Retirement Thoughts
June 30, 2004
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
  February 1, 2008 - New Goals

February 1, 2008 will be the start of my 44th month of retirement. Frankly, I am still enjoying retirement immensely, and don't know how I found the time to work. I go to 250+ movies a year, 8 to 10 geek meetings a month, meet friends for lunch, and am basically thoroughly enjoying myself. The problem is I haven't made substantial progess on my retirement goals. I still have not lost significant weight, still go to bed / get up too late, and haven't made much progress on my review / discard of all the "stuff" I have accumulated over 60 years. The stuff is neatly organized, but it is still clutter unless you really need it.

February 1, 2008 marks the 9th anniversary of the start of my last major weight loss. In addition to starting another major weight loss on this 9th anniversary of my last loss, I want to start getting to bed earlier, and make major inroads in my "stuff" review goal. I still want to go out every day, and enjoy my meetings / movies; however, I have to be more focused on my retirement goals when I get home for the night.

 
Saturday, January 05, 2008
  New Year - Same Goals

I haven't posted to this blog for about six months. Basically, everything is pretty much the same. I am still enjoying retirement immensely - movies, geek meetings, meeting friends for lunch, my electronic gadgets, etc. Unfortunately, all this enjoyment has caused me to delay my retirement projects such as reviewing all documents, looking into Florida relocation, and of course, weight loss.

I just received news that my former boss passed away New Year's Eve. Carol was a great person, and one of the best bosses I ever had. We frequently had different pov's on things; however, Carol always asked my opinion, and always respected my opinion. I will certainly miss Carol, and I will always be grateful to her for hiring me, and giving me the opportunity for a very rewarding career while working with her. Thanks Carol, you will always be remembered by me.

Carol's passing was also a wake-up call for me. We don't know how many healthy years of retirement we will get to enjoy. I must refocus on my retirement projects, and make a decision about where I want to spend my retirement years. The last two winters were mild in Boston so the Florida relocation plans were put on the back burner. This winter started out cold, and snowy. I am leaning toward mid-October to mid-April in Florida, and mid-April to mid-October in Boston. I do like living in Boston, but the winters are too cold for me. I must make a decision, and then make appropriate plans.

 
I am 98% sure I will be retiring on June 30, 2004, the last day to qualify for the retirement incentive of an extra 5 years added to your age or years of service. Update - I did take the retirement on June 30, 2004. This will be my second retirement. I retired in November 1992, again taking advantage of a retirement incentive. This retirement will be different; I will be 57 and the do not anticipate being employed full time again.

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