The Sunset Trip

By Wayne Scheer

When it was time to retire after 25 years as a college professor, I knew it. No fuss, no bother. On my last day, I turned off the lights in my office, closed the door behind me and attached a note that read: “Wayne has left the building.”

That’s the way I tell the story now.

In reality, I fretted more over taking early retirement than I did over asking out a girl for the first time. I really had no reason to retire at age 55, except that I could. I was eligible for a pension, and we could afford it.…

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