Thursday, December 31, 2009
The Last Day
Today is the last day of the year and the decade. And what a decade it has been.
I started out the decade with a well paying job and satisfying job that utilized all my skills and experience I had gained working for thirty five years in bank trust operations. I was living in my dream home on seven acres of pristine woodland property in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
My 401K and IRA accounts were worth over a quarter million dollars. Family and friends I have known all my life were alive and well.
I ended the decade having many of my friends and family either to death or dementia. Most of my savings were wiped out in the Tech Bubble. I sold my wooded paradise home in Pennsylvania at $195,000 less than my asking price.
I retired to Delaware to escape the high taxes of Pennsylvania. My new home in Delaware now has a mortgage (my first since 1979) that won’t be paid off until I’m 95 years old.
Several of my good friends have died. Others have had life threatening illnesses. My best friend and my Mother are now suffering from dementia.
Our country is vastly different on this last day of the decade that it was the first day of the decade, which I remember well (I worked the night shift at the hotel where I worked at that time.) The events of 9/11 changed all of that.
This year I will also be working at a hotel, the night shift. Where will I be ten years from now? If I’m alive, I am quite sure I will be by myself.
I have no doubt the next decade will see changes that are unforeseen at this time. Hopefully, they will be for the better. But nothing in this life is guaranteed. The past decade is proof enough.
Happy New Year everyone!