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Weekly Roundup

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Another busy week folks! Sunday I traveled to Lionville, Pennsylvania for my 53rd high school class reunion which was held at the Chicago Bar and Grill.  I'm one of those class members who likes to go to the class reunions.  Actually, I only like to go to my high school class reunion because I know everybody.   I don't go to my college class reunion because I wouldn't know a soul there.  I went to night school at Peirce College in Philadelphia on the G.I. Bill for three nights a week for four years.  My fellow class members were just a blur to me.  But my former high school class members, we're all friends and keep in touch over the years. The Downingtown High School Class of 1959 - 53 years later Sept. 23, 2012 This year I asked my friend and fellow blogger Mark of "Our Simple Lives" to take photos for me.  I asked him at the last minute almost.  Fortunately Mark obliged and took some great photos which I am now sharing with my classmates and will

First Kiss

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I love this!  With all the bad news bombarding us these days and the deluge of presidential campaign ads it was refreshing to see this short video. Carrie Underwood, queen of country and western music (sorry about that Faith Hill) and former American Idol winner (2005) saw a sign held up in her audience from a 12 year old boy asking her to give him his first kiss.  Carrie gave him a wink and asked him up on stage.  She asked him what kind of kiss did he want.  He, being no fool asked for one ON THE LIPS!  He wasn't about to get just a peck on the cheek. I'm way past my first kiss.  In fact I can hardly remember my first kiss.  Yes, it was with a GIRL.  I think it was either Mary Jane Chudleigh, my 10 year old neighbor.  Her parents had arranged a date for us to go to the local cheapie, traveling carnival. I was thrilled to have my FIRST DATE.  I liked Mary Jane and all but I knew something was missing after that first kiss.  No lightening bolts or the parting of the Red

Romney Scares the Baby (and me)

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The baby's not buying it either Mitt! Hey, Romney scares me too!  Babies, like dogs know when somebody is BAD. I have to admit I am enjoying the total collapse of the Romney campaign for president.  After the real Romney was revealed in the now infamous "47%" tape, almost all of the polls have turned in favor of President Obama and for good reason.  The hidden tape revealed what Mitt Romney really believes, he DOESN'T CARE about the "47%" nor does he care or understand about most of the rest of the country.  The only people he cares about are the "1%" of his fellow plutocrats who want to further plunder this country for their own benefit. Did you all see Senator Jim Webb's speech a few days ago on this subject?  What really galls me about Romney is his total failure in understanding or supporting our veterans, who are in the "47%."  This is the same Romney who spent his Vietnam eligibility years in France on a beach se

Isaac, Ron and Bill

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Isaac (my brother), me and Bill (my spouse) - September 23, 2012 The photo above was taken by my good friend Mark Himes of "Our Simple Lives....".  The photo was taken last Sunday, at about 4:30 pm at my brother Isaac's home (our former family home) on Hopewell Road in East Brandywine Township, four miles north of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I had just attended my 53rd high school reunion (Downingtown High School Class of 1959.)  Mark took pictures of at our reunion for me.  Bill wouldn't attend the reunion with me, to my great disappointment.  He still feels uncomfortable attending such a function in his role as my partner/spouse of 48 years.  He refused to go in spite of my pleas that "no one cares!"   Some of my classmates have met him one on one and liked him.  In fact, everyone likes Bill when they meet him.  I used to get a little jealous about that fact because sometimes it seems they like him MORE than they like me.  But I've gotten over t

Romney's "Too Many Americans" Ad

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Thank goodness Mitt Romney made an ad countering that awful ad that the Democratic National Committee put out about Romney not caring about the 47% of Americans who don't pay taxes. You all remember that statement taken out of context (according to the Kool-Aid drinking Republicans) that Romney called the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes "victims" who felt they were "entitled" to mooch off the government. This ad by Mitt sets the record straight.  Mitt REALLY DOES care about 100% of the Americans. Believe that and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

Where Have I Been?

