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Re-up. Listened again: album still sucks👎🏻💩 Bring back KK. #judaspriest #firepower #blows #timetopackitin #justquitalready
Just Quit Already: Day By Day Through Year One Of Retirement. Day 78, Wed Sept 16: I’m not feeling great so I run a few errands and do a few things but mostly take it easy and lounge around. When I was walking yesterday I felt a twinge in my left knee and today that has turned into a vague tightness or irritation or discomfort or something in my knee, hamstring, butt and/or lower back. So I take a recovery day from exercise. I also have what feels like the start of a sore throat and maybe a little bit of uneasiness stomach-nausea wise. Not a bad plan anyway, since it’s a bit rainy and when I walk up to the mailbox (this doesn’t count as exercise, just counts as walking to the mailbox) in places the wet road is sprinkled with the yellow and orange confetti maple leaves. Makes for a moody, emotional picture of fall. Definitely looks like the aftermath of a party room when the lights come up and somebody needs to sweep up. Bye-bye, summer. (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #everydaylife #selfdevelopment #takeiteasy #daybyday #dailypic #dailyphoto #downshifting #dailyblogger #blog #blogger #babyboomer #retiredlife #happylife #bestlife #secondact #activeseniors #seattle #oldhippie #agingredefined #ageisjustanumber #aginggracefully #agingbackwards #retirementyear #justquitalready #lifechoices #lifechanges #lifecoaching
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Ur mom & dad raised a bitch.!! 😅😂 We leaving sidenotes now.?🤔✍️ #YorekHands #FuckKodak #BruhYouABitch #Lmao #ParentsRaisedAPussy #GraffitiArt #StreetArt #UrbanArt #FunkForLife #JustQuitAlready #OutHereReally
So, we have new neighbours in the defence house next door...and they are smokers...again. Every time they light up the smell of the smoke comes through our side door and our living room smells like one of us is smoking. I know there's nothing we can do about it but seriously, it bloody stinks...even worse when they are chain smokers. Maybe every time they have a cigarette I should spray some offensive overpowering air freshner out the door!!⚰💀👎 . . #smokingstinks #youstink #smoking #chainsmoker #passivesmoking #smokers #makesmemad #justquitalready #smokingsucks
Herregud alltså hemskare dagjävel va längesen jag hade🤦🏼‍♀️ efter att typ allt som kan gå fel har gått fel idag så kör vi återuppladdning med dans nu på kvällskvisten och ser om vi kan bryta ett ben eller 2🤷🏼‍♀️ #justquitalready #teknikensunderhardrabbatmig #hatartekniksåinnerligt !
Anyone have one of these days. You really should just quit but your screw attitude kicks in😂🤣 #plannergirl #plannerproblems #planner #plannercommunity #plannerobsessed #plannerobsession #holepunchfail #justquitalready #pushthrough
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One Of Retirement. Day 52, August 21. . . . What ever happened to intellectual curiosity and being able to think? I’m a liberal arts and social sciences man myself. A successful student requires a lot of things. First, the kid has to be curious and open to learning. I don’t know whether that is a product of genetics or environment or what. But there is responsibility – maybe the prime responsibility in all of this – on the student herself. Then, it takes committed parents who will prioritize their kid’s education and advocate for them. Who will read to the kid when they are little, who will help them think for themselves, who will watch out for them but won’t coddle them or make excuses. By “advocate” I don’t mean that they will helicopter-parent the situation, or will blame every failing on a flaw in the school system. Those flaws are going to be there, so deal with them. Successful parents will teach their kids how to exploit – in the best sense of the word – the system. And who will teach their kids how to survive and thrive when the system fails. It helps a lot if you are a rich family that can afford different summer camps and tutoring and so on. But that’s not necessary because there are lots of free or low-cost things that can open your kid’s mind. Just to name one: the library is free. One place it does take money is in the funding of the school system itself. It is criminal that the legislators have abrogated their responsibility, from the national to the local level. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #authorsofinstagram #education #school #kidseducation #journaling #journal #dailyjournal #daybyday #lifeisgood #optimist #agingwell #agingredefined #aginggracefully #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #thisamericanlife #americanlife #blog #blogger #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #seattle #secondact #oldhippie
Try throwing the towel in early 🤔Is your mind built on the sand of personality? Then drop it where it stands #herehegoes . Does it bother you to hear quit? To say #quit ? Somethings are worth quitting. What things ? Things your not ready for for-starters Dolphin 🐬 Pose to Baby 👶 Crow. Creating space building strength #ofmind . Building dolphin pose to 5 minutes of holding/doing then we fly #doitright #intime #justquitalready #ishvaripranidhana #dolphinpose #corestrength #mindgone #nomind #noresistance #sinisteryogi #finallyapose #yogastudioowner #comesandgoes #prisonhouse #transitions #mymindwas #द ्वेषसामाजिकप्रसारमाध्यमानि #theshmego #facesoft towel thrown in
Flashback Saturday, 2005. Fuck perspective.. #art #whybother #justquitalready
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One Of Retirement. Day 49, Tues Aug 18: Everything about Bushwick Book Club was beyond great. They are a band. I wanted to pop over to Crossroads to check them out, so we went. I had heard that they write and perform songs inspired by books, so that was intriguing and I want to see if it’s any good. With a conceit like that it could go either way. The show was at 6:30 and we got there about six so we could grab a bite to eat. We ate sandwiches from the Fez truck – falafel for me and lamb for Enid – and then strolled around the farmer’s market in the parking lot for a while, just window-shopping. . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #bushwickbookclub #musicandbooks #justquitalready #babyboomer #bartbecker #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionwriting #thisamericanlife #americanlife #indiemusic #writerscommunity #authorsofinstagram #truestories #dailyjournal #journal #daybyday #oldhippie #oldnotdead #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #silverdisobedience #retire #retired #retiring #retiredlife #blog
