Wastin’ Away Again

“‘True story,’ Murphy said. ‘We read about Latitude Margaritaville. It was 2019. April-ish. I said, ‘Oh, my God, this f-cking place is going to be awful. All these people with parrots on their heads. Jimmy Buffett playing twenty-four hours a day.’ We thought, Let’s go look, as a goof.'” At the time, the Murphys had retired to a third-floor oceanfront condo down the coast, in Melbourne Beach: the perfect forever home. ‘We gutted it and did it up like we were going to die there,’ he said. They walked up and down the beach every day, but even a beach can get old. ‘In four years, we made four friends. Everyone was a part-timer. So we did some retirement math. We assessed the carrying costs.’ The math, and a yearning for friends, told the Murphys to move to Margaritaville.” Nick Paumgarten in The New Yorker: Retirement the Margaritaville Way. “At the active-living community for Jimmy Buffett enthusiasts, it’s five o’clock everywhere.” This doesn’t seem like my kind of scene. But I might be interested if Cheech and Chong open a retirement community, where it’s five o’clock everywhere, but it’s never dusk.

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