Market Common Residents – Robert Palmer and Palmer, the dog
by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to your family.
It’s myself and my dog Palmer. I got him when he was three months old, and he was already named Palmer. He’s a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier.
Where are all the places you came from? Where do you live now?
I was originally born on Long Island, NY. I left home at age 16 and moved to New Jersey. I traveled and lived all over. I moved to Israel and when I returned home, I lived on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. When I retired, I moved to Myrtle Beach. I’ve been living in the Market Common for the past six years.
Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?
I bought my house here before I retired. It was a direct one hour flight from Atlantic Beach airport to Myrtle Beach, so I would come a few times a month. I liked the Market Common area and decided to make it permanent, and I didn’t want to move to Florida.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Myrtle Beach?
It’s convenient. I can walk or take my golf cart to a lot of places and skip a drive. I basically moved here because there’s always something going on. It’s not a standard retirement area. I can take my dog, go for a walk, and there’s always something going on.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
It kind of really didn’t. I work part time now. I have a little more time to myself, and it’s a little less stressful.
What new activities have you taken up since moving here?
I’ve played a lot of golf, but I could never take the golf cart home. Now I own one, and that’s new for me. I’ve always lived at the ocean, so everything else is pretty much the same.
Do you find people friendlier or more at ease?
People are a lot more friendly in general here. But most of the people in this area are from the Northeast. When people come here, their whole life changes. Whoever has moved here is generally less stressed.
Can you share one quirky fact with us about your family?
I had a Harley Davidson motorcycle and ordered a custom made basket on the back of it for Palmer to ride in that cost $1800. He’s the first one to leap into a car or a boat, but he absolutely refused to get into it, ever.
Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in Myrtle Beach?
I miss my Mom and Dad, and a big weekly paycheck.