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Halloween 2015

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Scared the crap out of me first time I saw Him in a movie Halloween was always my favorite holiday. When I was a little kid (seven and eight years old), I couldn't wait for the brisk days of autumn to roll around.  The smell of dead leaves in the air, the anticipation of going trick or treating, and getting free candy!  Wow.   I was lucky because I grew up in the Forties (yes, I am THAT old) before people started to put razor blades into apples.  By the way, I hated it when I went trick or treating and someone gave me fruit.  WTF? Candy man, CANDY!   Anyway, back to my Halloween narrative:  I lived "in town", which meant I lived on a street (Washington Avenue) in a small town (Downingtown, Pennsylvania - population 5,000). I literally lived in a Norman Rockwell town.   We were poor, poorer than most of my neighbors on Washington Avenue.  They lived in houses, we (me, my Mom and Pop and two younger brothers) lived in a second floor, roach infested, two bedroo

Septic Tank Emergency!

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Ah yes folks, it's been a while since I've posted.  It's not that I don't have anything to post about, I had LOADS.  Problem is I just don't have the time.  Oh I know how boring that excuse is but folks, that IS my problem. Well, this morning I had another "problem."  As I rounded the corner from my bedroom this morning to have my breakfast, Bill greeted me with the latest emergency.  He said the grass around our septic tank lid was "all wet."   Uh oh! This has to be one of our worst fears.  Mine anyway.  When we lived in Pennsylvania we had our own septic field. The twenty-five years we lived there we never once had the septic tank emptied.  But of course that was a little different because the overflow of the septic tank went into the field below which probably help explain why the vegetation was also so lush. Well, our septic tank here has no such feature. We've lived nine years (November 7th is our anniversary).  Only onc

Day Trip to Philadelphia

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Joe-Lin Charter Bus out of Sussex Tech Yesterday I had a wonderful day trip to my old hometown of Philadelphia.   The weather was perfect and the price was right. I took the Sussex County Tech bus ("Old Retired People's Bus Trips) to Philadelphia.  Cost was $39 round trip! Independence Mall where the bus left us for our "Day in Philly" I've taken these bus trips before with the big Jor-Lin buses.  I stopped taking them about two years ago because they "cheaped out" and started using "short buses" which basically, was a big pickup truck with a top on it.  I felt like a packed sardine taking the 2 1/2 hour ride to Philly.   However, I decided to take my chances this time when I saw a "Day in Philadelphia" bus trip was going to take place in October.  I signed up. Thus I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the Sussex Tech campus in Georgetown to see that huge, COMFORTABLE, Jor-Lin bus waiting for us very e

More News on the Medical Front

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My last visit to my orthopedic surgeon (I hope) This morning I had my last doctor's visit for awhile.  The past few months have been a spat of doctor's visits and quite frankly, it was becoming a bit tiresome.  However, I know that it is necessary to see my doctors to keep this old chassis going. Filling our my Wellness sheet this morning at my orthopedic doctor's office - way to get the day started off right - I was the first patient (8:00 AM appointment) Last Friday I visited my dermatologist.  For the first time in a couple years I got clean bill of health.  No burning off bits of my skin and leaving his office looking like someone was torturing me with cigarette burns. A couple of weeks ago I visited my main doctor at the VA and got the good news that my prostate cancer is effectively gone or at least in remission.  My PSA level was down to .3 which is fabulous.  This probably means I'll die of something else instead of prostate cancer.  Of course

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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Bill and me at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Bill and I discovered Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  Last week was Bill's 87th birthday. Next month will be my 74th birthday. We're two old men. Bill checks out an early settler family graveyard at Prime Hook What do two old men like to do?  Well, for one thing we like to get out of the house at least once a day.  I usually  always take Bill for a ride with me to Food Lion, Walmart or one of my many doctor's appointments.   Bill reads the information about the family graveyard - so quite - so peaceful One of our favorite rides is taking a ride down the dead end Oyster Rocks Road which is right outside our development.  Last week we couldn't make that ride because the nor'easter that blew through this area flooded the road.   Our alternative is to take the two mile ride up Route One to the Broadkill Beach houses.  We took that ride last week and were again blocked by flooded roads.  B

Another Loss

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Jack,, Ron and Elaine; the three oldest children of the three Hadfield Sisters ("The Hadfield Girls") Last Saturday night, while I was on my computer talking to Pat on FaceTime my landline rang. "What could this be?" I thought since it was too late for my daily robo call from Credit Card Services of America with my "last chance" to transfer my credit card balances (which I have NONE) and lock in my rates.  Every day folks, I get that call and when I try to tell them to take me off their call list they hang up on my right away.  The "Credit Card Services of America" is a scam which I'm afraid I will have to live with the rest of my life.  They will never die.  Unlike the phone call I received.   The call was from Arlene T., my cousin Jack's wife.  She told me that Jack had died as a result of going into a coma after his open heart operation.  He was on a ventilator but I know Jack and he wouldn't want to be kept alive this way.

California Dreaming

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After yesterday's post about writing for tickets to "The Price is Right!", I'm California dreaming. Pat and I are scheduled to fly out to Los Angeles January 11th, from Philadelphia.  Pat will take fly from Toronto and meet me in Philly.   We'll be staying ten days in Los Angeles.  Five days at the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast, where we stayed last year.  The remaining five days we'll be staying at one of those Airbus rentals in the Hollywood Hills.  Pat chose that location.   I can't believe that almost a year has passed by so fast.  I've only posted about 25% of my videos form last year's trip.  The video I'm posting today is of our visit to the Griffith Observatory of our trip last year.   Pat and I, when we go on a trip, loosely plan our activities.  Last year we were so lucky because the weather was perfect wherever we went.  The day we visited the Griffith Observatory was perfecto!  We had a fabulous view of downtown Los Angele

The Price is Right!

