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Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 20, Mon July 20: Guy Clark sings: “Only two things that money can’t buy / And that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” We are enjoying a bountiful harvest. I can’t deny that I get overly emotionally involved with the tomato patch. We will eat tomatoes straight off the vine in all their forms, and when we max out I will make batches of tomato juice and tomato sauce that will go into the freezer. We will still be harvesting a few leftover tomatoes in mid-October before we tear out the garden. We also harvest garlic today. We pull them up, clean off the dirt and hang them with clothespins on clothesline in the studio. There are a couple-dozen garlic plants and they will last us into next summer. They make good gifts, too: sometimes when we have people over for dinner we send them home with a head of garlic as a lagniappe; we get fresh-out-of-the-hen eggs from a woman in our neighborhood and once in a while we give her garlic as a friendly gesture. And Enid cut flowers for two bouquets: one comprised beautiful, wispier red, yellow and purple blooms, what she called “un bouquet champêtre” (“a field bouquet”) and set on the dining table; and another of huge yellow and red zinnias . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #gardenharvest #flowers #blog #blogger #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #journal #diary #publishers #bookproject #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #seattle #ageisjustanumber #agingwell #aginggracefully #aging #aarp #over60 #over50 #optimistic #optimism #optimist #agingbackwards
Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 19, July 19. . . . I’m here to tell you that you can still be productive: I haven’t even been retired for three weeks yet and I’ve already straightened up the junk drawer. I find a startling number of different bottles and pens of Wite Out and Liquid Paper in there (I know how Wite Out works, but I cannot remember using it – at work or at home – since the Pleistocene Era), not to mention Chinook Book coupons that expired two years ago. For me, though – and this is where the fruit leather reference checks in — my lifestyle has always been pretty low to the ground. I read about people my age who seem really stressed because the money doesn’t pencil out for them. I’d never say it to their face, but I wonder to myself, what have they been doing with their past 40 years of paychecks? I made middle-class money, nothing One Percenter about it, but I managed to save a little. I know that saving is a quaint and antiquated notion, but I did it. I wasn’t a top-end consumer. But for now I will scratch any acquisitive itch by watering the tomatoes and delaying gratification until they’re ripe. (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.). #ageisjustanumber #blog #blogger #bartbecker #babyboomer #optimistic #optimism #optimist #aging #agingwell #aginggracefully #old #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #over60 #over50 #ownyourage #nonfiction #publishers #publish #gettingold #seattle #secondact
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Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 18, Sat July 18: After my last day at work 19 days ago they routinely deactivated my email account (along with all kinds of other access on a long checklist) and just left an out-of-office message for people trying to reach me. Then today, a couple of weeks into retirement, it finally occurred to me to delete my dead work email account from my phone. This could possibly have been a significant symbolic milestone of separation. In theory, it would not be unlikely that I could have an emotional reaction, both from throwing off the chains of the 24-7 work email and, on the other side of the equation, from cutting the cord to that remaining lifeline of communication with my former identity. It’s natural that a big change like retirement would have a person thinking more deeply about every aspect of life and searching for meaning in the inconsequential. For me, though, that requires a little more introspection than I need to survive on. It’s one thing to lead the examined life, and another to be self-absorbed. The latter is a slippery slope with some dangerous tiger pits: narcissism and martyr complexes, to name two. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #ageisjustanumber #babyboomer #bartbecker #blogger #blog #optimistic #optimist #optimism #over60 #old #over50 #ownyourage #retire #retired #retirehappy #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #justquitalready #earlyretirement #seattle #downshifting #nonfiction #publishers #bookdeal
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 17, Fri July 17: How To Read This Book. Everybody will have their own reasons for reading a book like this and their expectations and goals for what they get out of it. Some will simply be looking for light entertainment, or possibly great literature. Some are just in it for the sex. Others, I imagine, will hope for a How-To blueprint for retirement. Working gives a lot to your life. When you deactivate, you have to figure out ways to replace the parts of it that matter to you: paycheck, work-family relationships, and a regular routine that organizes your life. My own aim for retirement is to be healthy (very), wealthy (relatively) and happy (at all times, in all ways). If I were to give a few dicta (for retirement, but also for life in general) they would include: 1) Don’t Follow Leaders (except for me, of course). 2) Be Yourself (unless you are a real asshole). Be real. In retirement you no longer have to wear that mask and costume you wore for work all those years. (If that docile middle-of-the-roader was the real you all that time, then that would be super-weird but I have to also commend you, let’s hear it for transparency and continuity.) So, while I’m recounting the things that come up in my first year off the clock – one guy walk through . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #optimistic #optimism #seniormoment #seniorlifestyle #seniorliving #agingredefined #aginggracefully #ageisjustanumber #aging #agingwell #blog #blogger #nonfiction #literaryagent #memoir #howto #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #over60 #over50 #gettingold #grandpa
