“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear!” … The rest hear the words, but do not grasp the meaning; the multitude have no ears to hear, all will be wasted upon them.


The verses below from God’s Word in both the Old and New Testaments are but a few of many verses that speaks to God’s blessings on the Children of Israel and being promised the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Kingdom of David and the City of David – Jerusalem in particular.

I send it to you today because as you know our President has made a God Honoring Decision by moving our US Embassy to Jerusalem – recognizing her as the true center of Israel. This decision will not sit well with those who do not Honor our God and his Word. It will no doubt stir world wide protest and violence and long term spiritual warfare from this world’s dark force – and I’m not referring to Star Wars. There is often a price to pay when we follow God’s Word.

“I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’ Ezekiel 37:14

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.”
Psalm 122: 6-9

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12: 1-3

Other verses you may want to read for further insight into God’s Mind as presented in His Word are:

Numbers 6:27 and 24:1
Deuteronomy 26:15
I Kings 8:66
Isaiah 62: 1 and 6-9

In The New Testament we read the Words of Christ: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5: 17-18

Luke: 21:24
Acts 1: 6-8; 3:19; 11:1; 15: 14-16
Romans 11: 25,26 & 29

Larry

Avocado Grill – Downtown at The Gardens


Avocado Grill – What do you think they serve there?
Where is the line between creativity that leads to high quality and just being different for difference sake? A couple of years back we jumped in with all the “foodies” and drove to the new Avocado Grill (AG) in WPB. We thought it was interesting and had a sort of “we didn’t have a big enough budget to finish the place” decor. I’m not real crazy about mixing my food groups so after two visits we said “Uncle.”

So now AG is hotter than a pistol and has opened in a very big space at Downtown at The Gardens – the Grave Yard of shopping centers in PB County. We held off for a few weeks to let it settle in and actually enjoyed our late lunch/early dinner today. The service is excellent and the bar seems top notch and flexible about it’s “mixology”

The room and outdoor seating are very attractive and in case you go and are wondering the huge AG on the north wall stands for Avocado Grill and all the plants and ferns in it are fake. Fortunately the food and drinks aren’t.

We tried the Avocado Margarita from the special drinks list and we got what we deserve for falling for that. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. Mercifully “V” at the bar was open to mixing her special blend of Blanco, Repasado and Anejo with just simple syrup and a full lime. She did a great job and things started to look up!

Our server Bud is a man born out of time. He should have lived in the ’60’s but who knows, maybe he did. After a lot of input about not liking to mix my food groups he recommended the “Whole Avocado Vinaigrette” for ONLY $6. It was excellent and we should have ordered one each instead of splitting one.

We followed with the Guacamole for $13 – what else do you order at an avocado restaurant? Bud recommended we try the crispy carrot slices for two bucks and to roll the dice and for $4 upgrade to the Crab on top. I’m not into healthy or mixing my food groups but the carrots slices were great for dipping into the Guacamole – instead of the usual corn chips – the the Crab added a nice flavor offset to the rich and somewhat spicy Guacamole.

For an entree we ordered the Grilled Steak Tacos. It consisted of two “small” soft shell tacos and some very good crispy fries. Thank goodness for the fries because the tacos were small in size only – not in hot and spicy! In addition to our continually full mason jar water container we were saved by a small bottle of Chamay – real Belgium beer brewed my Monks in where else? Belgium!

Marty and I liked AG and will go back again and look forward to trying the Grilled Prime Burger and V’s personally designed Margarita.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO The First Time in this Century I have agreed with the “Members of the Academy!”


With some significant warnings Marty, Tony and I believe Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo (3 BB) is by far the best home viewing film we have seen in a long time. That said if you are sensitive to cursing you will be offended by the dialogue. Maybe I’m just excusing bad behavior but the language and bigotry in this film reflects the world it was meant to depict.

Speaking of the dialogue it is outstanding. 3 BB is a Dark, Violent, Brooding Film but in the midst of that the screen writer created moments that I can only describe as very dark but very funny! Is this movie a comedy? Absolutely not – not in any sense of the word. The truth of this film is wrapped up in one of its final lines – Anger begets Anger.

I can not remember a film when the quality, depth and breadth of the acting was as good as 3 BB. Frances McDormdand (Fargo) deserves all the credit she has received and I hope she gets a gold Statuette to go with it. FYI she is married to one of the Coen Brothers in the real world. Sam Rockwell immersed himself in the role of a rural Southern bigot deputy but it was hard not to love him in that role. In addition to his acting chops he had some of the film’s darkest, yet best humor. Woody Harrelson took a deep breath and reached back to the level of work he did in Natural Born Killers.

