Holy crap! I’m retiring in three weeks.
And I’ve been so busy documenting my job duties for my replacement, I’ve haven’t had time this week to pen another post on my twisted financial musings. But rather than lament work’s unrelenting war on my time, and my sangfroid, I decided to end this week on a lighthearted note.
I didn’t read nearly as many financial blogs as I normally do, but of the twelve or so I visited, three posts brought a smile to my face. Here they are.
1. Penny over at She Picks Up Pennies can’t get a break. She goes out, gets a dramatic new hairstyle, looks great, but still catches crap from her co-workers. And all because she decided to be frugal and get a haircut at one of “those” places. The post is both hysterical and sad.
2. ZJ over at ZJThorne decided to give AirBnB a try. Spoiler alert: it didn’t go well. Do you know what “420 friendly” means? I didn’t. But if you read ZJ’s hilarious take on sleeping in a weird stranger’s house, you’ll learn.
3. Finally, Julie over at ChooseBetterLife is pissing me off. But in a good way. She and her husband are doing right now in pre-retirement exactly what Mrs. Groovy and I hope to be doing in retirement. Her post on hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail is both informative and inspiring. And the pictures are pretty groovy too. Definitely worth a look-see.
What’s Our Retirement Theme Song Going To Be?
D-Day for Team Groovy is October 14. And I would like to begin this next phase of my life with an epic post. But how epic would such a post be if it didn’t include a retirement theme song? After all, the yoke of mandatory work is being lifted from my weary neck forever. Doesn’t such an occasion require some musical accompaniment?
Well, not really. But I got inspired to fuse the world of retirement with the world of music by Mr. PIE. Mr. PIE blogs over at Plan.Invest.Escape, and he just wrote a wonderful post about the music that fortifies his financial mindset. And I figured if he could come up with songs that speak to personal finance in general, I could come up with one song that speaks to retirement in particular. Thank you, Mr. PIE.
So without further ado, here are the nominees for Team Groovy’s retirement theme song. These are the songs that, to me, best say goodbye to the world of work and hello to freedom.
And I would love your feedback. Or better yet, I would love your vote. Which song best captures the meaning of retirement? The winner will be announced on October 14.
Okay, groovy freedomists, that’s all I got. Enjoy the music. And have a groovy freakin’ weekend.
1. It’s My Life, The Animals
Special note: I love this song. But I especially love it since our dear friend Carl D’Errico co-wrote it with Roger Atkins for The Animals.
2. Already Gone, Eagles
3. Born To Be Alive, Patrick Hernandez
4. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
5. How Do You Like Me Now, Toby Keith
6. You Can Take This Job And Shove It, Johnny Paycheck
7. Bang The Drum All Day, Todd Rundgren
8. Goodbye To You, Scandal
9. Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen
10. I’m Free, The Who