One of the things that I’ve learned about early retirement is that you have to make your own ‘current’. You can’t expect to be carried along with hundreds of other people by the the ‘stream’ that comes with the highly-planned cadence of work or school.
I wrote earlier this year about the schedule I keep from day-to-day in this POST. I also noted that it’s good to create an ongoing rhythm, or pattern, of fun activities with friends, rather than just one-off / catch-as-catch-can events. They don’t have to be very formal – just organized enough that you know when to meet next.
I just finished one year-long activity with my good friend, Dave, that took us to more than a dozen DIVE BARS – at least once per month for all of 2018.
The idea started with a newspaper article we came across last December touting “6 Dive Bars You Must Visit”. Being overachievers, we committed to hitting 12 dive bars in 12 months on a quest we tagged ‘Dive Bar Tuesday’.
Each month, we’d pick a date, meet at 5:00p, have a beer, and enjoy whatever dinner specialty they had: burgers, pizza, fish n chips, or “the best f*%#ing coney dogs in town”. Each stop was also a perfect time for us to debate & solve all of the world’s problems. 🙂
It was fun to have monthly mission and carry it out. We posted our ratings & reviews on social media and ranked them all at the end of the year. Many people pitched in comments and dive bar suggestions along the way.
Now that 2018 is headed to an end, we’ve picked out a new challenge for the new year: ‘Tap Room Tuesday’. There are dozens of microbreweries that have opened in the last few years in MN. We think they will be just the place to debate solutions to some of the world’s many problems we didn’t get to this year! 😉
What fun ongoing activities do you have organized with friends?
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