It’s Not Just Pina Coladas!

The other day, we told the nice people at Sushi King that we were leaving for Mexico for six to eight months. Our usual waitress said something about “spoiling ourselves”. As we walked out, Todd commented, “People think we are going to just be sitting around drinking pina coladas all day!”

I stopped abruptly. “Wait a minute… you mean we’re not?!!!” Then I pointed out that the sushi woman probably works 10 hour days, 6 days a week, so from her point of view, taking off for Mexico and spending all your money is pretty indulgent. We’re lucky to have the finances to do it.

Todd commented that many cruisers write about getting negative reactions from friends and family; we’ve gotten nothing but support and encouragement. (I didn’t sidetrack the conversation by wondering aloud if that is because we are surrounded by cool people, or if they’ve all just been worn down by what they see as a string of foolish decisions on our part.)

Still, Todd does have a point: quitting your job and setting sail takes a lot of work! Oddly, it seems like more work than staying home and “working” at our regular jobs. But if it were easy, a lot more people would be doing it! And a lot of it is fun work, so we really have nothing to complain about.

BTW, after almost 4 years, today is Todd’s last day at greatSchools! Someone should buy him a pina colada!

4 Responses to “It’s Not Just Pina Coladas!”

  1. Bill Jackson says:

    We bought him more than one pina colada Tuesday! Thanks, Todd, for a great four years at GreatSchools!

    Bill Jackson
    president and founder, GreatSchools

  2. Kaj Pedersen says:

    Just send the wage slaves to me and I will help explain to them why it is great to live your life in the moment. We get old quick and in retirement memories are going to serve you well, when you the wheelchair is the only excitement you have left 🙂

    Have a great cruise and ignore the chatter!

  3. lisa says:

    Todd and Susan:

    Have a wonderful time. There’s probably more work to just get into the boat. Enjoy your adventure, and take time to smell the …um, sea air and have a few pina coladas along the way.

    Lisa Fung

  4. Marcus Anderson ex-Restless says:

    The only negative I got was from a former “old-school” boss. But even he thought it was kind of cool.
    No one who has not done it will ever be able to imagine how much work it is.
    But one night of phosphorescence in the middle of the Pacific can make it all worth it.

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