I think I could do it.
I think I could be one of those retirees who spend the winters in Florida and the spring, summer and fall in Canada.
I just got back Wednesday from a week's vacation down south, where I hung out with my father-in-law and his girlfriend. They have a comfortable home in one of the bazillion trailer parks in Florida. They live in New Port Richey, about half an hour north of Tampa. It's a conservative middle-class community with all the comforts of home.
Their trailer has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, living room, sun room and parking for two cars. It doesn't do it justice calling it a trailer. It's a permanent dwelling as large as a small house.
The lifestyle is laid back and, yes, some of the stereotypes are true.
Days start early. I was usually out of bed with a cup of coffee watching Good Morning (more…)
How do we fix the atrocity in Paris?
What do we say to the families of the 12 people who died at the hands of terrorists? And for the 11 others who were wounded?
Staff at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) were gunned down by hooded attackers in Paris. Apparently, the suspected Islamist gunmen were heard in the streets after the attack shouting "We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad."
Avenged the prophet? Taking the lives of people for writing a cartoon. Killing staff at a newspaper because you don't agree with their political satire?
You can be angry, you can be vindictive, but not vengeful.
Charlie Hedbo lives for controversy and to shock. But the satirical magazine mocks other countries, other religions, and other figure heads. Past covers include retired Pope Benedict XVI in amorous embrace with a Vatican guard; and an Orthodox Jew kissing a Nazi soldier.
Time for a retirement update. It will be two years on March 1.
So what have I learned?
I don't like to leave the house on cold days and I don't have to leave the house on cold days.
Newspaper flyers have taken on a prominent role in my life and the mailman's visit has become the highlight of my day.
Travel is everything and my wife Angela and I are really embracing the strategy.
I've started going to the movie theatre again. You know what? There are some great movies out there. The Theory of Everything is my most recent favourite.
Days no longer have a feel. You know how Monday was always a drag, the start of the work week, back to reality after a weekend?
Now it's just day. Wednesday no longer has a hump and Thursday is no longer the day before the day before the weekend.
And weekends are nothing more than days without (more…)