Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Our stationary bicycle
Every day life in
We have an old exercise bike.
It's the kind that has a wheel pressuring the front-and-only-tire to create resistance.
We bought this a few years ago from a hotel where I found it sitting in a
courtyard being trashed by the weather. It was a mess but it still functioned.
I paid 500
Pesos - around 25 Dollars - to the owner and brought it home.
I then cleaned it up, oiled it and painted
this baby in Mexican colors. Akaisha and I use the bike 4-5 times
per week for exercise when we are in town. Getting older, we like to stay mobile.
Feeling some slippage
A week ago, we started noticing a slippage in the left peddle assembly. I would
tighten it, but after a few rides it was loose again. I tightened it more with the
same results until one day it stripped the threads.
chewed up part
I took the peddle assembly off to the nearest bike shop but they didn’t have the
part I needed. The newer bikes all seem to have a sprocket type of connection to the
A few years ago, I needed a special threaded part for our gas grill so I found a
local machine shop to help me. For this bicycle problem, I decided to try him again.
About a 15-minute walk from our place, I strolled in with the bike part I needed
and discussed how it worked with the man there. He told me to return at 5:00pm and the new part would
I did go back, paid Manuel 200 Pesos - about $10 Dollars - and returned home only to
find the part was close to being perfect but not quite there.
The next day I hired a taxi for 50 Pesos - about $2.50US - and brought the entire bike to the shop so
that he could better see what was needed. This was 9 in the morning and he told
me to return at 11:00.
Later that morning
I hired another taxi, went back to the shop asked the driver to wait for me. Sure enough it was ready.
I tested his work and Manuel assured me that it was fine. When I asked him what
I owed for this 2nd visit he told me “no charge, next time.”
We loaded the bike into the trunk of the taxi and drove home. I paid this taxi 70
Pesos which meant the entire repair was 320 Pesos or about $16 Dollars and the
bike works great.
yet another example of what we call "Easy
Livin' " here in
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kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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