Do Not Sit On Your Talents

Once retired, a number of retirees simply drop out. Every retiree has a talent that they can share or even pursue on a different level.

I wrote a series of ebooks about the Philippines, 5 in all. It did not take up all that much of my time but I had to actually do it.

There is one area I keep putting off but I need to kick it in and start doing it. Jackson Pollock style Abstract Expression Art. I already have a number of ideas and I just need to put them into action, Just Do It! It is not expensive to pursue this hobby.

I paid less than P400 for a gallon of Boysen Black Paint yesterday. At least it is a start. I need to buy the Canvas and a few more gallons of paint in different colors.

Always a Good Night for Singing

Singing! I have certainly expanded that among my talents. The idea of the band I wanted to form fell apart but not due to me. I am still singing, regardless. Still learning new songs as well, such as most recently, Cadillac Ranch by Bruce Springsteen.

I enjoy going to a Sports Bar in Bacolod and watching the Dog Races, broadcast from England.

Sadly, the talents of a few retirees I know in Bacolod has been expanded into drinking more Whiskey. Broken hips, broken ribs, broken arms, broken relationships have been the results. Sadly, also one death. Falls, both physically and personally.

I never let a day go by. I am laid back but I like doing things…but at my own pace. I am not going to just sit around, waiting around to die.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Put Me In Coach, I’m Ready to Play

Fantasy Baseball! It is that time of the year again and this year’s MLB season officially began in late March with two games played in Japan between the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners.

Having an online Fantasy Baseball Team has been one of my past times or hobbies for the past 8 years. Fantasy Baseball gives me something to do while I am semi-retired in the Islands of Paradise, the Philippines. I also have more hobbies but more on that later.

I have three teams on CBS Sports Fantasy Baseball, which is my favorite site to have teams. This year, I have three teams.


After Week One, I am 1-0.


After Week One, I am 1-0.


After Week One, I am 0-1. Cute logo but  no win yet. Hopefully, in Week Two, I get a W for Win.

Ladies having a Fantasy Baseball Team is not so popular but there are a few who do. One of my leagues not only has a lady but a Chinese lady who has a team and she is a baseball fan.

ESPN and Yahoo Sports also have Fantasy Baseball Leagues, where one can join, draft a team, set a logo, set the team line-up and you are good to go.

I only join the Free Leagues, as I don’t join the Pay Leagues where each team owner puts up money in a pot and the Champion in October gets most of the pot. I play for fun!

I have been a baseball fan and have followed Major League Baseball since 1965. A long time, huh? I was 10 years old at the time. That was also my first year to play Little League Baseball. I was on the Old Dixie Chickadees, sponsored by the then famous fried chicken restaurant in Orlando, Florida. I continued playing and honing my baseball skills while I was growing up. In 1972, I attended the Cincinnati Reds tryout camp held in Gadsden, Alabama. Nope, I was not signed to a contract but it was fun and I tried. I gave it my best shot! I was too small, the scouts said.

During my adult life, I switched to softball and played every year on the team where I was employed. The last year I played, before hanging up the spikes was in 1996, at age 42. Yeah, even to this day I can still hit, I can still field the ball with my glove, I still have a rocket arm to throw the ball but man, that running is what gets me! Especially trying to lumber from First Base to Home or from First Base to Third! From Base to Base is not a problem.

One of my hobbies is giving tips to the Girl’s Softball Team at the Barangay High School. Hitting! Swinging from the waist with a bat and only using arm strength is not the way to do it. Weight on the back foot and putting the entire body into the swing is the key to power hitting. I learned the Charlie Lau theory of hitting when I was a college freshman. Even though I was only 5’4 and 128 pounds, I could launch a baseball or a softball a long distance. I am still 5’4 but now weigh 138! Not bad gaining only ten pounds over the past 39 years!

Fantasy Baseball is only one of my hobbies in the Philippines. I also enjoy writing about the Philippines and giving advice to other expats who plan making a retirement move the Islands of Paradise.

It really is more fun in the Philippines! My honeymoon with and in the Philippines has never ended, as each day still unfolds a new adventure. Bacolod, “The City of Smiles”! You gotta love it.