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Marlene

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Marlene Alwood-Ristine 1941 - 2012 Once upon a time, fifty-four years ago actually, I was serving on my high school yearbook staff.  Ever since I was in high school, I looked forward to working on my yearbook.  When the opportunity came, I volunteered for the yearbook staff.  One of the main reasons I volunteered was even back in those prehistoric times I loved to take pictures have pictures taken.  I wanted to be involved in any pictures taken for our class yearbook. Downingtown High School Yearbook Staff - 1959 That's me in the back on the left in the white shirt Marlene is two down in the front One of our assignments was to have a random set of photos taken for the yearbook showing different classes.  On the particular day I was given this long sought after assignment, I was pared with probably the most beautiful girl in our class, Marlene Alwood.  Gay, straight or in between, I don't know of anyone who would NOT be intimidated working with The Most Beautifu

Potato Salad Recipe

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The Beginning of a great potato salad recipe - red potatoes and hard boiled eggs If it's summertime it's potato salad time! I never used to like potato salad.  That's because the only potato salad I had growing up was my Mother's potato salad.  It was God awful.  Hey, I loved my Mother and she took good care of me and my two younger brothers but I didn't like most of her cooking.  My father and brothers liked it good enough.  They always cleaned up their plates and it showed.  Both my brothers hover around three hundred pounds today.  I weigh half that. It wasn't until I joined the Army (at 18 years of age) and had meals away from home that I realized that food could taste good.  I realized there were culinary possibilities.  Then when I got out of the Army and met Bill and set up house, I began experimenting with cooking myself. Over the years I have developed recipes that I love.  Now granted, I understand some others may not love them as much as I

"Mitt the Twitt"

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"Mitt the Twitt" Romney outside No. 10 Downing Street Oh folks, where do I start?  Our presumptive Republican presidential candidate is in London now on the first stop of his first trip to show America he is competent in foreign policy.  So what does he do his first day in London, he insults the British. To my friends, co-workers, relatives and blog followers who hate President Obama so much that you are actually going to vote for "Mitt the Twitt" (not my quote), ARE YOU SERIOUS? Mittsy's trip to London was supposed to be a "slam dunk" (not my quote).  We American have a special relationship with the British.  Romney has familiarity with the Olympics, he saved the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from scandal and financial ruin.  So what does Mr. Expert do when question by Brian Williams of NBC News about the London Olympics?  Romney says he is "uncertain if they are ready."  Well, that may be so Mittsy but you don't go to

"The Older Gentleman"

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Me with an "Older Gentleman" in a Toccoa, Georgia antique store last summer Yesterday my boss called me with a question about a guest's reservation.  He said the guest said she made her reservation with "the older gentleman."  Um.....I think that would be be since the other front desk clerks are two women (Lisa and Monica) and Robert, who is 28 years old.   I...AM...THE...OLDER...GENTLEMAN. Me (on the right in the green) with the other "Older Gentleman" who used to work at the hotel Well folks, this is still taking some getting used to.  It wasn't so bad when Lisa's predecessor worked at the hotel.  His name was "Bob" also but he was actually a few years (four) younger than me but because he had the white hair, when a guest referred to "the older gentleman", we all knew they were probably referring to Bob. However, Bob left the hotel a few years go so now I have assumed the mantle of "the older gentleman.

Smacked Ass

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Oh how I do like to see a smacked ass make a fool out of himself.  Maybe it's the mean streak in me (and I do have one folks, no apologies). Here is a short video of a smacked ass who thought he would power glide OVER a heard of cows.  Instead he power glided INTO the herd of cows and THEY took him for a ride. You Laugh For The Day folks! P.S. If this was an American who did this in America, he would probably sue the farmer for having the cows in the field and tempting him.

Back to Normal?

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Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess in "Downton Abbey."   Can we get back to normal again?  Okay, we had another mass shooting and the subsequent wall to wall coverage.  Yet again another renewal of the gun control policy which will go nowhere because none of our politicians have the courage to outlaw automatic weapons.  This discussion is going nowhere folks except now that movie goers will probably have increased security for the midnight showings of violent movies like Batman.  That's our culture folks, learn to accept it. For me, last night I watched the eight episodes of "Downton Abbey."  OMG!  Is that ever a great show!  No gratuitous violence or sex.  Yet still very interesting story lines that keep me glued to my 60 inch Sharp flat screen surround sound TV system in my personal theater bedroom.  And by the way, I don't have to worry about some nutcase bursting into my bedroom spraying me with automatic weapons just because he got reject

Something Good

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This is in memory of those who died this weekend in Aurora, Colorado.  There is evil in this world but there is also goodness.  With so much sadness and anger over the senseless tragedy this weekend, this should help to show that goodness will always be there in the end.

