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Thanksgiving Day Surprises

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Yesterday,  while working Turkey Day at the hotel, I had two pleasant surprises. The first was my blogger friend Spo of Spo Reflections (see here ).  He called on my phone at work to wish me a happy Thanksgiving. How nice to hear an actual voice in real time sincerely wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. Especial Spo, a sweet and gentle and caring person there ever was. If you're among his friends, count yourself fortunate.  He and his husband Someone has great enriched my life by their wit, humor and kindnesses. I wish they were my neighbors but alas, they live far away in Arizona.  The second surprise was my boss and owner of the hotel were I've toiled the past thirteen years with my cheery hospitality personality thousands of guests. I had mentioned to him earlier in the week, after I asked him what he was doing for Thanksgiving. He said he was cooking a turkey dinner for nine friends at his house.  I told him that what I would really like for Thanksgiving was a few slic

Thanksgiving Day

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Here we are at yet another Thanksgiving Day.  The temperature outside is a sunny 48 degrees, perfect for some window cleaning. Yes, this is what I do on Thanksgiving Day. I also cleaned my blinds in my bedroom. However, the window cleaning didn't go so well though. I had to go out through the garage door and I didn't know Bill was still working on the garage door.   In Bill's previous life he was an electronics technician for RCA (remember that company) and GE.  He took early retirement from that job forty years ago. However, he just can't get the electronics thing out of his system. He always has a project going on. This time in the garage.  He's hooking up an alarm system for when someone drives up our driveway. Of course he's had that hooked up numerous times in the thirteen years since we lived here but this is a project that he's never finished with. He always "runs into a problem."  I asked him "Do you ever take on a job that the

Annual Maintenance Checkup

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This morning I had my semi-annual dental appointment at 8 AM for teeth cleaning and a checkup. Good news, the cleaning wasn't too painful and no new issues with the teeth I have left. The only painful part was paying the bill when I left the dental office. At 9 AM I had an appointment a few blocks away at the medical imaging office. This appointment was for an X-Ray of my abdomen for my appointment with my urologist next week. He's keeping track of my latest kidney stone that is forming in my old, decrepit body. Hopefully we can head this kidney stone off at the pass before it makes its passage through my very tiny little urethra tube thus causing me such unbearable pain that makes me want to exit this early existence.  Last Friday I had an appointment at my dermatologist. He, or shall I say she (student doctors observing) removed potentially precancerous actinic keratosis formations under my left armpit and lower back.  Waiting in the room for my doctor to evaluate me,

The "Holidays"

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Here we go again, "The Holidays".   This week is Thanksgiving. As in years past, I'll be working at the hotel on Thanksgiving Day. No complaints here, I'm used to it.  Interestingly I meet the nicest people at the hotel during the Thanksgiving holiday. Usually grandparents visiting their children and grandchildren who stay at the hotel because they can't take all that grandchildren activity 24/7.  Can't say as I blame them. I couldn't either.  Whoever the guests are, they always seem to be in good spirits which I welcome.  Life is too short to be unhappy. Be happy folks! Now once we pass Thanksgiving Day we'll get inundated with Christmasy things. Some of the worst is that U.S Post Office advertisement that is singing  "There Is No Place Like Home For The Holidays". OMG! Do we have to listen to THAT until Christmas Day?  Come on Post Office, take that commercial off before you turn our brains to  mush: . One good thing this holid

Ambassador Sondland Drops the Bomb

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Guess who isn't going to jail for Trump? Whomp! There it is folks. Ambassador Sondland dropped the bomb this morning at the House impeachment hearings. He decided to stop lying and covering up for the criminal in the White House (Trump) and admitted "they were all in on it" re the attempted bribery and extortion of Ukraine.   Good on Ambassador Sondland who decided not to go to jail for lying to Congress and tell the truth that there was an extensive bribery and extortion scheme going on directed by Trump through his henchmen Guiliani, Pence, Mulvaney, Perry and Volcker to hold back 391 million dollars in funds from Ukraine unless the Ukrainian president would say publicly he was opening and investigation into Biden's son and the so called Ukrainian intervention in the 2016 U S election. "The Truth Shall Set You Free" as the photo at the beginning of this blog post shows so clearly. Prediction here, Trump will resign because of "health reason

Mouse in the House

This past Sunday as I was exiting the kitchen to the garage I almost stepped on a field mouse that was on the door ledge. It quickly scampered away. Oh no, not a Mouse in the House again.  Remember the problem I had last year?  One night after I came home from work I encountered a mouse in my pantry.  I think he was as surprised as I was when I opened the door looking for a late night snack.  I put out mouse traps and caught the little (fat) bugger the next day.  He was hiding out under the refrigerator next to the warm coils. Much to my surprise I also caught another mouse in my Have-a-Heart trap.  I think that was his wife. I took her down to the end of Oyster Rocks Road, to start a new life in those wetlands near the Broadkill River. Yesterday I prepared (with peanut butter) and put out four deadly mouse traps. I also put out the Have-a-Heart trap with a big chunk of cheese.  This morning I expected to see a squashed and bloody mouse in one of the traps.  Nothing. This afte

Philly Visit

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Me and Pat at Little Pete's restaurant in Philadelphia, PA November 2016 On this day three years ago my Canadian Travel Buddy and I were ending our week long annual winter stay in Philadelphia.  This photo was taken at Little Pete's restaurant very early in the morning when the streets were deserted.  I was up early to walk Pat to the bus station for his twenty-four hour journey back to his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Pat and I stopped for a quick breakfast.  I also wanted him to experience Little Pete's restaurant, a 24 hour restaurant that I used to frequent during my bar hopping days back in the 70's.   We hadn't planned to stop at Little Pete's, Pat usually just stops at a Starbucks, but walking down those rain soaked, darkened streets on that cold November morning I saw Little Pete's and memories came flooding back over me. I asked Pat if he had time to stop.  He did. Our breakfast was as good as I remembered it as it was when I boppe

