I skimmed over a blog post that a friend of mine wrote : 10 things you need to know (unsponsored). I didn’t get it . I didn’t read the post carefully , though , because ……… well………ten more things to know ? I don’t think so . Certainly not all in one day . Hell, I’m retired , for heaven’s sake ! Let’s start with 1 thing you need to know and then see how that goes .
I must say that I’m way more relaxed now that I’m retired . Time pressures used to mean more , I think , when I had to spend so much time at work . Time off was a big thing then , and pinching any of that time meant stress. Any odd surprises that interrupted time off was a potential stress —- plumbing problem , traffic delay , any delay ……..
I’ve seen posts on Facebook mostly , that list 10 things this or that , ten best whatever , ten reasons this or that or ten things to avoid . Saint Peter has a form you’ve got to fill out , I hear , when you reach ( okay , so maybe not you ! ) the Pearly Gates : Ten Reasons You Should Get Into Heaven ; or was it a list : Ten Best Activities To Do In Heaven ?
Ah , maybe I just imagined that .
So , tell me again the ten favorite vacation spots in California . And then tell me the ten best small cites in the US for retired people . Tell me , because I’m not going to try to scroll through the computer process , shifting left and right in a slow slalom avoiding the endless ads . My computer is so slow it stumbles on the ads and by the time I have read the ten things it’s tomorrow and everyone has gone home , some of them to happy hour at their usual watering hole .
I’ll tell you what . If you think that I should know ten or so things , thises and thats , then write them out one at a time , one per sheet of paper . Address an envelope to me and stick a stamp on it and drop the thing in the mail . In the US , I admit , it’ll cost you a few bucks by the time you’ve sent all ten . But , hey , it’s worth it , I’m sure . Right ?
Well , I’m in Poland now for awhile so you’ll have to invest even a few more bucks ; but if you think that I should know whatever it is and you’re absolutely sure , then I’ll be happy to review the information . Stamps are available in grocery stores these days too , as well as the Post Office , or online I’m pretty sure . Just any stamp would do as far as I’m concerned , but it might be nice if you would choose a specific one that you think I might appreciate . And , by the way , any scrap of paper does it for me . I don’t need any fancy paper . And , certainly , don’t buy a card in a store . For ten messages ? No one has that much money .
I fully realize that I’m rambling a bit here , just killing some precious time ; but I’m retired so I’ve got a different perspective on things from what you may have . I’m trying , truth be told , to avoid reading with more attention the ten things that my friend says that I need to know . I’m afraid that I should have read that post decades ago . If only I had known those ten things when it mattered ! No doubt now is way too late . That train has certainly left the station , as they say ; or , no use closing the barn door at this late date ; the horse has gone for good ; probably has assumed another identity and has a FB account and reposts stuff all day long .
Well , I’m just rambling. Ah , you said that , didn’t you ?