Thursday, 15 May 2014

Keeping those Stiffies

I could do this - for a while

Before you all get excited I'm not talking about the viagra kind. No indeed.  Do you remember the days when we pushed a small, square disc into our computers in order to access data we had saved?  I came across two boxes of same while clearing out my study this week.  Big son happened to be here and I unwisely asked him in my husband's presence if I could throw these away.  Big son just gave me a look, raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Mommy.." as if words failed him.  Not so hubby.  He got 'that covetous sparkle' in his eye, picked up a couple and exclaimed with joy, "No, some of these are the spreadsheets I used to work with 18 years ago.  I think that one afternoon, when I have retired, I might want to sit and go through them".  (Grrrr!) However, on reflection, I have to allow him a grieving process, regarding turning his back on his working life and saying goodbye to the corporate world. At the same time, I am cursing myself for not being quick enough to turf out the ancient laptop we still have, which has a slot in which to insert a stiffie. I'll just mentally add this activity to his bucket list.  We are still debating the best way to invest our pension monies. Big son had to stick his oar into these waters: why don't we do something we've always really wanted to do?  In hubby's mind, this means sell up and buy a small, comfortable boat in which we shall live, moored at the yacht club with an amazing view of Table Mountain and small monthly living expenses when compared to a house. I am not averse to this (being a real townie - there's a great bus route nearby), as long as I have decent ablutions, aircon and 24/7 Internet.  Apparently, a lot of people do this.  I've always wondered why so many boats around here never leave the harbour.

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  1. Wow, that is some plan! Wouldn't you al have to seriously downsize to accomplish that? Like throw out the stiffies?

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    1. Yes, well, the exercise in down-sizing is still in its infancy. We are still in denial. On the 31st we have to be out of this big house and squeezed into our tiny flat - possibly with small son still with us! Meanwhile, our big stuff is going to our 'holiday' house on 24th. Wish us luck with the big squeeze.

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  2. Yes, throw out the stiffies, my experience was that between the discs aging and the drives going loco, it was nigh impossible to read them after while.

    I brought home a bunch of crap from work when I retired and have yet to look at it. That was 3 years ago. Best to put that chapter behind you and look forward to the joys of the golden years. (Ignore the snickers and gagging from the older folks.) Well if nothing else, at least you don't have to go to work while you are falling apart.

    I don't know about that boat plan, I have heard they are holes in the water in which you throw all your money. Also not cool in the various disasters, cyclones, tsunamis, water spouts.

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    1. Ah, wondered how long you have been retired.

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    2. My plan would be never to leave the harbor. I share your fears re natural disasters.

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    3. I retired May first 2011.

      http://navfin.blogspot.com/2011/05/first-day-of-retirment.html

      The pissed off condom landed in happy land. Retiring is the best thing I ever did.

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    4. I think it will be the same for us.

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  3. I could do that if I lived alone. lol Although, once the last kid leaves, the husband and I would probably be okay together in that space that is not filled with old computers and stiffies.

    You should see my attic. I'll be so happy when all that stuff is gone.

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