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Nighttime Selfies in Hollywood

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When the Pat and Ron Show goes on the road, you all know I take a lot of selfies.  Occasionally a stranger will take pity on my struggling with my iPhone to take a selfie and offer to take a picture of me and Pat but most time I take selfies.   My friend Lar noted that Pat is always behind me in the selfies.  Uh, Lar . . . . just how am I going to get Pat in front of me when I take a selfie?  Just saying. And of course there are those to bemoan that we are a selfie society. Oh please, give me a break.  I just wish I had an iPhone camera when I was young.  Just think of the fabulous pictorial history I would have.   Me and Pat loitering on Hollywood Boulevard When Pat and I make our annual visit to Hollywood, California, we have no set agenda.  Other than eating most of our meals at the Veggie Grill at 8000 Sunset Blvd. and visiting modern furniture stores (Pat's passion), we go with the flow (California style) when we visit California. Selfie in the Veggie Gril

Pasadena, California Visit

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Every year, during our annual January visit to sunny California, we make the short drive to Pasadena to visit one of our favorite vegan restaurants, The Green Earth. Pasadena is a beautiful small city not far from Los Angeles.  In fact, all the cities of southern California seem to run together, being one big city. We're always amazed at how little distance (less than ten miles) separates such well known cities such as Santa Monica, Burbank, Pasadena from the city of Los Angeles. As regular readers of this blog know (and you know who you are), I go vegan when Pat and I partake in one of our travel adventures.  One of Pat's favorite vegan restaurants in Toronto is The Green Earth restaurant.  That restaurant just happens to have a sister restaurant (run by the same Vietnamese family) in Pasadena.  Pat and I visited the Pasadena restaurant the first time last year.  We had a great vegan meal followed by a fabulous dessert.   Our delicious vegan lunch at The Green Eart

I'm On TV! (Finally)

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Ron the Ham in all his glory (and Spo Shirt) high fiving our friend Lloyd (hand in orange pullover) who go the cal to "Come on down!" (he didn't win but did get up on stage with Drew Carey) Hey folks, I was on TV yesterday!  Yep, your old blogger buddy here had his fifteen minutes of fame and was on national TV yesterday.   Actually I didn't even have fifteen minutes, more like fifteen SECONDS, but there I was.  In my custom made Spo shirt of very colorful parrots. That is our friend Lloyd (in the orange) who was called to "come on down!" I'm in the back to the left of Lloyd looking like the fool that I am.  Is this any kind of activity for a 74 year old retired bank operations manager? By the way, I thought for sure my Spo shirt would guarantee me being called.  As it turned out all I was good for that day was audience eye candy. My venue for fame was the longest running TV game show "The Price is Right!"  I had written for ti

The Hollywood Bed and Breakfast

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One of my absolute indulgences is that we stay at The Hollywood Bed and Breakfast on Hollywood Boulevard.  This is the first bed and breakfast I've ever stayed in and I have to tell you I hit a home run by choosing this delightful bed and breakfast. Pat checking his e-mail by the pool Last year was the first time we stayed here and again, I was very pleased.  The location is ideal, right in the heart of West Hollywood.  Within walking distance of 8000 Sunset Boulevard, Pat at 8000 Sunset Blvd, taking a picture of the Chateau Marmot on the hill across the street were we often eat at the Veggie Grill.  We can also walk to Hollywood and Vine as well as our laundry, conveniently named The Hollywood Laundry.  Hey folks, a lot of the businesses in Hollywood are named "Hollywood."  What are the odds? Me soaking up the ambiance by the pool Well, we LOVE The Hollywood Bed and Breakfast. Last year we stayed there the whole of our ten days.  This year we s

"The Price is Right!"

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We made it folks!  Ron and Pat with our faux photo in front of The Wheel Check out the banner photo folks!  That is the queue to get into the long-time running, very popular TV show "The Price is Right!"  That was the afternoon line on January 12th.  We (me and Pat) were in the morning line.   So how long does one stand in line to get into the TV studio audience for "The Price is Right"? About four and a half hours.  That's right folks,  FOUR AND A HALF HOURS Not that we minded.  I had written for tickets several months before our trip.  I received priority tickets which guaranteed that we would be admitted and we were.  But that didn't preclude that we still had to stand in line.   We didn't have to be there until 8:30 am, which is just about when we arrived.  Of course we arrived at the total opposite end of the huge CBS studio building. You should have seen me hobbling with my arthritis and game leg to try and get to the studio on time

Our Flight to Los Angeles and Landing

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Now it seems so long ago but it was only Monday, January 11th, almost two weeks ago that I met Pat in Philly for our American Airlines flight to Los Angeles.  The flight took off at about 1:30 PM in the afternoon, depositing us six hours later in Los Angeles just in time for darkness to descend and rush hour.  What was I thinking?  I think what I was thinking was that I didn't want to get up real early in the morning like I did last year in order to avoid the maddening crowd at the airport.  Guess what folks?  Anytime of day there is a maddening crowd at the airport. Our flight was about a half an hour late in take off but we made up that time.  The flight was totally full.  Since Pat and I don't travel first class nor are we any kind of priority flyers, we had to wait almost to the end to board the plane.  While we were waiting we were getting constant warnings that the flight was "fully booked" and we may not be able to put our carry on luggage in the overhead

We're Back!

