Lessons I could learn from smart retirees.
Every once in a while I stumble over an opportunity to be among a roomful of people planning their retirement – all smarter than me. I like that. Instead of sulking I use the opportunity to ask questions. Don’t want my picture above a caption reading, “Too soon old, too late smart.”
My current dilemma is not being able to attend the luncheon this Wednesday and Thursday for those retirees and potential retirees considering retiring at Air Force Village West. (There is no Air Force Village East; and despite the name, AFVW is open to all former military personnel as well as any member of the public who served in some civic capacity. Judges, firemen, etc.)
But if I could ask just one question of those invited, I’d ask how they came to be among the first invited to take advantage of the limited numbers of “cottages” available. Why? Because it’s always the same. The smartest get first pick.
Everyone else gets a waiting list.
AFVW’s housing blows me away. Every retirement community I’ve ever seen offers limited, cookie-cutter housing plans – whereas the Village offers about 15 different floor plans for their cottages, (which range from 1,200 to over 3,000 square feet) and three or four floor plans for their one and two-bedroom units in the main building. Simply put, no other retirement community comes close to matching the wealth of floor plans AFVW offers.
They’re not even close. San Diego’s retirement community problems include a distinct lack of single-family homes. And space. Where San Diego takes the lead is retirement communitees operating with a for-profit business base model. AFVW is a non-profit. The bottom line for AFVW is the people.
So last week Dad signed up with AFVW and called to add, “I should have done this 10 years ago” I knew he was right.
Dad opted for a super-size one bedroom apartment close to his new friends. He’s already got a Monday Night Football dinner group going. When football season ended Dad thought there was no reason their dinners should, so the group continues to meet every Monday night.
So far Dad’s only mistake was asking around for pool players. The guys who answered; Paul Brogden, Warren Beck, and Dave Sheehan all beat him regularly.
Then there’s Bob Allinger. Bob deserves his own category. Or as Dad offered, “The other guys beat me – but Bob? Bob beats me like a drum.”
Did I mention Bob was in the Marines?
But I digress. The retirees who will be at AFVW on Wednesday and Thursday remind me of the people who bought Google stock when it was at $79.00 per share….and those who bought it below $150.00. Boy did they make out. But unlike Google, there are only so many AFVW homes.
So I’d like to ask the smartest guys in the room this Wednesday and Thursday how they got so smart.
I’ve got an i-Pad2 and a ten hour battery. I don’t want to be too soon old, too late smart.