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heir California Roadster rules the road. The
stylish, street-legal electric vehicle boasts
chrome alloy wheels, mirrors, grillwork
and trim. Indiana natives Chris and Mike
Guill recently bought the car up North, prior to moving
to The Villages. They personalized it with a white,
metallic-fleck paint job and a quirky hood ornament.
"I think it represents our humor and openmindedness," Chris said.
While pleased with their purchase, Chris noted it
came with a major surprise - loads of fanfare.
"We never expected to get so much attention," she
said. "I'm on display everywhere I go - but I don't
mind. It's a good conversation piece."
And garnering attention is proving a good thing for
the Guills, who are new to The Villages.
"We've only been here since November, so we are
just getting acclimated to the lifestyle," Chris said.
Mike is still working reI'm on
motely, so he spends the bulk
of his time in his home office,
with the occasional pickleeverywhere
ball break. Chris, however, is
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sampling clubs, sports and
activities from the manifold
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buffet of options.
"I just learned to play
mah-jongg and I've been
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meetings," she said. "I also like to work out at MVP
(Sports Clubs) - health is important to me."
Chris retired from a career in health care, but in
2010, she started dreaming about sustainability for
"I began wondering how I could help people without
damaging their dignity," she said.
In 2011, she put her passion to work - in the garden.
She founded the Garden of Eatin', a nonprofit organization
in Indiana that promotes health and well-being for those
in need. Her team of 300 dedicated volunteers helped
grow, prepare and deliver fresh produce for local soup
kitchens and pantries - demonstrating her mission,
"Measure your wealth by how much you give away, not
how much you accumulate."
"Starting something from nothing and making it
work is what I'm good at," Chris said. "The program was
awesome, a great success."
Health issues forced Chris to step back from her role,
"but I do miss volunteering," she noted.
The Village De La Vista resident is now content to
cruise around, sightseeing and scoping out a new niche,
knowing that wherever she goes, her California Roadster
will continue to draw the crowds.
"One Villager put a photo of our car on social media
and it went viral," she said.
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