Tuesday, October 18, 2016


My 50 High School Class Reunion Photo 2009

Last week I upgraded my iMac to the new Sierra operating system. 

I love Apple and all their products but their photo application has left me wanting the last two upgrades.  Finally they got it right with this latest upgrade.  Now I can organize my 86,000 plus and 3,000 plus videos before I kick the bucket.  Not that anyone would want my photos and videos but playing around with them now gives me pleasure and that is what counts in the end, isn't it?

This evening when I went into Photo I found this nice feature: "On This Day . . . "

This photo above is of me and some of my former classmates from my Downingtown High School Class of 1959 50th class reunion.  

Hard to believe that seven years has elapsed since that reunion.  

Those who have followed my blog since I began blogging in 2005 (yes, that long ago) know that I love to take and accumulate photos and videos.  

One of my goals before I become demented and die is to organize all my photos and videos.  Again why?  Because reliving these memories give me a great pleasure.  

My late friend Wayne "The Cajun" Juneau's last blog post he dismissed me as "living in the past."  I have to admit that was a very hurtful comment to receive from someone who I was nothing but kind to but be he obviously felt the need to make that parting shot to me.  Something I will never understand.  

All my life I have taken photos.  Now I take photos and videos, short videos. I often wonder how many photos and videos I would have if I had an iPhone camera back when I was in high school.  Back in another time and age, the Fifties.  Millions folks, millions.  But just think of the memories I would be wallowing in.  Living in the past. 

It would be nice when I am gone that someone would take care of my treasury of photos and videos. That probably won't happen.  But what will happen is that I'm going to make a valiant effort to post as many of those photos and videos to this blog and You Tube. 

I am convinced that someone will appreciate them in the future.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Supermarket in Town

Bill and me at the new Weis Market in Lewes

We have a new supermarket in town.  It's called Weis Markets.  I've never heard of them but I was excited to see what this new supermarket was like.

In my position as a front desk agent at a boutique hotel in Lewes I'm often asked by visiting guests how do I like Delaware.  I always say:  "I love Delaware but I do miss Wegmans Market!"  They almost always know what I'm talking about.  

When I lived in Downingtown, Pennsylvania we were blessed to have a Wegmans market in Downingtown.  I have to honestly say that is the main thing I miss about our previous home in Pennsylvania, not having a Wegmans supermarket.

If you don't know of Wegmans, you don't know what you're missing.  As Terry K., the wife of my former dentist, both of whom also retired to Delaware, said of Wegmans:
"Wegmans isn't a supermarket, it is an experience."  How true!

When I make my annual trek to Buffalo New York to met my Canadian buddy Pat (he picks me up in Buffalo and takes me over the border to his home in Toronto because the flights are way cheaper to Buffalo than Toronto), we always stop at Wegmans in Buffalo.  Always.

Living here in southern Delaware, often referred to as "Slower Lower", with justification, we do without a lot of the amenities that folks other parts of the eastern seaboard take for granted.  Like a Trader Joe's, Costco, and Wegmans.  Oh we have our Walmarts.  Three in the immediate area (Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach and Milford) but none of the cool places like Wegmans.  Thus it was with some excited anticipation that I visited the new supermarket in town.  So how was it Ron?

Well folks, you know what they say about first impressions.  Not good.  

The first thing I did when I went into the store was go to the customer service counter to get one of their cards for discounts.  I approach the counter.  I see three young women gathered around a computer screen. Laughing and giggling at something on the screen.  I think they were training each other  But they were totally unaware of me.

I wait. And I wait.  One minute, two minutes  three minutes.  Then from behind me a man with a red Weiss shirt  asks "Are you being taken care of?"  I replied "NO.I.AM.NOT."  

He immediately went over to the gaggle of girls and one of them came over to me to ask if she could help me.  Hmmmm.  Not a good first impression. Usually when you go to a customer service counter, someone waits on you.  Not here today at Weiss'.

I get my card. I take my shopping cart and I'm off to shop.  First thing I encounter are tables blocking my path.  One table, two tables, three tables.  I stop and look at the products on the tables and immediately I'm in another shopper's way.  I move.  I maneuver myself and my cart around more tables and again, I'm in someone's way.  

The widest space I encountered at Weis Market today

You know what I hate folks?  Supermarkets that don't have wide aisles.  Not only does this supermarket have wide aisles but the aisles are cluttered with tables of more products.  As I try to maneuver myself and my cart around, I am constantly in someone's way or someone is in my way.  

So far not a happy experience folks.  I get a head of cabbage of make soup.  I try to shop some more but again, the store is too crowded.  

