Well, it finally happened. My wife and I both turned 65. Welcome to Medicare, right? And in our case, welcome to Social Security. I could have waited another year, but the small increase in SS’s monthly payout really wasn’t all that much, and we wanted to have more freedom. I have been doing a one-hour one-way commute for the past 2+ years. Since I haven’t completely retired from my post at Spirit 95 Radio, I still drive down there 2-3 days a week, but can easily do most other tasks related to my job there at my home office-where I am right now.
This whole idea hasn’t really kicked in yet, but having paid off our house earlier this week, it feels really good to be debt-free. I recommend it to everyone. So what to do with time on my hands, beside writing blogs…
More travel, work on developing more web sites for new customers, continue to work part-time, and give my wife a hard time when we’re both home during the week. (not really!) She of course has other ideas, like removing wallpaper, repainting rooms, checking out books to read from the library (or on Kindle). Seriously, we both expect to be involved as we have been, in our church’s activities, I hope to take another short-term mission trip somewhere, get back into Rotary and other community volunteer activities. And “baby-sitting” our grand kids. I think we’ll have plenty to do.
Here it is the eve of a new year, 2012. To update my post from last March, God did indeed open a door for Compass Consulting Service. I accepted a position as manager of Spirit 95 (WVNI) and My Joy 88.9 (WMYJ) radio stations in Bloomington, Indiana. Spirit 95 plays Today’s Christian Music, while My Joy features Solid Gospel. It’s not been easy, as I knew no one in Bloomington, and the small staff at Spirit/My Joy had some issues. We’re working through those issues, and I am expecting a good year in 2012, God Willing. Note: The toughest part of this assignment is the 50-mile one-way commute from my home to Bloomington.
Let’s hope that we can solve our horrendous economic problems. We need a new president, that’s for sure.
After 21 years, I’ve decided to leave my position at Crossroads Communications in Terre Haute, IN. It’s a group of five radio stations. I served as President all 21 years, General Manager ’til 2005, and as a Senior Account Executive ’til March, 2011. I wish nothing but the best for the team of good people working there now. They have excellent formats and will hopefully generate much new business for them.
As for me, I am “retired,” but hopefully not for long. While I hope to grow Compass Consulting Service, I am also seeking something new that I can dig my heels into for the next four or five years. I am praying the God will help me find the “open door.” Should be fun-stay tuned!