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 16, July 16: . . . We walked around Pioneer Square, which we rarely get to these days. Our impression is that it can get pretty skeevy, especially after dark. Ground Zero for non-middle-class street behavior, at least in my ill-informed view, is Occidental Park. All those homeless guys are probably harmless, but kind of intimidating nevertheless. Tonight, though, instead of dispossessed folks, we come across about 60 people who have a dance floor laid out and a stage set up over the cobblestones, Lots of them are dressed up – a lot of black and white and red — and they are tango-dancing. Not only that, they are inviting people from the audience to come up and give it a whirl, which is nearly as daunting to me as the idea of running into thugs after dark. As long as we just observe and don’t participate, it’s fun and unexpected, though, so we watch for 10 minutes until we have to hustle back to the train station. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #ageisjustanumber #aging #agingwell #aginggracefully #agingredefined #positiveaging #optimistic #optimist #optimism #blog #blogger #retirementblogger #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #retiredlife #earlyretirement #seattle #secondact #seniorliving #seniorlifestyle #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #literaryagent #over60 #over50
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP I Can’t Help It If I’m Lucky This all started right around Easter with a song I couldn’t get out of my head –“Casanova” by LeVert. I was sitting on a green park bench singing it when he sat down next to me and struck up a conversation so familiar you would have thought we knew each other from kindergarten. It couldn’t have been even five minutes before he turned and said, “Hey, Sweet, knock me a kiss.” After that we just kept on going. I can’t help it if I’m lucky. (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #bartbecker #blog #blogger #fiction #microfiction #shortstory #shortfiction #shortshortstory #writing #literaryagent #lastsetatthepressuredrop #shortstories #amwriting #seattle #seattlewriters #literaryagent #literary #literaryfiction #stories #madeupstory #rocknroll #soulmusic #soulmusiclives #americanstories #americanmusic #nashvillewriter #literature #publishers #publishinghouse #publishingcompany #publishingdeal
Here’s one I wrote called “Givin’ It Up Tp Daddy.” It’s about a guy who comes backfrom the dead to try to warm things up with a woman working in a topless joint called the Pressure Drop. Her name’s Lu or Patty, depending what line of the lyric we’re in. Hear it over at www.bartbecker.com and here’s the YouTube link . https://youtu.be/4r6nppcfRVk #americanmusic #neorockabilly #rocknroll #rootsmusic #rockabilly #rhythmandblues #vintagemusic #rockabillylife #americanamusic #barband #soul #countrymusic #honkytonk #indiemusic #musicbusiness #bartbecker #seattle #songwriters #songwriterslife #indieband #realgonerecords #nashvillesongwriter #austinmusic #nashvillemusic #rockandroll
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 15, Wed July 15: I am barely two weeks into retirement and today I have temporarily lost track of what day it is. So that’s a good sign. It is not hard to figure it out in about 10 seconds, of course, but I did not know. Drink coffee. Read paper. Change out cat litter boxes. Pick up piles of brush around the yard and drag up to brush pile. Take photos of flowers in yard. Check Facebook (that’s what old people do, right?). Check the delivery status of a cluster-headache medication prescription I ordered (I’ve been having headache episodes since last Saturday). Delete a few emails. Eat leftover lasagna for lunch. Capture wounded mouse on the basement stairs, put in plastic bag and take up to garbage can. . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #bartbecker #blog #blogger #justquitalready #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #over50 #over60 #aging #agingwell #age #seattle #old #retiring #retiringsoon #nonfiction
