Earlier today the Old Soldier (that’s me) walked into Oakland to renew his books on ancient Greek History at the public library. The weather was lovely (80 and sunny) and I decided to stop at Hemingway’s, a popular bar near the University of Pittsburgh.
The Old Soldier spent a lot of time in Hemingway’s when he was an undergrad and a grad student at Pitt some time around 1999 to 2006.
I walked into Hemingway’s around 11:30 a.m. and sat at the bar. Lots of people came in to eat and drink lunch, but no one sat at the bar for nearly an hour. I sat at the long bar by myself watching the televisions and jotting in my pocket notebook.
I love being retired, but sitting alone at the bar reminded me how easy it is to become isolated when you retire.
My income is made up of social security, a pension from the Veterans Administration and a pension from Giant Eagle.
I don’t think I have to worry about my income from social security and the Veterans Administration, at least for the short-term. I do have to worry about my pension from Giant Eagle; because most pensions from the private sector are built on financial instruments that are connected in some way to the global financial system.
So, if you are retired and you have a pension from the private sector, pay attention to what is going on in the Eurozone. Your income may depend a lot on what happens in Europe.
A Eurozone collapse will probably hurt you.
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Send me literary and mainstream stories and stories about sex. If you submit a story about sex, don’t think that a bunch of dirty words and people fucking is going to get you $10.00. What you submit must be a short story. The story must have priority. And dirty words don’t impress me.
Previously published stories are okay, too. Read and follow the guidelines. The submissions tab is at the top of the page. You will hear back from me in a few days.
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