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    Hard to believe but it's been 10 years since Paul and I retired. Surely the best move we ever made!

    Scary. Yes. But oh, so very satisfying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Hard to believe but it's been 10 years since Paul and I retired. Surely the best move we ever made!

    Scary. Yes. But oh, so very satisfying.

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    Voni,

    Have you retired or just found something more interesting to do with your lives?

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    Well, they quit paying us to live in Kansas so we don't any more.

    But, I think you're right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Well, they quit paying us to live in Kansas so we don't any more.

    But, I think you're right!

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    I've come to believe that retirement is just another way of saying........I've chosen to stop trying to fulfill the other guy's dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I've come to believe that retirement is just another way of saying........I've chosen to stop trying to fulfill the other guy's dream.
    I view it as a luxury that the vast majority of the people in the world will never experience; at least not in a manner that could be considered enjoyable and satisfying, and with the freedom to do what one wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I view it as a luxury that the vast majority of the people in the world will never experience
    Sadly, the same could be said about clean drinking water, safe food and stable gov't/public institutions. However, to my point, retirement can be a polite way for one to part company with an employer. Just consider an officer in the military that has been notified that he or she isn't going to advance in rank. If they have their 20 in, retiring and doing something else seems like a reasonable idea.....
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    I am on year 5 or maybe 6 of not reporting to a formal worksite...time gets away from me and that's OK most of the time. Knowing what day it is is not so big of a deal...unless I forget something like taking the trash out

    Still getting paid each month is something I enjoy and am glad it is a solid retirement system. I too believe my children and their kids will not be able to do the same things as I enjoy at my age(57). It seems some folks just do not stay with a company long enough to gain retirement benefits...whether their choice or not.

    I have backed off on a lot of Saturday and Sunday riding as it's just crazy in our area with weekend riders. The only drawback of my Monday solo rides is a lot of food stops are closed Yeah, it's rough! But the empty roads sure are sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    It seems some folks just do not stay with a company long enough to gain retirement benefits
    You can stay as long as you want, or they allow you, but there is only a contribution to a savings account. As such, as long as the new employer makes a similar contribution to your savings account, there is no reason to stay, if a better salary/wage is offered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    ........I've chosen to stop trying to fulfill the other guy's dream.
    Not being argumentative, more philosophical... I don't remember every considering my work activities as fulfilling anyone's dreams other than my own. Whether I found myself working for 20 years in a butcher shop, or running my own custom office furniture company, or building vehicles in an automotive shop, I've always looked at my labor as a trade off for legal tender that I have used to further "my" dream. Sure beat having to go out hunting everyday for meat, or rooting around in the ground for wild vegetables for subsistence living....:-)
    It would be a damn shame to spend a whole life time working to fulfill someone else's dream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    Not being argumentative, more philosophical... I don't remember every considering my work activities as fulfilling anyone's dreams other than my own. Whether I found myself working for 20 years in a butcher shop, or running my own custom office furniture company, or building vehicles in an automotive shop, I've always looked at my labor as a trade off for legal tender that I have used to further "my" dream. Sure beat having to go out hunting everyday for meat, or rooting around in the ground for wild vegetables for subsistence living....:-)
    It would be a damn shame to spend a whole life time working to fulfill someone else's dream...
    No argument. When you loose ownership or interest in what you're doing, it's time to move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter trash View Post
    As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to "make a difference" in the world.
    It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other "seniors" who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.
    Scooter Trash is such a person:

    THIS IS QUOTED FROM SCOOTER:
    "I've often been asked, 'What do you do now that you're retired?'
    Well...I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and whisky into urine.
    It's rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling. I do it every day and I really enjoy it."

    Scooter should be an inspiration to us all.
    That's good stuff.

    I just checked subscribed threads and realized I dump my emotional handbag out on the table and ran off for almost two years without a follow up. I retired 2 years ago this month. My last big trip was Sedalia, see you in St. Paul.

    Since then, I really stuck it to the man. I took my GI Bill (No kids) and went back to school for music. Uncle Sam picks up the tab, tuition and pays me 1500 bucks a month to go to college. I keep waiting for the police to show up and arrest me for stealing. I told the VA benefits lady that I didn't feel I deserved it, she told me to shut up: "You been shot at, take the money and go to school".

    I am a 53 year old college sophomore with Master's Degree in Trauma and Critical Care Nursing. It's like I am a gorilla and they put me in the penguin exhibit at the zoo. The handlers like me because I show up on time, do the home work and try hard. The penguins like me because I'm a gorilla, sort of like going to the zoo and looking at the, well, a gorilla. The zoo keepers really like me when I tell bullies to shut their pie hole in class. I am very different than the penguins but they don't seem to mind. Plus the penguin population at my college appears to be in a perpetual Victoria Secrets underwear ad. That's kind of weird.

    But music..., picking it up late in life, that's really tough. Not the course work necessarily but leaving your ego at the door. Getting you musical teeth kicked in on a daily basis. This is harder than Iraq deployments. That, I understood. But starting over, being so different, that has been a real education.

    So that's me, what have you been up to since you retired?

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    Just celebrated the 16th anniversary of my eighth and ninth heart surgery on the same day. After an 8 hour ordeal, the docs told my fair lady that I had a 50/50 chance of surviving more than 3 days...and a 90% chance of permanent brain damage. I did manage to survive and eventually got back to work. About a year and a half later, decided to opt (regretfully) for an early disability retirement. I regretted that decision...for about 10 minutes! We managed to get by on my wife's salary, and now she's retired too!

    Retirement is great, life is even better!

    Cheers!

    PS. Seem to be doing okay on that 10% brain...LOL.
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    Funny relevant first part....

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