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Way Too Cold

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Downingtwon train station - I used to stand near the yellow line on the left waiting for my daily commute train to Philadelphia - this photo was taken on a warmer day. On cold winter days, that was a brutal place to stand and wait for the train - I'll never forget those painful days A fierce cold has descended upon much of our country, especially in the Midwest.  The temperature now is 15 degrees. I saw on the TV news tonight some areas in the Midwest are experience 45 degrees below zero, and that's not wind chill.   Bill came in my headquarters (my home office, which I transformed our smallest bedroom into) and asked if he should turn the water off.  He's afraid that our pipes would freeze in these cold temperatures.  I told him no, don't worry about it.  If there was a danger I'm sure I wouldn't have received warnings from our electric power service and NextDoor app.  We're doing just fine here at our cozy, warm home.  I am so glad I went with ga

Murphy's Law in the Supermarket

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The most popular section of the frozen food aisle This morning at my favorite supermarket (Food Lion in Milton) I went shopping for frozen broccoli, an important ingredient in my personal recipe for chicken/broccoli/stuffing casserole.  I usually go shopping early to avoid the school mom crowds in the afternoon.  When I food shop, usually the only other people there are little old ladies.   Last week when I went to the frozen food aisle a little old lady hovered over the area of the frozen food aisle where I wanted to get my frozen broccoli. Check out the photo above, the frozen food aisle is a long aisle.  Frozen pizzas, other frozen vegetables, frozen meals, etc but where does the little old lady hover?  Just where I want to get my frozen broccoli.  And I mean hover and linger, a good fifteen minutes. I roll my cart around the store and come back and she's STILL THERE, trying to make up her mind.  Finally, she left, albeit very slowly.  I got my frozen chopped up broccol

I Hate The Cold

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Pat, layered up tonight, for his nighttime walk in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - he will not be wearing this garb in California The two least liked months of the year are about half over. January and February, I dread those months. Those are the "lost months" to me.  Each year the cold bothers me more and more. I now understand while old folks want to retire to "warmer climes".  I know I do.  But I do like the change of seasons. I don't think I will ever move away from where I live here in southern Delaware. But I do like to get a respite from the cold.  That's why I talked my Travel Buddy (that would be Pat) to extend our annual trip to LaLa Land (that would be Los Angeles and Palm Springs) to two weeks from one week.  My idea escape from winter would be to spend TWO MONTHS in California.  Ah yes, to live and breath among the swaying palm trees and warm breezes caressing my aged, weathered cheeks (on my face that is). I'm at work now (the hot

California In Two Weeks!

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Pat and me at the King Street Cafe in West Hollywood, California February 2018 - we're going back to that fresh orange juice!! The Trump Shutdown ended today. Thank goodness that this nightmare will end for those 800,000 plus government workers and contractors ends.  A shutdown that was totally unnecessary. Just another Trump con based on a lie.   This day began fine with the news of the arrest of Roger Stone, one of the many traitors that is being revealed to our country that association with the number one traitor Trump.  Stone was arrested at his palatial Florida home at dawn in the morning. The FBI agents who arrested him haven't been paid in thirty-five days.  It was reported that one of the FBI agents said to Stone "This one is one the house."   Now that may be a fabrication ("fabrication" a fancy word for a lie) but wouldn't that a be a sweet good morning to such a sleaze ball like Stone?   My concern with the Trump Shutdown is much less

Three Big Hits and Other Thoughts

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This past week I've taken three big financial hits.  Last week my anchor crown broke. Visit to the dentist Monday. Big bill. $$$$$$$$ Yesterday I replaced the tires and brake pads on my car.  Big bill. $$$$$$ On the 30th of this month I'm having the leak in our basement wall repaired.  Big bill. $$$$$$$ Thank goodness I've already paid for my flight and accommodations in California.  I paid those last year when I made the reservations.   But you know folks, even though I'm whining about my recent spate of big bills, these are only "first world problems."  At least I have a steady source of money flowing into our household.  Social security, pension payments and income from my part-time job at the hotel.  I feel so bad for those government workers, Coast Guard, TSA and contractors who are receiving NO MONEY as a result of Trump's hostage taking to fulfill a campaign promise to his rabid supporters to build a wall that he said Mexico would pay

