Saturday, 11 February 2017

My tussle with a candidate for the Sarasota City Commission.

My community, the Glen Oaks Ridge Condominium Association sponsored a forum this morning to listen to the candidates for two open seats on the Sarasota City Commission.  The City election is slated for March 14th. It's a hotly contested election.

Seven of the eight declared candidates were present.

It was a mostly good tempered occasion.

I did not learn much about the candidates' stances

(They are all in favour of God, mother, and apple pie [phew!], but I was pleased to see them in person, and especially to observe body language).

One of the candidates, Martin Hyde, made what I thought were miserable and mean comments about another, one Susan Chapman (she is a current Commissioner who is running for re-election).

I told him so after the meeting, and he responded with a certain amount of hostility.  When I told him that he had lost my vote he said "I don't need your vote" 

I also had a brief conversation with Ms. Chapman.  I told her that I would be unlikely to vote for her, but that I had "called out" Mr. Hyde for his intemperate remarks.

She responded that her chief feeling (at the moment) was not that I would be unlikely to vote for her, but that she was very pleased that someone had stood up to him in the cause of decent civic conversation.


There is so much anger, hostility, lies and dissension in our American Civic life at the moment that the plea for decency must start somewhere.  That's why I took this stance at the most local level, in the case the election for the Sarasota City Commission.  jmp


Later in the day I wrote to Mr. Hyde:

Dear Mr Hyde

I met and listened to you this morning (11th Feb) at the Glen Oaks Ridge Forum.

As I told you after the meeting I very much disliked your attacks, veiled, sarcastic  and direct, on Commissioner Chapman

I have no brief for Ms. Chapman, and I will not be voting for her.

But I need to remind you that you are running FOR US, the voting Citizens of the City of Sarasota.

Unfortunately you seem to be running AGAINST  Ms. Chapman.  That does not serve we citizens well

You did not speak as a gentleman this morning.

When I told you that I would not be voting for you, your response was "I don't want your vote".   I remind you that every vote counts.

Yours Faithfully,

J. Michael Povey


Here is his reply

Dear Mr.Povey,
                          Thank you for your email. I hear you ,I respect your opinion, and your forthrightness !
I am not running against Chapman but I resent her blatant lies about the Sunshine lawsuit and I think people have a right to know the truth. She has no chance to win in my opinion so from a tactical perspective she's probably not worth my attention.
I am running for everyone hence my promise to donate my salary . I'm  the only candidate endorsed by the police, firefighters, EMS, Realtors , and other groups.
I accept that today might not have been my finest hour in terms of being irritated by Chapmans lies and for that if I offended you I apologize .
I'm grateful for your civic engagement and wish you all the best.

Yours Sincerely 

Martin Hyde 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Penne, Vet, X-Ray today

Penne's pain is caused by disk-compression.  The cartilage between two discs is all but gone, and there are a few bone spurs.

She will be on Carporofen to relieve pain and inflammation.

There is one caveat.  Carprofen has been known to cause liver and kidney problems.

The vet took blood today just to make sure that Penne's liver and kidney are in good shape.  If that be the case she will be on these meds for the rest of her life  (with annual blood tests re the liver and kidneys).

Of course I am immensely relieved  -  I had anticipated the worst,

Just so long as we can keep her pain free!

I will have to end her jaunts in the car.  It's a big leap in and out of the car, which is clearly not good for her back.

Thanks for your concern.

Carprofen is sometimes marketed as Rimadyl

Thursday, 9 February 2017

My car, my neighbours, my dog, my family, my friends.

My 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe is showing signs of wear and age.  I am hanging on to it because at my age I am reluctant to invest in a new vehicle,

I've recently been hearing some intermittent clunks when I have taken a sharp left hand turn, and when I have jammed on the brakes.

So my car spent eight hours in my good service station today.

The techies could not replicate the clunks.  They checked everything out, then recommended that I should continue to drive the car unless and until the "clunking"  returns with a vengeance.

I was not charged a penny by Sam's Auto for their diagnostic work.  Yeah!


My good neighbour Barbara B was good enough to meet me at Sam's Auto this morning and then drive me home after I had checked the car in.

When I heard that my car was "O.K." and could be recovered from Sam's I simply stood outside my home and waited,   Sure enough another neighbour, Mary Ann drove by.    I flagged her down, and asked if she could/would drive me to Sam's Auto (just a mile away).  She was pleased, delighted, and happy to do so,

There is so much to be said about living in a neighbourhood.


My darling dog Penne is still incapacitated. with severe back pain.

Her pills "Rymadil 100 mg"ameliorate her pain, so she is up for pee and poop walks. This afternoon we set out for a walk which usually takes 20 minutes.  Penne insisted on taking the entire  walk, even though, due to her frequent stops and starts, it took us 45 minutes.

As we re-entered our home her back legs buckled under her.

Tomorrow (Friday 10th) Penne will have some x-rays to try to locate the root of her pain.

Damn I fear the worst.


My beloved Auntie Irene (my only remaining aunt) has succumbed to what they call "dementia",  (I hate that word).  Today we heard that she has secured a place in one of Bristol, U.K's premier care facilities.

I grieve for Auntie Irene's dementia.  I am delighted that she will receive excellent care.


My Sarasota friend, the Revd. C. Robert (Bob) Lewis has also plunged into dementia, (Maybe he did not plunge, perhaps we did not recognize earlier indicators.)  I am glad that our mutual friends Mike R and Charles G are smoothing Bob's way into "care".


In the midst of this, and feeling a bit overwhelmed I took time out today to call my dear friend the Revd. Andrea S (Andi) Taylor in the belief that she would be up for some  chat  on a day when the weather forecast indicated that Cape Cod (MA) where she now lives would be hit by a blizzard.

Such was the case.  We prattled away for half an hour, to our mutual benefit.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017