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New Year's Eve Rumninations

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Me at the Philadelphia Mummer's Parade 1965 (with the big smile and trench coat)   Here I am, another New Year's Eve working at the hotel.  I'm at work now, on call at the front desk. Waiting for one more guest to check in.  Surprisingly, occupancy is quite good tonight, albeit subdued. No one asked me where the fireworks are tonight. I wouldn't know if you asked me. I don't think the locals are doing a fireworks display this year. Too much of a super spreader event. Tomorrow will begin another new year. Hopefully this coming new year will be vastly better than 2020. One thing for sure, Trump will be gone. But not of course without a last grasp by his coward Congressional Republicans seeking to overturn the lawful election of Joseph Biden as president. Trump and his cowed sycophants say there was "massive fraud." Where? Show us! Of course they have no evidence, they're just following Dear Leader's exhortations. They are petrified of a negative Trum

What a Year!

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  One day left in 2020. What a year huh folks? Interesting I didn't get any comments on my "Satan Meets 2020" previous blog post. I for one thought it was hilarious. But they I have a weird sense of humor. Great Satan though, some horns.  All is well here at Casa Tipton-Kelly. Neither Bill or I have the COVID virus. We're pretty well isolated except for our neighbor who visits us occasionally for a short period of time. He never wears a mask (he's a Trumper). I like him and he's a great neighbor but both Bill and I do keep our distance when he visits us. I was especially worried this past week because he had his extended family visit him for the Christmas holidays, nary a mask in sight. Which just goes to show you that sometimes good people make bad decisions. It's one thing not to want to be inconvenienced with wearing a mask but to put others at risk because of your "I got my freedoms" attitude is quite another thing.  Trump continues to refuse

When Satan Met 2020

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  This is the time of year I dislike the most, the "dead" week between Christmas and New Year's.  I watch a lot of TV, mostly as wallpaper background while I'm doing something else like blogging (as I am doing now), cooking, having a meal of other activity. The only time I actually sit down in front of a TV screen is when I'm watching one of my Netflix rental movies on my bedroom 65 inch TV, otherwise known as the Tipton Cinema. My own private movie theater, which I LOVE. This week, almost all of the regulars on my MSNBC and CNN shows are off, enjoying the holidays. The substitute anchors are not the same and frankly, not all that interesting. Yes, I am discerning.  What I really hate though is all the recaps of the past year. Hey, I know what happened. I don't need a recap. A reminder of what an awful year 2020 has been for so many. Thankfully here at Casa Tipton-Kelly we've been very fortunate, no major disaster. Oh sure, all the little annoyances lik

Snow Storm Crawford Road, Visit to Bob MC and Ed Cage Home Feb 17 2003

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A step back in time folks. This time seventeen years ago when Bill and I lived in Pennsylvania on 6.875 acres of wooded land on the side of a hill in East Brandywine Township, outside Downingtown, PA. This video is in three parts. The first part is me hamming it up shoveling snow from our home in the middle of the woods. When we lived in Pennsylvania we often got the big snow storms that resulted in a ground cover of snow until early spring. This was one of them.  The second part of the video I'm visiting my good friend (from Army days) Bob McCamley who lived on twenty-two acres of wooded land outside Georgetown Delaware. Bob was my inspiration to move to Delaware, which I did in November of 2006 and where I am now, typing this blog for posterity. It was a foggy day when I visited Bob. Sad to say, my friend Bob passed away five years ago and his double-wide home in the middle of his woods in Delaware is now being slowly engulfed by vegetation. Very sad whenever I go by his road, I

Christmas Day 2020

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  Sliced turkey with stuffing, and cranberry sauce compliments of "Margaret" A very Merry Christmas to everyone this Christmas Day 2020! Bill and I are spending a quiet day at home. I'm looking forward to our Christmas turkey dinner later today compliments of "Margaret" of Rehoboth Beach, longtime follower of this blog.  Remember one of my previous blog posts that I lamented that I would LOVE to just have some slices of turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Little did I ever envision that someone would be so kind and generous to make my wish come true!  You know folks, I do believe in the inherent goodness of (most) people. Oh sure, there are the evil ones (you all know who I'm talking about, he's golfing right now in Florida) but most people, even those of differing political views are basically good people. For instance, my neighbor. He still has his Trump/Pence sign outside his house but I literally couldn't ask for a better neighbor. We wat

