I’ve been retired two weeks now and it still doesn’t seem real. Of course we haven’t been home very much so these two weeks have really just seemed like a vacation. The first week we flew down to visit my parents in Escondido. They had a list of projects for us and we got most of them done. It was nice to just spend some time with them. They are both doing quite well considering that my Dad has had type one diabetes for over 50 years and my Mom has problems with her balance.
Dad wanted a summary of their investments that I could update weekly and that he could print each week. I set up a Google spreadsheet that we could share. It seems to work quite well although this week he is having problems printing it. On the whole I really like using web based applications and Google spreadsheets will definitely be one I use.
This past week we went to Reno and Tahoe. Because it is a very slow time of year in both those places we had free rooms which we ended up essentially paying for through our gambling losses. The trip was fun and though we lost overall we had some good winning streaks. Unfortunately we had just a few more losing streaks.
While we were staying at Harrah’s in Reno the residential hotel next door burned down. Even though there is a fire station in the next block there were nine people killed. I found it amazing that the fire didn’t disrupt the casinos or Harrah’s Hotel (which is right across the street) at all. We walked out the back door of the hotel and watched four ladder trucks pouring water on the hotel and what looked like at least 20 fire trucks working around the building.Several of them were still there in the morning as we looked out of the parking garage into the still smoking remains of the hotel. The night before when we went up to our room while the fire was still burning we could smell smoke quite strongly in the halls but not at all in our room. From what we experienced there was never even a mention of the fire or any possibility of evacuation in Harrah’s. When we left Reno the news people were still saying that only one person had died but since then they have found more bodies and the there may still be more. The whole experience was sobering.
Lake Tahoe was, as always, beautiful even though it rained pretty much the whole time we were there. We stayed at Harveys Hotel and had wonderful dinner one night at the restaurant on the 19th floor. As I said earlier this is the slowest time of the year especially in Tahoe so when Duke came out of the restaurant men’s room and said he wanted to show me something we had the place to ourselves. I about died laughing when I saw the paintings over the urinals. Each painting was of colorful young woman. One was holding a camera, another one was holding a tape measure, and another one was pointing and covering her mouth!
This coming week will be busy but we don’t have any more travel plans for a while.