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    50 year old man
    with marital troubles
    living in his car
    in the midst of a mega emotional midlife crisis
    buys and moves aboard a narrowboat
    and begins cruising the canals
    three seasons and counting on amazon prime

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: perfect bilge fodder

    Good for him.

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    Seems a common problem, if not a common response.

    An aside - I've had 2 new pt's of late, both 'that age', seemingly happy marriages (who knows - ymmv), now estranged after discovering wife's infidelity. Midlife crisis.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    ... now estranged after discovering wife's infidelity. Midlife crisis.
    That is something I will honestly say I have never understood. I get up in the morning, look in the mirror (not a pleasant experience to begin with) and I don't ever want the face of that looking back at me. How anyone decides to betray those who trust them is at best an exercise in understanding a mind I can never find empathy with.

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    I did not need this.

    but ok, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    I did not need this.

    but ok, thanks.
    its worth it for the narrowboat engine song

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    Confession time!

    I've been watching these two dudes YouTube channel for a couple of months.

    https://www.foxesafloat.com/

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    To save Colin's mental health, in 2019 we sold our home, gave up our jobs and built our new home, a 57 foot canal narrowboat.

    We cruise the UK canal network, taking time to enjoy life. We record our adventures and experiences which we publish on YouTube.

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    I think it was Dillon that hooked me!
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    I know a man with a slightly different use of a narrow boat.He is an engineer with a particular speciality and is often required to apply himself for his clients benefit for periods that may vary from a few weeks to a year or so and in a range of places around the UK.While working he uses the boat for a place to sleep with some familiar bits and pieces around him and he returns home at weekends.When the next engagement comes along,he and his wife,plus any children who might be free of college ties move the boat in the direction of the next job.As a fringe benefit they get to see parts of the country they would never have encountered and one day they may decide to cash in the asset and move on to other things.Not the worst way to live in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    50 year old man
    with marital troubles
    living in his car
    in the midst of a mega emotional midlife crisis
    buys and moves aboard a narrowboat
    and begins cruising the canals
    three seasons and counting on amazon prime

    1FFE9D26-2741-42BF-89F6-FF8FB26EFF38.jpeg
    Among my friends there are quite a number who found themselves "unexpectedly single". Almost all then burdened themselves with conventional debt, jobs, mortgages, new relationships with lots of baggage, and so on. Two of us though, ( I'm one) have taken our new freedoms to heart, and set out to pursue our dreams. I'm living on board my 43ft motor launch, found an ideal berth several miles up an estuary with a big shed, single dock, several small boats to play with, and surrounded by woods so I'm in a pretty private space. The other guy bought a house bus, travels with the seasons, north in the winter, ( remember we're south of the equator here) and south in the summer. Both of us work part time at things we like to do to supplement the universal pension that we get, both of us travel overseas a bit, and oddly enough, with the stress of having to live with the "ex" full time gone, both of us find that we've now got very best friends there who we love dearly and spend quite a bit of time with. The "emotional midlife crisis" in our cases, has been very freeing.

    Thats so much better than the bitterness and feuding that seems to be so common in a breakup.
    It was hard at the time, but its working out well.

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    Smart guys.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Seems a common problem, if not a common response.

    An aside - I've had 2 new pt's of late, both 'that age', seemingly happy marriages (who knows - ymmv), now estranged after discovering wife's infidelity. Midlife crisis.
    That's no reason to get rid of a wife! Hell, why would anybody ever want to give up that kind of leverage over the Old Lady? You could probably do anything you damn well pleased and get away with it after that!

    Of course, if she ever let him borrow your tools... that would be a marriage-wrecker!

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