Christmas Eve 2020

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  Do you feel it? The peacefulness and quiet of Christmas Eve? I do. I always look forward to this time of year when I can experience Christmas Eve and sometimes Christmas Day working at the hotel. When I came in for my shift this afternoon I was greeted with a gift of food from "Margaret." I'm not sure who "Margaret" is but she left me a delightful sparkly Christmas card (I LOVE sparkly Christmas cards) wishing me and Bill a wonderful Christmas. Her card was in a big shopping bag of individually styrofoam packaged FOOD for me and Bill to eat Christmas Day.  Hey, that sliced turkey that I had mentioned in previous blog posts about Thanksgiving and Christmas. How generous of Margaret and what a delightful surprise.  I will eat both meals of course, because Bill doesn't like turkey and doesn't eat full meals. But he'll sure have some of that apple pie, which smelled delicious! Thank you Margaret, you are very kind and generous. You made my Christmas ce

Ultra Sound Test Results

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  It was with some trepidation that I called my urologist's office today for the results of the ultra sound test that was taken of my testicles last week.  Every time I call a doctor's office for the results of a test I am reminded of the time my other urologist informed me that I had prostate cancer. When he matter of factly said "You have prostate cancer" as he rushed into the cubicle where I was waiting for him, that information didn't register with me. He was so matter of fact about it like "it's going to rain tomorrow."  My reaction was like Walter White of "Breaking Bad" when his doctor informed him he had terminal cancer, Walter didn't register that news either, he fixated on a mustard stain on his doctor's tie. My doctor wasn't wearing a tie, I think a bow tie. Still, that news didn't register with me immediately. After dropping that H-Bomb on me he said "You have a range of options but at your age you'll p

Christmas Week 2020

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  Gore Park Hamilton Ontario Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene 2020 Here we are folks, another Christmas. The older I get it seems that Christmas rolls around much faster. Of course in this year of the Great Pandemic, Christmas is vastly different from previous Christmases.  Bill and I aren't affected by our Christmas celebration because of the pandemic.  We stopped exchanging gifts many years ago. Neither one of us is religious but we do enjoy the bright multi-colored lights of this pagan holiday (which is actually the origin of Christmas). I also sometimes feel a sense of peace during this season but peace never happens, does it? Of course this year the big gift is that Trump, the Criminal in the White House, traitor, incompetent who is responsible for thousands of deaths from COVID due to his catastrophic failure of leadership, will soon be gone from the office of the presidency. But not before he inflicts even more damage to our country. Now he's even seriously considering

Balls Out

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  How is that for a blog title to get your attention?  First of all, a warning because this post is exactly what the title says. It is not about checking ballrooms.  This morning I had an appointment for an ultra sound of my um, testicles.  Annually I check in with my urologist because of my past history with prostate cancer (2013) and my numerous bouts with kidney stones (four operations and at least eight emergency room visits during the passing of a kidney stone.  Aren't I lucky? Most of my medical procedures seem to involve the areas below my waist.  My first operation was for a hernia when I was seventeen years old. That one didn't turn out well because I contacted a staph infection from which I almost died. Six months in and out of the hospital and two more operations, the staph infection was finally cleared. I've since had six colonoscopies (history of colon cancer in my family). My last colonoscopy my doctor advised me to get one every three years which I am due thi

Ring Doorbell

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Yes, that's me (on the right in the top  phot with my computer guy checking out the newly installed Ring Doorbell I gave myself an early Christmas present this week, Ring Doorbell. Like you, I've seen the Ring Doorbell commercials where the owner of the house catches a thief stealing their Amazon package from the front porch. I was hesitant to order a Ring Doorbell when it first came out. I wouldn't know how to install in and I'm reluctant to order anything this new until they get all the kinks out.  I decided to order Ring Doorbell last month when my computer guy was in trying to fix my latest Mac OS upgrade (Big Sur) which screwed up my Time Machine backup. During his visit he checked his Ring Doorbell because there was some motion activity. I was impressed. This is something I could use. I frequently receive Amazon deliveries.  I don't get too many other people showing up at my front door other than my neighbor Bob M. and the occasional driveway guy who has left

Cleaning Out Closets

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  Box of old letters Finally, after forty years I'm going to use the rest of my cedar boards and have my two walk in closets lined. When Bill and I built our house in Pennsylvania in 1980 one of the luxuries I insisted upon was having all the closets cedar lined. I had that written into my contract with my builder. However, when it came time to line those closets my builder tried to cut corners (as they often do) and suggested that I instead put cedar chip boards in my closets. "No way" I told him, it's in my contract that cedar boards are to be applied." My builder went into a snit for a while but eventually he put the tongue and grove cedar boards in all my closets. He had five packets of cedar boards left over. I paid for them and I kept them, stored in the space above the garage in our Pennsylvania house for the twenty-five years we lived in Pennsylvania.  Left over cedar boards Then in 2006 we moved to Delaware. We had another new house built by Ryan Homes.

