Man of Leisure?

Its a new day
But it all feels old.
Its a good life
That’s what I’m told.
But everything
It all just feels the same
And my high school: it felt more to me
Like a jail cell, a penitentiary.
My time spent there
It only made me see
That I don’t ever want to be like you.
I don’t want to do the things you do.
I’m never gonna hear the words you say
Cause I don’t ever wanna.
I don’t ever want to be.
You don’t want to be just like you
What I’m sayin’ is this is the anthem
Throw all your hands up
You. don’t want to be you
After 48 years, 8 boatyards (some more than once), 4 builders, post office, HGV mechanic training course, several bouts of unemployment and finally 2 supermarkets I have called it a day, stuck two fingers up to being a wage slave and taken early retirement!
So now I don’t have to get ready for work at lunchtime and spoil a whole day.  What shall I do with all this spare time? (apart from the extensive list of to-dos being drawn up by Mrs H!)
It would be lovely to go travelling again once this bloody pandemic gets under control (as of the 5th we are again under lockdown so cannot go anywhere!).  Berlin beckons.  I really miss being able to see our daughter the Lemming and she is really struggling with all the restrictions she is under in Germany.
Viktoria on top of the Brandenburg Gate Berlin

Our holiday to Berlin this spring was cancelled very close to departure time and it took many months to get the full refunds.  Good job we had not booked a stay on the Greek island of Corfu.  I am really looking forward to being able to return here one day.  I enjoy the Greek way of life and there is so much more of this verdant isle to explore.

Azure sea and matching sky, the south/east coast of Corfu
Evening over a tranquil Ionian Sea and a cruise ship slips toward Kerkira

What else can I do to occupy my tiny mind? (yes dear I haven’t forgotten that list).  Well I could buy myself another motorbike.  Always been part of my life since I was a teenager, I didn’t get a car until I was in my 30’s!  I sold my last bike a couple of years back but to be brutally honest I’m getting too old.  The condition of the roads (potholes etc) are lethal and the amount of traffic is even more deadly.  Best forget that idea.

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The beautiful beast! My Harley I owned a few years back. It taught me one thing, you need very deep pockets to keep an old machine running, oh and that fuel tank was only good for 60 miles! But the sound was wonderful (and totally illegal, no silencers!) I actually cried when I sold this

I could always take up fishing again.  When we moved I brought all my old rods and reels with us.  It’s been twenty  years since I put them in the shed when I lost my love for angling.  A lot of the lakes and rivers I fished changed ownership and became private or very expensive.  With the birth of our daughter I just gave up but now sitting besides a beautiful river on a crisp autumn morning has an appeal.  Perhaps I should dust them rods down, if the mice haven’t got to them!

How about that for a wet, slimy, smelly thing! The 21lb (10kg) pike however is a thing of beauty

I could always attempt to see and photograph all 58 species of British butterflies in one year.  The amount of travelling involved puts me right off this idea, best to just take your time and enjoy those that come along.  We will now be able to go when we please when the weather is good without having to worry about booking holiday time in advance so that’s a bonus!  I might invest in a nice shiny new 600mm super zoom lens.  I have been pondering the purchase of one for some time and it would make bird photography a lot easier.

Not all birds, like this very friendly Robin, allow such a close approach

Whatever I do in the coming years one thing is for sure, I will grow old disgracefully!  I have had years of experience!

Selfie ’70’s style. Camera on tri-pod, focus and settings, set timer, strike a rebellious pose!

If you are still with me after my thoughtful wanderings,well done, see you soon…..

Go to college, a university
Get a real job, that’s what they said to me
But I could never live the way they want
I’m gonna get by and just do my time
Out of step while they all get in line.
I’m just a minor threat so pay no mind
Do you really want to be like them
Do you really want to be another trend
Do you want to be part of that crowd.
Cause I don’t ever wanna.
I don’t ever want to be you

(Good Charlotte ‘The Anthem’ 2003)

37 thoughts on “Man of Leisure?

  1. Congrats on your retirement Brian. Welcome to the ‘new’ world of getting up when you want (no alarm clocks required) and doing anything that takes your fancy. 😊 My friend told me not to do those odd jobs too well, or even more will be added to the list! Enjoy!!

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  2. Congratulations from me too! Being free at last and wasting energy on things you really want to do! And I love your sentence: “Whatever I do in the coming years one thing is for sure, I will grow old disgracefully! I have had years of experience!” 🙂

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  3. The images are lovely and the Robin is gorgeous. Ours don’t look like that!

