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06.08.2019 (17 Days Ago)

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Oye Como Va
Oye Como Va
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A few weeks ago Fred blogged about his version of “ Afterlife.” The subject fascinated me . And so I’ve decided to put pen to paper and investigate this concept with a deeper dive . Fred , Paul and I have been touching on it superficially over the last few weeks . So here we go . Indulge me if you choose to .

 

 

We are talking about that period from which we retire or in other words quit working for the man so to speak and the final curtain.

 

How do we fill this time and how do we feel about it ? We all venture into this territory in a different way . I’ll be 75 in July . Let me tell you my strategy .

 

My strategy is no strategy . It’s been takin’ care of. I reap what I have sown . It all comes back at you brothers and sisters . The trick is to be at peace when you meet your maker. I’ve met mine once and maybe twice . I’m sure we will meet again.

 

So.... 60 years of hard work . Commitments . Marriages . Fatherhood . College . Military . Deadlines . Physicals . Check rides . Atlantic crossings . Pacific crossings . Over the North Pole . South of the Equator . Time Zones . AFTERLIFE !

 

I have no deadlines . No commitments . No anxiety .No guilt.  My biggest worry is who’s pitching for the Yankees tonight ? Tanaka I think .


Our master bedroom opens to a deck which encroaches the wilderness of a Redwood Forrest . The animals are my roll models . And they know it . We start at 3 AM with roosters . Followed by squirrels. Every bird you can imagine . The Hummers are my favorite . Yesterday a mother Doe and two babies came to say hello . The big dogs didn’t move a muscle . The Incense Cedar  trees and even the giant Poplar are dwarfed by Redwood “ volunteers” whose seeds blew in randomly yesterday and 100 years ago . The wild California Lilac abound . Ceanothus Diane tells me .

 

Oh yeah ..... Diane . Nothing was or is possible without Diane . A southern Minnesota farm girl . Solid  as they ever come . 70 years young and still carrying 50 pound bags of feed to the barn over her shoulder .

 

So yeah .... Afterlife . Head hits the pillow and I’m already asleep. Thinking of nothing. Accumulation of 7 kids and 6 grandkids ? Present and accounted for . Educated . Married . My mind remains a sponge in this thing Fred calls “ Afterlife “ I am blessed but a lesson learned and told . I did it the hard way . I earned it .

 

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  •  Fred wrote 17 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    In this life we (mostly) get what we deserve...
     
       
     
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  •  VincentPetraro wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Awesome, Neil! It has to be more fulfilling because you did earn it! Continue enjoying!!
     
       
     
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  •  MitchTobol wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Oye Como Va...mi ritmo
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    That truly sounds amazing
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 17 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    That truly sounds amazing
     
       
     
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    “I have no deadlines . No commitments . No anxiety...I am blessed but a lesson learned and told. I did it the hard way. I earned it.”

    Amen brother! Love you.
     
       
     
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  •  Liz_Saldana wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Your afterlife sounds like life!
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I look forward to and can only hope for that same feeling when my time comes. Wonderful blog.
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I love this Neil!!!! I want to be like you when I grow up. :)
     
       
     
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  •  NeilHollander wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thanks for the Shout Out Derf !! Nice surprise !!

    Hollander Sends
     
       
     
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  •  Kelly_Welles wrote 16 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Bravo for a life well-lived!!! Sounds like the American Dream to me - post retirement. Folks who master this side of life often say they wonder how they had time to work. Keep that young wife working.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Love this, Neil. It’s beautiful and so are you. You paint pictures with your words - about both your gorgeous surroundings, and the values which shaped your family’s lives. You are truly present, an inspiration. I know I will read this more than once. Love you.
     
       
     
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