Monday, April 17, 2006


Since we retired in 2001, we have come to view people with whom we interact as falling into two categories. First, are those who are already Retired. If one uses the dictionary resource definition, they are no longer active in a regular workplace. Understand this, these people are plenty active, just not at a defined JOB.

The second category covers just about everyone else we meet. They are Ready to Retire. Understand again that we meet many outstanding entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals who have found their life and/or market niche and are excited, enriched and well compensated while doing what they do best or love. However, if we visit with them for awhile and move the discussion to retirement, nearly all of them will make a wistful reference along the lines of "when I retire and (fill in the blank)". It is usually about spending more time with loved ones. Sometimes it is about travel, playing golf, pursuing hobbies and crafts; but for many of those we often refer to as desk jockeys, it is simply about not having to work at that desk, at that JOB.

To that end, we have created this blog to share everything about retirement from the actual experience to the planning, right down to even the wishful thinking. We will share our experience as well as provide the opportunity for many others to do the same. We will provide access to tips and activities to enhance your current retirement, plan for future retirement and even visualize your retirement.

Join with us as we explore this exciting adventure!

To get the trip started, here is a short piece about a few health tips to help you stay young brought to you by famous baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige.

How to Stay Young
by Leroy R. "Satchel" Paige

In July, 1948, the 42 year old Paige joined the Cleveland Indians to become the first black pitcher in baseball history. He won 2 of his first 3 games by shutouts. He was already a legend before he entered the major leagues. In the 25 years before that, hurling for barn-storming black teams and the National Negro Leagues, he pitched 3,000 games and achieved 300 shutouts and 50 no-hitters. In 1965, Paige pitched for Kansas Ciuty and became the oldest person to appear in a major-league baseball game. He was 59. He had strong ideas about staying youthful and here are some of them:

1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society.........the social ramble ain't restful.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.

1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace. Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" series of books. All rights reserved.

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