In the last two weeks, I was in NYC for 2 days for board meetings, in Dublin for 4 days (including travel) for a global investment education committee meeting, led a bladder cancer support group (my 6th month of leading one), talked to a guy in Spokane who wanted to pick my brain about starting a support group , taught 3 classes, set up two networking opportunities for students, and reviewed half a dozen resumes. Long sentence, long two weeks!
Things should look more like retirement the next two weeks, back to my normal teaching schedule and more pre-dawn walks with the dog, see pic below of the moon on the horizon this morning:
Full red moon, I think they call it.
I have to say that these pre-dawn walking in the dark journeys are more relaxing than even the daylight walks. I have an elaborate reflector vest deal that I wear, plus a super high power headlight lamp that I wear on a backward facing baseball cap. It would be quite the sight to see if it were not completely dark out!
I am thinking that I should wear my reflector/headlight outfit when I go for my dental appointment this week. I no longer have dental insurance (which is no great deal anyway), so now I do my dental work at the U of M dental school. It is my own personal opinion that I am the most normal looking person in the waiting room and I think my pre-dawn outfit would help me fit in a little better.
My first appointment a couple of months ago was an international experience with a 4th year dental student from India and a 3rd year dental student as the assistant from Romania, data was entered into the computer by a 2nd year dental student from China, all supervised by a dental professor from somewhere in the U.S. It was the most thorough and complete dental exam I have ever had and not very expensive.
Ok, time to do some laundry . . .
A Boomer In Transition
I gave 100’s of presentations and speeches in my work career, but never did a talk where the dinner price was $1000 a person. Now I have.
To call it a speech was a big stretch. I was invited to give a 3-5 minute talk about my experience with cancer treatment at the U of M. This was for a $1000 a plate fundraiser for cancer research to support research studies and projects on various types of cancers.
I was teamed up with my surgeon at the U of M, who is not only one of the best surgeon’s in the country for what I needed done, but also a brilliant researcher and on the cutting edge of new treatment protocols.
This was a new step in my post-retirement involvement in my cancer volunteer work at the U of M and in the local community and it admittedly it felt good to be asked to do this.
To date, I have now talked to over 20 people just diagnosed with bladder cancer via the peer-to-peer mentoring program. Essentially if someone is diagnosed and they want to talk to a survivor who is been through it, they can call me. This has been something that I have been passionate about doing and surprisingly for an introvert, I think I am pretty good at it. I have also talked to at least 3 caregiver/spouses of newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients where the “guy” did not want to talk about it, but the caregiver figured that someone has to get some information and support.
This is also the 6th month of coordinating the bladder cancer support group. This group meets once a month in Minneapolis near the U of M campus and has been a rewarding and satisfying experience for me. We have had a pretty regular attendance of about 15 people at each meeting and several have benefited significantly just by hearing others journey’s. We also have a guest speaker each month and have brought in experts to talk about the following topics: bladder cancer research, the importance of nutrition, the importance of exercise, and how to tap into resources to help you through your experience.
So, just 8 months into retirement, I feel like my involvement in this area has gone very well and a volunteer effort where I can make a unique contribution.
Here is a picture from the dinner:
me. radio personality emcee, and my doctor from left to right
A Boomer In Transition
Yesterday I had only 2 items on my To Do List (TDL), and by day’s end they were still there.
Today I had 3 items on my TDL, the 2 from yesterday, plus a new one. As of 5:30 pm central time, I am 2 for 3 on today’s TDL.
If my math is correct and I simply add the two days together, then I am 2 for 5 or at 40% success for the running two day period. If I were a baseball player, that would be considered amazing and I would be batting 120 points higher than any current player on the Twins roster.
Now, in fairness to myself, I decided that I would not likely accomplish that much these past two days. I was going for spontaneity. So I spontaneously went to the fair today. My total fair visits this year are 3. This is more than any previous year in my life as far as I know, at least when there are people at the fair. In full disclosure, I walk our dog around the fairgrounds during the off-season. I also spontaneously went to a movie with my wife, spontaneously read 2 books in the last 2 days, and this is not a misprint.
You see this has been a very busy summer for a retired person and I decided to dial it down and do whatev (short for whatever) the past two days here at the tail end of summer. Let me tell you, this is hard for me to do. I have been wired to check things off and keep moving and my muscle memory is now a little confused.
But this is likely a normal part of being . . .
A Boomer In Transition