Post Thanksgiving Musings

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  Another Black Friday has arrived. Me at Ft. Meade Army barracks smoking a cigarette 1962 Last night I worked my regular Thursday night shift at the hotel. Occupancy was down because of the new COVID restrictions Delaware governor Carney has imposed. Even though there were less rooms, the guests are always interesting. My job at the hotel is like working at the crossroads of the world. One guest called from the suite, which is an apartment that rents for $525 a night plus tax. He wanted to know if I had a vacuum cleaner and could I deliver it to him.  I told him "Yes, I have a vacuum cleaner but I can't do the stairs to the suite" (which is outside and up two flights of stairs). He said "No problem, I'll come over and pick it up."   He came over to pick up the vacuum cleaner.  I asked him where he was from and why was he visiting Lewes.  He said his son is stationed at Ft. Meade Maryland and works at the NSA (National Security Agency). Small world! I told

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Last night I heard a cacophony of police and fire engine sirens screaming down Route One.  Route One or Coastal Highway borders our property via a small cornfield.  One, two, three, four, five, six ............. flashing light, more sirens ......what was going on? I've heard and seen police cars speeding down Route One before in pursuit of a vehicle exceeding the speed limit. Occasionally a fire engine would race down Route One enroute to a fire, but never all this activity. What could it be? This morning I check my NextDoor app to find out what was going on.  Oh, okay. President-Elect Biden arriving at his summer beach house in Rehoboth Beach, which is only about five miles from Casa Tipton-Kelly.  Yes folks, for at least the next four years Bill and I will be near the center of the universe, where the most powerful man in the world summers. Bye bye Mar-a-Lago.

Trump Pardons Flynn

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The most corrupt president in U. S. history just pardoned Michael Flynn, his first national security advisor who pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI.  You all remember Flynn, the disgraced former general who lead the chant "Lock her up!" against Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Trump campaign rallies. This pardon was expected but still disgusting to hear. Of course this is the first of many pardons of criminals that Trump will do before he leaves office January 20th. I guess in a way you could say this is Trump's form of conceding the presidential election to Joe Biden. Yesterday 2,157 people died from the COVID virus. One person every 40 second. Another 170000 people were infected. U. S. hospitalization for COVID-19surpassed 87000 on Tuesday, an all time high. Since the global pandemic began, the U. S. has over 260,000 deaths and 12.6 million infections, the most in the world. And what is Donald Trump's priority? Pardoning a traitorous criminal like Michael Flynn, wh

Birthday and Thanksgiving Thoughts In The Pandemic

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  Thanksgiving Day here at Casa Tipton-Kelly is going to be like every other Thanksgiving pandemic or not. In years past I always work Thanksgiving Day at the hotel. This year is no exception.  We did have a good number of reservations at the hotel for this year's Thanksgiving celebration, but after Delaware governor John Carney's new COVID restrictions, most of those guests cancelled their reservations. Thus this year will be a quiet Thanksgiving here in southern Delaware, the summer home of the Joe Biden, President-Elect of the United States. Last week I entered my 80th year of life. Yes, I am now 79 years old. One of my younger brothers sent me a birthday card asking reminding me that next year I will be 80 years old.   "How did THAT happen?" he asked. Yes, how did that happen? Folks, I never expected to reach 60 years of age, let alone 80 years of age.  I have a lot to be thankful for, especially reaching my advanced age in relatively good health. Walking upstair

Italian Pasta Salad

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Ron's Italian Pasta Salad   Hey! A recipe posting! I know it's been awhile since I posted one of my favorite recipes, way overdue. This recipe for pasta salad is one of my absolute favorites. This is one of those recipes that my stomach says "More! More!"  I could literally eat the whole container.  So without further ado here is my version of Italian Pasta salad: Ingredients 1 box (12 oz) tricolor rotini pasta 1 cup chopped cucumber (peeled and seeded, about 1 cucumber 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes 1/4 cup finely diced red onion 12 to 1 cup Italian salad dressing Instructions: Cook pasta according to box instructions. Remember to salt your pasta water with 1-2 teaspoons of sale. When pasta is done, drain it and run cold water over it so the noodles can cool Combine the cooked and cooled pasta, cucumber, tomatoes and red onion. Pour Italian dressing over it and stir together (start with 12 cup Italian dressing and go from there. I put about 34 cup dressing on

Good Morning Folks!

