Book Club

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I’m not sure why I write this blog, except that I’ve discovered that I really like writing and look forward to putting my thoughts down every day.

One thing that I’m definitely unsure of is why you read this blog.

Are you looking for tips on traveling for free?

Are you interested in early retirement and saving money?

Are you as obsessed with value as I am?

Maybe you like the idea of pursuing happiness above all else?

Whatever your reason, thank you. It means an awful lot to me.

But tonight I’d like to share with you a shockingly beautiful piece of writing that I just finished.

It is by an old man, Roger Angel, the former sports writer for the New Yorker.

And it’s about getting old.

I realize this subject is not exactly in the wheelhouse for a travel hacking/early retirement blog. But it struck a deep chord with me which means that it’s right for my blog.

And there are some obvious areas of overlap.

So please read this, (and we’ll talk again tomorrow.)

This Old Man

I’d love to hear your comments about the article good or bad, and your age if you’re willing to divulge it.  (I’m 40.)

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4 Responses to “Book Club”

  1. Ella February 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Hello Alexi, I just wanted to say hi. I ran into Mark Allen and he told me about your blog. You probably don’t remember me since we barely knew each other in Med school. If you don’t, that’s okay. I really don’t expect you to.
    I read the article and enjoyed its viewpoint. It only lent credence to my belief that our mind’s perception of oneself changes very little after maturity. We get reminded of times passage as we get cues from the debility of our bodies, the change we see in others, and the way people react to us.

    • Miles Dividend M.D. February 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Ella Choe!

      Of course I remember you. Are you crazy?

      Thank you for checking out my blog.

      I agree with your comments about the article. It really captures the feeling of being A constant person inside of an ever-changing body.

      On the other hand, it nicely captures how perception changes as our body does.


  2. Kat J February 19, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    Evocative, vulnerable, stylish, wit worthy of a Mainer, revealing, sad, hopeful, literary and a microcosmic snapshot of life and Love.

    Fabulous Fifty.

    • Miles Dividend M.D. February 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm #


      I agree with your impressions.

      What struck me about this article is that it’s almost as if it were written by a ghost, dispensing wisdom from the other side.

      And of course with my myopic view of the world I love that a completely validates the early retirement ethos.

      What does he hold on to? People dead and alive. Moments of true happiness. Love. Meaningful work. Being heard.

      Are these not the values embraced by the early retirement community? Are these not in stark contrast to the standard American Puritan Work more, buy more, consume more Ethos?


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