Hello, hello, hello, all you brother and sister bloggers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game.
Earlier today I sat with the super of my building down in her office in the lobby. She’s a nice woman, in her 50s, married with a recently married daughter who took her honeymoon in Jamaica. I asked the super if she and her husband had taken the vacation she had told me about the last time we talked. She and I are on good terms and when she’s not busy we chit-chat.
She said, “No, we’re not going until May. Do you ever go on vacation?”
“I’m retired. I’m always on vacation.”
“That’s a good way to think about it.”
Which got me to thinking and gave me the idea for this blog post.
Yes, I suppose thinking that retirement is an endless vacation is a good way to think about it. All I know is retirement has given me a sense of freedom that I never felt while I was a part of the workforce. I think there are two reasons for this. I have plenty of free time and now I can work full-time for myself. And being a full-time blogger is definitely work.
Oh, there are financial limitations to my freedom. I have a small but secure income, but my sense of freedom is well worth any limitations and over the years I’ve learned to take advantage of every program that I can find and that I’m eligible for that favorably impacts my finances in one way or another; and I’ve reduced my personal expenses so that I have more money to spend even though my gross income has changed very little. My personal accounting has improved. I know where every penny goes. I don’t waste household supplies like I use to. I shop at the dollar store across the street whenever I can. I always look for bargains. I mean real bargains. Bargains for necessities. All of these little economies really do make a difference…
One of the perks of my freedom is that I can put in more hours blogging (thinking about the direction of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, creating content, corresponding with contributors, planning issues, learning from more successful online publications and doing all the numerous things you have to do to keep a magazine online) than I ever put in working for someone else. And I love it. Blogging reinvigorate me.
Today when I checked my Mr. Skin/Naked News account I saw that $74.00 had been added to my account. The money will be released to me by snail mail the first week of April. And even though $74.00 will only cover 25% of the projected budget of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette for 2016, the money means I’m a bona fide businessman, an entrepreneur. So far this year my business is operating in the red, but The Gazette is a real business. And the year is still young. I can still break even; or maybe even…Well, making a profit is a lovely dream. It’s a dream that fires my imagination.
Retirement: the endless vacation.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Hail to Pitt!
Today there is a mix of clouds and sunshine in The ‘Burgh with a high around 65.