PERRY’S LIFE SINCE RETIREMENT

In February 2004, I retired from the Pentagon after being the Director, Executive Contracting Office for Iraq.   It was a very stressful position as I spent a lot of time on Capital Hill before Congressional Committees for things that we were doing in Iraq.  I also directed the procurement of over $200 Billion in procurements for Iraq.   I was exhausted when I retired.   I sold my condominium in Falls Church, Virginia and bought a house in Yuma, Arizona on the golf course.   I enjoyed the house as it was a 3 bedroom with a huge heated pool and a in-ground jacuzzi.   Had a large yard and plenty of flowers and shrubs.    Had a great view of the mountains and the 4th green on the golf course.   After living there for 2 years and teaching at Northern Arizona University and working for the Yuma Elementary School District as as a Special Education teacher, I decided that the house was costing me too much money in repairs and the electricity bills were killing me in the summer.  My utilities were over $1000 in the summer.   So I told my kids that I was selling the house and moving into my motorhome.   If they wanted anything they should come get it as I was going to sell everything except personal things that I would put into storage.    I had two garage sales (will never have one again, OMG they are terrible) and sold everything and moved into the motor home.   Best decision I have ever made.   I love the life as a nomad.   I can go visit the kids and see places I have never been.   I have met the nicest people and it is a wonderful life.   I traded off my motor home in March 2010 and bought a truck and 5th wheel trailer.   The motor home was one of the many manufacturers that went bankrupt in the past 3 years.   I love the 5th wheel.   It is much more comfortable to live in and it pulls great behind my f350 truck.   I still winter in Yuma, Arizona and spend time in Oregon and try to go to Maryland to see my youngest son Jeff.   My older son, Max and his family ( 3 daughters and wife)  live in San Diego, California.    I love going to cities and towns that I have never been too and get to meet the people there.    I also have a lot of friends on the computer that I have met there and only met a couple in person.   My best friend is in India and is a programmer and computer engineer.   He is a super person and is so kind to me.  One person that has been a Godsend to me during my cancer is Mika Nelson who lives in Los Angeles.   He has really helped me during the treatments and I love him as a brother.  I have now bought a home in Las Vegas Nevada.   I decided that I need a home base and somewhere to spend a lot of time at.  Love it here in Las Vegas but will still do a lot of traveling in my RV.