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!

A few side trips…

We don't only travel with the Airstream.  Sometimes it is cheaper to actually stay in a hotel.  I figure 2 nights is about the break even point.  It would cost about the same to take the Airstream or not.

The weekend after our last trip (the Death Valley one in the previous post), Roxie was working and on a home visit.  She went into a clients house and proceeded to severely twist her ankle not seeing the sunken living room in the darkened house.  A coworker and her supervisor were present also and witnessed the incident.  This made it a workers comp claim (we won't start down that path).  She was off her ankle for weeks and there were thoughts that she broke part of it.  Luckily we did find out it was NOT broken but she had to wear a 'stylish' ankle boot for quite a while.

This affected our traveling also.  I didn't feel that Roxie could manage in the trailer, especially getting up and down the steps, so our next 3-day (remember she gets one every 5 weeks) was in February.  This was to be a hotel trip.  We went over to Pismo Beach and stayed in a hotel there for the first time ever.  We picked the SeaCrest.  This 3-day happened to fall on President's day so she got an extra day to make it a 4 day.  We went over on Sunday and came back on Tuesday.  Late Monday was really nice because all the 3-day weekend people had left.  Roxie's ankle did well but she was still in pain.

The next three day weekend, in March, was Roxie's pick.  She chose Bakersfield.  Bakersfield?  Wow.  I thought it was a bit strange, especially since it is only 75 miles away and it IS Bakersfield.  She wanted to try the Padre Hotel.  Some relatives had stayed there and enjoyed it.  They have totally revamped this hotel to make it more upscale.  They definitely achieved it, now if they could only upscale the downtown neighborhood a bit more.  One of the pluses is that we were able to discover some different restaurants there.  My favorite was Sunday morning.  We went to the 24th Street Cafe.  They had an amazing breakfast:

Makes me want to go back for more!

Next comes April.  This time we decided to go to Arizona to see my mother.  It had been MANY years since we had been to her house.  Again, no trailer.  This one broke the 2 night rule but three of them were free at my mom's house so it was really only one paid night.  We stopped in Desert Hot Springs on the way back.  I like to stop there on long trips because it is a good distance from home and there are a lot of naturally heated hot water pools.  I looked on TripAdvisor for hotels to stay at.  The top rated one was a spa that seem to be a bit snooty.  The second one was a 'clothing optional' locale.  Pass.  However the third was just right.  El Morocco Inn.  There are only 12 rooms, only 2 adults allowed per room.  The pool and jacuzzi were always open, they figured everyone was adult enough to be quiet when it was late.

I didn't tell Roxie where we were going until we drove up.  It is located in a neighborhood of houses which has a bit of an odd feel.  However, once you get inside you forget completely about the surroundings.  The owners have done a fantastic job of the Moroccan feel.  Fabrics hanging everywhere, fruit and other foods always available, our room even had a round bed.  The movie Casablanca is constantly playing in one of the common rooms.  We will be back there when winter comes around.

The way the calendar goes we did not have a 3-day getaway in May, although we did head to SF and help Hannah move out of her loft at the end of the school term.  The next 3-day getaway happened in June.  That is the subject of the next entry.