I got to check out.  And what do I see.  LINES!  Folks, long lines!  Oh no.  I tell Bill "I'm taking this cabbage back and getting out of here."  And I did.  

Long slow lines at Weis Markets today

This is the experience I had at the new Weiss' market on their grand opening week.  Man oh man.  Not a good experience Weiss Markets.

I attended the first day of Wegmans when they opened in Downingtown.  When I went into the store I thought I made a big mistake because the store was packed.  I thought "I'll never get out of here."  The store was almost elbow to elbow people.  

My Mom (white top) at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA - fresh veggie and fruit section - lots of aisle space

I shopped and got some items and then approached the checkout lines.  And guess what I saw folks?  ALL the checkout lines were open.  Never in my life did I ever see a supermarket with ALL the checkout lines open.  NEVER.  

I think most people are like me, they like to get in the store and out without standing in a long line.  

With my few items I choose my place in one of the lines.  Almost immediately a Wegmans employee approached me and suggested that since I had only a few items I might want to go to another line that he pointed to.  I did and I was out of that store.  

Guess what folks?  Wegmans has employees monitor the lines to expedite their shoppers getting out as fast as possible.  Know what you call that?  


Another thing I noticed with Wegmans was that the checker bagged the groceries as they checked them.  Wow.  What revolutionary idea!  Efficiency!  

Wegmans know how to run a store.  That's why they are so popular.  

Presently I shop at Food Lion.  While Food Lion is no Wegmans, one thing they do have is wide aisles that aren't blocked.  They have a customer service center where an actual person provides SERVIÇE.  And, this is very important, I rarely have to stand in line long.  If a line develops, almost always there is a manager or assistant manager who opens another line.  Again, CUSTOMER SERVICE.  

Food Lion supermarket in Milton, DE - our grocery store of choice here in Lower Slower - it's not Wegmans but I get good prices and I can get in and out of the store . . . . fast

So that was my experience today folks. I took a break from my political ranting.  I'll go back to ranting tomorrow, I promise.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"Enough is Enough?!" Michelle Obama's Donald Trump Speech

Yesterday Michelle Obama gave a speech at a New Hampshire rally that perfectly states the case for electing Hillary Clinton as president and defeating the sexual predator braggart Donald Trump.

As more courageous women come out and relate their stories of being sexually harassed and abused by the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Michelle's heart felt and sincere speech states perfectly the importance of defeating Donald Trump.  

For the full speech see below:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Donald Trump Serial Sex Assaulter - Lock Him Up!

Trump Faces a Slew of New Allegations of Sexual Assault

The Republican presidential nominee categorically denied any past incidents, but several women have come forward to report unwanted attention from him.

This is the news that came out tonight.  Donald Trump, sexual predator. 

I am sickened to my stomach to hear the details of the incidences of Trumps sexual assault the was revealed by four women tonight.  

The incidences are from a Miss Teen USA pageant where Trump walked back into the young girl's dressing room while some of them were half naked and some completely naked.  Trump bragged on Howard Stern that he "could do this" because he was the owner of the patent and he was "inspecting."  

Another incident was from a fellow airline passenger thirty years ago.  Trump grabbed her breast and then went up under her dress. The Trump campaign responded that it wasn't fair to "drag something that happened so long ago."  Of course the irony here is that is exactly what Trump and his campaign did when he "dragged" the four women accusers of Bill Clinton to the second presidential debate to embarrass Hillary Clinton.  Of course Bill Clinton, who actions shouldn't be excused but was litigated over twenty years ago isn't running for president.

Yet another incident took place at his Mar Lago estate in Florida where he closed a door to a photographer's assistant in 2005 and tongue kissed her only to be interrupted by his butler bursting into the room and telling him "Melania is coming down the stairs."

Trump is a loathsome monster.  He is totally unfit to be president of the United States.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Custom Made Shirt!

Yesterday when I returned home from work I found a very nice surprise.  There was a package that contained a custom made Dr. Spo shirt.  So nice!

This is my "giraffe" shirt.  Very appropriate for me, being taller than average most of my life.  I love it!  

A happy Ron with his new "Giraffe" shirt

I am already the lucky recipient of three "Spo shirts."  I wore my "parrot" shirt to the "Price is Right" TV show last year when Pat and were in Hollywood for our annual winter holiday.  I wasn't chosen to "Come on down!" last year, even though I wore my Parrot shirt (see side bar photo).  But this year I am confident I will be chosen because I will be wearing this fabulous shirt.

I am so thankful to have a friend like Dr. Spo.  

