New Realities

After a long and interesting life, retirement has opened up new opportunities for me. I’ve long taught students how to do maths, save and invest money and solve typical problems using mathematics/reasoning. Now, it’s paying off, in spades. Today, my stock portfolio in my pension increased in value about as much as my take-home pay in my best year as a teacher…

The mind boggles. Next year, if things continue this way, my annuity will exceed my take home pay for most years of my teaching career. Meanwhile, back in the trenches, I dug a 5 gallon hole for planting a tree. In the heat and humidity and tough clay, this took several goes and a rain storm arrived to prevent the actual planting. TLW buys huge trees. It would be a lot easier to plant a seedling and pull up a lawn-chair to watch it grow.

If I ever had any concept of retirement it was not this, slaving over a shovel in the heat of the day while watching share-prices rise day after day. Do I actually have to die to get my rest?

Whatever. The heat and drought has slowed the advance of the weeds. My orchard is taking shape and I will easily be able to keep up if I can keep a whipper-snipper going and finish planting trees in bulk. I bought a few more hard drives and SD-cards in anticipation to the completion of my IT-renewal. Everything is working except my tired old body, but I still see good things happening daily. Life is good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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3 Responses to New Realities

  1. dougman says:

    “You seem unaware that TLW clutters 2/3 of the garage and I’ve cluttered 1/3 so we’re short of space. ”

    Man owns garage, but parks car outside gotcha. A pole barn/shed is not much expense, hell even a temporary metal shed works wonders.

    “TLW requires holes dug to spec with surgical precision. I kid you not. She measures them…”

    I wonder who wears the pants in your house. Hmmmmmm…..

  2. dougman wrote, “A decent tractor with a post hole digger would have solved that problem for you in under a minute. “

    You seem unaware that TLW clutters 2/3 of the garage and I’ve cluttered 1/3 so we’re short of space. TLW is already annoyed that my tractor and the greenhouse take up space in the yard. Besides, TLW requires holes dug to spec with surgical precision. I kid you not. She measures them… Even if we could rent the equipment her “plan” advances in fits and starts coincident with clearance sales at gardening centres so that would be very expensive (delivery and rental). Life is what it is. No mode of operation is optimal for life-forms designed to maximize entropy.

  3. dougman says:

    For someone that is raking in the dough, sure cannot afford any sort of tractor. Taking days to dig a 5-gallon hole for a tree is not something a pensioner should endure.

    A decent tractor with a post hole digger would have solved that problem for you in under a minute.

    In lieu of that, you could have hired some Muslims to dig all the holes you want, they sure do love digging holes for IED’s.

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