Just 10 days ago, I landed at The Hillsboro Club, a gorgeous private residence club on 15 acres in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. The "town" (population 2,000) is actually a 3.2-mile strip along A1A and the only main public road. Geographically, I'm halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, so I'm really enjoying the weather for cycling, and the 78 degree ocean for walks along the shore.
That said, I'm also at the start of a full-time seasonal job as front desk associate, a position I have never held. The front desk is "command central" so quite hectic, and the Club is member owned so "no" is not a word in anyone's vocabulary. Going from nearly 6 months of total freedom, to a 4-shift position that I am learning anew is quite an awakening.
Tomorrow, I work my first graveyard shift, and I am wondering how much coffee I will need to consume to stay awake all night. There is no predicting my survival rate. Luckily, I am living (cheaply) on property so I don't have to commute, and I am quite enjoying my private room, the unlimited amount of good food at every meal, and the people who visit and work here.
SIDEBAR: I am NOT moving here and I do NOT have a change of address to Florida. My Maryland address is where I get mail (except packages); my gmail account is my only email; my cell phone number is the same. All remains as it was two years ago and nomadism continues into 2017.
11/28/2016 04:54:26 pm
Looks like your winter landing place suits your every need...even the pie! Have fun.
11/29/2016 06:23:02 pm
11/30/2016 06:03:20 pm
Sunshine, warm temps, AND chocolate cream pie?!!! How much would it cost me to live there? Great to hear you are enjoying this part of your adventures!
12/2/2016 08:45:28 am
Seriously, I'll write and tell you the cost; you won't believe it! That said, you also have to WORK here. There's always a catch!
11/30/2016 09:33:12 pm
So glad you got pie for Tgiving. It looks wonderful, I am sure you made the right choice. Please post pics of your bike rides since it is to cold and windy here to ride.
12/2/2016 08:48:22 am
Too cold and windy? Thanks for that reminder! Are you sure you want pics of my bike ride ocean views? Haven't yet jumped on any club rides but pondering it. Work schedule seems all consuming at the moment.
12/1/2016 10:08:57 am
Judy: That one private club sits on 15 acres of beachfront property says it all. Do you alternate shifts weekly? Just taking international flight and adjusting for a week was extremely difficult. Then again, you are so much younger and healthier.
12/2/2016 08:50:57 am
Yes, alternate shifts weekly. I'm getting trained for 4 shifts including the night audit so they have me all over the place. They're also trying to hire before Christmas -- I've worked solo the last 3 nights already. Delirious at the moment but I have Saturday & Sunday off so pushing through!
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