What Are Your Ideas On Retirement?

I at all times joked that my retirement would kick-in the day the paramedics minimize the skin-tight safety uniform off my C-cups and did not revive my clogged coronary heart. For some purpose I’m at all times previous and sporting a safety uniform in these eventualities. However… it seems a correct retirement may really be potential. I’m skeptical about it, as is my nature, however the numbers appear to point it’s an precise chance. Who might’ve predicted such a factor?

Oh, there are nonetheless 5 or so years to go, and plenty of horrible issues might occur between from time to time. So, I’m not spiking the ball simply but. Nevertheless it’s enjoyable to dream and plan. And Toney and I are doing quite a lot of that now. It’s not the solely factor we discuss, but it surely’s positively within the rotation. Is it a threshold you’ve already crossed, or is it shut sufficient to be a topic of dialogue? I’d wish to get a few of your ideas.

Like, the place are you gonna dwell? We’re not planning to remain right here, for varied causes. Primarily: snow and ice within the winter. Funk dat. Plus, there’s not a complete lot to do right here. It’s not a horrible place, and it’s really fairly good for elevating youngsters. However we wish our closing chapter to be someplace the place there’s shit to do. And once I say shit, I imply a seashore (possibly) and a vibrant beer and restaurant scene. And loads of locations to stroll that aren’t straight up a steep grade, or down one. Value of dwelling can be a consideration, in fact, and simply the final high quality of life.

The Myrtle Seashore space is excessive on our listing in the mean time. Not Myrtle Seashore itself, in fact. We don’t crave that stage of madness (or crime). However someplace shut sufficient that we will dip out and in of the craziness. We’ve walked by way of many mannequin houses round that space, and it’s interesting. However we don’t really feel like we’ve even scratched the floor of the tip o’ the iceberg. We’re positively open to different concepts.

What are your ideas on a location for retirement? What standards are you utilizing? What’s necessary? Do you could have any off-the-radar super-secret strategies for us? Like I say, we’re nonetheless within the early phases of the hunt, and welcome all data.

And talking of “right here,” one thing occurred to me a number of days in the past that blew my thoughts a bit. I left West Virginia once I was a few months shy of my twenty third birthday. And we’ve lived right here since early 2000. So… virtually precisely the identical period of time. Once I retire — if it occurs — this would be the place I’ve lived the longest. Additionally, I used to be with Time-Warner for 17 years, and in November I’ll have been at my present job for 15 years! I’ve NEVER labored in the identical constructing for that lengthy, not even shut; the TW run was in three totally different states. That shit is wild. To me, anyway. This chapter of our lives has clicked alongside at a terrifying tempo.

In the event you’ve moved round, like me, what locations have you ever appreciated and disliked? I liked Atlanta, however that was once I was in my 20s. No manner I might cope with that cluster-fuck at my present age. I’ve romantic emotions about it, but it surely’s as a result of I used to be younger and swinging for the fences once I lived there. California was not a favourite, and I’ve no want to dwell there once more. Too congested and costly and one-seasony for me, thanks very a lot. I liked rising up in West Virginia, and can at all times be keen on it, however I can’t see myself returning completely. The one place I’ve lived that’s a chance for retirement is North Carolina. For some purpose the Raleigh space is looking me a bit, Toney too. We’ll probably schedule a scouting expedition there, within the not too distant future.

Our earlier scouting journey, to Tampa/St. Petersburg, was inconclusive. We weren’t blown away, to let you know the reality. It, like California, appeared ridiculously congested. Each time we needed to go to Publix, or no matter, a considerable period of time was sucked from our day. And it added to my blood strain/tooth grinding issues. Additionally, individuals weren’t super-friendly, which was shocking. The South is usually full of pleasant of us, however I’m unsure Florida is admittedly a part of the South. Lotsa transplants, proper? The journey didn’t disqualify that space, but it surely knocked it down the listing.

What do you could have on the entire basic topic of retirement? Please share within the feedback in case you’re so inclined.

And earlier than I name it a day right here, I’ll share a few articles that listing the “finest locations” to retire. Among the alternatives are ridiculous, for my part. Utterly ludicrous! Let me know your ideas. Here’s one, and here’s one other. I don’t know a lot, however might draw a line by way of a lot of these locations, mechanically. Sheesh.

Additionally, remember to try the podcast and the monthly column at Substack.

And I’ll see you guys once more quickly, very quickly.

Have an important day, my buddies!

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