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Old 10-14-2016, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
Those of you who have lived on an island and were bored after a period of time, did you have a job or was it all recreation* all day and all night?

*Staring at the beach. Staring at the ocean. Staring at the walls. Staring at the little woman.
I set up my business with a General Manager so I could be an absentee owner but I kept in touch by computer/phone. Def wasn't an 8-5 job anymore. I went nuts with boredom after 9 months of fishing, diving and drinking with neighbors who were pretty much all in the same boat. Most of them became or were already alcoholics. I bailed and went back to society and work.

It probably has a lot to do with ones personality. I once had a government job where we played cards all day waiting until we were needed. The clock would seem to stand still, the days seemed so long. Friends would tell me they would kill to have my job, to do nothing all day and get paid for it. It drove me nuts.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:27 PM
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Tried my best to get a job with them (TriRail), couldn't even get an interview, maybe it was the Jersey address. Your moaning about being in Fl. and I'm just wanting to get there.
It's not all bad I was coming from dusky marine. Idk why you would want to work for them? I'm sure it was Jersey address. We get bunches of them at work when we look for part time work. They aren't even considered.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:54 PM
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We went to Jamaica over the summer. You would have to learn to smoke weed all day and wait for the next batch of tourist chicks.
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Old 10-15-2016, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by PCollins317 View Post
absolutely.
Me too!

I met a guy named Vince here on THT that lives on St Androus Island. He has invited me to come for a visit several times. What a great way to live out your retirement years! I am truly envious!
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Old 10-15-2016, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
I set up my business with a General Manager so I could be an absentee owner but I kept in touch by computer/phone. Def wasn't an 8-5 job anymore. I went nuts with boredom after 9 months of fishing, diving and drinking with neighbors who were pretty much all in the same boat. Most of them became or were already alcoholics. I bailed and went back to society and work.

It probably has a lot to do with ones personality. I once had a government job where we played cards all day waiting until we were needed. The clock would seem to stand still, the days seemed so long. Friends would tell me they would kill to have my job, to do nothing all day and get paid for it. It drove me nuts.
You have to have something to do. If you don't have any kind of work especially, and even if you do get involved in the community. Help out, volunteer, tutor, build things, anything. Just get yourself a purpose.
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Old 10-15-2016, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
Those of you who have lived on an island and were bored after a period of time, did you have a job or was it all recreation* all day and all night?

*Staring at the beach. Staring at the ocean. Staring at the walls. Staring at the little woman.
If I get bored, I typically go fishing, work on the boats, ride my jet ski, work in the yard, maul the old lady, work around the house, walk the beach looking for sharks teeth and shells, hang out with friends, ride around in the golf cart, take a swim in the pool, take a nap, watch TV, etc. I've never been the type to go to the mall for any reason so if you are the type that needs masses of people, I would not recommend it. I moved here for peace, quiet, privacy and most of all, to get away from people.
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:40 AM
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I'd miss my family and friends too much, no thanks. Nice places to visit, but nothing wrong with my life now, I'll stay put.
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:27 AM
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Funny, when I retired young my family and friends thought I had lost my mind. Full on Type A used to working 80 hour weeks.
I have been full time in the Keys for 16 years. The only time I get bored is when the wind blows for many days in a row and keeps me off of the water.
That being said I see many people move here and leave within a year because they get stir crazy.
I chose the Keys to stay on the mother ship but with the current political climate that may not have been the right decision.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:44 AM
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Long Island. Has Montauk at the end.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Picaroon View Post
Many people if not most think they can live on island. I think the truth is most cannot. They can live there for a while but for a year or more they cannot. There is a thing called "Island Sickness". For some reason you just get tired of the place and you want off..........
I have lived on two islands for pretty much my entire life (except college) - never got bored, but maybe Long Island and Manhattan Island are a different experience
As for a tropical island, I love to vacation there 5-8 days at a time, but would probably get very bored after 2-3 months.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:57 AM
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Depends...

Access to quality healthcare is important... for some more than others...
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:25 AM
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I could live on an island no problem for me. I lived at GTMO for while which is tiny compared to some other places. You kind of get in to groove it was real easy to get into island time.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:36 AM
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Not for me. I'm not even sure I would like a barrier island if it is a resort area. But a barrier island like maybe Johns Island (near Charleston, SC) would be right up my alley.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:56 AM
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Been living on one for 25 years. Its called 'rock fever' around here. I travel quite a bit and work so it does not bother me at all. Beautiful place to live.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:18 AM
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After years of working, waking up the first Monday or so is wonderful, but one day there was for me a need to have something to do. This would apply either on the mainland, a huge island on a tiny spec of sand. I spent several months on a barrier island with no other inhabitants and a boat the only way to supplies. There were things I was required to do and was able to fill my time with projects.
Considered moving to a small island within a few minutes boat ride to the mainland but questions as to where to keep vehicles, how to haul large items to the house and worries about having to make a water crossing in bad weather won out and we stayed on the mainland. Even in Georgia winter can be cold and being in a boat with high wind, rain and temps in the 40's while going to the grocery store or even worse to a doctor for an injury was a deciding factor.
An island with stores and other inhabitants would be an easier life.
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Old 10-15-2016, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
Been living on one for 25 years. Its called 'rock fever' around here. I travel quite a bit and work so it does not bother me at all. Beautiful place to live.
Lived in Bermuda 87-90 a more beautiful, friendly place doesn't exist. They had a gentleman standing in the roundabout leading to Hamilton every day just waving to people like you were his best friend.
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My wife LOVES Bermuda, but not sure she would make it. We are both quite active, not sure she could give up the social life. Me, I easily could move there......but I would have to incorporate my profession in my life.
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Old 10-15-2016, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
I set up my business with a General Manager so I could be an absentee owner but I kept in touch by computer/phone. Def wasn't an 8-5 job anymore. I went nuts with boredom after 9 months of fishing, diving and drinking with neighbors who were pretty much all in the same boat. Most of them became or were already alcoholics. I bailed and went back to society and work.

It probably has a lot to do with ones personality. I once had a government job where we played cards all day waiting until we were needed. The clock would seem to stand still, the days seemed so long. Friends would tell me they would kill to have my job, to do nothing all day and get paid for it. It drove me nuts.
Originally Posted by haneyrm View Post
If I get bored, I typically go fishing, work on the boats, ride my jet ski, work in the yard, maul the old lady, work around the house, walk the beach looking for sharks teeth and shells, hang out with friends, ride around in the golf cart, take a swim in the pool, take a nap, watch TV, etc. I've never been the type to go to the mall for any reason so if you are the type that needs masses of people, I would not recommend it. I moved here for peace, quiet, privacy and most of all, to get away from people.
The reason I asked is I thought if you had something to do such as a full time job, your time to get bored would decrease dramatically. I can do without the mall but I do like to have a place to get what I need when I need i (and I'm not even that big of a consumer).
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
I lived at GTMO for while which is tiny compared to some other places.
Good to know Obama gave you a pardon.
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
I I lived at GTMO for while which is tiny compared to some other places.
What years? Loved that place! But after two years it was time to move on.
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