I have a really nice, black leather briefcase in my closet, but I’ve basically traded it for this compact Igloo cooler over the last three years. It’s one of the unusual lifestyle ‘swaps’ that’s happened in early retirement.
When I made VP/Corporate Officer at MegaCorp more than 10 years ago, I spent a few hundred dollars on my Tumi case. It was the perfect accessory for an executive who goes to the office everyday.
Back then, my lifestyle was mostly an indoor affair, but that has taken a 180-degree turn to the outdoors. Cold weather in the middle of winter keeps me inside a bit, but from late spring into fall, I spend much of my time outside – walking, exploring, and playing sports.
As a result, this little cooler – with integrated cold packs – is my new briefcase. It comes with me to the backfields for league softball, to the tennis court – where the summer sun beats down on us – and to any number of parks, concerts, and outdoor events. It’s even the perfect size to fit in our sports car with the top folded up.
While I also have duffel bags & backpacks filled with athletic gear I haul around, this little cooler has become my #1 accessory in early retirement.
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