Q&A with Don and Linda Boucher
Don and Linda Boucher in the Market Common. - Photo by Meganpixels Parker

Q&A with Don & Linda Boucher

3 Years In Myrtle Beach And Still On Vacation

by Melissa LaScaleia

Introduce me to your family.

It’s my wife Linda and I. We have been married for four years; we were dating for seventeen years before that.

Why did you move to the Market Common?

I’ve been coming here for 20 years to play golf and really liked it. After retirement, we decided that we couldn’t afford to live in Connecticut anymore.

Linda came down with me on a trip for four days, and we ended up buying a house in the Market Common in Emmens Preserve. We came to this area to visit friends and decided this was the place to be.

Where are all the places you came from?

We lived in Connecticut all of our lives. I’m from Wolcott, and Linda lived in Middlebury for 22 years.

Do you have a favorite place in the Market Common?

No, we love the whole thing. We live in our bubble.

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

The proximity to everything—restaurants, shopping, movies. It’s so convenient, you don’t have to leave if you don’t want to.

How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?

We’re busier now than we ever were. We wake up in the morning and say, ‘What’s the day?’ because we don’t know the day of the week. It will be three years in June since we moved into our home, and it still feels like we’re on vacation.

What new activities have you taken up since moving here?

Linda does water aerobics, and we both walk and bike a lot. It’s nice weather and the area is very easy for riding a bike. I can golf year-round. We also go to all the shows at the Alabama Theater and the Carolina Opry. The local actors and actresses do a great job performing.

Do you find people here friendlier or more at ease?

Definitely. Like us, they gave up families and friends when they moved, so it’s easier to make friends here.

Even at a rinky-dink store like the Dollar General, they greet you and inquire about your day. Walking down the street, people say hello. In Connecticut, you’re lucky if they look at you. It’s a completely different lifestyle here.

What are your favorite things to do here?

Bicycle riding, shopping, walking, and going to the movies.

Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in the Market Common?

Hummel Hot Dogs. It’s a Connecticut thing. They’re the best thing in the world even though hot dogs aren’t good for you.

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