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So little has changed

My cats had me up early this morning, as usual.  That’s not a bad thing because I like mornings.  This doesn’t work when I don’t go to bed before 11 PM.  For the past 2 nights, I have turned in by 10 PM and, with the cats early rising, I have felt rested when they get me up.

This morning, I found myself at my desk in my office in my house in California, STILL.  I happened to check this blog, which I haven’t checked in almost a year.  I feel a bit like I’m living in the movie Groundhog Day.  Donald Trump is still president and I still have not relocated to Washington State.

A couple of things have changed since my last post.  About 4 weeks ago, I became completely retired.  I had been working part-time for the past 10 years.  Now, I don’t have to worry about work getting in the way of other activities.  I also took delivery of my Tesla Model 3 a little over 3 months ago.

It was not long after I got the Model 3 when it was clear to me that I would never own another internal combustion engine car.  The performance of an electric car is so superior to the internal combustion engine and it does not pollute while I drive.  Some EV opponents argue that EVs are not any cleaner that gasoline cars.  I am mostly charging my car from my solar electric panels.  Transportation doesn’t get much cleaner.

The main problem is that it seems most people just can’t handle change.  My wife is a good example of this.  She is the only reason why Washington State is not my home.  Change is something that she resists at all costs.  So it is true for most of our society.  My mother and my brothers have declared that they would never own a car that didn’t burn gasoline.

In less than a year, I will be 62 years old.  Many would say that 62 is not very old.  If my life expectancy is about 85, that means that 73% of my life has been lived.  I have always been a numbers person.  It’s long past time for a change of scenery.