Greetings and salutations. As time goes on y'all will come to appreciate my sense of humor. (OK, maybe not everybody.) A little dry, sort British sometimes, and seldom take anything TOO seriously.
Why a Parole date? Because after 23 years of working Federal prisons (mostly maximum security penitentiaries) I will be retiring in 20 months. Been planning since I was 14 to be a Marine, a cop, and retired by 50. Spent three years with Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. Worked the roads for two years before I decided it was safer in prison. And will receive my "parole" on my 50th birthday.
Wasn't real smart about finances as a youngster, so we're working on clearing up the debt now. In the meantime, my federal retirement plan is still pretty good and I'll go out with about 60-65% guarenteed monthly income.
I've been reading "The Millionaire Next Door" and "How To Survive Without a Salary". Re-inforced ideas I sort of came up with myself; living below your means, conserver lifestyle vs consumerism, etc. I mean, who really "retires" to the rocking chair on the front porch, especially at only 50 years old? We all do SOMETHING, just to keep from bouncing off the ceilings and walls. So I've got three gigs lined up for "casual income".
I'm a motorcycle fanatic. So this spring I am becoming a certified "Rider Coach" for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Pays about $17 an hour, and each weekly course is between 16 and 24 hours.
The second gig is getting certified as a Motorcycle Referee for professional bicycle races. What a BLAST! They pay my mileage, and between $50 and $100 per day. And if it's a multi-day race like the Tour de Georgia or Tour de Toona they pay my hotel too. Make about $200 a day for a local day race and aboaout $1000 for the week long ones. And all I do is ride my motorcycle and enforce the rules.
Last, but not least, I've been teaching in one format or another since 1975. I've taught literally every age from 3 years old to 83 years old. Taught for the USMC, Red Cross, American Heart Assoc, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Well, here in PA they don't require a teaching license for substitute teachers. And since I don't want a real job, long-term subbing, or tenure that's perfect for the non-riding season.
DW (I gather that means "da wife") will continue working her bank job until she gets sick of it. If she makes it an extra 8 years from my parole date she'll get her own "gold watch" too. If she gets sick of it, phooey - just quit. We've never planned on her income for retirement anyway.
Looking forward to learning a lot here.
Stay safe folks.