I know, nobody knows them. You missed something. You should go watching one or two Carry on movies.
2/2: apart from revealing that our hero liked gardening (aah...), it seems to me that there's so much in that little story, psychoanalytically speaking: the shadow of perfectionism (which as you know B. Murray also flags up), having to be philosophical about where you put your roots down etc. Would love to understand more about how he transitioned from New England preppy to Old England hobo.