Friday, February 09, 2018

California One Day Away!

My plant arrives at LAX in 2015 - I met Pat at the airport

One more day folks until we take the American Airlines flight out of Philadelphia for Los Angeles!

Getting nervous folks, as I always do when faced with catching a plane.

My friends Mike and Bob are taking me to Philly International Sunday morning for our 10:30 AM flight out of Philadelphia Sunday morning.

Tomorrow morning I'll review what I have packed in my carry on luggage. I have my list and I will be checking it multiple times.  Hopefully I won't forget anything but I always worry.  

Pat and I on Sunset Boulevard in front of the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel

I don't have to worry about my airline ticket, I have that on my iPhone app. Still, just to be safe I print out a ticket to take with me.

My two main concerns catching my flight is that I'll have to go to the bathroom and how much hassle I have to go through airport security. Sometimes I breeze right though but several times I've been pulled aside for special scrutiny. What's that all about anyway?  Do I look like a terrorist? Do I act suspicious? Who knows why TSA singles out people like me. I thought my age (76) they would breeze me through security. Oh well, I'll find out this Sunday.

And the bathroom needs, that's always a worry at my age. When I have to "go," I have to "go." This was never a problem when I was younger but now,  there is no holding "it" in. Oh I know what's the big deal about going to the bathroom at the airport? I don't like to "go" in public place but sometimes I don't have choice. Yes, I have used the Walmart bathroom (quite nice by the way). 

This is our (me and Pat) third year visiting California and Los Angeles, one week in West Hollywood and one week in Palm Springs. 

Me and Pat at the famous Sunset Blvd looking for the location of "77 Sunset Strip" (we didn't find it) - 2015

Pat and I don't have anything specifically planned except for going to the taping of "The Price is Right" TV show on Tuesday February 14th. In Palm Springs we'll visit with Dr. Spo and Someone and other blogger friends. 

Best time of my life now folks. Each year I am more crippled by arthritis but I'm managing. Pat is still getting over a bad cold. I have this phlegm in my throat I can't shake. But in spite of these nagging health issues we're still going. Adventure awaits us plus, and this is a BIG PLUS - warm weather!

I'll try to keep you all posted while we're in California, but can't guarantee daily updates but I'll do my best.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

California Dreaming

Dr. Spo, me and Doug at Nectar in Lewes, DE at last Bloogerpalooza - 2014 - we will meet again next week!

Not long now folks!

This Sunday my friends Mike and Bob are taking me to Philly International Airport for my 10:30 am flight to Los Angeles.  Pat is flying down from Toronto to Philly and I'll meet him there.

Again this year we'll be attending a taping of "The Price is Right" TV show in West Hollywood. This will be our fourth taping.  We had two tapings last year.  Maybe this time one of us will called to "Come on down!"  I would LOVE to see George the Announcer call Pat.  Oh what I wouldn't give for that.

We'll be in California for two weeks. 

The first three days in West Hollywood at our regular haunts. 

The next week we take the two hour drive to Palm Springs for Midcentury Modern Architectural Week.  While in Palm Springs we will have a reunion with Dr. Spo and Someone at their luxurious accommodations at Inndulge.  Pat and I will be staying at more modest accommodations.  

Other friends that will join us in Palm Springs are Doug and Leon, Tim and Larry, and "Fearsome Beard" (aka Shawn).  For sure good times in store with these fine lads.

Saying "Goodbye" to Doug the last time I saw him at the 2014 Bloogerpalooza

I've just about settled on my California wardrobe. Each year I take too many clothes, which I don't wear. But again I'm having a hard time decided what to take. Since I am reuniting with Dr. Spo, he of the custom made Hawaiian shirts, I will definitely have to take at least one of his shirts, lest there be talk.  However, I have also decided to take a couple of my shirts that haven't been out of my closet for years. One of my beautiful silk shirts will make its debut in Palm Springs.

This is nice time of my life folks. I don't know how much longer I can make these trips with my health issues (arthritis mainly) but for now, I'm having the best time of my life. And I'm going to take a break from the news!

Me and Someone - Milton, DE 2014

Monday, February 05, 2018

Eagles Win The Super Bowl!

What a game! 

Nerve wracking!

Final score:

Philadelphia Eagles:      41
New England Patriots:   33

The Philadelphia Eagles football team won their first Super Bowl.

