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"OH WATERS, TEEM WITH MEDICINE TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE FROM HARM, SO THAT I MAY LONG SEE THE SUN." - Rig Veda
In my book, Leisureville: Adventures in America’s Retirement Utopias, I profile the world’s largest retirement community, The Villages of Florida. It’s nearly twice the size of Manhattan, gated, and with a population that will top 110,000. Kids can visit, but they’re given guest passes that time out much like international visas. Children who overstay their limited welcome are basically reduced to the status of human contraband and their grandparents can be evicted for sheltering them. The Villages sounds like something out of science fiction (my book has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut), but it’s real. The community has two manufactured downtowns (a third is on the way) that were themed by entertainment specialists working for Universal Studios with faux historical markers, a mythological fountain of youth, a faux boardwalk, and imitation lighthouse whose efficacy is questionable given all the “sunken ships” in the manmade lake. My favorite touch are the semi-buried trolley tracks, allegedly abandoned after decades of use in favor of golf carts. Did I mention the golden oldies pumped out lampposts and fake rocks?