Take the case of Billy Kaderli. He found exploring
the Caribbean in a
sail boat restful, but he didn't get in much tennis. Then he and his
California beauty, Akaisha, settled in Chapala across from the public park
with its four fine tennis courts.
It was a short term trial period, or so he thought. He began playing
tennis and since he was also interested in basketball, he coached a girl's
basketball team at the Chapala gym.
But there was still a slight glitch in his life. Everyone on his block,
on his teams and at the courts spoke a different language than had been
taught in Cincinnati: The learning curve was climbing as he worked to
improve his tennis game, master the lingo, and absorb the cultural
etiquette needed in coaching a girl's team.
Sailing in the
Then he noticed a serious problem. The scoring of the
basketball games was not always on the up and up. Arguments and
dissension broke out on
a regular basis. The issues seemed to center around which team's
relatives and friends were scoring that particular game.
the situation, Billy found himself back in Cincinnati,
successfully bargaining for the donation of a large, lighted
scoreboard for the Chapala gym.
arrival of the giant scoreboard, he engaged in a whole new
career, that of negotiating with the aduana, as well as the
Chapala city fathers, activities not at all programmed into his
retirement game plan. But then neither had he programmed the
joyful glee of the basketball community upon the installation of
the scoreboard. Billy was an overnight hero in Chapala.
Plaza is the heart of Chapala, Mexico
As one of
our younger and more energetic retirees, Billy's life is spent
at the tennis courts in Cristiania Park chalking up more
volunteer hours than any gringo around.
Especially notable is his
accomplishment in integrating the Mexican-Anglo communities through
tennis leagues and tournaments that he organizes at the park. Un-able to
play for the past year due to a broken bone, he continues to run what he
likes to call the "pro shop."
He uses those profits along with the minimal playing fees to impeccably maintain the courts and has miraculously accumulated half of the 85,000
pesos needed to resurface them.
Ajijic to the Finals
So this is how retirement has turned out for Billy. There have been
days he thought life was easier when he was managing a stock brokerage
firm or running his busy restaurant. But it was never, never so sweet.
With generous loans from friends of the park, the resurfacing is completed
and the Mother of All Chapala Tennis tournaments was held on January 13,
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of
finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991.
They wrote the popular books,
The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and
Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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