Adrift (adj): without purpose, direction or guidance
My best friend (Dr. Zal), who has begun blogging, is very happy since his (sort of forced) retirement. He has more time for golf, for reading and for spending time with his family. I talk to many retired people and almost all of them are enjoying retirement. So, what’s my problem?
I think part of my issue is that my retirement was abruptly forced on me. My best friend knew he would stop working as part of his company’s “restructuring” but he had time to get used to the idea because he worked for almost a year after learning he would be leaving. He actually could have continued to work, but that would have required a relocation which was not practical.
In the space of ten days in October, 2010 I lost all but one of my baseball clients. I had worked with one of those teams for ten years and their severing the work arrangement was a total shock to me. With nothing but baseball on my resume finding an interesting job out of baseball proved to be impossible.
The value of work is not just in the compensation. Much value stems or should stem, I believe, from the feeling of having a purpose and of being productive. This blog is an effort to be productive and somewhat fulfills that purpose even though I have never earned a penny from it.
I would still like to work in a part-time or consulting role where a company can use my combination of analytical and communication skills for our mutual benefit. That sentence is, more or less, taken directly from my resume. The job websites have been useless for me. I have indicated that I am interested only in part-time work and that I will not relocate for a job (who would for a part-time job, especially when your spouse is working full-time?!). I cannot tell you how many “referrals” I have received for full-time jobs in other parts of the country. AI, my ass!
If anyone has any ideas as to how I might find an interesting and fulfilling work situation, I’m all eyes. I can’t be all ears because I can’t hear you.
Randomly, a picture of a 1994 Corvette from cargurus.com:
For the 1994 model year here is the number of cars sold outside of the US by country:
Gulf States 6 (I assume these are countries on the Arabian Peninsula.)
Luxembourg 2 (The only country in Europe where I have actually seen a Corvette.)
So, out of 23,330 Corvettes produced in 1994 only 109 (0.47 percent) were sold in Europe. None of those sales were in Italy, home of Ferrari and Lamborghini. I assume—maybe a bad idea—that the number of Corvettes sold in Europe hasn’t changed substantially in the last 25 years. I have to assume—again, maybe a bad idea—that part of the reason the C8 will be mid-engined is so the car will have more appeal to European buyers of performance cars. The C8 will be officially revealed six weeks from tomorrow.
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P.S. (ah, the beauty of digital publishing), I kept looking in The Genuine Corvette Black Book for Corvette sales in Europe. I won’t show them all, but in 1989—for example—just 201 of 26,412 Corvettes (0.76 percent) were sold in Europe. Other years had higher sales in Europe, but some had even lower.