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Trump's First 100 Days

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Trump's fat ass ascending the presidential helicopter Today marks the 100th day of the Trump presidency. So how successful was Trump in fulfilling all his promises?  Well, to use one of Trumps limited use of superlatives, his first 100 days was an "amazing failure."   Other than filling the Supreme Court Justice seat that the Republicans stole from Obama and the Democrats, Trump was not fulfilled ANY of his oft proclaimed promises at his many self aggrandizement rallies.  And oh yes, another rally will be held tonight in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Trump needs these reboots to his ego the way a drug addict needs a needle in his vein.  I could list all the promises that Trump has made to his base (and the country) but I won't in this post. Most of you know the promises.  Trump will build a wall, and Mexico will pay for it. Trump will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  Yes, I could list all the promises that he has failed to keep ad nauseam. However, on

A Ride Down Hollywood Boulevard

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One of the joys of our annual visit to Hollywood is that Pat and I have no set schedule. We just "go with the flow."  The one set thing we do (at my insistence) was attending a taping of "The Price is Right."  Which, by the way, we will appear (in the audience) on the May 2nd and 3rd show on TV.  Check your TV listings.  This post features one of our rides around Hollywood one evening. During a previous visit we walked down Hollywood Boulevard to Hollywood and Vine.  Walking past the famous In and Out Burger, which I have yet to sample. Next year for sure! This year, we didn't get a chance to walk down to Hollywood and Vine and mingle with the touristas but we did ride down there.  If you look closely you can see the Walk of Fame.   As a matter of fact, we missed out a lot this year during our visit. For the second year in a row we didn't visit Oil Can Harry's gay bar.  We visited there the first year (remember when I fell on the disco ball glitt

Thoughts on Blogging and Meeting That Special Friend

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Me and Pat in Los Angeles this past February Lately I've been phoning in my blog posts. I go through these periods when my interest in my blog wanes. However, do not be concerned, my interest is and will always be there.  I began this blog back in 2005.  I've been blogging for over twelve years now. My posts have ranged from everything from childish, self-absorbed rants to truly thoughtful observations on life here in southern Delaware during my retirement.   I have made several very good friends through my blog that I would never have known otherwise. For that will be eternally grateful because these friends have truly enriched my life. Some of my blogger friends who I met up with in Palm Springs California this past February But by the same token I have seen some of the ugliness that lurks out there in the ether of the blogosphere. That's why I have to moderate the comments left on my blog postings.  I read other blogs and sometimes wish I could be as

Good Riddance

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah Chaffetz won't run for reelection Two totally despicable human beings will no longer be with us. The first is Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate President Donald Trump, abruptly announced today that he won't run for re-election.  Chaffetz used the tired old excuse of "spending more time with his family" excuse.  Yeah, right.  Chaffetz knows he has no political future after Trump was elected president and he has to defend Trump at his town hall meetings. And of course Chaffetz, as head of the House investigative committee will not investigate Trump, even though there is a wealth of things to investigate with Trump. Chaffetz was quite happy making up things about Hillary to investigate. Not so happy investigating The Liar.  Good riddance. Bill O’Reilly Officially Out at Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

Medical Update

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Last week was busy with three medical appointments. All in one day too! Bill went for his week after cataract surgery update and all went well. I still continue to apply the drops to his right eye. That will continue until the end of this month.  At first Bill said he couldn't see any difference in his right eye.  He said there was "a cloud" over his eye. However, as his eye has healed his vision has improved. He can see things in a distance clearly.  In his left eye, which will be done in June, his vision is still cloudy.  Bill was considering only getting one eye done but of the annoyance of having the drops put in every day.  Bill doesn't like his routine disrupted. But I've convinced him that his vision will be much improved when he gets both eyes done and he can get his driver's license back.  Also last Thursday I had to get an X-ray of my bladder.  I haven't gotten the results yet. I just left a message to get the results. Let's see how

Hotel Front Desk Agent

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Me at my desk as a sales associate at the Hampton Inn, Lionville, PA 2000 Yesterday I marked my tenth anniversary as a hotel front desk agent at the hotel where I work part-time in Lewes, Delaware. Wow, time flies when you're (I'm) having fun. I began my hotel career as the first job I had when I was discharged from the Army in January of 1963. My first job was as a night auditor at the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh (of course) Pennsylvania.  I was paid $250 a month, payable on the 15th and the 30th.  I could hardly survive on that pay, which was less than my Army pay of $389.00 a month which was payable once a month. And in the Army I had my housing, food and medical care provided free of charge.  I only had that job for three months before I quit and moved back to my family home in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  There I got a job for $80 a week as an accounts payable clerk at a local scrap yard. I had that job for two years then I got a job at Girard Bank

Male Restroom Etiquette

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  I've posted this before but it bears posting again, in case anyone missed my original posting.  Happy Easter everyone!