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Well folks, as you know Pat and I will be returning to Los Angeles for our annual visit for ten days this January.   Last year was the first time we visited and we had a FABULOUS TIME!  Only one problem, we didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to do.  In fact, we hardly scratched the surface of fun things to do.   Pat and Ron in LA last year in out out os style hats which we lost on a roller coaster ride in Toronto this past August Last year we basically flew by the seat of our pants.  Pants, by the way which we quickly found out were out of style.  The new style is the skinny legged jeans.  Hmmmm, not for us folks.  These two old dudes from the East will continue to wear our out of style jeans.  Me?  I prefer my cargo pants, stylish or not.  They provide a safe place for my iPhone and wallet.  I also notice that very few of the IN folks wore baseball caps.  Hmmmm.  Again folks, Two Old Dudes from the East will continue to set our own trends.   For this

Republicans Plan to Derail Hillary Clinton Backfires

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Hillary Clinton, First Woman President of the United States (in waiting) This is a political post so I will understand if you're one of my blog followers who prefer not to read one of my infrequent political rants.  As regular followers of my blog know, in my past life I used to be a conservative Republican but George W. Bush cured me of that malady.  Especially since the many conservative Republicans believe that I am a second class citizen just because I happen to be born gay.  Not all conservative Republicans (some of whom happen to be good friends of mine) but too many. Now for my rant.  Whatever you think of Hillary Clinton (I will vote for her, get over it), who didn't know that this whole "Benghazi/e-mail" faux scandal was all bout bringing down Hillary Clinton.  The Republicans, with their clown car of candidates, knew that Hillary was a formidable candidate so what could they do to bring her down?   When the horrible tragedy of Benghazi happened,

Surf's Up!

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  For the past several days a nor'easter has been tearing through where we live here in southern Delaware.  No, this isn't Hurricane Joaquin, it's just a regular nor'easter.   It seems like it the howling wind and rain have been here all week but actually, only about three days.  Great napping weather which I have been taking full advantage of, sleep at least two hours ever afternoon listening to the wind whistle and howl outside my bedroom windows.  My bedroom is constructed in such a way that I get the maximum eerie sound effects of the wind.  I could tape those sounds and sell them to old mystery radio shows. In fact that's what that howling wind reminds me of, listening to radio shows like "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" when I was just a child of five years old in the late 40's.  Yes, I am THAT old.   Today, as usual, I took Bill for a ride.  You think we hang out in this house, as glorious and comfortable as it is, all day?  Not us.  We h

Random Thoughts Nor'easter Saturday

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This morning I had to go down to our local B.J.'s (a heckuva name for a wholesale warehouse wouldn't you say?) to order new glasses.  My standard, day to day glasses had become foggy because the coating wore off.  Wow, that was a long sentence. Beady eyed and bagged out (bags under my eyes), I plopped myself down on the main thoroughfare of B.J.'s and took advantage of their 60% off sale (wait a minute, didn't they just have that sale a few months ago)?   Getting fitted by "Bruce" for my new progressive 60% off glasses I needed new glasses because the coating had worn off my regular, Around-the-House Glasses. I wear different glasses to work - the Lenscrafters progressive lenses $400 glasses.  I also wear my full top false teeth.  Have to look my (phony) best you know for the guests.  No Falling Apart Old Gay Guy Displayed Behind the Front Desk here. I lucked out and walked right into a 60% "Nor'easter Five-Day Sale".  Something to

Another Mass Shooting

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Last night I turned the news on only to be confronted . . . . again with wall to wall coverage of yet another mass shooting.  This time at a community college in Oregon. An angry president Obama had a press conference yesterday and spoke about that occurrences such as these mass shootings are becoming "routine."  And indeed they are.   What kind of country do we live in folks?  I don't own a gun and I never will.  I don't get a thrill or a boost to my masculinity by shooting a gun.  The last time I shot a gun (rifle) was when I was in the Army in 1962 during my annual rifle qualification.  Oh sure, I know the gun rights advocates who want their Second Amendment rights.  They want to "protect" themselves.  Excuse me but just how many people actually have shootouts (other than drug dealers) while protecting their home from invaders?  Right, that's what I thought . . . . NONE.   There was the occasion that I thought of getting a gun to "pro

Dental Visit

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Continuing with my spate of medical appointments, this morning I visited my dentist. More good news!  I got a clean bill of health.   These days I brush after every meal. I floss my teeth every night before I go to bed. I also swish  an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash in my mouth before I go to bed every night.  I need some good news after the big disappointment yesterday of finding out that Pope Francis had a private meeting with that vile woman, Kim Davis, the Kentucky marriage license clerk and self imposed martyr.  Both of them are religious hypocrites.  The Pope for keeping the meeting private until he left the U.S. and Davis and her lawyers for using the Pope for their own opportunistic ends.  I cannot emphasize enough how disappointed I am in Pope Francis for letting himself be used like this.  But then maybe he knew all along he was being used.  I will say no more on this subject (for now anyway). I have several more medical appointments coming up then I have cle