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July 20, 2014


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I didn't really feel retired until my hubby joined me in my early retirement also. Now that we're together, retirement is totally different. It's nice having someone along with you. We get to pick and choose how we want to spend our time, together.
For example, we weren't sure if we wanted to buy another vacation home. Fate made the decision for us. We nixed the permanence of buying another home and bought an r-pod instead (those little tear drop shaped RV's) Since we've seen all of Europe and the Caribbean, we'd thought it'd be great to see America and Canada now.
So off we've gone.
Who knew?
I certainly didn't plan on this.
It just happened.
PS: my daughter has finally moved out of mid-town NYC and closer to me, so my days of taking the train in to see her are now over. Just in time, as far as I am concerned. I've noticed a change in Manhattan since the new Mayor took office. My last visit over the Memorial Day holiday had me walking in garbage up to my ankles when I passed through Times Square. I was appalled. I couldn't get out of the city fast enough.
Enjoy NYC while you can Syd. And try to watch a few episodes of Sex & The City so you'll know what I mean. You'll see the difference. NYC is not the same.

Retired Syd

Cindi: I know what you mean about not really relaxing into retirement until both spouses are retired. That job stress still hangs in the air even for the retired spouse. Much better to have a full-time playmate!

I'd like to see more of the U.S. over the coming years too. So much to see and I (mostly) speak the same language. Enjoy your travels!

I'm not really noticing much difference in NYC from last year to this year but the truth is I've always hated Times Square. The wider pedestrian area is a definite improvement but I'd still rather do anything I can to avoid it all together. Makes me very cranky to be around so many people. (I don't remember Carrie Bradshaw ever going over there!)

Julie @ The Family CEO

You are doing retirement just as my husband and I hope to do. We won't be retiring early, but he has a business situation that would allow him to work for long stretches in another location. So we'd like to travel (U.S. mostly) and plant ourselves somewhere for at least a few weeks at a time. I love the inspiration I get from your blog.


My last job meant several trips to the US each year and I had the chance to get to know NYC - I love it. When my last work visit came around I offered to treat my sister who rarely travels. Where I saw energy, creativity, diverrsity she mainly saw crowds, noise and dirt and it was only a few months later when she had managed to edit out the discomforts and anxieties of the trip that she realised it had been a great experience. Quote - We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are (Anais Nin I rhink). I'm not missing my job but I might miss my NY weekends.

PS Favourite restaurants? 'Mine was Red Cat.

Retired Syd

Julie: I think you have the right idea avoiding whirlwind trips.

Jill: I'm kind of like your sister with regard to Southeast Asia. It's the kind of trip that gets better when viewed in the rear-view mirror (of the air-conditioned metaphorical vehicle). Red Cat is one of our favorites too, in fact we have a reservation there for tomorrow night!


I'd love to spend a month in NYC. Never been there, but hopefully that will be remedied soon. It would be great to spend more time with my wife, but she still enjoys work. I don't think she can quit and wind down yet. Maybe in 10-15 years, she'll slow down a bit. She's too restless to really retire.


Syd, I just "re-did" Manhattan, tourist style, with you in mind. Much, much better this time around. Times Square didn't bother me one iota.


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