Humdrum and Ho-Hum

1E959609-88DF-44C0-8F67-2A4EA53C23D4My biggest fear when I retired at the end of last year was boredom. After all, I’d spent close to the last 50 years as an active member of the workforce. I had a job to do, I knew how to do it, and I was damn good at it.

And then, just like that, I retired. What to do, what to do?

I did not want to succumb to boredom, so I set as a personal goal to find ways to exercise both my body and my mind.

The good news with respect to the body is that I have a wife who is an exercise nut and she encourages me to get up off my butt and to keep moving. I also have a dog that demands to be walked multiple times a day, ensuring that I achieve at least 10,000 steps daily.

But what about exercising the mind? As a new retiree, I wanted a way to keep my mind active, engaged, and alert. And that’s where this blog comes in.

When I first started this blog in May, one of my primary purposes was to provide a platform for me to express my views, opinions, and perspectives on topics that matter to me. I also wanted to establish a creative outlet for self-expression and to dabble in flash fiction. But most important, I wanted — needed — something to challenge my brain, to keep my neurons transmitting and the synapses firing. Something that might stave off the mental deterioration of old age.

And something that would enable me to not succumb to the humdrum and ho-hum.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “succumb.”

11 thoughts on “Humdrum and Ho-Hum

  1. baddadcartoons101 October 14, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I completely agree with your post, and I might add, if not for your own testimony about your age and retired status, I first would have guessed you to be younger middle aged (not near retirement age). So I guess the blog is working.

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    • Fandango October 14, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Well, I may be old in years, but I’m young (or, perhaps, middle-aged) at heart!

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      • baddadcartoons101 October 14, 2017 / 11:32 am

        I couldn’t give you young, only middle aged because I agree with much of your perspectives, I couldn’t say that about Millennials.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong October 14, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I think writing keeps us smarter. Now, if ONLY I could remember those words I keep forgetting.

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  3. newepicauthor October 14, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    You will never be humdrum and/or ho-hum, because your writing is extraordinary.

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  4. Michael October 14, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    You stimulate our minds good sir so I’m hoping yours is receiving the same kindness from all of us fellow bloggers. I agree with Marilyn writing does keep us ‘young’ at heart at least…

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    • Fandango October 14, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks. Yes, reading your posts and those of others I follow keeps my mind quite stimulated.

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      • Michael October 14, 2017 / 9:57 pm

        See other people thinking of your mental well being 😀

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  5. Sight11 October 15, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Are you OK, Sensei. You shouldn’t go out with the fire blazing in Wine Country. I remember you writing a post about San Francisco, I think. My news feed just told me about the fire blazes. Just remain indoors for tbe the time being. OK.

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    • Fandango October 15, 2017 / 10:27 am

      I have a dog to walk, so not going out is not an option. Air quality today where I live isn’t too bad. We’ll see which way the winds blow.

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