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 14, Tue July 14: Got up, puttered around. I think about getting my chainsaw serviced, buying a new wheelbarrow tire online and replacing the rubber treads on the stairs down from the workshop to the house. Instead of any of that, I spent a few hours decluttering my computer files: moving docs from place to place, deleting copies of jpgs. I started to try to figure out how to get some music from cassette tapes to digital format; I’ve got some tapes of bands I played in 35 years ago. (It will take multiple failed efforts and a couple of years, but I will eventually get this stuff successfully transferred. I buy a cheaply-made little gizmo online called an Ezcap that is the size of an old-fashioned Walkman; it lets you load a tape and a thumb drive and make the tape into digital. It seems like such a crummy piece of equipment that it can’t possibly work. But it does. Then I videos using Windows Movie Maker, using the audio and a bunch of still pictures of the bands and posters and so forth. Then I post the videos to You Tube. You can go on You Tube and search “Bart Becker” or “Pinky Black & the Excessives” or “South Street Shakers” and get a peep at what I was up to when I was around 30 years old.) There is nothing like a productive morning when the 10am sunlight is filtering through the trees and all of the doors are thrown open to make you feel like life’s worth living. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com & Facebook Bart Becker Projects. #aarp #seniormoment #over50 #ageisjustanumber #secondact #retired #retire #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #over50 #over60 #ownyourage #nonfiction #literaryagent #bartbecker #justquitalready #agingredefined #blog #blogger #seattle #aging #agingwell #aginggracefully
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 13, Mon July 13: Talking about money – like sex, religion or politics – is vulgar and private. I’ll get around to sex, religion and politics in a while. An important retirement check-mark (though not the only one, by any means) is having your finances squared away – at least to the point that short-money isn’t a constant worry in your life. You’ve got to talk about it, at least with yourself, with your partner if you’ve got one, and with anybody else who is in the game with you on your team. The whole notion of retirement finances is a stressor, right? Eek, to put it mildly. But if you don’t deal with it going in, it will be a relentless affliction. Everybody’s situation is unique, so each person has to do their own version of what I did. So let me just say this: as usual, since this is Monday, I’m paying bills and planning to run errands. In with the bills is an envelope with my last paycheck from Bellevue College, mailed to me instead of automatic deposited, for some reason. So here it is, I will not see another paycheck. I know that much of what I’ve been writing about so far in this journal – lawn-mowing and drawer-organizing and walk-taking — is in one way kind of superficial and trivial, yet in another way very important to convey the downshifting that takes place when you bow out. These are the small things that will actually take up a lot of your time. Of course, whether I organize a drawer or not has very little bearing on whether I will have a happy 30 years of retirement. Being not-broke will. That’s why it’s important to deal with the more serious category when you separate from your job: the financial plan and medical coverage, and the incomprehensible stress-making nightmare that is Social Security. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com & Facebook Bart Becker Projects. ) #oldandintheway #aarp #seattle #babyboomer #bartbecker #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #retirementgoals #retirementlife #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #justquitalready #old #secondact #seniormoment #silverdisobedience
Here’s one I wrote, “Mixed Up Dazed Confused.” To hear it, jump over to bartbecker.com & I’ve got a bunch of other ones there, too: rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, soul. And here’s the YouTube link https://youtu.be/QMDFLYY3Kts #bartbecker #rocknroll #rootsmusic #rockabilly #rockabillylife #americana #americanmusic #americanmusician #rhythmandblues #vintagemusic #soul #country #honkytonk #barband #indiemusic #musicbusiness #songwriter #realgone #songwriters #songwriting #songwriterslife #indieband #neorockabilly
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 12, Sun July 12: So you can understand where I’m coming from, I should be right upfront about one thing I do: I make lists. To-do lists are the foundation of productivity. And, the way I do it, to-do lists are also an entry in the Big Book of Psychiatric Symptomatology. Life gets simpler when you are no longer a working stiff, but you still have so much to remember – both things you want to recall and things you’d rather forget but can’t afford to let slip away. Some people expand their lists beyond the mundane tasks. They make a litany of what they’re thankful for, an anthology of birdsongs they’ve heard, a compendium of favorite places to shuffle their bare feet. Some people keep a gratitude journal. Those are all fine ideas and practices, but I don’t do any of that. Pretty much every day of my working life I would make a new list on a yellow legal pad, to the point that colleagues would gently tease me about it, getting laughs at my expense with the joke that today’s list is always just yesterday’s, written on a fresh page of the tablet. Which is mostly true, but what’s so funny? It worked for me for forever. Why stop now? Then, for the past year or more – once I could see which way the wind was blowing — I’ve also been making retirement-theme to-do schedules with items large and small and basically shoving them into folders on a cubby shelf. I try to check some of them off the list from time to time. I am operating on the theory that even a few minutes of chipping away at these little tasks makes a difference somewhere down the line. Rome, the Pyramids, an organized Junk Drawer, these things take a while. First, though, I want to make progress on consolidating and organizing the lists themselves. I will probably make a list about that. We’ll see. . . (Read more at bartbecker.com & Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #oldandintheway #aarp #seattle #babyboomer #bartbecker #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #retirementplan #old #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #aginggracefully #agingbackwards #retirementlife #retirementrocks #over50
