As today’s Blog headline states, it was with enormous sorrow that on Friday night, I announced my forthcoming retirement as a bar owner.
This momentous decision followed my visit to see my Bangkok medical specialists earlier in the day, and below is the announcement transcript as it appeared in my ‘Bar Thread’ in the Thai Visa, Expat Forum:
Mobi’s – A Most Unexpected Announcement
It is almost 16 years to the day when my Harley Street cardiologist and Endocrinologist together informed me that me that if I didn’t quit my high pressure job in the City’s ‘Square Mile’ for good then I wouldn’t make old bones.
What then followed was 9 months of phasing out my role as a senior executive of a London based international insurer, following which, in June, 2000 at the young age of 54. I went into – what I thought at the time – would be permanent retirement.
Much has happened since those far off days back in Blighty, and in many ways I have succeeded in cheating the Grim Reaper. I’m still here, despite almost drinking myself to death and all but succumbing to numerous near fatal accidents and a succession of medical emergencies.
Yes, I’m still here to tell the story and as if I hadn’t had enough adventures in my life, at the ripe old age of 68, I foolishly embarked on an ambitious plan to be the most successful, sober bar owner in the annals of Pattaya. (As all of you who read my blog and this thread know so well.)