Gulf Revisited – 2011
May 10 – 19, 2011
- Updated June 9, 2011
Several photos of the
interior of our condo at
By LEWIS NOLAN
May 14, 2011 – Saturday – Annual meeting of fellow condo owners at Gulf Village
Betty and I arose about 6:30 a.m. in our one-bedroom condo
Unlike at previous meetings I’d attended, this one was held in a plush meeting room at the Craft Farms’ Cotton Creek Country Club – for a rental of $750 for a couple of hours. For that we had the use of a nicely furnished room with lots of soft drinks and coffee included.
Betty and I seemed to be the first owners to arrive and were greeted by Frank Massey, whose Coastal Consulting company manages our Gulf Village complex of three condo apartment buildings (two are two-story structures and one is a four-story structure plus a half-dozen or so duplexes on pilings and two swimming pools).
Danny Endress, our association president who has served with distinction for several years and who owns one of the duplexes, was among the early arrivals. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Danny and Frank about a couple of matters on my mind, saving me from having to bring them up under “new business” during the meeting. One dealt with my interest in the association making available to owners Internet access at a reasonable cost (in fact it was on the agenda) and another dealt with some loose, wood work trim on the new decking of the porch outside our unit.
Our owners’ group accomplished several things to improve our property and operations, making the long trip worth the trouble.
We also heard a full report on the “state of the business”
from Danny. I was pleased that indications are pretty strong that the
After the meeting concluded, Betty and I repaired to the municipal library to check our Internet mail. I was surprised to read that the Dow Jones Industrial Average had plunged more than 100 points the previous day. That was a step backward from a long run of daily gains that thankfully corrected the next week.
I caught up with at least some of the news of the day by checking the Internet websites of major newspapers. I found an editorial in The Commercial Appeal’s editions of May 12 under the headline of “Flood troubles just beginning.” It said that while “The Great Flood of 2011” was still underway, local officials “should be congratulated for reacting early to the flood threat by identifying the endangered areas and warning residents in those neighborhoods to seek shelter elsewhere. So far, no one has died.”
It went on to note that the Mississippi River had crested at
47.87 feet at
We left the library to return to our condo, where Betty changed into swimwear to sun on the beach; I took my customary afternoon nap and did a little writing on my laptop computer.
Later, she sautéed some delicious tilapia fish for dinner and served it with baked sweet potatoes and a small portion of white wine.