Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Monday, April 18, 2016

Karen Bockenstette, Marathon


“When I was 3 years old, my father got a job as a maintenance mechanic for the King of Saudi Arabia to take care of his fleet of Jetstars. I grew up in Saudi Arabia.

We traveled all over the world. 

In Ohio, I started selling homes and I met my new husband; we worked for the same home builder. We did that for the next 10 – 12 years. When the real estate market busted in 2008, I went to massage school and my husband went to Yamaha mechanic school. After he finished school he sent out his resume and got a job in Marathon. That is how we came to the Keys. I just followed!

I like the Keys. Sometimes I just need to get out though, because there isn’t a lot to do here, you get tired of doing the same things. Once we hit Homestead we hate it immediately and are ready to come back! We tried to leave a year and a half ago, but that didn’t work out.

I love how laid back the Keys are. What I was told, when I first arrived, by a boat captain was ‘The Keys gives you what you want’. He told me it would take 6 months before I would start making friends, because the people who live here don’t want to befriend someone who is temporary and not going to stay; because it’s too boring, too expensive, or whatever. He was right, I started making friends after about 6 months. My friends here are different; they are very accommodating and non-judgmental. They are up for anything. I love the people.”


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