What did we want do following our early retirement? I wasn't sure, but I knew I wanted us to do it together.
I began contemplating the possibilities three years ago, when USA Today requested people send in their "second acts." Since people are living longer today-- thirty, forty or more years after retiring-- an opportunity exists to re-invent yourself. Your freedom is returned; it's a once-in-a-lifetime-chance to realize your dream. I submitted ours; much to my surprise, it was one of those selected. One of these days, I thought.
"For our next act." (see #11) http://mediagallery.usatoday.com/S141444
One of these days--is now. Russ retired from Verizon; his last day will be April 4th--four days before my (unspecified th) birthday. We have embarked upon our dream; we have began our exuberant (didn't think I had another e? ;) journey. Russ' Old Radio Repair LLC has now come to fruition; I can't remember when I had so much fun...except when I got chosen for a Wheel of Fortune tryout last spring.
"I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears,
of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse..."
--CHARLOTTE BRONTE, FROM Jane Eyre
Till next time, when in Part II, I'll explain where we hope to go and wish to contribute.
(Part II is now available on Russ' Old Radio Repair website.)