We live in a world of acronyms and abbreviations. Certain letters can replace sentences or at a minimum bring to mind the full meaning behind the letters. Here are some that I think are easy and most will understand what they stand for. They are IRS, SUV, IRA, MPH, LOL, OMG, HD and VW. The easy ones are Internal Revenue Service, Sports Utility Vehicle, Individual Retirement Account, Miles per Hour, Laugh Out Loud, Oh My God, High Definition and Volkswagen. Ok, how about TTUS and BRB. These are still easy and stand for Talk to You Soon and Be Right Back. The hard one is QTR. Robin who is a friend of mine, asked me recently if I knew what it stood for and I just shrugged me shoulders. Do you know what QTR stands for?
As you probably already know, Joan Sullivan has retired after close to twenty years of working side by side with me and the last few years with me and my son Paul. There are so many events over that time period that we experienced together. We cried, we laughed, we were stressed, we hugged and we talked. Did I mention we laughed? There were good times and then there were bad times. There was sickness and there was health. It sounds like we were married and to some extent we were! The years went by in a flash but the memories that we created will be forever a part of me professionally and personally.
There are few things I enjoy as much as a good meal, but the majority of the time that doesn’t mean Michelin starred restaurants and reserve wine lists. Most often I’m talking about the food that no matter how often you eat it, you can’t get enough. The stuff that you crave. It puts you in a happy place and can make even the worst of days just a little bit better. It tastes good even when you’ve eaten too much of it, and you still contemplate having that one last bite. You can have it at the beginning of a good night out, but it also has the magical ability to cure a hangover. In my house, that food is pizza. Call me arrogant, but I feel that growing up in New Haven County gives me the right to be somewhat of a pizza snob. It’s no secret that New Haven is a pizza mecca, and I’m blessed to have it right in my back yard. For the avid Food Channel or Travel Channel watchers, New Haven is always highlighted in any show that talks about pizza and is ranked in numerous different publications as the go-to spot for a good pie.
There are many things in life we can control and of course there are so many more that we can't. One of those uncontrollable items is the aging process. It may sound corny but we do get one day older each day and that same dilemma holds true with those all around us. A very emotionally challenging fact of so many people's lives is dealing with aging parents. Many of our friends, family and clients have in the past, currently are struggling with or will soon face this inevitable issue.
There are few activities as humbling as sports, and so far 2015 has seen some epic failures in the world of professional athletics. During the Super Bowl, Russell Wilson threw a last minute interception at the goal line (possibly as the result of questionable play calling), turning the ball over to the Patriots and essentially losing the game for the Seattle Seahawks. In the NBA, the NY Knicks are in the midst of having their worst year in franchise history. In professional golf, we saw Tiger Wood’s ranking slip out of the top 100 for the first time in nearly two decades. However, the most surprising of which may have been the upset in the NCAA Final Four when Wisconsin beat the previously undefeated Kentucky in pursuit of a National Championship.
As many of you may already know, I will be retiring in just a few short weeks. On May 1st I will be leaving the office of Tom Morrone and Paul Morrone, (US Wealth Management New Haven) for the last time after 19 years of employment. After much thought and consideration, I made the decision to enter this new chapter of my life and to discover all that it has to offer. I have been told by so many retirees that there are just not enough hours in the day and that they are busier than ever. Well, that excites me because I have no intention of just sitting around and being idle.
As a kid, I grew up in East Haven. That into itself was interesting but one geographic item was that our house was in the flight pattern of Tweed New Haven Airport. Back in the 1960's, Eastern Airlines flew in and out of Tweed. These were not little single engine planes. These planes were called "whisper jets" and they far from whispered when one was arriving and departing. Our entire house would shake and the dishes would rattle in the cabinets when one of those jets was overhead. Ironically, you would get immune to the noise and when a guest of friend was at the house when a jet was nearby, they would get scared but we would laugh. Some really cool things happened at that little airport.
This can be a daunting question but we attempt to ask it of all of our current and potential clients. The answers we hear are very diverse and obviously are affected by each person's life to that point and their vision of what they anticipate in the future. Most times the conversations are around some uncertainty about their future.
I was never much of a fisherman. As a kid I would fish at Lake Beseck in the summer months and catch sunfish, perch and an occasional bass. These were all small fish not weighing more than a few pounds and not much longer than a foot. None of these were ever "keepers". I have gone deep sea fishing only once about 10 years ago and caught a 3 foot striped bass which was a thrill. Other than some childhood memories and a lone striper as an adult, my fishing stories are very limited. In Florida, fishing is a way of life and a daily event for many. Walking the beach you inevitably come across someone fishing from shore with all the gear. Recently, on one of those walks, Cathy and I came across a woman fishing and it appeared like she had snagged the "big one" so we hung around to see what she had hooked. We never could have imagined what she reeled in.
In my lifetime I have had numerous surgical procedures including an appendectomy, gall bladder removal, hernia repair as well as five different knee operations. Each of those procedures has a story about the symptoms before and the recovery after the procedure. Maybe I will share some of those at a later date but this time I want to share my acupuncture adventure. I have heard many stories over the years and have seen many examples on TV but none of those prepared me for what I experienced.