Retire from the
NASCAR word Re-Tire; meaning your tires are shot and need replacement.
Last week I received a financial newsletter; on the cover is
a picture of a white haired old man cutting a board on a table saw. The title
in two inch letters,” Build your Dream Retirement.” The sub title: “Now’s the time to line up
what you’ll do with week after week of free time”. Holy-Moly are you kidding me? Now bear with
me dear reader as I have expert advice on this subject.
First there are some
people that should never retire, this is the Type A hard charging, result
oriented crowd. You know the everyday is a new opportunity for excellence
folks. Making bird houses is not going to cut it. Not that there is any thing
wrong spending your last days making bird housing. My advice is to stay on the
job, you’ll be happy and your children will appreciate there inheritance.
Now for the rest of
us Type B or C’s there is a couple ways to go in building your dream
retirement. I mean what is your dream? Dream not fantasy, lets face it, your
probably a sixty something washed up Troutbum . Your hair is a memory but at
least you can still remember having it. Physically you are not the man you were
at forty and maybe now even a bit optically challenged. This is what you have
to work with in the Dream Retirement framework. Your thinking “This is
depressing”, well yes it is and how do you feel about having spent your best
years on the job? But as we say in fishing, that is water under the boat, get
The one thing you
don’t want to happen is to be talked into someone else’s dream. I’ve known
people that were lured into buying a monster motor home and traveling; so you
worked for forty years to become a bus driver. Not that there is anything wrong
with driving a bus. In this case the husband died behind the wheel of massive
heart failure. This is of course an extreme example, sometimes motorhoming just
ends in a simple divorce. Another couple I know decided to move from Yakima
to the coast and buy a sailboat. They live in Arizona
now. If you want to be a blue water sailor start young. I guess that’s the
point, start young so that when your dream retirement comes rolling in you
won’t be sitting around deciding to take up Bulgarian folk dancing or
watercolor classes. Not that there is anything wrong with Bulgarian folk
Now that you’re
retired, people will advise you to begin an exercise regimen, join a gym
they’ll say, jog they’ll say, and certainly dancing will come up. I personally
take a walk everyday; I also have two eggs each morning and a short nap about 1:30 each afternoon. Recently I have
discovered a great low impact exercise, brewing beer with my son Bob, it’s a
togetherness thing and the beer is delicious.
In my own case I was
retired by the Pennzoil Company in 1999, in there wisdom they chose to close all
there small operations, but I could move to Atlanta
Georgia and run that
store. I researched Atlanta and the
trout fishing is nil, so I took my severance and became a lowly fishing guide.
Now I’m retired from my retirement.
I guess I’ll buy new
tires, hit the road and find some new water.