IN MY OPINION
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"Year of the Dog"
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4 January 2007
It's difficult for someone who has spent 40 years or more avoiding doing housework to come up with the kind of "honey-do" list that people are joking about my making.
As of today, Walt is without work. His last day of work was yesterday. He is now a retired man, after nearly 50 years as a federal government employee.
Why am I reminded of the scene in Marty where he's speaking with is friend, Angie:
Why do I get the feeling that this is going to be us over the next few months as we settle into this new chapter of our lives?
I should sound more enthusiastic about this, I guess, but since we've never really discussed his retirement in any depth, since Walt seemed so conflicted about it, I truly do not know what our life is going to be. I only know that MY life, without any input from me whatsoever, has changed 180° today.
No more deciding in the middle of the day to sit down and watch a video. Now I'll feel guilty if I do. No more eating everything in sight...someone will see me. Giving Walt a "honey-do" list means that I should have my own list of things to do. No more of this laissez-faire housekeeping, making pets of the dust bunnies, and experimenting with mold in the fridge. It's like suddenly being caught with my hand in the cookie jar and trying to come up with a good explanation.
I have to admit I'm finding it difficult to find a "positive" in all of this, but I'm sure there is one. Since we have never discussed it, the only things I have been able to think of are the negatives for me, so I'm trying very hard to think positively. But it's difficult.
We did not, however, have to address it immediately. Our friend "Lemrel" flew in for a couple of days. She visited here in May of last year and this visit was to be the same thing. She is here mainly to attend a meeting in Sacramento, so she flies into Sacramento (so she can leave right after the meeting), but she has a son in San Francisco (80 miles away) whom she wants to visit and I'm a handy chauffeur, and so when the newly retired Walt returned from his last day at work, Lemrel was here to greet him.
I had picked her up at the Sacramento airport and we went directly to the Indian casino about 25 minutes north of the airport. We had lunch at the buffet there, good food but not as outstanding as I remember from our time there in May (but in May we went on a weekend, and apparently "all you can eat crab" is a feature of weekends).
Lemrel trotted off into the casino and I went off in search of a supermarket to buy something for a celebratory retirement dinner for Walt (though I was so stuffed from lunch that the mere act of walking into a supermarket filled with food was enough to make me wonder if I could make it through without needing a vomitorium!)
When I finished buying groceries, I went back to the casino and just parked off in a far corner with my little video iPod watching an old Alfred Hitchcock Presents that I downloaded from iTunes, and some video blogs I'd added to the new toy. I felt so trendy! The Security guys came by twice to find out if I was OK, since apparently parking in the far corner of the parking lot to watch videos is not what most people do at the casino!
We were home before
Walt and then took him out to dinner to celebrate. Tomorrow I'm taking
Lemrel to San Francisco and so Walt's first "honey-do" thing is to feed the
puppies while I'm away.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
While Lemrel was in the casino at the back,
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