United Airlines - Fairness, Respect and Dignity For Your Customers?

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Normally I'm not a fan of lawyers but this lawyer for Dr. David Dao, the paying airline passenger who was forcibly and violently removed from his seat on a United Airlines plane, has it exactly right. For too long we have let some airlines and some other businesses who have a monopoly (hear that Comcast?) to treat us with less than fairness, respect and dignity.    Recently when I made an appointment with my urologist I was treated rudely and dismissively by a person in his office.  I called because I was in distress from passing a kidney stone, one of many I have passed in the past few years.  This person barked at me, didn't listen to what I was saying and dismissed me.  I was so angry that I called her back and gave her an earful.  I told her not to talk to me like I was a child and to talk to me like an adult.  I told her she was doing me no favors and to "drop the attitude."  I don't like to be this way, confrontational, but sometimes you just have to s

United Airlines Passenger Dragged Off Plane

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So what happens when an airline decides four of its employees have a seat on a fully booked airplane?  They bump paying passengers.  And, believe it or not, they are within the law. Check the small print on your ticket. However, yesterday the arrogance of the airline industry fell victim to the ever present smart phone video recording the almost every individual has. United Airlines needed four seat for THEIR EMPLOYEES who had to be in Louisville, Kentucky, three hundred miles away from the departure point in Chicago.  They offered an incentive of $400 for any passengers willing to give up their seat. No takers.  Then they offered $800. Still no takers. Then they randomly selected PAYING passengers to leave the place to make room for THEIR EMPLOYEES (so much for the "customer comes first" mantra).   Three PAYING customers got up to leave.  However, the four passenger, a man of Chinese ancestry, refused to leave.  He said he was a doctor and had to be in Louisville t

A Week of Doctors' Appointments

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This year's tulips! Happy Spring! You know one sure sign that you're old? Your week revolves around doctors' appointments. This week we have three: Tomorrow I see my urologist.   I haven't seen him since my prostate seed implant back in 2013 and my two surgeries (plus a catheterization) for my kidney stones. This appointment is a followup for my kidney stone passing a few weeks ago.  When I was in the emergency room the doctor told me I had more kidney stones waiting to fall. Great! Just what I need, that hanging over my head.  I'm not looking forward to this appointment for several reasons. One being I had a blowout with one of his assistants while arranging my appointment. She was being very authoritative and dismissive of me and treating me like a child.  I blasted her back. Told her to talk to me like an adult. I don't like these confrontations but sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself or else people will walk all over you.  At this t

Chicken Pot Pie

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My Number 1 comfort food - chicken pot pie Perhaps my favorite comfort food is chicken pot pie.  I grew up eating Swanson frozen chicken pot pies. I loved those pasty concoctions.  I liked them so much I talked my Mother into making her own homemade chicken pot pies. My Mom the cook in her kitchen  - she made great biscuits and gravy (December 20, 1975) My Mother was a pretty good cook but somewhat limited. She never did learn how to make a flaky pie crust. Her pie crust tasted like cardboard. Of course a prime ingredient of a chicken pot pie is a flaky, calorific pie crust. She also wasn't too good on the filling. I like white meat.  She would fill her chicken pot pies with all the chicken meat; brown, white and even the chicken gizzards and liver. Lots of sorting out for me when I ate one of her chicken pot pies. Occasionally I've had chicken pot pies at restaurants. Sometimes they  were pretty good.   I've purchased chicken pot pies at the superma

Forty Questions

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Borrowing an idea from my blogger friend Jon, forty answers to questions about myself (as if you didn't already know enough about me): 1. Are you lazy? I don't think so. No more than your average bear. I make my bed and don't leave dirty dishes in the sink. But I do take a nap every afternoon. 2. What do you eat for breakfast? Walmart bran cereal with almond milk and strawberries. Every day. 3. Coffee or tea? Neither. Bottled water. Ever since I had kidney stones I gave up iced tea. Never got in the coffee habit. 4. What was your very first job? Paper boy. Sixty-one Philadelphia papers and twelve local papers. Evening route. Made $5.00 a week. Spent it all on candy and comic books. 5. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid? Fashion designer. Yes, a woman's fashion designer. Really. 6. What is the most unusual job you ever had? Apple picker (when I was a teenager) Gardner for estate (when I was between banking jobs. Went from $38,500 a year