Now before I leave my cozy little secure bunker and head out into the cruel unknown I will first share with you a few facts.

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1. It gets damn cold in Iowa in the winter time.

2. Hawaii is expensive.

3. My wife wants to go to Europe.

4. Our “nest egg” may not last long.

5. The sun in Iowa is the same sun I will see in Croatia.

6. Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Greece are not all of the world.

7. Camping is complicated.

My wife and I are bowing out of the working world and exiting are…


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We use numbers to quantify everything, or my mind does. Let’s start with my age or your age. I have reached 60 years of age. What does this tell me? There is a strong possibility that I have lived over 50% of the years I will in my lifetime. If I am fortunate enough to live to be 100 (do I want to live to 100?) I have used up 60% of my life span. I am in relatively good shape today so I am hopeful to live to be 80 years of age, that makes me 75% of my…


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Actually I will be retiring for a second time and my wife will be retiring with me. I retired the first time in October of 2020 at the age of 60. Twenty-four years with the USPS was enough and I was eligible to retire. My wife, two years younger has a good job with benefits and a 401K.

I spent the first six months after retiring at home in the middle of the pandemic and made the decision to go back to work full-time in April of this year. Shortly after I started the new job my wife informs me…


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My stories are short as is my attention span. If I can’t share a story with you in about two minutes then it is too long to tell. I am a good storyteller I have been told, but my ability to write a good story is lacking. I need to be able speak, use my hands and facial expressions, raise and lower the volume as I convey my story.

I write very little and do not take the time to learn how to write right. I enjoy reading stories on Medium but usually only of the shorter variety, five minutes…

Brian Harder

I love you! To my kids who will one day read these words! Forever their Life Coach and they are mine!

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