Monday, June 26, 2017

A Lil Indiana


Today I was blessed to visit with my dear friend, Shelley, and her beautiful family.


Her son, Quinn, is living here in L.A.  He's been here nearly a year.  He sure seems to be enjoying himself.

Her daughter, Lauren, is living in NYC these days and loves every moment of it.  But she is also enjoying her time here on the BEST coast!  Haaa!

As for Kevin, the hubby, I think he'd be just fine kickin' back in a cool room with a beer on tap!  And I can't blame him.  It's a hundred dang degrees out here in these L.A. streets!

Truth be told, every time I'm in Shelley's presence I feel sooooo THANKFUL for being alive.

The woman is a GODSEND.

Her KINDNESS, COMPASSION and LOYALTY are unparalleled.

I ADORE her.

ALWAYS.

AND.

FOREVER.

I'm tellin' you: it's ALWAYS nice to have a lil Indiana in my life!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2017


To MY FATHER, Mr. Charles A. Montgomery Sr., I wish a GLORIOUS FATHER'S DAY in HEAVEN!


And to my BROTHER, Mr. Dwayne A. Montgomery, I wish a GLORIOUS FATHER'S DAY on EARTH!

Kravetz with an "E"


In Ancient Roman religion, Sol, is a solar deity.

God of the sun.

In Hebrew, it means Peace.

The man, SOL KRAVETZ, whom I grew to admire and appreciate, transitioned from this world on June 8th, 2017.

At peace.

He was 92 years BLESSED.

So, his name fit him just fine.


I met Sol at Sunrise Senior Living.

I have been a volunteer at the residence since 2010.  As a result, I've seen many, many residents come and go.

Some pack up and go on to another similar residence.

And even more go on to another dimension.

My interaction with Sol was a little different than what I experience with most residents.

It was more personal.

During each of my twice monthly visits, I'd sit and enjoy a spirit-filled lunch hour with him.  We'd talk about whatever came to his mind.  I could always count on at least one topic of conversation every, single time: Angela Lansbury.

Sol worked many years as a teacher and eventually a Principal.  He told me a million times often that Angela's son, David, attended his school.  He recounted a story of walking the boy out to Angela's car one day, and being surprised that she never acknowledged him for doing so.  But that "snub" didn't stop him from being an avid viewer of Murder She Wrote reruns!

He talked to me about living in Brooklyn as a boy.

About moving to California.

About his brilliant, older brother, Nathan.

About joining the military and being stationed in France for a bit.  He even learned some French back then, too!

And traded cigarettes for candy!

He told me about meeting his late wife, Joan, on a beach.

And that his greatest regret was not treating her as well as he should have.

He told me about his intelligent, goal-driven daughter, Lauren.

And about his daughter, Harriet, who caused him much worry during her youth.

As fate would have it, both of his daughters proved themselves to be faithful daughters who made sure he was comfortable.

He often told me that "Harriet does everything for me.  I don't even know how much I pay to live here."

I'd tell him, "You don't need to know how much you pay.  You don't need to think about much of anything any longer, except enjoying every, single day."

He'd voice his bewilderment regarding his grandson, Tyler's, lack of interest in learning to drive.  The young man eventually got his driver's license.

He'd talk about his older grandson, Austin, being quiet around him.

He'd talk about the boys' father.  And I'll leave it at that. :)

One of my fondest memories with him was searching the internet for a new wedding band.  He told me he wanted one to let everybody know he was a married man and in love with his wife.  I suppose he was adamant about telling me that because I often teased him about hookin' up with one of the ladies in the residence.  Lol

On his birthday, Harriet gifted him with a gold band, and he wore it every day afterward.  Proudly, might I add.

Last Sunday, June 11th, I attended Sol's burial.

Being there was a privilege.  Being asked to be a pallbearer was even more so.

I even was allowed to shovel dirt over his casket.  I had never seen such an act done by mourners at a funeral.  But then again, that was the first Jewish funeral I had attended.

