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Bill English has given my hus­band and I some­thing new to ar­gue about. Not now, but in 20-odd years when Tim gets to re­tire and I am look­ing at an­other six years of work­ing be­fore I qual­ify for su­per­an­nu­a­tion.

There is a small age dif­fer­ence be­tween us, but crit­i­cally he was born be­fore the new thresh­old Na­tional has im­posed and I was born af­ter. So I am work­ing till I am 67 and he’s not. Thanks a bunch, Bill.

You could ar­gue that in my line of work, which in­volves sit­ting on my butt for long pe­ri­ods, toil­ing till I am 67 will be no great sac­ri­fice.

But the fact re­mains that Tim and I had al­ways planned to re­tire to­gether dis­grace­fully, tan­ning our­selves in var­i­ous pic­turesque lo­ca­tions un­til our skin is parch­ment, read­ing books, drink­ing san­gria and em­bar­rass­ing our chil­dren.

Now he gets a head start on me, as­sum­ing we can af­ford it. Sad, as Pres­i­dent Twit­ter would say. :(

I know ex­actly what he’ll do with those ex­tra years too, be­cause we had a fore­taste of it when we lived in San Fran­cisco, where I worked full­time while he “free­lanced”.

His “free­lanc­ing” in­volved de­camp­ing to a Cuban cafe most days with the news­pa­per and a pile of books, watch­ing foot­ball at a sports bar in HaightAsh­bury and so­cial­is­ing in the com­mu­nal gar­den be­hind our apart­ment. He had a ball; me, not so much.

For more on elec­tion year prom­ises (and threats), read Michele A’court and Jeremy El­wood’s col­umn, on page 23. En­joy your week­end.

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