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More Sammy

Sammy called me last week to tell me his yellow shirt was missing.

He loved that shirt. We bought it from Penney's ...  because it was exactly what he wanted, wash and wear and that special kind of polyester that only Penney's sells. So today, we went shopping to replace the missing shirt.

We had some good news and some bad news when we got to Menorah Manor.

"Sammy," Debbie said, "We bought you two shirts." She opened the bag and held up a deep cranberry color shirt and a striped shirt.

"Hmmm. I got a purple shirt and I don't like stripes. Where's the yellow shirt?"

"Sorry Sammy ... They didn't have yellow in your size . Do you like either of those? This one's not purple."

"Okay, I guess."

I opened the other bag. "Dad ... we also got you a chicken salad sandwich from Jo-El's Deli. It's the kind you love right?"

"I already ate lunch. Wish you would have called."

"I did call you .…

Saturday Market in St. Pete

What a day for the Saturday Market!

It was perfect weather in downtown St. Petersburg for a stroll ... through the crowds of young and not so young ... picking organic vegetables, walking dogs, balancing bikes, shopping for jewelry, nibbling on exotic foods and getting hugs.

Yes, that's right, getting hugs. You see ... today was FREE HUG FEST. I was going to get one but I had a hard time deciding whether I would get hugged by Raymond from The Rays, Mayor Bill Foster or the 80 year old woman who looked a tad too earnest.

The Free Hugs were really to promote the use of local businesses. By the look of the crowd, I think it was a message that was not lost on the masses.

Great music too. The band playing when I got there was Gumbo Boogie... bunch of old guys (probably younger than me) playing a great selection of New Orleans music like: "Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey ("Sittin In La La Waitin for my Ya Ya ... uh huh").

There were good looking cup cakes from Patti (Kakes)...…

Blues Brothers Do it GENSHAFT STYLE!

We are back!

Well ... we WERE back on Friday night at the Second Annual "Bandaids for Bridge Talent Show/Fundraiser", produced by the Medical Students at USF Morsani Medical School.

Wow that's a mouthful huh?

Dean Steve Klasko and I returned as the Blues Brothers and sang "Shake a Tail Feather ". We made it through one whole verse and a chorus until Steve stopped the show (a rehearsed stop, by the way) and said ..... "Hey Ellwood. We gotta do something more cutting edge like our Med School ... we are TOO old school!" I of course said "Naaaah" but was convinced to try it out.

At that point, Debbie and Steve's wife Colleen came out on stage and helped us into white tux jackets and big sunglasses.

We became PSY and his brother ... PSY (I guess) and did the "Gangam (Style)" song to new lyrics and called it "Genshaft Style" for our fearless leader Judy Genshaft.

Klasko: "I'm an obstetrician and my trade is catch…

I Love Florida

Road trip!

Deb and I motored to Savannah on Saturday morning to be with Dr. Nikki ... for her wedding shower, Yep ... first born is taking the plunge with a great young man, Steven Cohen (as my dad said: "What do you mean he's not Jewish ... he's a Cohen ... all Cohens are Jewish!") Apparently, Steven and his family missed that memo.

I'll fill you in on the party in a later entry. First I will tell you a little about the trip down. (I'm a little tired ... we just got back tonight).

We packed up the car and drove out at 9AM (that's 10:30 AM in "Debbie time").

It's a 6 hour drive to Savannah so we had plenty of time to have conversations. And we did. Deb made sure that we made up for lost time and took advantage of my hands on the wheel and not on my phone playing Words With Friends and checking emails.

We passed through Ocala. Have you ever been to Ocala? Well I gotta tell you that every square inch of Ocala is covered in Retirement Faciliti…