After the funeral ceremony, I joined the family at a restaurant reception.


Honestly, the atmosphere at the restaurant was truly a celebration of his life.  Both the collages pictured above were on display.  It was great to see a young Sol since I had only known him as a man in his 90s.

In the photos, he appears:

Young.

Vital.

Happy.

I was asked to stand up and share with the guests how Sol and I came to know one another.  And I did.

Happily.

Resolutely.

Proudly.

Well, I want the world to know I'm hella happy to have met Mr. Sol Kravetz.

And that's Kravetz with an "e."  :)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Seriously, What?????


It's 1:36 AM and I've got a slice of apple pie, compliments of Costo, in the oven, heating up.

Why am I eating dessert at this ungodly hour, you ask?

Because I want to!

No, seriously, I'm awake asking myself what I deem the million dollar question:


Honestly, in my day-to-day life I observe people breaking their backs (some literally, but most, figuratively) working to earn as much money as they can.

But for what?

This house?



This car?



This school?



This purse?



This exclusive club?


Really, once a person obtains any or all these things, is he/she automatically happy?

Well, we know the answer to that question.

Yet, folks damn near kill themselves to get their hands on these things.

Well, for me, I simply pursue a life of spontaneity, nature, food, friends, family, and just enough money so that I never have to worry think about it!

That's what "it all" a.k.a. life means to me. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

22 Days Away


Twenty-two days from now marks the PREMIERE of BIG BROTHER!!!

We're getting prepared for Season 19!  Season 19!

I climbed aboard the BB train back in Season 14!  Tons of folks have come and gone since then, but I still find that meeting new houseguests is a hoot!

Heck, being reacquainted with old houseguests ain't too bad, either! :)

"The Ball Smashers"

The summer of 2017 is about to get HELLA HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)   

Class Of 2017


Last month, my one and only godson was graduated from Saint Joseph's University!

I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by!

I recall him droppin' from the womb back in 1995!

He's now a whopping 22 years blessed.  And a college graduate!

BRAVO, Jordan!  BRAVO!


I'm sure his mom and brother are as proud of him as I am!

I hope and pray he lives his life as FEARLESSLY as humanly possible.

'Cause livin' without fear of new experiences and challenges seems to lead directly to one helluva great and fulfilling ADULT life!

Again, BRAVO, Jordan!

BRAVO!

October Baby


A young woman reminds her mother every day that she's pregnant.

She has to remind her because her mother is living with Alzheimer's.

Their interaction is...

POWERFUL!

BEAUTIFUL!

And HEARTBREAKING!

All at the same time.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Park Gang


Since I work out at a few, local parks (North Hollywood Park pictured above), I notice that any number of fellas do the same thing.

What I like most is that everybody helps everybody.  I mean, if someone doesn't know how to do a muscle-up, someone who does happily demonstrates how to do it.


Mike, 27, "Mr. Blond Ambition," was there the other day, killing time until he had to train a client at a nearby gym.  Unlike me, he does both gym and outdoor workouts.  Straight outta Idaho, Mike plans to take over Hollywood in film and television.


Another great dude, David, 44, stopped by the other day and worked on some gymnastic moves.  I think it's great that at damn near 50 he's learning gymnast routines.  Age is truly nothin' but a number.


The allure of bright lights brought 19-year-old Grant out to L.A. from Oklahoma to make a name for himself as a singer/songwriter.  It'll be interesting to see how he fares in a city teeming with only a million, other singer/songwriters!


Tony, 26, all the way from Australia, is going to have to return down under in just a bit because his Student Visa has run its course.  He has been here in L.A. for two years.  He thought he was gonna make a real go out of Jiu Jitsu, but that hasn't quite panned out.  I wish him well.


Sebastian, 26, hails from Poland.  This kid truly lives his life to the fullest!  At one point, he just upped and moved to Australia.  Thought he'd be there for a few months, but wound up being there for dang near four years.  Now, he's here in America.  And based upon my gut instinct, I predict the kid is gonna be a STAR!  He's got one hell of an incredible personality!


