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Retirement’s a bitch

You get up early on a freezing, sunny morning and take off for a run with the temperature hovering around 6c wearing only a singlet and shorts.

It’s slightly foggy along the river track with steam rising off the water so obscuring your view somewhat and then the sweat starts soiling your freshly washed running gear. 

It’s a very calm morning and the river reflection is spoilt by flocks of black swans landing on the water.  You get to the river mouth and cross over to the beach side to find the tide isn’t quite low yet and so you occasionally have to run through soft sand and the shoes get a little damp from the puddles in the sand.

Then, this huge red orb appears over the sand dunes and the sunny reflection off the wet sand and water is blinding.  On top of that, there isn’t a soul on the beach and serious agoraphobia kicks in and you suddenly feel so lonely. 

On the track home, you pass a couple of people who give you a cheery good morning and who you think should be minding their own business.

You get to the back gate sweating, puffing and overheated, and you think, what was the point of all that.

I suppose this retirement will get better in time!


  1. Muppet's Mum
    June 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    So this just proves you’re a grumpy old man then?

    MM – Certainly not! My subtle humour slip by you 🙂

  2. thomashouseman
    June 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Pic’s or it didn’t happen 😛

    Thomas – You don’t think I’d take my camera on a run, do you?

  3. june in florida
    June 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Hey you could always go back to work.lol.

    June – Wash your mouth out!

  4. AZ
    June 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Gosh, so much energy! Why didn’t you tidy up the house instead? 🙂

    AZ – Because our house is always tidy!

  5. Scott from Oregon
    June 17, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Hard tucker I tell ya! Hard tucker!

    Scott – Don’t you mean, “Hard yakka”?

  6. June 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    For some people it may well be that “Retirement’s a bitch”, but we both know that it sure beats having to work for a living.

    Randy – Hear, hear, my good man 🙂

  7. Muppet's Mum
    June 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Your subtle humour didn’t slip by me, I just like to take the opportunity every now and again to call you a grumpy old man 🙂

    MM – How long have we known each other and you don’t let up! Just to prove it, I’M BLOODY WELL NOT A GRUMPY OLD MAN!!!

    Anyway I take offence to the “old”. 🙂

  8. June 19, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Oh your poor old bugger! I feel SO sorry for all those nasty things you have to put up with. I mean, there’s nothing worse than soft sand and damp shoes, and black swans, and cheery morning greetings…. I just don’t know how you stand it, honest.+

    Shammy – Yep, a shocking life and I’m just about to go out and do the same again. Had to wait until late morning to get the temperature up from 1c to a balmy 10c 🙂

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