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Getting My Groove Back

Hey Fellow Bloggers,

I just couldn’t stay couped up in my condo any longer! I have literally only walked outside of my condo front door for 4 times since March 17 th! Twice to get some groceries and the other 2 times for post surgical follow-up appointments at the VA. The main reason for being a “bear in hibernation” hasn’t been because of Covid-19, but more so because of physical limitations after my surgery. I’ve been having to keep my left leg wrapped up and elevated because of where the deep incisions were made to remove the cancer I had there. However, more important to me…I have not wanted to be seen in public with my ugly screwed up nose that is looking worse than it did before! I have a phone conference with my surgeon this afternoon to discuss. You know I have been dealing with this since March 13th, 2019!! 4 actual times in the OR for my nose and 2 other times in the dermatology office where surgical revisions were performed. I am sooooo over this!! Sick of wearing bandages 24/7 for 365 days a year. Got a bunch of other health issues on going as well with my left arm, hand, leg and elbow but won’t elaborate on those things now as that’s not what today’s post is about. Let’s just say I will have these other health challenges to deal with when full medical services are again available at the VA Hospital after the virus subsides a bit.

Now back to the key reason for today’s post…

Looking out my condo window late yesterday afternoon and seeing that it looked so beautiful outside..I just had to get out for a while. My new bike has been just sitting here in my condo collecting dust and begging me to take her out on a test ride. How could I refuse helping out my new friend and getting her wheels spinning and gears in action. So off we went!

Being that my Condo is centrally located…figured I’d attempt to ride to the central part of the City of St Petersburg. The drive time there is approximately 18 minutes and distance is 14 miles one way. I figured it would take me about 2 1/2 hours to pedal the round trip which would be about 28 miles. It was about 5 pm …so figured I should be able to do it and make it back home no later than 8 pm before it got too dark.

Below is a quick video of a portio of downtown St Pete when I reach my half way point. I won’t elaborate here because I’m speaking on the video while pedaling on my bike so no need to be repetitive by writing what I said on the video.

Well all went well..made it back home with no injuries which is almost a first for me! I know I’m not supposed overdue things, but you know me..I always try to take my exercise to the next level and because I haven’t been doing much… I needed to make up for lost time!

As you listened to the video, I know I sounded happy & upbeat, but quite honestly I have actually been very depressed . Primarily because of not having my surgeries being sucessfull at correcting my problems to the extend I had hoped for. It has made me feel very self-conscious about being out in public having so many visible scars showing. Makes me uncomfortable. I guess the only good thing is that this recent surgery and recovery has coincided with the CV-19 lockdown so not much open out there anyways and even though my nose really looks bad..we will probably end up needing to ware face masks out there for a while. I guess this will disguise my nose a bit… but I really just want my nose to be back to normal!

Ok..will end this post here. Stay Safe and hope your week goes well!

Love, Gary

Helpful Stuff While Still in Lockdown Mode

Hey fellow bloggers…this link below is well worth listening to. It will really help you to think about different things and to cope better with all the stresses in life that might especially be confronting you right now as we learn to live our lives as best we can thru the Covid-19 pandemic.

Have a great weekend! Gary

Like Mother Like Son ! Happy Belated Easter

Hey All.

Sorry that I have been so sporadic on WordPress lately. I guess being couped up inside my condo as a result of Covid-19, complicated by my recent surgery with so many physical restrictions put on me by my surgeon to not be able to ride my bike yet, be out and about doing errands or even relaxing in the sun, I haven’t had much interesting stuff to write about lately.

I really have been just stairing at the 4 walls in my condo since March 17 th (the day after my sugery). Also, since I’m not supposed to be walking around much because of my deep leg incisions, I am still having to keep my leg elevated and bandaged up for a few more weeks. Have become a couch potatoes. Thank God I got most of my condo in order prior to all this!

Also, my nose as usual has been a big disappointment. When will all this end. I feel like I’ve been around the world and back. 5 surgies on the actual OR and 3 revision in the office and still looks like S__t! Now instead of just having scars on one side of my nose, I now have scars on the other side as well and accross the middle from side to side. You might as well just use my nose to play a game of tick tak toe on it! Oh well.

The good thing for me about Covid-19 if you want to look at it with a positive spin.. all my social events have been cancelled and so many places remain closed, so if I’m going to be having to recuperate indoors than this is probably the best time to do it!

I can only write and send so many videos to you of my condo and only talk so much about my health before putting you all to sleep, so let’s change this up a bit.

I hope that despite so many restrictions and all the cancellations for attending church services or social activities, you were able to have a safe and enjoyable Easter and to reach out to your other loved ones and friends via phone or Zoom.

As for my Mom, she had an enjoyable day with my younger brother Randy (as best as I can see) as he sent me this photo of her I’m attaching.) I can see she like me and the rest of us are all in bad need of a hairdresser, big they’re all closed! I didn’t get to speak with my Mom on Easter, because I’ve been sick all day..coughing, throwing up, chills (but no fever) weak and a small degree of breathing degradation. I hope I don’t have Covid-19? I’ll watch myself over next few days and only go to the hospital if my breathing or other conditions becomes problematic or if my temperature spikes. At least since I’m confined to my condo, (it’s like being being quarantined) so I can ‘t spread it to others if it turns out to be positive.

