As any economist knows, life is all about assessing trade offs. If I do this, what do I give up. I spent my entire career doing this sort of basic calculus.

For the last several days I’ve been dealing with a rather eclectic set of trade-offs. As a federal retiree, I’m trying to comprehend the inane world of 401Ks and Medicare. Congress meant well when they created these things but lordy do they get complicated. I’ve been doing math in my head and on spreadsheets now for a couple of weeks and I’ve come to the conclusion that the best retirement choice is a good red wine.

The other day I went to my pulmonologist. She gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and battery of over-the-counter medications to combat a cold that I’ve had for over three weeks. My head and chest feel better, but my gut microbiome is all kinds of messed up from the antibiotic. On the bright side, I am having a colonoscopy in a few weeks so my innards are all warmed up for the purge.

Yesterday morning I was determined to go to Friday Coffee Club. As a retiree, I can sleep in any time I want. At 6 a.m., the temperature was 29 degrees F, way below normal for this time of year. Friday Coffee Club is one of my few social activities each week so the trade-off was freeze and hang with my peeps or curl up in a ball in a warm bed and snooze. The coffee and peeps ruled the day but I froze my nunus off in the process. Friday Coffee Club is always interesting. This week a CNN reporter walked right past our group. I was the only one who noticed. The rest of the group was transfixed by Ricky’s discussion of exciting recent administrative law cases.

In a way, I got to sleep in after all.





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