Peace and Love

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Me with my glads taken this morning on our back deck "Peace and love, peace and love" ...... isn't that what Ringo Starr always says when someone asks him for an autograph? Well folks, that what I say this morning.  With the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado in which yet another whack job gunned down innocent people at a movie theater showing of Batman (of all movies),  my first response (other than the report that someone had a six month baby at the movie) was "Why is violence so celebrated as a form of entertainment?"  Is it because most of the movie going public are adolescent boys who thrive on violent video games and want to see blood and gore in the movies?  I think so. Is it our gun culture which gets hysterical every time someone dares to even suggest that automatic rifles are not needed for deer hunting?  I think so. You know folks I'm about the most liberal person you'll ever know.  I have a natural aversion to censorship.  But

Precious Life

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Again today we are reminded of how fragile life is.  One evening we're going to the movies with our friends for an evening of fun and camaraderie then, without warning Death appears and snatches away life. I have never forgotten how I felt on the morning on September 11, 2001 when I left work at my hotel job in Lionville, Pennsylvania.  I was thinking about the families of those who died in the destruction of the World Trade Center.  Earlier that day I saw images of people who had gone to work earlier that day just like me.  The images that stuck in my mind was of those distant figures who jumped from the upper floors, bicycling their way to a certain death rather than be burned alive.  These people who had to make the horrific decision of how they would die, burned to death or jump to their death. I was angry.  Who would do such a thing to people who they didn't even know? Then I thought of how fragile life is.  How in an instant our live could be ended on a random act

Yet Another Shooting

Yet another senseless tragedy committed last night in a movie theater in Aurora Colorado by a crazy assed loner who possessed a gun. I agree with New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, stronger gun laws will result in less deaths.  However, not in the opinion of Representative Louis Gomert who wondered why someone in the audience in that movie theater last night who could have shot the shooter. We have a problem in this country folks.  The problem isn't going away and members of both political parties have got to get some balls and push for stronger gun laws. My heart goes out to those families of the injured and dead in Aurora, Colorado.

"You People?"

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Oh no she didn't!  Ann Romney, the likable half of the Mitt Romney presidential aspiration team appeared on CBS News this morning and was asked why her husband won't release more than one year of his tax returns.  In giving her answer she said "We've given all YOU PEOPLE need to understand and know aout our life". ......um..........you people? EXCUSE ME? "YOU PEOPLE?" Talk about a condescending attitude. Talk about arrogance. Talk about an entitled attitude. What's next Ann?  "Let them eat cake" ? Really Ann. RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS!

"I Don't Cook Anymore"

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My typical lunch - alone Actually, a more accurate statement is "I don't cook sit down dinners anymore."   I have always liked to cook.  While never a gourmet cook (one has to like fish, veal and lamb to qualify for that vaulted title), I consider myself a pretty good cook.  In fact I am an excellent cook. When I moved in with Bill once of the first things I bought was the New York Times cookbook.  I prepared and cooked many a meal from that cookbook. Over the years that Bill and I have been together I have cooked many meals for company.  The gay gene really came out in me.  I may have missed the "Broadway Showtune" gay gene but I definitely had the "Let's have company over for dinner" gay gene. Early on in our domesticity I used to cook a full breakfast and a full dinner EVERY day for Bill and myself.  Almost every weekend I would have friends over for dinner.  I so enjoyed trying out new recipes (a "no-no" actually) on

Bill Mahrer's New Rules on Mitt Romney

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Okay folks, here I go off on my political tangent.  I am so infuriated that Romney won't release his tax returns.  Know why?  Because he probably paid NO TAXES for one or more years.  Oh yes, that's why he is not flip flopping on releasing his tax returns.  I just hope that the Democrats (and responsible Republicans) keep the pressure on Romney to release his tax returns.  We need to know why this man who wants to be president of the United States so bad he will say whatever lies he has to be elected, won't release more than one year of his tax return.  There is something definitely there folks. I'm thoroughly enjoying seething this phony fall apart.

