RetComLife #2 About Me

The words below were originally written for my “About” page but I think it also makes a good starter for this new series.


I know the title to this new category of posts is kind of cryptic. It stands for “Retirement Community Life”. It is a journal about my life in a retirement community. I am new to this world in that, at the time of writing these words, I have been a resident for only one month. 😏. I have a lot to learn about how to get along in this brave new world. I think you will find these posts to be informative and hopefully a little amusing. Will Rogers is one of my major heroes in life, so RetComLife will be written in a tongue-in-cheek style as he taught me.

It is my intention to give you some insight from my personal perspective into what life is about in a typical up-scale retirement community. I want to make it clear up front that I am NOT talking about nursing homes that dot most city landscapes. That is a different story entirely.

I know that my being a deaf Aspie puts an unusual spin on my view of this world, but I think much of what I say might apply to all of you at some time in your life. I will try to add a dose of discovery to each post and I hope that through me, you have a glimpse into this world. Who knows, you, like me, might end up in one sooner than you think. Or maybe you currently reside in a retirement community, if so, I would love to hear your comments about it.

I originally planned on giving you a chronological narrative, but like many other things my brain just isn’t that organized right now, and maybe it never will be again. If you have any questions about RetComLife let me know. I would be happy to look into it for you. I want to tell you up front that after a month in this environment, I am very happy indeed. 😆 Even though it is vastly different from my recent experiences, I, for the most part, much enjoy this new world.

4 thoughts on “RetComLife #2 About Me

  1. As your experience proves, we never know the timing of a major life change. That said, I expect to be living in a retirement community within the next 8 years. I am looking forward to what you share about your transition into this type of living style and what daily life’s like.

    My wife and I are rather solitary creatures. How we adapt to a more communal environment is an open question.

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    1. Thanks for the thoughts, Bob. Yeah, life changes kind of hit you on the back of the head before you realize they are there. I am a big planner, have been all my life, and I realized this time would likely come. I thought I was ready for it, but I don’t think anyone really is.

      Looking at it now, I can see that I will need to do some serious adjustments here to begin to fit in. I hope I am up to that challenge… but it will make for some interesting posts. 😉

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  2. Like Bob, living in a retirement community is our our radar too. Several years ago we put our name on the list for a community in MN, after being told there was a five year wait list. Not ready yet, but when the time comes…

    It is the same place where my sister-in-law lives. She really enjoyed the place for the last eight years, but is now in full time nursing care thanks to Alzheimer’s. The idea of progressive care is attractive, although I hope we won’t need it.

    Will be interested in following your experiences, and wishing you all the best in this new phase of life. So glad you are happy there!

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    1. Thanks, Daryl. How I got here so quickly is going to make for an interesting post. I don’t want to tell that until it is the right time. I had to make a quick decision and disregard all the doubts I had about it… more on that soon.

      I still get a lot of referrals from Bob’s now defunct blog, so I know there are others out there that share the same thoughts.

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