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ALS GoFundMe Account for Larry Meredith - Day One

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This is Day One of the GoFundMe account I created for my friend Larry Meredith.  I was curious how effective that would work.  I've had this blog for twelve years now never posted one ad or asked for money for a good cause. However, I am doing that now.  Larry's medical bills are piling up since he was diagnosed with ALS last December.  Larry does have Medicare and supplemental insurance but they don't cover all the bills that have now been generated since he was diagnosed with ALS. I talk to Larry almost every day on FaceTime. He lives in upstate Delaware and I live in lower state Delaware.  Larry and I have known each other since 1951 when he outed me on a book report in our third grade class with Miss Ezrah. I had stood in front of the class and given my "book report" which was actually a synopsis of a Scrooge McDuck comic book.  At ten years old I didn't realize I was plagiarizing.  After I gave my book report Larry raised his hand and told Mi

Asking For Donations for Friend With ALS

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Larry, Pat and me - May 24, 2017 - Larry's down for his annual birthday Old Time Photo shot - notice he's using a cane now This morning I was talking to my longtime friend Larry on FaceTime.  Larry was diagnosed with ALS last December.  I've known Larry since third grade. That for you folks who haven't regularly followed by blog is a LONG TIME ago, sixty-six years to be exact. Our annual Old Time Cowboy photo shoot - May 27, 2017 Like me, Larry is retired and living on a fixed income of Social Security and a modest pension from the bank where he toiled away for so many years. Like I said, like me. Perhaps the only difference is that I work part-time at a local hotel to try and keep up with my bills and go on the occasional holiday with my good friend Pat from Toronto. Larry has always lived on a tight budget but now with increasing medical bills due to his ALS health care, he is losing ground. The bills are starting to pile up.  I suggested to him to s

Game of Thrones

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For several years now I've been hearing a lot about the HBO series "Game of Thrones."  Uh, okay. Is this another overhyped series?  My default position on much hyped flavors of the day is to not jump on the bandwagon. Thus I haven't watch this very popular series produced by HBO.   I had the same position when "Breaking Bad" was all the rage.  I held out for a long time until Pat introduced me to one of the episodes. Of course I was hooked after viewing the episode after ten minutes.   Pat introduced me to "Breaking Bad" when we were staying at the Latham Hotel in Philadelphia during one of our quarterly get togethers. When I got home, I lost no time ordering the series from my Netflix account.  I binged watched that series, sometimes until 2:30 am in the morning.  Lately I've been hearing and reading even more about "Game of Thrones."  So I gave in and put the first disc, in my Netflix queue.  Last week I watched the

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

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A couple of years ago while Pat and I were visiting West Hollywood California, we walked by this window of dogs.  This scene reminded me of the Fifties Hit Parade song "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?"   Remember back to those innocent times of the Fifties?  I used to think I was living in such a boring time.  Hey, guess what?  I would love to have those "boring" times back again, albeit with all my digital devices. I found this video while organized my 92,260 photos and videos on my iMac. Can you believe I have these many images on my computer?  Can you imagine how many I would have if I was taking photos and videos since the Fifties?

Peace Marches

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The Charlottesville, Virginia peace march reminded me of the first march I ever attended in my life.  I'm not a marcher even though I was in marching band in high school. Downingtown High School Marching Band 1958 - that's me in the back with one of the Sousaphones   I've only participated in two public marches in my lifetime. One was the very first gay right march in Washington D.C. That march took place October 14th, 1979.  It was called "The March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights."  I did not seek out this march.  I was asked to attend as a result of several letters to the editors of newspapers that I had written about gay rights.  Remember back in 1979 being gay was illegal in almost all of the United States. If you were gay and made love to your partner, who just happened to be of the same sex, you were committing a crime.  In 1979 I lived in center city Philadelphia. And as I said previously, I was asked if I wanted to go on the bus

Random Thoughts on a Hot Summer Day in August

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I'm at loose ends today folks.  Not really in the mood for one of my insightful, thought provoking, blog posts.  Definitely not in the mood for another Trump Rant. Trump is going down, not if but when. I predict Trump will resign when Mueller's investigation confirms that Trump and been money laundering Russian stolen funds for years. As Trump says "I know it and YOU know it!"   So while Trump continues to sow chaos in our government and global embarrassment for the United States I'm going to move on to more benign subjects. Normally at this time of year I would be visiting my Canadian Travel Buddy Pat in Toronto and enjoying the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition).  However, this year Pat is in the process of selling his Toronto   awesome home   Pat's present home in Toronto, Canada and moving into a brand new swanky 14th floor  pied -à- terre  jutting up in the Hamilton sky, the Royal Connaught Hotel, a renovated hotel in Hamilton converted

