Friday, April 28, 2017

The Plan

When I was a kid, my best friend and I had what we called simply "The Plan."  It was ingenious.  The idea was that if we were ever confronted by a bully or group (herd?) of bullies, my best friend, who had a flare for the dramatic, would distract them and I, being the larger of the two of us, would hit them from behind with whatever convenient, preferably heavy, object I could find.

Thankfully, we never actually had to use "The Plan" since there really weren't any bullies around to be thwarted, and I'm pretty sure it's not going to come into play anytime soon, so I am officially stealing its name.

So please allow me to unveil...

The Plan

  1. Buy a house in Maine
  2. Between now and the time my son graduates from high school (2027, assuming he holds up his end of the bargain), do the following:
    • Enjoy trips to the house in Maine
    • Hike a lot
    • Save enough money to retire
    • Prepare the house in Maine for full-time residence
  3. Retire
  4. Sell the house in Virginia and pretty much everything in it
  5. Hike home to Maine
Much like its original incarnation, The Plan is elegant in its simplicity (and naming).  It's also a bit short on details, like HOW we're going to do all of this, but that's what we're going to explore on this blog.

As of this posting, step 1 is done and step 2 is in progress.  Steps 3 and 4 are a little ways away, and could actually end up swapping places when the time comes.  Step 5 is a topic of constant discussion and planning.

In future posts, I'm going to explore each of these steps in detail.  But for now, you've been thumped on the head with the heaviest object of them all - The Plan - so you're going to need a little time to recover.

Until next time!

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