I can’t even today. So thankful this stretch is almost over! #forfucksakes #justquitalready
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One Of Retirement. Day 46, August 15. . . . I’m trying to keep my eye on the financial side of retirement here in the first few months but to a certain extent we just have to wait and live with it for a while and see how things go. We need to be on top of things but we have a little flexibility because we are not living paycheck-to-paycheck or anything. In fact, we got a good surprise: I found paperwork from a City of Seattle employees retirement plan that had been sitting there accruing interest since I left there 20 years ago (there are many things less-than-perfect about working for the government, but the benefits package is one of the more-perfect things). It had literally been out of sight, out of mind until I came across last year’s annual account statement that I had filed with a bunch of other papers. I had written “What Is This?” across the top. It’s the equivalent of finding a twenty-dollar bill in a jacket pocket, but more than $20. I had to email them and ask the status of the account. . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #nonfiction #thisamericanlife #americanlife #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionwriting #author #journaling #journal #dailyjournal #justquitalready #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #optimist #lifeisgood #oldhippie #old #money #over50 #over60
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Retirement. Day 45, August 14. . . . Of course this afternoon at 1:30 it started to rain with the first real prolonged downpour in forever. Back in time, 20 years ago my job was spokesperson for the Seattle Water Department so in dry summers I’d be out there on TV reminding folks to be water-wise. It always seemed that as soon as we’d pull the trigger and send out the “save water” news release, it would start to cloud over. Too often for my liking I’d be delivering my “Be Water Smart” message on TV in a light sprinkle, which didn’t exactly help my credibility. But since I don’t have to go on TV and talk about it now, the rain is really refreshing. The Seahawks’ first preseason game is on TV tonight so, as the Nebraska joke goes when late August rolls around: I smell a football. . . . Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #journaling #dailyjournal #selfhelpbooks #selfhelp #selfdevelopment #justquitalready #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #thisamericanlife #americanlife #retirementplan #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #over50 #over60 #optimist #oldhippie #oldnotdead #lifeisbeautiful #football #seattle #kayaking
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One Of Retirement. Day 41, Mon Aug 10: I know that most of what I’m writing about here in this book of days is everyday life – it could happen whether or not I was retired– with a few adjustments to having more personal time. The reality is – spoiler alert, and it pains me to be honest – that’s what most of post-work life amounts to: the same stuff that happened before you retired. It’s not some magical world where everything is suddenly different. That’s Narnia. So much is the same, and yet everything has changed. My point – which I’m struggling to get to – is that however much life routinely trudges on, there is also much retirement-specific business – novel things you never had reason to think about before — that has to be handled. . . . . . Not to put too fine a point on it – and not to spoil the fun for anybody who is looking forward to a hobby as a Social Security buff — but trying to understand Social Security benefits is a nightmare. If you check out the “Social Security for Dummies” book from the library, it is thicker than St. Augustine’s “City of God.” . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #thisamericanlife #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #nonfictionwriting #nonfictionbooks #journaling #dailyjournal #memoir #literaryagent #bookdeal #seattle #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #socialsecurity #retire #retired #retiring #aarp #old #over50 #over60 #optimist #oldnotdead
Just Quit Already: Day by Dat Through Year One Of Retirement. Day 37, Thu Aug 6: Before Elena leaves, I show her how to shake a dead mouse out of a trap and reset the trap with peanut butter. Thank god for rodent invasions, there are still things a Dad can teach to a Daughter. You start out passing along essential life skills when she’s little. How to shoot free throws, put air in the tires, drink milk straight out of the carton, play those “Louie Louie” chords. How to not freak out when the shit gets real in the middle of a storm but, rather, to keep her wits about her and deal with it and leave the breakdown until later when everything else is under control. How to not mistake five bad minutes for a bad day. How to hate Duke basketball and Yankees baseball on general principles. How to say fuck it to the haters and let things bounce off without leaving scar tissue all over your heart and spirit. How to always do your best except for those times when good-enough is good enough. How to write a thank-you note. How to enjoy life, because it’s pretty good all-in-all. How to get knocked down and get back up again. After a while you’re showing her how to build up her credit rating and set a mouse trap. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #thisamericanlife #americanlife #themoth #instastories #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionwriting #memoir #writerscommunity #writersnetwork #selfhelpbooks #blog #blogger #pursuitofhappiness #literaryagent #author #publishers #retire #retiredlife #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #dadlessons #oldhippie #seattle #portland
