Retirement Talk for Boomers, Seniors and RetireesWhat to do with the Rest of Your Life?
Episode 120 Road Trip Part 13: “
The Hilton Hotel in the old district of Savannah was our choice for two night’s accommodations, but it cost too much. We dislike driving and wanted to be able to park our car and walk or bike to wherever we might want to go. We wanted a fitness room in which we could do some strength training. And we had to have a reliable Internet connection.
We decided to try to talk our way into a lower rate for the room. “That’s a bit more than we intended on spending,” we said. The desk clerk looked again at her computer and then wrote a lower number on a piece of paper. Once again, we looked at each other and said with a grimace, “Well, that’s closer, but it is still more than we budgeted for this stop.” She quickly returned to the computer for just a few seconds and then wrote down another number that was forty dollars less than where she started. We took the room – it was a suite – and very nice. You might try that tactic some day.
This is Retirement Talk. I’m Del Lowery.
Our drive to
Brenda took a delightful two
hour walking tour of some of the old southern mansions. We biked from one park
to another and stopped to take innumerable pictures of beautiful old homes. Our
hotel was located next to the “market place” - a few blocks with just walking
streets; lots of shops, sidewalk restaurants, coffee stops, and buskers – we
always pause for sidewalk musicians. There’s lots of history in
Gordon Scoles lives just
south of the boarder between the two
Gordon and his wife, Pat,
The Scoles like Bennettsville as a retirement community. “It has lots of churches”, Pat said, “maybe 20. Then it has probably that many for blacks.” It has one tavern or bar. Drinking is akin to sinning. We tried to buy a bottle of wine to take to their house for dinner but the stores wouldn’t sell us one. “Not on Sunday”, the clerk said. The scanning machine wouldn’t even read the price. “Not on Sunday”.
We hadn’t seen the Scoles for 14 years. We started talking like we had just left off yesterday. Good friends seem to have this ability. It was Super Bowl Sunday and Pat, an avid fan, would jump out of the chair at any big play. We ate super bowl food and talked away all but the last few minutes. Then the close game demanded all of our attention.
The following morning Brenda and I went for a bike ride. Then Gordon took me out to the garage which serves as his weigh room. He lifts competitively and looks every inch a competitor. His weight is under control and he is rock solid – just as he was in his earlier college days. The demands of competitive weight lifting force him to watch his weight. He’s slimed down. The idea of having to jump up a class because of extra pounds provides real incentive to watch his diet. Perhaps that is what we all need; a good reason to watch what we eat; a reason or cause that we can believe in. It certainly works for him.
"We have a choice as we age: don't exercise and suffer the physical liabilities against your will, or exercise and consciously choose how you suffer. Conscious suffering, which is the result of choosing how you train, always results in growth." Frank Zane, Mr. Olympia
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