Let’s get back to another goal shall we?
Getting ready for retirement means getting ready to live out our third act of life. And my hope is that Lorraine and I will enjoy a wonderful life during our golden years.
Our coach will be a big part of that life.
2 goals down.
28 more to go.
Here is a third goal: during my first two years of retirement I will relearn my conversational French. And, to celebrate, Lorraine and I will take a trip to Paris at the end of that two year period. Assuming, of course, that I can speak French really, really well at that point.
Nothing like a bit of incentive.
When I was 15 years old, I did a French studies program through the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. I had the opportunity to travel to France and become immersed in the culture and the language. I have wonderful memories of Bandol and Ile de Bendor, beautiful spots in the Cote d’Azur, where I lived and studied.
I still have my notes from when I studied there. And all I can say is that at one time I had an incredible command of the French language.
Having spent 40 years in a predominantly anglophone environment has taken its toll.
3 goals down.
27 more to go.
Michelin, you sure take your time. And it shows.
Way back in August, we had to replace an almost new tire on our coach. You can read about our experience changing out the tire here. And this was when we first knew we had a problem here. Very important to do comprehensive circles before and after every drive.
We had a lot of issues getting the Michelin warranty honoured. Here we are in November, and all we know right now is that the cheque is finally in the mail.
Why did it take so long?
I’m convinced that they were hoping we would just give up.
It started with us trusting the tire company that serviced our coach to do support the warranty inspection. We had the tire changed at our site from a dealer based out of Saginaw. We had no place to put it and so we left it with the dealer. We called them after we got back to Canada and they told us that they would arrange to have the Michelin rep stop by to look at the tire and confirm the warranty coverage.
Which they did. In early August.
And now, over three months later, we finally received confirmation that Michelin has cut the warranty cheque.
We were calling them every few weeks. First it was to see if they were going to cover the tire. That dance took several weeks to resolve. When they finally told us that the tire would be covered, they instructed us to fax them an invoice. Which we did.
And when we sent them the fax they would call us back to say that the fax was unreadable.
After several weeks of faxes that were consistently unreadable, we asked Michelin if we could just email them the invoice. Apparently Michelin does not have an email system. At least not in the customer service area. We could only send a fax.
We had the tire dealer in Saginaw fax them as we were convinced that Michelin was simply stalling us.
Our final call with them was quite assertive. We wanted them to honour their warranty.
And they finally did. Maybe.
I’ll believe it once I see the cheque.
The trailer’s skin is cut from a single sheet of aluminium. The roof is retractable and provides a very aerodynamic shape. It would fit easily into most garages.
This video provides a quick overview of the trailer. Great use of a very small space.
I do have a bit of a problem. I’ve been playing guitar for a long time now, closing in on 45 years. I have invested my 10,000 hours in practice. I have become somewhat accomplished on the instrument. I love to play.
And it shows. I have built up quite the collection of guitars over the years. Here are a few of them. I have 17 in all.
I won’t be taking all of them with me when Lorraine and I are travelling in the coach. Two, or maybe three. An amp. Some pedals. It will be tough to choose.
Music has been a very important part of my life and it is one area of my life that I will continue to develop during my retirement years.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend — Ludwig van Beethoven
Most of my playing has been in the area of contemporary music, rock, pop, with a little bit of jazz thrown in.
My hope is that I will still have enough capability in my hands to continue playing long into my retirement years. And I want to master the art of jazz guitar. Now, jazz is a long journey and I won’t fully master the instrument in my lifetime. In my first year of retirement, I will add one new piece every month into my jazz repertoire. And perhaps I will get a tiny bit closer to this incredible legend in the video below, Joe Pass.
Retirement goal number 2 down. 28 more to go.
I am an optimistic chap, and you should be, too. Much the best approach to life. But let us have another candid moment. Turning sixty can be awful damn bad if you don’t watch out. And even if you do. Think about it. Some people actually die in their sixties. Not hit by cars or fallen off their bikes. Just die, of semi-natural causes. Like heart failure and cancer-of-the-this-and-that. It is highly unlikely that you will die, of course; I understand that… But death is out there somewhere, and it can make you moody. You keep hearing the waterfall in the distance, and you wonder all the time, What’s that noise? As if you didn’t know. Scary. Very, very scary.
Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge.
As I think about our 30 goals for retirement, the sound of the waterfall keeps getting a bit louder.
Turning sixty can be bad. A friend that should be enjoying life in his sixties is now enduring the final stages of terminal cancer. He is only a few years older than me.
There is a fear. Not so much of death itself, although I hope that it won’t be a long, painful, drawn out affair. The fear? Time.
Not enough time to achieve the goals that we will set for ourselves during our retirement years.
One of the most important goals for me will be focused on physical fitness, and not the generic “I will be a healthy person” type of goal.
I love cycling and my hope is to ride as much as I can during most of my retirement years. I started into my winter training program a few weeks ago, spinning about 7 – 10 hours a week. Intense spinning. Hard, painful workouts.
But the goal is not to complete the winter training program. The goal is to prepare for specific rides and events.
In retirement, one of my goals will be to participate in no less than one Gran Fondo a month for the first year.
I will use this calendar to plan for the Gran Fondo nearest wherever Lorraine and I happen to be.
And, whenever I find myself thinking too much about the sound of the waterfall, I will think about why I need to keep pushing myself on a bike.
Riding gives me life and it keeps me living well.
Goal one down.
29 more to go.
Here is another somewhat unique motorcoach. Interesting use of the basement, wouldn’t you say?
From Volkner Mobil.
It kept going through my mind. Did we check everything related to power when we put the coach into storage for the winter?
And, specifically, did I check the house batteries for water level?
We went out to the storage facility and had an opportunity to look at all of the house batteries. the levels looked okay but I think I will need to go back and make sure that I add distilled water up to the level of the protrusion of the valve well. There is water covering the plates of the batteries themselves so they should be okay for another few weeks.
Trojan has a good video that provided me with a lot of information about deep cycle batteries. Looking back, I think I should have ordered AGM batteries for the coach. They do not require any maintenance.
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