GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GREATMARTIN GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ KELVIN 3200 FORT LAUDERDALE RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243139 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4d22bc3-214b-46e4-8035-4dfcface5f80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Right up front let me say that I went to Kelvin 3200 not knowing their 'grand opening' was 2 weeks away. They have a lot to do, and fix, before that date and I suggest they start by fixing the entrance to the left of the door that use to hold various kinds of beers. Yes, this was another restaurant and it failed and before that another restaurant that was a success up to a point. The outdoor... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:16:50 EST MR & MRS SHTICK MAKE THEIR PUBLIC DEBUT :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11506740-2a1d-412d-989d-db1224ae1118.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cad5b7e-9df9-4d66-b36d-3de3a51be7c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Saturday October 1, 2016, Mr & Mrs Shtick will be making their debut at Art Serve 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 The actual exhibit is October 5-November 4 and <BR> <BR> (ArtServe Mission:To provide programs, events, business opportunities, and facilities that help local an... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:48:42 EST RANTS, RAVES, ODDS AND ENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/751f7adc-9cc8-4d23-96f9-2a7b19b5d5d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In reality it is such a beautiful day and I am at such a good point in my life I really have nothing that demanding to rant about. That title really should just be rant, not rants, and I very seldom rant in my posts but I will rant on people’s posts who just write stupid things! Right now I am thinking of 3 people who would swear they aren’t bigots, racists, anti gay, etc., and yet the major... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:49:13 EST SUMMERTIME IN FORT LAUDERDALE PART 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240112 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ebe1fbb-6e0a-427c-9f14-7f2086e6c5b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The calendar may say autumn but the weather hasn’t gotten the message yet though we did go all the way down to a high of 91 degrees yesterday!! <BR> <BR> We are now past the hottest part of the year in South Florida. Aside from the heat, humidity and sun feeling like it is cooking you we get very heavy rains at least once a day either early morning or late evening which makes you feel like ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:04:57 EST IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE IT WAS 70 YEARS AGO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239604 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67a616a6-845f-40ad-8abb-1b780339f470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (In 2007 a full page ad cost $104,000--the ads for Hello Dolly, The Front Page and The Glass Menagerie are double pages--wonder what they cost today!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After living more than half of my life in Florida I miss New York City only one day of the year and that is when the New York Times Sunday edition comes out with their “The New Season”, this year in 5 part sections cover... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:48:15 EST SUMMERTIME IN FORT LAUDERDALE PART 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238487 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a05d0492-9c8e-4c6c-b4a1-b07bee8e214a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know most people complain about the heat and humidity in South Florida during the summer months but the only complaint I have is that you can’t dive into the ocean to cool off as the ocean water temperature along the shore is sometimes higher than the land temperature and that is hot enough to burn your feet walking barefoot on the sand. <BR> <BR> With all that you will very seldom see th... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:17:24 EST FULL MOON SEPTEMBER 16, 2016--A BEAUTIFUL EVENING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237376 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/387c465e-1751-49a7-8c12-f1aad1e02a63.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is at times like last night that I wish I had a good camera but my point and shoot $70 Sony digital camera did as good as it could. AS you can see from the first picture during the day it takes pretty good shots but you have to look closely in the other snaps (like the third and last) to see the tree in the forefront though the clouds in the 4th and 7th shots show the clouds. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:52:02 EST "BRIDGET JONES'S BABY"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237023 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c82d259e-be7b-4d10-a085-bd9bdd409d02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Bridget Jones’s Baby” opens with Bridget Renee Zellweger) celebrating her 43rd birthday at home alone with a single candle in a cupcake. She is thinner than before, has a good job as a TV producer and without any prospects in the romance department. One of her past suitors, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) has died and she broke up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) who got married. <BR> <BR> As onl... