Thinking about retirement while vacationing at Lake Como

Coping with Retirement

I went on Facebook today; saw many posts from Facebook friends related to my work life, and fell into a revery. There’s no way I would ever want to go back — the bite of being a person of leisure, world traveler, and  detached observer of humanity goes a bit too deep, and the freedom is glorious. But the pull of the world of work is still there, and it hurts a bit. Sitting at my balcony looking over Lake Como, hearing the Italian chatter outside, the call of ducks, the lapping waves, and thinking about — thinking about everything. There isn’t anything I would rather be doing at the moment, but a bit of sadness about things undone hangs over it.


Looking at Lake Como
From a restaurant in Varenna

Lake Como

Looking across Lake Como
Looking Across Lake Como






March 17, 2020, start of CV-19 photo stream…

Three Crows in a tree

This was the date the Alameda County “Shelter in Place” order came into effect.  I thought the situation was potentially serious, but this was the first indication that people in government were actually spooked.

I made a light commitment to take photos every day, mostly walking around the neighborhood.  I’ll post some of those pictures over the next few days.

The parking lot at Hacienda

Deserted parking lot at a shopping center
The deserted parking lot at the Hacienda Shopping Center

Christina described it as “eerie”, and it was.  Almost after the Zombie Apocalypse eerie.  “What happened to all the people” eerie.

African Violet

Close up of african violet
Taking photos around the house.

Sheltering in place, one must be inventive.  A tiny african violet sitting on the windowsill in the kitchen.


Small bird on Japanese Maple
I call him Henry
Small bird on a rock
I think it is Henry

I like to fantasize that, among the many birds that were flitting around, one took a special interest in me.  I decided to call him ‘Henry’.  A singularly intelligent and curious bird, Henry has been a loner all his life.