September 7, 2010

Greetings from GITA

It’s official. Summer’s over.

Last evening Juan and I had a rare night out on the town together.
Primavera was closed for the Labor Day Holiday and Juan had the day off
from his new Home Health Care job.

We went to dinner at the new J. Marks in Fort Lauderdale and had a very
nice time. The service was terrific and the food was very good. Although
the place was very busy we found it interesting how few of the other
diners one is able to see because of the way the booths are constructed.
We had always enjoyed the original J. Marks in Pompano and are happy to
see how well they seem to be doing now in Fort Lauderdale.

Then we went to our local Muvico to see the new ultra-buff George
Cloony’s new Italian Movie, The American. The presence of a screaming
infant in the front row didn’t add much to the enjoyment of the film
which we found to be pretty lame and silly. Although the film takes
place in Italy and has lots of Italian dialogue it is NOT compulsory
viewing for Gita Members. In fact if you have any interest at all in the
film I’d suggest you wait for it to come out on DVD.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of long time Gita
Member, Joe Rose. Until their recent move to the Tampa area Joe and his
partner Fabio attended practically every Gita Dinner since its original
beginnings. Joe was a wonderful raconteur and we have come to miss his
happy and smiling presence. Our sincere condolences go out to Fabio and
to the rest of Joe’s family.

We thank you all for your good wishes and continued support and hope to
see you very soon.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, September 13, 2010

Last month’s dinner was well attended and everyone seemed to have a good
time. Our next dinner meeting will be next Monday, the 13th of September
at 7 PM at Primavera. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park
Boulevard just west of Dixie and 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.


Foreclosures are on the rise and the experts are predicting more gloom
and doom in the real estate market. Let us know if we can help you
capitalize on this bleak picture.

If you are refinancing or know someone who is, you might want to give us
a call and see if we can’t save you some money on your title insurance
and closing costs.


Remember, we’re extending our 2 for 1 Entree Giveaway on Sunday through
Thursday through the end of September. In as much as this is an email
only promotion, you need to tell your waiter that you want the 2 for 1
deal. Then order any entree from our regular menu and, along with the
purchase of any two beverages, get a second entree, priced the same or
less, for free. This fabulous offer is independent of other discounts or
promotions. Remember that on Friday and Saturday you can still take
advantage of your 10% discount offer. So many ways to enjoy great food
and save money.


The Opera Group will be back in business shortly. The group meets
monthly at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas. 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. The Ballet
Group also meets at the Pride Center at Equality Park.


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 6th Terrace 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 GITA Italian Language Classes will resume on Wednesday, September
29, at 6:30 PM at the home of Professor John Ritter., The classes are
free to all. If you’re interested in attending please contact Bobby
Caruso at [email protected]


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell is set in 1799
mostly on the artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de
Zoet works for the Dutch East Indies Company, which is the only company
allowed to trade with Japan. At the time Japan is fierce in protecting
its people from foreign ideas and cultures. Jacob has come to Japan to
earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancee
back in Holland. The book is beautifully written and rich with its
portrayal of life and customs in Japan at that time.

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens (full title: Dealings with the Firm of
Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation) tells the story
of Paul Dombey, a heartless London merchant, and the hopes he has for
his new son and the neglect and disdain he offers his adoring daughter.
I’d never heard of the book before so decided to give it a try. It’s a
very long book and offers a vivid picture of London in the latter half
of the 19th century. It also portrays a nostalgic view of education that
recalls the days when the kids didn’t run the schools. Most of the
pedagogical practices of the time are certainly in disfavor today but
I’m not sure that many of them weren’t more effective than what passes
for education today. Overall, an enjoyable Dickens experience.

Have you read any good books lately?


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.


Pictures from practically 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.


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 extravagant
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 for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 13th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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