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 36, August 5. . . . Back home, Enid opens her presents and the big hit is “Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys & Girls,” which she had as a kid but her mom threw out. Enid has lamented the loss from time to time over the years. We found a used copy for sale on Amazon. She spends the rest of the evening leafing through the spiral-bound, Fifties-illustrated book and laughing. So that is a real pleaser. Elena later says that when she told one of her friends the cookbook story – that her parents have been married for a really long time and there was this book her mom loved so her dad scrambled around the internet to find it – the friend replied with a sigh in partly-mock disgust, “Ugh. Happy people.” . . . (Read more at www.bartbecket.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionwriting #nonfictionpublisher #writerscommunity #literaryagent #writing #memoir #journaling #dailyjournal #old #oldhippie #birthdaypresent #over50 #over60 #optimist #optimistic #cookbook #aarp #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #growingold #retirement #thisamericanlife
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 35, Tue Aug 4: A routine day. Is there any other kind? I made fried eggs and tea for breakfast. Enid is out getting her hair done and then lunch with her mom; they are going to Monsoon East, one of our favorite more upscale-ish restaurants here in Old Bellevue. Depending on who is talking it’s called Asian Fusion or Thai cuisine but I’m not sure you would know it was Thai if they didn’t say so. Once when we ate there they served squash soup for an appetizer; when we walked in I didn’t like squash soup, when we left I did. I can literally take two steps off my backyard past an overgrown laurel hedge and be on a trail that connects me with a vast network of greenbelts and paths. Today I hiked southward in the forest down to Forest Drive, only about three miles roundtrip but straight up and down. One of these days I plan to take that trail and then keep going another mile or so along Forest Drive and Lakemont Boulevard over to what we still call “Matthew’s” but what is really now named Town & Country Market. My plan is to buy a backpack-load of groceries and hike back home. I don’t want to give a misimpression, though. While it’s true that I am a few feet from one trail system and only a few blocks from others, and merely a few miles from mountain hikes, it would be wrong to infer that where I live is particularly pedestrian friendly. On the walkability measure, our neighborhood is not remotely within walking distance of any amenity. First, we are at the top of a high hill; it is not flat topography. And we are in an area that’s not urban. Quite the contrary. . . . (Read more at bartbaecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #justquitalready #bartbecker #blog #blogger #babyboomer #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionwriting #literaryagent #lifesworthliving #memoir #journaling #dailyjournal #over50 #oldhippie #over60 #seniorfitness #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #agingbackwards #aginggracefully #optimist #optimistic #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife
Too good not to share 😂 Who’s ready for season 4 of Last Chance U? #GoState #EMAW #KWho #JustQuitAlready #FootballsAlmostHere
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 30, Thu July 30: Routine day. We’re in another hot week of 90 degree days. Hot weather was fun when we were at the cabin and could sit at the beach all day. And then when that got old, paddle out in the kayaks. It’s not quite as charming when we’re just hanging around home. I cooked up cheese omelets with potatoes and onions and we ate breakfast on the back deck at 10. It’s Seafair weekend so we can hear the Blue Angels practicing over Lake Washington but we don’t see them. Enid took Nadia down for a garden run and I took my walk. We ate a salad for lunch (all the veggies from our own garden: lettuce, carrots, kohlrabi, and cucumber). We traded our neighbor Bo a cabbage and some broccoli tops for peaches off of his super-laden tree from down by our plum and apple trees (and our disappointing cherry tree). We have a two-yard fruit orchard there. First all we did with the peaches was peel and eat. Then I had some for dessert, in a bowl with milk poured over. Then Enid made Dutch Babies for breakfast and we just dumped fresh peaches over the top. (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionpublisher #oldhippie #blog #blogger #bartbecker #babyboomer #justquitalready #aarp #aging #agingwell #agingredefined #breakfast #old #over50 #over60 #optimist #optimistic #optimism #thisamericanlife #npr #nprlife #nonfictionwriting #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #seattle
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 29, July 29. Day 29, Wed July 29: One Trick to Make Your Retirement Great: Quit your job in summer. I’m up at 7:15 and it is another sunny day. I definitely recommend retiring when the weather is beautiful so there is no doubt you made a good choice, instead of winter when you would spend that first month in cold and dark wondering what have you done. In fact, summertime scheduling is a good plan for any major life change. I moved to Seattle in July, 1985, right around this time of the year. Sunny, scorching days just like now. I had quit a job at the Lincoln Journal with no particular prospects here, so I was a man of leisure. I was living in Ballard, which was not like it is now; back then it was the opposite of hip. At night I would go out to the clubs – mainly blues bars at the time. Then in the morning I’d sleep late, get up, run around Green Lake, sit around and watch the other runners, go home and clean up. Rinse, repeat. Man, I thought, this is the life. (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #thisamericanlife #downshifting #aginglikefinewine #aginggracefully #blog #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #npr #nonfictionwriting #nonfictionbooks #over60 #over50 #optimist #optimistic #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #seattle #seniorliving #agingredefined #positiveaging #retiredlife #summerfun #writerscommunity #aarp #justquitalready #socialsecurity
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 18, Sat July 18: After my last day at work 19 days ago they routinely deactivated my email account (along with all kinds of other access on a long checklist) and just left an out-of-office message for people trying to reach me. Then today, a couple of weeks into retirement, it finally occurred to me to delete my dead work email account from my phone. This could possibly have been a significant symbolic milestone of separation. In theory, it would not be unlikely that I could have an emotional reaction, both from throwing off the chains of the 24-7 work email and, on the other side of the equation, from cutting the cord to that remaining lifeline of communication with my former identity. It’s natural that a big change like retirement would have a person thinking more deeply about every aspect of life and searching for meaning in the inconsequential. For me, though, that requires a little more introspection than I need to survive on. It’s one thing to lead the examined life, and another to be self-absorbed. The latter is a slippery slope with some dangerous tiger pits: narcissism and martyr complexes, to name two. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #ageisjustanumber #babyboomer #bartbecker #blogger #blog #optimistic #optimist #optimism #over60 #old #over50 #ownyourage #retire #retired #retirehappy #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #justquitalready #earlyretirement #seattle #downshifting #nonfiction #publishers #bookdeal
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 17, Fri July 17: How To Read This Book. Everybody will have their own reasons for reading a book like this and their expectations and goals for what they get out of it. Some will simply be looking for light entertainment, or possibly great literature. Some are just in it for the sex. Others, I imagine, will hope for a How-To blueprint for retirement. Working gives a lot to your life. When you deactivate, you have to figure out ways to replace the parts of it that matter to you: paycheck, work-family relationships, and a regular routine that organizes your life. My own aim for retirement is to be healthy (very), wealthy (relatively) and happy (at all times, in all ways). If I were to give a few dicta (for retirement, but also for life in general) they would include: 1) Don’t Follow Leaders (except for me, of course). 2) Be Yourself (unless you are a real asshole). Be real. In retirement you no longer have to wear that mask and costume you wore for work all those years. (If that docile middle-of-the-roader was the real you all that time, then that would be super-weird but I have to also commend you, let’s hear it for transparency and continuity.) So, while I’m recounting the things that come up in my first year off the clock – one guy walk through . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #optimistic #optimism #seniormoment #seniorlifestyle #seniorliving #agingredefined #aginggracefully #ageisjustanumber #aging #agingwell #blog #blogger #nonfiction #literaryagent #memoir #howto #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #over60 #over50 #gettingold #grandpa
Night shift is lame...working is lame. We should all just get to spend all our time with the people we love and go on adventures we'll never forget. Thank god for Facebook video 🙌🏼🙌🏼 #comehome #leftthismorning #misshimalready #nightshift #videomessage #facetime #treeline #servicerig #love #betterhalf #safetyfirst #justquitalready #letsgoonanadventure
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 15, Wed July 15: I am barely two weeks into retirement and today I have temporarily lost track of what day it is. So that’s a good sign. It is not hard to figure it out in about 10 seconds, of course, but I did not know. Drink coffee. Read paper. Change out cat litter boxes. Pick up piles of brush around the yard and drag up to brush pile. Take photos of flowers in yard. Check Facebook (that’s what old people do, right?). Check the delivery status of a cluster-headache medication prescription I ordered (I’ve been having headache episodes since last Saturday). Delete a few emails. Eat leftover lasagna for lunch. Capture wounded mouse on the basement stairs, put in plastic bag and take up to garbage can. . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #bartbecker #blog #blogger #justquitalready #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #over50 #over60 #aging #agingwell #age #seattle #old #retiring #retiringsoon #nonfiction
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 14, Tue July 14: Got up, puttered around. I think about getting my chainsaw serviced, buying a new wheelbarrow tire online and replacing the rubber treads on the stairs down from the workshop to the house. Instead of any of that, I spent a few hours decluttering my computer files: moving docs from place to place, deleting copies of jpgs. I started to try to figure out how to get some music from cassette tapes to digital format; I’ve got some tapes of bands I played in 35 years ago. (It will take multiple failed efforts and a couple of years, but I will eventually get this stuff successfully transferred. I buy a cheaply-made little gizmo online called an Ezcap that is the size of an old-fashioned Walkman; it lets you load a tape and a thumb drive and make the tape into digital. It seems like such a crummy piece of equipment that it can’t possibly work. But it does. Then I videos using Windows Movie Maker, using the audio and a bunch of still pictures of the bands and posters and so forth. Then I post the videos to You Tube. You can go on You Tube and search “Bart Becker” or “Pinky Black & the Excessives” or “South Street Shakers” and get a peep at what I was up to when I was around 30 years old.) There is nothing like a productive morning when the 10am sunlight is filtering through the trees and all of the doors are thrown open to make you feel like life’s worth living. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com & Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #aarp #seniormoment #over50 #ageisjustanumber #secondact #retired #retire #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #over50 #over60 #ownyourage #nonfiction #literaryagent #bartbecker #justquitalready #agingredefined #blog #blogger #seattle #aging #agingwell #aginggracefully
