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America is Burning

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Police car ion fire at Philadelphia City Hall last night Last night was the third night of destructive riots in several major cities in the United States. The riots were triggered by the video taped torture and public execution of George Floyd by a white policeman (Derrick Chauvin), a 43 year old black man arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill in Minneapolis.   As I watched the live coverage of the destructive riots last night on TV, my heart was sick. Not only for another needless death of a black man by a white policeman. THIS HAS TO STOP! I'm trying to search for words to express my feelings of disgust and helplessness about the continued systematic racism and coverup of police brutality.  Defaced statue of former Philadelphia police commissioner and mayor, Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia's most famous racist Some of the scenes I watched last night were from Philadelphia, a city where I used to live for over twenty-five years and visi

Leaky Sink Faucet

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My leaky Moen faucet With all that is going on in the county today (the pandemic and police still killing unarmed black people) I'm going to post a mundane blog post today. Last night when I returned home from work, I had a late dinner. We don't use our automatic dishwasher but instead wash our dirty dishes by hand. After washing my dinner dishes, I reached under the sink for some old previously used paper towels to wipe the bottom of our dishpan. The paper towels were wet! The previous two days when I reached for those previously used paper towels there were also wet.  Still wet? I examined further and found a leak from in the back of the sink. I cleared out all the things (too many) that I have under the sink, including the now soaked Cascade soap automatic dishwasher box that we never use. I got my light and examined the underside of the sink.  Where was this leak coming from? What I feared was that I had a leak like my neighbor had last year.  I discov

The Dirty Lowdown Band Tonga Hut Palm Springs CA February 16, 2020

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This week Pat and I were scheduled to be in Philadelphia visiting our friend Don McK.  Every spring and fall we visit Philly and Don.  This is the first year since 2013 we'll miss springtime in Philly. Hopefully we can visit Philly in November.  I'm not holding out much hope though. I think this pandemic will be with us for the foreseeable future, maybe years.  I fear those days are gone that Pat and I so enjoyed this past February in Palm Springs when we were there immersed in Modernism Week. During one lazy Sunday afternoon, we by chance happened to stop in the Tonga Hut Tiki Bar. On this Sunday The Dirty Lowdown Band out of Los Angeles, was playing at the Tonga Hut Tiki Bar. Pat had recently discovered the Tonga Hut during one of his solo forays while I was back at our rented condo taking a nap. Yes, I still take an occasional afternoon nap even on our trips.  I need my beauty rest. Plus, I wind down like an old clock if I don't have my afternoon nap. Well,

Thoughts On Going Back To Work

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Delaware is beginning to reopen but hotels are not included.....yet.  I have returned to work last week.  While I like being back in the rhythm of my regular routine of working part-time, two days a week (Mondays and Thursdays).   Delaware governor John Carney has issued the tenth iteration of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning June 1st. All hotels, including the small hotel where I work, are not included. I was collecting unemployment benefits, which included an extra payment to stimulate the economy. I was making more weekly on unemployment that I make a month working. When I returned to work that payment stopped. I knew that situation was too good to be true. It was. I am glad to return to work though. Working gives my life balance. I understand others may prefer full retirement and no job or volunteer work, but for me working part-time is the best of both worlds. I earn extra money plus I know I am still making my contribution as a good citizen of this country. Ever since my

Ron Returns To Work at the Hotel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Yes, I have returned to work at the hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic.   I will now work behind a pexiglass partition to protect both our guests and me from infecting one another with the virus. We're not accepting guests just yet. However, our governor has opened the boardwalk this weekend. He was forced to because both neighboring states of New Jersey and Maryland have opened their beaches.   Today is a beautiful, sunny, spring day with a slight breeze. Route One (aka "Coastal Highway") is viewable from our sunroom. For the first time in weeks I both hear and see vehicles streaming down Route One towards their destination of Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City, Maryland. There are restrictions still in place like social distancing, wearing masks and no lying in the sand working on their tans. Bill and I just returned from our biweekly visit to BJ's Wholesale Club in Millsboro. Everyone we saw was wearing masks and keeping appropriate social distancing. Th

Going Back to Work This Week

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Thursday I will be returning to work at the hotel.  The doors will be locked and we are not accepting guests at this time. We're going back to get the hotel ready for opening, at twenty-five percent capacity, on June 1st.  I will be working the 2 PM to 8 PM shift. My responsibility will be to answer the phone. Housekeeping will give the hotel a thorough cleaning for our reopening in June 1st. There will be a few changes. My temperature will be taken upon entering the premises. I will wear a face mask and work behind a plastic shield.  I will no longer be handling the guest's credit cards. They will run their own credit card through the machine. And of course I will be maintaining a proper social distance of at least six feet. The new normal folks, should be interesting. Yeah, I noticed in the generic image of a hotel front desk clerk checking the temperature of a guess, "Where are the face masks?" 

