Ft Myers: Could it be Paradise for the Scott's?
22.03.2017 - 22.03.2017
Straining to see where we fit in--(we woke up to fog)--we have driven, dined, drank, and discussed, but we have not decided. We have looked north, west, south, and now east. We visited the library to research, county and city info. Remember, we told you that we were going to make the decision on vibe (and of course, information.) So tomorrow, we meet with another apartment community AND a real estate agent. Ft Myers/Cape Coral was our original first choice, but we got swayed to the New Port Richey area. And started thinking Tampa; but now we are thinking Ft Myers. The downtown is sweet, and much more vibrant that in St Pete (even on a a Wednesday afternoon, compared to a Friday night); the art scene is more vibrant with the Edison and Ford estates nearby.
Should we? Could we? Would we "fit in"?
That was last night, and we certainly fit in at the Nauti Parrot! Live music, 2 for 1 drinks, women just getting up dancing together because the men's hip replacements haven't healed completely; and oh, Oh, OH! the mashed potatoes in the bathrooms!
Kelly came back from his first visit to the restroom grossed out by the Tupperware bowl full of mashed potatoes. Susan came back from her visit exclaiming how good they were! Really, she ate them? Silly man, it's a sea salt hand wash, that feels and smells great! The dancing ladies all smelled great too!
Today, we had a late start. Once we got going we visited two apartment communities, met with a realtor, found a mortgage broker, and experienced a sudden Florida storm shower. The second apartment community was a definite option. The first one we visited looked great online, but in reality was pretty old, and run down. And then when Kelly found a cluster of fleas on his ankle while walking through one of the apartments, it was a definite walk away. We had to stop and get some FrontLine for Pancake after that visit. We are still itchy.
So with an apartment approved (we also have an approved apartment in Dunedin if the decision goes that way), we met with a real estate agent. We found her online during our happy hour at the Nauti Parrot--our intellectual mind share space. We like her because she has experience with finding a house with "potential" and making it your own. We resemble that remark.
And the bonus is: her husband is a mortgage broker, so we can talk through our retired (unemployed) situation with a motivated broker. Perhaps, God is directing us here. And then the storm blew in, knocking down umbrellas, "Valet" parking signs, and really messing up our hair. BUT! the weather here was mid to high 70's, with a light breeze most of the day. It was beautiful!