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 13, Mon July 13: Talking about money – like sex, religion or politics – is vulgar and private. I’ll get around to sex, religion and politics in a while. An important retirement check-mark (though not the only one, by any means) is having your finances squared away – at least to the point that short-money isn’t a constant worry in your life. You’ve got to talk about it, at least with yourself, with your partner if you’ve got one, and with anybody else who is in the game with you on your team. The whole notion of retirement finances is a stressor, right? Eek, to put it mildly. But if you don’t deal with it going in, it will be a relentless affliction. Everybody’s situation is unique, so each person has to do their own version of what I did. So let me just say this: as usual, since this is Monday, I’m paying bills and planning to run errands. In with the bills is an envelope with my last paycheck from Bellevue College, mailed to me instead of automatic deposited, for some reason. So here it is, I will not see another paycheck. I know that much of what I’ve been writing about so far in this journal – lawn-mowing and drawer-organizing and walk-taking — is in one way kind of superficial and trivial, yet in another way very important to convey the downshifting that takes place when you bow out. These are the small things that will actually take up a lot of your time. Of course, whether I organize a drawer or not has very little bearing on whether I will have a happy 30 years of retirement. Being not-broke will. That’s why it’s important to deal with the more serious category when you separate from your job: the financial plan and medical coverage, and the incomprehensible stress-making nightmare that is Social Security. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com & Facebook Bart Becker Projects. ) #oldandintheway #aarp #seattle #babyboomer #bartbecker #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #retirementgoals #retirementlife #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #justquitalready #old #secondact #seniormoment #silverdisobedience
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 11, Sat July 11. Plum juice! I know, not as exciting as Mouse In The House! from a few days ago but it is today’s project. We have a backyard plum tree that every year looks pretty from the kitchen window when it is in blossom and produces a huge crop of purple plums that mostly go unused. When they are ripe we pick a few and eat them, but they are almost too juicy to be pleasant. Most of them fall to the ground and the deer wander into the yard for their own Plumfest. We also have a couple of fruit-bearing apple trees farther down the yard near the garden. Some of the apples taste OK but they can be kind of tart and most years they are kind of pithy. Maybe they don’t get enough water down there; it’s true that we count on them to be kind of self-sufficient which is probably not the perfect fruit-orchard policy. This year, though, we’ve got a Strategic Plum Plan. We will harvest them and make juice. A lot of philosophies that I believe in and try to practice roll into this: live lightly; refuse, reuse, recycle; go off the grid; self-sufficiency; eat healthy. For decades I have enjoyed gardening (though Enid is the main gardener around here now) and eating what I grow, but another one of my philosophies is to not labor too hard at it – I want the plants to do most of the work with just a little assist from me . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #howtoretire #oldandintheway #aarp #seattle #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementplan #retirementgoals #babyboomer #bartbecker #justquitalready #oldandintheway #aarp #old #aging #aging #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #over70 #gettingold #secondact #seattle #seniormoment
Just Quit Already: Day-By-Dat Through Year One of Retirement. Day 10, Fri July 10: One thing that is emphasized in all the books and blogs and advice about retirement – after the admonition to have your money lined up — is that creating a social network is important. Don’t forget to do things, they say. Preferably in groups. Personally I can’t think of anything more hideous than doing things in groups. But even I get the bigger message about not becoming isolated. That can’t be healthy, even for happy well-adjusted loners. Once that daily interaction with your work-family is gone it’s too easy to just stay in the house, pull the shades, and ignore that ringing phone. It can’t end well. I wouldn’t self-identify as anti-social or an introvert or a misanthrope (true, there are people I don’t want to be around but that’s for the factual reason that they are assholes) and I like to have fun. But, my family will readily tell you, I am also happy to skip a party, a reception, a gathering. Like anybody, I’m anxious that I not reveal my hidden motivations for this. Especially since they are also hidden from me. And, still, as Fay Wolf writes, countering my instincts, “You know who’re cool and great? Other human beings.” So, anyway, tonight we are walking up to the neighborhood Friday Night Potluck at the playfield just a few blocks from our house. . . (Read the rest of this entey, and this whole project, at bartbecker.com & on Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #justquitalready #babyboomer #bartbecker #retiredyoung #grandpa #seniormoments #seniormoment #retire #retired #retirement #retirementplan #retiredlife #retirementgoals #retirementlife #aging #agingwell #aarp #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #secondact #seattle #ownyourage #earlyretirement #silverdisobedience #oldandintheway #howtoretire
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 9, Thu July 9: Mouse in the house! You don’t have to be retired to have domestic rodentia, but this is my reality. A couple of nights ago Nadia chased, played with, and tormented a little mouse that got into the basement hallway. Elena freaked out and I wasn’t too happy with the development myself. I’m the kind of person who will trap spiders and set them loose outside but this situation calls for a less kind-and-gentle remedy. . . (Read more of this entry, and the whole project, at bartbecker.com and on Facebook at Bart Becker Projects. #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #aarp #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #gettingold #seniormoment #secondact #secondact #seattle #seniorlife #seniormoments #over50 #over60 #over70 #ownyourage #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retirementliving #retirementlifestyle #earlyretirement #seattle