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:29:32 EST AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY I WRITE RESTAURANT REVIEWS ON SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235802 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bba40a89-9070-46e6-bab3-78de1782c2bf.JPG"> <BR> <BR> For those who don't know me just a brief 'fat' history: at the age of 31 weighing close to (or over) 300 pounds I joined Weight watchers--that was in 1967--once I reached goal I went to work for them and eventually helped open a franchise in Memphis, Tennessee. <BR> In 1979 I left the business and not being in the public eye I had a hard time maintaining my weight but my goal was to stay un... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:05:23 EST IL MULINO--A RESTAURANT REVIEW--FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235789 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faf929e9-f534-47d9-97e4-f208cd6b2e3a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Within a mile area there are three top Italian restaurants and, in a sense, all different. Starting in alphabetical order there is Big Louie’s, a neighborhood pizza ‘joint’ meant in the very best sense. It is friendly, has excellent garlic rolls and the type of pizza I love plus an extended menu with fair prices and huge portions. (Full disclosure: I worked at Big Louie’s as a se... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:46:55 EST IT'S ALL OVER!!! THE CAR GOES IN A FEW HOURS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234605 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77778a13-0780-44ff-bd35-7607779fbe5e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here waiting for the phone to ring and hearing Allen’s voice telling me to come pick him up at the train station! (It is easier and faster to take the train from the Miami airport than to drive there and back.) <BR> <BR> The past few days have been hectic but today I am just taking it easy, getting ready to go back into my old routine, not having transportation at my beck and c... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:56:13 EST "SULLY"---A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b6bbba8-d000-4f06-ad75-1f3482ef6a35.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On January 15, 2009 Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed a US Airways jet of 155 passengers and crew in the middle of the Hudson River in New York City saving all and becoming a hero around the world. He would be on every talk show, in every newspaper, on the cover of every magazine, an all around media darling. <BR> <BR> Now 7 and ½ years later, director Clint Eastwood has made a movie simp... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:31:09 EST RUSTICA PIZZA THE WORST 'RESTAURANT' IN FORT LAUDERDALE??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231673 NOT WORTH GAINING AN OUNCE FOR--EVEN ON MAINTENANCE!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09496a85-88da-4c15-95d3-5a947c427f92.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't go--I was horrified that groupon was selling for this place. First time EVER, and I have been with groupon for awhile and have used many of them, to see that they were associated with any place like this--and I am not alone--I just read yelp reviews and there are many 1 star reviews as mine will be when I pos... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:20:38 EST 'MIA MADRE"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/279cd72f-5cd0-440d-83d2-dbd32fc2983c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PR Synopsis “Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but heada... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:05:25 EST SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7245e448-fbf3-4348-9164-022bc387fbc0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> All I hear is how hot and humid it is in South Florida in the summertime and all I can think of is how nice and easy it is to get around, go places and relax in Fort Lauderdale in June to September. <BR> <BR> Just a few of the things I did in 10 days: <BR> <BR> 1) Allen went to England so I had/have his car. Sure I had 9-11 doctor appointments but I was able to make them... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:29:52 EST "THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229185 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d0e4251-894c-4f63-b511-d6830813b0a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The lead actors, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are beautiful, not only physically but in their acting ability. The photography of the scenery by Adam Arkapaw, whether it be the New Zealand country or Tasmania or the ocean waves breaking on shore or the skies above them, are beautiful and in some scenes breathtaking. The music by Alexandre Desplat, never disturbs what is taking... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 21:39:10 EST ALLEN'S CAR, MY CAMERA, PART 3 HOLIDAY PARK AN OASIS IN A BIG CITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffa98847-f877-424f-9c0b-a79b815602d5.JPG"> <BR> (IN ALLEN'S CAR) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the middle of Fort Lauderdale there is 93 acres of fun, fields, sports, open air musical concerts, fauna of all kinds, animals just to mention a few things. It is about a mile and a half from where I live but as far as my getting there it might as well be on the moon because of my COPD and PAD it is almost impossible to walk there. Having Allen’s car I am... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:54:48 EST I LOVE LIVING ALONE: REASON # 4,582 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227619 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd401f76-b3ef-4e5f-ba7a-3ab5ee6f3012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reason 4,582 that I love living alone is that I can do what I want when I want. The other day I went to my primary doctor to have my quarterly blood work done. I had to fast the 12 hours before and had other problems (well fasting IS a problem to me!!) such as my insurance company okaying my finger prosthesis, getting some med refills, etc. and Michelle, in the office, got everyt... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:59:47 EST ALLEN'S CAR AND MY CAMERA PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227064 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd547908-4397-412c-9094-6eec64a7ba0a.JPG"> <BR> There is no end to what you can do when you have a car including spending money!! Though I manage to do that whether I have a car or not having one just makes it that easier as you can see by this video! <BR> <BR> 1) THE car <BR> <BR> 2) Among other things it is easy to get to the drugstore to pick up meds whereas without a car it involves waiting until you can get a ride there. <BR> <BR> 3 )No... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:45:50 EST ALLEN'S CAR AND MY CAMERA PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226456 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b080b1e1-167a-4abf-85f3-8a870c71e71b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had/have Allen’s car from August 15-September 12 which gave me a lot of freedom to go and do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. Usually I am home Saturday through Wednesday with Allen taking me shopping and any errands I have on Thursday and on Friday we will go to a movie. When I have to go to a doctor I have to ‘waste’ 2-3 hours for each appointment waiting on transp... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:56:27 EST "A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c40ec66-a990-4fdb-91ba-c56f61638292.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you walk out of a theatre shaking your head and asking yourself, “What was that all about?” a few questions follow such are you so dense you can’t follow the plot of a movie? Or was source material so unreliable? Was the screenwriter just not up to the job or was it the fault of the director? The actors and were interesting to look at and listen to even if you weren’t able to follow the... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:40:41 EST "SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU"--A MOVIE FOR ROMANTICS--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225021 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2bf99cc-e9a7-489f-9c5a-7b197397086b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Southside With You” is a movie only for romantics and/or a date night movie and I being in the former category loved it for many reasons starting with it has been awhile since Hollywood has made an understated love story that is sweet, touching, at times funny and is about two people we think we know. <BR> <BR> How true the events we see taking place are, how real the dialogue... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:41:55 EST CABO BLANCO-PERUVIAN/CUBAN RESTAURANT--FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223674 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fc48010-3b11-45a8-b147-e695b9ae6b7b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Excellent service by a male and female server who looked like teenagers but in all likelihood weren't. Restaurant is bright, inviting and comfortable. Food portions are large, taste excellent and fairly priced. The whole atmosphere was completely different, all in a good way, then it was years ago as a Jewish Israel restaurant. <BR> <BR> I asked the server for a suggestion and when sh... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:10 EST IT ISN'T EASY BEING A POSITIVE PERSON 24/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222467 Being positive 24/7 takes a lot of mental work but even then there will be times/days/minutes that a cloud of negativity, depression will hit and all the talking to yourself won’t help. Sometimes it takes more than that whether it be the help of Mother Nature or just looking at the world around you. <BR> <BR> For the last 17 years I found a place in the world no matter what is happening in my life, no matter what the weather may be, no matter how I am feeling but, especially if I am ‘down’, ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:59:38 EST GOUT OR JUICE PRICE: WHICH IS MORE PAINFAIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221930 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24059029-be00-4a62-8ba0-642d523e8754.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I have been fighting gout now for about 3 years and all I can say about it is that having a gout attack is extremely painful. When it was first diagnosed I was prescribed allopurinol and until it kicked in to stop that attack I was first given MethyIPREDNISolone which is taken in exact amounts at exact times. As my ankle—yes, gout doesn’t only attack the big toe—was still hurting I was also ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:48:45 EST "HELL AND HIGH WATER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221073 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93c54d10-1e77-4cf9-9557-1b29fb1e8a32.