Why is this guy smiling?
Duh - because he's RETIRED!
March 15 was my last day toiling for my daily bread - after 44 years of full-time employment, I've joined the vast army of fixed-income senior citizens!
I rode to work this morning, before daylight, same as always. On the way, I was entertained by three characters who were sharing the infrastructure:
- a bearded, beanie-cap wearing hipster, shivering and weaving jauntily up the bike path - on an E-scooter. (That guy will be paying Social Security, so I can collect Social Security! Like I've been paying for 50 years.)
- a SUV motorist playing tortoise-and-hare with me for a few blocks, from stoplight to stoplight. It's so very satisfying to watch 'em go zooming ahead with a furious roar and a cloud of street dust... then slam on the brakes at the red light... as I mosey up slowly behind, arriving just as the light turns green. Repeat... Repeat... (I know the light timing patterns after riding the route thousands of times before, and paying attention.)
- One final smart-phone zombie, lurching across the street as I arrived at the bike room.
The awesome people at Boise Cascade have been signing my paycheck for the past 24+ years. What a great place it was to work! And I've always appreciated the delicate irony that I attended high school two blocks away (Boise High), at the very time my last work home was rising mightily out of the ground. I've got many wonderful friends there who I will miss dearly. The work? Not so much.
So - what now?
I told my office colleagues:
- Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune – every day!
- Putter around, get in the wife’s way.
- Yell “Get off my lawn!!” at the neighbor kids.
- Keep the checkout line waiting while I count out the exact change.
- FOX NEWS!!
I've got work to do, at first. Sprucin' up the homestead. Probably until early summer. It'll be pretty sweet NOT having a fixed agenda every day; I'm confident I'll stay occupied.
I expect my bicycle mileage to increase, rather than drop, even though I'm no longer commuting to work. I've got a "retirement bike" that needs to have some meaningful miles put on it.
Hoping to do a Coeur d'Alene Trail run in late summer, shortly after Labor Day. At a leisurely pace, because I've got no place to be, or schedule to keep.
Life is great! Stay thirsty and busy, mis amigos.