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 8, Wed July 8: There are different ways of being well-off, right? You can have a lot of money. Or you can feel good about yourself. Not mutually exclusive, of course. For the past few years – ever since I got serious about retiring – I’ve been reading the books and articles about how to do it right. I’m not putting any pressure on myself, but I’d rather succeed than fail. A Forbes listicle on Facebook said these are the factors for a happy retirement. For the moment, we’ll assume Forbes is on top of things. I just started retirement, but let’s see how I’m doing: 1. See your children or grandchildren. I talk, text or message with my college-age daughter regularly, and see her often. Since I both like her and love her, it’s true that this gives me great joy and will continue to add meaning to my life. The bigger point here, of course, is that family connections, communication and social involvement are all healthy. My own family – my brother and sisters – gets along fine but we’re scattered and we have our own lives so we don’t get together too often. We’re not one of those families that talks every day. Or every month. . . (Read more of this entry, and the whole project, at www.bartbecker.com and like the Bart Becker Projects page on Facebook. #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retirementgoals #retirementlife #retiredlife #aarp #old #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #gettingold #seniorlife #seniormoment #ownyourage #secondact #earlyretirement #seattle
Just Quit Already! Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 7, Tue July 7: I mowed the back yard slope. It may not seem like much but it’s a workout for me; 45 minutes of dragging the mower up and down the hill and I’m sweating at the end. The yard tractor failed to start a few months ago and I haven’t had the repair guy out yet. I will have to push the tractor from my lower yard up the hill to the driveway where he can get at it, so that’s not top priority right now. I mowed the whole shebang a month ago with the electric mower (and twice on the lawn right near the house) and now it’s a nature meadow out there. Since it is super dry, the lawn itself has gone dormant, but I still feel like I should give the rest of it a trim, if only to beat down the dandelions. We live on an acre and, while a lot of it is covered with trees and native plants – salal and mahonia and ferns — there’s still a lot of lawn. Last time it took me two separate days of a few hours each to git ‘er done. I also plug together two 50-foot extension cords and get my electric weed whacker to the farthest corners of the yard to take down the rough out there. . . (Read the rest of this entry, and the whole project, at www.bartbecker.com and on Facebook, Bart Becker Projects.). #retire #secondact #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #aarp #old #babyboomer #bartbecker #over50 #over60 #justquitalready #secondact #secondact #seniorlife #seniormoment #seattle
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. . . . Around noonish, Elena and I went over to Lewis Creek Park. It’s a mile as the crow flies and four as we drive it. She ran a couple of miles hard and I walked two, hard, around the perimeter and through the cat tail swamps on the boardwalk. Then we drove the few blocks down the street to the Cougar Mountain Red Town Trailhead near our house and hiked four miles with plenty of elevation climb, about an hour-and-a-half all told. It was really a wonderful ramble through a beautiful forest, and a real good workout for me. It’s coolish and overcast. I’m wearing cargo shorts and a black Wailers T-shirt. We took a backpack with some nectarines and Kind Bars and trail mix and water and sat on boulders for a snack break at the point where we turned around and started back down. . . (Read the rest of this entry, and the while project, at www.bartbecker.com and like the Facebook page at Bart Becker Projects. #secondact #justquitalready #bartbecker #retire #retired #retirementplan #retiredlife #retirement #retirementgoals #retirementlife #ageisjustanumber #age #agingwell #over50 #over60 #aarp ##seniorlife #seniormoment #seattle #silverdisobedience #babyboomer
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 5, Sun July 5: Simple things, am I right? We get up and skim both Sunday papers, Seattle Times and New York Times, dawdling over breakfast I made of fried up onions and potatoes and turkey sausage and eggs. I like to read the actual paper, not the online. Remember a few years ago when everybody was getting a Kindle and “Books Are Dead” was happening? That played out pretty quick, almost faster than when I-Pods bloomed and died. I skipped Kindles the same way I avoided the whole I-Pod Era. Procrastination, mainly, I just never got around to it. I never felt any big empty space in my life because of it. And somehow, ironically, Kindles and I-Pods are now looking even more obsolete than me. . . (Read this entire entry, and the whole project, at www.bartbecker.com and like my Facebook page at Bart Becker Projects. #secondact #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #babyboomer #bartbecker #justquitalready #over50 #over60 #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #old #seattle #silverdisobedience #retirementgoals #seniorlife #seniormoment
Just Quit Already! Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 4, Sat July 4: I put on an album (when I say “album” or “record” I mean CD; I missed the whole I-Pod era and digital and I-Tunes is way too much hassle – I have zero music on my phone, and almost none on my computer) of miscellaneous Nigerian Afro-Beat from the 70s –it was either that or John Phillip Sousa, right? — made a big breakfast fruit salad, drank a couple of cups of coffee, checked off a few little house chores, and we drove 20 minutes across town to Marymoor Park for our walk. . . (Read the rest of this entry, and the entire project, at www.bartbecker.com and also check out the Facebook page Bart Becker Projects. #justquitalready #bartbecker #retired #retire #retirement #retirementplan #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #aarp #old #secondact #silverdisobedience ##seniormoment #seniormoments #retiredlife #babyboomer
