Susan is a grandmother of one. Currently, I am a grandfather of none. That is about to change. I have a grandson due any time, but no later than this coming Tuesday, when labor will be induced. This is a good thing. My daughter-in-law is more than ready to have the baby and no one wants to spend Christmas in labor or in the hospital.
I am returning from a blogging pause to tell you the story of my Black Friday shopping experience. Here it is:
Susan and I are back in Nashville after a weekend in The Villages. The Villages is the world’s largest community for 55+ adults. There are over 100,000 retirees living there. My father is one of them. He turned 90 this past week and his family gathered to celebrate this milestone birthday. We had a great time in two short days. I think my Dad really enjoyed the experience.
Baby boomers like to drink wine, don’t we? I do (although it is hard to beat a good IPA). We hear and read that a moderate amount of wine – red wine in particular – is good for us. I choose to adopt this belief in my own drinking habits. Sadly, based on this new report, I may have to cut down when I am older. But why am I talking about wine here and now? A short video will explain.
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.
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.