Today is October 1, 2013. It is amazing to me that I have been retired for six months. April Fools’ Day, 2013 seems like such a long time ago.
With some perspective, I can now answer the question, “What is it like to be retired?” I love it. In fact retirement is better than working and I am a guy who loved his job. Being retired makes me feel like I did when I was a kid in the 1950s, but with more donut money.
Nobody knows this, not even my former employer, but I feel I can trust you so I am going to tell you the truth about why I retired.
You see, I wore Danner boots when I worked at the police department. My left Danner boot started squeaking with every step. I reasoned that if you are retired and wear a squeaky boot, the worst thing that can happen is you irritate the people around you. If you are employed as a police officer searching a dark warehouse for a burglar and your boot squeaks, you will draw gunfire. I was faced with either spending $200 for a new pair of Danner boots or retiring, so I retired. I have always been thought of as a good decision maker.
What else could I do? It did not take me long to figure out that I can buy 73 short, wet Starbucks cappuccinos with the $200 boot money.
I am happy I retired and it is not like they gave me the boot.