We are recent retirees ourselves. No, we're not real estate agents trying to sell you a retirement home in Palm Springs. And we're not financial analysts or insurance brokers, or health food pill pushers. We are just middle class Boomers like yourselves, trying to do the best we can.
We have "retired" at least twice. The first time we built a house in Mexico with the idea of spending the rest of our years in paradise. We started a business there. We lived in Mexico, off and on, for seven years. That's about how long it took to us to realize how boring paradise can be. Now we live in Las Vegas (closer to family and friends) and have started several home businesses here (more on that later).
Elena in Rome
ELENA Born in Chicago, Elena received her BA Degree from Boston University, her JD from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law while working full time as a Social Worker investigating child abuse cases and, later, as a worker's compensation representative at Chrysler Corporation. She earned her MSJ from Northwestern?s Medill School of Journalism. She did internships for Washington Columnist Jack Anderson and Investigative Reporter Roberta Baskin at WLS-TV in Chicago.Elena worked as a lawyer at several well known Chicago Law Firms.After graduating from Medill, she worked as a reporter for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida.Throughout her career she has done pro bono work including: legal work for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in one of Chicago?s Latino communities; human rights lawsuit against the Government of Guatemala; drafting wills for individuals who were HIV positive and others with AIDS; teaching English as a Second Language at Literacy Chicago; and teaching job training skills course to inner city kids in Chicago. She has lectured on Child Abuse, Aids Prevention and Protection and Labor Relations topics at various corporations. Her publications include: newspaper columns under Jack Anderson?s byline; video investigative reports at WJXT; and a Law Review article in the Journal of Juvenile Law.In 1997 Elena returned to Mexico, where she had attended college in the 1970?s.She and her husband moved to San Miguel de Allende, in the mountains of Central Mexico, whereElena continued her volunteer work by starting a program to teach English to children in outlying ranch communities. She also co-edited Amigos, a newsletter created to promote volunteer organizations in San Miguel. In 2004, she and her husband, John, returned to the U.S., and currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada.
JOHN John earned a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.In the course of his over thirty years in the engineering and construction business, he has been a software designer, a project manager and a vice president of two international companies (Dravo Engineers and Constructors of Pittsburgh and Davy-McKee Engineering, headquartered in London, England).More recently, he was a manufacturing consultant with Computer Sciences Corporation, working out of their Chicago office.He has written a number of technical articles and given presentations throughout much of the world, including Europe, South America and the Far East.In 1997, John and his wife, Elena, moved to San Miguel de Allende, in the mountains of Central Mexico.In 2004, he and Elena returned to the U.S., and currently live in Las Vegas, where John is a “Master Gardener” in the state of Nevada and one of the founding members of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.