All Is Ok !

Hey fellow bloggers..just a quick note to let you know that all is Ok with me.

Just decided to take several week’s break from blogging to concentrate on my health issues and some other stuff I needed to attend to.

Recovered pretty well from my left elbow and left hand surgery I had back on 6/12 (Operation # 13) but do have a bit of residual pain in left hand. Surgeon injected some steroid in the left hand joint on this past Monday to help with the discomfort.

On 7/17 I had vascular surgery (Operation # 14) on my right leg and then on 7/31 I had vascular surgery (Operation # 15) on my left leg. Both went well with no najor complications, but I’ve got to wear emboli stockings for the next two weeks which isn’t much fun in the Florida hot summer heat!!

All my family and friends are doing fine with Covid. Plan to go visit my Mom and younger brother for a short while in the forthcoming weeks. Beau is planning on going with me.

Other than that…been pretty boring recently due to limited social activities and restrictions because of Covid. I think you all can relate to that as well!

Did manage to get out a bit with a friend on Sunday Aug 2 on my 64th birthday but tried to remain safety conscious and practice social distancing while out in public, not like some USA “pseudo” leaders I know in Washington DC!

Ok..about all for now. Take care, be safe and stay well! Will try to get back into blogging more regularly soon!

Love, Gary

Trying out to play “Mary Poppins” in a movie sequel! Seeing if I can sucessfullt fly in the air using one of these umbrellas !

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4th of July Eve Dinner Party! A Total Success!!

Hey All… Had a great 4th of July Eve Dinner Party at my condo last evening. Beau who is visiting here with me this weekend helped me to prepare and pull off this awesome party! We made a great team planning the event, purchasing the food, prepping the condo and deciding how best to set up the food presention then acuslly undergoing the preparation and then cooking of the food and finally and most importantly being the prefect host and hostess to our invited guests!

The Host and Hostess with the Mostess!
Appetizer Display

Table Set Up for 8

The Tools of the Trade for Grilling
The Stocked Fridge


Hey Fellow Bloggers. Here’s an update on some future travels that I have been coordinating. Sure hope that we don’t end up having a second wave of the Corona Virus to require cancellation. of these 2 trips. Fingers crossed!

Enjoy the first video…which I’ve included to set the mood! Have a great Sunday!

Health Update & My Condo is Finally Finished!

Hey fellow bloggers,

I have included a pretty lengthy video in today’s blog to give you an update on my newest health issues and to show you how I ended up finally completing the furnishing of my condo.

The first video is a prelude to my video and will bring back some memories of a popular song back in the mid 80’s. My hopes is that I never have a surgeon for any of my operations like the one in this video! LoL!!

Enjoy! Gary

Have Two Male Stripper Gigs Scheduled in July! I’m So Excited!!

This pic of me was actually taken back in 2004 when I was 48 years old and doing some Male modeling for a health magazine. I wish this was me now!!

Hey fellow bloggers…

You are probably wondering why is Gary getting into the “Male Stripper” business at his current age of almost 64 years old? Quite frankly…I have no choice!!!

Now when I am speaking about stripping it’s not what you probably initially thought! Got you! HaHa!

Yesterday, I went to see my vascular surgeon to go over the results of a recent ultrasound I had. It was discovered that there is a lot of diminished circulation going on in my legs and significant pooling of blood especially in the veins in my lower extemities. This will lead to continual problems and the formation of more ulcers on my “already ugly legs” if not corrected.

To correct some of these issues, the Vascular surgeon will be performing 2 phlebectomies (veins stripppings) on both legs. The first surgery will be on July 17th (on the right leg) and second surgery on July 31st. (on the left leg).

This will ultimately bring my surgery count to 15 operations on virtually every part of my body in just the past 19 months! Yikes!! The only place that hasn’t been messed with is my brian (what’s left of it!)

Hopefully these upcoming surgeries to include the one schedule with my Orthopedic Surgeon on June 12th for my bursitis, and nerve damage to my left elbow, arm and hand will be the last operations for a while, unless of course I injure myself again?

You guys know I am so accident prone! Just a few past pics! LoL

Saturday In The Park…I Think I Was The 4th of July…I Broke My Record Today!

Hey Fellow Bloggers!