Dr. Spo, fabulous friend well over four feet tall

Let me tell you something about this wonderful man.  He's kind, generous, witty, good-looking, and smart.  He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is a head shrink therapist. 

I "met" him through a link to his blog that was on my late friend "The Cajun's" blog.  I was immediately attracted to his handsome features.  Then I read his blog.  Wow, this guy is good!  In my opinion he's a better writer than many professional humor writers. I think he missed his calling.  He's as good as Dave Barry, my preeminent favorite humorist.  

Four years ago I had the good fortune to meet him in person during our first Bloggerpalooza.  I was very surprised to find that he is well over four feet tall.  In fact, he is quite tall.  

Dr. Spo with me, the late David Jefferies and the late "The Cajun", and Anne Marie of Philly's husband. I, Wayne and Dr. Spo are wearing his custom made shirts.

As you can tell I like this man.  But you know what I really like about Dr. Spo?  He is so kind.  And he tolerates me, even with all my foibles.  He isn't one of those faint hearted "friends" who dumps me as a friend just because I did or said something immature or inappropriate.  At the Bloggerpalooza I took note that he treats all people the same.  He doesn't have favorites.  

Dr. Spo gives a bear hug to the late David Jefferies

Dr. Spo is a good person and I am proud to have him as a friend.

Thank you Dr. Spo for this wonderful shirt. 

Me, Dr. Spo and his partner, Someone arriving at the Bloggerpalooza 2013 (note, I am 6'3" and Dr. Spo is almost as tall as I am and he's not wearing heels)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Second Presidential Debate Aftermath

Did you watch the debate last night?  I did.

It was embarrassing wasn't it?  Did you ever in your life think you would see anything like that?  I didn't.

Put aside who "won" the debate.  The Trump supporters will say Trump won.  The Hillary supporters will say Hillary won.  However, here are some of the indelible images I will take away from the debate:

  1. Donald Trump threatened to jail Hillary Clinton if he is elected president.
  2. Donald Trump placed four women accusers of Bill Clinton in the audience.  Note:  Bill Clinton isn't running for president.
  3. Donald Trump lurked behind Hillary Clinton most of the night during the debate thus creating an image of the Lurking Stalker.
  4. Donald Trump claimed that his bragging about grabbing any woman's genitals because he's a "star" was just "locker room talk."

Here is my takeaway from the debate last night:

  1. Donald Trump reinvigorated his base
  2. Donald Trump didn't gain any additional women voters
  3. Donald Trump cemented his reputation as a braggart and a bully
  4. Donald Trump is totally unfit to be president of the United States

Now this is the part where I'm supposed to say "Hillary isn't perfect but she is the only alternative."  Well, I'm not going to say that.  What I am going to say is:

"Hillary Clinton is the MOST qualified individual EVER to run for president of the United States."

So fasten your seat belts folks. Donald Trump knows that he has lost the presidential race, and to a woman.  

Donald Trump is a tired, old and overweight old man. And he is ANGRY.  He's losing.  And to a WOMAN.  

As depressing as it was to watch last night's debate at least there was one good thing to come out of it.  Now we know that his repulsive monster will never be president of the United States.  

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Trump Goes Nuclear

An hour before the second presidential debate tonight, Donald Trump called the press in a meeting room at the hotel where he is staying.  

The photo above is what the press saw.  Four women who have accused former president Bill Clinton of sexual assault.  

Folks, a chill just went down my spine.  Not because Trump is parading these women, whose charges have never been proved, but because a major presidential candidate would sink so low to do such a thing.  

I am ashamed for this country.  Not because of Bill  Clinton and his sexual past but because the Republican nominee has sunk to such depths.  

Here's a message for Donald Trump and his supporters:


The Big Debate Tonight

The second presidential debate is tonight. 

Incredibly, this debate is expected to have even more viewers than the first presidential debate.  

And why is that?  Because of the recent revelations by the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump being caught on an open mic bragging about sexual assault on women.  

Trump is threatening to bring up Bill Clinton's  sexual behavior of thirty years ago at tonight's debate.  Of course Bill Clinton isn't running for president but in Trump's world, he thinks this will help him win the presidency.  

Every day more Republicans are withdrawing their support of Trump.  Some have said they're not voting for him.  Others are calling for Trump to withdraw from the race.  

I for one will be glued to the TV tonight.  One thing is for sure, Donald Trump does entertain.  I have a theory that Trump is actually enjoying all this attention, even though it is negative.  Remember what Donald Trump has said about publicity . . . . "all publicity is good publicity."