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 11, Sat July 11. Plum juice! I know, not as exciting as Mouse In The House! from a few days ago but it is today’s project. We have a backyard plum tree that every year looks pretty from the kitchen window when it is in blossom and produces a huge crop of purple plums that mostly go unused. When they are ripe we pick a few and eat them, but they are almost too juicy to be pleasant. Most of them fall to the ground and the deer wander into the yard for their own Plumfest. We also have a couple of fruit-bearing apple trees farther down the yard near the garden. Some of the apples taste OK but they can be kind of tart and most years they are kind of pithy. Maybe they don’t get enough water down there; it’s true that we count on them to be kind of self-sufficient which is probably not the perfect fruit-orchard policy. This year, though, we’ve got a Strategic Plum Plan. We will harvest them and make juice. A lot of philosophies that I believe in and try to practice roll into this: live lightly; refuse, reuse, recycle; go off the grid; self-sufficiency; eat healthy. For decades I have enjoyed gardening (though Enid is the main gardener around here now) and eating what I grow, but another one of my philosophies is to not labor too hard at it – I want the plants to do most of the work with just a little assist from me . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #howtoretire #oldandintheway #aarp #seattle #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #retiredyoung #retirementplanning #retirementplan #retirementgoals #babyboomer #bartbecker #justquitalready #oldandintheway #aarp #old #aging #aging #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #over70 #gettingold #secondact #seattle #seniormoment
Just Quit Already: Day-By-Dat Through Year One of Retirement. Day 10, Fri July 10: One thing that is emphasized in all the books and blogs and advice about retirement – after the admonition to have your money lined up — is that creating a social network is important. Don’t forget to do things, they say. Preferably in groups. Personally I can’t think of anything more hideous than doing things in groups. But even I get the bigger message about not becoming isolated. That can’t be healthy, even for happy well-adjusted loners. Once that daily interaction with your work-family is gone it’s too easy to just stay in the house, pull the shades, and ignore that ringing phone. It can’t end well. I wouldn’t self-identify as anti-social or an introvert or a misanthrope (true, there are people I don’t want to be around but that’s for the factual reason that they are assholes) and I like to have fun. But, my family will readily tell you, I am also happy to skip a party, a reception, a gathering. Like anybody, I’m anxious that I not reveal my hidden motivations for this. Especially since they are also hidden from me. And, still, as Fay Wolf writes, countering my instincts, “You know who’re cool and great? Other human beings.” So, anyway, tonight we are walking up to the neighborhood Friday Night Potluck at the playfield just a few blocks from our house. . . (Read the rest of this entey, and this whole project, at bartbecker.com & on Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #justquitalready #babyboomer #bartbecker #retiredyoung #grandpa #seniormoments #seniormoment #retire #retired #retirement #retirementplan #retiredlife #retirementgoals #retirementlife #aging #agingwell #aarp #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #secondact #seattle #ownyourage #earlyretirement #silverdisobedience #oldandintheway #howtoretire
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 9, Thu July 9: Mouse in the house! You don’t have to be retired to have domestic rodentia, but this is my reality. A couple of nights ago Nadia chased, played with, and tormented a little mouse that got into the basement hallway. Elena freaked out and I wasn’t too happy with the development myself. I’m the kind of person who will trap spiders and set them loose outside but this situation calls for a less kind-and-gentle remedy. . . (Read more of this entry, and the whole project, at bartbecker.com and on Facebook at Bart Becker Projects. #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #aarp #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #gettingold #seniormoment #secondact #secondact #seattle #seniorlife #seniormoments #over50 #over60 #over70 #ownyourage #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retirementliving #retirementlifestyle #earlyretirement #seattle
Took A Walk Saw This. (See this whole project at bartbecker.com, more at Bart Becker Projects on Facebook.). #washingtontrails #seattlehikes #hiking #trails #rei #getoutside #seattle #hikingadventures #hikinglife #bartbecker #walking #walk #walks #pnw #pnwonderland
Here’s one I wrote, “Crazy Baby,” where I was able to work the words “non compos mentis” into the lyrics. I can’t sort out how to make a link so to hear it jump over to www.bartbecker.com or look it up on YouTube. #rocknroll #rootsmusic #rockabilly #americana #music #seattlemusic #rhythmandblues #vintagemusic #rockabillylife #rootsmusic #americanamusic #barband #soul #country #neorockabilly #honkytonk #indiemusic #musicbusiness #realgone #letsgetrealgone #seattle #bartbecker #americanmusic #songwriter #indieband #songwriting #songwriters #songwriterslife
