Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Priority Health gang

Fun times at an impromptu dinner at the Salt Water Cafe.

Many of the patrons commented that I was one of the luckiest guys in Murrells Inlet... hey wait, I am.

Roxanne, Melissa, Heather, (me), Kristin & Sharon


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Priority Health Carolinas (PHC365) is launched.

 

Reaching out to all the Carolinas... PHC365 is Priority Health in all of South and North Carolina.  Visit us at www.phc365.com we make house calls for Preventive and Integrative & Restorative Medicine 365 days a year.  Have issues with your Thyroid Glad or need bio-identical hormones?  Need Hi-dose Vitamin C infusions?  Visit our web site for more information.....

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Naples, FLA trip

What do you get when you add an Infectious Disease Conference, Warm weather and my Uncle Ger?

A:  A fun time.

Uncle Ger with College Chums




We had a blast at the Naples Botanical Gardens and ate dinner with Uncle Ger and Ellen at a cool neighborhood restaurant called "Mr. Big Fish"... look for my reviews on Yelp! and TA.

[more pics to follow]





Uncle Ger in WWII uniform with Grandpa Pete in WWI uniform































Last week Mic was home sick with HFM... aka Coxsackievirus [A16] virus... made the Dx via phone, as he presented to Urgent Care / Minute Clinic and came home with Dx of "strep" even with 3 negative rapid streps and "chicken pox" even though it was the wrong exantham presentation... after a few select questions to mom.... I was able to determine the correct diagnosis of Hand-Foot-Mouth virus with the correct pre-drome, rash distributions and hand lesions and vesicular peri-oral and oral/pharyngeal lesions.  Took him off the Amoxil and Acyclovir.  He reported feeling much better 5 days later.

Mic's HFM pic



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving at the Gouldings.

A celebration with family and friends... at Cindy & Mike Goulding's place in Apex.

Mic and Maddy joined cousins Victoria and Christina along with Grandparents Phyllis and Michael to spend a "Family" reunion early Turkey Day celebration.

Fun was had by all.  Food was overwhelming.

cousin it up

Adult Swim

Spike with Turkey I

Spike with Turkey II

Crock Pot Corral

Mom's touch

Adult Swim II



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blast from the past... Stockbridge HS 1983. .... Science Fair winners

Cindy Saleeby (Goulding),  Drs. Jim Latimer &  JP Saleeby  from the local Stockbridge Newspaper back in 1983.  How Mr. Fagan's Science Fair participants had done so well.....

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day




In Flanders Fields

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Ceramic poppy artistic instillation at London Tower commemorating WWI & II

Sunday, November 09, 2014

25th year anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall just before coming down in 1989.


25 years ago today... The Berlin Wall was breached without a shot being fired from the E. German guards as thousands of East Berliners tore down the wall and broke the chains of oppression that held them down for so many years since its construction in 1961 during the frigid years of the Cold War.  My memory is watching this all unfold on the nightly news.  Fast forward to 1992, and a visit to my friend Andy Brandes who resided in Hamburg, Germany... and a side trip we made for a few nights in Berlin.  One morning after breakfast we both ventured through the Brandenburg Gate.  He and I were both standing in the former-East Berlin (now united for only a short time).

I was awestruck at the change in architecture and color of things (mostly old tenement housing covered in a thin coating of gray coal dust.  It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz movie, when they moved from color to B&W film).  Andy was similarly in awe as this was his first time in this part of Berlin.  I am happy to say we both shared this unique experience together that is burned in my memory.

Years later I returned to Germany with my son Michael (then only an infant) to attend Andy's wedding, and boy they were in a headlong rush to bring the former East up to par with the West.  It is a magnificent part of town and most desirable for the inhabitants.  Berlin still remains one of my favorite European cities in which to visit.

Just before as E.German boarder guards keep protesters at bay

West German's climb atop the wall, just prior to the dismantling.

Now pieces of the wall are placed as memorials of this time past and history of the times and as a way to express freedom from oppression, they are featured all over the world.

Google pay tribute here:  https://g.co/doodle/vc7ect



Monday, November 03, 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

PICS

Ultimate-Mic

FDR memorial in WashDC

Abe's monument... very popular with everyone especially the Asians.

