Early Bird (Paperback)
|Author: Rodney Rothman|
|In this hilarious and insightful memoir, 25-year-old Rodney Rothman, burned out from his big-city life, decides to get a jump start on the golden years . . . four decades before his time.|
From the Publisher:
Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it -- forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement community that is home to thousands of senior citizens.
Early Bird is an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney's journey deep into the heart of retirement. Rodney struggles for acceptance from the senior citizens he shares a swimming pool with and battles with cranky octogenarians who want him off their turf. Before long he observes, "I don't think Tuesdays with Morrie would have been quite so uplifting if that guy had to spend more than one day a week with Morrie."
In the spirit of retirement, Rodney fashions a busy schedule of suntanning, shuffleboard, and gambling cruises. As the months pass, his neighbors seem to forget that he is fifty years younger than they are. He finds himself the potential romantic interest of an aging femme fatale. He joins a senior softball club and is disturbed to learn that he is the worst player on the team.
Early Bird is a funny, insightful, and moving look at what happens to us when we retire, viewed from a remarkably premature perspective. Any reader who plans on becoming an old person will enjoy joining Rodney on his strange journey, as he reconsiders his notions of romance, family, friendship, and ultimately, whether he's ever going back to work.A former head writer for "David Letterman" recounts his decision to retire from big-city life in his mid-twenties, his relocation to South Florida, and his humorous experiences with the older retired senior crowd that comprises his new neighbors. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
Comedy writer Rodney Rothman was feeling exhausted, overcommitted, and generally fed up, and so he decided to retire early--very early: at age 28, he headed for a Florida retirement community. There he discovered the joys of bingo, canasta, and gambling cruises. He also found an unexpected talent for shuffleboard, and had a humbling experience playing softball with people twice his age. Rothman lasted only six months, but during that time he made a difference to the lives of a few people, and was delighted to find that he regained his own zest for living.
"[H]is descriptions of the loneliness, the cliquishness, the slow-motion desperation of the place ring true and bittersweet. Most surprising is that his tales contain not an ounce of mean-spiritedness--this from someone who once wrote for David Letterman." - Neil Genzlinger 06/05/2005