Congratulations! After years of working 40 hours a week and struggling through all kinds of weather you finally abandoned the enclosed office and expressway in favor of the open air and beaches of the seacoast. And you aren’t there just for a vacation or visit to see friends or family; you and your wife are putting down new roots in a place where you can enjoy the smell of the salt air, enjoy the taste of seafood as a regular part of your diet rather than a special treat reserved for a single night of the month, and where you can settle back and watch the seagulls.
The move was a bit traumatic since it meant leaving everything you and your family had lived with for decades. But it was time; most of your friends and peers had already pulled up stakes. Those from your office had already given you a rousing farewell party, with plenty of JR Cigars to celebrate your leaving to go in business on your own. At the urging of your family, you finally looked for a place suitable for your business, and gave up the old homestead. So, you took their advice and snapped up this property that your mortgage broker found. Once he showed you an ingenious way to pay off the old house you’d lived in since the first Space Shuttle launched, all barriers were removed. Now you will be living within sight of where those launches took place. Your broker managed to swing an unbelievable deal that got you the place at a great rate using the money from your old home’s accrued value. You’ve used a Groupon promo code to get your broker some special JR Cigars to express your gratitude for getting you this place. You’re starting to feel like you’ve got this retirement thing nailed.
So today you are enjoying your second party of this season. You and your wife will serve special housewarming drinks and spirits to the family and friends who will be your first visitors and guests to the home overlooking the water you see from your terrace. While they enjoy the view and the atmosphere you will be grilling a feast they can enjoy while watching the moon rise over the ocean after sunset. The anticipation of the moment is enough to make you giddy. It makes you feel all those years working in the cold and fighting the traffic jams have accrued real value.