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Hey folks, we're back!  Actually I arrived back to Philly yesterday morning. It seems like so long ago now just as our ten day stay in Los Angeles seems like last year. This will be a short post as I am still recovering from both the trip and jet lag.  Last night I slept for almost twelve hours.  This afternoon I got back to my daily hour plus nap.  I'm almost "home" now.  Just in time for a Major Winter Snowstorm that is headed this way over the weekend.  What timing!  Can you imagine us returning to this mess? I was lucky . . . this time. So how was our trip to LA?  Only one word can describe it: I took hundreds of photos and videos.  I'll cull through those and post them to future blog postings.  But for now, I'm just trying to get back into my "Delaware at Home" grove and prepare for this winter snow storm and hope (and pray) we don't lose power.   Stay tuned folks!  The best is yet to come. We have landed! Check out the

Packed and Ready to Go!

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Me and Pat with "friends" last August in Toronto.  Lookout LA, here we come! Well folks, I spent the best part of this day packing or shall I say, deciding what to pack. I still have that tendency to pack too much.   The most important thing is to pack the underwear and socks and some toiletries (I can buy the rest in LA). Also, all my Digital Age accessories.  MacBook Pro, iPhones, chargers, et al.  Wow.   I guess you heard by now, I didn't have the winning Powerball ticket.  The next jackpot is estimated to be 1.3 billion.  BILLION!  Now let's see how much that is after taxes and early payout. Heck, if it is only about 300 mil, I'll take it!   I bought eight more tickets today through our stay in California.  I don't want to take a chance on missing out on this Opportunity of a Lifetime.  The opportunity to win the biggest jackpot in the history of the world.   Hey folks, I'll share something with you.  I've always believed that I was

Countdown To L.A.

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Mostly packed (first run through) and ready to go to LA Less than two days and we'll be on our way to L.A.!   Of course I'm nervous that I'm not packing enough clothes.  Always I take too many clothes shirts but I am being very disciplined this time minimizing my wardrobe packing.  This is the way I look at it, anything I need I can always buy in Los Angeles.  I hear they have many fine stores out there. Early Monday morning my longtime friend Lar will stop here at Casa Tipton-Kelly to transport me (my very own personal Uber Driver) to Philly International for my afternoon flight out of Philly to LA.  I'll meet Pat in Philly, he's taking an earlier flight in from Toronto. The excitement is building folks!   We'll arrived LA after a five hour flight from Philly.  We're checking into the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast, right in the heart of West Hollywood for the first half of our ten day stay.  The second half Pat has reserved an Air B & B acc

Power Ball 700 Million Jackpot!

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Okay folks, you're hearing it here first.  Save your money, I just brought the winning Powerball ticket.  Actually, I bought two Powerball tickets, one for Pat.  Pat always buys me a Princess Margaret ticket.  Just paying back folks. The Powerball jackpot is estimated to be 700 million dollars. The drawing is this Saturday, one day before I leave for California.  The question is, if I win do I cancel my trip to California?  Hell no! So what will I do with my millions when I win?  Well, you know I will give a lot of it away.  And not recklessly either.  I'll bring in all my years of experience in working in a bank trust department (trust operations).  I'll set up trusts for all my family so they never have to worry about financial concerns the rest of their lives.  And I'll also do many random Acts of Kindness.  Remember the old 50's TV show, "The Millionaire"?   Remember the name of the millionaire?  His name was John Beresfed Tipton. Wh

The Excitement is Building!

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"AAAAHHHH!" Just got back from the dentist.  Good news!  I got another clean bill of health.  Oh there is that one tooth that is ready to collapse but I've had that diagnosis for about fifteen years.  I think I have a few more years.  I love the dentist I go to now.  So convenient, friendly and cost effective.   I go to work today and then when I come home tonight I enter into my California State of Mind mode.  I'm starting to get excited now folks! This weekend I'll start packing but I won't be packing much.  Just five days worth of underwear and socks.  One pair of pants, a festive shirt for my "The Price is Right!" appearance (and I an convinced I will appear on that happy show).  A sweater (or two) but only one other shirt change.  Always in past vacations I've taken too many shirts which I invariably never wear. If I need another shirt (or two), I'll just buy them in LA.  I hear LA has a lot of stores. I'm getting a

Another "What a Morning!"

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Early this morning I was again awoken by a power outage.  I always know when there is a power outage because my white noise air filter machine cuts off.  Folks, this is the SECOND DAY IN A ROW I've been jarred out of my deep rim sleep by a local power outage. Remember yesterday?  At around 4:12 AM , nine time the power flipped on and off.  NINE TIMES FOLKS.   This morning the power flipped on and off then back on again then off for 40 MINUTES.  Yep, over a half and hour the power was off.  As I lay in my bed, wide awake, wondering if I'm living in a Third World country, I have to remind myself I'm actually living in Lower Slower Delaware, or "LSD" to those of you in the know. The power finally came back on about half past 5 am only to go on and off again twice before finally coming back on permanently, or until tomorrow when they do it all over again.  I don't know what's going on.  Another drunk or drug addled Sussex County native s