Watching my fellow boomers and younger adults use retirement or changes in employment to pursue and master new interests is one of the joys of friendship
My best friend is a retired medico who thanks to nore freetime lives what he calls “The Craigslist Lifestyle.
His name is Andy and his house is a showcase of oak furniture found on Craigslist and refinished. Andy’ has the perfect skill set for a fulfilling retirement. Before being admitted o UCSF’s medical program, he was a shop teacher. This guy is driven. HE has a graduate degree in shop.
This guy is a power Craigslister. It helps that his garage is a wonderland of wood working tools and that he acquired a used van to transport his finds to his home.
My favorite Example of my buddy Andy’s dedication to the Craigslist lifestyle is as follows: one morning just after Craigslist went live, He saw a post by a contractor working in Menlo Park who wanted to get rid of a set of pocket doors that were excess to his project. SO my buddy calls the contractor said he’s interested and would be “right down”
Andy shows up in pressed khakis and a crisp button down. The contractor shows him the doors. Andy pulls out his cordless reciprocating saw makes a series of measurements and carves out the door frame. Then he carries the frame and doors out to his van. On his way out the door the contractor casually asks Andy what his occupation was. Andy says “retired dentist” and leaves the contractor in a cloud of wonderment.
I also use my retired friends as information sources.
Following a life altering stroke, One of my buddies suggested I get my butt into an adaptive PE program at the College of San Mateo. This guy told me to get a Sam Trans pass for the short bus and use it to get to my PE class, go grocery shopping or to go see movies or attend the San Mateo County Fair. It was the best advice I got during my stroke recovery. It got me out of the house, away from cable TV and helped me reengage with life.
That nugget came from a handicapped retired buddy.
Dennis Turner, fellow Gladstone high School Sixty-Sixer od washed by a Thai elephant.
Another retired chum has also turned to handicrafts, designs jewelry and creates embossed metal artworks of. Like other retired Boomers, My buddy Dennis has gone back to school to learn the skills he feels he needs to further his avocational interests. In his case, however school was more than halfway around the world in Thailand, and lasted three weeks. While in Thsiland Dennis learned how to parallel park an elephant.
We are boomers and we are redefining retirement.
What about me? I’ve use retirement to learn as much as I can about the real history of California and someday I’d like to write about it.---Jim Forbes on 16 July, 2016,