Saturday, February 23, 2013


When you're "retired",
every day is Saturday!
And that means that I've discovered a vast and amazing world I never knew existed.
It's called the weekday, and the primary difference is that
nobody is around.
From about 9 a.m. till noon, 
everybody else is at work.
So those of us left behind
can act like we're on vacation.
And while I can't explain
exactly why that's so appealing,
the fact is that
freedom is glorious.
There is nothing better than going out to breakfast. You don't have to wait for a table. No frenzied waitresses balancing stacked up orders. Just hot food served in a slow, calm, relaxed atmosphere that is
peacefully quiet!

It's not easy living out of the loop.
The challenge is to avoid any contact
with workday frenzy and stress.
Mid morning and afternoon
are your moments of paradise.
That means you must strategically time
any jaunts into the outside world.

But magically,
if you time your
visit to the
Post office correctly,
you get a parking
space, avoid lines,
buy some stamps,
and even have time
for a friendly chat.
It's so civilized.
At the health club, you are the youngest person there. Not only do you look fabulous, you don't have to deal with crowds. Just a group of your peers trying to fight time and gravity.
Talk about motivation!
Did I mention the Library?
I've rediscovered this oasis of knowledge. During school hours all of the interesting people in town are there. People I've never seen before, reading and doing in all things intellectual.
How smart is that?
My suggestion?
Cross over to the other side.
Experience a world where everything is just easier. And you can do whatever you want whenever you want to.