Pre-boomers and Baby Boomers comprise a large part of this segment: not surprisingly, many of them are retired and subsisting on their pensions. Others should be retired but can’t afford to be. With very low incomes and conservative values, Still Workings consider the cost of living and the needs of families and Australia’s ageing population to be among the most pressing issues facing the country and yearn for the ‘good old days’…
Walk with Me
Janet always says she’s hopeless at cooking, but I love her beer-battered fish and chips. That’s what we were eating the other night, actually, when out of the blue, she asked if it bothers me that I have to keep working when most of my mates have retired. Of course it does! But with the cost of living like it is, and Susan in university down in Melbourne, what choice do I have?
Mind you, sometimes I wonder whether the pension could be any worse than my wage. I work for an agricultural supplies company: it pays the bills and some of Susan’s uni fees, but that’s all. I’m sure we were better off ten years ago. Still, we manage. Janet isn’t that interested in shopping, and I maintain the Ford myself so we don’t have to pay a mechanic.
We’ve lived in Maryborough our whole lives; it’s a close-knit community. Most weekends I’ll go for a fish at Lake Victoria with my mates Ken and Graeme; sometimes we’ll make a day of it and drive to Airey’s Inlet for some surf fishing. Janet doesn’t mind: she’ll visit a friend, or tend to her rose garden, or just play with the cats. We’ve got two Persians – ugly beasts, if you ask me, but now that Susan’s gone they’ve become her substitute babies.
Tonight we’re having a quiet one. Janet’s cooking a roast, and then we’ll watch the cricket. Come on Aussie, come on!