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP I Asked So He Told Me I asked, so he told me: “You’re never gonna guard your heart. You’d better make other plans.” When I finished welding we sat and stared at the truck. There was a crummy little record player in the garage and he put on an old jazz album of Ben Webster playing those sad, beautiful saxophone ballads. About a minute into it I started bawling. He knew what was up because he just dug around in the cooler for another couple of beers, and when the record finished he turned it right over and started the other side. (Read more of this project over at bartbecker.com & like the Bart Becker Projects page on Facebook.) #bartbecker #lastsetatthepressuredrop #fiction #microfiction #shortstory #shortfiction #shortshortstory #writersofinstagram #writing #shortstories #seattle #rocknroll #blues #jazz
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 8, Wed July 8: There are different ways of being well-off, right? You can have a lot of money. Or you can feel good about yourself. Not mutually exclusive, of course. For the past few years – ever since I got serious about retiring – I’ve been reading the books and articles about how to do it right. I’m not putting any pressure on myself, but I’d rather succeed than fail. A Forbes listicle on Facebook said these are the factors for a happy retirement. For the moment, we’ll assume Forbes is on top of things. I just started retirement, but let’s see how I’m doing: 1. See your children or grandchildren. I talk, text or message with my college-age daughter regularly, and see her often. Since I both like her and love her, it’s true that this gives me great joy and will continue to add meaning to my life. The bigger point here, of course, is that family connections, communication and social involvement are all healthy. My own family – my brother and sisters – gets along fine but we’re scattered and we have our own lives so we don’t get together too often. We’re not one of those families that talks every day. Or every month. . . (Read more of this entry, and the whole project, at www.bartbecker.com and like the Bart Becker Projects page on Facebook. #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retirementgoals #retirementlife #retiredlife #aarp #old #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #gettingold #seniorlife #seniormoment #ownyourage #secondact #earlyretirement #seattle
Took A Walk Saw This. (See this while project at www.bartbecker.com and like the Facebook page Bart Becker Projects.). #washingtontrails #seattlehikes #hiking #hike #hikingadventures #hikes #walking #walk #walks #walkabout #tookawalk #bartbecker #seattle #pnw #rei #trailadventure #tookawalksawthis
Took A Walk Saw This. (See this whole project at www.bartbecker.com and also like the Facebook at Bart Becker Projects. #washingtontrails #seattlehikes #hiking #hike #walking #walk #walks #walkabout #trails #trail #tookawalk #bartbecker #walkingaround #hiking_lifestyle
Just Quit Already! Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 7, Tue July 7: I mowed the back yard slope. It may not seem like much but it’s a workout for me; 45 minutes of dragging the mower up and down the hill and I’m sweating at the end. The yard tractor failed to start a few months ago and I haven’t had the repair guy out yet. I will have to push the tractor from my lower yard up the hill to the driveway where he can get at it, so that’s not top priority right now. I mowed the whole shebang a month ago with the electric mower (and twice on the lawn right near the house) and now it’s a nature meadow out there. Since it is super dry, the lawn itself has gone dormant, but I still feel like I should give the rest of it a trim, if only to beat down the dandelions. We live on an acre and, while a lot of it is covered with trees and native plants – salal and mahonia and ferns — there’s still a lot of lawn. Last time it took me two separate days of a few hours each to git ‘er done. I also plug together two 50-foot extension cords and get my electric weed whacker to the farthest corners of the yard to take down the rough out there. . . (Read the rest of this entry, and the whole project, at www.bartbecker.com and on Facebook, Bart Becker Projects.). #retire #secondact #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retirementplanning #retirementgoals #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #aarp #old #babyboomer #bartbecker #over50 #over60 #justquitalready #secondact #secondact #seniorlife #seniormoment #seattle
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. . . . Around noonish, Elena and I went over to Lewis Creek Park. It’s a mile as the crow flies and four as we drive it. She ran a couple of miles hard and I walked two, hard, around the perimeter and through the cat tail swamps on the boardwalk. Then we drove the few blocks down the street to the Cougar Mountain Red Town Trailhead near our house and hiked four miles with plenty of elevation climb, about an hour-and-a-half all told. It was really a wonderful ramble through a beautiful forest, and a real good workout for me. It’s coolish and overcast. I’m wearing cargo shorts and a black Wailers T-shirt. We took a backpack with some nectarines and Kind Bars and trail mix and water and sat on boulders for a snack break at the point where we turned around and started back down. . . (Read the rest of this entry, and the while project, at www.bartbecker.com and like the Facebook page at Bart Becker Projects. #secondact #justquitalready #bartbecker #retire #retired #retirementplan #retiredlife #retirement #retirementgoals #retirementlife #ageisjustanumber #age #agingwell #over50 #over60 #aarp ##seniorlife #seniormoment #seattle #silverdisobedience #babyboomer