Abe and Sharon

Beaufort at sunset

Selfie on bridge to Beaufort

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Airport Humor... ever been in this situation?

Tribute to Uncle Ger....

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Honor Flight for Naples WWII tail gunner

Posted: Oct 29, 2014 5:40 PM EDTUpdated: Oct 29, 2014 6:50 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
We continue to profile the greatest generation. We were exclusively invited to travel with 50 WWII veterans to the nation's capital for the final Collier County Honor Flight of the year. 
One of those veterans was 89-year-old Gerry Cabot of Naples.
It was 45 minutes before the other veterans arrived at Southwest Florida International Airport and Cabot was already there, ready to go, with a smile ear-to-ear.
"I didn't tell you the rest of that story." He reminded me when I got off topic. "We were lead crew Cliff. We were the first one over the target." Cabot continued.
70 years after the end of the war, being first is still his MO.
"Flew out of England; bombed Nazi Germany 27 times," Cabot said to a volunteer. "Exciting days for a 19-year-old."
Cabot was a tail gunner in a B-24 bomber. He's lucky he survived. He has pictures showing how close his crew came to going down. They show a massive hole in one wing where an artillery shell went clean through.
"It should have exploded on impact and it would have all been over." Cabot said.
The entire day was made for people like him. Strangers applauding at every corner from Fort Myers to DC. Cabot continued to take it in with a smile.
"That is beautiful." He explained as he set his eyes on the WWII Memorial.
His favorite part of the trip? The attention.
"How does it feel to be a celebrity?" One veteran yelled at him from his wheelchair.
"I love it! I love it! I'm getting spoiled." Cabot replied.
The spoiling continued throughout the day and all the way back to southwest Florida where nearly 500 people lined up to cheer for the veterans as they came home.
"We never thought of ourselves as heroes, we just went to war." Cabot said. "People come up and say thank you for your service. Since 1945, very few people said that until recently. There's something going on. This is an example!"
After the war, Cabot used the GI Bill to earn a bachelor's degree in business management. He worked for a natural gas company in New Jersey until 1980 before retiring to Naples.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cool video...cool tune... can you count for folks you know?


Post by BBC Three.

God Only Knows stars

Joining Brian Wilson, the song’s writer, are Sir Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams. Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Dave Grohl, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Jaz Dhami, as well as the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland. They are joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show/ Putt Putt Golf Tourny

We took in the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show on Saturday.  This was the 1st year they had a two day boat show.  Sunday was a repeat of Saturday.  There was the "boat build off" where teams would build a row boat as fast as possible and they it must be sea worthy enough to make it a few laps around the marina.  Some really gorgeous and interesting home made one-off boats from canoes to kayaks to speed boats.

Sunday was spent playing Putt Putt at a local Surfside course.  We did a full two rounds of 18-holes and the kids really did well.  Mic even made par on all but one hole and it seems as if each of us obtained a hole-in-one at least once.


Week in Pictures

Mic with disc


Lots has happened this week.  Here is a review in pictures:

Uncle Gerry Cabot (WW II hero) honored with fellow vets in Washington DC at the WWII memorial
He celebrates his 90th BDay next month.  Go-Ger.  Honored Oct 25th.

Mic and his Ultimate band of friends

St. Joseph statue... yup, it worked before, buried upside down on our Lot5



Washington DC trip

It was a long trip of about 8-hours but we made it more manageable by stopping in Richmond and walking the Capital Grounds, taking in Jefferson's wonderful architecture and paying homage to the statues of  Gen TJ "Stonewall" Jackson and Dr. H H McGuire.

After dropping in on the Kablic's to say high to the grandchild we drove in to DC to stay with Nathan and Faith in their downtown apartment.  I attended an all day ILADS conference on Lyme Disease at the Hyatt only a few blocks from the White House on Thursday.  On Friday and Saturday we enjoyed the city.  Friday was spent visiting Meredith at work at the National Gallery of Art and wondering the exhibits (Wyeth) and others.

Food was amazing... read my TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews...


Friday, October 03, 2014

Philosophy, personal choices and responsibility

"One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, September 22, 2014

More pics of Mic

Group Hug


Coach in the huddle



Can be a rough game.  Lots of ankle injuries that day.