Archive for the ‘Family life’ Category


No I’m Not! Am I ?

February 1, 2013

Most days I stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of coffee on my way to work.  Its a store I frequent and the people there don’t have to ask what I want. Medium coffee regular.  I walk in, say hello, pay for the coffee, say see ya later and I’m out the door.

Recently I went in and a new young woman was behind the counter.  Asked what I would like, I told her.  I gave her my debit card, she charged me $1.89.  Usually its $2.02.  I didn’t think much of it right away and walked out to my car. Put my cup into the cup holder, and started driving.  At the next  traffic light while stopped I looked at the reciept.  “senior discount”


This bugged me all day.  All of the other servers at the Dunkin Donuts store saw me as a …..  regular… wait.  Normal… no,   um….   Not a senior.  Do I look old?   I’m only 56.   My hair is mostly gray.  But….   Why all of a sudden….

The next day another server charged me $2.02.  I was happy.

The next day after, The young woman stated, “with that card you can get a free donut”.



I have an AARP card.  It was sent to me a couple years ago.  You just kinda get it after you turn 50.  So I filled it out. You can get discounts on stuff.  Why not.   She saw it in my wallet when I opened. it!

That was it.  Not that I look older!!!!

It think.


Thanks for reading!

See you soon!


Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2012

Norman and Isabel

My puppies Norman and Isabel

Merry Christmas from Oscars Tavern!




Happy St. Andrew’s Day from Oscars Tavern

November 30, 2012


In my desire to post more often, I said to myself:”

Hey, Try to post at least once a week. ”

So here I am week 2.  I’m impressed to say the least.  With the flood of comments I recieved from last weeks post ( Thanks Terri ) I did decide to use Oscars Tavern as the Blog of choice.  That blog allows me to be more playful, make up stuff and then share real life.

Yeah.. Thats it.

st andrew

Not knowing what to name this Post today made me look at the calendar. Its St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland.  You can Google it if you wish.  I have a sweater from Scotland with the St. Andrews Golf Course Logo on it. Got it many years ago while traveling in the U.K.   Still fits me.  Gosh, that had to be in the… 80’s?

Photos Courtesy of Google

Speaking of old,  my twin grandchildren will be 11 this weekend.  Eleven!   Yikes!  Time flies when you’re having fun. Or something like that.  I was supposed to be in Florida this week for their birthdays but it just didn’t work.

Busy as ever, gotta run.

Thanks for reading!  Hope to see you soon!



2012, Work, Home, Sandy,BP,Nellie, Norman, Isabel, Gulf …. to name a few

November 19, 2012

Hi Everyone!  My last real post was quite a while ago.  I do enjoy writing them and do enjoy everyone’s comments.  I’ve even made a few friends! I miss it.

Knowing that I can only fit one blog into my schedule, I’m trying to decide which one stays.  (Cue The Clash)  I like Oscars Tavern, as it gives me flexibility to wing small thoughts under a theme.  Conditionally Satisfactory is me.  More open.  Not hiding behind the bar.  I would mix both as “Oscar” obviously but can’t decide which Blog Title to keep.  Any suggestions?

This post title is a summary or 2012.

Very busy at work. My real job. Overwhelmed.  A good thing to be in this economy.  I used to write these posts during meetings or lunch. Now I’m leading the meetings, and working through lunch.  (not much pay increase)   Still traveling once a month to Puerto Rico.

Home – Busy as well.  Trying to simplify, I’ll call it.   Without much success.  Still keeps me busy.

Sandy – More recent – Hit us. Thank God not much damage, 10 days with no electricity – Make you appreciate what you dont have!!

BP – Still battling high blood pressure.  Maintaining. I wanted to be rid of it by now…. 😦

Nellie – My schnauzer of 9 years just couldn’t keep on and sadly passed.  After spending thousands of dollars to keep her going I lost her.

Norman and Isabel – After a couple months of emptiness, I got a puppy(s).   Note to self:  Never try to train 2 dogs at once!

Took a few trips to Sunny Florida!  With 2 of my 3 kids there.  It keeps looking better and better.

Those are a few things to name that have kept me off the page.  I’ll go more into them as I try to write.

Thanks to those who hung in with me!

Wish me luck!

Thanks as always for reading!   Once I figure out what blog I’ll use, I plan to completely re-build!  May need your help!



Happy Holidays from Oscars Tavern!

December 28, 2011

Hi!  Happy Holidays!!!

How are you?  Thought we’d take over Oscars personal blog to bring you up to speed on the going’s on here. Yes the Tavern still exists!  Well its moved, but not ready yet.  That picture is near where we’ve decided to move the Tavern.

Pull up a stool! Mind the mess…

What can I get you?

Todays Special is Three Olives Cherry Vodka!    Its one of our new bartenders favorites! She likes it with Diet Coke.

We’ve been so busy lately with life that we just haven’t had the time to sit and put words down here. Oh certainly a lot of ideas. But they come when I’m not by a PC or iPad.

