It’s Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer. I hope everyone is able to spend some quality time with friends and family today. Please remember Memorial Day is meant to honor men and women who died in service for the United States. I never served in the military and I’m thankful for all the men and women who take on that burden.
When I was working fulltime, I used to look forward to Memorial Day for many reasons.
- The last time we had a 3 day weekend was way back in February on President’s Day.
- Memorial Day usually signals the start of good weather in Portland. The long drizzly days of Fall, Winter, and Spring are almost behind us.
- First big firework display of the year at the waterfront park.
- It’s time to dust off the BBQ grill!
- Let’s go camping, not! We went camping on Memorial Day about 8 years ago and it rained the whole weekend. Now we wait until 4th of July to even consider camping.
Now that I’m somewhat retired, the 3 day weekends just don’t have that special magic anymore. It’s just like any other Monday for me and Jr. There is one big psychological effect, though. When I realized that the long Memorial Day weekend is coming, I instantly got lazy and didn’t want to write a blog post. Hey, if most of the US isn’t working, why should I? J Well, I settled for a compromise, so we’ll just do a short one today.
My somewhat retired week
Lately, life has been quite busy for me. I don’t know how I managed to find the time to work full time previously. I did a bunch of stuff last week.
Monday – Went to the gym, spent time with the kid, and blogged a bit.
Tuesday – We went to the zoo with Jr’s class. They finally got to the letter Z and decided to have a trip to the zoo. At first I was wondering why every kid needed a chaperone. Can’t they have 1 parent to 2 kids? Well, not really. The kids were running off at every opportunity and we really did need 1 to 1 supervision. There were a ton of other school groups at the zoo that day, too. I guess everyone had the same idea near the end of the school year.
Wednesday – Our cat passed away and I went to drop her off at the animal shelter. It’s really sad because she was a great companion for us for 11 years. We went to visit a park next to the Sandy River afterward to relax in nature a bit.
There was a big log across a pond and I decided to show Jr how to walk across the log bridge. Well, it was a bit less steady that I expected and I rushed the dismount at the end. I wanted to get down quickly so I could help the kid down and misjudged the distance from the log to the ground. It was about a foot higher than it looked and I fell, my ribs landing on a big rock… It knocked the breath right out of me, but I had to jump right up to grab the kid before he jumped down after me. Luckily, nothing is broken, but I’m still hurting today. The ribs did their job of protecting the vital organs. I just wished the brain did its job better…
Thursday – We went to sign the papers to finalize the 4 plex sale. It looks like we actually did pretty well. We invested about $75,000 and made about $65,000 after all the fees. We’ll have to pay tax on this gain (estimated $15,000), but it’s still not bad at all for 2 and a half years. Now we have some liquidity to invest in the stock market or we can roll it into another property. That’s the nice thing about real estate investing. You can leverage your investment with a mortgage.
Friday – Took it easy and nursed my injured ribs, legs, and pride.
Whew, when you don’t work full-time, you can do things at your own pace. Well, I probably could have taken time off to deal with these things if I was still working, but they would have been more stressful.
Actually, it is extremely nice to have Mrs. RB40 around so we can spend more family time together. She has been very busy with work this year so she really appreciates the extra time off to catch up on some things.
Have a great Memorial Day and the rest of the week!
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