Folks, I was living and working in Philly when Philadelphia won their first major sports trophy, the Stanley Cup for hockey in 1973.  I was working at Girard Bank with was located right next to City Hall. Perfect location to celebrate. Over a million Philadelphians spilled out in the streets to congratulate the Broad Street Bullies, aka Philadelphia Flyers.

The next major sports win was the 1980 World Series. I was in my fourth floor apartment at 2124 Spruce Street, center city when Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Athletics. I could feel the city erupt after that final whiff.

Now for this Philadelphia center city celebration when the Eagles return to their home city from their outstanding victory in Minneapolis.  I have to tell you folks, I'm glad I'm not living in center city Philly now because for me, and my aged arthritic body this celebration would be too much.

But I will also tell you, this win means so much for Philly. For so many years Philly has always been treated like the red-headed country cousin of major American cities, not even good enough to be included in the general weather reports on national TV when reporting weather across the United States. They always would say Boston and Baltimore but never Philadelphia, which always annoyed me.

I watched the whole game yesterday on my TV. First time in years that I watched a football game beginning to end on my TV. I have to tell you folks, at times it was very nerve wracking and I was tempted to turn it off. New England Patriots Golden Boy Tom Brady was throwing long bombs. His team was barreling down the field to touchdown after touchdown. But the Eagles won out in the end after a couple of gutsy calls. 

Enjoy your day in the sun Philadelphia, You deserve it.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Go Eagles!

My co-workers Christine and Renee at First Financial Bank February 4, 2005, the last time the Philadelphia Eagles went to the Super Bowl - unfortunately they lost but not this time!

Super Bowl Sunday folks!

I don't usually watch the Super Bowl but I will this Sunday.  That's because the Philadelphia Eagles are in it. 

The last time I was this excited about the Eagles being in the Super Bowl was in 2005 when I worked at First Financial Bank in Downingtown. 

Somewhere in my 90,000 plus photos I have a picture of myself in my Eagles shirt but I can't find it now so this one will have to do of my friends Renee and Christine.

Folks, I'm convinced that the Eagles are going to win this Super Bowl. As a former resident of center city Philly, I wish I was there when the celebrations commence.

I was in Philly when the Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup.  Yep, I was right in the middle of it.

I was also living in Center City Philly when the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in 1980. What a night that was!  You could feel the electric energy flowing though you.

Unfortunately I won't be in center city Philly when the Eagles win the Super Bowl but I tell you what folks, my heart will be there.  

And this victory will be sweet because the Eagles (of course) are the underdogs. Philadelphia is almost always the underdog. Well, this time they're going to win and wipe that smirk right off the face of the Patriot's self-satisfied quarterback, Tom Brady.

Fly Eagles!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Temporary Tooth In Place!

Temporary crowning place, can you spot it?

Very lucky this morning folks! I was able to secure an appointment with my dentist, Dr. Andy, to replace my broken crown.

I spent about an hour and a half in the dental chair, while my gums were dug into, molds taken and needles injected. 

I now have a temporary crown. My new crown will be ready when I return from California, next month February 24th.  

Now my challenge is that I don't break this temporary crown that is in my mouth.  I was fearing that I would spend my two weeks in California gap toothed.  Even though Pat said I looked "sort of cute" with the gap toothed, no thanks folks. It would be just my luck that I would be called up on stage when we attend our annual "The Price is Right" show.

Now I have to be very careful what I eat. No more pita chips (my favorite) or bagels (which I never eat).  

Of course this replacement crown is yet another financial hit.  Just when I think I'm getting ahead, another big expense turns up. However, I am thankful I can afford these unexpected financial hits but man oh man, I would like a stretch where I can save some money.

No complaints here though folks, I'm a lot better off than many. I'm still here and walking and breathing and enjoying life in spite of these minor setbacks. 

Missing Tooth!

I'm ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille" 

Last night at dinner, while I was chomping down on my crock pot cream chicken dinner, I felt something strange whilst I was chewing the delicious tender melt in your mouth chicken chunks smothered in white wine and cream of chicken soup. Somewhat that SHOULDN'T be there. Reminded me of the time I was eating one of those rabbits my father killed with his shotgun and I crunched down on one of the pellets. Uh oh!

I stopped chewing and ran my tongue over what was in my mouth for the offending particle. 

I found it. 

I put my finger in my mouth and pulled it out. 

What I saw was part of a tooth, uh oh. 

