“Write a blog they said, it will be fun, it will be easy….” however, I’ve managed to procrastinate so long that you’d have to think that I’m a Libra (which I am SO not) and I’m simply out of time to share any more background material right now. We have to get this baby rolling since we left today on OurRVenture! I’m thinking we’ll try to do some flashbacks on other fun stuff that we encountered between FLA and now, and haven’t covered yet, as we go along. Please remember to remind me later, for I tend to forget A LOT of things!
Well, it’s official, Dan’s now retired. He’s been home for a week and almost lost his life only once, so far (but it’s still early)! Just because we weren’t feeling challenged enough with everything going on, we made a rather hasty decision to just throw our house up on the market to see if it might be appealing to anyone (besides us) once we get back from our trip. So on top of everything else, we’ve been “making ready” to show the house while we are away. This is surely to be further complicated because we’ve promised a couple of folks that they could “visit” the house while we’re traveling. Fun times to be sure.
Last week was Retirement Party Central for us. A very nice party with co-workers and business associates one evening, another, more rowdy, with his motorcycle riding buddies the next night, followed by a great time with friends from our favorite local hangout on the third night. Lucky for me, I was the designated driver for all three events; so my next-day perspective was much, much brighter and much less painful than Dan’s was. I have to give credit where it’s due – he’s a trooper, all the way – he even survived the MC’s clubs attempts to leave him bed-bound for days! To all them, I say: “He came, he saw and he conquered!
As if there wasn’t enough to drink at these events, everyone was so very kind to ensure that our RV liquor cabinet fully stocked as we headed out on trip. Kudos also to our neighbors, who gifted us with a movie night gift bag, staring the movie RV(what a perfect movie choice) along with movie-sized popcorn and candy treats! Some of our other great friends, who are already “living the dream” also came up with the OH-SO VERY practical gift of a fuel card for the trip! Everyone has been amazing and we love and will miss you all.
Last Monday was our first trial day of me actually working while Dan “retired” around the place. I noticed early in the day that he seemingly was lacking focus, so I thought I’d was being “helpful” by texting him the list of stuff that we needed to get done before we leave to “help him” get motivated for the day. HUGE FAIL on my part! Apparently these “pesky and now cranky” recently-retired folks do not feel that any motivation or reminders are necessary for how THEY choose to spend their days in retirement. So I relented and went back to my office to work while he decided how his day would be spent. Later that afternoon, I was greeted with a public service announcement “shout-out” (from downstairs) advising me that “it’s 5 o’clock in the Bahamas!” The true secret to a long and happy marriage is the ability to ALWAYS rally for happy hour!
For the last three weeks, I have been waking up in the middle of the night with thoughts of what else I do or don’t need and wondering if that thing that woke me up is already on the list or if it needs to be added. It could be that my constant state of “needing a nap” during the day that was reeking havoc on my ability to actually pack real things into the coach for the trip.
Our neighbors held a wonderful send-off dinner and fire pit party for us on Friday night and somehow convinced an old golfing buddy of Dan’s who now lives in Ohio to make the quick 8 hours drive down for dinner! What a great surprise for us to see him again and what a trooper he is for being willing to humor us! Did I mention what an amazing group of friends and neighbors we are SO lucky to have?
This morning, we finally had everything loaded and hitched “Toad” to the back bumper of the coach and we waived good-bye to our neighbors, who oh-so graciously allowed us to keep the coach at their business near our house for the last six weeks. We are so grateful for all the kindness of everyone as we embark on OurRVenture!
We are both looking forward to hopefully sleeping all night now that we’re here, in Marion, NC at the American Coach Association ACA National Spring Rally. Yes, I do realize that it wasn’t really a “big drive”; but we’re on the road, none the less! The speculation here is that the severe weather will hit between midnight and 4am tonight, so everyone here is battened down and ready to take on what’s left of the storm that ravaged Arkansas last night.
Editor’s note: This is Dan now. I wasn’t cranky, I was merely trying to set the expectations for life as it’s gonna be for a retired person! But that didn’t work for long…between the setting up the house for viewing, preparing and loading the RV, and partying ’til the wee hours of the morning with an abundance of food, alcohol, and laughter, it’s been pretty tough on the newly retired guy’s time and energy levels. I think it’s going to be a couple of weeks before I’m fully recovered.
The coach did well on the short hop to Marion, NC. I was a bit worried about parking the RV somewhere amidst the other 193 coaches, but we had some good guidance from a couple of guys in a golf cart and viola! we’re parked, got the hookups hooked up, and we’re livin’ the RV life! And then, guess what? That’s right, another party…free beer, wine, and food – just what we need! Looks like I picked a bad day to go on a diet and give up drinking. Maybe tomorrow.