Retirement Thoughts
June 30, 2004
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
  Five years since my last workday - tempus fugit

Hard to believe that is was five years ago today when I last worked. Tempus does indeed fugit. It seems like five months, not five years since I last worked. I am enjoying my retirement immensely. Before I retired, I wondered if I would be bored, and have trouble finding things to fill the time formerly used for work. Boy was I wrong, I sometimes wonder how I found the time to work. I had all these grandiose retirement projects; none have been completed (some barely started) due to my daily activities. I go out every day, visit friends, love movies (200+ a year), live theater, geek meetings, and just sitting out on a nice day enjoying the moment.

Before I retired, I had plans to review all my files etc., discard most, and scan to PDF the important ones. Have barely scratched the surface on this one. It is still a project I want to complete, but currently having too good a time to devote the time.

I also had plans to be get up by 7:30am each day. Of course, when I made this plan, I was getting up for work at 5:00am each day, so 7:30am sounded like sleeping late. I am lucky if I am in bed by 4:00am, so getting up by 7:30am is not going to happen.

I love my gadgets, and fortunately I made a good salary when working. Although I have a good retirement income, it is less than my former salary. When I retired, my plan was to cut back on gadget, and other discretionary spending. Boy was I naive. With all the extra time available, and high speed Internet shopping available 24/7, I have increased my gadget spending, not decreased. Sometimes I thing my house rivals an electronic store display area. :-)

My major disappointment is my failure to loose significant weight since I retired. Today, I weigh 30 pounds more that on my last workday five years ago. Unfortunately, I am also the highest weight of my life today. I am not only disappointed for carrying the highest poundage of my life today, but embarrassed by it. This is a goal I have to implement immediately.

Other than the lack of weight loss, I am OK with not implementing my retirement goals. I have not implemented them because I am enjoying myself, and have many activities I like fulfilling my former work time. I will have to eventually seriously start efforts on the other goals, but they will get done over time. The priority goal is, of course, a major weight loss.
 
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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