New York City.
As always, we stay at the Michelangelo on 51st@ 7th ave.
Al in his hotel room at the Michelangelo, NYC
If you have never been to NYC, be advised everything is pricey.
(unless you want to stay in Newark)
If you only go once, live it up and check out the “Mike”.
Great hotel, in the heart of all the great restaurants,
Broadway shows and Times Square.
Rosie O' Gradys 52nd @ 7th. (Beef stew on the menu)
It is killer. And not expensive. Also great seafood and
Steaks. You can eat reasonably in NY.
Al and his favorite manager at Rosie O Gradys, NY
Brunch, lunch, supper snacks.
(over 30 in NY…all good. Two slice pizza, two Pepsi 11.00
Cheap eats) Oceania. 49th @ 6th.
Carmine’s 44th and Times square. Italian. One order
Feeds three…really. Good pasta, ravioli, great bread.
(at busy times, prepare to wait 30-40 minutes)
Chinese…Jing Fong…20 Elizabeth St. Chinatown.
Dim sung for two 19.95
Our fave…Wohop…17 Mott st.
Four seasons(beef, chicken, shrimp,pork & rice 14.50
Feeds two. In the cellar..Chinatown..good stuff.
Ellens Starlight Diner….great for after show
Singing wait staff. Ice cream sodas and banana splits
That will blow you away..also full breakfast,lunch &
Dinner menu….cheap..by NY standards.
Ride the subway. 7 day pass..now 30.00. will save a hundrerd
In cab fares….speaking of …make sure you get the yellow cabs
And not the guys in the black limos..you will pay thru the nose
See Statue of Liberty, See 9/11 Memorial..
Al and wife Annette at Ground Zero before the new memorial
Shows….we saw Motown and Kinky Boots, both great.
Annie, Mama Mia, Wicked all still playing…
Go to TKTS…..46th @ Broadway …after 4pm…get discount tickets for shows.
(or before noon on sat and sun for matinees..you will save a bunch…)
Spiderman ignoring Al in Time Square, NYC.
Al and wife Annette in NYC
What a surprise. Went by train from NY. (overnight, lv NY 3pm, arrive
Al and a statue of songster Johnny Mercer in Savannah.
Hotel: River Street Inn. On the river..I mean ..on the river.
Managed by Janice Davis…lovely lady…lifer in Savannah. Knows
All the info. Request a room on the river side. Great views.
Reasonable prices…happy hour, plus wonderful brewed coffee(free)
In lobby. Staff is the friendliest you will find. Amazing. Free pralines
At bed time….
You gotta go to Paul Deens. The food IS GOOD.
Our fave…Hueys…on the River, shrimp and grits or anything you
Like. Jamabalaya…that’s right in Savannah….Henrys for a cheap
Five dollar breakfast…
Chart House…on the River…over priced……
Take the cruise..worth the 20.00 apiece…(one hour)
Take the tour…again 20.00 a piece worth it….
Cab is a 30.00 ride to the airport. Call me for my fave cab driver. He is great.
Little tip: if you haven’t flown American out of Beaumont, you are missing
A good bet. Comfy planes…running on time and free parking and close to
Food: McCormick and Kuleto’s. waterfront. Great seafood, a tad pricy, entrees around 25 to 30 but every table has a great view of the water including
ELO trading post. On Sutter. Most magnificent Asian fusion food around. Butternut squash dumplings and ribs the size of
Uncle Vitos. Pasta and ravioli and home made pizza. Less than ten bucks and cheap wine and beer. Bush @ Mason.
Sears….like the store …..on Sutter. Home of silver dollar pancakes, great breakfast, super reuben sandwiches and full meals at a very low price.
Aliottos, Scomas, seafood at the wharf…lot of money touristy, good..but touristy.
Clam chowder in the bowl which is made of cut out sourdough bread. Five bucks and great...Pier 39 at the Wharf.
If you are going to
I saw the ice on interstate 35 and watched the game yesterday between the
Eagles and Lions but my step daughter got the storm first hand.
After finding out she couldn’t fly out of Beaumont, she was taken to Hobby and informed she couldn’t get to Dallas from there. Then she was taken from Hobby to George Bush International where the same thing happened.
