November 1, 2009

Welcome to November and it’s still summer here in South Florida. No
letup in sight. We’re happy to see a lot of our winter guests are
returning for the season. Can’t say as I blame them. Watching the
baseball playoffs up North where it was 42 degrees and raining made me
nostalgic for that absurd weather. Mildly nostalgic.

We had a nice Gita Dinner last month with a very nice cheery crowd. Thom
Carr entertained once again on the keyboards and we gave away some nice
prizes donated by several of our Gita members. Thanks to David Malatesta
for the exotic personal grooming collection he donated to promote his
cleaning service and to James Nyquist who donated one of his beautiful
Royal Cakes commemorating Halloween. And special thanks to Kenny for
providing many alluring fragrances whose winners have been transformed
into irresistible lotharios.

According to many ads I’ve seen on TV there’s a new Mercedes model that
will wake the drive and turn off the car and park it when it detects the
driver is falling asleep. Maybe the airlines could investigate that
technology for their pilots. At least something to wake them up might
come in handy now and then.

We’re pleased to see that many of our Gita activities continue to be
thriving and attracting new followers. Thanks to the folks who’ve been
willing to be the contact person and to have taken the responsibility of
keeping these activities going. We couldn’t have these activities
without them.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, November 9, 2009

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 9th of November at 7 PM
at Primavera. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just
east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door. There is currently space
available for this dinner. We’re now featuring “Singles” tables for
those who’d like to meet new people. 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.


New menu and new prices. Don’t forget the Special Gita Menu – Appetizer,
Entree and Dessert for $15.95. Available every night except Saturday. We
also have very reasonably priced Appetizers and Entrees. Also great
banquet facilities, by the way. Don’t forget we’re right across the
street from The Rising Action Theatre, which is featuring a new
production of Flora the Red Menace. This is a seldom seen collaboration
of Kander and Ebb, the composers of Cabaret, Chicago and New York, New
York. It starred a young Liza Minelli and earned her her first Tony
Award for best actress at the age of 17 in 1965. The show, which
features some very talented singers, runs through November 22. Dinner at
Primavera and then the theatre turns out to be a very nice evening. For
ticket info call 943-815-8826 or visit Rising Action Theatre

And if the thought of leaving Fido at home alone when you go out to
dinner distresses you remember that as the weather cools Primavera
features pet friendly outdoor dining.


I’m happy to report that both my title insurance business and my real
estate business have been very active in the past few weeks. Many more
people seem to be looking for and buying properties. I’m happy to report
that I’ve sold many of my listings. Hoping things continue to improve.


The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas: Some live and others on
film. The opera group meets at the Stonewall Library at 1300 East
Sunrise Blvd. This new location is larger than the previous venue. We
are grateful to the Stonewall library for its support of this activity.
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]


The Ballet Group meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the
Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.


Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club continues to meet on Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located in Holiday Park at
700 NE 6thTerrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly continues to direct
these sessions. All games are now charity games. Triple masterpoints are
awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to
Tuesday’s Angels. All games are sanctioned by the American Contract
Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy
bridge, earn triple points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same


The Italian Language Classes have been resurrected and meet on
Wednesdays in one of the banquet rooms at Primavera Restaurant. John
Ritter is doing the teaching. As in the past there is no charge for
these lessons but a modest voluntary donation to Tuesday’s Angels will
be accepted. If you’re interested in attending please contact Bobby
Caruso at [email protected]


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 954-446-5666.


I’m not sure I know what “Chick Lit” is but I bet True Blue by David
Baldacci qualifies even though it was not written by a “Chick.” The
heroine is a young, clever, intelligent, butch Ducati riding young lady
who was framed (natch!) and tossed off the D.C. Police Force. Her even
more intelligent, beautiful and clever sister happens to be the D.C.
Chief of Police. The predictability proceeds to a very unsuspensful and
unexciting confrontation with a nasty and vindictive female U.S.
Attorney. Most of the men in the book are stupid bad guys.

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn is another Mitch Rapp thriller set in
D.C. Definiely not his best but pretty entertaining.

Void Moon by Michael Connelly was pretty entertaining. This is not a
Harry Bosch book but rather a Cassie Black book. Another leading lady.
This book was actually pretty exciting with lots of twists and turns.
Well written.

The Charm School by Nelson DeMille is set in Russia and is a pretty
exciting, if a bit long, tale of the CIA versus the KGB.

Even Money was written by Dick Francis and his son Felix. Dick Francis
has written about a thousand books and I’ve read all of them at least
once since being introduced to his writing back in the 70’s. He is a
former steeplechase jockey who rode for Queen Elizabeth. Another of his
claims to fame is that he used to have a condo in Pompano Beach and came
to lunch with his agent one day when I owned the Grand Central Cafe in
Fort Lauderdale in the 80’s. I was thrilled. His books are generally
horse related and are usually pretty exciting. His heroes are always
incredibly moral and prone to getting themselves into rough situations.
But they always persevere and get even with the bad guys in interesting
ways. His books were always pretty well written with a very taut and
efficient style. Then his wife Mary died and the books that followed
were kind of a mess. Turns out she was his editor. His last two books
have been co-written with his son Felix and have gotten much better.
This book deals with the complexities of off and on-track wagering and
the world of bookmakers. It’s pretty exciting and satisfying.

Thanks to all of you who have recommended some of your favorite books.


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 about
upcoming classes or to make reservations call Primavera at 954-564-6363.
Remember you need to tell them that you are a Gita member to get the $10
discount. Giacomo is a most amusing and entertaining teacher and really
knows his stuff. Class is delicious.


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 donors.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 9th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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