Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Facts of Life, Sad but true
Have you ever had a FACT slap you in the face? Stun you? Just yesterday as we looked at prospective houses I realized this search was different. We bought our first house for $3,000. Then later we bought a trailer, then another trailer. Then after a long spell of renting we bought a home for $21,000. Following that, over time we built three beautiful homes. Each one we planned to spend the rest of our lives in, I mean many years, you know, THE REST OF OUR LIVES (A lot of years). We bought a couple more homes with the same attitude.
We are in our late 70’s. It hit me. The average life expectancy in the USA is 78 and change. Florida longevity is 79.45. Our health is above average, so figure if we are lucky we will beat the average by 8 years. So this is what hit me, we are looking to buy a home for maybe 8 years. I have NEVER done that before.
Before you start saying folks live to be 100+, yep they do, but they are exceptions, definitely not the rule. Some folk laugh at polls and averages, but they hold true. The day before any election, if the major polls say ‘Joe Jones’ will win. You can take that to the bank. This is not 1948 Dewey and Truman, these pollsters will come danged close.
So I am a person who believes in averages, because they prove to be correct. Oh, I honestly think I will beat the odds, but that is my nature, I am an optimist. But even optimists have to face facts, in this world not many folk are safe drivers after 88 years of age.
Florida is a great place, there's a lot of enjoyment here. BUT it can be a sad place. You may remember Rose, of 'Roses are Read'. She lost her hubby here in Florida. She wanted to move back to Boston, but could not get enough out of her condo to buy a place in Boston. I hope she made it back to Boston before she passed, but she probably did not.
Sherry and I are fortunate. That is if our sons out live us, they will make sure the one left makes it back to NC before passing. (we hope we know that. ;-)
More tomorrow night.
Ah that '49 Ford would nearly fly