Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Choices Choices

Tillerman has recently posted about his decisions... which was an impressively long list and all to be resolved within a week! No wonder he retired to bed to think them through.

I've been wondering about something too: what to do this year? More offshore racing? More kayaking? More dinghy sailing? More power boats? More motor cruisers? More putting my feet up and watching others?

An unpredictable work life means I find it quite hard to plan ahead except to say no. So when was prompted to have the annual "shall I do Antigua week?" thought it only lasted as long as it took me to work out it would be just as a project we've just started on is planned to go live. Hmmm.... that might not impress the client.

Then when was asked whether would be interested in going skiing the answer was of course yes, until worked out it was the week of acceptance testing. Hmmm.... that might not impress the development team either.

I guess it will be another of those wait and see years.


O Docker said...

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the investments you don’t have than by the ones you do. Throw away those clients, sail away from the safe harbor. Say goodbye to any chance of a secure retirement. Explore. Imagine. A life of abject poverty and a miserable old age could be what you were meant to endure.”

- Mark Twain

Tillerman said...

"A lot of the quotations you read on the Internet are wrong."

- Abraham Lincoln

Baydog said...

"Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Cheesy noodles and golden brown breadcrumbs. You know you love it!"

-Ted Williams

JP said...

Mark Twain may be right but he doesn't help answer where when and how to sail (or kayak) away and to be honest my financial adviser is suggesting that something got lost in translation from American to English (or vice versa).

If you have kids then its clear when you have to get away and the where is pretty constrained by the need to entertain them.

If you can (in theory) do anything at any time it becomes harder to decide - particularly if work is so unpredictable and in troubled times its rather important to pay those bills.

Tillerman said...

It's probably not a good idea to rely on Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) for financial advice. He was a notoriously bad investor, losing most of his book profits and a chunk of his wife's inheritance in the process, and eventually declared bankruptcy.

Carol Anne said...

I think Mr. Clemens is one of the people in charge of my retirement fund.

JP said...

Carol Anne: oh dear, am sorry :(

I had a pension with Equitable Life that went pear shaped too, so have had to start another.