Then she was finally flown (Delta) after American couldn’t get out of Houston. She was flown to Detroit
(That must have been fun) and then on to Moline, Illinois. Quite an eventful 15 hour day. At least she got home.
Lesson to be learned here is that there is one that controls it all. Weather, airlines, highways, temperatures.
Get it? Good. So don’t cuss, don’t fuss. Be glad we still have weather. Even if it’s the kind you don’t like.
PS. She and her husband already minister a church and have for more than 25 years, so they know this.
Tonya, ….you are a trooper.
Those little elves you find on the refrigerator and the stove and in the pantry.
You know, the ones who are supposed to be spying on kids to find out if they have been bad.
If you don’t know if your little ones (big ones are harder to catch) are being bad, I have bad news for you.
The elf will not help. I hope someone gives me one of those for Christmas. I will feed it to my cat.
Oh, did I tell you that I refused to play “secret santa” with the office crew? So did Jim and so did
Harold. Hey, we love Christmas but this takes it to the dumb down degree. They ask you what your hobbies are.
This helps them determine what the secret gift will be. So I told them I like golf.
So they gave me a three inch high plastic golf ball to sit on my desk.
The inscription reads: “I’d rather be playing golf.”
(I already know this so why do I need a reminder when I have a pile of work to do?)
That’s when I ditched the SS.
My wife gave me another cat two years ago. Probably the best gift I have ever gotten.
Now that I have the cat I can feed the elf to it.
HO, HO, HO. Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out perfectly.
The retailers (bless their little pointed heads) keep pushing back the clock.
Example: first Black Friday. Do you remember when it was 6am Friday?
Just a few years ago, it was normal hours on Friday. Then 6,5,3 and then
Midnight Thursday which I thought was Thanksgiving Day. Guess it still is.
Then 8pm and 6pm and even one at 6am. I talked about this last week.
But now, comes the cry that sales weren’t as great as first thought.
Now, we will hear the retailers bemoan the fact that the season, is six days shorter.
That means we will only have….beginning today…..22 shopping days till the big day.
It will only take me slightly more than 2 to 6 hours to complete mine. I know what my
People want. Gift cards, except for my wife. She likes the real gifts. And so do I.
I hope Santa fills my stocking with golf balls. Expensive ones. I’m easy and fortunately so are people on my list.
Carry on without me. Find the bargains. I will read about them.
I will also have my wrapping done. That’s something else I don’t do very well.
Matter of fact…not at all. I love Christmas shopping.
Because for me, it’s so brief.
So what is good chili?
I have eaten Yankee chili (with beans or crackers)
Terlingua Chili. Ate that with Moe Bandy at the Jersey Lilly (Pearl Beer headquarters in San Antone.
Cincinnati Chile with spaghetti.
Western Chile with all kind of junk vegetables.
I will put mine up against anyone’s.
Is that bragging?
Made some yesterday. It was as good as the last time.
Here’s the secret. Anyone can make good Chile. You just have to take your time.
Find a good recipe and never, never, ever vary it.
Make it the same way every time.
That’s a good rule of thumb to follow in whatever you do.
Consistency. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all acted the same way, all the time, as long as if it was with a smile?
Happy Chili making. It sure is the weather for it.
Those of us still around realize the lost innocence on this date in 1963.
Men married only women, fathers stayed at home with children.
People said “excuse me” and “Merry Christmas”.
Folks opened doors for each other and said “thank you” instead of “No problem”.
Lassie was cool and so was Barney Fife.
Church socials required a covered dish by those attending.
A telephone was something you talked into and didn’t carry in your purse or pocket.
We were glad to have three channels, all in black and white.
Birth control for many meant “not doing it”.
Hippies had not yet gathered on hallowed ground.
Political parties disagreed but then went and had a drink together.
Filling stations were just that. No charge for checking your oil.
Hamburger stands were…..hamburger stands.
Tattoos were for sailors.
We all stood for the pledge of allegiance.
There were no X rated movies, because there were no X rated actors willing to film them.
I understand that times marches on. Convenience is the mother of invention.