Mothers and Brothers

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 Brothers Isaac and John - 1954 Brothers John and Isaac 1979 "My boys" , that is how my Mother always used to refer to me and my two younger brothers.  Yesterday  I posted my annual Mother's Day tribute to our Mother. Both my brothers and I agree what we had the best mom ever. Even though she died ten years ago, she lives on through us.  She raised us to be responsible adults.  Even though she wasn't a "huggy" Mom, probably because she never had a mother to hug her, she loved us all the same without that outward show of affection.  In later life we (my brothers and I) would often hug her jokingly, because she would always stiffen up like a log when we did so. Me and my brothers (I'm the tallest on the right with Isaac and John) during a visit to my cousins and Aunt Mable and Uncle Ed Tipton - 1947 At the end of her life, we took turns caring for her, fulfilling our promise that we wouldn't put her in a nursing home. It was a close

Mother's Day 2020

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Me with the Best Mom in the World, a fashion plate she was not. She gave every thing she had to "her boys", me and my two brothers Yes, I had one of those Best Mother's In The World. My brothers and I were so lucky to have her as our mother. Something we took for granted growing up.   We didn't realize how lucky we were until we left home and discovered that some of our friends and acquaintances weren't so lucky. I remember the first time someone told me he didn't get along with his mother, I couldn't process it.  I just assumed everyone had a mother like me and my brothers. Now my father, that's a whole different story. So today I wish my Mother a very happy Mother's Day. Even though she's been gone ten years now (how fast time goes by), there is hardly a week that goes by that I don't think of her, have the impulse to call her and share some bit of news with her or just to complain.  Mom and me later years My Mother lost

COVID-19 Update on 5 8 20 at 6 19 PM

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Still sheltering in a home folks. In addition to trying to avoid catching the virus I have to take care of my health issues. Today I visited my dermatologist, Dr. Chang. I have a pimple on the right inside of my nose that isn't going away. In fact it's getting bigger. Cause for concern.  I was surprised that my dermatologist could keep my appointment in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. He said he was but at 25% capacity. It was interesting getting examined with my face mask on. Actually, I had to take it off (of course) for Dr. Chang to examine. He said "This might be of concern."  He took a biopsy.  That was fun. He injected a numbing needle in the middle of my pimple to prepare for cutting. Now I have a bandaid on my face.  I tried to take it off tonight when I took a shower but it started to bleed. Oh fun.  Should be interesting when I sleep tonight. I envision a bloody pillow when I wake up in the morning. Oh, did I mention? I was called back to work n

Musings On My Long Life

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Me with my Mom 1942 This morning I was talking to my longtime friend Larry on FaceTime.  Larry and I grew up together in the Fifties.  We've been best friends since we were both ten years old (3rd grade).  That's a long time, almost seventy years. Larry was diagnosed with ALS over three years ago. The progression of his disease has been slow but steady. Fortunately he can still talk but he is very weak.  He is unsteady on his feet and has fallen often. He now uses a walker to get around his home. He doesn't drive anymore.  He has a health care worker come to his home twice a week to help him bath and other help. He knows his body is failing him.  He is accepting of his eventual fate.  We talked about those days in which he would take long walks five miles or more every morning as recently as last year. Those days are no more.  I have two younger brothers. My youngest brother has lymphoma.  He's lost over one hundred pounds of weight. The last year has undergone

COVID-19 Test Results In!

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This afternoon my iPhone vibrated in my pocket. I pulled it out and saw "Beebe Hospital" displayed on my screen. First thought that came to me was "This is the call about the results of the COVID-19 tests that Bill and I took last Saturday."   My hand trembled slightly as I placed my forefinger on my iPhone to slide to answer the call, I said "Hello."  A woman on the other end of the line said "This is Janet from Beebe Hospital. Is this Ronald Tipton? I have the results of your COVID-19 test. Could you tell me your date of birth?"  I gave her my date of birth. There was a pause and then she said "The results of your COVID-19 test are negative."  A feeling of euphoria coursed through my chest as I said "That's great news! Thank you very much. You made my day!"   I then asked her if she had Bill's result.  I explained to her that I was Bill's spouse and caregiver. She said she would have to talk to Bill to ve

Bill Gets Swabbed For COVID-19 Testing

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Yes, you read that right. Bill and I got tested yesterday for the COVID-19 virus.  How did that come about?   I've been saying for quite some time now that the only answer to controlling this runaway train that is the coronavirus pandemic is testing.  TESTING! TESTING! TESTING! I had given up on getting a COVID-19 testing because heretofore the only way to get a test here in Sussex County Delaware was you had to have severe complications and a doctor's referral.  Neither Bill or I have those near death complications. Nor do we have easy access to a doctor.  Both of us use the VA for our health care. Try getting a doctor through the VA on short notice. Good luck.  Thus it was with relief that I read in our local newspaper that Delaware governor Carney had secured funds for FREE TESTING FOR ANYONE in Sussex County.  The testing was set for two days (Friday and Saturday) in Georgetown, right off of Rt. 113 with is one of the hot spots in Delaware. There are a lot

Pandemic Update May 1, 2020

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Armed protestors entering Michigan State capital yesterday Here we are folks with over one million identified cases of the coronavirus and sixty-three thousand deaths in the United States.  Today several states are starting reopening businesses in spite of not meeting the CDC recommendations not being met.  These are mostly Republican governors. Trump's focus is getting the economy going again so he can get reelected.  Trump's MAGA followers storm the Michigan State capital, AR15's slung over their shoulder, to intimidate the Democratic Wisconsin governor to lift the stay at home order.  Here is the facts folks. Nothing, NOTHING is going to change until there is TESTING for ALL WHO WANT TESTING.  Testing and tracing, nothing will change other than more deaths until testing and tracing is instituted.  Bill and I are doing fine, social distancing here at our home in southern Delaware. We're lucky in that we don't live in a nursing home, work in a me