Just Quit Already! Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 3, Fri July 3: Oy! It’s hot in here! “Hot in hurr,” Nelly would say. I was already sweating at 9:30 in the morning. Everybody’s talking about how un-Seattle-like it is. Crazy thing, lots of past Fourth of July parties we’ve had to pull on parkas while eating our popsicles. The three-day holiday weekend starts today, which for me kicks off a three-thousand-day permanent vacation. For now, though, it’s 4 in the afternoon so Enid and I will take a walk and I’ll try to time things out so that I’m on the couch in a couple of hours to watch a couple of games. As it will turn out: Sounders Win! Mariners Win! (Read this whole project at www.bartbecker.com and check my Bart Becker Projects page on Facebook. #secondact #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retiredlife #retirementlife #old #ageisjustanumber #age #aarp #secondact #seniorlife #seniormoment #seniorlife #over50 #over60 #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #seattle
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 2, Thu July 2: Got up, puttered around listening to David Lindley’s “El Rayo X” CD, half-organized my various passwords for my online stuff, half-organized my Favorites. Along the same lines, one of these days I intend to clean up the junk drawer and straighten out the hand tools in my toolbox. “One of These Days” would be a good retirement motto. Instead, I took a nap. . . (Read this entire entry, and the whole project, at bartbecker.com, and like Bart Becker Projects on Facebook.). #justquitalready #aarp #gettingold #old #seniormoments #over50 #over60 #ageisjustanumber #ownyourage #agingwell #babyboomer #secondact #retire #retired #retirement #retirementlife #earlyretirement #retiredlife #seniorliving #aging #aginggracefully #bartbecker #seattle
Just Quit Already! Day-by-day through Year One of retirement. July Day 1, Wed July 1: Changed out the kitty litter, tied up some sprawling tomato plants with green twine, and went swimming for a couple of hours at our neighborhood pool a few blocks from home. I am digging this retirement gig. (Read this whole project over at bartbecker.com.) #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #secondact #ageisjustanumber #age #seniorlife #seniormoment #seattle #justquitalready #bartbecker #retirementgoals #retirementplan
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day Minus-1, Tue June 30: I sit down to pay the bills with a cup of Borneo coffee from a Sarawak roaster, brought home as a gift by Elena in her luggage. Excepting a few things that are on automatic-withdrawal payment, I still write checks and mail them in. It works for me. As the bills arrive in the mail I stash them in the same black fabric attaché bag I toted to work for 20 years. I’ve habitually been paying the bills every Monday since forever and see no reason to stop this routine now (I know that today is Tuesday, but yesterday was special, with Elena’s homecoming). One of my retirement to-dos is to audit all of our regular bills, over time, and see where we can economize . . . (Read the rest of this post, and the whole project, at bartbecker.com) #retired #retirement #retiredlife #justquitalready #age #aarp #bartbecker #seattle #seniormoment #ageisjustanumber #secondact #retire
Just Quit Already: (Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement). Day Minus -2, Mon June 29: Elena is home from Borneo so we spend all day catching up on details of life in Kuching and Sarawak and everything I didn’t know about that. In other words, everything. (Read this entire project over at bartbecker.com). #retired #retirement #age #aging #agingwell #old #seniormoment #over50 #over60 #bartbecker #silverdisobedience #justquitalready #bestretirement #howtoretire #aarp #seniorliving #seattle
Just Quit Already! (Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement). Read more of today’s post, and see the entire project, at bartbecker.com. Day Minus-3, Sun June 28: A regular old Sunday morning: coffee, two Sunday papers, a sprinkling of raspberries from the garden for raspberry pancakes that we take onto the back deck to eat. Carlene Carter’s “Little Love Letters” on the box. I’m reading two bedside books simultaneously and they turn out to be basically the same book by different authors: “Your Band Stinks” and “No Hit Wonder.” The plot of both: guys form high-school or college bands, never get famous, are still touring in a van at age 40-something. In both of these cases they seem more pathetic than noble (they were always grabbing for the wrong brass ring . . . #justquitalready #aarp #gettingold #old #seniormoment #over50 #over60 #ageisjustanumber #aging #agingwell #babyboomer #boomerlife #secondacts #bartbecker #secondacts #retirement #retired #retirementlife #seniorlife #silverdisobedience
Just Quit, Already! Day-by-Day through Year One of Retirement Prologue My Retirement Goals: 1. Simplify 2. Take Control 3. Get a Deeper Connection Day Minus-4, Sat June 27, 2015: Is it too neurotic – or just healthily neurotic enough — to start keeping this retirement journal four days before I’m even really officially retired? Today I popped awake right on schedule at 6:15, as usual, as I’ve been doing for 40-some years, and then got all decadent and slept back in until 7:30. This is not even my real First Day of Retirement; I’m on the books at work through next Tuesday, June 30, then I’m lost history as of July 1. But starting today I will never step into the office again. As of five o’clock yesterday I now share something in common with President Obama and Beast Mode: He Gone. Read more of this day’s entry, and see the whole project at www.bartbecker.com. #justquitalready #bartbecker #aarp #gettingold #old #seniormoments #over50 #over60 #over70 #ageisjustanumber #ownyourage #aging #agingwell #babyboomer #boomerlife #secondacts retirement #retired #retiredlife #seniorlife #silverdisobedience
😊 it’s easier than you think.
