or International Day of Happiness!
We said that we wanted to try out communities and see where we fit in. You know what that means? We have to go out and meet people. First, we had to reduce our drive time. So we packed up, dropped off the bikes, bike rack, and more stuff at the storage unit, parked the truck at a Walmart and went to the St Patrick's Day Festival in Dunedin. (We visited two apartment communities yesterday, so we aren't total slackers!--one was full and the other was not "us".)
We met people. Not people that live here, but they spend a couple of months a year here, and then return to Wisconsin or Massachusetts or places North like that. We saved the wait list by joining a couple for lunch, Barb & Wally. Pancake was welcome at the restaurant, and we had a great time visiting with this fun couple on their next to last week in Florida (until next year.) We met another couple, one week from returning to the Great North, at another bar, meeting them through "love of dogs". I think we have found the common denominator for older couples: dogs. No more having to to go to kids soccer games, school events, children's birthday parties to meet people--it's dogs! We had a great time! and are feeling the Dunedin vibe.
Locals at the festival. Mix of ages. Fun people willing to talk to strangers. But the relaxed ones like us were either retired or on a vacation. We are keeping an open mind.
And we had to keep an open mind as we relocated from New Port Richey to St Petersburg; closer to Dunedin, Belleair, and Largo. (our areas of current interest) You would not describe our new digs (Red Roof Inn) as luxurious, but it's cozy...for now...tomorrow begins the big bad apartment hunt. And then who knows? We may take a drive to Ft Myers?