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Bill, Mark and me at my brother's house in PA this past Sunday Been busy folks!  I'm still trying to get my stuff together after all the activity of the past week. Let's see, Sunday Bill and I traveled to Pennsylvania for my 53rd annual high school class reunion.  Yes folks, I graduated from Downingtown High School in June of 1959.  So I go to the class reunion and what do I see but a bunch of OLD PEOPLE!  Seems I'm the only one who hasn't changed.  I must be living right.  Believe that then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell to you. Yes, I had a very good time at the reunion.  My friend and fellow blogger Mark of "Our Simple Lives" graciously acceded to my last minute request to come and take pictures of me and my fellow senior citizens while we traded stories about our medical conditions.  Mark took 518 pictures under difficult circumstances.  Our reunion was held at the Chicago Bar and Grill in Lionville, PA.  We were off to the side i

Mike Rowe Does a "Dirty Job"

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Mike Rowe on the same stage with Mitt Romney today Omigod!  I just saw where one of my favorite men, Mike Rowe of "Dirty Job" fame appeared on a stage with Mitt Romney today.  WTF?  See here . My opinion of Mike Rowe just plummeted by at least 50%. Mike, what are you doing? Mike, where were you when Mitt Romney callously dismissed the 47% of the American public as "victims".  Mike, Romney was talking about the people who do dirty jobs. Mike, what were you thinking?

Weekly Roundup

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"Rounding the curve" What a week it has been!  And it's still not over.  I leave today for my 53rd class reunion.  Yep folks, I'm one of the remaining surviving members of the Downingtown High School Class of 1959.  The Last Class of the Fifties, a distinction well worth noting.  I am very much looking forward to this reunion.  My friend and fellow blogger Mark of "Our Simple Lives..." will be taking photos for me.  It will be good to see Mark again.  This all occurs later today. Where do I start with this week?  I'll start with yesterday.  I'll try to make this as brief and painless as possible.  Yesterday marked the end of a long friendship with three guys who I used to "pal around with" since the 70's.  In fact, the one guy (who I met when we were in the Army in 1960) was one of the main reasons I retired to Delaware.  Because of my visits to him and his "ranch" in the country outside Georgetown since the 70's,

Paul Ryan Booed Throughout AARP Speech

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Paul Ryan was booed numerous times during his speech today in New Orleans before AARP.  Representative Ryan was telling his lies again and they weren't buying it.  See here . Ryan repeated the lie that President Obama is "raiding" Medicare $716 billion dollars to fund Obamacare.  NOT TRUE.  President Obama is NOT REDUCING BENEFIT PAYMENTS but instead cutting payments to providers and eliminating unnecessary duplication of payments.  Ryan of course neglects to mention that his budget cuts Medicare benefits payments by 716 billion dollars. Ryan lies. Karl Rove and his ilk may think if they put a pretty face on the lie that the gullible seniors will believe their lies. Ain't happening.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell - One Year Later

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Me (on the right) and my gay friends at Ft. Devens, Mass. 1960 Well, it's been a year since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been repealed and the sky hasn't fallen in.  Did someone think to tell the angry old man  John McCain?  He said it was a "very sad day" when DADT was repealed.  See here . When I joined the Army in 1960, I was the only gay boy/man in the world.  I didn't meet other gays until I joined the Army.  Ironically, it was the Army Security Agency were we all had top secret clearances and we could get kicked out if we were found out (we weren't although a lot of our friends were).   I enjoyed my three year tour of duty in the Army.  I made a lot of friends (gay and straight) and had a great job at the National Security Agency in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, right outside Washington , D.C. Sal De Rosa and Ron Hampton - two of my best friends at Ft. Meade.  Yes, they were both gay and put on a Br

Busy Day

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Bill (with red sweater over his shoulder) returning to Dover Subaru dealership Another busy day here in Ron's World.  Today I had an appointment at Dover Subaru in Dover (where else?) to have the oil changed in my 2010 Subaru Forester and the 15,000 mile maintenance. The ride to Dover (where all the dead bodies of our heroes from our foreign adventures are returned to this county) was pleasant on this brisk, sunny, fall day.  The traffic was light on our newly repaved, stimulus fund paid for Route 1.  Hey Republicans, there are a lot of folks working at night repaving that road. Usually when I take my car for an oil change in Dover, which is quite a trip for us (39 miles one way), I'm in and out.  That didn't happen today.  After I dropped my car off, Bill and I walked to the Dover Mall.  I bought three new pairs of Docker pants for work.  Depressingly my size has changed.  I used to wear a 32 waist and 36 length.  I NOW WEAR 34-34!  My waist is expanding and my l

