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Welcome friends, pull up a chair and grab yourself a hot ‘Cup of Joe’ and let’s chat for a while about what it’s like to be retired.

This past January 25th marked two years since I retired from my 26year career with CBSA – Canada Border Services Agency. I cannot believe how fast the past two years have flown by. Had my blank26 year career flown by this quickly, I could’ve been retired 15 years ago!

It’s taken me two years but I have officially experienced what many retirees sooner or later experience in their retirement. I completely lost track of time and eliminated a day from this past week. It’s not uncommon for retirees to temporarily forget which day of the week it is, but occasionally you can so lose track of time that you actually lose an entire day – for an entire day.

I woke up this morning believing today was Saturday. I’m usually an early riser, but on weekends I ‘sleep in’ to 7:00 or 7:30 AM. When I checked the Google app on my phone which shows me first thing each day what is on my daily schedule, I was surprised that a dinner event I have for Saturday night was not showing. I quickly looked at my smart phone calendar and saw it listed. I figured there must have been a glitch in the synchronization of the calendar with the Google app.

As I continued to lay in bed for a few moments thinking of the day before – what I thought was Friday, but was actually the world’s Thursday – I remembered that on more than one occasion things didn’t quite match up yesterday. For example, when I looked to watch my usual Friday night episode of Blue Bloods on TV last night, I didn’t see it listed in the CogecoTV guide. I figured it must have been preempted by another show.

And earlier in the day when I joined a friend for a beer at Rock Bottom, I noticed a lot of the patrons having the perch dinner and not the traditional Friday special of Halibut and Chips. I thought that was odd – but hey, to each their own taste.

Later in the afternoon I checked my on-line bank account expecting to see my CPP and Federal pension cheques deposited that were scheduled for deposit on the 27th of the month. When I didn’t see them posted I thought they must be getting deposited at the end of the day – a change from the usual posting. Turns out, that as a result of my confusion about what ‘day’ of the week it was, I also had the wrong date in ’my’ world!

And yesterday – my Friday and the rest of the world’s Thursday – I checked the times for the Saturday matinee showing of the movie “Silence”, thinking I might take it in the next day (Saturday) before attending my evening dinner event. And when I watched tv yesterday and heard commentators talk about an upcoming telephone conversation between President Trump and Vladimir Putin, I thought it strange that they would say that it was scheduled for either Friday or Saturday. Why would they say ‘Friday’ when today is Friday?

There were other instances throughout the day yesterday that had me convinced that it was Friday. I’m just very grateful that my confusion did not result in me missing an appointment or showing up for an appointment that did not yet exist.

The only clue that I publicly displayed about my confusion was when I posted my usual morning joke on Facebook. On Fridays I usually end the joke with my wish that everyone has a greatweekend. So yesterday – on my Friday, the world’s Thursday – I wished everybody a great weekend. My Facebook friends either missed that or were being far too kind and not confronting me about my confusion.

Well, now that I know that today is Friday and not Saturday, I guess I need to bundle up for my usual one hour walk to the river and back which I do each day, Monday to Friday (I take weekends off). When I first looked out the window this morning and saw the dusting of snow outside I was grateful that in my world today was Saturday, and that I didn’t have my daily hour walk ahead of me. Now that I know that I have gained an entire day that I didn’t realize I had, I look forward to taking that walk and to a great lunch of halibut and chips!

In future blogs, I hope to chat with you about how exciting and fulfilling my retirement has been and hope to hear from you about your retirement experiences. But for now, let’s leave my confusion about what day this is between you and me.

And, by the way, have a great weekend!

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Joe McParland
Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. Joe is in his 13th year as a volunteer with TVCogeco as their on air personality at Windsor City and Essex County Council Meetings, and his 11 years as a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.