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On Hiatus

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Good morning folks on this bright and sunny Sunday! In a few hours time I'll be on my way to Philadelphia for a reunion with my Canadian Travel Buddy, Pat F. I just got off of FaceTime with Pat, he just boarded a bus bound for Philly from the New York City. His bus was delayed for about two hours. He was supposed to board his bus at 6:15 AM. He traveled overnight from Toronto, boarding his bus there at 7 PM last night. Yes, I know, Pat is a glutton for punishment. You will never see me taking an overnight bus ride.  And this is why: Pat's "Go" bus from Hamilton to Toronto Pat and his new "friend" for the overnight trip last night from Toronto to New York City this morning No caption necessary I have to do a last check on my luggage that I'm taking with me to Philly for our week stay. My ride comes by here at 10 PM. Poor Pat will have to wander around in Philly for a couple of hours like a homeless person until I meet him. Our checkin

Big Philly Trip

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Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Whfft!  Now we descend into the Christmas season.  Well folks, this weekend I'm gearing up for my Big Philly Trip. That's right, my Canadian Travel Buddy is taking the overnight bus from Toronto and will meet me in Philadelphia, PA this Sunday.  Again this year we have rented the guest suite at my friend Don McKenzie's co-op in center city Philly. Twice a year Pat and I visit Don, once in the spring and once in the fall.   Usually Pat and I just bounce around in Philly, exploring different restaurants, vintage furniture places and occasionally an apartment open houses. Those of you who have followed my blog for these past seventeen years will know that I used to work and live in Philadelphia from 1966 through 1980.  Those were the Glory Years for me.  I always wanted to live in center city Philly so I could walk to work and to the gay bars. And folks, that is what I just did.  This was before the AIDS epidemic, w

Happy Thanksgiving

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Bill Kelly - our first Thanksgiving together 1965 Pennsuaken, New Jersey Wow! Another Thanksgiving! Wasn't it just a few weeks ago we were celebrating the end of summer?  And new we're here at Thanksgiving.  Is it me or does each year seem to go by faster?   This year I will be working Thanksgiving Day at the hotel. I don't mind, I usually work Thanksgiving Day at the hotel. I meet the nicest people during that holiday. Almost all of our hotel guests are grandparents who are visiting their children and grandchildren in the area. I understand why they stay at the hotel, nice visiting the grandkids but have to get away from all those screaming high energy grandkids. I can't imagine. I have to admit the one thing I do admit I miss on Thanksgiving Day is a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Years ago I used to "do" Thanksgiving at home for just me and Bill.  Yes, I got caught up in the holiday tradition that this is what you do for Thanksgiving.

Della Reese

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One of my all time favorite singers died a few days ago.  Della Reese, probably more well known today as the actress who played an angel on the television series "Touched By An Angel."  But I will always remember Della from my youth in the Fifties as one of a handful of female singers that I so thoroughly enjoyed. Of course my favorite female singer of all time was Dinah Washington. But Della, along with Dakota Staton and Sara Vaughn were also there in my select group of female singers who gave me comfort whenever they sang. I especially liked Della because of her strong voice and clear enunciation, something that is all too often sorely lacking with many of today's singers. I don't know but is it me who just doesn't understand what Mariah Carey is singing other than screeching at the top of her lungs?  I know Beyonce and Mary J. Blige are all the rage today but I can't understand them either.   I guess you can put me in the Old Fogey bin because I

Wayne "The Cajun" Juneau

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Wayne Juneau at Dos Locos Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach - The Host with the Most Occasionally I feature friends, relatives and former co-workers who are no longer in my life on this very personal blog of mine. Today, on this quiet, sunny, cold and windy Sunday I am posting about my friend Wayne "The Cajun" Juneau.   Wayne departed from this life January 17, 2015 after a long illness. He died alone in a hospice in Milford, Delaware. I met Wayne around 2005.  I was introduced to him by my longtime (and now departed) friend Bob McCamley. Bob McCamley and Wayne at Kahlasa Jewelry store (where Wayne used to work before Dos Locos) 7-23-2009   At that time Wayne was in a long term relationship with Tom. Both Wayne and Tom moved to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware from their home in New Jersey some years previously. I was looking for a home to move to for my retirement in the Rehoboth Beach area. Bob thought I would be interested in seeing Wayne and Tom's home.  One Satur

Thank You Harvey!

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Yes folks, I'm going to go there again. I'm "thanking" Harvey Weinstein but I'm going to give you a break and not post his ugly mug.  I remember clearly the first time I heard my first "I  want to thank Harvey Weinstein" from Meryl Streep I thought "WHO IS HE?"  Then in subsequent Academy Awards all the "I want to thank you Harvey Weinstein's" got to be a joke, at least to me. Again I thought "Who is this Harvey Weinstein?"  Then I saw him.  To me this fat, sweaty, arrogant looking man looked with the stereotypical studio tyrant and sexual predator using the casting couch to cast his movies. Then I thought, "No, this is too obvious. He must be a sweet man."  Well, of course time has proven that ole Harvey was indeed the gross sexual predator and abuser of power from my first impression of him. What I'm thanking Harvey Weinstein for is that the exposure of him as a gross sexual predator has create

