I haven’t been feeling well lately. This is my first experience with being sick since I stopped working for a living.
It’s unusual, to feel awful and not have to call anyone to tell them you won’t be in today. (You must remember those 6 a.m. phone calls to your boss. You’d make sure to sound like you were on Death’s door, so the boss would get the message that you were much too sick to come into the office today, to tend to mundane obligations while trying not to infect your co-workers. “Hello, boss? It’s Jim. Listen, I feel really bad. So I’m not gonna make it in today. I’ll see you tomorrow — if I can.”)
So now, here I am, feeling lousy and having to notify a total of no people. It feels strange, that’s for sure.
And the funny thing is, it’s nothing contagious, so I’m not even saving co-workers from infection, as I have no co-workers anymore.
My nephew asked me the other day if I get bored, being retired. I find this, coming from a young man who would rather chill all day, rather humorous.
No, I’m not bored. I have myself for company, so how could I be bored? I have a news website to maintain and that keeps me rather busy.
But, lately, I find I don’t have the time to devote to it that I’d like, because I’ve been feeling bad. Hopefully, I’ll be getting this all cleared up pretty soon and be back to my old self. I have things to do, places to go, I am much too busy to be sick.
Why, I almost missed the deadline for this column, that’s how out of sorts I have been.
By the time you read this, I will have gone to Philadelphia and been a background performer in a production of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.” I am still not sure what historic period this historical production takes place in, but I will be in costume, indoors, sitting down, without my eyeglasses, so it’ll be a wonder if anyone recognizes me at all — if my portion of screen time doesn’t wind up on the cutting-room floor, that is.
Anyway, as I was saying, I hope to feel better soon.
I brought this up because, since I don’t have to call in sick, I needed to tell someone, anyone. So, thanks for listening.