I swear you can't make this stuff up. Yes, truth is stranger than fiction. And, once again, as regular readers of this blog will attest, I have included the newspaper article to document the story as being authentic.......straight from the pages of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, August 19, 2011.
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It seems that Mark Evry of West Knoxville left his home the morning of April 15 to walk his dog, Jack, around the neighborhood. Evry, who had his dog on a leash, did not think to take along his cell phone or billfold or house keys, figuring he would be back home within 30 minutes or so.
But Jack got away from Evry and began to run off. Evry gave chase through the large neighborhood and soon became hopelessly lost. The dog was nowhere to be found, and Evry was all alone and without a clue as to how to return home. Evry and his wife had just moved into their West Knoxville home; and the four bedroom, brick and vinyl siding, short driveway, well manicured lawn home looked exactly like all the other hundreds just like it in the large, upscale neighborhood.
Evry said he wasn't too concerned at first, but because he had just moved in, he had not had time to get to know his neighbors, and he had not memorized his address. He spent the next four months roaming the neighborhood, looking in vain for his home. He subsisted on grass clippings and water he collected in an old boot.
Then one day last week, he was overjoyed to see his wife, Janet, emerging from the front door of their home. He had been gone four months, however, and she had thought him gone for good and had remarried.
His advice: "be sure you memorize your address and your wife's phone number if you move to a new home. And above all, make sure you are wearing pants."