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Seventeen Day’s Till Minnesota Time

We are getting excited about our upcoming driving trip to Minnesota and family.  We have done this so many times that that it is nearly impossible to find a way home that were we will see something new.  Thanks to Google maps we are heading home through Pierre, SD on highway 71 for the very first time.  We have very high expectations not only because it is the Capital of South Dakota but, it has the most expensive motels of any of our stops.

One good thing about the driving trip is that gas is cheaper any where in the United States over Cali.  Cali has a law that raises gas tax if people use less gas.  Can’t pay less tax in Cali.  Its against the law!!  We just raised gas tax 3 cents a gallon again last week.  Top in the nation.

We are going to take Libby’s Honda Accord this year as it gets between 37-40 mpg with its 4 cylinder on the highway.  With its 18 gallon tank we should be able to get through 3 states(California, Nevada, Arizona)  the first day before we fill it up in St. George, Utah for a late lunch. 

Well off to the hard days work of a retiree.  Breakfast at our favorite restaurant. 





Great Article on Retirement

A great article on retirement.  After 12 years of retirement, I would add “Stay healthy and interested.” Finally love the final quote on this article;  “Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”

The Case for Retirement

As has been stated in this space, last June 8th I worked my last day at Buchanan High School.  Actually, it was my last day of work anywhere.  Not counting working the two sessions at Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara.  Although that’s not really working since it’s the only time of the year I get to see old coaching friends from all over the country, e.g. Florida, Ohio and Louisiana.  Sure there’s a ton of responsibility but since each of us has done the job for over ten years, it’s more of a feeling of “Old Home Week” than anything else.

Then there’s also my baby gift business ( which would be considered work but, luckily, I have incredibly talented artists who do the real work.  I keep the books and come up with innovative ideas but it’s more fun than work.  More orders would be nice but that will come when the word gets out.  Note: That’s a hint for you to either order a gift or tell everyone you know about the business.  Or both.

The main reason for this blog is to speak on behalf of retirement.  If your working life has been managed right, there’s nothing like retirement.  My wife (who is retiring at the end of the calendar year) and I have been working over 40 years.  Each of us has a pension, as well as both of us having contributed to social security (I’ve lived in nine states and have to admit I thought everybody had social security withdrawn from their check – until I got to Fresno) and we saved money and made investments, some good, some bad.  Actually, some really good and some really bad.  If you were to follow that strategy, you’d be in the same financial shape we are, i.e. have enough money to continue living in retirement as you did prior to it.

Someone asked me just yesterday what I thought of retirement.  My response was that it is wonderful.  If there’s something you don’t want to do, you don’t do it.  If there’s something you want to do, go after it.  Once 2013 comes around, we’ll be traveling to Monterey to watch our son, Alex, play college basketball.  Every game.  Following the season, it’s “travel-time,” including the cruise we’ve been talking about for years.  Retirement is the ultimate freedom.

I asked our financial guy if we had enough money to live as we pleased and his remark was, “Sure.  As long as you die by December 15.”  Just kidding!  My wife gets a little antsy when I tell that story.

Here’s my advice:  Work hard.  Spend but also save and someday you’ll be wealthy.  At least wealthy enough to retire right.  Leo Rosten had the right idea:

“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”

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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in retirement