This blog is about our journey from our very responsible careers into a life of retirement, and from living in our home in Annapolis to living aboard and cruising our C&C Landfall 38, S/V Rainy Days. It starts with the refit of our 30-year old sailboat in 2013. This blog covers all the preparations we undertake prior to leaving for the Bahamas in the fall of 2016 and will continue as our cruising adventure unfolds.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Downsizing Our Stuff
Part 2: Books
--Blogpost written by Bob
This week I took a big step in my mental preparation for retirement by getting rid of all my engineering books. Yes, some of them were like trusted old friends but I've noticed that I haven't used them but a few times this past year.
My trusted old (engineering book) friends were passed down to the young (female) engineer taking over my engineering responsibilities and all my other (engineering) books were boxed up and donated.
Getting rid of my engineering books caused mixed feelings of loss and liberation at the same time--it was a strange mixture of feelings. I should have taken a picture of my trusted old (engineering book) friends, if for no other reason than to use on this blogpost.
I did manage to take a close up photograph of some donated books laying on a table prior to boxing.
I couldn't help but put myself in the shoes of the young engineer taking over my responsibilities, probably thinking that no one uses technical books these days (let alone some that are 40 years old) with the internet being the preferred choice for seeking information nowadays. I found myself defending my trusted old (engineering book) friends, proclaiming that most of the information they provide cannot be found online. I pointed out that one of the books was passed down to me from a retiring engineering supervisor early in my career.
I didn't stop at my engineering books. I disposed of 72 additional books in the following ways: 10 up for sale on my Amazon seller account 62 donated to BIG International Goodwill I'm sure we will go through additional downsizing for books throughout this year--this is simply the first step.