Hello, I'm Henry.  

Welcome aboard my blog's home. 

If you come along with me, you'll become acquainted with my motley mates and faithful crew:

Experiences, Sightings, Observations, Impressions, Ideas, Reflections, Remembrances, Insights and Commentary.

They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

Click this way and scroll along if you please...Enjoy your stay.   

Excitement to Resentment

Excitement to Resentment

My retiring to the Caribbean decision in 2010 generated a variety of reactions from friends, family and acquaintances.  For me, retirement from work was far from difficult. In fact, escape obligation and responsibility is freedom.  I loved my work; because it never felt like a burden; it was in many ways a passion. My vocation was an actually asn avocation.  I worked at what I loved so retirement as more of the same, but better. A career in education as a teacher and a business owner of a tutoring company gave me a deep appreciation for learning. Retirement would be more educational than ever. I would be following another passion and adding one powerful feature.  While I retired, I actually retired from a lifestyle commitment and schedule. When I left that life behind, I embraced a freedom and flexibility that I had not experienced since I was a child.

"Congratulations"- an outboard boat salesman

"Boy, I am so jealous."- a parent client

"You are doing what? Are you crazy?"  - skeptical parent

"Where are you going to live?" - a former landlord

"You mean you are leaving the country for ever?" - a brother

"Twist my arm and I will go with you." - an adult female cousin my age

"Congrats on your decision!"- ex-fraternity brother 

"Won't you be bored?" - an acquaintance

"Can I come, too?" - a retired teacher

"What are you going to do all day to keep yourself busy?" -a retired teacher

"How long are you staying?" - a student

"Is your wife joining you?"- a doctor's assistant

"How did you make it happen? - a bank accountant

"Aren't you scared?" - a young mother with 3 children

"Make sure you go to the Last Resort." - college teammate - varsity lacrosse team 

"When you end up on a coral reef, you'll be back." - a close friend

"When are you coming back?"- ex-client

"When are you leaving?" - my 32 year old daughter

"When can I come visit?" - ex-colleague

"How can you leave everything behind?" -  a friend

"Good for you; that's what I want to do when I retire." - a business associate

"It's about time." - a lifelong friend for 50 years

"You really are going to do it." - an ex-girlfriend

"Can you afford it?" - my tax accountant

"Aren't you scared of the pirates?  - a parent client

"I imagined that's where you would go. It suits you." - anadult sailing student

"Aren't you going to be bored?"- a venture capitalist

"I am so jealous." - a dental hygienist

"Way to go, Dad."- my 28-year old son

"Good for you. Everyone wants to do something like that, but few ever do."- a parent client

"Can we return to the states for the change of seasons?" - a lover

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As you can see, the variety of sunsets and sunrises reveals a spectrum of perspectives from outright excitement to downright resentment.

To give this list, or any list like it, a true view of the range of attitudes, I should have videoed or at least recorded their voices, facial expressions and body language.

Celebrating 67

Celebrating 67

What-if Drills

What-if Drills