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Tallahassee Area Mensa a local chapter of the High IQ Society, American Mensa. The Tallahassee area serves Florida from the Apalachicola River east through Taylor County including part of Madison County and even a bit of Dixie County. Our area is also the only area in all of Florida, Region 10 of American Mensa, to include a portion of Georgia. For a full view of the area we cover, visit our map.

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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

Welcome to September! I am not sorry to see August go. The guy who sang bass in the madrigal group I sang with died of Covid in August. He and his wife were exposed the end of July, they were finally able to get tested August 5 (and had to drive to another town to get the tests because everything in Tampa was booked solid), and learned the next week they were both positive. She was able to recover at home, but he got steadily worse and was hospitalized on the 13th and died on the 16th. His only underlying condition was that he was 68 years old. He and I were very close friends and texted or emailed or called each other every single day. I did not realize how much space he took up in my life until he had vacated it. He has left a huge hole in my social contacts and I am sad. His wife is coping with her own recovery and the death of her husband. Awful.

The roofer came out and confirmed the skylight was damaged when it was taken out by the other roofer. He caulked the whole area and repairs were scheduled for September 1. But predictably it has been postponed due to their running behind because of the rain. Unfortunately the caulking was not enough to solve the issue and things continued to leak. My brand new just-replaced ceiling is now damaged from the water. The roofer came back out and put up a blue tarp over the entire section of the roof to mitigate the damage until the repairs can be done. My home now looks like a proper post-Hurricane Michael Florida home. The sun shining through the tarp over the skylights gives the room an interesting blue glow. Due to the water damage, I am now facing interior repairs, again, in addition to the roof repairs and the insurance company is not paying for any of it. At least this time I won't have to empty the bedroom! Homeownership is never dull!

My medical insurance is refusing to cover any therapy for my vocal cords - they only cover speech therapy if it is a cleft palette issue, which mine is not, mine is the result of the nerves being damaged during surgery. My wonderful laryngologist is trying to do the battle on my behalf to get them to approve the therapy. I investigated paying out of pocket, but it is unbelievably expensive. So I'll wait and see how the insurance wrangling turns out.

In my continuing purge of things in my home, I have been trying to shed some coats that belonged to my grandmother. There is a full-length black velvet one, another long black velvet one with a white fur collar, and a mink coat. I will never wear any of these and I thought they might be appreciated by one of the local theaters to use in their costume department. The mink has already done a turn on the stage, my younger sister used it in a production she directed up in Michigan. I started with the Tallahassee Little Theater but was told they were overstocked on coats and did not want them. She suggested the Young Actors Theater or TCC. So I wrote to both of them and heard….. nothing. I don't know if this is a silent no, if the email addresses I found on the site are no good, if the pandemic has them focused elsewhere, or what. But I sure would like to have these coats find a new home! I'll also be purging a bunch of business attire soon as I doubt I'll be in the office again anytime soon. I wonder if the Tallahassee Little Theater has a need for business attire in their costume department.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!


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