I just realized it has been four years since I semi-retired – since I last went to work knowing that it was a five day a week, gotta be there gig. Four!
That’s…amazing. Surprising. That’s as much time as I spent in high school, or undergrad college. I’m a little ashamed of what I have to show for it:
An almost-finished book
I’ve become a very capable board member, including four years as Chairman of one organization
A couple of hundred thousand words written for the blog
Jumped off the OB Pier and lived (2018)
A golf tournament winner for the first time ever (Tchefuncta, 2021)
A new knee (2020)
A superb olive oil harvest (2019)
Time spent with the grandkids, including a new one in this timeline (hi Jesse!)
Bought and furnished a second home in Louisville
Multi-month consulting gigs in project management, quantum computing, and AI (I’ve earned more in “retirement” than I ever imagined)
Moved my Dad and Phyllis from their independent home to assisted living – I list this because it consumed 2-3 months of life right at the beginning of 2020
Quite a bit of travel, even with the pandemic – two pandemic cross-country drives (2020), three trips to Cabo, two to Alaska, a trip to CO mountains, trip to Hawaii (2019 and 2020), two trips to Napa and Reno, Nashville (early 2020, the beginning of pandemic), a trip to Pebble Beach (2018), Guadaloupe Valle (2019), Sicily and Malta (2019), two golf trips to Oakmont, multiple RV camping trips, and many, many trips to Kentucky.
OK, when I list it like that, it doesn’t seem so bad. I’m not a complete slacker.
Today is the last day of summer and the official beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere. On one hand, good riddance – it wasn’t a great summer. Quite a bit of it sucked, in fact. But on the other hand, how many more of these transitions do I have? Worth thinking about.
There’s a lot to look forward to this fall. The cool, crisp weather in KY (and at times, in Socal). The St. James Art Fair. UK football, and in one month, three weeks and five days, UK basketball! My annual Tchefuncta golf tourney in NOLA. Some quality time with the kids and grandkids. Thanksgiving. And toward the end of the fall season, we leave for our northern lights trip to Norway, with a side trip to Scotland.
That’s quite a list. Doing all that depends on staying healthy, something we can no longer just assume, as recent weeks have proven.
Another thing to look forward to. It appears the Trump crime family will finally have to face justice. The civil suit in NY has some teeth. And I fully expect an indictment from the DOJ at some point, though that’s less certain than the NY litigation. Trump’s teflon is wearing off – the shit is starting to stick to him. He needs to be brought to justice, humbled and used as an example to the world that this is how we treat would-be despots. His legions will cry and scream, but let them. I’m happy to see that process moving forward.