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  Patience Ron, patience! I just spent a couple of hours trying to figure out how to do a new post on the new Blogger format.  Oh my God, what is it with all these upgrades that make life more difficult? After I couldn't find the button for "new post" I went to YouTube for directions on how to post on the new Blogger format. Of course I got a You Tube video of a Middle Eastern man speaking in a foreign language which was of NO help.  I suspect he was Indian because there was a lot of tongue activity in his language (tongue getting in the way of his words). Then I decided to take the advice of my longtime blogger friend Ur-Spo and go to WordPress. I created a "Retired In Delaware.blog" title. That worked. But I can't figure out how to get a choice of format. Folks, my brain is just too worn out to figure out how to get a new format. So here I am back to Blogger. I finally figured out how to get where I can make a new post. Doing a little research this morning

New Blogger Format

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  So what do you think? Yes, a new Blogger format.  I've been dragged kicking and screaming into this new Blogger format. Well, maybe it's time. I've been blogging with Blogger (Google) since 2005. Over that period of time I have spilled out my guts, said inappropriate things, pissed off people, ranted about everything from politics, friends, family and work and now I'm ranting about being forced in this new format.   Well, maybe it's not so bad. It is a lot cleaner. Like a house you've lived in a long time, over time you accumulate things. My blog format had accumulated a LOT of things, including all those older pictures of me when I was young and vibrant, not the old man I am now.  Perhaps it was time to clean up my blog. I've often admired my blogger friends who had Word Press blogs. They looked so clean. I have a blog on Word Press but I never took the time to learn the in's and out's of it. A bit complicated to say the least. I'm used to Blo

The Countdown

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  The election is over.  Trump isn't conceding. Anyone surprised? The congressional Republicans continue to enable Trump. Anyone surprised?   Yesterday had the highest number of corona virus cases in the United States yet.  Yes, Biden won the presidency but we are still in great danger in this country because Trump is refusing to cooperate in the transition to the Biden presidency.  Joe Biden will be president January 20th. Trump will leave the White House. Either dragged out by the Secret Service or just not come back from his grifter family holiday stay at Mar-a-Lago. Either way, he won't be back in the White House. There's talk that Trump may run again for president in 2024.  Go for it Trump. Trump had over seventy-million fools he conned into voting for him. That's seventy-million suckers and losers who will continue to contribute MONEY to him, which after all is what is Trump is about. But nothing changes the fact that Trump is the LOSER.  

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

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Rejoice! Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!

Joseph R. Biden, President-Elect!!

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A Nail Biter

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  Michigan was just called for Joe Biden, putting him closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to elect him the next president of the United States. Avid MSNBC and CNN television watcher that I am, I couldn't bear to watch live TV coverage of the election results last night. I knew I couldn't go to sleep after watching MSNBC's Steve Kornacki continually show all the ways Trump could pull another rabbit out of the hat, like he did in 2016 (with Russia's help) and win re-election. I went to bed early (for me, 11 PM), hoping to wake up to the good news, I mean FABULOUS news that Biden was elected president in a landslide.  At around 4:30 AM I work up for my nocturnal bathroom visit and I just couldn't resist.  I picked up my iPhone of my charging pad and saw where the presidential race was UNDECIDED!   Oh damn! This was the worst case scenario.  Of course Trump went on TV, from the White House now behind an unscalable ten foot fence (nice),  to declare victory,

Just One Day To Go!

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  Tomorrow is election day.  After four LONG year we're finally going to end this great national experiment called the Trump presidency.  For all of those of you who voted for this narcissistic, incompetent, criminal, lying big baby weak man, you like what you got? Really? The Deplorables are still out there, and Trump and his unpatriotic enablers are going to do everything they can to steal this election.   Trump has already declared that he is going to declare victory no matter what the vote count is tomorrow night. Trump is depending on his appointees on the Supreme Court to back him up.  For sure Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alioto and Bret Kavanaugh will back him up because they are noting but Republican political hacks, totally useless in applying proper judiciary conduct in any cases that come before the Supreme Court. No matter what the vote count, expect chaos tomorrow night when the polls close. Trump loves chaos and he has nothing to lose. And he knows his Republican enablers

Four Days To Go!

