounds to go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:11:03 EST CAT NAPS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love this cat!! I don’t care whether it is DLST or EST (I checked to see what time he took his nap after we moved the clock back--yep it was 4 :30!!!) raining or hot and humid, whatever, he takes his nap around 4:30 every day!! If I didn’t know better I would think he was a senior citizen resident of Gateway--the old folks here take their nap around 4:30 PM!! <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:49:30 EST ONLY 22 DAYS---AND 5 MORE POUNDS TO LOSE--FOR THE GREAT DAY! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HEY! DID YOU READ WHERE THE OSCARS STOLE MY M & Ms IDEA FOR THEIR SWAG BAG?!?! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS IS FROM MY FRIEND PETER IN AUSTRALIA! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ode to Martin on his Twentieth Birthday <BR> <BR> <BR> Since Martin’s last big birthday bash <BR> He’s done a lot; spent loads of cash. <BR>... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:01:40 EST ONLY 22 DAYS TO GO--AND WHAT I LOST 30 POUNDS FOR!! LOL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (THE MENU IS FORMATTED DIFFERENTLY AND DONE IN RED AND GREEN--THE COLORS OF THE ITALIAN FLAG.) <BR> <BR> <BR> CAFÉ VICO FAMILY STYLE DINNER FOR THE 20TH LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY OF MARTIN D. GOODKIN <BR> <BR> MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> HOT APPETIZER: FRIED CALAMARI & HOT MEALBALLS <BR> <BR> WIT... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:56:42 EST "HAIL, CAESAR!" MOVIE REVIEW NO/NEVER ANY SPOILERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Hail, Caesar!" is a goldmine for film buffs and anyone familiar with the 'old' Hollywood, a time when studios ruled and took care of their stars and kept them out of jail. It was a time when a baby born out of wedlock would be adopted by her movie star real mother. Was the story true about a director being fired because the actor had tricked with him before becoming a big time 'masculine' s... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 20:05:58 EST COPACABANA BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last time I was here was over a year ago and I gave it a fairly good review. Being a few doors down from where I was getting new glasses, and Allen having a friend from out of town, we decided to give it a try. They are fixing the walks in front of the stores so be careful when walking <BR> <BR> They have an ever changing day to day buffet and I hope the other days have a b... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:10:45 EST OFF TO SEE MICHAEL JACKSON, MARVIN GAYE, DIANA ROSS, ETC. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5, The Supremes were just a few of the acts that changed the course of American and World music. <BR> <BR> “Motown—The Musical” is the story of Berry Gordy’s journey and how he had us all move to the same beat. From the 1950s on most people, when hearing the performers of Motown sing a song, will be taken back to ano... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:07:34 EST MY JANUARY 2016 IN REVIEW IN PICTURES <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE!" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just when I think I couldn’t have a better month than I had last month the next month comes along and it is not only better but goes by faster—too fast! <BR> <BR> I did a lot of the ‘usual’ things in January like go to the movies every ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:03:28 EST "45 YEARS"--MOVIE REVIEW--NO/NEVER SPOILERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where do I start? There is nothing wrong with Charlotte Rampling'sperformance but certainly not worth an Oscar nomination over either Lily Tomlin in "Grandma" or Charlize Theron in "Mad Max" just to name possibleother candidates. Do I say that the film is 'much ado about nothing' and would have been served better being a one hour TV movie on Lifetime or Netflex? <BR> <BR> "45 Years" ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:27:45 EST OFF TO SEE THE "MORMON" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>wKI <BR> <BR> This is a very busy theatre time in South Florida and I love it! Saw "Violet" last Saturday, next Tuesday will see "Motown-The Musical" followed by "The Phantom of the Opera" and Kinky Boots". <BR> <BR> On March 24, 2016, "The Book of Mormon" will be celebrating 5 years of sold out performances on Broadway plus 4 years of 2 so... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:10:03 EST Do you still GO to the movies? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I LOVE the movies--the actual experience of going to a movie, buying popcorn and a soda, sitting down and getting 'lost' in the dark--in fact I very seldom if ever buy a DVD unless I have seen it in a theatre first. Is movie going too low class for people? Yes, I know all the arguments, such as rudeness, cell phones, prices, having to sit through a whole movie, etc., but even then people do... