How to open a coconut
A couple of weeks ago I celebrated a birthday I thought I would never reach.Â I wish I had suffered amnesia like I did four years ago when I thought I was a year older than I actually was.Â My, that was a grand celebration of relief.Â You see, Iâ€™ve never been much for remembering dates.Â It is my brother that can recall every family member event with exact date detailâ€”birthdays, weddings, school graduations, vacation tripsâ€”even job starts and relocations.Â He doesnâ€™t say, â€śRemember our trip to Hawaii?â€ťÂ Rather, â€śRemember in May, 1992 when we went to Hawaii?â€ť
So, I had this birthday that most would declare as â€śmiddle ageâ€ť.Â I am officially middle age!!Â My father wonâ€™t discuss it.Â He cannot admit that he is old enough to have a daughter as old as I am.Â Fortunately, I work around people who are older than I am who give new meaning to growing older.Â No complaints from guests and co-workers about the aging process down in Sanibel at Oceanâ€™s Reach.Â We regularly host guests and owners who are on the northern side of 80 and 90.Â And you would never know.Â They are as hard to catch up with as our youngsters flying kites or chasing salamanders.Â Warm weather, sunshine, social contact, recreational activity and vitamin D all play an important role in the â€śyouthingâ€ť process.Â Not to mention the beach.Â The beach!
|So, donâ€™t ask me how old I am.Â Iâ€™ll admit only that I am younger than my age and that I feel more energetic and I smile more each day.Â But sadly, I think I celebrated my last birthday for awhile.Â I just canâ€™t get any older.Â Maybe Iâ€™ll celebrate an anniversary instead.Â Like Charlie does.Â He hasnâ€™t had a birthday in over 39 years.Â Imagine!Â But he loves his anniversary cards and anniversary celebration.Â Â Ask him how old he is and heâ€™ll reply, â€śIâ€™m celebrating my 31st anniversary of my 29th birthday.â€ťÂ We all laugh and chuckle but, if you look at and work with Charlie on a daily basis like I do, you will admit that a 31st anniversary never looked so good.|
Dru Anne DoyleÂ 11/30/08
Q. Whatâ€™s your best helpful hint for newly arriving Oceanâ€™s Reach guests?
A. Change from travel clothes into casual island dress. Get ready ASAP to enjoy the many exciting recreational and educational activities that Sanibel offers. Some of these include biking, swimming, shelling, kayaking, tennis and golf, just to name a few.
Q. What would you spend your first $10 vacation mad money on (Sanibel only)?
A. Rent a bike and get ready to explore Sanibelâ€™s many miles of wonderful bike paths.
Q. What are your top 3 activities on Sanibel?
A. There are so many to choose from, but I would pick biking, relaxing in the sun, and enjoyable dining out in the evening.
Q. Whatâ€™s best about the â€śnewâ€ť Oceanâ€™s Reach?
A. The beautiful landscaping and the wonderful newly refurbished gulf-front condominium units. Each condo has a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Q. What would we be most surprised to know about you?
A. I was a farm boy who attended eight years in a one-room country schoolhouse with grades one through eight. In the eighth grade, I was the school janitor. I was paid the handsome sum of 50 cents per week, and was very glad to get it.
Q. With your resources, why did you select Oceanâ€™s Reach/Sanibel as your annual vacation destination?
A. For nearly 50 years, Mary Lou and I watched real estate development on Sanibel. Oceanâ€™s Reach is unique because of the proximity to the Gulf, its remote and serene location, and its wonderful, professional office management staff.
Q. What is the inspiration behind your new book?
A. Most of the manuscript was written two or more years ago. My training in economics permitted me to see the upcoming perfect economic storm on a global basis. This was evidenced by the spending and debt being incurred on a governmental and individual basis. The book is essentially a warning about impending global economic problems and what each of us as individuals can do to prepare a bulwark against such economic storms. The suggestions outlined in my book are ageless.
The book, Seeking Inner Peace and Financial Freedom: Stepping Stones in a Chaotic World, is available in bookstores or online from Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon.com, and from the publisher by calling (800) 288-4677.
Q. Whatâ€™s the best advice you can give to our guests to help them weather tough economic times?
A. My suggestions are simple: Spend less than the amount earned, and purchase only what is needed, not what is wanted.
Q. Has there been a time when you didnâ€™t follow your own advice?
A. No, frugality was deep-seated at an early age. I was reared that way.
Weâ€™ve always liked to travel; Mary Lou and I did that even when we didnâ€™t have much money. In our 60 years of marriage, we have spent money to travel extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Q. How has being an owner at Oceanâ€™s Reach affected you financially and personally?
A. Our investment in Oceanâ€™s Reach proved to be the cornerstone of our savings program. The rental return and price appreciation over the years has been unparalleled. Oceanâ€™s Reach is a rare piece of Sanibel real estate. Itâ€™s like finding a rare junonia shell on the beach, a â€śGem by the Sea.â€ť
Weâ€™ve watched Sanibel real estate for 50 years, and it has weathered many economic cycles over that time. Value has always been pushed forward by buyer demand and limited supply. It is my belief that the present represents a positive opportunity for acquiring a rare piece of island real estate. The long-term rewards are certain to be outstanding.
Note: Please consult your own financial advisor before making any investment decisions.