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February 2018 Ruminations & Ronnifications

This week, I’ll be working at Ben's Boca Raton to help with Big Game catering orders. I was in Boca Raton for the last two weeks of December, helping with holiday catering. Since then, I have had, and am now recovered from, trifecta hernia surgery (three hernias done at the same time). I figure I got my money’s worth since we needed only one anesthesiologist, one surgeon, one hospital bed, etc. to repair (not replace) the hernias. I say this only because the Vice President of Ben's, Mr. Todd Silverstein, recently had just one hernia repaired, so I got more value from "my" procedures!

But, on a more serious note, let me relate my experiences with St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. I have never been treated with so much respect and caring as when I was first in their emergency room; and then before, during and after surgery. In an age where everyone seems to be bothered by the easiest question, more concerned about their latest text message than taking care of the "customer" or, in this case, the patient, St. Francis Hospital deserves to be recognized as an A+ operation (pun intended). It's not as if I enjoy prodding people to go to the hospital (or for that matter consummating a pre-order funeral) but, based on multiple experiences with different members of my family, St. Francis deserves kudos for being one of the finest.

Coincidentally, I appeared – in an ecumenical spirit – on the Telecare Telethon Show (Catholic TV station) asking for the support of Ben's patrons within the same week I found myself under the proverbial knife (and not a chef's knife).

The world is interesting and my wonderful journey through life has certainly been interesting. And, as long as I can talk about it, I will, hopefully see you at the Deli. This time in Boca Raton, where I'll be working “Big Game” week, fully recovered.

Simply,