Fay Jacobs

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Fay Jacobs One of the great aspects of living in southern Delaware is living near all the talent and knowing them personally.  I just got back from lunch with Doug Yetter.  He is the artistic director of Clear Space Theater Company.  More about him in a future blog posting but I do want to say Doug is one of the most talented and down to earth men I've ever met. Another is a lady (I hope she doesn't mind me calling her a "lady" because I mean it in the nicest way) called Fay Jacobs.  Fay is a local who writes a very funny column in the CAMP Out journal in Rehoboth Beach as well as writes books and occasional humorous magazine articles.  Think of Dave Barry but much funnier and not living in Florida.  Fay is fabulous! Buy any of her books:   The following is her latest column which I read last night while I was working at the Inn.  I read this during a slow period and at one point literally laughed out loud.  There were guests in the lobby.  I half expect

Why I Don't Care About the Olympics

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Michael Phelps - so over I lost my interest in the Olympics about twenty years ago when I realized that the TV coverage in America was mostly of the American atheletes.  That and the endless commercials killed my interest in watching "the games." The Olympics is supposed to be about international coverage but watching the TV coverage from the U.S., one would think the only participants were Americans.  Where is the interest when there is no coverage of the participants from other countries?  And of course there are the commercials.  Oh my God, the commercials.  I stay up to watch these stupid commercials?  Another annoying bit of the U.S. TV coverage is the "special" backstories of all the U.S. athletes.  Really?  Is everyone a  hard luck story that has overcome tremendous odds to participate in the Olympics?  Pardon me but this is all so boring to me. It's a shame really becuase I used to love watching the Olympics. The "live" Olympics, n

The Best Ad This Year - "It Be Weird"

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Bill always gets on my case because I watch ads.  Well, I don't watch all the ads.  I watch the good ones. Here is the Nissan Altima "Breakup" ad.  In thirty seconds, this ad conveys more of a story than most two hour movies do.  Check it out.  It has everything. I LOVE THIS AD! The greasy gas station attendant.  The goofy cute possum eyed customer (my type by the way).  The undercurrent homoerotic suggestion.  Even the pause by "possum" and the final look he gives "Eddie" before he gets into his car THAT HAS HIS WIFE IN IT (or girlfriend): I LOVE THIS AD! Whenever I hear this ad come one (I rarely sit in front of a TV and watch it, I'm usually working on my computer or reading a magazine or newspaper and using my TV as background wallpaper), I stop everything and watch it.  I NEVER TIRE OF IT. I LOVE THIS AD! I just finished watching Season 4 of "Madmen" last night.  I love this show.  Maybe it's because I'm a frus

Mitt Romney - Outsourcer in Chief

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Okay folks, I can't resist any longer.  Mitt ("The Liar") Romney now claims he retired "retroactively" from Bain Capital.  Give me a break. By the way, why won't Romney release more tax returns?  I think I know why, because there are a few years where he probably paid NOTHING.  Yep folks, Mr. "America the Beautiful" won't release his tax returns because he IS HIDING SOMETHING. No excuses for this blatantly political posting folks.  Had to be done.  Now listen to the best political ad yet this year.

Rolling Thunder

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The Dairy Queen in Lewes We just had a thunder storm roll through here. We needed the rain.  How many times have you heard that phrase this summer?  "We needed the rain"?   Well, we did and the cornfields got a good soak.  The cornfields around here were beginning to dry up.  Stalks of corn, crinkled up, begging for water. So here we are smack dab in the middle off summer.  I'm having my one fresh corn on the cob for dinner.  Now that we have a Panera Bread Company nearby, I also have a sour dough baguette with my grilled hamburger.  I used one of those George Foreman grills for one (Bill eats at a different time) to grill my hamburger.  Tastes the same as what I used to cook on the big grill on the back deck a few years ago.  I gave that grill away to some of the Guatemalan landscapers who are always mowing some of my neighbors' lawns here in this development where Bill and I live.  Their families are much larger than mine.  It seemed silly for me to cook one

Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

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Horace - 1982-1999 Yes, I believe they do. Do I believe in Heaven?  I don't know.  My common sense says there is no such thing as Heaven.  I tend to believe that when you die there is nothing.  A great void.  Black, dark.  Total unawareness. However, and a big HOWEVER....some years ago I saw a Robin Williams movie called "What Dreams May Come."  The Robin Williams character died in an auto crash in the Holland Tunnel (what a way to go).  He died but he didn't know he died until he "woke up" in a colorful field of flowers in an oil painting.  At first he didn't know where he was.  As he slowly came to consciousness, he heard a dog barking in the distance.  He recognized the bark.  The dog barking was his long deceased dog "Katy".   "I must be in dog Heaven!" says the Robin Williams character. Katy rushes to him in the field where Robin Williams is lying among the colorful flowers.  Very emotional scene and I get choked up e