Slightly Retired

"I'll admit it. I've loved retirement from the very first day. I've loved being at home and have never been bored. My reaction could be the result of the lifestyle of a retiree--no commute, relatively few hassles, and optional dress or no dress.Occasionally, a non-retiree will ask me, Don't you find retirement boring? What do you do, watch daytime TV? If asked, don't admit to watching and liking daytime TV, simply answer, Retirement is great, kiddo, take my word for it. I need only remind myself of no boss, no getting up before dawn, no supervisor, no itchy tight clothes, no overtime. Being at home is beautiful.Other recollections can make retirement a joy, as well as daytime TV --never having to call in sick, never having to think up an excuse for being late, never having to go to an office party. And there are more. Let's not knock daytime TV watchers. If one wants to be at home and watch daytime TV, nothing wrong with that. There was a time, 20 years ago or more, when TV wasn't so hot. The commercials were all about sugar-coated cereals and new, improved products for the overworked housewife. Today even watching commercials can be eye-opening, and the endless talk shows and celebrity interviews are enlightening, sometimes even funny.Retirees aren't the only people who may be watching daytime TV these days. I've observed that a high percentage of at-homesare not retirees; they could be classified as inepts. Clumsiness has become rampant, especially in places where people work. Add to the clumsy group the overly energetic ones suffering from misadventures while participating in any one of the many sports. Then, add again the masochists enduring strains and sprains from overdoing on the machines at fitness clubs. There must be millions of stay-at-home refugees, not to be confused with retirees, secretly happy to be away from an icky boss and a dead-end job.It could be concluded, with some accuracy, that the majority of home-bounds watching daytime TV are swathed in casts, braces, bandages, and ice packs. Any one of them would say it's better than having to tote a can of Mace around to fend off his or her boss. Probably a good many of them are spending time on the phone talking with a lawyer. Retirees, except for an occasional fall from a ladder or off a curb, are more attentive to their physical well being.Let's not forget, as does the government and big business, the poor at home. Many of us can attest to the fact that watching daytime TV and being poor can lead to credit card problems. I'm sure there are more millions out there watching TV in the middle of the day whose credit is so lousy they can't even buy a cell phone. Of course, I wouldn't know any of them personally.Daytime TV has a few suggestions for such a situation: Join the U.S. Army or take out a bunch of student loans. Many of the at homes wouldn't qualify, and others have already tried and are back again watching daytime TV. The more recent commercials suggest calling a psychic, but then there's that $40 fee. But, daytime TV is trying to help. Not to be overlooked is the perfect solution for a large credit card debt--take out more debt in the form of a second mortgage on the old homestead. Of course, not every one owns a house. And, it can be difficult to watch TV in the middle of the day and make additional payments on a second mortgage; that alone can lead to bad credit. There are THOSE PEOPLE among us, I won't mention any names, who do make unkind assumptions about others who watch daytime TV, whether retired or not. My advice to daytime watchers is to be cool, never admit to it, but if trapped, say, Oh, I wasn't watching TV, I was taking a nap and didn't even know it was on.Around The Senior CenterAN EXCLUSIVE (not in the Senior News): Shopping trip to the Alderwood Mall, Tuesday, May 9, $15. Call Margaret 321-1600. CORRECTION: The 55-Alive, Defensive Driving classes, have been moved to Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 &18. BASEBALL: The bus on Sunday, Aug. 27, Mariners vs. White Sox, still has a few seats left, cost $26, 300 level, game starts 1:30 p.m.TRIP: Deadline May 5, for overnight bus trip on June 3-4, to the famous Toppenish Mural Festival, with a tour of Yakima Museum; ride on the Semcoe & Western Railroad, dine at the #1 rated El Ranchito Restaurant, stay at the Comfort Inn in Zillah. Cost $134 person.BINGO: Sign up by May 15 for the Swinomish trip on Thursday, May 18. A very full day and evening of bingo with great prizes. Free bus, meals on own. Call for reservation and more information, 321-1600.Bayview Center Activity ScheduleMonday, May 1: 8:30 a.m. foot clinic by app't., 9 a.m. bridge, 9 a.m. tai chi, 9:30 a.m. Investment class, 10 a.m. stretch & strengthen, 11:45 a.m. lunch, 7 p.m. investment class.Tuesday, May 2: 8:30 a.m. foot clinic by app't., 8:45 & 9:45 a.m. tai chi, 10 a.m. Time Together, 11:45 a.m. lunch, 1 p.m. writing group, 3:30 p.m. hula.Wednesday, May 3: 9:30 a.m. hearing clinic by app't., 9:30 a.m. computer class, 10 a.m. quilters, 11:45 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m. computer class, 3:30 p.m. computer class, 6 p.m. BINGO.Thursday, May 4: 10 a.m. stretch & strengthen, 10 a.m. arts & crafts, 11:45 a.m. pinochle, 1:30 p.m. Rainbow singers, 1:30 p.m Crones, 2 p.m. computer class.Friday, May 5: 9-12 a.m. SHIBA by app't., 10 a.m. Time Together, 9 a.m. bridge, 10:45 a.m. Fun Band, 11:45 a.m. lunch. "

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