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  Four long years of waiting have come down to four days of waiting to end our great national nightmare, the end of the Trump corruption of America. If you haven't already voted, vote now.  Vote in person or if you have a mail in ballot, take that ballot to an authorized drop off box.  DO NOT TRUST THE POST OFFICE because Trump has corrupted the Post Office with the appointment of his political lackey Louis DeJoy. Four very long years of the greatest danger our country has ever been in.  I was going to say "in my lifetime" but actually the history of our country. Trump and his Republican enablers and his racist cult followers (yes, they are all racists, let's not tiptoe around that obvious provable fact) in four years have almost destroyed what American stands for. Their rampant corruption and racism has left a stench across our country that will take years to repair. Trump has damaged relations with our allies that hopefully can be repaired when Joe Biden is elected

One Week Until The Election!

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  Only a week to go folks until the election!  Finally, perhaps our great national nightmare will end with the election of Joe Biden as president.  I have to admit I'm nervous, concerned that Trump and his corrupt, unpatriotic Republican enablers will somehow muddy up the waters and steal the election like they did in 2016. Both Bill and I have already voted by mail. First time in his life for Bill. Of course we both voted for Biden. The receipt of our votes have been confirmed. Wow, what an exciting time to live. History is being made.  So much damage has been done by Trump and his traitorous Republican enablers and his racists (and yes, they are racists) MAGA cult followers.  Trump and Turtleman (Mitch McConnell) have succeeded in packing the courts with their ultra conservative lackeys. Those judges will repeal a woman's right to choose, health care for those with pre-existing conditions and same sex marriage. Sound like I'm exaggerating? Oh no, this is WHAT they WILL do

Fasten Your Seatbelt It's Going To Be Bumpy Night

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Two weeks from today voting for the election of the president of the United States will end.  Hopefully, our great national nightmare will come to an end and Donald J. Trump will be soundly defeated.  Hopefully, Trump's Republican enablers in the Senate and the House will be voted out of power, never to hold power again for at least a generation.  Those Republicans, by their cowardice and silence in the face of Trump's many crimes against the United States do not deserve to be in power ever again. Four years ago on my birthday (November 9th), I was in Philadelphia during my annual visit with my good friend Pat and Don. I had expected to celebrate the election of the first woman president of the United States. Instead I was shocked to learn that Trump (and the Russians) had succeeded in stealing the election. I along with many other millions were in shock that Trump had actually won. Probably even more in shock was Trump that he actually won. He only ran for president as a brand

Monarch Butterfly In Our Backyard

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Our backyard had a welcome visitor late this afternoon, a monarch butterfly. I read in today's local newspaper (which is published twice a week) that monarch butterflies were beginning to hatch in the Villages of Five Points butterfly garden. Lewes is only about two miles from our home and backyard. This monarch butterfly was probably from that garden. The article said "As cooler fall weather comes ito the area, monarchs begin their annual migration of thousands of miles to Florida and Mexico. The garden of midweek, a plant critical to the life of monarchs, is helping to repopulate this iconic species, which has been on the decline for several years Scientists say the population has fallen to less than 30,000 monarchs." Just think of the trip this monarch butterfly will make to Florida or Mexico. What a stroke of good luck that I happened upon this monarch just as I was taking one of my videos of our backyard. Maybe this is a sign. It looks like I'm settling into

COVID Testing Delaware October 2020

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This has been one busy day.  This morning at 9 AM we had an appointment to get our second COVID test at Parking Lot A at the Sussex Technical College in Georgetown. I was unsure where this location was because Sussex Tech has a sprawling campus right off the very busy intersection of Rt. 113 and Rt. 9, two of the busiest highways here in our little state of Delaware.  Of course when I drove our ten year old red Subaru Forester into the parking lot, a horn beeped right away. Apparently we were in the wrong parking lot. Of course. Highway workers were in this parking lot painting new lines while they stood around in groups of half a dozen or so talking. After some inquiries I found the parking lot where the tests would be administered.  Members of the local National Guard were setting up canopied tents with boxes of medical equipment. They all looked quite attractive in their green camouflaged cargo pants. I was directed to line up my car next to several cars who had arrived earlier