Here’s a song I wrote called “Ode to Billy Dye,” a soul-revue instrumental with a touch of the “Hawaii Five-0 Theme.” I don’t know how to make a direct link on here so jump over to listen to it on www.bartbecker.com or on YouTube. I’ve got a bunch of other ones I wrote on there, too. Rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, soul, r&b. #bartbecker #odetobillydye #songs #song #songwriting #songwriters #songwriter #rocknroll #rockabilly #rootsmusic #americana #americanmusic #seattle #vintagemusic #seattle #seattlesongwriter #nashvillesongwriter #lasongwriters #rockabillylife #indiemusic #indiemusician
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP Corrugated and Buzzing Hot The air was corrugated and buzzing hot. We were out under the grape arbors, eating cold fried chicken and throwing the bones in the bushes. Even the old people had on bikini shorts and undershirts, and wet hankies tied around their heads. The baby twins, the domineering little nippers, had quit playing in the Water Wienie and were just sitting bare-ass in the mud drinking warm orange pop. Nothing moved. Then the radio played “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” my sister flopped on her back to do the Alligator, and the little kids careened around her in those crazy tight circles, screaming the way they do. (Read more of this project at www.bartbecker.com and like the Facebook page at Bart Becker Projects. #lastsetatthepressuredrop #bartbecker #fiction #shortstory #shortfiction #shortshortstory #microfiction #seattle #seattlewriters #writersofinstagram #writing
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 5, Sun July 5: Simple things, am I right? We get up and skim both Sunday papers, Seattle Times and New York Times, dawdling over breakfast I made of fried up onions and potatoes and turkey sausage and eggs. I like to read the actual paper, not the online. Remember a few years ago when everybody was getting a Kindle and “Books Are Dead” was happening? That played out pretty quick, almost faster than when I-Pods bloomed and died. I skipped Kindles the same way I avoided the whole I-Pod Era. Procrastination, mainly, I just never got around to it. I never felt any big empty space in my life because of it. And somehow, ironically, Kindles and I-Pods are now looking even more obsolete than me. . . (Read this entire entry, and the whole project, at www.bartbecker.com and like my Facebook page at Bart Becker Projects. #secondact #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #babyboomer #bartbecker #justquitalready #over50 #over60 #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #old #seattle #silverdisobedience #retirementgoals #seniorlife #seniormoment
Took A Walk Saw This. July 5. (See this whole project at www.bartbecker.com and Bart Becker Projects on Facebook. #tookawalk #walking #washingtontrails #seattlehikes #seattlehikes #hiking #bartbecker #hiking #hikingadventures #hike #pnw #seattle
Just Quit Already! Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 4, Sat July 4: I put on an album (when I say “album” or “record” I mean CD; I missed the whole I-Pod era and digital and I-Tunes is way too much hassle – I have zero music on my phone, and almost none on my computer) of miscellaneous Nigerian Afro-Beat from the 70s –it was either that or John Phillip Sousa, right? — made a big breakfast fruit salad, drank a couple of cups of coffee, checked off a few little house chores, and we drove 20 minutes across town to Marymoor Park for our walk. . . (Read the rest of this entry, and the entire project, at www.bartbecker.com and also check out the Facebook page Bart Becker Projects. #justquitalready #bartbecker #retired #retire #retirement #retirementplan #aging #agingwell #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #aarp #old #secondact #silverdisobedience ##seniormoment #seniormoments #retiredlife #babyboomer
Took A Walk Saw This. July 3. (See this whole project at www.bartbecker.com and check out my Bart Becker Projects page on Facebook.) #walking #washingtontrails #walkabout #hiking #seattlehikes #hike #pnw #seattle #seattlehikes #walk #tookawalk #bartbecker #hikes #trails #trail
Just Quit Already! Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 3, Fri July 3: Oy! It’s hot in here! “Hot in hurr,” Nelly would say. I was already sweating at 9:30 in the morning. Everybody’s talking about how un-Seattle-like it is. Crazy thing, lots of past Fourth of July parties we’ve had to pull on parkas while eating our popsicles. The three-day holiday weekend starts today, which for me kicks off a three-thousand-day permanent vacation. For now, though, it’s 4 in the afternoon so Enid and I will take a walk and I’ll try to time things out so that I’m on the couch in a couple of hours to watch a couple of games. As it will turn out: Sounders Win! Mariners Win! (Read this whole project at www.bartbecker.com and check my Bart Becker Projects page on Facebook. #secondact #retire #retired #retirementplan #retirement #retiredlife #retirementlife #old #ageisjustanumber #age #aarp #secondact #seniorlife #seniormoment #seniorlife #over50 #over60 #justquitalready #bartbecker #babyboomer #seattle
Here’s a song I wrote, “Like Wow!” I wanted to write a high-school rocker about making out with somebody chewing Juicy Fruit, and the guys in the band knew what was up. I can’t make a link so to hear it, and a bunch of songs, go over to www.bartbecker.com, or YouTube, and Bart Becker Projects on Facebook. #rocknroll #rockabilly #americana #music #seattlemusic #rhythmandblues #vintagemusic #rockabillylife #rootsmusic #americanamusic #barband #soul #country #neorockabilly #honkytonk #indiemusic #musicbusiness #songwriter #songwriterslife #realgonerecords #realgone #letsgetrealgone #seattle #bartbecker #americanmusic #songwriter #songwriting