If I don’t hurry up and finish this, it will be tomorrow.
The next day will be Sunday and although far fewer will be in church than
50 years ago today, those in the pews will still be glad, not all has changed.
Amazing Grace and Amen will still be proudly sung by those who yearn for the innocence lost.
God bless us all.
I like to think I am kind of “with it” when it comes to the holiday season. I still wish
“Merry Christmas” instead of happy holidays despite being politically incorrect.
I still open up presents on Christmas morning instead of the eve before although most don’t.
(After all, Santa won’t stop by your house if he sees you opening up the other stuff).
I refuse to eat a Tofu turkey. Also Brussell sprouts.
I know my grandkids just want cash or gift cards. None of that other “toy junk”.
I can deal with that.
I still watch Christmas story four or five times during it’s 24hour run.
But I will not shop on Christmas night or worse CHRISTMAS MORNING!!
You know that’s coming, right? Maybe not this year, but it’s coming.
We are now shopping on Black Friday, beginning at 3am.
No, wait. Midnight. No, wait. Thanksgiving night (8pm Sears).
No, wait. (6pm Walmart). No, wait. Thanksgiving morning (6am Target).
See what I mean? I still gorge on the bird, eat the pumpkin pie, (no Mince, thank you).
I watch the NFL game. I used to watch all the games. Now it take a nap.
But I will not shop until I feel it is the designated time. Sorry. I refuse to conform to
Thanksgiving day shopping. Call me a prude. Call me old fashioned. It is what it is.
That is all. Over and out.
Say a little prayer (or a big one ) for our friends in Washington and Peoria, Illinois along with folks in Indiana and Ohio. Disasters are just that. Not fun. Heart wrenching, devastating and long lasting.
I realize we cannot help all people at all times when things like this occur. But we can do this.
Ronnie Stewart, citizen, pastor and resident of the Peoria-Washington area, described for me, the stark reality this morning.
He was very upbeat as seemingly middle Americans are in time of distress.
A few seconds out of your busy schedule will do wonders for you and for those affected, if you believe.
Lets hope the best for some of our own.
Maybe sunny days will warm some of the awful chill that surrounds one when they have lost all they have in this world.
Our very best to the very best. It will be a long rebuilding process.
It could happen anywhere to anyone, anytime. This time it happened to them.
They will recover, just as those in other states have.
But it’s not easy right now.
Our blessing to all those affected.
287 in Louisiana, 53 in Alaska, 85 in Wyoming. That’s the number of enrollee’s in the new ACA.
I don’t think I would have even published those numbers.
That’s a joke. That’s a disgrace.
It is obvious that this website and plan are severely flawed.
The talking heads on the network are reporting it as written.
No comments from the major networks like “That’s bad, “That’s horrible”,…..nothing.
I recall networks having plenty to say about issues during previous administrations, both
Democratic and Republicans.
We see Kathleen Sebelius, Jay Carney and a host of folks apologizing but it seems the
President wasn’t told that (a) the site had problems (b) the plan had problems and (c) the public had problems.
The people who weren’t paying and now must are flooding the Medicaid site, (the free one) and so we are back on square one.
People who didn’t pay still wont. Those that were paying will pay more.
If this is success, I would hate to see failure.
That’s right. Today is 11-12-13 and next year we will have a 12-13-14 and then it wont happen again for
100 years or so. People will get married today, for whatever reason. Maybe because its an easy day to remember.
There are certain days we should never forget. Our own and children’s grandchildren’s and great grandkids birthdays.
Never forget your wife’s anniversary (it’s yours, too) and always forget her age.
“Somehow I remember you as being (fill in a younger date) younger.
Dates are important. Those of us old enough probably remember the day JFK died and where we were.
We never forget Thanksgiving and Christmas (how could we) and the Mondays during the year we are off.
We should never forget Veterans day or more importantly …..Veterans.
They are the reason most of us are here today, because of their protection.
The day you fell in love, the day you got your first job, even the day you quit smoking, if you ever did.
Different dates mean different things to folks.
Unless some life altering experience happens today, you will probably forget that today was 11-12-13.
After all, can you remember what you did last year on10-11-12?