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Old 01-06-2009, 09:39 AM   #15
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Well Tom, that was a year ago. How's retirement going? Have you found enough to do?

John [Happily Retired Since June 2001]
It's been a wonderful year. I've learned that I don't have to get everything done in two days, staying in bed past 8:00 is not a sin, and that the golf courses are open during the week! I'm not a guy that has to have something to do at all times, and that fits retirement pretty well. There are days I'll sweep and mop floors or mow the lawn. Other days I'll do the grocery shopping - it's fun at 9:30 on a weekday because hardly anyone else is there. Then there's planning for the next trip in the Airstream; which I can get obsessed with. I fussed with the planning of my trip west for almost a year, and got a bucket full of great advice from forum members.

There's a lot of other stuff to do as well. I walk two miles a day, watch what I put into my mouth, read books ... . Y'all get the idea. In sum, I'm thankful that I could, and did, retire while I was young enough, and healthy enough, to enjoy it. I have the good fortune to receive a retirement check from a pension fund that's guaranteed by the Fed. So no tears to shed over what my 401(k) used to have in it.

I don't miss the work, just the people I worked with. I've had the chance to do contract work, but I made sure that my bid was high enough to discourage most from accepting it and enough to pay for my lost time.

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Old 01-06-2009, 09:47 AM   #16
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When people ask me if I miss work, my stock answer is, "like you'd miss a toothache!"

John - Now on to other challanges...
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:26 PM   #17
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:46 AM   #18
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HE: Nuttin'

SHE: Thats the same as yesterday!

HE: I ain't quite done with it.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:41 AM   #19
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Doin' Today

Today I'm going to sit outside my trailer in Tyler, TX, and read a book. I'm also going to wait until I get a call from the local Ford dealer telling why my Excursion just up and quit on me so I had to coast up to the red light!

First major problem I've encountered while camping. Now, last summer I had to replace my water pump while on the road, but I drove the Excursion to the dealer. Sitting in the right hand lane, no shoulder, with a cop behind you with his flashers blinking, while you wait for the tow truck is exciting. Yesterday, when this happened, was the day the Good Sam RV road service paid for itself. They sent two tow trucks, notified the police that I was disabled, made reservations for me at a Good Sam park, and talked with the local Ford dealer. My vote is that this is a pretty good company to do business with.

Not knowing what's wrong, how much to fix, or when I'll be back on the road again does let my imagination run loose. But then again, I'm fully aware how much worse it could have been. I'd driven through some towns on a narrow two lane road, had been on I-30 coming out of Texarkana that was loaded with semis, and down into the country on US 271 in places that probably have cell service. Just the fact that I came to rest at a red light intersecting with Tyler's loop road, had cell service, was just a blessing.

So, I'm reading and surfing the net today in the Whispering Pines RV Park just outside of Tyler. I'm hoping to be back on the road soon because my DW is concerned, and I'm just about through with this book and the rest are in the Ex at the Ford dealer.

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Old 12-24-2009, 10:34 AM   #20
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Congrats on YEAR II of retirement. I hope it's everything you'd hoped for. Merry Christmas & a healthy New Year!

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I'm just curious enough to ask y'all if anyone has any awareness of the game, and what they thought about it.

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Tom,

It's funny you should come up with this game. The folks in the trailer park that Henri our trailer lives in are all crazy about it. We are too! It's a game that can be played by all ages.

But they call it "Whackers".

They have all made them by hand, and our next-door neighbour at the park made his out of copper pipe, and said it wound up costing him a pretty penny to do so.

I think that the wood version in the link you posted is the most practical way to make it: lightweight, and should be relatively low-cost.

Bet you could sell a bunch of them in your park or neighbourhood.

Oh, and congrats on being able to retire while you can still enjoy it! A lot of folks aren't that lucky.

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It's still good

Aage,

My second year of retirement has been just as great as the first was. Just a little less hectic. A trip to Memphis in the Spring, and a longer one up to Wausau, WI and home via Memphis in the Summer. We had a nice Thanksgiving camping in Kerrville, TX with friends. So, a good year all around.

I promised my wife to have short trips next year, and stay home to enclose our gazebo. Last summer was so hot and dry we didn't go outside except to get to the car. So, I'll screen in the gazebo and put in some water spray jets so it will be cool enough for us to enjoy the yard. Then there's re-sodding the yard to replace the grass that died during the drought.

So, retirement is still keeping me as busy as I want to be. The only alarm clock going off is the one to keep me from missing my tee time.


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Retired in 2006 (Feds.) and love the look on peoples faces when they ask me, what do you do? My response is always the same, "whatever I feel like doing, whenever I want".
Freedom from a regimented daily schedule gives you a whole new view on life. A change of lifestyle, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. No regrets.
Retirement is not something to be feared, but rather a time to kick up your heels, let loose and live all that life has to offer. My next project is University courses in English Lit.
Days fly by so fast. Now you have the freedom to live your dream...
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It's been 8 years for me now since retiring at the first possible opportunity. I'm having a ball, no regrets, and don't miss it one little bit.
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I understand what y'all are saying. There is no "Greeter" job in the future for me. Since my DW is still chair of the history dept at a University here, I've taken advantage of it and I'm taking a Texas history course. So far, I've been able to answer her questions. The downside is that I can't skate through it! If I came to class unprepared I'd here about it at home.

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Retirement is bittersweet for us. A carefree life of travel adventure and musical performance on the road has turned to watching my wife's Alzheimer's take her slowly and steadily away. I'm not looking for pity, but just had to write it down. I'm sorry if this is inappropriate here. I'm just a bit down tonight after listing the Airstream for sale on eBay. There goes another piece of the dream.
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John,

I'm sorry to hear that you have to sell the Airstream. I lost my mother just before Christmas, and she, too, took that long slow slide you are talking about, so I think I have some inkling of how you might be feeling.

I'm not here to give you pity, just to let you know that you aren't alone, my friend.

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John,

I'm so very sorry to hear about your wife. Yes, there is a dark side to being old enough to retire. My Mother, 98, has been in a nursing home this past year with final stage dementia. I go see her almost every day, and that's the only reason she still knows who I am. Because of my Mother's condition, I've become aware of just how precious memories are, and how tragic it is when they are lost.

I sincerely wish you well, and hang on to your memories for as long as you can.

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