First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings

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Devin Nunes Cow This morning I was eager to watch the first day of public impeachment hearings for Trump, who  tried to bribe and extort the new Ukrainian president by withholding $391 million dollars of much needed military aid.  Note I don't prefix "Trump" with "president" because I have zero respect for Trump.  He's a fake president. He cheated to get in office and continues to lie, cheat and steal while in office. He is the most incompetent person to ever hold the office of president of the United States. He is without moral character. He only cares about himself.  I could go on and on about this repulsive person who occupies the office of the president of the United States but I would only be repeating what you've already heard over and over. I only watched about four hours of the hearings. Whenever the Republicans came on I muted the sound, especially when that clown in the shirt came on.   Ohio Rep. "Gym" Jordan, the n

Impeachment Hearings!

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Patriotic State Department Employees Ambassadors George Kent and William Taylor (who possess more balls than all Congressional Republicans) Thank God we still have patriots like these two men who put country first instead of the criminal in the White House History will be made today folks!  The public phase of the impeachment hearings begin of President Trump's abuse of power. Needless to say I'll be glued to the TV all day today.  I love this kind of thing. Real people, real drama, real time. I'm watching MSNBC with Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace. I just found out that George Conway (KellyAnne Conway's husband) will be on with them offering their take on the soon to be public testimonies. Wow, wonder what George and KellyAnne will be talking about tonight in bed. You just can't make this stuff up folks. If this was a script submitted for a TV series this scenario would be written out as unbelievable. Just goes to prove that real life is always more i

Thoughts On An Autumn Evening

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Lewes-Rehobth Canal November 11, 2019 As I begin my 79th year, I've been reminiscing more than usual.  I'm having very intense dreams. Of course I can't remember those dreams now but I do know how intense they were because I wake up exhausted. When I have dreams like this they usually portend something significant to happen in my life. Often these dreams are followed by a passing of someone very close to me. The only two people I can think of now who are in danger is my youngest brother who has had very serious multiple medical issues the past year. In my seventy-eight years I have lost many friends, relatives and co-workers. Some have affected more than others, often to my surprise. I'm the oldest of the three "boys" of my Mother.  I'm supposed to go first. If one of my younger brothers goes before me I will probably feel like when I lost my Mother. Part of me is gone, never to be the same. In fact, I'm having a hard time even imagining him go

Happy Birthday Ron!

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Back in my "young and pretty" days - 1998 - 20 years ago! Ah yes, here I am today at my 78th birthday. How in the world did this happen?  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would reach this grand landmark. It wasn't that long ago when I turned 40 and I thought that was old.   Then before I knew it I crossed the half century mark at 50.   My 60th birthday slipped by and before I knew it I was 70.  Wow! Now I'm creeping up on 80.  Just hard for me to believe.  I am SO OLD. I remember the first tryst I had in my early gay bar cruising adventures. I was 21 and he was 29.  His name was Bob S.  I saw him dancing at an after hours club. This was back in 1963 when one dressed up when one went Out.  He was wearing a suit and shaking his slight body doing the Twist (remember that dance).  While watching him he caught my eye watching him.  He smiled, I smiled and then I asked him to dance.  During our conversation he told me he was 29 years old. I r

Annual Health Checkup

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Today I visited the VA Outpatient clinic in Georgetown for the results of my annual blood work. I was also meeting for the first time my new doctor who is actually a nurse practitioner. The good news: All signs are good.  My PSA crept up a little bit as it has done in previous blood tests but it still is under one on a scale of one to four. Four years ago my PSA score spiked up to 8.7. That's when I discovered I had prostate cancer which I had treated. After my treatment my PSA was .1.  Last year it crept up to .23. Now it is .31.  I half expect my prostate cancer will return but I'm at that age (old enough) that I'll probably die of something else besides prostate cancer. Whatever, I'm not getting any more treatments for prostate cancer. If that's the way I go, so be it. After all, something is going to get me.   The other good news is that I like my new care doctor.  He's a young man, handsome, caring, knowledgeable and he actually listened to me.

Ron's TV Interview

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This afternoon, while going through my thousands of photos looking for those photos where I dyed my hair blonde (it was a disaster) I came across these photos taken in 2013 during the Marriage Equality Delaware state legislature sessions.  Phew! That was a long sentence. I do try to avoid those folks. The first set of photos was a demonstration I attended in Dover, Delaware for marriage equality. These photos show me being interviewed by a local TV station, an interview I never saw on TV.  My friend Charles Meade, who invited and took me to the demonstration, took the photos. I would have loved to seen the interview on TV.  But you know what folks?  Pat, my Canadian Travel Buddy,  saw a photo of me on the Internet testifying before the Delaware State Legislature and that's how he found me. Me, all gussied up and ready to testify for marriage equality The photo that captured Pat's attention - who knew all those years making myself available in all

My Presidential Prediction

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate I predict the May Pete Buttigieg will be the next Democratic presidential candidate.  I also predict that Mayor Pete will be the next president. Now of course my second statement is perhaps more wishful thinking that what is actually going to happen but I can dream can't I? Just imagine a fresh new face as president of the United States?   Joe Biden?  Even though I am a resident of Uncle Joe's home state of Delaware and was born in the same state, Pennsylvania, a Biden, I cannot support him.  Why?  Because he's too old.  Yes, he's as old as I am.  A more important reason is that he is . . . . . boring. He just doesn't excite.  Sure, maybe he is the candidate that has the best chance of defeating Trump for the presidency, assuming Trump isn't impeached and removed from the presidency before next year which, remote as the possibility seems, could happen if the Senate Republicans decide to do th