We put a terrific screened porch on our house last summer. It has a great wooded view, gets a nice breeze, and is a terrific spot to sit and read or listen to the ballgame. Unfortunately, it seems like every time I get comfortable out there, someone else is starting up their lawn mower or the weed whacker. It’s happened so much lately that my son laughs about it every time I go out on the porch to read or listen to music.
Don’t get me wrong, my lawn gets mowed and trimmed too. It’s just that the few work nights and weekend days that it’s nice out (and I’m home from work), are also the very limited times that anyone else can get their yard work done. It seems that everyone in the neighborhood is so busy that there isn’t enough time to segregate one person’s leisure from another’s yard work.
This must be one of the pleasures of early retirement. There will be exponentially more opportunities to relax on the porch and not be competing with the rest of the neighborhood for peace & quiet.
This isn’t just true for relax time at home. Retirees also get the advantage of shopping when stores are less busy, driving when roads are less congested, and catching the value priced times at the movie theater. They can much more easily “time shift” all of their activities to take advantage of downtimes when everyone else is at work. The fact that there is less competition for these things during the work week saves them bother, stress & money.
What activity are you looking forward to time-shifting in retirement?
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