We loved this film but you may not! If you can not get past the way angry and foul mouthed people talk you will be offended. Please don’t see this film and then tell my you were offended by the language and the bigotry.

Finally I read on Wikipedia that much of 3 BB was actually filmed in Sylva, NC – which is in the Western NC Smokies about 36 miles by car or 22 miles “as the crow flies” north of Highlands, NC – a place Marty and I love to visit.

Restoration Hardware In WPB and their Scenic Fourth Floor Open Air Restaurant


The new Restoration Hardware (RH) and 4th floor restaurant in West Palm Beach is a one time must see for local and seasonal residents & tourists who have some free time on their hands. Marty and I are so glad we went and we had a great time. That said we will probably never go again unless we are shopping for furniture or showing out of town guests the local sights.

What can I say about furniture – even three floors of it? There were a lot of sofas and most of them were white. Despite the success of “The Black Panther” White must be the new trendy color! Or maybe white is the stock color and you order the fabric of your choice? Regardless I felt like I needed my shades on the furniture floors.

We moved quickly to the 4th floor open air restaurant and it is impressive. They have 270 degree views (N, W and S but no E/Ocean) from inside the restaurant and even better ones from the outside relaxing/waiting areas with very comfortable sofas surrounding the dining room.

At 2:00 on a Saturday there was a waiting list of about 20 minutes. They have a small refreshment bar where you can get coffees, water, soda, wine and a very nice Champaign. You can take your drink out on the balcony and or down to the shopping floors while you wait. They take your cell number and text you when your table is ready. Note – they have caller ID and the young lady immediately addressed me as Larry. Since she was cute I was OK with it but know they are capturing your information.

The hostess and server recommended the Brie Plate and they were right. It was excellent! It came with a piping hot/crispy roll of sliced bread – brie of course – a small pot of delicious strawberry preserves and a generous portion of outstanding toasted and sugar coated pecans. This paired marvelously with the sparkling Rose and we thought we had hit the dining jackpot!

Food Wise I should stop right there! Friends who have been to RH recommended the Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich – the hamburger and especially the French Fries. I love them as people but will never follow their lead on ordering. The Grilled Cheese Sandwich should be listed on “Amber Alert for Missing Truffle Oil.” There was zero hint of truffle! I asked for the burger rare to medium rare and the server said they serve it with two thin slices of meat – about the same as a Big Mac – and the best they can assure me is “Medium” and if grey qualifies as medium then you will like the burger. Marty and I split each entree and we both thought the “pickle” on the burger was a fresh cucumber – which immediately gave me gas.

The biggest disappointment – relative to my expectations – were the fries. They were fine but they do not come anywhere near close to comparing to the Truffle Fries at The Seafood Bar at The Breakers. If fact I prefer Mickey D’s crispy fries but that’s just me.

The staff were super friendly. The service was excellent and very quick. All that said if I go again to the restaurant at RH we will have Champaign while we wait, Sparkling Rose with our Brie Plate and enjoy the view and move on somewhere else for entrees. The room is loud when full. They have a lovely fountain in the middle of the room and it masks the myriad of conversations but does not make it any quieter. Nonetheless Marty had a great time – we are glad we went and we recommend you try it once.

Finally, the valet parking was easy-peasy. You enter from the SE corner of RH in the left lane of East bound Okeechobee Blvd. I have no idea where they put the cars but when we left it came within minutes and your only exit is to the west on Okeechobee which takes you to I95 is less than five minutes. Either that or you take your life in your hands and do a U turn to East bound Okeechobee and hope for the best.

Larry

12 Strong – OUTSTANDING


As a Patriot I could not get home fast enough to recommend 12 Strong to you! If you are going to watch this film see it on the big screen. As you probably know it is based on the true story of Army Captain Mitch Nelson and his Special Forces Team that spearheaded America’s first Military response after 9/11. The Cinematography is outstanding. 12 Strong is the most dramatic Military Action film I have seen since American Sniper.

Having served I realize it is dramatized and the action condensed relative to actual combat but I could feel myself along with these men and I was drawn in and completely captured by this film. The cinematography and sound track are outstanding in the sense that it all seemed so real. The attention to detail was excellent. The intensity and violence are over the top. 12 Strong is not for impressionable minds or the squeamish.

