|80% junk mail|
|So much cat hair on the floors after almost five weeks away.|
|80% junk mail|
|So much cat hair on the floors after almost five weeks away.|
I had a call with Verizon because I believed they had overcharged me for calls made in the U.K. I could not prove my case (it's all a bit complicated) so I said that if they reduced my bill by $56 or $60 as a goodwill gesture I would be satisfied. They agreed to $50. I can live with that.
I tried to be in touch with Great Western Railways (UK) to get a refund for a ticket they had issued for the wrong date.I had not noticed this when I bought the ticket in advance, so I had to pay for another ticket on the train.
The train's ticket collector said that I could get a refund for the unused ticket, but the ticket office in Southampton UK is run by a different rail company,
The U.K. mailing address for refunds is simply "Freepost GWR", hardly sufficient for a letter from the U.S.A. I e-mailed GWR to get an address which will work from the U.S.A.
GWR told me to expect a reply to my inquiry in five days (slower than Amtrak!).
But the bit is between my teeth, and I will not give up until I get my money back.
I'd love to be pampered again on the QM2, but then again, I paid for that! 😎😎
|Visiting Seminary friends in Devonshire|
|Two excursions on MV Balmoral - Bristol River Avon and Severn Estuary with family members|
|Five days near Pickering, Yorkshire with brother Martyn, Sister in Law Wendy, and Purdy the dog|
|Visit the pub my niece owns in Downton, Wilsthire (no connection with Downton Abbey) with my sister Ruth and brother-in-law Dennis|
|Visiting seminary friends Keith and Liz in Codsall, Wolverhampton|
|Final English day|
|Southampton Cruise Terminal|
|A life on the Ocean Waves|
|Seven days later|
I forgot to add that immediately after Irma passed over (and I was unharmed and with electricity) , I was able to make some calls via Skype to a brother and two sisters in the U.K They had been deeply worried for me.
How glad I was to reassure them early on Monday morning. How grateful I am that "modern technology" came to my aid.
So much has changed for the better in the communications business from the years 1976 onwards (when I first settled in the U.S.A). AT & T was the only game in town, and all overseas calls were via an operator. I had to book calls to my U.K. family at Christmas-tide and Easter-tide.
|via Rosemary F|
Although I am not sure what I think about this (from T.V.?) graphic we certainly escaped the brunt in Sarasota. More about that later.
Many others were not so fortunate. The Florida Keys are a mess. Popular media outlets will tell you all about that. I do not know what to say about the people who refused to leave the Keys, but I know that for some it was all but impossible **
Puerto Rico is not a State within the U.S.A, rather it is an American Commonwealth (what ever that means). Puerto Ricans are American citizens. They can vote in Presidential Elections, but they have no Senators or Representatives in Congress.
But it is Puerto Rico U.S.A. but you might not know it as the aftermath of Irma is reported here. Parts of P.R. were devastated. I posted some up-to-date info on my Face book page today.
It's been all but impossible to get news from Cuba. That Island was also hard hit, but the only info I have was from the Episcopal Church Bishop in Cuba, the Rt. Revd .Griselda Delgado del Carpio. It was posted before the storm.
Incidentally - she and her former husband (also a Priest) visited St. James's in Cambridge one Sunday when I was the Rector there. I took them for lunch at the next day at "Fire and Ice" https://fire-ice.com in Cambridge. They loved it.
So I have a special feeling of love for Griselda, and I'd love to visit her in Cuba.
I have similar personal concerns for the residents of the devastated British Virgin Islands. about which I also I posted some up-to-date info on my Face book page today.
Katie C. grew up in Pittsfield MA, and was a lovely girl and then young woman at St. Stephen's in my time as Rector, when she was Katie LaD. She and her husband owned a home and business in the BVI. They have lost everything.
Evacuation to the U.S.A. has proven to be impossible. K's cousin C.W, thought that she has secured a plane ticket for them, but the airline refused to honour the reservation.
O dear Kattie and Shane, my heart aches for you.
Meanwhile, back in SRQ. Some people have asked why I and others did not evacuate *** It ain't that simple!
Florida has more than 21 million residents. Apart from the panhandle, we are a long and narrow Peninsula.. There are but two Interstates which link us to the north. Can you imagine the chaos if most of us tried to "escape" via Interstates 75 and 95?
Flying was not an option - how do you fly 21 million people in about 96 hours?
So I, with very many others, decided to stay. Now is the time to express gratitude.
1. I am grateful that Bill and Patrick invited me into their home so that I did not have to ride out the storm.alone.
2. I am grateful that in my neck of the woods there was next to no damage to property, and that we never lost electricity. WOW!
3. I am grateful that most of my friends who lost power now have it restored.
4. I am grateful that all my pre-storm preparations did not have to be utilised; (except that our local Bank of America is still closed, so I am glad that I withdrew cash long before the storm
5. Am I grateful to God for this?
For if I thank God for our preservation, I must also ask him/her/ it this :"If you spared us in this part of Florida why were the residents of the Keys and the Caribbean Islands not spared?"
|The anti-mosquito (etc) screen was dislodged in one panel. I can probably repair myself.|
|Top portion of porch door fell in. I've already put it back in place.|
|Outside the east end of the porch is a Cactus. Cacti are disapproved of my the Condo. Board. This one was planted long before I bought the place. It's been cut down twice, only to have it grow to even grander heights. This time the Condo. Assoc shoukd have it dug out by the roots|
|Outside my condo 10:20 a.m. today (11th Sep). Storm?, what storm!|
|Crowded dining area 1|
|Crowded dining area 2. The white object with an hose is a portable air-conditioner.|
|Car Port items in the laundry room.|
Long-haired preachers come out every nightTo tell you what's wrong and what's rightThey will answer in voices so sweet:But when asked how about something to eat You will eat, bye and byeYou'll get pie in the sky when you die.In that glorious land above the sky Work and pray, live on hay That's a lieThen they'll tell you when you're on the bum:And the starvation army they play They sing and they clap and they pray 'Till they get all your coin on the drumWork and pray, live on hayYou're gonna eat, bye and bye, poor boy In that glorious land above the sky, way up high You'll get pie in the sky when you die Dirty lieAnd you will eat, bye and bye,Holy Rollers and jumpers come out They holler, they jump, Lord, they shout Give your money to Jesus they say He will cure all troubles todayTry to get something good in this lifeIn that glorious land above the sky, way up high Work and pray, boy, live on hay, You'll get pie in the sky when you die. If you fight hard for children and wifeYou'll get pie in the sky when you dieYou're a sinner and bad man, they tell When you die you will sure go to hell You will eat, bye and bye In that glorious land above the sky Work and pray, live on hayWhen you've learned how to cook and to fryWorkingmen of all countries, unite Side by side we for freedom will fight When this world and its wealth we have gained To the grafters we'll sing this refrain: Well, you will eat, bye and byeYou'll get pie in the sky when you dieChop some wood, it'll do you good You will eat in the sweet bye and bye Yes you'll eat, bye and bye In that glorious land above the sky, way up high Work and pray, and live on hayThat's a lie....