So, as you can see from the above pics…loving bunny rabbits runs in our family. Actually when I was growing up (still working on this!) we had a cute bunny rabbit as a pet for such a long time. His name was Pinky (not sure why we called him that because he was stark white)!The pics of me above were actually taken many years ago at about age 45, when I was having some fun as a male model in Dallas and Houstin, Tx during my mid-life crisis. Also did some modeling for a heath magazine as well as several smaller ads. I happen to find all these pics when sorting thru a few of my boxes I hadn’t unpacked yet.

Ok so let’s ends this on two more things about the Covid-19 virus that we might all be able to relate to, especially right now. This one has to do with protective gear…. I went to a party in Austin, Texas many years ago when I was about 40 years old. As trivia it was a guy I knew that lived right next door to Sandra Bullock! Unfortunately she was out of town doing a movie shoot that weekend do couldn’t attend, but her father showed up! (Nice guy). The theme was to wear something black. I came up with this cool outfit. I happened to find this pic when rummaging thru my storage boxes. Wish I still had that outfit now! Would have been perfect to protect me from the Corona Virus when out and about doing essential errands! LoL. Would have gotten some stares I’m sure!!

I’ll end this blog with adding one more cool you tube song from my favorite music artist. He is so spot on right now about how everyone is feeling being on lock down in their homes because of the Corona Virus. Enjoy!

Love, Gary

Watch “‘Bored as Hell’ by Chris Mann (A Lizzo Parody Cover)” on YouTube

Things Are Really Beginning To Get Rough Around The Edges!!

Ok for a small bit of Humor. Not sure if you’re all having issues with getting toilet paper in the stores around you…but there is absolutely nothing to be found on the shelves here in Florida! This is because all the stupid hoarders out there who have over bought more toilet paper than they needed, have left nothing for everyone else! (What a bunch of inconsiderate A_ _ H_ _ _ s_)! So, now I’m in deep “S_ _ t”! I must now use old newspapers (like they did or still might do in a 3rd world countries) just to take care of essential bodily functions! Let’s just say…it’s “getting a bit ruff around the edges” in the area where the sun doesn’t shine (unless of course you belong to a nudist colony where the sun shines everywhere)!

So, since I didn’t plan ahead very well, I had an idea! I decided to publish a news paper ad in my local neighborhood website here in Clearwater, Fl to get sone immediate help before” the s _ _ t hits the fan!” The ad goes as follows:

Hey Wonderful, Thoughtful, Kind, Giving Neighbors. I am in deep deep “S _ _ t”! I am in desperate and immediate need of toilet paper! Any style, size, color, ply, scent etc. will do..I’m really not that fussy and I’ll take whatever I can get ! All I ask is that the toilet paper you have for me not be used! I might be desperate, but giving me used old dirty toilet paper would be so disgusting! So …Please Please new toilet paper only!!

I am willing to trade with you! I don’t expect to get the toilet paper for nothing. If you give me 6 rolls of your precious, soft, wonderful fresh and much needed toilet paper, I will reward you with a 4 oz bottle of highly sought-after Premium Hand Sanitizer (see pic) that I am so lucky to have and to use as part of our trade. Also, as an added bonus, if your respond back to my request within 15 minutes and to help offset the cost of gas to deliver the toilet paper to me ..I am throwing in a “Brand Name” 2 oz size bottle of Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitzer… guaranteed to keep Covid-19 away from you as you travel out there in unprotected territory.

It’s a dangerous world out there right now to move about freely and without fear, so please remain safe and cognizant of the potential positive carriers around you! Don’t trust anyone and keep your distance!

Make sure you bring me the toilet paper quickly before you get potentially get sick, come down with symptoms and have to go under quarantine! Then I’d be screwed! Thanks in advance for your help and consideration to take care of me while you’re still able to!

Please Note: The picture in the background of my Ad is not included in the trade! I need it for my motivation to know that one day the beaches will reopen and all will be well!

Please private message me to coordinate the exchange. My “A _ _ H _ _e” will be forever greatful!

Ok.. Now for a little extra added fun. For those of you who are familiar with the Charmin Toilet Paper adds with the Bears… you have got to Watch “Charmin Bears Enjoy The Go Funny Toilet Paper Commercials” on YouTube. This is so funny and absolutely brilliant!

Ah…these were the good old days …when all things were plentiful ! Pre Covid-19 that is!.. Lets squash the bug!!!.

Hey…Just had another great idea… Ok so we all know we are supposed to be using hand sanitizer to keep the bug away or to destroy it should it land on our skin. So why doesn’t someone just make a “bug” zillion cans of aerosol hand spray and then ensure one can was distributed to every living being on this earth. Then at a specified and agreed upon universal time all people in the world would go outside and begin spraying all areas within a 12 foot radius of themselves. Then the entire world would all be hand-sanitized at the same time and all the damn viral bugs would die off once and for all!

