Saturday, 16 September 2017

My first time! (lunch with Deacon Allan Rogers at Chipotle)

Allan Rogers, (the excellent Deacon at St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key, FL)  and I had lunch today.

At my request we went to the Chipotle on Frutville Rd in SRQ  (Fruitville and Honore).

I had never before eaten at at Chipotle restaurant.

This  restaurant chain got a bad rap a few years ago when they served some "contaminated?" meats, and customers got sick.

And I knew that their food is high in calories.

But I wanted to give them a try.

Silly me, I had always thought that Chipotle was a high end chain with servers etc.  Instead  I discovered that it's just another fast food joint with a lot of "take out" customers

I got a Burrito with Chorizo.

It was very good but extremely unmanageable in its wrap..  So I went back to  the counter; got a bowl, and poured the contents out,  eschewing the wrap.

It was pretty darn good in spite of all the calories, and the high price.  I think that my local independent Mexican restaurant could provide  a superior product at a lower price.

But mostly I was glad to spend time with with Allan.  He is a good Deacon.  He is a man of God,.

And he is a trusted friend.

Now I must set my mind  to getting ready for my trip to the U.K., which begins next Monday (Sep 18th.) As we say in the U.K.


It's always the poor wot suffers. (Hurricane Irma)

It's always the poor wot suffers.

As the memory of Irma recedes, some of us are very aware of the tremendous losses and destruction in the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Puerto Rico and Cuba etc.

Many may also have heard of the damage in such Floridian places as Naples, Jacksonville, and the Florida Keys.

Not on all of our radars are some of the poorest communities in Florida.

Take for instance the very poor southern Florida community of Immokale, where most of the residents are impoverished Haitians and Mexicans (migrants who make sure that we have tomatoes year round).

Everglades City was also hard hit.  My sister Ruth, her husband Dennis and I were there last year, we took an utterly delightful rise by boat out into the Thousand Islands

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Post Irma Gratitude


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.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Post Irma Musings

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" 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?"

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

For Sale! For Sale!

51/2  Gallons of fresh spring water,

Not needed and not used in Hurricane Irma, Sep.. 2017.  (Gratefully). 

Never used.

Certainly not re-cycled.

Available for $5.50 or above,  plus shipping charges.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Minor damage

My Lanai (a fancy word) is really what what more modest New Englander's would call a screened in porch

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!