Source: PNG Image.net Bylaw 1.7(a)(4-3) of this blog's charter states… 'A topical post relevant to retirement must be published at least three times a year. What, this again?! With all that the pandemic has tossed at us this year, I fully admit to ignoring the above blog obligation. I had hoped that it would somehow … Continue reading Retirement Victory!
BEFORE: hirsuit and slightly unkemptAFTER: a clean "Team Coco" look "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." – Orson Welles It was about spontaneity. One wakes up and asks, "Why am I still bothering with this?" "This" being my beard; I had decided I'd had enough … Continue reading Whisker Piffle
With another healthcare open season just around the corner, Gorgeous and I are in the middle of some Big Discussions. Our talk is about the future, specifically a desire to predict the status of what our health will be in later years. It's admittedly a bit of a rhetorical exercise that harks somewhat "nostalgically¹" back to Donald Rumsfeld's … Continue reading Long Term Care Insurance: Channeling the Rumsfeldian ‘Known Unknowns’
I joined AARP like the majority of Americans do in the year that I turned 50. There were the usual jokes from friends and family about becoming old and gray, and then I mostly forgot about it. Once a month their magazine arrives in the mail, and that gives me an opportunity to see what famous … Continue reading All This and Free Doughnuts Too
The embarrassing thing is that it all resulted from a single sneeze. While washing the breakfast dishes no less. I pulled a muscle or muscles in my lower back last weekend. It happened in the blink of an eye, with the pain instantly shooting all the way up to the top of my spine. I howled … Continue reading Karma Will Get Ya Every Time
Recently a former co-worker and I were discussing our respective retirement incomes. She ended one of her emails to me quoting the old adage about money not buying happiness. And she's right, it certainly cannot. But her mentioning this familiar phrase did get me to think about how the choices we make in search of happiness … Continue reading Playing Catch Up
One of my favorite movies is Albert Brooks' "Lost in America." There's a scene midway in the film when he wakes up in a Las Vegas hotel room only to find that his wife (played by Julie Hagerty) is downstairs in the casino losing all of their nest egg. Wearing his bathrobe, Brooks heads down to … Continue reading Down!
I once had a professor who liked to joke about being grateful for his envious colleagues. He said that because of their own peculiar manners, they insured that no one one in close proximity could ever suffer from swollen head syndrome. He then explained how there was an unwritten custom in his department against anyone exhibiting the slightest outward display of pride or elation if one was fortunate enough … Continue reading Neighborly Advice
The news today from England is that Queen Elizabeth has passed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch. I love nearly all things British, especially royal events such as a wedding, the State Opening of Parliament, etc. The English have a delightful way of maintaining traditions. Take sports, for example. I like the fact that Wimbledon … Continue reading Overstaying
The stock market is tanking. If I understand it correctly, the initial reason stems from China having devalued its currency. For most of the day yesterday, it looked as if there might be a "correction to the correction." Or more aptly put from all I've read about the Chinese economy, "a correction to the corruption." Alas, a recovery was not meant … Continue reading The “Rice For The Children” Defense