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP Hot Hot Hot The Pressure Drop was hot, hot, hot. Cuban music, barbecue, Red Stripe, lime slices, rubber flip flops, day-glo summer undershirts: by the time you made your way across the sweaty room you’d be wearing somebody else’s makeup. Packed hip-on-hip with sweet-tempered hillbillies and the tape came on Best of Don Cornelius Soul Train, Earth Wind & Fire, Teddy Pendergrass, and “That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it.” That ended and the stereo cranked in with “London Calling.” Old-timey. People were feeling so good that a bunch of women went out on the porch to shoot off their guns. The only glow was a string of Tiki-god lights and ripples of heat lightning way across the prairie. A big argument started up inside. When it died down, somebody cut the main lights in there and Nat King Cole came on the box singing “Mona Lisa.” (Read more of this project at bartbecker.com and like Facebook at Bart Becker Projects, and go ahead and follow this Instagram) #bartbecker #fiction #microfiction #shortfiction #shortstory #shortshortstory #writersofinstagram #writing #lastsetatthepressuredrop #shortstories #seattle
Took A Walk Saw This. July 2. (See this whole project over at bartbecker.com and like the Facebook page at Bart Becker Projects). #tookawalk #bartbecker #walkabout #trails #washingtontrails #pnw #hiking #hike #seattle #walking #walking
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 2, Thu July 2: Got up, puttered around listening to David Lindley’s “El Rayo X” CD, half-organized my various passwords for my online stuff, half-organized my Favorites. Along the same lines, one of these days I intend to clean up the junk drawer and straighten out the hand tools in my toolbox. “One of These Days” would be a good retirement motto. Instead, I took a nap. . . (Read this entire entry, and the whole project, at bartbecker.com, and like Bart Becker Projects on Facebook.). #justquitalready #aarp #gettingold #old #seniormoments #over50 #over60 #ageisjustanumber #ownyourage #agingwell #babyboomer #secondact #retire #retired #retirement #retirementlife #earlyretirement #retiredlife #seniorliving #aging #aginggracefully #bartbecker #seattle
Took A Walk Saw This. July 1. (See this whole project over at bartbecker.com. Facebook at Bart Becker Projects). #tookawalk #walking #washingtontrails #hiking #hike #pnw #bartbecker #seattle #northwesthikes #pnwtrails #walkabout
Just Quit Already! Day-by-day through Year One of retirement. July Day 1, Wed July 1: Changed out the kitty litter, tied up some sprawling tomato plants with green twine, and went swimming for a couple of hours at our neighborhood pool a few blocks from home. I am digging this retirement gig. (Read this whole project over at bartbecker.com.) #retire #retired #retirement #retiredlife #secondact #ageisjustanumber #age #seniorlife #seniormoment #seattle #justquitalready #bartbecker #retirementgoals #retirementplan
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP Guy Shot at Him, Got Me Right There “It was on a Sunday afternoon at the Pressure Drop. Band was playing ‘Messin’ With the Kid,’ fight break out. Everybody was running, I ran, too. Guy shot at him, got me right there.” “Jesus Christ!’ “Bust that big leg bone. Laid me up for about six months, then on crutches. I ain’t doing too bad now. Leg give out now and then.” (Read more of this project over at bartbecker.com) #fiction r#shortfiction #microfiction #shortstory #shortshortstory #lastsetatthepressuredrop #bartbecker #poetry #rocknroll #blues #seattlewriters #writersofinstagram
Took A Walk Saw This. June 30. #walk #walkabout #trails #hike #hiking #seattle #bartbecker #pnw
Just Quit Already: Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day Minus-1, Tue June 30: I sit down to pay the bills with a cup of Borneo coffee from a Sarawak roaster, brought home as a gift by Elena in her luggage. Excepting a few things that are on automatic-withdrawal payment, I still write checks and mail them in. It works for me. As the bills arrive in the mail I stash them in the same black fabric attaché bag I toted to work for 20 years. I’ve habitually been paying the bills every Monday since forever and see no reason to stop this routine now (I know that today is Tuesday, but yesterday was special, with Elena’s homecoming). One of my retirement to-dos is to audit all of our regular bills, over time, and see where we can economize . . . (Read the rest of this post, and the whole project, at bartbecker.com) #retired #retirement #retiredlife #justquitalready #age #aarp #bartbecker #seattle #seniormoment #ageisjustanumber #secondact #retire
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP She Was Kind of High She says, ‘I got a date.’ I say, ‘Where your date at, honey? Your date in the building anywhere? ‘Cause I don’t wanna blow your date just sitting here talking to you ’cause your date might wanna be talking to you.’ She says, ‘No, he’s supposed to come by my house and pick me up. We’re gonna go to the movies.’ ‘Movies?’ She says, ‘Yeah.’ I say, ‘Who you gonna see?’ She say, ‘No, we just going out for a movie. I met him up in the Pressure Drop and we started talking and everything. He supposed to come by and pick me up.’ I said, ‘Hey, you never saw my picture did you?’ ‘No, where you playing?’ I said, ‘Remember this picture,’ I said, ‘I was playing this picture, “Get ‘Em If You Can & Catch ‘Em All.”’ ‘She was kind of high, she said, ‘ . . . No.’ I talk to her a bit. I said, ‘Hey, honey, I tell you what, we can drink some,’ I said, ‘since you don’t smoke.’ She said, ‘Well, I’m high now.’ I said, ‘What are you high and you keep drinking this motherfucking beer?’ I said, ‘You driving?’ She said, ‘No, I’m not driving,’ she said, ‘I’m riding my bicycle.’ I said, ‘Well, you might break your motherfucking leg.’ She said, ‘ ‘Scuse me?’ (Read more of this project over at bartbecker.com). #fiction #shortfiction #microfiction #bartbecker #lastsetatthepressuredrop #seattle #seattlewriter #writersofinstagram #rocknroll #writing #rockfiction #rockwriting #shortstory #shortstories
