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My retirement plans April 6, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in KREC, life.
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Yeah yeah, I haven’t had my first ever job yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t plan for retirement. 😀 So here is how my post retirement scenario looks.

In a school where the average age of the teachers is under 40, and the students’ grandparents include many of the baby-boomer cohort, Mr. Blume has emerged as a sort of older person in residence, an on-call doctor of memory.

He is the only person in the building, for instance, who remembers the shantytown Hooverville that once blanketed Riverside Park at 72nd Street. He talked about it the other day in Miss Mostrande’s eighth-grade social studies class.

He is the only one who had ever heard of, much less laid eyes on, a sign that said “No Jews, No Negroes, No Dogs Allowed.” He explained how that felt on another day in Ms. Andersen’s eighth-grade English class.

He is the only person whom Lena Ferreira, a 13-year-old eighth grader, ever met who can tell you what it was like listening to the radio with his mother the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt made that inaugural speech in which he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

I would love to walk into a class of kids and just tell them – “Okay, ask a question to the class aloud, tell me what you think about it, why so, then I will tell you what I think about it and why so. Then anyone who has a third, fourth….opinion and state. Lets see how many different views are here.”

Some idle thoughts about growing old :

One thing about growing old is that when you are born, almost everybody else is older than you are. As you grow, with every moment, the number of people older than you decreases until you get to a point where massive majority of the people are younger than you are. And then you die, which makes the math complicated.

I think for the first part of your life your experience in most areas is, on average, less than the average of everybody’s experiences in each of those areas. At some point in life this value changes from less than to greater than and remains so.

What I wrote is just a little weird. My roommate Vaibhav Jain from college after discussions about random things, used to say that “deep down inside you are an old man”. Or in more heated times, would pull my leg – “You won’t understand our generation yaar, tu Budda hai saale”.

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On almost an unrelated note as possible – sad, but true.

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