Urban Camping

If you remember from the previous post we had to cut our Casini trip a bit short. This was due to an upcoming surgery for Roxie. She has had leg pain for many years but it had just recently got much worse. So much so that it was impacting her mobility and quality of life. MRI’s and X-Rays found a grade 2 slippage between her L5 and S1 vertebrae. This was impinging on the nerves going to her legs. Hence the leg pain. Surgery was scheduled to fuse L4, L5 and S1 with bone and screws. However, before any surgery, there are many tests and clearances. This is what shortened our trip, but that is OK (I like you a lot).

Her surgery was finally scheduled for 4/22 and she had to be in Fresno at 6am for surgery. That would normally mean we would have to leave Visalia a bit after 5am (ugh). But she also needed a shower cleansing before surgery so that means getting up even earlier (double ugh). The solution? Go camping!

I was already thinking of this solution a few weeks ahead. I checked out the street behind the surgery center, I checked the Fresno codes for parking. It was all set. I knew where I wanted to park and was hoping it was open when we got there.

Roxie also knew from a previous surgery that it is not good for me to sleep in the same room as her as she is convalescing. I snore just a little.

We left the Tuesday night before and parked on the street behind the building. I made sure that I parked the trailer’s tongue right up to a red curb that was near a parking entrance. That way I could ensure that no one could block me in when we had to take her home.

Here is where we parked:

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Roxie’s surgery went well but she had to stay two nights. But this was OK. I could stay there all day in her room but recuse to the trailer so we could both sleep. On the morning of her discharge we hooked up and went home. It worked out very well and no one bothered us at all.

Oh, here is what they did to Roxie’s back:

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Things change…

I am sure my voluminous amount of blog readers have noticed that my retirement countdown clock has changed. Some of you may even have your own version of this on your computer desktops, like I do, because you are SO worried about our retirement!

Some thinking has changed.

Our initial thinking was to retire as soon as I could from work and draw PERS retirement. This would be 55 years of age which will happen this year (7/21/2015). However to get the maximum health care benefits from my employer I had to be there for 30 years. This would make the retirement date at 8/26/2015. But to squeeze a bit more out of the retirement I should wait until the next quarter came around which then made the date 10/22/2015. This was my carrot for years.

As the post title says, Things change…

The current thinking is to push the retirement date back on year to 10/22/2016 and the countdown now shows it.

Why push it back? It will give us a bit more time to pay off some more debt to make retirement easier and more fun. It will allow me to retire at a higher dollar amount due to being a bit older, having another year of service and maybe a higher base salary if we get a decent COLA this next fiscal year.

But there is one other factor. I started working at my job in 1985. I am still working in the same building and on the same floor as then. Currently our office is in the middle of building a new location and I would like to see that project through and have some time in it. Here is a picture of the building at the time of the blog post (click on the picture to get the current view):



So we hope all this will work out. We will retire one of these days, with any luck it will be on the day the counter to the right of this page says!