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Hell and High Water" is a very 'odd' movie!! For the first 75 minutes you wish it 'would just get on' to where it is going though it does have 1-2 minutes of hilarity supplied by Margaret Bowman as a sassy waitress who wouldn't take any guff from Jack Nicholson giving his order in "Five Easy Pieces" let alone from Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges! There is also a lot of give and take between... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:33:15 EST 15TH STREET FISHERIES--REVISITING A RESTAURANT IN FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219916 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a55411e4-ec64-4c40-b1e7-59407fb91751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've experienced much better--at this same restaurant!! A few years ago I use to be a regular for dinner but it has been awhile. A friend was celebrating a birthday and wanted to take us out for lunch and picked this place. <BR> <BR> Obviously having a new owner and being out of season hasn't hurt the restaurant as it was crowded. Not given a choice I wasn't aware that upstairs was op... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:06:20 EST FREE AGAIN! FREE TO BEING BACK TO ME AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218295 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4667710f-594b-47cf-ae84-a449a8f90607.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes I am free to come and go as I like, to go where I want when I want! Free to cruise around town, to spend money, to go to doctors when I want. FREE!!!! <BR> <BR> From Monday August 15 at 6 PM until September Monday September 12 6:30 PM I have Allen’s car. First thing I did was book 11—yes, count them 11—doctor’s appointments. It is my yearly visit to specialists along with going to my pr... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:23:26 EST "FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS"--A MIXED MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216919 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b8b877-077f-4bac-a622-2d1c9111d153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The most impressive part/performance of "Florence Foster Jenkins" is by Simon Helberg. Name doesn't ring a bell? Picture in the poster and trailer look familiar but you can't quite put your finger on who he is? How about if I said he plays Howard Holowitz in "The Big Bang Theory"? He really does a tremendous acting job, mainly with his face, in this film including a scene where he is on a cr... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:32:33 EST SPRING CHICKEN--NEW RESTAURANT CHAIN--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215529 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f23f7914-6ff0-439e-9bb0-90a9c251c3ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring Chicken is so new that they still haven't put the name of the restaurant over the front door--though it is on the other 3 sides. Walking in everything is clean,sparkling and though they try for that old down home feeling it is too modern! <BR> <BR> The best thing, and I can't rave enough about him, was our 'host' David. It has been a long time since I was greeted with such a bi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:31:57 EST ANYONE WANT FLIP-FLOPS? GOODBYE OLD FRIENDS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214321 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2bec457-c5c6-4cff-8dc4-1018f92ed0d4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well I won’t say it takes very much to teach this old dog a new trick but after tripping and landing on my right knee breaking it into 3 pieces I still wasn’t ready to give up my flip-flops! <BR> <BR> It wasn’t too long after that, wearing flip-flops, when it was raining and walking up a cement incline that I slipped and fell on my left knee which would lead to an infection swelling up the ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:18:00 EST "INDIGNATION"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212891 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de119fd8-4a05-44c8-aadf-b1c107ef3fa4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is 1955 and Marcus brought up and raised in Newark, New Jersey, to Jewish parents is 18 and his way off to college. In 1955 I was raised by Jewish parents in the Bronx, New York, was 19 and serving in Korea as a United States Marine. I could identify with Marcus only in that we are both Jewish and were raised in the Northeast, otherwise we were as different as night and day and I find it ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:46:32 EST 2 GIRLS 7 A GRILL--A RESTAURANT REVIEW FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211527 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d9dfdbe-5ba4-4c35-b304-b7563c557d61.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Order at the counter--seat yourself--large Philly Cheesesteak sub ($9.99) very greasy--large Meatball sub ($9.99) very dry. Asked if one order of French fries would be enough the lady behind the counter said we should each have one--one would have been more than enough--not sure if they came with the subs because it doesn't say so on the menu and a side was $2.99. We each had a can of soda (... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:11:29 EST "CAPTAIN FANTASTIC"--MOVIE REVIEW--A WINNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210556 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a147c76a-f437-4063-9355-6653655ff0e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In “Captain Fantastic” Viggo Mortensen, as Ben Cash, is a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination and, possibly, winning the statute! Always an excellent actor here he is even one step better than other times. Besides holding your attention in every scene he is in, including, yes, his required full frontal nudity shot, there are two short scenes that will mesmerize you with one being the scre... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:58:45 EST SHOW ME AN EMPTY WALL AND I'LL FILL IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6abf22bb-58c2-4b52-ab40-fc0fede0267e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I posted about finishing and hanging the collage I had been working on since March. After it was up for a few days I noticed there was enough room for more pictures. <BR> <BR> I don’t know when, where, how or why it started but at one time in my life my motto became “If there is space on the wall put up a framed picture!” <BR> <BR> I do remember being in St. Louis, going to the home ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:39:17 EST MY NEW DIET--DON'T TRY IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209267 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e2d9e82-72ac-4c05-a3cb-923a51c64dab.JPG"> <BR> <BR> After 80 years my cast iron stomache betrayed me! I have never had a stomach ache, a belly ache, an upset stomach, whatever you call it, and then all of a sudden it hit! We had gone to Fusion Pizza for a bite to eat and I got a individual pepperoni pizza and a diet cola. I had nothing else to eat so though I don't want to blame the restaurant that's the only thing I can point to. Mmmmm--mayb... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:27:07 EST "CAFE SOCIETY"--A WOODY ALLEN FILM--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208917 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4dd179f-4d15-4b4a-a4fc-527f49f17079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As an old man after directing and in most cases writing the screenplays for 49 pictures Woody Allen has always has a hand in the past reflecting on what was and would could have been. In "Cafe Society" during the first half, he looks at Hollywood in the 1930s when the studios were experiencing the star of the golden age and names such as Barbara Stanwyck, Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers and such ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:03:13 EST COCO ASIAN BISTRO & BAR--A WINNER! RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207624 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4366040-f867-46c4-89d5-e59da9014d80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking into the Coco Asian Bistro from a typical hot, sunny, summer day in Fort Lauderdale outside is like coming into a beautiful oasis! At first it appears to be dark with booths on the left, tables throughout and chandeliers that appear like stars in an ink sky. Am I being too romantic? Well it is that type of place which also includes a beautiful red rose in a small bowl filled with wa... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:23:34 EST LEAP YEAR COLLAGE 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff44f949-2e79-4b79-af99-7c2a2624a02d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In case you don’t know it I celebrated my 20th Leap Year birthday this past February and it was one of the best. <BR> <BR> In 2012 a neighbor made a collage of that year’s memories of my 19th birthday and, previously, in 2008 James did one up for my 18th and I see them every day and get a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> This year I decided to make my own collages using mementos of the pe... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:17:51 EST "ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE" REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205015 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dde4687c-5450-44d5-b711-cc7b7e80518b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking into this movie you know exactly what to expect and you get it! Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are older versions of the 'girls' first met in a TV series in 1992. They still drink anything with alcohol, including Chanel #5, but mostly prefer Bollinger's champagne. They inject, pop, inhale any drugs they can get their hands on and part of Patsy's morning routine i... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:36:57 EST Update on my left leg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204300 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec84e7e8-1e5a-4bf7-b690-b1f3b2d179a0.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b3d2b69-08c2-4e6f-8241-28ac411bd6e9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> July 3, 2016 July 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> For those who don't know I was wearing flip-flops, it was raining and I had to walk up a smooth shiny incline to get to Allen's condo and I fell on my left knee. Here is the up... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:29:08 EST "THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT" HA! A RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41f20c88-7ce3-4679-b58d-65707442a475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a hard review for me to write as 4 days later I still have residual puzzlement at what took place. <BR> <BR> I was first attracted to the restaurant after reading an article in the New Times paper. The name itself was a big drawer as I love a play on words and snappy phrases. The second big selling item was all the raves about the cookie dough cones which many reviews on... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:48:40 EST A LOOK BACK AT THE 2015-2016 THEATRE SEASON IN SOUTH FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202589 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ2bpVrH6_<BR>w <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 & 6. At The Broward Center For the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> 2. At the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts in Miami <BR> <BR> 3 & 16. “Big Fish” by the Slow Burn Theatre in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> 4, 8, 11 & 12. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” <BR> <BR> 5 & 6. “Once” with the latter of the cast taking their final bow <BR> <BR> 9 & 10. “The Book Of Mormon” returning for the 3rd time <... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:47:07 EST "HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE"--A NEW ZEALAND MOVIE--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201160 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0327a96-fe9e-44f7-b5e6-44c19e25a2f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is a sweet, sad, funny, drama and comedy small ‘art’ picture that takes the standard odd couple and fish out water stories and stands both on their heads. The odd couple is a 13 year old city foster child Ricky (played by Julian Dennison) and a sixtysomething old country geezer Hec (played by Sam Neill) who is married to Bella (Rima Te Wiata) a Mother... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:59:20 EST JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199841 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f3c5478-ecc6-476e-95fd-9e666d7c7311.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I WAS ON THE PHONE THIS MORNING FOR 3 AND 2/2 HOURS EATING AWAY AT MY BILLED MINUTES!! You know---the automatic recorded messages and, what must be, the automatic 'please wait you call is important to us' (so we will only have you on hold for 20 minutes!!) <BR> <BR> First I had a voice mail from my eye doctor that said my appointment was being moved from August 8 to August 18 after ha... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:51 EST ODD FOODS PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/977ba445-6b8e-4fe1-b34a-7942140d5a4a.jpg"> <BR> (I FIND THE MORE I TALK ABOUT FOOD THE LESS I EAT!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever I go grocery shopping I love to come upon foods that I have never heard of, never tried or just struck me as completely new. Most times I am happy to just try them once but often they become my food of the month!! One of the things I have to be careful of is the sodium content in new process foods and, obviously, if you ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:06:44 EST ANTHONY'S COAL FIRE PIZZA--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FT. LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197126 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0d7b7d2-b27f-48cd-9efc-aa720593eed4.jpg"> <BR> (I WAS GOING TO DO A REVIEW OF THE MOVIE I SAW TODAY BUT I WON'T DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES UNFAIR TO THE MOVIE PRESENTATION.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last time I had been to an Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza was when it opened its restaurant on south Federal Highway just north of State Road 84. Today we were on our way to the movies, had time to get a bite to eat and passed this new Anthon... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:36:57 EST SUMMERTIME FORT LAUDERDALE PART 1 JULY 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9be351a-fbc1-4998-b990-b18bda0587e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s summertime in Fort Lauderdale. Yes it is hot, humid and rainy, sometimes all at the same time! With all that we are surrounded by colors of every shade not to forget what creatures Mother Nature supplies us with! <BR> <BR> 1,2,3 Mother Duck taking her chicks for a stroll and for food. <BR> <BR> 4 & 5 Doves are all over and none afraid of humans. <BR> <BR> 6, 7, 8 Visiting my ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:47:46 EST RED COW--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FORT LAUDERADLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194611 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8b2d704-c259-48dd-a98a-d7a36ed9de2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With over 4,000 restaurants in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area of which 200-300 close each year you would think with all the competition that an owner of one would do their best to be prepared every hour they are open. Recently I was at a restaurant that was out of THE item the food critics raved about and then the owner argued with me as if it was my fault. <BR> <BR> When a restaurant int... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:15:57 EST ARGH!!!! I DID IT AGAIN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193745 First it was NOT seeing the curb and falling on my right knee breaking it in 3 parts. A few months after I was in Allen's car and, no ones fault, I got my finger caught in the rising window and had to have the third top surgically taken off. And now... <BR> <BR> I have had Allen's car for the past 15 days as he went to celebrate his and his twin grandkids' birthday. I go to his place every Wednesday and Saturday to bring in his mail plus check that everything was okay. Today was the last Sat... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:59:11 EST