Charlene is currently down in the Sunshine State. Visiting family.  She’s been a busy gal.  Our newer bartender Elaine has been filling in. She’s a beauty. Melts all the guys with just a look.  LOL   She definately shakes things up here in this rusty saloon!

I went through a brief bout of illness recently. Came unexpected. Just when you think you’re still a spry guy, life reminds you that you are over 50. (not much)

Christmas here was a nice event. No big parties like we usually do. With me under the weather and Charlene away, it was quiet but enjoyable. Just a few of us were together. We had a nice dinner and enjoyed each others’ company.  Probably the way it should be.  How was yours?  Leo came by and we celebrated Channukah as well. 

I’m taking this week off to relax. My goal is to be ready to kick some butt for the new year.

I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year!   Let’s hope its a great year full of promise, hope and health!

See ya soon!



Hi!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Channukah!  (Ok what is it…Hannukah or Channukah?)  I buy (C)Hannukah cards for my Jewish friends and they have both as well.  Sorry for the late wishes. But as a friend explained to me, Christmas is 12 days. (ie: 12 Days of Christmas)  So it’s still Christmastime.  We end our festivities with Three Kings Day.  Makes sense.

Having been to Florida so many times this year, I am continually getting more and more tired of cold weather.  Especially snow.  I figure I should live in a warm climate, and “visit” cold when I want. 

“Cris-cross.  I’ll kill your wife, you throw momma off the train”.

 This is why Oscars Tavern is being re-located to the Gulf coast of Florida.  We’re gonna change it up a bit. It will be completely different but still have its…”charm”….LOL.   

During my hospital stay (4 days) I was victim to daytime television.  DO the networks really think we are that stupid?  I was so glad the hospital had WIFI.  I had my iPad brought to me. There was one good program I found. The local New York News for CW/PIX. They have this perty anchor woman. Jodi Applegate. She made the normal news interesting.  Plus she has this odd sense of humor.  So now I watch that when I can.

I’m relaxing this week. Getting myself back in shape.  Walked 2 miles yesterday and today. They’re raising a house a couple blocks away. I will walk again to see how they’re doing.  Stuff like that is interesting to me.  Thats what they do here in my neighborhood. They remove the old small houses and put up McMansions.

I realized yesterday my registration for my truck and my drivers license both expired. Should fix that.

Hope you all are enjoying this holiday season.

Thanks for reading!  I’ll see you soon!


Unlike playthings, a living creature cannot hide himself on an island

December 1, 2011

Oh Man.  December already. Seems yesterday I was in Florida relaxing at Holmes Beach near Bradenton with a cold Corona and a book.

Well you all know I hate cold weather. If man were meant to be in cold weather, he’d have covered us with hair like animals! As Yukon Cornelius says, “Not fit for man nor beast!”     (lick lick lick – eh.. nuthin’)

Yes its Rudolph time as well.  A staple here.  I actually have a small book on my desk with the entire dialog of the Rankin-Bass Epic Cinematic Wonder!   The show was broadcast the other night on CBS and I saw my daughter-in-law put it on for my grandaughter.  So I sat and watched as well, mimicking the dialog as it began.

On our television we have an option from Verizon that shows who’s calling on your screen.  During Rudolph it popped up, “Survey blah blah blah”  I grabbed the phone and said, “You NEVER call during Rudolph!”  The woman said laughing, “Oh I’m sorry, I’ll call again”.

Where were we….   “didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles?  Yukon asked…  Bumbles Bounce!

Thanks for reading – brief – I know…


Safari’s and Tickles

November 15, 2011


Safari – Well I’ll tell you by the time I finish this post.

Sorry as always – I’m just gonna stop apologizing as you all know I’ve just been so busy.  My faithful 6 followers.  Eventually when the clouds disappear I’ll be more frequent.

As you know professionally I speak to people all over the world. A funny event happened recently that had us all wanting to bust but we couldn’t.  During a teleconference a woman from Brazil was having difficulties speaking as she had a “Tinkle In her throat”, so she said….    I wrote her a note afterward explaining its usually tickle.  Now when she clears her throat or anything like that we giggle like children.

I was in Florida recently for my birthday week, (Oct 31st) spending time with my daughter and family.  I always look at real estate there, I still love it.  Almost had a chance to meet the “Geezer”.   The voice of Sandy from Sandy says.  I was supposed to be in his area one day and I reached out to him. He was doing a book signing and told me to come on by!  Unfortunately plans changed. But next time I’ll be sure to make it there.  I understand he had Sandy with him.  Nice. He writes a great blog and is a published author. An interesting guy.

My friends looked at me oddly yesterday when I told them I painted my great room Oatlands Subtle  Taupe and Smoked Oyster.  Another friend thought it was an appetizer.

I am really enjoying Miranda Lambert’s new CD “Four the record”  Here’s one of my favorite songs!

Well thought I’d just say hi and wanted my little fan base to know I’m still here.

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you soon!

Oh BTW – I used Safari browser instead of Explorer to write this post – It worked!