For those of you
> contemplating retirement, I would like to share my
> retirement experiences
> with you, which I hope will be
> Fifteen years ago my wife and I moved into a
> development on Florida's Southeast coast. We are
> living in the
> Delray/Boca/Boynton Golf, Spa, Bath and Tennis Club on
> Lake Fake-a-hachee.
> There are 3000 lakes in Florida; only three are real.
> Most lake names
> end in hachee something.
> Our biggest retirement
> concern was time management. What were we going
> to do all day? Let me
> assure you, passing the time is not a problem. Your
> days will be eaten up by
> simple, daily activities. Just getting out of
> your car takes 15
> minutes. Trying to find where you parked takes 20
> minutes. It takes
> 1/2 hour on the check-out line in Wal-Mart and 1 hour
> to return the item the
> next day.
> Let me take you through a
> typical day. We get up at 5:00 AM, have a quick
> breakfast and join the early
> morning Walk and Talk Club. T here are about 30 of us
> and rain or shine we
> walk around the streets, all talking at once. Every
> development has some
> late risers who stay in bed until 6 AM. After a
> nimble walk avoiding
> irate drivers out to make us road kill, we go back
> home, shower and change
> for the next activity.
> My wife goes directly to
> the pool for her under-water Pilates class, followed by
> gasping for breath
> and CPR. I put on my 'Ask me about my
> Grandchildren' T-shirt, my plaid
> mid-calf shorts, my black socks and sandals and go to
> the club house lobby
> for a nice nap.
> Before you know it, it's
> time for lunch. We go to Costco to partake of the
> many tasty samples
> dispensed by ladies in white hair nets. All free!
> After a filling
> lunch, if we don't have any doctor appointments, we
> might go to the flea
> market to see if any new white belts have come in or to
> buy a Rolex watch
> for $2.00.
> We're usually back home
> by 2 PM to get ready for dinner. People start
> lining up for the early
> bird about 3 PM, but we get there by 3:45 because
> we're late eaters. The
> dinners are very popular because of the large portions
> they serve. You
> can take home enough food for the next day's lunch
> and dinner, including
> extra bread, crackers, packets of mustard, relish,
> ketchup and Sweet-and-Low
> along with mints.
> At 5:30 we're home ready
> to watch the 6 o'clock news. By 6:30 we're fast
> asleep. Then we get up and
> make 5 or 6 trips to the bathroom during the night and
> it's time to get up
> and start a new day all over again.
> Doctor-related activities
> eat up most of your retirement time. I enjoy reading
> old magazines in sub
> zero temperatures in the waiting room, so I don't
> mind. Calling for test
> results also help the days fly by. It takes at least
> half an hour just
> getting through the doctor's phone menu. Then
> there's the hold time until
> you're connected to the right party. Sometimes they
> forget you're holding,
> and the whole office goes off to lunch.
> Should you find you still
> have time on your hands, volunteering provides a
> rewarding opportunity to
> help the less fortunate. Florida has the largest
> concentration of seniors
> under five feet and they need our help. I myself am a
> volunteer for 'The
> Vertically Challenged Over 80.' I coach their
> basketball team, The Arthritic
> Avengers. The hoop is only 4 1/2 feet from the floor.
> You should see the
> look of confidence on their faces when they make a slam
> Food shopping is a
> problem for short seniors or 'bottom feeders'
> as we call them because they
> can' t reach the items on the upper shelves. There
> are many foods they've
> never tasted. After shopping, most seniors can't
> remember where they parked
> their cars and wander the parking lot for hours while
> their food
> Lastly, it's important to
> choose a development with an impressive name. Italian
> names are very popular
> in Florida . They convey world traveler, uppity
> sophistication and wealth.
> Where would you rather live... Murray's Condos or
> the Lakes Of Venice ?
> There's no difference. They're both owned by
> Murray who happens to be a
> cheap bastard.
> I hope this material has
> been of help to you.
>Thanks Win S.