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Working after retirement: A life on the ocean wave (part 3)


Can I do this?

The first lecture I delivered in retired life was about the psychology of advertising and I’d managed to download some TV ads from the 1950s and 60s to illustrate the talk. I couldn’t see the audience’s faces but they clearly remembered the ads.

The 45 minutes flew by, and at the end the audience actually applauded quite loudly – some even came to say thank you! Wow! Working after retirement was certainly more rewarding than I thought it would be!
Next day, another talk – this time an interactive one about recognising emotions in faces. The office printed me 100 handouts – their estimate of the audience size, and about 200 people came.
It seemed to go so well, so I finished with a demonstration of how important seeing someone’s mouth is when you’re listening to them talking – it’s a bit of a party trick. That went down really well, and I suddenly thought “I can do this!”
David volunteers to be a shore guide assistant

Land ahoy!

Around the ship, everyone was now smiling, so I plucked up the courage to be a shore tour guide assistant when we got to Lisbon – a day late as the Bay of Biscay was rough.
I was a bit alarmed to be given a first aid kit, and shown where the defibrillator was on the bus, but my job was to stay at the back of the group holding up a paddle with ‘4’ on it, and make sure everyone got safely back on the bus.
Fortunately, the tour guide was a lovely Portuguese lady, who, when told it was my first ever cruise, told me to just enjoy the tour – she could count and knew how to operate a defibrillator!
This ‘working’ after retirement lark was getting better and better and Lisbon was great – highly recommended.

A seasoned pro

Next stop – Gibraltar, which was shut because it was Sunday. We’d lost a day because of the weather. Nonetheless, I set off on the minibus with a wonderfully eccentric driver/guide and only 11 people to worry about.
The most difficult moment of that day was when, from 50 yards away, I saw a Barbary monkey prepare to jump on the back of the bloke with a zimmerframe, but it was built of stern stuff – as was he.
The eclectic adventures of a retiree really know no bounds.
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