Romeo Santos

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Have you ever heard of Romeo Santos? Neither had I. Last night while scrolling through the documentary listings on HBO, I saw a listing for The King at Madison Square Garden: Sold Out.

I decided to check it out. Am I glad I did. Romeo (Anthony) Santos is the King of Bachata music. This is the sound and music of the Dominican. He is the composer/performer and I was spellbound.

The extremely fast impossible to pronounce lyrics just flow and what is more amazing is that the entire sold out audience at the Garden, knew the words and sang right along with him, complete with gestures.

His adoring fans are mostly women and girls, but there are plenty of men and couples dancing in the aisles.

His band is outstanding. Mostly guitars and drums, including bongos. The artists are all great. He has three backup men and one woman, who has a truly haunting voice.

He has terrific dancers to round out his show. The lighting and staging is perfection. This made me want to see all of his concerts.

In this concert, he does a hip hop Latin duo with Usher, and they make a great pair. Then Usher does a bongo solo and brings the house down.

Romeo was born in 1981 to a Dominican father/Puerto Rican mother in Brooklyn. While he speaks English, his music is entirely in this Spanish type language of the Dominican.

I checked him out on iTunes and immediately ordered Volume 1, with sixteen of his songs. Now I have this on my phone and can play it in the car.

The concert at Madison Square Garden was in 2007, and was his third sell out at the Garden. It is on DVD, or you can currently watch it on HBO, Documentaries.

You won’t be sorry.

Ice Cream Bars

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When I was ten years old, the highlight of my day all summer long, was the Good Humor man. He can around our neighborhood every afternoon. I loved the ice cream bars. Especially the mint ice cream with chocolate covering.

When I had a whole quarter, I would buy a pint of peppermint candy ice cream and eat the whole thing myself, with the little flat wooden spoon that came with it.

Nothing even came close, until Dairy Queen and their dipped cones. And finally in 1962, Baskin and Robbins 31 flavors.

Now I have discovered something quite good and only 100 calories. Weight Watcher’s Giant Fudge Bars. And now there are coffee flavored latte bars as well. These are very creamy and only have 90 calories.

I did see Good Humor bars in the freezer section the other day, but it was a huge box, that I doubt would even fit it my freezer. Plus, no little bell ringing, like the original Good Humor man.

Spinach cupcakes

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These are delicious and don’t worry, they are not for dessert.

When you make creamed spinach and haveĀ  some left over, here is something to do with that creamy spinach. If you don’t have any made, just defrost some spinach and squeeze out the liquid and use that.

I beat up two eggs, stir in the spinach and a couple of handfuls of shredded cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg. If you aren’t using creamed spinach, you might want to add a tablespoon of flour.

I used Mexican blend cheese, but you could use cheddar, or Swiss. Whatever you like.

Put in six cupcake liners/in pan. Bake for thirty minutes at 350.

Two of these with a cup of coffee makes a good breakfast. (Egg, cheese and spinach), but not an omelette.

Great Sayings

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Here are some great sayings:

If IT’S and BUT’S were candies and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas!

If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle
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And my favorite: In one person, you don’t get everything.

Deposit Checks on Your Phone-Right

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I haven’t written a blog in quite a while, but this new fangled idea ‘got me’ and I had to share with my Dear Readers.

I can remember when banks were only open 10-3 and until 6 on Fridays. I can remember when nobody knew how to use an ATM machine. I can remember when my ATM pin was 1,2,3,4.

So now there is online banking, paperless statements and the latest attraction: How to deposit a check by simply taking a picture of it with your cell phone.

I saw a commercial for Bank of Hawaii, showing how easy it is to just take a photo of a check and deposit it into your account. Simply put the app on your phone and follow the simple directions.

So I tried it. First I installed the app boh.com on my iPhone. But it wouldn’t let me sign in.

Uh Oh, You have to first set up online banking on your computer. This involves answering lots of questions and figuring out a user ID that contains 8-32 letters and at least two numbers. Then a password that includes at least one number. This is supposed to be something easy for you to remember, but hard for anyone else to figure out.

And it is recommended that you change your password every three months. Sure.

OK> Did that. Now I went to phone and guess what? You have to sign into your online banking account on your computer first time, to set your password.

So I did that. But there are still more hoops.

Now back to phone. I signed in, answered security questions and hit Deposit. It said to lay check flat on dark surface with good light. Done and done.

It says there will be a $.50 charge for a deposit made this way, and only checks up to $1000 can be deposited by phone. Also you can only withdraw $200 today and then it takes four days to withdraw balance.

Plus you have to put special deposit code above your signature on the back.

Now I took a photo of front of check, being very careful to make sure it was ‘between the four corners indicated’.

Whoops. That was the front. Now to do the back, I was turned back to sign in, etc. and at this point I decided it was simpler to drive over to the bank, park, go inside and cash my check.

So until they can figure out a simpler way to do this, I will still bank the ‘old fashioned way’. Through my ATM.