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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Men retire; women re-direct.


( Portland, on the Willamette River, @ 2010, early morning cruising. No, this is not our boat.)

I don't have to convince any women my age that retirement for women is different than it is for men. Men and women may be in the same boat, but they focus on their surroundings differently.

Men talking to women:
1. Let's do nothing today.
2. Better yet, let's just go down river...

Women:
1. I have laundry to do.
2. Were you not going to clean the garage today?

18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

garage?
we have a garage?
um, i did, i swept it ...um....the other day...smiles.

joeh said...

Today...the garage can always be cleaned out tomorrow!

And I do the laundry. Clean, dry and fold...Mrs C does re-fold her stuff though.

Yael said...

For me the laundry and the garage could wait forever for choosing an outing to the river and doing nothing together with my husband! :-)

Rian said...

You made me think about the word, *re-tire*. What exactly does that mean? Sounds like putting new tires on a car. The English seem to use *made redundant* which is even more depressing. There must be a better word to describe this adventure into leisurely old age?

Friko said...

I really like the men’s attitude. I am always keen to do nothing.

A Cuban In London said...

How true! Loved this post. :-)

Greetings from London.

yaya said...

Hmmm...We're not retired but somehow that's the same conversation we've had a few times. I guess that's one part of the "planning for retirement" stage I have down pat!

Rubye Jack said...

This is just one more example of how I think like a man. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria .. oh how I'd love to do nothing: but I have the choice .. sadly I choose "to do" .. but that's life!!

Enjoy your to dos and your freedom of enjoying life ..cheers Hilary

The Broad said...

My husband would claim it's the other way around...

Tom Sightings said...

I have no idea what you're talking about. The men I know are all busy: we drink coffee; read the newspaper; watch TV; go out for ice cream; play with our tools; run our machines; spend hours on the golf course; watch more TV; and fall into bed exhausted every night!

Marty Damon said...

If only men actually cared if they had clean laundry - then we'd have leverage!

Becky Jerdee said...

Haha, so true. Thanks for the LOL:)

dianefaith said...

It is the other way around at our house. My husband is always thinking about the next chore. I like to ease into them, walk into the room and start doing without any kind of planning ahead. I does occur to me that I'm lazy, but maybe that's not the right word. Maybe there's a kinder word.

the walking man said...

Man: Honey we have four pair of underwear between us, three sets of shorts and sandals, two snuggies. I think the laundry can wait. Let's eat!

Lydia said...

What is most amazing about this is that my husband actually cleaned the garage on Saturday. True, he is not retired but it has taken him seven years. Wonders never cease!

Happy Memorial Day weekend to you and your husband!

troutbirder said...

With my beloved serious health issues I mostly take care of both side of the aisle...:)

Hilary said...

Ain't that the truth! But doing nothing once in a while should be a priority over cleaning.