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Ron Dances!

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I've always liked to dance. Slow dance, fast dance. I've never considered myself a particularly good dancer but I do enjoy dancing. This folks is my "Elaine" (see Seinfeld episode) dance. This week has been particularly trying, especially after loosing my neighbor and good friend Barbara. Now who am I going to gossip about the neighbors with?  Another chunk of my life gone. But of course my loss is nothing compared to her husband's loss. I see he still has company over there. I've told him that Bill and I will help him out whenever he needs us.  Tuesday the rug cleaners are coming by. I want to have the rug in our basement also cleaned. But first I had to finish gong through my accumulation of things I don't need over the past fifty-five years. Things that I find very hard to get rid of but I am making progress folks. Today I made a lot of progress. Thus a little dance show for you all.

Dog Poop On The Stairs

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The last week has been somewhat hectic. On Sunday my dear (next door) neighbor Barbara died.  Monday my boss asked I could work two extra nights this week at work to fill in for my co-worker who has the flu.  Also on Monday my HVAC service company did its annual inspection. And of course, just like a car dealership they found a potential, expensive problem that should be addressed. I addressed it $. Yesterday my Computer Guy (expensive) came in to try and solve my Time Machine backup problem on my iMac. After many hours on the phone with Apple Support I still can't get my Time Machine to work (I suspect the new Apple operating system Catalina is the culprit.)  He could fix it either. This morning I took Bill down to the Georgetown VA for the results of his labs.  The labs were good but Bill is still upset about losing his sight to macular degeneration. He wants it fixed. I don't think it can be fixed but I agreed to make an appointment for him at the Wilmington VA (

Sixty Year Anniversary Joining Army

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Private Ronald Tipton - 1960 Yesterday I posted that I was taking a hiatus from blogging. I changed my mind. Writing is my therapy so I have to continue to write.  My neighbor Barbara's death, even though it was expected, hit me harder than I thought it would. No longer can I stop over and visit with her, talking about whatever, usually about neighborhood gossip, which was always in a good natured way and fun and we both knew it. She was curious about "the gay lifestyle". We had many interesting conversations about that subject of which I may write about later. But today's date, January 27th, is a date that is embedded in my mind forever. January 27th was the day I joined the Army. One of the most momentous dates in my life. Sixty years ago I was a scared eighteen year old taking a train to Philadelphia to catch a bus to Ft. Dix New Jersey for eight weeks of Army Basic Training. I was leaving my old, sheltered word behind and entering the Unknown.   I won&

The Passing of a Friend

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My beautiful neighbor Barbara who passed away last night. I presented her with these beautiful gladiolus that I grew a few years ago. I told her "You're Miss America!" She accepted! Barb, thank you for being such a fabulous neighbor. I'm taking a brief hiatus friends from my blog postings. The last week or two has been very hectic and I just haven't been in the mood for a bright and cheery blog posting. Then today, just a few minutes ago my neighbor informed me that his wife died last night. This was not unexpected but still it is a shock to the system when someone you know and like so well, is no longer with us. A piece of my life is gone. These people (no names out of respect for their privacy) are the best neighbors Bill and I have ever had in our fifty-five years of living together. And the irony is that we are of totally differing political views. They hated Obama and Hillary and love Trump. And of course you know where I stand on Trump (Criminal in th

January Musings

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Modernism Week Palm Springs during our visit 2018 - perfect weather, paradise on earth! Another week has flown by already. I remember those days when I used to post a blog daily, sometimes twice a day. Apparently those days are over. Just too much to do these days. Like today, I'm working at the hotel filling in for my co-worker who is visiting his family in his home country of Turkey. At one time I was working five days in a row until my other co-worker noticed and offered to fill in for me Sunday. Thanks Don! What's keeping me busy these days is just running our household. I am Bill's caregiver but he's sweet and doesn't take up a lot of my time. Thank goodness. My Mother, who was a saint, wasn't so pleasant during her later years which my brother and his wife had to deal with. Bill is just sweet and cooperative. I make him his pudding, provide him with his favorite candy (peppermint bark) and favorite soup (carrot ginger soup). In a few weeks I

Tipton Family Reunion October 9, 2011 And A Family Secret Revealed

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My apologies folks, I've been absent here for about a week. I have recovered fully from my bouts of vertigo. I'm back to my normal dizziness.  This past week has been wonderful with the mild temperatures. Today the high was 68 degrees! I'll take it. I actually could go through the whole winter with these mild degrees. I've seen enough snow in my life, don't have to experience it in person any more. Having said that, I do appreciate the change of weather. I like the four seasons. During my recovery this week I got back to making for Memory videos of my thousands of photos and videos. This one I'm posting now is   video compilation of photos taken by my friend Mark Himes of my family reunion at the East Brandywine Community Park on a sunny, brisk fall day October 9, 2011.  I understand that most people who read my blog have no idea who these people are in this video. Most of them are my first cousins and their families. The initial opening of this video is o

Emergency Room Visit

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Entrance to Beebe Emergency Room - I know how to get here Yes, it happened again. I had to call 911 for an ambulance to take me to the Emergency Room. I've lost count how many times I've taken that ambulance ride to the Emergency Room at Beebe Hospital. Several times for my kidney stones (lost count) and once when I slipped and fell on the ice and torn my quadricep leg muscle. This time the cause of my emergency room visit was vertigo.  I woke up yesterday morning on my back. Normally I sleep on my side. As I opened my eyes I saw my overhead bedroom fan, which was not on. But it was moving left to right. And moving, fast.  Uh oh.  I had this happen before a couple of years ago.  It's a feeling of dizziness and nausea.  The nausea is the worst.  The dizziness is exactly like when you're drunk, not a good feeling. I thought if I lied down and closed my eyes, eventually the dizziness would go away like it did the last time I had this happen. However, this time

Week In Philadelphia

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Here is a short video compilation of our week in Philadelphia. We always have a grand time. "Clarence" drives me up from my home in southern Delaware, over two hours away.  I meet Pat at the Barnes and Nobel book store after he has taken an overnight bus trip from his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Thus we began another wonderful week in Philly, staying in the guest suite of our friend Don McK's cooperative at 21st and Chestnut Streets, right in the heart of the vibrant center city Philadelphia life. For this trip Pat rented a car and we took a drive out to visit my brother in Downingtown which included a visit to my old (tiny) bedroom at the family home where my brother now lives. Then we got on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and drove out to Hershey Pennsylvania to visit the antique car museum.   The rest of our all too short week in Philly, we patronized some of our favorite restaurants like the Marathon Grill (both of them), Hip Veg City, Green Eggs Cafe (P