Revised version appeared in Volume One April 21

  I notice as younger friends get ready to retire, many wonder what they’ll do to keep busy and productive.  I’d offer this day’s journal as an example of how it works; e.g., opportunities to serve will find you!

Morning: I had  good conversations about who should chair county board with a couple folks. There are no perfect candidates, but at least two good ones.  Then I chatted  with an aging advocate at the state level about how to get aging and disability groups working together on common issues.


 Act one:

I was meeting with county IT folks by Webex plus a developer of an inaccessible app that needs to be made accessible for my county board duties. The developer hadn’t used any talking iPhone kinds of devices so I was holding my iPhone up to the camera and tapping on things to show how it worked. Somehow, I triggered 911 without knowing it.  So, I’m blithely continuing the meeting and someone starts to pound on the front door and ring the bell.  I tell my Seeing Eye dog  Calvin who has gone into full bay mode that no, we’ll just ignore the doorbell.  Then the annoying person goes to the back door and starts pounding.  That’s more aggressive than most political candidates or sales people, so I ask the meeting folks pardon to go tell the person at the door to get lost. Calvin is tied to the chair leg so when I get up to go answer the door, he starts to drag the chair toward the door.  I stick my head out and a nice young man says “Eau Claire police” “We got a 911 call from this address.” I apologize profusely and say my cellphone did it and he reassures me that’s more common than you’d think. He wanted to know who I was and seemed to write my name down or check it on a form and we said “bye”.  After my meeting finished, I went into settings on the iPhone and think I managed to turn off what triggered the 911 call. 

Glad I answered the door or I might have had to replace a door if they bust them down.  911 does work in Eau Claire!

Act Two:

Go over to the university for a candidates forum. I’m the last one and there were about twenty folks there when I spoke.  Students’ questions were of the ilk of What is the county’s biggest problem and how will you solve it.  In a different district there was a student running who has a sustainability plan and indicated that he’d liaison with the state on issues and I guess solve things there too.  Good thing I’m unopposed. All I did was talk about little steps and working with others; I don’t have a grand plan.

                I finished the day with a beer and scanning news feeds and Facebook for something funny. I love that in retirement, I can run with a project, binge read a thriller, take time to chat with friends and even fit in a nap sometimes.

                Happy retirement planning!