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1 AN OLD LAND ROVER
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My kiting hobby
Line sleeving and equalising. Page still under construction
The trials and tribulations of retirement
I retired from a life of hard and not so hard work this year. I have enjoyed most of the jobs I have had over the years from engineering to lorry driving from being a lunatic motorbike courier to a more sedate window cleaner. I have even tried writing humorous stories. I have never been without a job of some sort.
The problem with retirement is that full time occupation ceases and time takes over, lots of time, a never ending path of minutes, hours and days waiting to be filled. This presents us with somewhat of a dilemma for retirement gives you time to relax when you do not have time to relax and take that time. This is because at the age of 65 you realise, and have done for quite a few years now, that you are mortal, you are nearer the grave than the cradle, much nearer. I am as my grandchildren would say, a crumbly, a coffin dodger. The few years left cannot be wasted, they must be filled with an urgency to make every minute count, for there is little time left. (Approximately 5 years according to the Bible).
Depressing isn't it?
There is another even greater problem with retirement. In the months leading up to my 65th birthday the wife started mentioning all the little jobs that needed doing. In the past this would have elicited the standard response "When I have time my love" But now I have time and the list of little jobs has now turned into War and Peace.**
"You said you wanted to fill your time" she said "Just think of me as a facilitator." she said.
And now we come to the reason for my kite hobby. The BIG problem with retirement. Most of my spare time has been devoted to hobbies and past times that have kept me in either a shed or a garage, two places considered foreign soil by my wife, places of greasy motor parts, dust and spiders. But now I would be expected to spend more 'quality' time with the wife. Not a pleasant prospect as I had spent most of my life trying to avoid her and her idea of 'quality time' is not mine. I needed something to keep me out of the house and the final choice came down to either a dog or a kite and as I could never pick up dog poo in my plastic covered hand I decided a kite would be the more hygienic choice.
I will update this page with pictures of kites I have made as and when I make them.
** These jobs consist in the main of little jobs to finish off the big jobs that were not completed in the past. Like a foot of skirting board in the kitchen that was not put in because I had run out of material and it was not worth buying a long length to finish it off. All the temporary fixes that had over time become permanent were on the list. The loose shelf, the slightly angled wall mounted television. (When we sit down our heads automatically tilt to the right) All these jobs have been festering in her mind for these past years, for as with most wives they accept these temporary fixes as a 'man' thing for as we so often hear when eavesdropping onto a female conversation. "He never finishes anything"