When we are sll spraying our hand sanitzers we can make it even a little bit more fun. Why don’t we blare that famous theme song from the old “Ghost Busters” movie. Then as the song comes on and as we are dancing in the streets and spraying our aerosol hand sanotizer cans, as that famous line comes on that says “who ya going to call….the world can shout out “Bug” busters (instead of “Ghost”Busters). Would be so cool!

Ok Ok …I know I’m getting way too carried away here but aren’t we having fun and you are laughing a bit by now?

Ok one last thing (I promise). If we could all do this world-wide simultaneous “bug riding” endeavor on or befire this comming Saturday…then we could “kill two bugs with one stone” and sucessfully achieve President Trump’s vision for the U.S. and possibly the world as a whole when he stated last week”Wouldn’t it be a beatiful thing if we could all go to our churches on Easter Sunday and give thanks to the Lord for performing a miracle and helping us to rid the bug once and for all”! The church bells would be ringing in joy for our resurrection back into a safe, loving and carefree world!

The End…good night!

Happy 60 th Birthday Sherry & Terry !

Hi Fellow Bloggers,

It was exactly 60 years ago today that God blessed Don Tidwell and Mary (Cole) Rawls with the birth of what would be their youngest child….”Terry”. It was also a doubly special occasion because on that very same day and just moments before “Terry” was born God also brought into this world his twin sibling sister “Sherry”. A double miracle to the Tidwell family and to mankind!

Who would have ever thought that the youngest child in the Tidwell family would be ” specially selected” by our maker to ultimately go to the front of the line and be the first to enter into the gates of heaven well before me, any o his immediate family members and all his friends still residing here on earth on a short and temporary basis.

I always think it’s important to recognize and to reflect back on one’s short time while on this dear earth of ours. Also, I try to look at one’s passing with a positive spin and in a unique way. It helps me to move forward in life and to know that all will be okay. Death is not the end (it’s a rebirth) …It is merely just the beginning of the next step that ultimately transitions our soul to our ever eternal life with God and gives us the opportunity to be reunited with all our loved ones and friends who have passed before us.

Birthdays are truly just a number and although they can signify milestones in our lives and are generally celebrated in the company of family and friends, I remember Terry often saying to me that as each bithday comes and goes, a person merely moves up one notch closer toward reaching the gates of heaven. Terry was certainly right about that and he always looked at his future passing not to be the end or a bad thing. but just the beginning. I believe that God specially selects each of us at a certain time and at a specific location and for a certain reason and according to his plan to be in a much better place with him for eternity.

Today April 5th also marks the 3rd year anniversary of when Terry and I first arrived to MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. It was actually Terry’s 57th birthday on that very day 3 years ago. In honor of Terry we chose back then RV spot # 57 to reside in. Ironically this was the very same spot (now sacred) that ultimately became the place where Terry’s spirit ascended to heaven on September 1st, 2017.

From that point of arriving to MacDill AFB and going forward, as you all remember from Terry’s previous blogs, it was 5 full months of constant health challenges. It was at that time period that Terry’s body started to become much weaker as each day passed. Remarkably however, his spirit and his inner strength (and of course mine as well bring his 24/7 caregiver) become ever stronger despite so many obvious signs of cancer ultimately taking over.

Things as I always try to remind myself happen for a reason and we have to accept these realities as part of God’s ultimate plan as they are out of our direct control.

So, on this special day.. I wanted to wish you “Sherry,” a very happy 60 th birthday and I know that your dear twin brother “Terry” is smiling down upon you and the rest of us as we remember and celebrate you and your brother Terry’s special day!

The selfie video of Terry that I have attachd below will bring back memories of Terry from exactly 3 years ago, as he and I were enroute from northern Florida with our RV, excited about what was to be our new and temporary home here in Tampa, FL as we would begin to work with experts in the oncology field to evaluate and treat Terry’s condition and provide hope. As I mentioned before…despite all the medical assistance..God truly had a bigger plan for Terry and according to that plan… called Terry early to come be with him behind the glorious gates of heaven.

I raise my glass of wine to honor both you Sherry and you Terry on your special 60th birthday!

I hope tthe video of Terry that I’ve included brought you Sherry and the rest of the Tidwell family and other friends a true reminder that Terry’s spirit is and always will continue to remain alive within each of our hearts.

With Love.


It’s Ground Hog Day All Over Again!

Hey All….My video pretty much tells it all. Just like the ground hog back in February who didn’t see his shadow and had to go back into hibernation for awhile….I too have a while to go before I can enjoy the Spring, the beautiful sunny 85 degree weather we are having and getting in ny meaniful.and socially distant exercise that I crave to do. Per my surgeon’s orders…my leg must stay elevated and wrapped, no physical activity or sun for the forthcoming weeks, etc. So….. back into my cave I go awaiting to try again to see my shadow in several more weeks! By that time it’ll almost be summer!!

Have a great weekend and stay safe!!