Big Toe Fix

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Seems whenever I have a medical situation it happens after business hours, on the week and often during a holiday weekend. Thus is the case this weekend. As I mentioned in my previous blog posting (buried in my Trump rant) was that my big toe nail was loose and crooked. This is the big toe that I damaged within an hour of landing in Philadelphia at the end of November. At that time it was very painful and I had to eventually go to a medical walk in clinic to have it evaluated. That was my first time that I used a walk in clinic. They examined my damaged toe and told me I would lose the toenail. Well, that is what is happening now folks. But it is scary.  My big toe nail (left foot) was loose and crooked, causing pain and discomfort when I put on my sock and shoe. And here I am about to embark on another walking vacation in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks (February 10th).   I decided to look up and call a podiatrist for an appointment.  Good luck calling late Friday.  I called

Our Country is in Peril

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Traitors who have enabled Trump Good day folks! Here we are, the 28th day of the government shutdown. A totally unnecessary shutdown all because of a lie Trump made to his followers. Trump said "Mexico will pay for the wall!" Turns out he wants us, United State taxpayers, to pay for the wall. A classic Con Man con, bait and switch. And one thing I will give  Trump credit for, he is a master con man. When this nightmare is done, history will show he was the greatest con man ever in our country and the world. This is one time one of Trump's many superlatives applies. But I'm not going to make this blog post about a long and boring rant on this despicable person but only to give you my state of mind at this time of my life. I never in my whole life ever imagined that I would live in a country where our very freedoms would be threatened by an incompetent, evil narcissist who has zero empathy for anyone except himself. We are at a great time of danger in our country

Thirty Questions

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Time for another fun list! I stole this blog post subject from my friend Jon of Long Wolf Concerto.  Here we go! 1. Are you filled with joy today? Yes, in spite of every day problems like an aged aching body and household repairs, I am joyous ("happy" would be a better description) because I have Bill and Pat, a good part-time job, a nice home and always something to look forward to (my quarterly trips with Pat) 2. Has it been a rough week? Yes, this week has been rough. Another big bill for a home repair. This one a leak in our basement wall. Seems every time we get one problem fixed, another one pops up. Whack a mole. 3.  If given the opportunity would you like to star in a musical? Are you kidding? I am that rare gay man who DOESN'T like Broadway musicals. Oh sure, during my youth I enjoyed those Fifties movies like "Singing in the Rain" and "White Christmas" but Broadway musicals?  No way, they bore me, just a lot of caterwauling

Slogging Through Home Emergencies and now SNOW!

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Snow this morning! Tis snowing now, first snow of the year. So appropriate after the week we've had here at Casa Tipton-Kelly.  Before I left for my quarterly visit to Philadelphia last month, I was musing about the fact that things have been going smooth here our comfy domicile. Then fate stepped in as she often does. The night before I left I discovered a leak in the basement wall where the sewer pipe exits our basement. Fortunately the sewer pipe wasn't leaking but the seal around it was broken and ground water was leaking in from outside. I don't know how long that's been going on, probably months or even a year, but over time water has leaked into our expensively wall to wall carpeted media room which I was using as a storage room. Wow, that was a long sentence. My homeowner's insurance doesn't cover that damage because it was "ground water."  Bill took up the carpet, fixed the leak.  One good thing is that we removed everything from the st

