Accidental Birthday Party

April 15, 2014: I expected my next post would be from Cape Town, South Africa as we started our rally, but this was just too good not to share, so spare me the diversion.

home-2014 006We were in Daytona Beach, spending a few days on our sailboat. We went to dinner at our of our favoriate restaurants, Martinis. It wasn’t busy except for a table of 8 women of a certain age. We would learn they ranged from 74 to 84. It was one woman’s birthday. When the restaurant serve a special birthday cake, (not this one actually but you need some visuals.) cake

we joined in for a round of Happy Birthday.

However, this was not the highlight. Following this, the women pulled out the lyrics for another song which I am posting. This is even better whenJulie Andrews-musical you at least sing the familiar tune in your head as you read.



My Favorite Things

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,

Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,

Bundles of magazines tied up with string,

These are a few of my favorite things.


Cadillacs and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,

Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,

These are a few of my favorite things,


When the pipes leak, when the bones creak,

When the knees go bad.

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then I don’t feel so bad.


Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,

No spicy food or food cooked with onions,

Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,

These are a few of my favorite things.


Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin’,

Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinin’,

And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,

When we remember our favorite things.


When the joints ache, when the hips break,

When the eyes grow dim,

Then I remember the great life I’ve had,

And then I don’t feel so bad!

Julie Andrew-micTo commemorate her birthday, ( I don’t know which one. I was told her 60th but that seems unlikely.) Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall and sang t his version of My Favorite Things from the legendary movie Sound of Music. For a benefit of the AARP. She received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over 4 minutes.

Just wanted to share her humor and wit with all of you. Please feel free to repost or share as you wish.

If this is the future, all the more reason to go to Africa now!


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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