    He-Man is enjoying his retirement, but it’s only been a couple of weeks so it still feels like he’s on a vacation he says. He’s not bored yet.

    Get the lens! I hope you can see your daughter soon!

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    1. Hi Deborah. I guess He-Man hasn’t got his to-do list yet? Won’t be able to get the lens just yet as the shops are having to shut down for at least a month. It’s pretty upsetting not seeing our daughter and being in another Country is making it worse, fingers crossed next year things will settle down.

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      1. When we knew we were going to be moving we bought a house that was only 4 years old so there’s not much of a Honey-do list. We didn’t want to worry about that stuff too much in this phase of life. However he did call out the guy to service our water softener. 😀

        The store isn’t doing online business so you can order it? I am hoping and praying next year is a whole lot better and back to normal!

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      2. Bit old fashioned in that I want to handle that lens and make sure I got the right choice before parting with the cash, plus I don’t want the hassle in return post.
        Lucky He-Man, then I knew what was involved when we moved here. We got the property for such a good price all improvements are going to add value but we are in no great hurry as it’s perfectly livable.

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  4. Congratulations on your retirement! I love all the photos and agree – the robin is a very handsome fellow! I also hope you can see your daughter soon and hope you and all your family continue to take care and stay safe 🙂

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  5. Woo-Hoo! This is fantastic news!
    I took early retirement, have never looked back and have been having a BLAST!!

    For me, the most valuable commodity has been time to spend with those I love. All other things fall into place along the way.

    What a great pike!

    Looking forward to the adventures of Brian The Disgraceful Retiree!

    Best regards from the swamps of Florida.

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  6. I hope you will enjoy your retirement, Brian. With all your varied interests, I have no doubt that the days will fly by without boredom. There is much to see, enjoy, and photograph right in front of our doorsteps while our travels are limited, and I have found great satisfaction in exploring what lies near.
    All the best,

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  7. Funny you should mention getting a telephoto lens. last Friday I found the cursor of my computer hovering over the “buy now” button for a Nikon 200-500mm at Amazon. It’s hovered over that particular button once or twice in recent months. This time a muscle twitched and those new photographic opportunities should be arriving in the next day or two. No contest: with the extra time on your hands and the increased opportunities you’ll get to use the new lens it’ll mean much better value for money. You know it makes sense. Go for it. And happy retirement!

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      1. I’d thought about the Sigma, but went for the Nikon in the end – a toss up really. Justification for buying it now rather than after lock down – and a pretty slim one – was that I might get some shots of Redwings that visit the hawthorn trees in and around the field at this time of year. But still waiting for its arrival. Taking a little longer than first suggested on Amazon, but then the Redwings are taking their time to arrive as well…

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  8. Brian, congratulations!! Enjoy it anyway you like; I’m certain you’ll figure it out. And remember, a happy wife is a happy life so definitely don’t forget her list! But… buy the lens! That’s the first thing you need to do… well done for taking the plunge. Enjoy it, my friend! 🙏📷

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    1. Rob many thanks. The lens will have to wait ’till after lockdown now, I would rather not go through buying on-line for something like that I like to try things in store just so I’m 100% sure. It will be worth the wait and in the mean time where’s that list!

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      1. My heart is set on the Sigma 150-600mm after trawling through every review of the three main options (Nikon, Tamron, Sigma). It’s the lightest (and cheapest!) super zoom and add in the crop sensor of my Nikon bodies will give me upto 960mm in old money, when you think back to the old days of 35mm slr’s that is just crazy!

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  9. Congrats B! will be joining you shortly and I, of course, endorse the 600mm purchase hehehe. Hoping part of that retirement free time is sharing more here. Oh, and nice choice of a fine American band – the Madden twins would be proud. Now time to get out there and enjoy a well-earned retirement (after a few checks on the honey do list).

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    1. Day one. Wife gets home from work ” What have you done today? When are you doing that? Maybe a good idea to do this first” Yikes B what have I let myself in for? Apparently just excitement when I told her to chill out a bit.
      Just fore-warning you what you might get when you take the plunge 😉

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      1. Umm, sounds like I might have to make some ground rules before my first day of retirement ha! I already told Linda I’ll be in our woods from 8am to 9pm at least 5 of the 7 days during the warmer months (and 10-4 in the cold months). The other two days for are for my long runs and maybe one or two honey-dos. We’ll see how that flies.

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