jouets dans le grenier
l'ameublement idéologique pour l'esprit sans foyer
Some time before I signed my first May lease in 2003, Bill Kyle quit our Warren Avenue residency to savor the luxury of downtown life at the 14-story 200-unit Methodist Place (MP). Early on, ◄ Bill & I ► swapped snapshot service in the vicinities of Ybor and the railroad station, shown here in the margins. We would soon be joined by a third resident I only recall as named Bob. Both I recall as avid smokers, both having collapsed at least once unattended in their rooms, and both now dead. Unique nonetheless, Bill was well-known in the building for his several romantic involvements, and Bob routinely obtained oral service from a wrinkled smoker still with us – at least as long as he contributed to the holiday needs of her grandchildren. Noticed dying, Kyle would acquire a closetful of special outside friends, who saw to his hospice removal, and loved him so much the rest of us never even found out where the poor guy was buried.
Following preliminary contact in February, and some delay waiting for a vacancy to open on the south side of the building above the 5th floor, I was ready to sign my 2003 lease on May 19th. Always interested in accommodating my fairly vast collection of computer equipment and books with a minimum of free-standing furniture, I hoped to simply bolt sufficient shelving to the walls. Jill’s response was that “it was my home, do whatever I wanted.” So I did. My east wall handled my data processing needs, and the west wall would contain a well-lit whiteboard & lots of books.
Eventually we all learned that Jill herself was already pretty good at doing what she wanted.
Three years before its relocation to Tampa Bay Mall, I made my last Public Access video using equipment from TBCN’s North B studio on the U/T campus. Borrowing a single camera, on November 9th 2008 I proceeded to St Mary’s Episcopal establishment to tape the festive visit of Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her 2nd year as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. We chatted briefly before and after the program, and later dined outdoors (separately) on some mighty tasty Ethiopian cuisine.
Successive editions of Dabney Smith's Southern Cross incautiously lampooned some of Katharine's theological perspectives. When her 9-year PB term expired in 2015, she was replaced by Michael Curry of North Carolina. Curry was elected by the House of Bishops meeting in St. Mark's Cathedral on the first ballot with 121 of 174 votes cast, leaving the 3 other nominees (including her demeaning 2008 Tampa host) to share the remaining 53.
2009 thru 2013: Some mention must be made of my effort to pursue continuing adult education in Tampa. This has been on three campuses involving two institutions. I first noticed USF’s program, administered for seniors at OLLI. For a modest fixed annual fee, we were allowed full take-home access to its mighty fine library. Course access in my area of interest was however extremely limited, and I almost succeeded in using it maybe twice. For one of these, the Asian instructor’s English rendered the course useless. There was one reception for us at the Presidential residence, which may have included wine.
I became far more involved in the offerings from HCC: two early FREs on their Ybor Campus, and 17 others on Dale Mabry’s. As not only a Senior but also older than any of the faculty I encountered, I will soon take the liberty of analyzing these courses in terms of my impression of each presiding instructor – ranked from most pleasant to least. It should be noted that these courses while tuition-free also carried no academic credit, so there would invariably be some difference of opinion in each particular case as to whether I would complete routine assignments. A chronological overview of my participation (09/FA thru 13/SP) would show the following:
Thinking futures, I might follow the direction suggested by my 14-September-2016 attendance at a seniors seminar hosted by Centro Asturiano, promoting USF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Suggesting abundant contact with my aging peers, it could indeed be social fun as well. Course information is presumably available in a downloadable publication called Evergreen. There is always the OLLI Information Desk: 813-974-8036: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever further novelty the immediately preceding construction might introduce to this page, I’m sure I know not do not know what might precipitate my final life event. I have filed what I hope may be all the paperwork necessary to guide St Andrews staff …
Preceding all of the above, I fondly recall with gratitude and wonder the maternal side of my genetic self:
Nothing much is known about pere Aurila (also called Joseph): his origins or his destiny. His surname is not
typically Lithuanian, although a segment of our 14th century nobility is said to have come from northern Italy.
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