Susan and I are in our last day of a weekend trip to Manhattan to visit family and to be tourists in the city. I have been to New York City a number of times on business and for pleasure. However, I have never had a truly immersive experience here. I really want one.
I’m a very fortunate 64 year old, particularly in the health department. I need to keep reminding myself of that. Moreover, I need to express gratitude to friends, family and the world at large for making it so. Do you ever feel this way? Let’s talk about it for a minute.
While I have been delivering most of the stuff I own to the dump and Goodwill, I have also been thinking about my recent travels and dance classes – alone and particularly with Susan. This has reminded me of a simple principle of sustained happiness: experiences rate higher than things. This is not an idea that I made up. There is lots of science to support it. Although I am not yet retired, I suspect that the “experiences over things” equation applies as well to retirement life.
Recently I saw the movie “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” I was anxious to see this movie because it was a sequel to one of my all time favorites, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. All baby boomers should put this on their movie watch lists. I continue to identify with the concerns, feelings and joys experienced by the characters in the movie.
A lot has happened since my last post. I have so much to write about but for now, a summary. [Read more…]
I haven’t posted here since early October, when I wrote about my very rewarding trip to Italy. The effects of that trip continue to ripple through my life in a variety of ways, all of them good. I honestly don’t know where to begin in explaining them and I certainly can’t cover all of it in a single post. I am determined to become more regular in my writing here. I enjoy it so there is no reason for me to go silent for such a long period.
Did I tell you I have been attending dance classes? Yep, that’s one of the new things in my life triggered by my trip.
On October 3 I returned to the U.S. from my trip to Italy – my first vacation as a single baby boomer traveling with people that I did not know.
I am still smiling inside. The trip was better than I could have imagined. I am still missing Italy and the people I traveled with. Going to work has become somewhat more difficult.
Where do I begin trying to explain this? [Read more…]
Tomorrow I leave for Italy. I will be gone for 18 days. The first 15 days are vacation. The final three days are visits with business contacts and clients in Florence, Milan, and Zurich. This trip is a new adventure for me in several different ways. I am excited and nervous at the same time.
This weekend I had nothing planned with friends or family. Going to the lake was not an option because the AC there is awaiting repairs. Thus, I had to come up with some activities to fill my day so that I would not end up a couch potato in front of the TV. It was sort of like another small test run of being retired as a single guy. So, late Friday afternoon I decided to go people watching. As a retiree I will have plenty of opportunities to do that, won’t I?
We have all heard that the future cost of health care is a huge retirement wild card. I consistently read retirement health care cost estimates in the low to mid six figures. At 65, we are eligible for Medicare but it doesn’t cover everything. Also, are these general cost estimates applicable to all of us? Not necessarily. In some cases, luck is involved. In other cases, your current health status can be a predictor of future costs. A free tool from the AARP tries to take all of that into account to give you a number that you can work with, a number that will scare you, or both!
I managed to squeeze in two trips to the movie theater this week. On Friday afternoon I saw Hercules. (Save your money on this one.) My real purpose on Friday was to check out a restored downtown theater in Princeton, Kentucky. This is the closest theater to my lake home, a 25 minute drive.