I’ve never been directly accused of being a show off by anyone, but I also don’t hide the fact that I’m a successful early retiree. This past week I had lunch with a MegaCorp friend and he commented on my cool, casual appearance – and what a relaxed existence I seemed to be enjoying.
Sure, everyone is more casual these days as they work from home, but there is a marked difference between ‘business casual’ and ‘living casual’.
In this case, I had gotten to the restaurant patio early and already had a beer in hand. It wasn’t quite noon yet, but why not? I was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops as it was a nice warm day. I had investigated a waterfall in a park earlier that morning, so I hadn’t yet bothered to shower or shave.
I had my ‘Duff Beer” ball cap on – from Homer’s favorite beer from The Simpson’s. I like to wear that one when I meet folks who are still working because it seems to capture my lifestyle now. A goof off … sitting on my duff drinking beer without a care.
We had a nice chat & lunch, but I could tell he was monitoring his time. He confessed he was cutting it close and hustled away from the patio just before 1pm for a Zoom call. I then saw him sitting in his SUV in the parking lot on his phone – as I was cruising away in my convertible.
He texted me later that he was sorry he had to run abruptly, but thanked me for meeting up, adding “you sure are a great advertisement for early retirement!”
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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!