Six-Packs

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Who doesn't want a six-pack?  Not talking about beer here folks, I'm talking about a sculpted bod. A progression to a six pack. I would settle for the middle status. The far right is actually a little bit much. My good friend and Travel Buddy is a yoga enthusiast.  Recently he began taking pilates twice a week, in addition to his yoga classes. He sent me this photo this morning after his "boot camp" Pilates session. Pat, the results are there!  I'm jealous. Pat this morning after his Pilates class - looking good Pat! Way back when I used to have a sculpted body like this. That was when I used to walk a couple of miles to work every day (when I lived in Center City Philadelphia).  I put in a couple more miles walking around performing my job as a Trust Operations Manager at the bank where I worked. Me on the beach in Provincetown, Mass 1976 - more hair, less fat Also, these days my six-pack has been replaced with a permanent belly.  No, I

VHS Tape Transfers

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My old VHS tapes to be transferred to a digital format - finally Today I finally addressed a lurking concern that I've had for many years.  As regular followers of my blog here know, I am an inveterate photo taker.  I've also taken many videos. I started taking videos in the late 80's.  I had one of those huge VHS cameras.  You know the type, the ones that you put on your shoulder. The ones that often intimated the subject of my videos just because of the size of my camera. Me in my videotaping days - location my father's roots Pigeon Roost, North Carolina - 1994 Since the onset of the ability to take videos with smaller cameras and now an iPhone, I long abandoned taking videos with that huge video camera. Me preparing to go to the top of Green Mountain Cemetery to video tape my great grandfather Isaac Lewis's grave in Pigeon Roost North Carolina 1994 - this was before my distant relatives knew I was gay and banned from ever returning to this si

Small World

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Last Thursday night when I was working at the hotel checking in two guests, I realized what a small world we do indeed live in.  The guests were a mother and her adult son. She came in on a walker.  I often ask what brings them to Lewes, Delaware. Her adult son told me his mother was in town for a hip operation at the local hospital. Looking at him I knew I had seen him before.  But I did not know where. Was he a famous person?  He said "No."  I told him "I know I've seen you before.  You look very familiar."   I continued to go through my routine of checking in the guests, telling them of the amenities of the hotel.  Again, I told the man "I'm sure I've seen you before.  Have we met?"   He said "No, I don't think so."  He mentioned a French restaurant in Rehoboth Beach that he frequented.  I told him "I don't think so.  I don't go to French restaurants." (too expensive my God).   Their room was one

Updating the Wills and Other End of Life Documents

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Me at my lawyer's office this morning about an hour ago Just got back from my lawyer's office in Rehoboth Beach.  Yesterday I received the documents for new power of attorney, medical directives and wills for both me and Bill through e-mail. Man, life is complicated especially when one if preparing to leave life. Since Bill and I are officially married now I felt it was time to update all of our legal documents for end of life.   Bill and me waiting for our conference room at the law office I had a number of changes to make to the first draft of the documents.  I had to put my former boss and long time friend Dave S. as executor of both of our wills.  Dave is in the business of settling estates and executorships. In my Previous Life I used to work as operations manager for Dave in the bank trust department.  Yes folks, I had a life before hotel front desk clerk life. Dave is good at what he does but I was concerned that since his practice is in Pennsylvania

Happy Thoughts

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Spo, Pat, Larry and Doug at Food Lion, Milton, DE  With the threat of nuclear war in the air, I have decided to write about happy places, people and times.  Regular followers of my blog have probably noticed that I haven't been ranting about our Fake President, Donald J. Trump.  Just because I haven't written about him in my blog post doesn't mean my feelings of disgust and doom have changed. They haven't. By the way, I have been venting, on my Twitter account. More about me and my Twitter reactivation in a future blog post. Instead I will post about happy places, people and times.  In my senior years I have been blessed with new friends that I have made through this blog. Of course you all know of my new BFF Pat of Toronto, Canada.   Guess which one is Pat. (hint, he scratching his chin) Pat is that friend I've been looking for all my life. A kind, gentle, good-looking, smart, funny guy who likes me in spite of my many faults. Pat and I get togeth

Bill Drives

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Bill is down at Lowe's this morning as I type this blog posting. This is Bill's first solo drive since he regained his driver's license last week.  He was hesitant to drive, having not driven since he lost his license last June.  I offered to drive him down to Lowe's. Down the notorious dangerous Route One, aka Coastal Highway. We're in the height of the summer season down here in Rehoboth Beach Land and the traffic is heavy.  Especially heavy on the weekend, sometimes at a standstill when the vehicles block intersections. Good old Route One traffic headed to the shore Of course I'm nervous that Bill is out on his own this morning. But he does like to roam around Lowe's without the hinderance of me tagging behind him.  I'm more of a garden center kind of guy.  That's when Bill tags behind me. My regular blog followers may have notice that I haven't posted since last Tuesday. Time just gets away from me folks.