Big Costly Mistake

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Ever have on of those ideas that you thought was just right?  An idea that is costly but you're willing to plunge right in because  you're convinced that it is the perfect solution? Sure you have.  Here is my latest Big Costly Mistake. God, I hope this is the last one I have. I wasn't going to post about it because it is just to painful but being the kind of guy I am who writes about (almost) everything, here I am telling my Tale of Woe. In our sun room and living room I have a wall of seven windows. I paid to have extra windows installed because I LOVE a lot of light. Also, our property is situated that we can see the sunset from those windows. But as with all grand ideas, there is a downside. During the late afternoon, when the sun comes through those seven windows, the sun glare is brutal.  About eight years ago I bought wooden Casablanca style blinds. Bill installed them. It was expensive and time consuming to install them but it was necessary because of that

Veterans' Day 2017

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  Today is Veterans' Day. This is the day in which we honor all those men and women who have given everything to maintain the freedom we have today in the free world. Me, 1958 DHS Marching Band - Sousaphone player Me, Army Recruit 1960 This is a day that is not only celebrated here in the United States but other free world countries like Canada, where this day is called Remembrance Day.  Just a few minutes ago I called Pat and he was at a Remembrance Day ceremony. And just where do you think I got my inspiration for a beard? John Phillip Sousa of course! I am not at a formal ceremony today but I did want to take this time to expressed my gratitude to all those men and women who have sacrificed so much so we can live as free people as we do today. As a former marching band member, I always choked up when I marched and played John Phillip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever."   One of my very favorite movies from the Fifties was the movie &

Seventy-Six Trombones - Happy Birthday To Me!

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Today is my 76th birthday! Wow, how did I ever get this old?  Never in my whole life did I think I would live this long. I have already outlived most of my friends.  Thank goodness I still have Bill, who turned 89 years old in September.   Thank goodness I have new friends like my blogger friends like Pat, Spo, Ray and many others.  I am so thankful for the life I have had.  Like all of you who are reading this blog, I have had my ups and downs.  But considering the very humble beginnings I came from and my average intelligence (I was a B student in high school and college), I've done pretty good.  Of course I started life with several major advantages being born an American citizen, a HUGE plus in this world.  I was also born white and male and tall. More advantages.  Now don't anyone take this the wrong way, I'm just stating a fact and you all know what I mean.   But I was born with several major disadvantages.  I was born gay, a fact I new I was &

Pat's New Home

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Pat relaxing in his living room This is what retirement looks like folks. This is my friend Pat's new home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Pat purchased a condo on the 10th floor of the former Royal Connaught Hotel in Hamilton.  Royal Connaught Hotel Condos, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada The total square feet is 548 (I think) which consists of an open "great" room  which consists of a kitchen and living room and a dining area.  Pat his his kitchen  He has one bedroom and one bathroom.  All amenities are top of the line. Pat is the only one tenant on his floor at this time. Pat and me in front of his new home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Pat now has a big flat screen TV in his living room. No more streaming movies from his tiny iPhone. When I visited Pat in September, his air conditioning unit wasn't working properly. Because one whole wall is all windows, and the unusual heat in Hamilton during September, his condo was too hot for my frag

Getting Back on Track

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Time to get my life back on track.  Remember when I used to work part-time? Lately I haven't been. The last two weeks I've worked both weekends at the hotel in addition to my regular Monday and Thursday shift. Actually, I'm more of a substitute employee at the hotel. I try to keep to my regular schedule of twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays but that doesn't seem possible for many reasons which I won't go into here because some of my co-workers read this blog.  So today I'm trying to get back to my regular schedule.  Of course this is yet another week with doctors' appointments.  One particularly frustrating one was my dental appointment. I need two new partials. My daily munching on Stacy's hard pita chips have worn down my old partials. One would think replacing partials would be a simple procedure.  One would think that, wouldn't one? So here's what happened. My appointment was last Friday.  The dental assistant wanted to "scan&

Sexual Harassers - The Beginning of the End

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Sexual harassment is a distasteful subject and I do apologize for bringing up this disgusting subject again in my blog. But I feel I must address this change in our culture. There was a time when our culture permitted abuse of animals. The SPCA was founded after a person had enough of seeing a horse being beat to death on a New York street in the late 1800's because that horse was too old to pull any more carriages. There was a time when our culture took it as a given child labor, when children as young as eight years old worked ten hour days in factories. There was a time when our culture accepted the beating of children, even in schools, as a form of discipline. There was a time when our culture thought it was allright to refer to a gay man as a "fag."   There was a time when our culture thought it was acceptable to use the "N" word to describe a person of color. One by one these formerly acceptable cultural norms and others that I haven't

Another Busy Day

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Today was yet another busy day. When I have days like this I think "This is retirement?"   This morning I had an appointment to get an X-Ray for my followup appointment next week with my urologist. Six months ago I had a procedure to blast out kidney stones that I still had in my body. I show up at the medical imaging place, sans supporting documents. What was I thinking?  I'm losing it folks.  Had to go back home and get my doctor's orders.  That whole procedure took up about two hours of my precious time this morning. Then I had to get a blood test for the same doctor. This time I had my doctor's order.  After waiting about half an hour, and being the last person in the waiting room, I find that my doctor's order says I am only to have a PSA test.  What?  I just had one of those October 4th at the VA. I told the employee at Bayhealth and she agreed with me, I could use the results of my blood test last month instead.  Now the morning is shot.  All