;Home sweet Hibiscus

;I lived at 215 Hibiscus Court for four years. I have fond memories of that street, also not-so-fond ones. When I saw the article in your paper ["Road to nowhere," April 5], I cried. When I lived there I was single and 45 years old. I didn't own a car, but every single morning I would walk to work at New York Deli, on Colonial Drive and Orange Avenue. I worked there for years. Every morning I would see everybody: Harvey, Bill, Cosmo, Anthony. Everybody knew everyone. That was the best place I ever lived.


;The yellow-mustache man I read about, who only drank beer in the morning, I don't think he ate much, just drank. He didn't die on the street. He passed out on the street in a drunken stupor. The tavern he hung out at called me and said he went to the hospital. He had no family, so I took care of him for two weeks until he died at a nursing home.


;Your story was so well-written. I could write a book about that street. My windows would be open all night in the nice weather, and I wouldn't be scared. A lot of diversity was there when I lived there. I learned a lot about AIDS, gays and drugs.


;I could go on and on about my experiences on Hibiscus Court. Thank you for writing that article. It made me cry and smile.


;Laura Devasto, via the Internet


;Move in with the misfits

;;Billy Manes: I moved to this city last July for a job. From the beginning, it seemed that this is a city you'd want to visit, but not live in. Didn't do my homework, apparently. Since then, I found the Orlando Weekly and have enjoyed it tremendously. Especially the Savage Love and the Blister columns; Savage Love because he always makes me laugh with his acerbic advice and you because you make me feel like I'm not the only fucked-up person living in Orlando.


; Your column is so real and touching (in a my-God-what-the-fuck-now kind of way). I honestly care at this point how your life is going. Good writing, I think.


;Anyway, the reason I'm putting cursor to screen is that I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your article "Road to nowhere" [April 5]. You made me want to dump my lease and move in with the misfits there; not wanting to die, of course, but it made Orlando a little more real for me. I just wanted you to know that I think that you are a powerful storyteller and I hope to see more articles from you. Until then, I will content myself with your ramblings from Blister.


;Suzanne Hasenbein, via the Internet

;;All hail Hibiscus

;There are people out there that have little knowledge of or care for the history of anything, and more still who are totally oblivious to where they live, how they act and what is going on around them. You tried to offer something different and something soulful ["Road to nowhere," April 5]. But alas, we cannot change the consciousness of anyone but ourselves individually. [The story] made me remember and think and smile and say, "Hail to the people of Hibiscus Court."


;;Suzanne Tellam, Orlando

;;Tax is tax

;Thanks for your recent articles on our local officials' opinions of the electorate's right to have a referendum on the [three new] venues ["Foul," Feb. 1]. The three venues that Orange County taxpayers are being asked to support are being paid for with taxpayers' money, no matter how long the people who pay the money are in our county.


;When the so-called visitors, most of whom are American citizens, spend their hard-earned money in our county and leave, the money that we tax those visitors and ourselves when we use hotels will be our money.


;The fact is that the money is a tax and the state of Florida designated it as a tax, not as gifts to the rich.


;Tim Adams, via the Internet

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