Ralph Sobel

Alice and I are still living in Arlington, Texas near DFW Airport, the Rangers Ballpark and the new Cowboys Stadium for 15 years now after 3 in NYC and 12 in Miami. We don't have kids, the dog died and the mortgage is paid so except for some senior citizen aches and pains it doesn't seem like we are really grown ups yet.

Retired after 35 years of honorable service in the belt business (it was a dirty job but somebody had to keep all those pants from falling down), we have decided to stay in Texas. The weather is good, housing costs are reasonable, the people are very nice and there are lots of fun things to do in the Metroplex. It's also an easy, centrally located home base from which to travel and we were lucky enough to visit our 7th continent, Antarctica, last year.

Staying busy in retirement has not been as difficult as I thought it might be. As President of our very strong neighborhood homeowners association, I get to be pretty active in local politics and chair one of the region's nicest free holiday festivals (google "Interlochen Christmas Lights"- it's a wonderful event). We also volunteer at Bass Hall, a beautiful opera house in Fort Worth, and are active supporters of the local arts scene.

My mediocre golf game is slowly improving with more time to play but those of you who know me understand that the biggest sports thrill of my life was finally getting to see the Giants win the World Series in 2010. From Opening Day in Houston (see photo) until the last game right here in Arlington, all those years of "wait until next year" were worth the wait.

Updated May 6, 2011 (Willie Mays' 80th Birthday).