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Joe is leaving St. Pete

From: Joe
Sent on: Saturday, March 3, 2012 10:02 AM

Hi all,

I have some sad news for the group. As I told some of you at last Wednesday's meetup, my apartment had become infested with rats. This began a couple of weeks ago, the problem worsening with each day. My landlord's attempts at ridding these pests were half-hearted and ineffectual, and so, after a loud and nearly physical confrontation I had with my landlord a couple days ago, I vacated my apartment—but with no where else to go.

My nephew in Maryland has offered me a place to stay. He has a large house that he lives in alone and I've stayed with him for fairly long periods on other occasions. We get along well. 

And so I am leaving Florida. Probably for good. I'll go ahead and pay for another three months so the group can remain on Meetup. But someone has to step forward to became the primary organizer. 

I'll miss you guys. I tried to make a go of it here in St. Pete but the place never "took" for me. I'm staying now in a guest room in the assisted living facility where my mother lives but my flight to D.C. leaves this afternoon.

Some good news: another story accepted yesterday, which makes seven since I moved to Florida last December. So my time here has, at least, been extremely productive.

But now it's on to the next stage of my life. More, better writing, I hope, and more, better publication credits. 

Good luck to all of you. For those who wish to contact me, my cell phone is[masked]-5463.


Joseph E. Lerner

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