Then I ran my tongue over the teeth remaining in my mouth. 

My tongue couldn't find any missing fillings.

Then I went a mirror. Yep, what I saw was that a cap came off my front tooth. 

I am now Mortimer Snerd.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Autobiography, Vanity Project?

Judge Judy

Last night while I was watching "Judge Judy", the first case brought before her was a woman who was suing a professional writer she hired for $5,000 for not doing a book proposal on her autobiography. Judge Judy asked the plaintiff "Why are you writing an autobiography? What about your life is so interesting that you feel you have to write a book about it?"  That's a good question Judge Judy.

The plaintiff told her that she thought she had a "story to tell."  Judge Judy told her "A lot of people think their lives are interesting but even famous people can't get a book proposal because there isn't a market for their book."  Judge Judy went on to say "Almost all of these books are vanity projects where the writer produces maybe one hundred books and passes them out to friends and family."  

Well, that deflated my hopes of my autobiography being a run away best seller like Andrew Tobias's book "The Best Little Boy In The World." 

I remember reading that book years ago, a coming of age book by gay Andrew Tobias.  I thought "That's my story! I could write a book like that." I have to admit folks, that I thought I could replicate Mr. Tobias's success. But let's get real here, there ain't nobody except me and a few blog followers who will find my autobiography interesting. 

No whining here folks, just a reality check. A reality check for me. But you know what folks? It doesn't matter. I'm writing my autobiography for myself. Partly as a therapy and partly to relive and revisit my life, which I find interesting. 

I read a lot. My favorite type of books are biographies. The book I'm just finishing now is a biography Gloria Swanson. Not all that well written and in fact the writer seems to have a bias against Miss Swanson but I still find this book interesting. Of course I don't find all biographies interesting. I have a biography of Ross Perot. Never got around to reading it and probably never will. I don't care about Mr. Perot. But what I do care about are certain people. For instance I would love to read the life stories of some of my blogger friends. I have one who occasionally posts nuggets of his life in California.  He knows who he is. He writes well and has lived and continues to live a very interesting life. His biography I would read.

My cat loving, movie reviewer friend in England, I would read his autobiography. He may not think his life is interesting but to me it would be.  

I believe we all lead interesting lives. Each of has our own unique series of dramas.  Highs and lows. 

Watching that case on "Judge Judy" last night was a self check on me not to get my hopes up that I'm going to have the next runaway best seller. 

Darn! I was so looking forward to appearing on "Ellen" to promote my book.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Finally, That Autobiography

After much thought and procrastination I am finally beginning to write my autobiography. 

I've struggled over the years in how to write it. Did I want to write a "Gone With The Wind" type of autobiography? No, I don't have the energy for that or the time.

How about paying someone to write it for me? Out of the question, just too expensive. Plus, I prefer to write my story in my own words. My style, which as you know is very unique. 

This is how I'm going to write my story. In short vignettes. 

I got this idea from the brother of a former classmate of mine. He wrote a short book called "Fuzzy Side Up."  He got the title from his rug business.  Fuzzy side up. A unique title that identifies him.

My title is "Sweating Already!"  I got that title from a statement I made when I was about ten years old.  I was with my parents at my uncle Ray's home during a weekly family poker game. I was standing over a heat vent in the living room and as the heat air turn on with a swoosh, I said "Sweating already!"  From that time on my relatives would kid me about "Sweating already!"  That term is an apt description of my life. 

And that is the life I want to record for posterity once I am no longer here to tell my story.

We all have a story to tell. During my research into my family history in I've often wondered what my ancestors' lives were like. How I would like to read their description of their life. To read their autobiographies. Unfortunately, I have never ran across any written histories of my relatives. But I will leave my own history. 

Right now I know of none of my relatives who are interested in my history. But I am confident there will be a "me" somewhere down the line (through my brother's children and grandchildren and now even great grandchildren, who will want to know more about "Uncle Ronnie," as I am known to my family. 

This is a labor of love folks. I will enjoy writing about my life. I think I have found the right format for me to accomplish this lifelong task. For those of you interested in this speck sand (me) on the beach, here is the link to my Word Press blog.

By the way, I'm still on a learning curve for writing a blog in Word Press. Anyone know how I can add my photo on the main page, let me know. 

In the meantime I will continue with this blog, which is mainly about my day to day life. My Word Press blog will be about my autobiography.

Life goes on folks!