Gay Marriage Likely To Go Before Supreme Court Within The Next Year

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Me and Bill - 1972 Could it be possible? Could marriage equality, also known as "gay marriage", become  a reality in my lifetime?  Dare I even imagine? Bill and I often talk about how far our country has come towards ending discrimination against gays and lesbians.  We never thought we would see this in our lifetime. We remember all to well that it wasn't that long ago that we had to hide who we were for fear of our physical safety and economic survival. This morning I read on Huff Post where Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the Defense of Marriage Act would probably come up soon before the Supreme Court this year.  See here . Last year Delaware passed a civil union law for same sex partners.  Initially Bill and I were going to rush down to the courthouse in Georgetown and get "hitched".  Then we thought, "This still isn't the real thing" and it isn't.  Delaware's civil union law is a second class "marr

My Mom Was One of the 47%

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My Mom, Isaac and me (center) 1945 Yes, I plead guilty.  I'm one of the 47% of the American public that Republican presidential candidate arrogantly dismissed as "I don't care about them."  I know I've written about Romney's "47%" comment but it bears writing about again. When I hear a plutocrat like Romney, a man who was born on third base and thinks he hit a home run, a man who was born into wealth and privilege and had every door of opportunity opened to him, a man who was fortunate enough to be born without any physical maladies and a handsome appearance (not my type though, to me he's ugly), I think of this story my late Mother often told me.  That my Mother told me this story is ironic because she was one of those right wing nuts who would only listen to and believe everything Fox News said. Here is the story.  I was born in 1941 and in the following two years both of my younger brothers were born.  This was during World War II.  My

Heart Monitor Part Deux

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Well folks, I'm wearing the Holter (heart) monitor now.  I wish I had read Sean's suggestion that I shave some of my chest hairs before I had these electrodes strapped to my chest this morning.  As soon as I got up after Kim taped them to my chest, I could feel my chest hairs pulling.  Nice. Then there was the problem of where do I put the wires leading to the monitor box?  In my fly or outside my fly?  I put it outside my fly.  I didn't want to be too suggestive to my fellow shoppers at Food Lion (where I went after the "installation"). Then I ran into another problem when I got home, going to the bathroom.  All those wires when I disassembled my clothing prior to "seating".  Oh, I sit for both No. 1 and No. 2, no splashing No. 1's around this house. I just got up from my afternoon nap and managed not to get tangled in wires.  I still have the nighttime slumber to go through. This thing comes off tomorrow morning.  Can't come soon

Holter Monitor

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Holter Monitor - (model - not me - my photo will appear later) Today at 10:30 a.m. I get a Holter monitor.  Folks, I am dreading this. Years ago Bill had to wear one for a day.  I remember what an annoyance it was for Bill.  Now I'm there. Tomorrow I have an appointment to get the oil changed in my car and 15,000 mile maintenance performed. Friday an appointment with my dermatologist and then over to the Georgetown VA for my annual flu shot. Whatever happened to those days when I could just coast through the whole week doing nothing but sitting at my computer; posting to my blog, updating my Find a Grave account and surfing the Internet to see the reactions to the latest Romney presidential campaign fiasco? I remember years ago when I used to tease my Mother about her week filled with doctor's appointments.  Guess what?  I'm there now. Ah yes, the "Golden Age" of retirement.

Hidden Camera Catches Romney's Thoughts on the other 47%

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"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax." Folks, I am one of those 47 percent who Romney cares nothing about. I saw this video and heard this quote after I returned home last night at 11:30 PM from my part-time job as a hotel front desk clerk.  One might ask "You're a senior citizen, collecting Social Security and three small bank pensions, why are you still working at 70 years old?" I'm working because I need the supplemental income to survive.  I am one of tho

Weekly Roundup

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Another week flashed by folks and what a week it was! This was the week I voted at my new polling location, the Cape Henlopen High School.  What a mess that was!  As usual, the local Slower Lower government (aka Sussex County, Delaware) didn't disappointment with their ineptness in arranging a public location for a civic event which they made almost impossible to access.  Yes folks, the local political mucky mucks arranged to have our new voting location at the Cape Henlopen High School, DURING A SCHOOL DAY, DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE SCHOOL, and WHERE THERE WAS NO PARKING.  Welcome to Sussex County's voter suppression. Well, after about an hour of dodging and overcoming these hurdles I voted and the next day I was very pleased to discover that BOTH of the gay candidates I voted for WON!  It's about time.  Here on the east coast of southern Delaware, we of the gay community of mainly occupy this little sliver of land from Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, and Milt