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  • "New" Quarterdeck Restaurant review

    11/10/2019 12:51:44 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    I am still not used to the new location and I miss the fish tank from the Cordova site but the food is still excellent even if the surroundings aren't 'old Florida' anymore! I don't know how long I have been going to the Quarterdeck but it has been for at least 20+ years and have never h... Read more

  • "Parasite"--Movie Review

    11/8/2019 6:18:40 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    After 10 minutes I was ready to leave "Parasite" but I can count on one hand how many movies I have walked out on so I decided to stay and find out why word of mouth was being so positive about the film. Basically it is the story of how a very poor family of 4, parents, son and daughter s... Read more

  • Diet--what you eat!

    11/5/2019 12:13:58 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    (This is the first one I used in 1974!!) People are either going on a diet 'for the holidays' or are going to wait until January 1 (which is on a Wednesday so they won't start then!) but whether today, next week or next year the most important part of getting weight off and keeping it off... Read more

  • October 2019 Fort Lauderdale Diary

    11/2/2019 6:59:11 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    It is all there from the king tides flooding our driveway to the bad ("Monos") and excellent ("Pain & Glory" ) movies to the excellent production of "Fiddler on the Roof" though I did forget to put in "Les Miserables"! Ate at the fast food places like Arby's and Subway to the generally good ... Read more

  • "Harriet"--movie review

    11/1/2019 7:34:50 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    I knew very little about Harriet Taubman and except for the ending credits I didn't learn more about her. I was caught up in the movie, and the performance of Cynthia Erivo as Harriet aka Misty and Moses, until her first time as a leader sneaking slaves from Baltimore to Philadelphia. It ... Read more

  • Mother Nature--again!

    10/28/2019 2:07:52 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    There isn't a month in the year--just check my previous posts--that my geraniums and Cuban plant aren't in bloom, let alone my 'Christmas' cactus!! (Can't wait to see if it will bloom in December as it has the past 15 holidays!) She even makes high King tide floods worthwhile because afte... Read more

  • Where are the meetings???

    10/27/2019 5:16:06 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    Okay, I admit it--I am a netflix junkie. I have watched more TV in the past 3 months since I got netflix than I have in the past 2 years!! I decided to cut the cable to save money and so I subscribed to a few different streaming services using their test periods for free. I sig... Read more

  • Arby's--restaurant review

    10/26/2019 2:15:23 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    Being creatures of habit after going to a Friday movie matinee we alternate going to lunch between this Arby's, IHOP and Subway and this week it was Arby's! We had the '2 can eat for $8.99' coupon and the '2/$4 Roast Beef classics' coupon for a total of $13.90. (For those who may not... Read more

  • "The Current War"--movie review

    10/25/2019 5:28:26 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    There is something wrong when an audience member (me!) in more tuned into the soundtrack than into the film. From the beginning I was aware of the music trying to make a scene more dramatic or suspenseful than it really was. I knew more about Edison than I did about Westinghouse or Tesla... Read more

  • Siam Cuisine--restaurant review

    10/24/2019 6:28:44 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    (First to quote Allen--"If I ate here every day and didn't eat anything else except what they served me I would lose weight!" They were 'average' portions which means they weren't large enough for a fat person!) LOL) First to Dollar Tree then to lunch before going to Winn-Dixie--our Thur... Read more

  • Siam Cuisine--restaurant review

    10/24/2019 6:28:41 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    (First to quote Allen--"If I ate here every day and didn't eat anything else except what they served me I would lose weight!" They were 'average' portions which means they weren't large enough for a fat person!) LOL) First to Dollar Tree then to lunch before going to Winn-Dixie--our Thur... Read more

  • February is coming! Part 1

    10/23/2019 5:16:43 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    Only 129 days to go!!! Some of you laughed when I said at this time last year I have to get ready to celebrate my 21st birthday on February 29, 2020--well, in spite of all I got done I still have a lot more to do! In any case for those of you who will be coming to Fort Lauderdale in F... Read more

  • An Octogenarian Leap Year Baby--I love it!

    10/20/2019 3:26:32 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    We all have many titles during life and I have reached the pinnacle, for me, an octogenarian Leap Year Baby--bet you don't know many of those, if any! Though at 80/20 years old I began feeling the getting old pains I really can't/won't complain as most occur getting up and out of bed whil... Read more

  • Autumn in Fort Lauderdale

    10/19/2019 5:49:26 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    In autumn in Fort Lauderdale the rainy season ends on October 15 but not the hurricane season! In autumn in Fort Lauderdale the leaves fall one tree at a time! In autumn in Fort Lauderdale my white geraniums take over! In autumn the Ibis birds come out for a snack after a rainfa... Read more

  • "Pain and Glory"--movie review--a must see

    10/18/2019 6:45:14 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    I was so involved with who was playing who that the first 15 minutes of the movie is a blur to me! Was Antonio Banderas supposed to be Pedro Almodovar? Is Asia Exteandia supposed to be Banderas? Who the hell is Leonardo Sbaraglia who could easily pass for Banderas? Was there truly a Cesar Vice... Read more

  • New foods, new tastes

    10/17/2019 6:49:39 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    I like trying new food items and each month I do just that! I haven't had snails in years and usually it was in a French restaurant where the best part was dipping the bread into the garlic and butter sauce but I made these in a fresh homemade Marinara sauce using fresh garlic. The sauce was d... Read more

  • A good week!

    10/16/2019 9:04:03 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    Though all weeks are good some good weeks are better than others and last week was just that! Before seeing "Les Miserables" we had dinner at Cafe Vico, needless to say one of my favorite restaurants! We had a groupon for $40 worth of food, with Rion having Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers ($1... Read more

  • Day birds and night blossoms!

    10/14/2019 3:48:58 PM, by GREATMARTIN

    It doesn't happen all the time but after a very windy rain overnight the birds come out to have brunch! Maybe it is the wind that stirs up the worms and crabs but they come out in large numbers. I have always been a night person as it is a whole different world than daytime and night peop... Read more