Archived Articles from Cobb Retirement Services
Context is Worth 80 IQ Points Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

"Are you a fast runner, Daddy?"

The question takes me back to the peak of the athletic career I never had: high school. At some point in high school, I clocked a 4.9 in the 40 yard dash – a respectable showing in that era.

"Once upon a time," I reply.

"But you still beat me when we race," our seven-year-old states with a mix of pride and dismay.

Yes, as long...

I Have To Talk to My Manager Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. ~ Albert Einstein

In my case, the something for nothing was a 1983 Honda CB500 motorcycle. A gift that someone bestowed on me because they were astute enough to recognize that the time and effort required to get it running again was not worth the effort. I, on the other hand, was only too glad to devote nights and weekends...

A Matter of When, Not If Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

When it comes to the long term, most of us would instead prefer to think of the here and now. To add more than a little color on that front, I once again turn to the well that is Louis C.K.:

"Or you'll meet the perfect person, who you love infinitely, and you even...

I Feel Fine – At Least I Think I Do Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00


Lift the hood of a 1960's era car and two things will immediately jump out: 1) there's an awful lot of room in there, perhaps twice as much versus what's needed for the engine; and 2) the engine itself is relatively simple with components easily recognizable to anyone with a base level of mechanical knowledge.

That same 1960's era car is also relatively easy for a shade...

It Is What It Is But It Isn't What It Ain't Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

I recently had the pleasure of going to the upper peninsula of Michigan for a family vacation (that's the UP to those in the know). During this vacation I attempted on several occasions to make the acquaintance of the local fish population. I also found myself in various laundry mats from time to time washing our grubby clothing. These two points are connected by the fact that I had nothing to...

Do It Yourself? Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

The master bathroom in question was best described as a period piece. The period it represented was, unfortunately, the 1950’s.

Daily visits to this room reinforced the idea that something had to be done. Monthly bank statements suggested that perhaps the best approach was dimmer lighting and lower standards.

Debates around the breakfast table eventually led to a path...

Objects in the Mirror Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

I spend quite a bit of my life driving but recently had the luxury of sitting in the passenger seat. As I stared out the side window, the phrase "OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR" caught my eye.

That's a useful warning to those about to change lanes but has few other applications – unless you are running from a large animal and happen to have a mirror...

Less May Not Be More 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:34

Growing up, my family frequented a particular location of a local Mexican restaurant empire so often that we knew most of the staff on a first-name basis. We knew who was saving money for college, who was dating whom, and occasionally who had cheated on whom.

It was a great place. The food was good. The people were like family. The lighting was bad, the bar area was smoky, and the...

Got to Know Your Limitations Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:22

The ski lift slowly makes its way to the top of the mountain. After the brief surge of nervous adrenalin that accompanies any attempt to disembark from a ski lift, I coast to a stop at a sign that marks the various trail options with brightly painted arms pointing to the left and right.

My six-year-old immediately chimes in. "Blue, Daddy. We need to go on the blue."

I admire...

This Much is True-Up Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Although I have never written a song worthy even of contempt, I feel it fair to proactively declare that Spandau Ballet's "True" is perhaps one of the worst songs ever inflicted upon us as a people. A strong statement to be sure, but I feel it justified not only by the

Your Results May Vary Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Fuel economy has always been an important attribute of a vehicle. With a gallon of gasoline now in excess of $3, those making a lengthy commute use estimated miles per gallon as a primary driver in the car shopping experience.

Unfortunately, the actual fuel efficiency estimate emblazoned on the large sticker of that new vehicle very often does not live up to its billing. There are a...

Because Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

I recently had my kids in tow as I undertook a variety of errands. Along the way, I noticed I was low on gas. I announced that we'd be stopping to fill up, which generally causes excitement from those in the back seat who like to participate by using the window cleaners provided at either end of the pumps to scrub the headlights, bumpers and whatever else they can reach.

On alert now...

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