The Weekend Worthy Revisit: The Definition Of Me

Originally Posted on October 3, 2011 When I moved to the US 25 years ago, one of the things the struck me with the culture is people’s need to know what you did for a living. They would meet you, and immediately ask what type of work you did. I realized with time, that no…

Snapshots Of My Life: Making Friends In Ikea

Yesterday as I sat in the returns section of Ikea, waiting for my number to be called, a heavily “processed” woman, along with her “DUFF”, sat on the bench opposite to me. The only way I can describe the woman is that if goldfish made pornography, she would be the female lead. As I sat…

I Am Not A Foodie, So Don’t Call Me One Because I Am A Chef

I am a formally trained chef. I attended the prestigious Culinary institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, the only college in the world dedicated solely to the culinary arts. I was on the Dean's list for every semester. I was, at the time, the only student ever recruited by the school to be a…

Here Is A Great Reason I Keep My Neighbors At Bay

I recently wrote a post (see Mortality Check) about a neighbor of mine who I did not know, or really take the time know, that died. In it I mentioned that I tend to keep my neighbors just on a “Hi” relationship. I don't want to get to know them or they me. It may…

There Is A Blogger’s Etiquette

I follow a few blogs, most of them on WordPress, and I go through my reader feed every morning and read the highlights of each new post, and if the teaser catches my fancy, I will read more, and even the entire thing if I like it. I would then click on the little “like”…

I Is For Insurance

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 10th – I     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Flashback Friday: Stepping Out Of The Fish Bowl

Originally posted to my blog on May 12, 2011 There is an old saying that “the last one to know they are in a fish bowl is the fish”, and I can say that has been true for me for the past few weeks. I have been angry and whiny and it has been reflecting…

This Inter-Dimensional Travel Is Exhausting

What a weird day. I must be doing some major Inter-dimension travel. Last week I spoke to my doctor's nurse to arrange some tests and to make an appointment to see him. She told me she would put in the orders for the tests and gave an appointment to see my doctor at 10:45 yesterday….

Sharing My World: Week #10

Here are my answers to Cee's Photography weekly Share Your World. WHEN YOU LOSE ELECTRICITY IN A STORM, DO YOU LIGHT THE CANDLES OR TURN ON THE FLASHLIGHT? HOW MANY OF EACH DO YOU OWN? Thankfully, we have a generator so if power goes, we're ok. We do have flashlights in case there is ever…

Thumbs Down? Really?

If you read my post about getting a portable oxygen concentrator, and hoping that insurance will pay for it, well, they won't. I am disappointed but not phased. I decided that I will just buy the unit myself. Right now, because of the changes to my insurance plan, I now have to pay $150.00 a…

How Dare You?! I’m Not Fat. I am Stuffed!

FaceBook just changed their “Feeling Fat” emoji title to “Feeleing Stuffed” after protests from users who said that it promoted online body shaming. I don't know about anyone else, but when I eat too much, I feel fat! My damned pants can't button. I know what it feels like to feel fat. I recently gained…

Flashback Friday: Back From Break

Originally posted to my blog June 3, 2011 Like the consummate theater artist that has played many years out on stage in the same part and needed to get away from the constant day to day grind of being in the public eye, so too did I need to be away from the constant probing…

Rudeness Answered

One thing I detest is rudeness. Rude nurses, receptionist and customer service staff. I have a real soft spot for wait staff as I think it is one of the most difficult jobs there is. I waited in school and absolutely hated it. People are so rude to waiters it's unbelievable. It's like they think…

Why Do Receptionists And Nurses Question You

I am in either a doctor's office at least every month, and every time I go, sometimes the receptionists will do it, but the nurses always do it. They ask me what am I in for today? Why? Do they hold a doctor's degree and will be conferring with the doctor to come up with…

Snapshots Of My Life: Geriatric Jail Bait

Yesterday, I went to Trader Joe's at what must have been right after the bus from an old person community off loaded. The place was packed with old people, and they were moving very slowly, jamming up the aisles.

Winter Is Ripping Apart My Hands

I'll admit that I am a germaphobe to a certain extent, but I am not OCD. I do wash my hands a lot, I am a chef after all and this winter is torture on my hands. The skin is already thin from being on prednisone for so many years, and add to that the…

Happy Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day. A day of so many emotions for so many people. There are those young ladies, and men, that are hoping, expecting, yearning for that elusive proposal over a candle lit dinner at a dimly lit, expensive restaurant tonight. There are those men, and women that are stressed out because they are going to…

3 Super Quick Movie Reviews

I saw three movies this week and here are my reviews: Into The Woods Three classic fairy tales, melded together, then go to what happens after happily ever after. Lots of singing. Like Broadway? You'll like. Don't? You won't.     Exodus Moses thinks he's a prince. Learns he's a Hebrew. Has an identity crisis…

Just How/Do Would You Respond To This?

I get all types of emails regarding my blog, but yesterday I received the most bizarre one yet. I won’t bother to go into who wrote it or put all of the totally insane content of the email, but this one part I found really, really odd.

Excuse Me, But Christmas IS A Religious Holiday

The other day I was reading an article by a non Christian person about their experience growing up with Christmas, and in the article, the person said that “… Christmas is a secular holiday in the US anyway” and for some reason that statement offended me. I am by no means a Religious man. Although…