GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
Sometimes Jim and I think we have ESP because independently
thinking the same (often obscure) thing and realize it a little later when one
of us mentions it.
doing long runs at the Wolf Creek Greenway on Jim's birthday
on Friday, running separately but seeing each other
occasionally on the out-and-back course we were following. I was
pondering the whole issue of getting older, trying to find the
The most obvious advantages to us as runners are 1) that 60 --
in fact, ANY age -- beats the alternative and 2) we'll be at the
young end of a new age group for our races the next several
years. I'm even researching which ultras haven't been completed
by any women over age 60 so maybe I can be the first (or
fastest), but there are so many 60+ men that that's not even a
consideration of Jim's.
What else? We already enjoy some AARP-type discounts because
we're over 55. And at 60 we still won't have quite as many perks as folks
over 65. What is there for folks age 60-64 to look forward to
(since we're both already retired)?
Ah -- there's Social Security if either of us wants to
start drawing at age 62!! That's not so far off any more, is it?
Even though we give a cursory glance to our Social Security
statements when they arrive every year, receiving money from the
system has been so remote for so long that it just hasn't been
on my radar until that morning as I ran.
I was surprised when Jim stopped me the next time we saw each
said, "Hey! I just thought of something -- I can start
drawing on Social Security in two years!" I had to laugh at the coincidence
of our thought patterns.
was also glad he was thinking of something positive about
turning 60 and not moping about it too much. The bad news is that Jim was a federal
employee and didn't pay into the system the 30+ years he worked
for the Postal Service (mostly as a computer technician). The good news
is that he did pay Social Security on his National Guard
and Army income
and the jobs he held before starting at USPS, so it'll be a nice
little supplement to our income in two years. Even better, I
paid into it for thirty years. If we can wait about eight years until
I'm 67 to draw my Social Security, the amount will be higher
than getting it at 62.
Oh, wait. The system may be broke* by then!! (*As in
depleted. It's already broken.)
I'm optimistic enough to hope that Congress will get off its collective
butt soon enough to save the system -- not that a Libertarian like
me wholly believes in the basic concept, but by gosh, I paid into it for so many years
want to at least get out what I put in (plus inflation and
interest, of course!).
Insert smiley face here . . .
ARE YOU A CORK?
Meanwhile, we got a good laugh out of yesterday's Pickles
cartoon regarding optimism:
If you've been reading this journal long enough, you know which
one of us is like a cork!
Just remember that number when you read about any
further adventures we come up with (as well as our slower
training and race times). We hope we can continue to
inspire other folks to stay fit and try new things (physical or
mental) to stretch and grow as they age. Don't forget all the
lessons from "Younger Next Year" in the
June 26 entry.
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody, and
© 2008 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil