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The Truth Is ....

Friends and family continue to ask me: "So, how ARE you doing?"
It's really very nice that they are concerned about my health ever since I had those trips to OZ with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. I usually keep it brief ... "Feeling good thanks." To which they usually answer ... "Good. You look great!" (I always kinda think that they reserve the last line in case I say ... "I feel like crap." Then they would say ... "I thought you looked a little puny.")

Debbie always tells me to tell the truth when people ask how I'm feeling.

Okay, here goes. Here are some of the things that still make me whine once in a while.

1. My right eye sometimes closes on its own. It still is numb (although no longer in need of my pirate patch). Probably looks like I'm winking at everyone from time to time. It also occasionally feels as if a dagger is sticking in it for a few seconds at a time. That would be the nerves acting up.

2. I have b…

Vegas Birthday

Quick trip to Vegas this weekend.

Debbie and I celebrated my senior citizen birthday  early (March 1st is the day ... to forget). So we traveled to Caesars Palace on Friday morning.

It could not have been more perfect.

We boarded the plane and got great seats (on Southwest) made it it a mere 6 hours ... and voila ... we zipped over to the hotel in time for a little gambling.

We did very well. (I promised Debbie I would not get real cocky here).

That night we made reservations to see Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's.

If I haven't mentioned this phenomenal Broadway play before ... I apologize. We have seen it twice (New York and Tampa). This cast was the best. It's the story of a reunion of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis who meet at Sun Records.

Great show.

We gambled a little at Harrah's after the play. I think some of the cocktail waitresses have been there since the hotel was built.

The wigs are brand new, however.

That night we grabbe…

Sochi Olympics? I'll pass.

I'm not a fan.

I have to admit the Winter Olympics were never high on the list for me. This year's games had very little appeal as well. I'm more of a Summer Olympic fan. Give me track and field, boxing, basketball, fencing (well ... maybe not fencing) and I'm a happy guy.

Now ... the screw up on the rings for the opening ceremony had possibilities. THAT was good television. Buy unfortunately, that was the only highlight I enjoyed.

Reasons? Well ...

1. Curling. This is not even a sport is it? Brushing the ice while a skater slides a steel teapot looking thing toward a target is as exciting as watching a shuffleboard tournament (actually, even that has more skill points).

I'll have to give style points to the teams that had snazzy pants this year.

2. The Luge. Another stupid sport. This must have been started at some water park one winter day when the water slides froze and some kid accidentally slipped down and almost broke his neck. Hey ... let's put a sled u…

At Boca (life is) Grande

Spent the weekend with Linda and Randy Simmons at their very cool place in Boca Grande.

Oh ... that's not Linda and Randy in the picture. Those are their Retrievers ... Tebow and Rocky. Randy is a Gator and Linda is (yes) a Bull.

Good times last night as we ate some New Orleans style gumbo, étouffée and crawfish balls at the Boca Grande Community Center.

Then, the special treat of the evening: A few hours of music and dancing with the Pine Leaf Boys, a young Cajun group that won critical acclaim nationally (including a few Grammy nominations).

One of the lead singer/musicians is a guy named Wilson Savoy who plays accordion and piano. When I looked him up, it was as I suspected ... he's a huge Jerry Lee Lewis fan (me too) ... his style mirrors old Jerry Lee in vocals and keyboard. The other lead was a great fiddle player, Courtney Granger, who can do a fusion of Cajun and classical and was born in the thriving metropolis of Eunice, Louisiana.

Yes ... it made me homesick.