Took A Walk Saw This. June 29. (See the whole project over at bartbecker.com ) #tookawalk #bartbecker #hike #hiking #pnw #trails #seattle #walkabout #seattlehikes #washingtontrails #walking
Just Quit Already: (Day-by-Day Through Year One of Retirement). Day Minus -2, Mon June 29: Elena is home from Borneo so we spend all day catching up on details of life in Kuching and Sarawak and everything I didn’t know about that. In other words, everything. (Read this entire project over at bartbecker.com). #retired #retirement #age #aging #agingwell #old #seniormoment #over50 #over60 #bartbecker #silverdisobedience #justquitalready #bestretirement #howtoretire #aarp #seniorliving #seattle
Took A Walk Saw This. June 28. See the whole project over at bartbecker.com. #walk #walking #walkabout #hike #hiking #nwtrails #pnw #tookawalksawthis #bartbecker seattle
LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP Try a Little Tenderness At Tiny’s Fruit Stand, a disintegrating tin-and-plank juke joint, it is after hours, which means only that we stop drinking B&B or Blue Ribbon –what we call “legal” — and start on the homemade — “corn” or “jar.” This is Tiny’s idea of protocol; she won’t serve the lightning during business hours. She is huge, beautiful, and counting cash at the bar with her stoic boyfriend Dimples; “cute” is the word women use about him. A couple of half-drunks with bleached bouffant hairdos start singing pretty harmony on “Try A Little Tenderness,” Tiny makes that delicate little movement with her mouth, and pulls Dimples in close. Read more of this project over at bartbecker.com. #fiction #microfiction #seattle seattlewriter #shortfiction #writing #rocknroll #lastsetatthepressuredrop #shortstory #writersofinstagram #shortstories #bartbecker
Just Quit Already! (Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement). Read more of today’s post, and see the entire project, at bartbecker.com. Day Minus-3, Sun June 28: A regular old Sunday morning: coffee, two Sunday papers, a sprinkling of raspberries from the garden for raspberry pancakes that we take onto the back deck to eat. Carlene Carter’s “Little Love Letters” on the box. I’m reading two bedside books simultaneously and they turn out to be basically the same book by different authors: “Your Band Stinks” and “No Hit Wonder.” The plot of both: guys form high-school or college bands, never get famous, are still touring in a van at age 40-something. In both of these cases they seem more pathetic than noble (they were always grabbing for the wrong brass ring . . . #justquitalready #aarp #gettingold #old #seniormoment #over50 #over60 #ageisjustanumber #aging #agingwell #babyboomer #boomerlife #secondacts #bartbecker #secondacts #retirement #retired #retirementlife #seniorlife #silverdisobedience
Just Quit, Already! Day-by-Day through Year One of Retirement Prologue My Retirement Goals: 1. Simplify 2. Take Control 3. Get a Deeper Connection Day Minus-4, Sat June 27, 2015: Is it too neurotic – or just healthily neurotic enough — to start keeping this retirement journal four days before I’m even really officially retired? Today I popped awake right on schedule at 6:15, as usual, as I’ve been doing for 40-some years, and then got all decadent and slept back in until 7:30. This is not even my real First Day of Retirement; I’m on the books at work through next Tuesday, June 30, then I’m lost history as of July 1. But starting today I will never step into the office again. As of five o’clock yesterday I now share something in common with President Obama and Beast Mode: He Gone. Read more of this day’s entry, and see the whole project at www.bartbecker.com. #justquitalready #bartbecker #aarp #gettingold #old #seniormoments #over50 #over60 #over70 #ageisjustanumber #ownyourage #aging #agingwell #babyboomer #boomerlife #secondacts retirement #retired #retiredlife #seniorlife #silverdisobedience
See more of the project at www.bartbecker.com email: bartbartbecker@gmail.com LAST SET AT THE PRESSURE DROP I Can’t Help It If I’m Lucky This all started right around Easter with a song I couldn’t get out of my head –“Casanova” by LeVert. I was sitting on a green park bench singing it when he sat down next to me and struck up a conversation so familiar you would have thought we knew each other from kindergarten. It couldn’t have been even five minutes before he turned and said, “Hey, Sweet, knock me a kiss.” After that we just kept on going. I can’t help it if I’m lucky. #fiction #shortfiction #microfiction #bartbecker #seattle #rocknroll #seattlewriters #writersofinstagram
Reflecting on last Saturday night and all of these bright futures! Where will they go where will they be? #brightfutureahead #classof2018 🎓❤️ #maplegroveseniorhigh #bartbecker
Anyone have a copy of this book? The history of Nebraska Records by #bartbecker . The discography covers the 60s thru the mid 80s with label and catalog numbers of everything
Mina seiko arigato Kakakakawaii (?) #avrillavigne #bartbecker