Category Archives: Retirement

A Whirlwind of Inactivity

I haven’t been doing very much, because my life has been a whirlwind of inactivity. There are many things I’ve convinced myself I should be doing. I should ride my bike, lift weights, learn French, learn web software development, write, create art, … Continue reading

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The Sedentary Life

“Write about how a committed exerciser like yourself copes with sedentariness.  I know you’ve written some about it before, but I am curious about your process.” – my friend Nancy Well, it’s been difficult. We just got back from a trip … Continue reading

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AI and Immortality

I’m sitting around in Bali, feeling bored (1). So it seems an appropriate time to finish writing this article, which I started a while back then put aside. In the last few months I’ve been reading a lot about Artificial Intelligence … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to be Somewhere

“I can’t learn the piano. It will take 5 years before I’m any good.”  “I can’t learn French. It will take 5 years before I’ll be able to speak it well.” Well, as they say, 5 years will pass, and … Continue reading

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Taking Action – Or Not – Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1, many of the mind problems that plague us are based on social comparison. Thoughts of not accomplishing enough, not being rich enough, not being pretty enough, not having enough interesting experiences, FOMO (fear of … Continue reading

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More on Not-Working

I’m still trying to figure out not-working (I’m not ready to call it retirement – see Notes below). We’ve been traveling a lot, which has been great and has allowed me to put off addressing the problem. Travel is easy; it’s self-contained; … Continue reading

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Travel Thoughts

In a review of three books on happiness, Barry Schwartz writes, “Rich people have more life satisfaction than working class people, but no more day-to-day satisfaction.” When I read this, something clicked, not because I’m rich, but because it explained … Continue reading

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Resisting the Infinity Machine

I feel the pull as soon as I pick it up. Normally I don’t have the strength to resist but today I will. Today is when I start the transformation of me. Yesterday Tanya really got on my case about … Continue reading

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Uncommittedly Committed

Yesterday, Tanya and I bought a home in Tucson. A mobile home. We’ve been in Tucson for about fifteen months and have agonized over whether Tucson is the right place to be, whether to buy a house here, and where such … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism – The Vacations We Take

When I was in Moab in October, 2012, to ride the White Rim, I drove up to Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park. At the Visitor Center I saw this incredible off-road RV. I’d never seen anything like it … Continue reading

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