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Happy Halloween


This post is a bit late in coming, but I assure you it is worth it. You see, at the apartment complex where geno and I live there are a number of elderly people. In fact, the complex was originally designed and marketed as "an active senior community", but apparently it was overpriced and they couldn't fill it up. Which leads us to where we are today: half elderly shut-ins, half the rest of us. It's a relatively quiet complex, and we like it quite a bit. And here's why...

After about two weeks of living here we found a paper taped to our door. At our old complex this usually meant something bad, like a rent increase, so we rolled our eyes in unison as we approached our door. IF ONLY we could've known what excitement awaited us, we would have never rolled a single eye, never sighed a big annoyed sigh. What we found on our door was a newsletter...but not just any newsletter. Believe me when I tell you that this is not your ordinary newsletter. THIS newsletter is drafted each month by the self-proclaimed President, Founder, Social Chairperson and Editor-in-Chief of the "Butterfly Tenants Club". And I'm not exaggerating. These are the names that she lists for herself on said newsletter. And OH the laughter that ensues every month when we see it on our door. These newsletters have been known to be four or five pages long, always have the most atrocious grammar and spelling, and occasionally include hand-drawn comic strips. Oh, and poems. And I almost forgot - invitations to attend and/or act in the play that this lady wrote, produced and directed. (She made sure to include all those accolades in the August newsletter.) People, I am not making this stuff up.

Soon I will scan some of these newsletters so you can enjoy them for yourselves, but for now I wanted to share one special thing our Social Chairperson did for us recently...

Happy Halloween to us! (In case you're wondering what that big "B" looking thing is in the picture, it's the symbol/drawing of a butterfly which identifies us as "The Butterfly Tenant's Club".) We found this in a plastic bag on our doorstep on October 30th. And although the sentiment is very nice and thoughtful, we shall not be eating it. ...because it expired on February 17th of 2007. Mmmmm! Keep 'em coming, lady chairperson!

  1. Blogger Katie said:

    Too funny. This lady sounds like she may provide you with great blog fodder for the duration of your apartment dwelling. I'm interested to hear about her social intentions for the Christmas season...

  1. Blogger Christine said:

    Kelly-I don't think it's a butterfly, but a pumpkin. Please, please post one of the newsletters. I would LOVE to see it. Hope you're feeling better.

  1. Blogger Jason said:


    please tell me the butterfly tenants club has a blog!

    keep these posts coming, brandie and I both laughed out loud

  1. Blogger kelly said:

    Katie - only time will tell what awaits us come Christmas. i wait with crossed fingers and held breath (it just has to be something good, right?)

    Christine - interesting take on the drawing! the only reason I know it's a butterfly and not a pumpkin is because she regularly draws these "symbols" on our newsletters. this was immediately recognizable to gene and I.

    jason - only in a dreamworld would this woman have a blog. come to think of it, maybe we should start one on the club's behalf! you and brandie may be on to something...

  1. Blogger Pam Pensiero said:

    How can I join????

    Love you!

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