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Wandering Into Retirement

It was the summer of '02.

Over the previous 7 years, I'd managed to recover slowly from a torn knee, a badly sprained ankle, a broken neck, two heart attacks, and Sean graduating from Wake Forest.

At last, I was feeling like I was in pretty fair shape.

The long recession, which had decimated many a prematurely retired fireman's retirement account, seemed to be bottoming out.

And I was really bored with work. Not with the emergency stuff, just the same old gestures of working in the same place, and with much the same people, for 30 years.

These are fine people.

But after that much time, just showing up for work can be a repetitive motion injury, like tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome.

"Retiree's Mindset". Think Blue Cross would cover treatment for that in, say, Tahiti?

Then in July my mother passed away, at 87 years. Something like that is supposed to make you think. In my case, it had the opposite effect. I just about quit thinking altogether.

What's to think about?

I'm not trying to be profound. I avoid deep water, unless I've got a pretty good boat. But it doesn't take a genius to see that when your Visa goes over 40 grand, debt becomes ludicrous. It's just way over your punkin' head.

You're never going to pay it off anyway. Have a beer. Hell, have another. Go ahead. Charge it.

And you're never going to live forever. Sometimes it's the little things that finally move us off the dime. Not grand plans, ambitious projects, wish lists and labors.

In the end, I vacationed my way right into retirement.

It all started because it was just so damn hot. So I went looking for a place to cool off. I was clear up in South Dakota before I found it, but lots of things happened on the way.

Lemme tell ya 'bout dat....

 1. 20 aug 02 Welcome to Oklahoma
 2. 21 Aug 02 Welcome to Oklahoma, Part Deux
 3. 22 Aug 02 Click Your Heels Twice, and Say....
 4. 23 Aug 02 Cold Creek
 5. 24 Aug 02 Thar She Blows!
 6. 24 Aug 02 Messin' Round With Boats
 8. 26 Aug 02 Storm Central
 7. 27 Aug 02 Patch, Patch, Patch
 9. 28 Aug 02 Moose Drool and Wooly Boogers
10. 28 Aug 02 Unraveled, Time to Travel
11. 31 Aug 02 Moving On
12. 1 Sep 02 Labor Day Weekend
13. 1 Sep 02 Lucky Me
15. 1 Sep 02 Just Deserts
16. 2 Sep 02 Breakfast Special
17. 2 Sep 02 Found Objects
18. 4 Sep 02 Kingdom Come
19. 5 Sep 02 Fishing in a Mountain Lake
20. 7 Sep 02 The Scenic Route to Law and Order
21. 7 Sep 02 All Day I Rode The Barren Waste....
22. 7 Sep 02 Aaahhhhh!
23. 9 Sep 02 Sic Transit Gloria Monday
24. 9 Sep 02 The Hanged Man
25. 11 Sep 02 Home Again, Home Again

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