They didn’t want to fight him because of his wrestling, so he showed his his striking, 41 sec later @whtjc aka ‘sugafoot’ walks away with that TKO victory! I have been telling @antonioxko and @xtremeknockout this kid ain’t no everyday Thundercat, he’s the Future! I’ve got the hardest working athletes in the game and they winning because of that work ethic, a lot of people come to the table to eat but only the real ones can handle the soup lol. #usvsyou #justquitalready #blameitonme #coachablefighterswin #winnerswin #winningmentality #becarefulwhatyouaskfor #xko #mma #bellator #ufc #doyouevenwrestle #sugafoot #boxing #wegrinddifferent
Here’s to Tim, the grim reaper with the megaphone telling you that you are too slow and too weak to finish. We all look forward to your motivating speeches during tryouts. Happy birthday @segurtj @skooliesquad best line of tryouts; “Good news is we lowered our shooting standards so things are looking up for you” #bluelinefit #savage #sheepdogs #swat #loud #bluelinebeasts #marines #thinblueline #police #pewpewlife #calmbeforethestorm #veteranownedandoperated #justquitalready #tooslow #fatbody
Huh? Yes. You read that right. It’s ok to quit thinking about the thing from every single angle and just DO IT! The time I used to spend thinking about my workout, stressing about my workout, driving to and from and doing my workout. Probably hours. My actual workout - not that long. The research, planning, meal prepping, stressing, failing, beating myself up, and trying again with my diet. I hate to admit that’s probably been YEARS of my life. Years I’ve wasted making it a deal. It’s ok to quit the things that aren’t good for you. Doing things to please others instead of making myself happy? That’s been a lifetime commitment. So, I quit. Done. I had to quit to make room in my life to enjoy it. And even after I quit. I’d still try to go back on a part-time basis. How lame is that!!! So...quit the stuff that’s robbing you of joy. Do the stuff that makes you a healthier, balanced, compassionate, thankful, kind human. And do that like your life depends on it. Because, guess what? It does! #tuesdaymotivation 🔥#justquitalready #behappy 🌈#choosejoy 🦋 #givejoy 🌸#makesomeoneslifebettertoday 🌞 ...
When your hooman has to work and you’re just waiting for them to play with you all day #justquitalready #JKdontquit 👀
Progress update: 50 days and not one cigarette. This is not an easy feat and I’m the first to admit that the struggle bus is a serious ride with this addiction. But, I wanted to show y’all that IT CAN BE DONE. Plus I have more money and do weird things like running for fun now so there’s that too #lifeofanonsmoker #justquitalready
This. On ☝ #justquitalready
I’m gonna say it cos I feel no one else will... this album is TERRIBLE.. abosulty terrible. The reunion shows were bad enough (I went to both London dates) so bad In fact that both dates were sold out and after the terrible performance of the first night people didn’t even show up for the second date and those who did walked out half way through... It went from close to cap to about 20/30 people by the end. AN even got all hissy and cut the set short and stormed off. Now back to this album... this is no where near AN to me.. the vocals are terrible Wes can’t scream Anymore and the structure of the songs is a LONG WAY away from the hard fast layered no fucks given of albums past. The most disappointing is the production is really bad.. it sounds like it’s been recorded in a tin shack.. and feels like a demo. The instruments (especially the drums) are pushed back in-favour of the vocals. Remember the old albums when the drums were so prominent and the dual guitars just went off!! This sounds like a Bronx album or Even a poor Nerve Agents. This album doesn’t even have a descent bridge or build up.. let alone any 2 step parts or even break downs.. it’s just a half hearted album that feels like they are just trying to capitalise again on the past legacy of the band. if you think I’m off then listen to Sore throat Theory, Hearts, Farewell, and Love American and then Liaten to this whole new album and you’ll see how bad it really is.. it’s a dying shame. They should have let sleeping dogs lay. I miss the old American Night/Give up the ghost. #americannightmare #giveuptheghost #an #hardcore #boston #am /pm #straightedge #justquitalready
Let’s see what all the kerfuffle is about #trump #loser #fireandfury #justquitalready
When you're shit so your arm hits the bar #justquitalready #getgood #ccbc
nooooooooooooooooooooo. there goes the neighborhood 🤖🤖🤖#justquitalready #robotcigs
You know you're tired when you try to swipe your badge to start your car. #goodgrief #seriously #sotired #justquitalready #friday #surgicaltechnologist
You’re talking about your impeachment right? #lol #trumpism #itsgonnabeyuge #babyinthebighouse #ewww #justquitalready #🤢😷 #impeachtrumpnow #goawayyouorange
😩😒 Let's see if she shows up for her shift today #justquitalready #moreahinderancethanahelp
Have no respect for Fakea$$ people. #justquitalready #noonewantsyouhere #satan
Best stop sign 🛑 I’ve seen in my life hahaha #stoptrump #donaldtrump #badpresident #justquitalready #stop #stopsign
Slow mo of probably the worst golf swing imaginable. This one remarkably went down the middle#shitgolfer #golfswings #justquitalready
NOT a Hillary fan AT ALL. I still stand by the fact that she is one of the most corrupt politicians in recent history and a terrible example for girls to follow or be inspired by. But I came across this book and thought I'd have a listen. Besides, after a very long day, every man deserves some comic relief and some tips on how to still attempt to remain relevant without taking any responsibility for your own failures. This "deplorable" man finds it hilarious and she's gone to great extents to prove what most of us thought to be correct: she needs prayer and she needs help. Best tip to continue failing: NEVER TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. Because if you don't take responsibility, you wouldn't ever see what needs to change. Thank you, @hillaryclinton and since politics has been a disaster for you, you may have a promising career replacing #Siri but then again given your track record, I'm not too sure if giving directions would be an advisable option. • • • • • #whathappened #hillaryclinton #pray4hillary #prayforhillary #fail #majorfail #quitwhileyouareahead #justquitalready #MAGA #notrelevant #dilusional #mistaken #needshelp #books #badbooks #bookclub #badexample #politics #notafan #girlsneedrealheroes #notahero #conservative #makeamericagreatagain #crookedhillary
First week back from the summer holidays can't be easy 😂😂😂 poor miss 😂😢🤷🏿‍♂️👀#youeitherlaughorcry #backtoschool #schoolsin #teachersbelike #justquitalready
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