Sgt. Josh, 32, is from Arizona, and is enjoying his first visit to La La Land.  He joined me on my trek up to The Observatory in Griffith Park.  Getting to know him has been challenging and rewarding at the same time.  I'm always amazed when I meet people who initially resist my full-on energy.  Just makes me love on 'em even more.  And I never fear that they'll resist me forever, 'cause I know that sooner or later, EVERYBODY responds favorably to LOVE!  My intention is to be a BLESSING to the army man.  I sure him well!!!!!


Adrian, 32, is a California native and is quite the singer/songwriter.  His cover of The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming" sounds pretty dang good to me!  I wish him the very best!


Dennis, 46, is of Jamaican descent, from Queens, NY.  The dude mixes calisthenics training with weights.  And as you can see, the result is quite eye-catching!  I like talking to him.  He's pretty dang spirited when he expresses his opinions.


Victoriano ("Victor"), 40-something, is determined to record himself skateboarding via drone.  He surfs, too, so the electric skateboard allows him to mimic his surfing moves.  Of Filipino descent, he sure seems to be one of those folks who sets a goal and does whatever it takes to smash it!  God bless him!


Eugene, 35, is here from Ukraine.  He left behind his beautiful wife and three children, so he can make a new life for them here in the U.S.  His English is coming along, but I have to speak slowly to him.  And, from time to time, he runs to his phone to look up the English translation of a Russian word.  Damn nice dude.


Candido, 35, is an actor, writer, model, dancer and an all-around creator of art!  After talking to this dude for a brief moment, I easily ascertained that he was far more than a pretty face and body.  The dude has MEANING!  I wish him the very best!


Sean, 32, is a stunt performer who was actually working in Elysian Park when I met him.  I walked over to where his group was working and watched them taking hits and falls.  Whew!  That kind of work is not for me.  I don't want this ol' body bumped and bruised!  God bless him!


Martin, 21, joined me on his first walk through Elysian Park.  I showed him all the park's live-in residents' abodes, and the spectacular views from one mountaintop after the other.  He wants a career in fitness, so we talked about how he can accomplish that.  I wish him the very best!  He's a great kid!


Lastly, Raul, 24, is determined to whip himself back into his usual, fighting shape.  He primarily works out at home, but from time to time, he comes out to the park.  This particular day, the turkey was at the park knockin' off a community service obligation (thus the plastic gloves).  Gotta follow the rules of the road, folks!  Lol!


For me, I couldn't imagine working out anywhere other than outdoors.  I truly love being out in the sunshine.  In fact, when it's an overcast day, I don't feel like working out at all.

Gimme sun...or...gimme ice cream, a comfy couch and a television!    

Harpo!!!!!!!!!!!!





Gotta love all the hilarious memes about the NBA Finals!

Since LeBron and his Cavs are down two games, every dang meme is at his expense.

And I LOVE 'em!

Two games down, could be two more to go, or at most, five!

May the best team...

WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm Baaaaaaack


Well, well, well, it appears I haven't posted a dang thing since May 23rd.

Well, I'm BACK, BEOTCHES!  Haaaa!

Truth be told, I've been running around, trying to do as much living as I can before Season 19 of Big Brother begins.  I mean, not traveling the world or anything, but Cali living!

I've got a few more activities I'm determined to do before year's end.


Skydiving is tops on the list!  I've been wanting to do it for ages, but have never really looked into it.  Well, now the time has come.  I'm gonna research taking that leap in mid-to-late September or so.  I think the experience will be awesome! And scary as heck!!!  We'll see what we see!


I also wanna drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.  Perhaps to San Francisco.  Or wherever my heart desires!  It's a dang shame, though, that I've lived here in Cali for 17 years and have never visited San Francisco yet.  I've been to Sacramento, but didn't have time to visit San Francisco during that trip.

Well, the Summer of 2017 is a new day!

I'm gonna enjoy every, single moment!!!!