Grand Adventure and a Place to Rest

ILHIKER's picture

Hello All. My wife of 36 years and I have decided to part ways and divorce each other. It will be an amicable process which reduces stress and complications.

I am going to be driving down to The Villages, FL, which is north of Tampa and south of Ocala, FL. The zip code is 32159 (Lady Lake, FL). In an effort to save money and avoid hotels, I am hoping to find men on here who might be willing to offer me a place to rest my travel-weary bones as I drive from the Chicago area down I-75. I'm not sure when I will be making the trip, but it will definitely be before the first snowfall here in the Midwest.

So, if anyone would be interested in having a very well-behaved, retired teacher, who is the model of discretion, and who is happy to sit and knit with you as an overnight guest, give me a shout out.

If anyone lives in the 32159 area and knows of some place I could rent for the winter that won't put me in the poorhouse, also give me a shout.

This is a difficult time for me as change is always a bit unsettling. I am, however, looking at it as a Grand Adventure that I will be navigating on my own this time.

Thanks.

Mark

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Tallguy's picture

Oh Mark, I'm so shocked to

Oh Mark, I'm so shocked to hear this!! I haven't chatted with you for along time, so didn't expect this. I'm sorry to hear about it -- but I think you both have talked it over and have decided it is best for you both. It CAN be worked out in a friendly way -- I work in divorce court, so I see all the really nasty battles. And yet, many are resolved amicably, without the need for any court dramatics. I do wish you well.

I know you a little, so I know that you will have quite the adventure coming up. There will be all sorts of new experiences, and you won't know what to do -- but it is all good. Retirement -- and a new life!

ILHIKER's picture

The interesting thing about

The interesting thing about the Internet is that we only know as much as a person is willing to share. I keep my personal life very private, and I know you do too. Don't be shocked. Life throws us many curves and since it is truly an amicable divorce, it is easily managed. The lawyer is pleased to be able to just be a paper shuffler in all this instead of sitting between to disgruntled 60-year-old crybabies.

I have always enjoyed a good adventure. I am flying down to FL with my son and I am going to buy a home there. I have never had a new home and there is one left in the development at present, so if no one buys it before Monday, and it shows as well as it is photographed, it will be mind.

My mom is 88 now and she needs family near her. With three brothers who are not retired, I am the logical choice. I also love tropical climates because the warmer/humid it is, the less clothing I have to wear. LOL I promise not to go streaking down the center of the community au natural.

Thank you for your good wishes.

Mark

KnitRick's picture

So sorry to hear about the

So sorry to hear about the divorce. I can't imagine how it feels but I do know that....this feeling is . Only temporary...this too shall pass. Keep your head up my good man.

KnitRick's picture

So sorry to hear about the

So sorry to hear about the divorce. I can't imagine how it feels but I do know that....this feeling is . Only temporary...this too shall pass. Keep your head up my good man.

ILHIKER's picture

Thanks for your kind words of

Thanks for your kind words of support, Rick. You are also a good man! And, because you and I live in the Chicago area, I happily leave you with all the cold and snow of the impending winter. I'll be in FL watching it on the news.

The feelings that surround a divorce, even an amicable one, are curious at best. I keep my true feelings guarded so that outwardly it is amicable. I am looking forward to a new live and a new climate. As the old adage suggests, "What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger." Of course, a nice bottle of wine and lots of chats with friends helps a lot as well. Cheers!

Mark

DanielBritishguy's picture

Although new here and just

Although new here and just flicking through the posts, I wanted to say I'm sorry on the divorce situation. Going through it with a lady myself at the moment, hopefully it will all work out .
All the best with the road trip ! I went to Florida years ago when I was 16, very beautiful sunsets. Not well travelled myself but one of these days if money allows...

ILHIKER's picture

Thanks Daniel! I appreciate

Thanks Daniel! I appreciate the support. Actually, the divorce is amicable, so all is well. It's just a tedious process. My son and I are flying down in a couple weeks to spend a week looking at places to rent or buy. Things are much more affordable than they are here in Chicago area.

Mark

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

Sorry to hear of this Mark.

Sorry to hear of this Mark. Sorry probably you will not be at the fall knitting retreat then. Wish you the best.

ILHIKER's picture

Hi David. You are correct. I

Hi David. You are correct. I need to make every penny count just now, so the extra room and board and gas money will come in handy as I travel to FL. There will be other retreats. Maybe next year I will go for a scholarship. Thanks for your best wishes.

Mark