Cathy and Carl Sivertsen. - Photo by Meganpixels Parker/Latoya Grayson

Q&A with Carl Sivertsen

Carl Sivertsen Loves His “Boomer Walks,” Getting Dirty At the Community Garden, and Solving the World’s Problems Over a Good Cup of Java

by Melissa LaScaleia

Introduce me to your family.  

It’s myself and my wife Cathy. We have amongst us four children and five grandchildren. We’re both retired now. She was a second grade teacher, and I worked with education and outreach programs dealing with West Nile Virus and Lyme disease.

Why did you move to the Market Common? 

We live in Emmens Preserve. We’ve vacationed here over the years, and we realized upon retirement it would be nice to be in a warmer climate, with a more reasonable cost of living, and no traffic. And of course being close to the beach is always a plus.

Where are all the places you came from? 

I was born and raised in Jersey, and she was raised in Buffalo. I lived in Georgia, then I served in the army and lived in the Washington, D.C. area.

Do you have a favorite place in Myrtle Beach?  

A couple. One, we like to hang out at the Roasted Bean, along with a group of scholars who are intent on solving the world’s problems in the morning. Tommy Bahama is one of my go-to places too.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Market Common?

The convenience of things in the Market Common area. The Base Recreation Center is a cool place, with frequent dances that we enjoy. I also like my work helping to manage the community garden.

What new activities have you taken up since moving here? 

I’m one of the organizers of the Boomer Walk; it’s race walking. We do that on Thursday mornings at 9am, and Sunday afternoons at 3pm. We get together and walk and stretch together. Recently we had a former member from the national team come and help guide us and give us tips. My wife takes Spanish lessons, and of course we travel a little bit. I also serve on the planning commission for the City of Myrtle Beach, helping to make Myrtle Beach better.

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