November 30, 2008

Greetings from Gita. Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was successful. We
enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends.

We had a huge turnout last month for our GITA dinner and those pictures
can be found on the website GitaUSA and are excellent.

As part of my job as a realtor and title insurance professional I’ve
always tried to be as current as possible with up-to-date technology. I
have always been supported by an array of gadgets that have made life and
work easier and more productive. How anyone ever did the job of a realtor
without a cell phone and a computer is a mystery to me. I never owned a
Blackberry so it seems I got a little behind the curve for a while. But, a
month ago I purchased an iPhone and I’ve found it to be a truly
revolutionary bit of technology. It is literally like carrying your
computer in your pocket. It’s a cell phone, a camera, a voice recorder, a
GPS, a calculator, an iPod, a calendar and appointment book, an internet
connection, phone book, text messenger, email sender and receiver, and
among many other things, a flashlight. I can drive down the street and if
I see a property for sale I can go online with my phone and find the
listing and learn everything I need to know. I can touch the listing
agent’s phone number on my screen and be immediately connected. Or I can
look up similar listings on my phone and the GPS will tell me how to get
to them. In fact I can speak any address or business into my phone and it
will display a map of how to get there. For good or bad this is the
ultimate in connectivity and it’s comforting to know that one can find out
everything about anything at any time and in any place. A bit
overwhelming!

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, December 8, 2008

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 8th of December 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.

Possible GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, December 22,
2008

If there is sufficient interest we will hold an additional Gita Dinner
Meeting on the 22nd. Same time, same place. This is the week of Christmas
so you may or may not want to add another event to you social schedule.

RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER

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.

REAL ESTATE CHAT

The statistics are showing an upturn in real estate sales in the past
couple of months. That’s good news and may reinforce the thought of some
that we may be hitting the bottom of the real estate market. There are
many truly fabulous properties on the market at breathtaking prices.

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.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

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]

OPERA GROUP

The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas. Some are live and others
are on film. Because of the renovations at the new location of the
Stonewall Library, the group will not meet until the new year. 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]

Several people are wanting to organize a group of those who are interested
in seeing ballet performances. If you’d like to be part of this group
please let us know and we’ll steer you in the right direction.

Bridge

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

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
954-832-9403.

BOOK BEAT

I read several good books this month and I recommend all of them.

Call Me Ted, by Ted Turner was very enjoyable. Ted has quite a history as
the only person to have won both the America’s Cup Yacht Race and the
World Series as owner of the Atlanta Braves. He founded Turner
Broadcasting and CNN and is the largest landowner in the United States.
And let’s not forget Jane Fonda. He is mostly responsible for his own
success. A very interesting life.

Dennis Lahane, author of Mystic River and a few other notable works has a
new book called The Given Day. Set in Boston immediately after World War I
the story focuses on two families, one black and one white. It’s a story
of anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses and culminates in the Boston
Police Strike of 1919. Interesting characters include Babe Ruth, Eugene
O’Neil, Jack Reed, W.E.B.DuBois, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and an
ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson is just a wonderful meditative story.
67 year-old Trond Sander lives in a far coner of Norway and reflects upon
a horse-stealing prank with his best friend in 1948 that turned tragic and
changed his life forever.

Nelson DeMille’s The Gold Coast was written in 1991 and is set on the
North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of
wealth and power in America. Many of the estates are falling on hard times
and an Italian, a Mafia don no less, buys the palatial estate next door to
the Sutters. Then follows friendship, seduction, love and betrayal and all
mixed with great humor.

Have you read any good books lately?

PICTURES

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.

UPCOMING GITA COOKING CLASSES

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.

Giacomo has two upcoming cooking classes. The next is on Wednesday
December 3 at 1 PM featuring Mushrooms Strudel, Gnoccchetti alla Parigina,
Pan Seared Salmon with a ginger/basil sauce and Passion Fruit Custard for
dessert. On Sunday, December 14 at 1 PM he has another class featuring
Shrimp Polpette, with Marinara sauce, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with
artichokes and Tomato Sauce and Snapper Oreganata, with baby clams sauce
and Fillo Cups with Mascarpone Cream. Prepared dishes are served with
appropriate wines. Classes are entertaining, informative and delicious.

BUSINESS CARDS

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.

DINNER RAFFLE

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
donors.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 8th.

Chuck Murabito

Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial

954-629-5525

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