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:28:47 EST I GET TO WEAR THIS ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR <BR> WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS BELOW 60 DEGREES AND TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> sunny <BR> 58°F <BR> Feels Like 56° <BR> Sunny <BR> <BR> WindNW 11 mph <BR> Humidity46% <BR> Dew Point37°F <BR> Pressure30.15 in <BR> Visibility10.0 mi <BR> UV Index <BR> THIS IS AT 3 PM IN FORT LAUDERDALE! <BR> FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW IT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF 30 DEGREES IN THE NORTH. AND SOMETHING... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:55:36 EST "THE LADY IN THE VAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW NO/NEVER SPOILERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Lady in the Van” stars Maggie Smith in a trifle English story that has one of the longest drawn out endings I can recall in a long time and the movie is only 103 minutes! She plays a curmudgeon recreating the role she performed on stage written by Alan Bennett who also wrote this screenplay. <BR> <BR> The story is of an old woman who lives in a van, parking the vehicle in the dr... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:18:29 EST SHOW ME THE MONEY!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (WINTER IN FORT LAUDERDALE) <BR> <BR> Thirty-five (35) years ago today I had my last drink. It was after a night of debauchery that accumulated in my driving home and not knowing that I did. I woke up in the morning and found out that I didn’t remember a thing that happened, where I went, what I did. All I know is that I felt dreadful—not in the sense I had a hangover but a feeling ‘somethi... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:33:06 EST Who influenced you? Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though many of the names listed below may not mean a thing to you I do want to publicly acknowledge them--will try to say tell you who they are/were and how they influenced me. <BR> <BR> (In no particular order but trying to remember back :o) ) <BR> <BR> Mrs. Levy--my 6th grade teacher who encouraged my love of reading and writing and made me first aware of my self worth as a human being. ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:18:31 EST Do you want a Spark Goodie??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I won 5 free points by spinning the Spark wheel and now have 42,945 Spark Points to give Spark Goodies away so I have decided to do just that in honor of my 20th Leap Year birthday Monday February 29. <BR> Starting February 1 I will give a Spark Goodie to anyone who reads and comments on my February posts (Mmmm--is that sort of a bribe? LOL) <BR> Beautiful cool, bright sunny day here in Fort... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:53:36 EST "ANOMALISA"--A MOVIE REVIEW NO/NEVER SPOILERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I may be in the minority but I didn't find one redeeming feature in this movie unless you like hearing the 'F" word constantly, like watching the jerky motions of the characters, like to see people lighting up cigarettes every 2 minutes and tell a story that has been done so many times and so much better before. <BR> <BR> Granted I do not understand, nor am I attracted to, what is referred... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:11:50 EST WHAT IS GOOD/BAD ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? <img src=""> <BR> A quiet morning on the Fort Lauderdale Beach in January <BR> <BR> No matter what we try/do to stop people keep from coming Fort Lauderdale and/or Florida our population keeps on growing--Listen, folks, you don't want to move here and here are some reasons. 1 Hurricanes, hurricanes and hurricanes. (Well I guess some people like to get blown away! Not to mention we haven't had a hurricane in 10 ye... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:24:54 EST Finally found a good doctor!!! I met my new primary today--I was really impressed with him--we went over ALL my medical history--then my meds and he cut 3 out as unnecessary--he spent more time with me than any doctor (except a surgeon) has in 10 years--I was really impressed! Plus they have van service to and from their office which after what I went through these past 3 weeks with (and without getting) rides is the biggest plus!! <BR> He is from Nicaragua but has been here 30 years and it seems he does a lot of things in... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:56:48 EST SAGE RESTAURANT IN FORT LAUDERDALE--REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It had been a long time since we ate at the Sage and when I came across a 2-4-1 lunch coupon I suggested we go there. The interior of the restaurant, like all the personal involved, was warm and inviting. <BR> <BR> There was a little to-do about the coupon with their saying it was a summer promotion but after I pointed out, and telling them it did surprise me, there wasn't an expirat... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:18:39 EST "CAROL"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ""Carol" is an excellent movie with one major negative aspect and two minor quibbles but more about those later. There is no finding fault with the cast as Cate Blanchett a wealthy married woman seeking a divorce from her husband Kyle Chandler. Blanchett has previously had an affair with Sarah Paulson, a school friend, and is now embarking on an affair with young, not rich, department store... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:25:35 EST "YOUTH" A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My immediate reaction while watching “Youth” and when the end credits came on was that this was a load of ‘artistic’ garbage but I thought a stronger word! There is so much excess in this film ranging from annoying music tracks, songs that don’t make sense, fantasy images supposedly being taken for real, people that are in another movie just as scenes are thrown in to show the director... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:38:54 EST Changes in my life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> None of this has anything to do with New Year’s resolutions as it is basically decisions I have to make in my life for several reasons. <BR> <BR> As many of you know there was no Social Security raise for seniors in 2016 because the cost of living index doesn’t indicate one is needed. The fact that medicines, health expenses—as just one example--have gone up they aren’t taken into con... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:59:39 EST My December 2015 Resume in Pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (One of my favorite cards—person obviously knows me—with a Dollar Tree Gift card!) <BR> <BR> This December was one of the best months of this year, if not all Decembers, for me. It started with Chuck and Terry from Memphis taking me by surprise with a visit! <BR> <BR> I have so many pictures that I wanted to make a slideshow of at least 100 but that would be a bit too much, even for ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:42:40 EST "THE BIG SHORT"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For many years I have said that my brother got the money gene and I got the good looking gene and, once again, “The Big Short” may prove that true. The film is about the financial collapse in 2008 and those who made billions of dollars while an unaccountable number of people lost their homes and/or jobs. Much is made of the fact that many behind the scene, knowing what was going on, didn’t... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 22:57:38 EST HAPPY NEW LEAP YEAR! <img src=""> <BR> FROM THE LEAP YEAR BABY! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:36:05 EST "JOY"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The joy of “Joy” is that Jennifer Lawrence is on screen for 95-98% of the time, otherwise the movie is too busy and has too many unnecessary characters such as the Isabella Rossellini’s role which supplies one way to forward the story but adds a lot of nothing to an expanded role. <BR> <BR> The best part of the movie are the scenes involving Bradley Cooper as he and Lawrence just hav... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:27:09 EST "THE SOUND OF MUSIC"--TOURING COMPANY REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> Seeing a show live on stage, like the enthusiastic crowd of over 2,000 people that greeted it in The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, versus seeing it on ‘live’ television, or a movie screen, was demonstrated by the reaction of the theatre goers. Most have seen it, knew the songs, and yet you heard an audible gasp, and sigh, when the Captain and Maria kissed for the first time. You could feel the t... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:26:26 EST "THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC..." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY) <BR> <BR> The “Sound of Music” opened on Broadway in 1959 which is where I first saw it. Many critics called it too sweet—what did they know?—and it ran for years. The musical was the last written by Rodgers & Hammerstein as the latter died soon after. <BR> <BR> The movie version came out in 1965 and the opening shot is an icon in the hall of fame of movies and it... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:21:30 EST AND I THOUGHT I HAD BEEN A BAD BOY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Now this person knows me! Plus it included a Dollar Tree gift card!) <BR> <BR> I waited patiently all evening on Thursday, Christmas Eve, December 24 but Santa didn’t show! I decided then and there that I would not waste another year being a good boy! <BR> <BR> It turns out that he had a lot more kids to give toys to so he had to leave the good adults, like me, for Christmas Day and, WOW!... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:58:38 EST "THE DANISH GIRL"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With 8 new movies opening this week and we wanting to see 6 of them, due to showing schedule and our afternoon plans we decided to see the 11 AM screening of "The Danish Girl". <BR> <BR> Very little is known by the public about what a transgender person lives with and goes through. Recently, because of Caitlayn Jenner and recent shows based around transgender people, the public is becoming ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:47:28 EST LET'S KEEP THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT GOING! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:16:13 EST HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Merry Christmas <BR> <BR> . 2 A gift <BR> <BR> 3. What’s Christmas without “Grinch”? <BR> <BR> 4. 5. 6. Broward Performing Arts Center <BR> <BR> 7. Irene’s corner <BR> <BR> 8. 9. 10. Coral Ridge/Lauderhill mall <BR> <BR> 11. 12. My table <BR> <BR> First slide show—explanations above <BR> <BR><BR>Um8 <BR> <BR> we have new ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:02:23 EST A JEW LOOKS AT CHRISTMAS PART 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (ARTHUR, GERI & JACKIE 2015) <BR> <BR> To me the Nativity scene, Santa Claus, the Rockettes, St. Patrick's cathedral, Carols, Jingle Bells, snow, cold weather, horse and carriage rides in Central Park, the skating rinks in Rockefeller Center and Central Park, decorated store windows, hot chestnuts, etc., just to name a few things--ALL make up Christmas. <BR> <BR> It's 79 degrees outside bu... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:26:52 EST A JEW LOOKS AT CHRISTMAS PART 1 <img src=""> <BR> ME IN 1988 <BR> <BR> I very seldom repeat past posts but I get so tired at this time of the year regarding "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Happy Hanukkah" and "Happy Kwanzaa"--I personally don't care what you say as long as this time of the year means something to you for whatever reason. This is a 3 part series that I wrote for a paper years ago--hope you enjoy reading it again or reading ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:29:17 EST "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS" A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> We had a choice between seeing “Sisters” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I didn’t want to see the former because I know though being sold as a comedy I would cringe as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, talented writers, directors, actresses and comediennes would tell penis, fart, vagina, crass, crude and rude jokes showing they could get as low as men which seems to be the fad among woman comediennes ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:39:27 EST AN OPEN LETTER TO CHUCK & TERRY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My memory isn’t much good when it comes to dates but back in 1977 or ’78 (‘someone’ stole my diaries from the latter 1970s) I was in Overton Park and met a guy called Chuck—almost lost him but that is another post. I don’t quite remember the date I met Terry (2006? ) but I do know he was at my 18th Leap Year birthday. <BR> <BR> Meeting Chuck was a life saver in many ways being there when I ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:01:52 EST THE STORY OF BEING SURPRISED PART 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In 2008, for my 18th Leap Year birthday Chuck and Terry came to Fort Lauderdale to help me celebrate and on the advice of a mutual friend they got me a George Foreman Grill—something I didn’t need and something I didn’t use until 7 years later—this year. (And I love it.) <BR> <BR> Not being shy on November 22 I posted a blog called MY WANT/NEED/WISH BIRTHDAY GIFT LIST--BY DEMAND OF CHUCK AN... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:04:02 EST I'M GOING TO BE A KID AT THE THEATRE TONIGHT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the many joys of this season is that you can allow your kid to come out and you don't have to apologize! Ti's the season! <BR> <BR> This evening I am going to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale to see the touring company of "Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" which will be playing there for the next two weeks. <BR> <BR> MONTAGE OF THE T... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:00:16 EST THE STORY OF BEING SURPRISED PART 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Terry, Allen, Me, Chuck) <BR> <BR> Okay it is no secret that I like to eat—even more in restaurants and even better with friends. After chasing all over Broward county—will get to that in the next post!---and knowing that Terry liked Big Louie’s from previous visits we went there for a late lunch. I had thought we would have a pizza, salad and garlic rolls but it didn’t work out that way. ... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:11:36 EST THE STORY OF BEING SURPRISED PART 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (CHUCK, ME, TERRY) <BR> <BR> It was Tuesday morning December 1, 2015. The maintenance guy was coming in to change the filters on the air-conditioners so I had left a note on the door “Come on in but don’t wake the old man. :O) Martin”, they all know not to disturb me before 11 AM. I got up around 10, got dressed and started to answer my email and there was a knock on the door. I figured he ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:24:07 EST GILBERT'S 17TH STREET GRILL--RESTAURANT REVIEW ONLY FOR THOSE ON MAINTENANCE!! <BR> <BR> Okay folks I am starting off with a confession that even with my big mouth I have finally met the cheeseburger that I couldn’t bite into and chomp off a big hunk! I had to cut it in half and nibble at to finally get a good bite. I love my cheeseburgers and this is a good one but put some cheddar cheese, a thick slick of onion, a slice of tomato on a 8 ounce medium rare Angus burger between a thick sliced sesame bun and you can’t really enjoy it. No ... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:14:26 EST The Sleeping Cat At Gateway! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love this cat!! I don’t care whether it is DLST or EST (I checked to see what time he took his nap after we moved the clock back--yep it was 4 :30!!!) raining or hot and humid, whatever, he takes his nap around 4:30 every day!! If I didn’t know better I would think he was a senior citizen resident of Gateway--the old folks here take their nap around 4:30 PM!! <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:57:40 EST NOVEMBER 2015 RESUME IN PICTURES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>SSA <BR> <BR> 1 & 2 After the carotid surgery I decided to grow beard to hide scar 3-6 More about this later--I LOVE the Dollar Tree 7 Farmer's Market 8-12 Life at Gateway 13-17 A month of movies 18 Christopher--the Gateway computer guru who is giving computer lessons to the residents for free at the redone library 19 though they didn't ar... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 12:51:28 EST NOVEMBER 2015 RESUME IN PICTURES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>SSA <BR> <BR> 1 & 2 After the carotid surgery I decided to grow beard to hide scar 3-6 More about this later--I LOVE the Dollar Tree 7 Farmer's Market 8-12 Life at Gateway 13-17 A month of movies 18 Christopher--the Gateway computer guru who is giving computer lessons to the residents for free at the redone library 19 though they didn't ar... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 12:51:28 EST BOBBY RUBINO'S--A RESTAURANT REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't recall the last time I was at this restaurant but it certainly has been a few years. I don't often go up to that area anymore but we were going to a movie house nearby and I had seen a coupon "DINNER FOR TWO $25". It consisted of one appetizer: Onion Loaf. There are 2 choices selecting from Baby Back Ribs or a half BBQ Chicken or BBO Chicken and Ribs with each coming with... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 10:15:16 EST A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> THE MORNING I OPENED THE DOOR TO BE SURPRISED BY CHUCK & TERRY FROM MEMPHIS! (but don't anyone else try it!) Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:02:08 EST EVEN IF YOU DON'T/WON'T MISS ME SAY YOU DO/DID <img src=""> <BR> I won't be around for a few days--got a BIG surprise today--won't mention names but 2 guys from Memphis knocked on my front door and will be down for the week! <BR> Between them visiting and getting my new computer and a tablet--okay, okay, so one of the guys transferred, imported, exported and did everything else to set up my new computer--and they agreed I don't need the tablet--oh yes John came... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 23:50:53 EST "TRUMBO"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To paraphrase a speech Dalton Trumbo gave at the Screenwriters Guild of America, ‘We should all look back at this evil time in the history of our country and not forget what evil can do.’ <BR> <BR> “Trumbo” is a film about 10 writers who stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee, led by New Jersey Republican J. Parnell Thomas and the ‘Red Scare’ led by the Republican Senator f... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:48:11 EST