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.