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Update

Again, it has been a long time since I wrote anything in this blog. So what has been happening? My real job gave up on me. This was no surprise. The hours had been getting less and less for months until I couldn’t survive on what I was getting and had to go on the dole to make ends meet. It was almost a relief when it finally cut out completely.

So now I am on the dole fulltime. Fortunately, as an over-55, I don’t have to jump through as many hoops as the youngsters. I do have to volunteer twice a week though so I signed on with Conservation Volunteers Australia, (CVA). On Wednesdays I go with the creekwatch team to local waterways to test water quality and do fish and invertebrate surveys. I’ve always had a soft spot for aquatic life so I’m really enjoying that. Then on Fridays I work in the nursery growing native plants for revegetation projects. I feel that I’m doing something worthwhile and both days begin and end on the beach so that is a real bonus.

We have both had the flu too. Anyone who thinks the flu somehow results from cold weather will be disappointed to learn that our daytime temperatures are still 30degrees and over. Pretty impressive given that winter is due to start tomorrow and we’re still having summer conditions. I don’t know what’s happening to the climate but it can’t be good.

Once I manage to throw off the flu I should be able to settle into this new routine. I might even start writing regularly again. I need to finish the Ninox Saga. I am 20,000 words into book 5 of a 5 book series and I have stalled. I have never known writers block to last longer than a year. I will have to do something about it. It would be a terrible shame to lose that much work for the sake of a little bit more.

 

 

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Thoughts on approaching sixty

It’s interesting the things I have been thinking about as I approach sixty. I always thought I would be able to retire at sixty. Now suddenly I have to work another seven years before I can get a pension. People are living longer, I’m told.

Sure, there are more older people now than when I was young, but there are fewer children and far fewer stay at home wives. I would be prepared to bet that there are more people in the workforce as a proportion to the total population than ever before. And this does not take into account the improvements in technology that we are constantly being told threaten to put us out of a job.

I could understand the need to work longer if we were even close to full employment. We’re not. Unemployment is high and youth unemployment is way too high.

How will it help the economy if I work an extra seven years and a young person never gets a job at all?