While Chris Hemsworth is playing “to type” this is the best and most acting I have seen from him. His leadership and relationships with his men and the Afghan General were well played. The role of the horses was an added plus.

The pace of the film started out slow as they developed the characters as “people” – not killing machines – and the intensity built and built into a very strong and dramatic finish. I won’t spoil anything for you but if you are not moved by its ending I really do not want to know.

Marty and I give 12 Strong our highest possible recommendation – with the warning that it is definitely not for children or anyone who is sensitive about seeing and hearing men die in combat.

Jumanji – Entertaining but Adults should wait for Home Viewing


Marty and I thought Jumanji was cute, entertaining, humorous and suspenseful in a light hearted sort of way. The acting could be described as camp – especially by The Rock mocking himself and the characters were all likeable. Any aged audience could see this film and it had a really nice ending.

We are glad we went to see Jumanji in the theater so as an adult you don’t have to. It was slow in more than one place – including the plodding and laborious first 15 minutes. We think we would have enjoyed the movie much more at home where we could take a break or two and picked back up and or fast forward a spot or two.

That said if you have children or grand children between 6 and 12 I think you will be glad you took them to see it on the big screen and share a box of over priced popcorn and a soda.

Larry

NFL – As Jerry Glanville once said NFL May Stand for Not For Long


NFL – as the old Coach of the Atlanta Falcons Jerry Granville once said to a referee you keep making calls like that one and the NFL will mean “not for long” for you.

Marty, Tony and I decided we will not support in any way a group of super wealthy athletes and owners who disrespect our Nation and support/allow this disrespect to take place in their work place.

We took out our Satellite and dropped our NFL Sunday Ticket. We have not watched an NFL game this year. Thanksgiving might have been a test of our will I thought but between food and devotions and going outside the day was enjoyable and just passed right on by. In our house professional football is already not for long if and until they develop leadership with a spine and do something about this issue.

If you are of like mind you will enjoy this song from a couple of rednecks on Youtube. See site below.

Larry

Thor Ragnarok – One Comic Too Far!


How can 93% of the critics who write for Rotten Tomatoes be wrong? Doesn’t the $500 Million they say its made world wide mean its a great film?

Marty and I went to see “Thor Ragnarok” tonight and I still can’t figure it out. It’s not the plot or the characters I am having trouble with. Its the concept. Is it a spoof on the Avengers films that have gone before? Is it a spoof on the leading characters – especially Thor? What do you say about a friend that started out making some witty comments about his neighbors at a cocktail party and after one too many went more than one comment too far? Is he ready for Comedy Central or should he have packed it in and headed home?

If you saw this film on the blue screen without the computerized special effects you would not last ten minutes in your seat. I know computer graphics are used in most all films and especially in these type of block buster comic book recreations. But is that all there is? What happened to movies that were just good movies? This certainly is not one of them. Every scene – 100% of them take place in a special effects world. Enough already.

Marty gave “Thor Ragnarok” a D. I gave it a C. But would I tell you to spend $12 or more per person to see it in the theater? NO!

Larry

Alexa Echo Plus and Apple’s i8X – Uncle Larry Loves them Both


Just in case you forget my 72nd birthday on the 14th I bought myself two new technology wonders and am happy with them both. Here are my initial thoughts:

Alexa Echo Plus by Amazon – Where has Alexa been all my life? I have never had an entertainment and information device all three of us like as well as Alexa. Though it is a female name when you say it she listens – responds immediately and the range of responses is unbelievable. In short if there is a song or any piece of information anywhere on the internet Alexa will retrieve it for you – and pronto. As amazing as the availability of music and information is – almost equally impressive is the quality of the speaker. The range of the sound for a speaker no taller than 6” and as big around as a soda can is amazing.

Alexa Echo Plus comes with a light bulb that generates different 3 different rings of light on the top depending on her status. How great would it be to find a woman with a multi colored crown that tells you if she’s off – on and ready to receive instruction and or is actively doing something for you:) Then when you are done just say her name and OFF and she is! Amazing!

One last word on Alexa Echo Plus. If you buy one don’t bother to read the instructions. Assuming you have Wifi available at the location where you place Alexa just download the Alexa App on your iPhone and it guides you right through what to do. I made the mistake of trying to set it up using my Mac and that does not work. Download the App on your iPhone and Alexa will be playing music and answering your questions in minutes. Speaking of questions I think Alexa must be the younger sister of Siri. If you are bored just sit around and ask her questions and she is never stumped for an answer. This is bound to become one of America’s favorite drinking games.