Pat Rides My Bike

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During these cold days of January I am choosing to post a short video I took during Pat's visit here (Delaware) last spring. I have a bike. I brought the bike from a neighbor who said he can no longer ride his bike because he has prostate problems. I haven't ridden a bike since the 70's.  I yearned to ride a bike again. After paying $100 for my neighbor's bike I put another $100 or so to clean up the bike. Then I rode it.  The seat was too high. I tried to lower it but couldn't. So I adjusted myself to riding a high seat bike. No wonder my neighbor had prostate problems. I don't have such problems since my prostate cancer treatment. I still have my prostate but it's been radiated to death. It doesn't work now. It's just there. Sorry to get icky here but just stating a fact. My second ride I promptly fell off my bike and injured my leg. I bruised the bone. First time I ever did that. Took months to heal.   I still ride my bike occasional

Got Junk?

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The Got Junk guys arrive! You have junk? I do and I got rid of some of it today. What a relief! The guys stopped by right on time today. They assessed the situation and gave me a quote. One eighth of a truck for my disassembled office desk and wall to wall rug pieces.  Cost $129.00.  While that was painful (I wish I could have gotten rid of the stuff for nothing) I thought it reasonable because they would take it out of our basement and make it disappear. I would have preferred to give those items a new life but they will probably end up in landfill, which make me feel bad. While they were here I asked them if they could get rid of an old metal baker's rack that was stuck to the side of our garden shed. Our neighbor gave us that item shortly after we moved here in 2007. I no longer wanted it. I hid the rack between a tree and our garden shed. It had been there so long a tree had grown up through the rack. It was a bitch cutting it out. The guys removed it though and now w

Downsizing Progress

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Begone junk! This morning in about a half an hour a woman from the neighborhood is stopping by to take our wall to wall Berber carpet.  Bill had to take up that expensive carpet in our media/storage room after part of it was damaged due to a water leak. Only around the one edge of the rug is damaged. The rest of the rug, 98% is perfectly fine.  Unused, not walked on because all my storage boxes was sitting on it for the past thirteen years since we moved to Delaware. Last week I tried to arrange a pickup of this rug, and an oversized office desk and two large speakers picked up by ReStore, the local Habitat for Humanity thrift store. They didn't want it.  I tried the All Saints Thrift store. They will pick up the speakers but didn't want the desk (they already have three on their floor) or carpet. None of these thrift stores want carpet, no matter what condition it is in.  I was reduced to calling 1-800 Got Junk but I am reluctant to pay to have my stuff removed fro

Downsizing

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This new year I have resolved to seriously downsize. To get rid of things I do not need.  This morning I embarked out to ReStore, a local thrift store for Habitat for Humanity. They take big things. I have big things to get rid of. See below: Two three feet high speakers (which Bill got from his days working as an electronics technician at the Today Show in New York city) Three foot high speakers (very heavy) from the Today Show A three foot by six foot office desk Oversize office desk, unassembled Berber carpet remnants removed from our media room  Berber carpet remnants  These are the first three items I have chosen to make an exit from our finished basement.  This morning I left with Bill to drive down to the ReStore facility in Lewes to make arrangements for the pickup.  They don't want them.  "Too big" they said. Thrift stores tend to be choosy these days, especially down here in Lower Slower Delaware with our aging population.  We

Bill and Pat

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For those of you who have wondered what the relationship between Bill and Pat is, this video that I made a short while ago should give you an insight.  I talk to Pat almost every day on FaceTime. Four times a year Pat and I see each other in person on our trips. Our next trip is to California on February 10th, where we spend a week in West Hollywood and a week in Palm Springs.  I met Pat in 2013 for the first time in person when he saw my image on the Internet. He found my blog and left a comment. By happenstance I just happened to be blogging at the same time and answered his comment in real time. He was surprised that I did. After a few comments back and forth I asked him if he had an Apple computer and FaceTime.  He said he did. I suggested we FaceTime. I don't know why I did because I've never suggested that before with anyone. Pat didn't know about FaceTime but he tried it. Thus began a great friendship with this wonderful man.  We eventually met in person when