There is one huge problem with early retirement and it is this:
I never know what day it is.
I’m absent minded to begin with:
Where is my wallet?
Where are the *&^%ing car keys?
But most of the time when I was working, I knew what day it was. However, even then, I never really knew the date except around a holiday:
The 4th of July was yesterday, so it’s the 5th!
However, the holiday soon fades away and then I find myself confused again.
But now the problem is even worse. I don’t know the number or the day. Today could be a Tuesday or Thursday or a Sunday. The problem is at its peak in the summertime when the girls are out of school. At least when they’re in school, I know if it’s a weekday or weekend.
To add to the confusion, weekdays are the new weekends. Weekdays are better!
- Saturday at 10am in the Home Depot garden section sucks. On Tuesday morning, no lines!
- There are loads of people at the gym on weekends. On a weekday morning, it’s only seniors playing pickleball.
- Sometimes, I’ll go see a movie at 1pm on a Wednesday. There are usually like 3 other people in there. No obnoxious adults or chatty kids, just some random seniors (this is what they do after pickleball).
To help with the situation, I considered buying one of these clocks:
However, the clock is $30 and I’m a cheapass. But more than that, it’s ugly. I don’t like all of that wood. If someone came up with a modern version, I’d probably jump on it. I’ll probably just make my own with Arduino and LEDs.
What the hell is the point of this post? I don’t know. If you’ve made it this far, I’m sorry. I just wasted 2.4 minutes of your precious day. To make it up, if you come to Boulder County, I’ll buy you a nice beer. Not a Coors, but a good micro. That is the least I can do.
But wait, don’t go away just yet. Have you ever read My Son’s Father? It’s pretty great and Mr. MSF devoted a whole post to me: https://www.mysonsfather.com/mr-1500-visits-the-fi-laboratory/
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