Saturday turned out to be a fantastic day! When I first woke up in the morning I felt a bit lethargic and very bloated. I have been eating everything in site the last few days (or should I say…late at night and throughout the entire night). I am such a nocturnal eater and you would be at awe with the amount of food I can eat in just one night and it usually I will admit …isnot healthy food! In the mornings of late I pay for my bad habit! I could just easily just lay back down on the couch and watch Netflix all day with hopes that my bloating would just go away..but if I did this..I guarentee you, I would soon wrigh 400 pounds! Nope…not me! I’ve got to be active to offset my extreme eating habits. It’s a vicious cycle for me! Always has been, I’ll admit!

Ok…so it’s Saturday and there is something I wanted to do, but been putting it off. I wanted to see if I could break my record of pedaling 65 miles in one day. So I decided today would be as good as any to hopefully do it!

So after getting my act together, I decided to pedal from my condo to downtown St Petersburg and after riding around there for a while I would continue on my ride to the Fort Desoto State Park near Tierra Verde, Florida to check it out. Since I am going a round about way of getting there, I will pedal about 40 miles just to get there and then after pedaling around the park for 10 to 15 miles I would begin heading back to my condo which would be about another 35 miles. All in all I would pedal that day (the Lord willing) about 85 miles or about 140 Kms for you guys on the metric system!

So here goes….enjoy the ride with me!

Further down in this blog, I have thrown in a little bit of nostalgia for you all in the 50 to 70 years age group. I had to set the theme just before pedaling into the park. Hope this nostalgia doesn’t give you the “ear bug” syndrome for the rest of your day! HaHa!

South-southwest of St. Petersburg, Florida, Fort De Soto Park is a park operated by Pinellas County on five offshore keys, or islands: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key and the main island, Mullet Key. The keys are connected by either bridge or causeway. Wikipedia

So here I wind the clock back a bit to your earlier years in life! Enjoy!

Ok…you are now in for a real treat. An impromptu pleasant diversion off my course. Wait until you see these beautiful mansions that I stumbled upon as I began pedaling back towards home. Enjoy the next two videos! It must be nice ti be able to live here!

Ok..Lastly, I am not usually one to get political or to discuss something controversial, but I had to do a quick commentary about the current USA havoc on-going! How quickly we forget Covid-19 and now focus our attention to a new crisis in the USA!

Ok….now back home and I am happy to report that I achieved my day’s goal! Left 10:30 am from my condo and returned back home at close to 6:00 pm. So pedaled about 7 to 7 1/2 hours straight (with only monimsl stops) and covered 85 miles during today’s ride! Yay!

Ok…now ready for a cold beer! LoL Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Here We Go Again! When Will All This End!!!

Hey All,

Had an appointment with my Orthopaedic Surgeon this morning. I was referred out by the VA to a civilian facility  due to inability for VA to see me due to Covid-19 restrictions at there facility.

I have bursitis and nerve damage to my left elbow and left hand that will not correct itself without surgery. These 2 areas are inflamed and painful and have gotten worse due to my bike accident with a car 2 weeks ago.

I will undergo surgery on June 12th with about a 2 month recovery.

I am losing count of number of operations I’ve had in last 16 months?

Surgeries in OR:

Urology Issues: 2, Abdominal Hernia: 1, Nose Surgeies & Skin Cancer removal: 3 Elbo and Hand Surgery: 1 (on June 12th)

That makes 7 surgeries in OR!

Also 4 other nose surgeries procedures done in Dermatology procedure room and also cast on right foot and right hand from last bike injury when I run into wire between two polls last year and ya I forgot..broken bones in left foot from a accident while visiting my brother and mother last spring.

Tomorrow I have an ultrasound on my legs for bad vains. I am sure the Vascular Doc will probably want to schedule removal of bad vains in both legs as well? that makes 11 surgeries thus far. One more for sure with left elbow and hand on June 12 th and then is if I end up having venal surgery. ..That will be # 13!

I don’t like that # 13. It is so unlucky! Maybe it’s a sign?

Oh well…so what kind of surgery haven’t I had yet? Most other body parts have been worked on. Guess next one with be on my brain.. it could use a revision! HaHa

See you tube video below!