Hick Bloomfield

One of the benefits of having the name Richard is that there are many nicknames, variants and pet-name versions of the name.

Here’s just a few that I’ve been used or been called over the years:

  • Rich
  • Richie
  • Rick
  • Ricko
  • Rickie
  • Dick
  • Dickie
  • Ricardo

However there was one that I hadn’t heard of before, and that’s the name ‘Hick’. Apparently it’s a valid variant of Richard, albeit one that doesn’t necessarily have positive connotations surrounding it. It’s not a common variant of Richard, and certainly I’ve never come across someone with the first name of Hick before.

So I wondered if I should start using the name – just to be unique – rather than to promote my unsophisticated provincial characteristics.

At the moment there aren’t any proper google pages showing the name “Hick Bloomfield” (until this one get’s indexed!), so I could be the first!

What do you think?

Retirement Timer

There comes a time, in your mid-to-late forties that the concept of retirement moves from a distant pipe-dream to something that potentially might happen.

At the moment the official retirement age in Ireland for anyone born in 1961 or later is 68 years old.

At the time of writing this I’m 46 years old, and have been working full time since I graduated university at age 22 – and so I’ve been working 24 years. And if I retire at 68, then I have just over 21 years to go – so I’m over half way there!

So, for a bit of fun, I’ve added a countdown timer to visualise my time to retirement:

At the moment I’m not sure if I’m happy or depressed that I have over 20 years to go.