Hello Friends and Family,

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One of my Trivia subscribers has suggested writing about life after HP.  To that end, this will be the first in an irregular series.  If you are not interested, please let me know (my feelings will not be hurt) and I will remove you from the distribution list.  For those who are retired or who would like to be retired, feel free to send questions or offer your contributions which I will also share with everyone.

Initial Thoughts:

Monday was the weirdest day (as I mentioned in Monday’s trivia) because I did not have to get up and go to work.  By lunchtime, that feeling had evaporated and I was beginning to enjoy not being in my cubicle at HP.

There is still structure to my week.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are my workout days although I don’t have to get up quite so early.  There are a number of people I know at my gym because we workout at the same time.  However, now I see them leaving as I am arriving.  I guess I’ll get to know some new folks this way.  I also observed that it is not as crowded later in the morning.

I had intended to make Tuesdays and Thursdays my golf days — driving range or playing — but the weather did not cooperate on Tuesday so I went to the driving range on Wednesday.  How cool!  I now have flexibility that the rigid work week did not allow.

Thursday was beautiful and I took advantage to play golf.  I was paired with another retiree (from Georgia, who had just bought a vacation townhouse here so he and his wife easily visit their daughter who just had their grandchild) and two ladies vacationing from Canada.  He and I were comparing notes on retirement and he observed that “Everyday is Saturday”.  Perhaps not original but it stuck a harmonic cord with what I was feeling.

I had a doctor’s appointment today — refreshing that I didn’t have to rush there and rush back to work.  Arriving in today’s mail were the promised forms from HP documenting the default retirement medical coverage.  Of course, the instructions were incorrect — they said to complete the selection (if you didn’t want the default) then send it in.  But they did not provide a return envelope or even the return address.  I called — which is what you have to do.  For a company as large as HP, having had many people retire over the years (and several of these early retirement programs), this has been the most disorganized mess I’ve ever seen.  Thank goodness for the other HP alumni who have gone through it previously or who are also going through it now — they are the source of your best information.

Final Thought:

For years, I have always looked forward to weekends.  I think I am changing my mind.  I am getting spoiled by uncrowded gyms and stores and roads and golf courses, etc.  Weekends will be just the opposite.  I hope all of you who are still toiling away can discover the joy of that change of mindset soon.

Life is good.

B. David

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