Miracles in Miami
Ask and You Shall Receive
Once settled in my unfurnished apartment, I had to face a few issues. First, I needed some furniture. How would I furnish my one bedroom apartment with limited funds?
A colleague who lived in the same apartment building informed me that the building manager had all kinds of furniture he inherited from his father who recently died. He stored them in one of the vacant apartments so he would be happy to dispose them as quickly as possible.
The manager brought and installed a bed, a dresser with mirror, a dining table with four chairs and two living room chairs. All he asked from me was $60. You can’t beat that. The furniture was of high quality and in good repair.
Another colleague lent me a notebook sized TV. That sufficed for watching the evening news but I needed a bigger picture to watch the Chicago Bears game at noon on Sundays. My brother lived 45 minutes away so I visited him every Sunday so we could watch the game together. We cheered our team as the crowd sang “Bear down, Chicago Bears.” My brother’s wife did not care for any football so I made up for her lack of interest with my enthusiasm as a dyed-in-the-wool Chicago Bears fan. After a few months, I bought a second hand TV from a neighbor moving out of the building.
The building custodian introduced me to thrift shops in the neighborhood where I picked up table lamps and decorative items. I also bought a guitar from him for my son when he comes to visit me. I was all set and I didn’t break the bank.