I cannot help it. That is what has been going through my mind for the last few weeks. So long, and thanks for all the fish. I came to Gloucester a little over six years ago. I had been in Colorado for 16 years and economics forced me to leave my wife back in Colorado and I took a job in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I was there for a year alone in a two bedroom apartment with a mattress, a tooth brush, a pot, a pan and a 14” TV. We were waiting for the house to sell.
In August of 2006, I got a call for an interview. I had my first meal at the Morning Glory Café. I had the crab cakes. They were good, so I took the job. I was making enough to bring Becky out with me and we left the house to sell. It was the start of the housing bubble burst. We saw it coming as early as 2004. It took us another six months. Good thing, too. Right after that, the shit hit the fan.
We looked at a few places, but none were suitable. Either they were too funky or the landlord was too funky. We drove into the Fort Square community. What wen through my mind was, “Let’s just look at this place and move on.”
But as we came around the front of The Fort, and saw the harbor, we decided to stay. The apartment was spacious and the landlords are good people. And just as important, it has been a really wonderful place to live.
So for six years, we have lived on the Fort. We know our neighbors. We have friends. We have celebrated births and mourned deaths.
But it is time to move on.
The apartment is starting to get to be too small, but finding another cool place to live has been challenging. As we tried to look for another place, and we looked for over nine months, we often abandoned our search and decided to stay. We just couldn’t find another good place.
But now, it is time to move. We have found a new home two towns over, closer to Becky’s work. I will still work in Gloucester. I’m fortunate that I still have neighbors that work for the same company.
As far as SMU goes, I’ll keep it going as best as I can during the transition. You’ll more than likely see some photos from the past that were not shown. Perhaps some repeats. But I’ve posted over 1700, not even I remember everyone! But we have an old home to pack and a new one to set up. There’s a lot to do.