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AN ADVENTURE

by Julie Parker

(posted by Julie Parker on Facebook the first day of spring)

WHAT AN ADVENTURE TODAY! First the electricity went out in the building where I live and then they got the electricity back but the elevators were still out. Since I live on the 9th floor I was stuck down in the basement (h/c entrance through the basement). With my current mobility issues, I can’t even get up to the 1st floor where a number of tenants had gathered waiting for the elevator to be fixed. I had been out when I heard of all the hooha and I thought I might have to sleep in my car if the elevators didn’t get fixed, but not wearing sox today and no wrap so with the possibility of snow, that plan wasn’t too enticing.

I went back home anyway to see what was up and ended up waiting for almost four hours in the basement, but it was fun! I got to watch the electricity folks swarming all over, working with great industry, the elevator guy came once the elec was back on, and some other folks fixed something else involved. The staff really stepped up to the plate helping folks who wanted to try to make the trek up, and they walked to the upper floors to rescue dogs that needed to go out. Our manager ordered pizza and water for all the workers and those stranded downstairs. Lots of diligent work and good will.

And a good friend came to bring me a phone charger since my phone was in the red zone, but his didn’t fit. So he WALKED UP TO THE 9TH FLOOR to fetch my charger!!!! Another dear friend had given me a bag of yummy chicken sandwiches leftover from a party so I had plenty to eat. I enjoyed interesting conversations with a variety of folks. Turned out it was a perfect storm – the backup generator blew and several other important things – but after almost 100 years in this beautiful old building, not bad. There was wonderful kindness and cooperation. Oh, and the fire alarm had blown out too so the staff was preparing to walk to EVERY FLOOR (14 floors counting the basement) EVERY 15 MINUTES ALL NIGHT LONG. They were doing with this good will and good humor, A big thumbs up to them! Reminded me of two of my favorite quotations: “Man is affected not by events, but by the view he takes of them” — Epictetus, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

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Counseling and Neurofeedback Available

February 8, 2018

Counseling and Neurofeedback Available at Battery Park to Battery Park and Vanderbilt Residents Improvement in the following areas: Anxiety, Stress, Tension Depression Sleep Disorders Concentration IBS OCD Medicare accepted For more information please contact: Dina Rose LCSW (828)279-8459  

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Death Café January 19th

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“Death Café” is an engaging gathering a storytelling experience holding as conversation. A conversation that too often alienates one in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears, loss and death; a deepening ritual emerges and we build […]

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What Happens to the Body at Death?

January 4, 2018

A Discussion w/ Dr. Kaczmarek Tuesday, January 16th @ 11:00 Roof Garden We’ll explore Faith & Religious Traditions, Burial, Body Donation, Cremation, and more. This will be a good follow-up discussion to the Presentation on the 10th! Upcoming sessions will include Advance Directives, Living Wills, Hospice & Palliative Care, A Consumer’s Guide to Funerals, etc. […]

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Death & How to Prepare for It

January 4, 2018

Many of you have asked for information on burial options, funerals, and Advance Directives. During the coming months we will have several sessions on how to prepare for our own death, or the death of a loved one. On January 10th, we will learn about two local organizations working to revive traditional burial practices and […]

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Test Your Balance!

January 4, 2018

Test Your Balance Tuesday, January 9th 10:30-12:00 Vanderbilt Community Room. The biodex machine can assess your risk for falls based on your balance ability! Free snacks & giveaways! Sponsored by Stone Creek Health & Rehab.

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Kurt Kaltreider’s Memorial Gathering

January 4, 2018

Kurt Kaltreider’s family is going to do a Memorial Gathering this Sunday, 7th from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Roof Garden. Everyone welcome!

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Library News

October 10, 2017

Thanks to Kathe McCleave, one of our librarians, and Dave, we now have a table in the library that will allow those in scooters to move easily all around the room!

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Our New Manager…

October 10, 2017

…is named Geoff and will be joining us the end of the month.

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AAACKK! A Pigeon Poop Blizzard!

September 28, 2017

From the Citizen-Times 

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American Idol is HERE

August 27, 2017

and the line is snaking around the Grove Arcade and our building.  So many hopefuls!

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Important Info About Recycling

August 10, 2017

Zero Waste AVL is a campaign encouraging Asheville residents to send less trash to the landfill. The City has set a goal of 50% waste reduction by 2035, and we need your help! Zero Waste AVL is your opportunity to learn how to extend the life of our landfill and be a more conscious consumer. […]

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Parking Alert for August 27th!

August 8, 2017

‘American Idol’ sets date, time, location for Asheville auditions: American Idol will be holding open auditions 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, likely outdoors, at the city-owned space at 68 Haywood St. downtown.  Read all about it

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TWO NEW THINGS on the OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PAGE

August 5, 2017

Now you can see what is happening in Asheville TODAY and also upcoming events at the Cellular Center.

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Battery Park from Indigo Hotel

July 19, 2017
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A Dave We Missed…It is a good one!

July 19, 2017
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Dave Speaks Out Again!

July 19, 2017

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/07/16/answer-man-can-chalk-up-asheville-sidewalks-will-construction-delays-planes-avl/479039001/

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