“I’m just one of these human beings, I’ve accepted it just to be miserable all the time. And work makes me miserable. But then people say to me, ‘if you didn’t have work you’d be miserable too, you would miss it.’ But I really do not believe that’s true,” Stern, 64, remarked.
Howard had just returned from a week-long vacation when the comments were made.
“On vacation, I get up and have breakfast. Then I’d get up and take a walk with my wife. Then I’d come home and I’d paint. I enjoy the painting. I had a great time. I don’t think I’d have any problem being retired.”
It seems that Mike Francesa return to WFAN made Stern think long and hard if retiring now would be the right decision.
“That’s why I was following the Mike Francesca story while I was away. I was kind of obsessed with it. I was just so interested.” Stern explained. “Like literally a month ago, he was set for his retirement. He said I want to retire: ‘that’s it I’ve had enough, I don’ want to do this anymore.’”
“So the guy leaves in December and all of a sudden he’s back. That is the world’s shortest retirement,” added Stern.