November 2, 2008

Greetings from Gita. We’ve survived another hurricane season and are
grateful to enjoy the cool weather and just love having the doors and
windows open at home. It’s a great thing. Finally.

We joined the throng on Wilton Drive on Friday night for the Halloween
Celebration and it was a lot of fun. The weather was perfect and an
enormous crowd displayed some truly great costumes, many of which you can
see on the Gita Website

We went to see the new film RocknRolla last night. It’s a film written and
directed by Guy Ritchie and it’s smart, sexy and lots of fun. I found it
to be very clever and entertaining and recommend it highly.

We had a huge turnout last month for dinner and those pictures are also on
the website GitaUSA and are excellent. Charlie did an incredible job with
the camera. Check them out and you’ll be very impressed.

In the past few months you will recall that we’ve grappled with the price
of our monthly dinners and tried to find a solution to the ever increasing
cost of food and energy and everything else. The feedback from all of you
has been consistent in encouraging us to increase the price so that
everyone contributes equally. Consequently, as of our upcoming November
Dinner the price is being increased to $25, which will continue to include
Bruschetta, salad, choice of entree, coffee, dessert, tip and also a
chance to win fabulous prizes. It is with great reluctance that we make
this change and hope you appreciate the necessity.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, November 10, 2008

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 10th of November at 7 PM at
Primavera. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just east
of KMart. Cost is $25 payable at the door. There is currently space
available for this dinner. Hope to see you there.


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to tables of
12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and
last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. When you make a
reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I
probably didn’t get your email.


The real estate market has seen a moderate increase in activity in the
last month or so. It continues to be a depressing market for sellers and
“shopping heaven” for buyers. For the most part the properties that are
selling are the best in their particular price range. There is so much
available that as you shop you find that if a particular house/condo has
any drawbacks you can just move on to the next one until you see the
perfect place. It’s home shopping paradise and the prices are stunning.

If you have questions about short sales or foreclosures or what’s going on
in general, call me or any of our talented Gita member Realtors.


The Italian Language Classes are taking a summer sabbatical but will be
resuming shortly as snowbirds return. Classes are organized to accommodate
all ranges of ability from beginner to advanced. If you’re interested in
learning the language you ought to take advantage of this great
opportunity. For more information contact Mario at [email protected]


The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas. Some are live and others
are on film. To get more information and to get your name on their email
list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at
[email protected]”>[email protected]


All of the gay bridge games in the city have combined forces to present a
professionally run duplicate game each Tuesday at the Fort Lauderdale
Bridge Club located at 700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Right off
Federal Highway just south of Sunrise Blvd. The game is run by our friend
Mike Donnelly who gives a short class before the 6:45 PM game. Just show
up early and they’ll find a partner for you. Price is $5.


Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and
is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge,
you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at


Blindness by Jose Saramago was recommended by my friend Jim. I think
there’s a movie around with the same name. Pretty entertaining book with
an interesting concept: everyone suddenly goes blind and society
deteriorates. Having read the book I’m looking forward to seeing the

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell was fun. I Saw the author on the Daily
Show as a guest of Jon Stewart. She was pretty entertaining, as is the
book. An amusing account of the religious fanatics who settled our

Grass Roots by Stuart Woods was very good. Thought I’d read all of the
Stuart Woods books but then found this one. An earlier effort featuring
Will Lee, whom I’ve encountered in subsequent adventures. In this one Will
runs for the Senate. It’s an interesting political thriller with an
interesting plot and lots of political strategizing that is more relevant
considering our current political overkill.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides was recommended by my good friend Vincenzo.
I wasn’t expecting to be enthralled by a tale of a hermaphrodite but I was
pleasantly surprised. It’s quite an entertaining intergenerational epic.
Really well written and absorbing. You’ll like it.

The Brass Verdict is the new book by Michael Connelly. Another book that
was better than expected. This one has two of Michael Connelly’s heroes,
Micky Hammer is the leading character with Harry Bosch joining forces in a
courtroom thriller. My take is that sticking them both in together is a
silly marketing ploy and they tend to diminish each other. But the book
has enough excitement and drama and twists and turns to keep you

Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn is the latest Mitch Rabb adventure. Most
of them have been pretty good. This one is pretty slim and not worth the

Have you read any good books lately?


Pictures from all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA
website. From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners.
If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the
website, just let me know.


Chef Giacomo presents cooking classes frequently. For news on upcoming
classes call Primavera at 954-564-6363 and for a class discount tell them
you’re a Gita member.


We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d
like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a
scan of your card. The more the merrier.


Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away modest prizes.
There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we will
be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose to
promote their business in this most entertaining way. Thanks to all of our

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 10th.

Chuck Murabito

Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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