Old guy goes into a bar. He sidles up to an attractive, younger woman and sits down. “So tell me,” he says in his most charming tone. “Do I come here often?”

Let me introduce myself.  In 2015, I retired from a 35-year writing career.  Four months later, I turned 70.  Those two milestones had a larger-than-anticipated impact on my self-image and my lifestyle.

Okay, okay, I had anticipated some of the changes.  I knew, for example, that 70 is not the new 40.  And that retirement would be different from working every day. (Duh!)  But I didn’t anticipate the degree of different I would feel as a 70-year-old retired guy.

So I began writing about it. I enjoyed writing about it so much that I wondered if other people might be interested in following my journey. Eventually, I decided to create this blog: Old Guy.

I wrote the first Old Guy post – “Life changing” – in early 2016. Over the next few months, I wrote 8 or 9 other segments that described what was going on in my transitional life at the time. When read in sequence, those early posts describe the sequence of a changing lifestyle. At the beginning of that sequence, my wife and I lived in a three-story house; today, we live in a condo. And life is good.

More currently, my Old Guy writings will explore other aspects of my old guy lifestyle after making the initial transitional moves.

Bottom line:  Old Guy is envisioned as a description of, and reflection upon, one person’s journey from who he was to who he is… a journey that ultimately results, I hope, in understanding and celebrating the limitations and advantages of being an old guy.



35. The tree

The centerpiece of Christmas for me has always been the tree. That’s as true today as when I was a kid. That one fact, however, is probably the only thing that hasn’t changed about our Christmas trees. Each year it continues to evolve.
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