As a follow on to my piece Boomer Roomers a friend asked me to do an executive summary of what such a project would be about. What follows is a lightly-edited version of that summary. If anyone is interested in working with me on this project, just drop me a line. I’ll be working on the business plan.
But you know what my biggest problem is right now? Making new friends. Finding people who share my interests and outlook. That’s what makes the difference between a long, fulfilling retirement and a short, painful one.
This brings up a story I like to tell. What’s the best thing that can happen? What’s the worst thing that can happen?
For my parents, the worst thing that could happen is my dad (right) won the lottery. He won $189,000 when he was about 65, about when this picture was taken.
Dad only had friendships at work, at his lock shop, so my brother came in and got to “invest” the money in various schemes aimed at growing the business (about which he knew nothing). The money disappeared. My dad had to close the place. He felt guilty. He had no friends. He lost interest in life. He died shortly after.