Here’s to enjoying the rest of my retirement

The Way I See It

by DON WEST

Do you know that if you are semi-retired you can have a glass of wine, put some steaks on the pit, and have lunch on Monday at 3 in the afternoon? There is no schedule, everyday is Saturday, and we don’t have to get out of our pajamas if we don’t want to. Oh, sure, we still have to pay bills, deal with insurance and taxes, the mortgage, taking care of the lawn and flowers, but there is no schedule and that’s pretty cool. I hope all of you, if you haven’t already; get the chance to experience that which we are enjoying. The problem is that sometimes I don’t know what day of the week it is, if that is important. We keep our daily vitamin dosage in one of those little containers that are marked with the days of the week and I refer to that each morning just in case we have something scheduled for that day. At least then I know what day of the week it is.

I worked on a farm for a period of time during the rice harvest, but that didn’t help much because it was seven days a week during the harvesting – have to get the crops out of the field when they are ripe. Oh sure, we could do considerably more in charitable work now that we have more time, but after being in the public eye and customer service for so many years, we have a tendency to hide out from exposure to the public except when necessary. We are somewhat active in our church and have participated in theatre productions sparingly, but we do keep a fairly low profile – well, with the possible exception of this venue. As long as I feel motivated to continue this, I will, but someday my mind will probably become too scrambled to produce this drivel and some of my readers think I have reached that point already, but each is entitled to their opinion.

We plan to do a little traveling when funds permit, but continuous increases in cost of living are certainly putting a damper on most travel plans. Just got a letter yesterday telling me that Medicare “Part B” is going up again – I can’t wait until Mr. Obama’s healthcare plan kicks in completely and it will be “free”.

When weather permits, and I can muster the energy, I’m trying to accomplish a few projects around the house that I have ignored for several years, but those cost money also, so we have to budget carefully and put some on hold for a little longer. April 15 will be upon us soon and I just can’t wait for that joyous day. We get to send yet more money for the idiots in Washington to squander. Though our business has been closed for nearly a year, we are still paying for having made the investment and the resulting appreciation in that investment. That will continue at least until “tax day” in 2014. We managed to make a living for the 22 years, but any profit we hoped to come away with from all those years of blood, sweat, and tears will be taken by the government. I have to assume that since Mr. Obama said that we did not build and operate that business alone (without the government’s help), they are making sure that we pay them in full for their gracious assistance in helping us be successful. You can’t see it here in the words, but I am presently sending the government my one-finger salute for their support of our business.

I just can’t wait to experience what they have in store for us for the rest of my retirement years, but I have a feeling there will be more salutes coming.

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