Apple iPhone 8X – I just walked into the Verizon Corporate store on PGA and 30 minutes later walked out with Siri in a bigger home. The comments that follow are based on the differences I have seen already between my iPhone 6 and the 8X.

1. The size of the screen significantly increases my ability to read it and use the key board.
2. Siri has really matured since the i6 came out. If you sync it with your contacts there isn’t anything I’ve found yet that she can’t do – and with my tremor that is a real plus. I may be kidding myself but the Siri on the i8 hears me better and gets results quicker.
3. Speaking of hearing you won’t believe the speaker! I automatically put it on max volume and then on my first received call it sounded like they were on speaker phone – when they weren’t. When you put it on speaker phone it is really loud on max volume. I’ve had to turn it down just a touch. Something Marty has been trying to get me to do for years. When listening to music w/o the ear plugs the sound fills up a room. I’d estimate it’s almost twice as loud as my i6.
4. The screen picture quality is much improved – brighter and sharper. Speaking of brighter it has an option that you can choose to activate that automatically dims or raises it’s brightness based on the ambient lighting around you.
5. The battery life could take a Tesla around the block. It’s 3:45 PM as I write this and I’ve used the i8 as much today as before and I still have 91% battery power!
6. All those ios updates I’ve made to my i6 had left it working hard to keep up and the i8 is so much faster.
7. I have only taken one picture so far and it is so much brighter, clearer and sharper than my i6. Verizon encouraged me to go to YouTube and watch the video on all the things the new camera can do – especially in the world of portraits and motion. I’ll get to that later and let you know.
8. Storage – it’s not an issue. I have 650 songs and a bunch of apps and I was always bumping into the 16GB limit on my i6. The base/free storage is 64GB and for a “few dollars more” you can get 250GB. Not even President Trump has that many friends:)
9. Finally, the size and weight has not been an issue. It fits into the front pocket of my pants or shorts just fine.

Well that’s it. If your birthday is this month – or you aren’t sure those who love you the most are going to get you Alexa or Apple’s i8 get out there and treat yourself to these new electronic marvels. After all aren’t you worth it?

Uncle Larry

Three Movie Reviews for the Price of One: Wind River “A” – Atomic Blonde “C” – The Dark Tower “D””


“Wind River” is going to be one of the sleeper movies of the year. I predict that Jeremy Renner will be nominated for a Best Actor Role because of the excellent job he did of getting into and portraying his character – a man with as many failures as success, yet committed to his calling as a legitimate “Good Guy” in this film and in life. He plays the role of a Wyoming Fish and Wildlife “Hunter” of predatory animals. His job description suits him well as a hunter of seriously bad men. Elizabeth Olsen plays a young FBI agent, born in Ft.Lauderdale, stationed in Las Vegas and completely out of her element in the cold and snow of Wyoming. With Jeremy’s help they form a good team tracking the men who raped a young Native American Woman on Tribal Land and were responsible for her death.

If, like me you are tired of seeing computer generated scenes that only exist in the mind of a computer genius you will enjoy the grand movie-scape and panorama of Wyoming in the middle of winter. The long shots of white capped mountains – the use of long snow covered valleys as the movie’s stage and the drama of the mid mountain ever green forests frame this classic battle of good versus evil. Unlike the old time Westerns about as many of the good guys die as do the bad ones but the ending is very satisfying.

We recommend you see Wind River on the big screen for the grandeur of Wyoming in Winter that may be minimized in home viewing. Finally, this movie isn’t R for no reason. There is bad language, rape, close quarter hand to hand fighting that leads to death, an excellent and realistic close range shoot out between good and bad guys and some seriously fine shooting with his long rifle by Jeremy’s character.

That is the good news! Now for the less good!

What does it say about two movies when you saw them three weeks ago and you can’t work up the energy to review them. Hey, nobody is paying me for this so what does it matter?

Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron and The Dark Tower with Matthew McConaughey and some guy from Star Trek I don’t know were both a waste of our time. Fortunately each of us got a short to medium nap during each of these dark and over acted films. I recommend you wait until these two come out on FREE premium channel. But hey that’s just me. Some of you may enjoy seeing Charlize with her equally beautiful female lover.

What the heck – 1 out of 3 will earn you $25 Million a year in Major League Baseball. Talk about snoozers!