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Black Friday

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Well, did you all get your shopping fix in yesterday, Black Friday? I didn't step out of this house . . . once.  Not even to take the garbage out . . . . NOT ONCE. I remember the first time I was caught up in the Black Friday madness.  It was back in the early Seventies when I worked at Girard Bank in center city Philadelphia.  I was only a block away from the John Wanamaker department store.   John Wanamaker Department Store (now Macy's) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I often made lunchtime excursions to Wanamakers just to look around or buy a new shirt of tie if they were on sale.  On this particular Friday after Thanksgiving, I thought I would get a head jump on my Christmas shopping.  Back in The Day, I used to Christmas shop for all members of my family.  Something which I stopped doing years ago when I wised up but I digress.  So there I was, flush with my bank profit sharing bonus (distributed two weeks earlier, another business tradition you'll never

The Day After (Thanksgiving) Thoughts

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Brother's Thanksgiving Photo 2014 Well, you all know the old adage that "the holidays are the saddest time of the year" for many.  That is the time of the year suicides spike up.  This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).   Certain people may feel anxious of depressed around the winter holidays due to seasonal affective disorder.   The winter holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving, for most people is a fun time of the year filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends.  But for many people, it is a time filled with sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. I have to say that for most of my life I have been rather immune to SAD.  However, yesterday, perhaps for the first time I did feel a wave of sadness and loneliness wash over me.   As is usual for me, I worked at my front desk job at the hotel.  I've been doing this for about thirteen years now.  In the past I've been so busy wi

Thanksgiving Day 2014

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Ron's Apple Pie - still warm! With the smell of freshly baked apple pie wafting through the air here at Casa Tipton-Kelly I want to wish one and all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I got up early this morning to bake an apple pie for our wonderful neighbors The Murphys.  The Murphys are the BEST neighbors we have ever had . . . . . EVER!  They're having family over today so I thought I would make one of my signature apple pies for compliment their Thanksgiving repast and to show our (me and Bill) appreciation for all they have done for us the seven years (this month) since we moved to Delaware.   My lovely neighbor Barb Murphy - Frog Pond Rehoboth Last night at the hotel wasn't too bad.  In fact, in spite of the wind and rain from the Nor'easter that tore through here, all the hotel guests were nice and pleasant.  I have found in my fifteen years of hotel work that the holidays almost always bring out the best in hotel guests and last night was no exception.

Thanksgiving 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! Tomorrow is the day.  As usual, I'll be working at the hotel (from 3 PM to 11 PM).  I like working at the hotel during the holidays which I usually do each year.  I have found from past experience the nicest people check in at the hotel during the holidays.  No disruptive and complaining wedding guests.  No summertime guests asking "do you have a pool?"   Just nice people.  Usually the grandparents or other relatives who come to town to visit relatives but can't take the kids 24/7.  I don't blame them.  I couldn't take screaming kids running through the house round the clock.   My last sit down Thanksgiving dinner was at my friend Bob's house in 2002, twelve years ago (where does the time go?)  Bob and his partner Jim used to have Thanksgiving dinner for all us gay men who had no where else to go.  While the dinner was always chaotic it was nice to get together with the guys and have an old fashion Thanksgiving dinn

Men's Suits

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Spidy A couple of weeks ago I donated half a dozen of my suits to a veterans' organization.  Those suits were from my former life as a bank operations manager.  I left my banking job over ten years ago. I haven't worn those suits since I left that job in 1998. Me in business work drag at my last banking job - First Financial Bank Downingtown, PA Out of habit I kept the suits hanging in my closet"just in case."  Ha!  Like "just in case" I got another banking job?  Fat chance of that ever happening. But still, those suits hung in my closet, taking up space and collecting dust for years.  That is until I faced reality that I'm never going to have a banking job again or any job where I have to wear suit work drag. My present part-time job, which I will probably have until I can no longer function, I can wear just about anything short of tank tops and flip flops. I dress nice but I don't wear suits.  I'm keeping a couple pair of da

Good Movies - "Breaking Bad" Redux

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I've always liked a good movie.  Thing is, there are so few of them these days.  Last night was an exception.  Last night I watched TWO DVD's (three episodes each) of "Breaking Bad."  The much acclaimed crime drama television series originally aired on the AMC network (can you believe it? AMC!) for five seasons, from January 20 2008 to September 29, 2013.  Below is a description of this much acclaimed series: The main character is  Walter White  ( Bryan Cranston ), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable  lung cancer  at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystallized  methamphetamine , in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student,  Jesse Pinkman  ( Aaron Paul ). The show was set and produced in  Albuquerque, New Mexico . Walter's family consists of his wife  Skyler  ( Anna Gunn ) and children,  Walter, Jr.  a.k.a.

Thanksgiving Messages

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Whoops!  Here we are at Thanksgiving Week.  Didn't we just have Halloween?  Folks, every year the days, weeks, months and years fly by even faster, and then after Thanksgiving this Thursday the Big Slide to Christmas.   As regular viewers of this drama series blog know the Ron and Pat Show continues this year to LA, the City of Angels.  My birthday was a few weeks ago and Pat's is after Christmas before New Year's.  We celebrate our birthdays each year by making a trip to a Destination City.  This year's lucky city is Los Angeles, California.  I've never been to LA but Pat has and he recommends it highly for a visit. January 7th through the 17th, the Dynamic Duo will be on the Other Coast.  Pat is dying to see 77 Sunset Strip and meet Edd Byrnes. What does this have to do with Thanksgiving you ask?  Hmmmm . . . . oh I guess something to be thankful about.   I have so much to be thankful about.  Of course the first and foremost is Bill, my faithful and

Throwback Thursday - 1959 - Senior Prom

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Hey folks, I decided to do another "Throwback Thursday."  My earlier one today got a bit off the subject.   Today I saw this on my friend Larry's blog entry.  Lar and I were best friends during our high school days.  I attended his high school senior prom back in those Eisenhower Fifties Days.  Back in those days when the only thing we had to worry about was an atom bomb being dropped on our heads (we were told to hide under our desks, remember that fellow oldies?)  Ah yes, we didn't have to worry about terrorists cutting off our heads and going viral on You Tube. So here I am with my date, Suzy Cannell.  I don't remember how we danced but I know it wasn't cheek to cheek. By the way, I never did have a good Poker Face.  Take a look, don't I just seem thrilled?  Ah well, Suzy was very nice but there was no danger of her losing her virginity that night (or any other night for that matter). Just saying.   My friend Larry with his date Pamela - 19

Throwback Thursday - First Cousins

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My cousins Jack Tinder (far left), Elaine Reynolds Tyson and me - at her father's funeral 2005 the three oldest children of The Hadfield girls - we have that special "oldest child" bond This week's Throwback Thursday isn't throwing back that far, only to 2005. Picture above is me at my Uncle George Reynolds funeral in September of 2005.  I am seated with my cousins Jack Tinder and Elaine Reynolds Tyson.  We three are the oldest children (first born) of the "Hadfield Girls" as my cousin Jack likes to call his mother (Grace) and my Mother (Betty) and his Aunt Jeanette.   My Mom (Betty), and her two older sisters (Jeanette Reynolds and Grace Wagner)  - September 2005 My Mom was the youngest of the five children my grandfather George Hadfield and his wife Ethel (Hickman) had.  She also had two brothers, Randall (Randy) and George, Jr. My Mom with her two older brothers George and Randy - 1928 Both of my Mom's older brothers never ha