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Old 09-12-2007, 01:41 PM   #29
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Retirement is great. I retired April 2006 and relocated closer to two daughters and five grandchildren. We live in a 100 year old house that came with plenty of projects. I'm working on silver beast repairs, replacement, etc. We were snowbirds last winter, during January, and attended the Can Opener. I've worn a coat and tie twice since retirement, one wedding and one funeral. It's great to awaken unsure of the day of the week. I recently returned to work for six weeks to help out my previous employer. What a drag, back to long pants, tie shoes, setting an alarm and structure. Fortunately it was a short term assignment. I couldn't wait for it to end. After the Airstream projects are complete we will hit the road again, destination unknown.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:46 PM   #30
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Retirement is great. I retired April 2006 and relocated closer to two daughters and five grandchildren. We live in a 100 year old house that came with plenty of projects. I'm working on silver beast repairs, replacement, etc. We were snowbirds last winter, during January, and attended the Can Opener. I've worn a coat and tie twice since retirement, one wedding and one funeral. It's great to awaken unsure of the day of the week. I recently returned to work for six weeks to help out my previous employer. What a drag, back to long pants, tie shoes, setting an alarm and structure. Fortunately it was a short term assignment. I couldn't wait for it to end. After the Airstream projects are complete we will hit the road again, destination unknown.
You know there's another Can Opener coming up in January. Airstreams make good tents if they aren't ready for prime time. We had one last year that was under renovation...while at the Can Opener!
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:17 PM   #31
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Carol and Brad, congratulations on your "newly retired" status. I'm sure you'll never be bored.

Y'all are making me envious with your carefree lifestyles and all. Retirement is a long way away, but I'm planning for a time when I can take to the road, contract to work where I want, and work as much or as little as I want. Then I'll ease my way into retirement one of these days.
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:11 PM   #32
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Brad will love it. I retired at the end of June. It came almost on the spur of the moment on the first day we headed out in May for a B camper van trip. The first thing that sprung in my mind on the road was that I really didn't have to work anymore if I didn't want to. So my decision came about 1-1/2 years earlier than I was thinking just before I got behind the wheel. 10,000 miles later on the road I am enjoying it.

There is one thing I haven't cured yet - the anxiety at the end of the trip and thinking I will have to go to work the next day. I am still not used to the open ended schedule. So, I quit wearing my watch. I'm also finding a lot of the work routine habits are disappearing. I'm less acutely aware of the news. The weather is more important now. I fill the gas tank of the car less frequently. My clothing wardrobe has been pared down and the AmVets are getting a bonanza donation. Where I worked, Target Stores HQ in downtown Minneapolis as an architect, we had to adhere to a dress code of suit, sportcoat and or tie, or wear the store uniform of red shirt and khaki trou if you wanted to dress casual. So on our first camping trip after retirement we had this little ceremony at Temperance River State Park on the Minnesota North Shore - the retirement burn.



ps. I am not getting all those things I thought I would get around to once I retired. There just isn't enough time.
those ties are so ugly that i'm surprised they didn't burst into flames by themselves.....

just kidding...I envy you folks who can trravel as much as you want...say hi to America for all us working stiffs...
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:05 AM   #33
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Contgratulations.

Retired in 2001. Airstream in 2003. Lansing first intl rally. Discovered WBCCI caravans.

My advice, Join WBCCI, Look thru Blue Beret for caravans. Start signing up now for the lead time is two years on the major ones.

We just returned from the Viking to Newfoundland and the wife is planning rest of 2009 and 2010. Next year is Alaska, Last year was Maple leaf to BC & Alberta. So many caravans and so little time.
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:11 AM   #34
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Congratulations Carol and Brad. In five more years, I'll be joining you. I still have a little plan for work that involves retirement and Airstreams that should be fun at the same time.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:49 AM   #35
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Ok, I've read y'alls' comments about retirement, and now I'm trying real hard not to get excited. I turn the office lights off in 112 days!!! This is the first time I've allowed myself to count days. But getting to see what's just around the corner got the best of me.

I've noticed some patterns in this thread. The retired like to post in the wee hours of the morning, maybe y'all should put those watches back on. Most take some initial time to catch their breath before looking for "stuff" to do. No schedules or agendas to adhere to, no dress shoes or clothes, and travel travel travel.

Me, I plan to put my DW on the plane to China and go home and learn to watch Oprah - or some other form of educational endeavor. Then, I'll refine my plans for my trip to California to fetch the DW when she returns from China and work our way north on the PCH/101 into Oregon. I plan to audit a photography class at the DW's university so I kow what all those buttons are for on her camera. That should help me pass the time while I catch my breath.

Congratulations to everyone who are abe to start enjoying the fruits of many years of labor.

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Old 09-13-2007, 10:38 AM   #36
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Retired from the Air Force after 20 years in February 1991 and it was the 2nd most happiest day of my life to that point. I retire again in Oct 2011, this time from the FAA, with another 20 years Gov. service. Air Force retirement moves to 3rd happiest day, FAA retirement from the FAA moves into the 2nd happiest day of my life. 1st of course is marrying DW in 1972.

Happy camping!!! See ya'll down the road!!!
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Old 09-13-2007, 11:01 AM   #37
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Yes I'm retired- Well hopefully I am

I Left the office in May of 06. I am not really of retirement
age, just of retirement mind. Let's see how long I can make it.

What did I do?

1. Visited friends and relatives (1 month)
2. Gave away everything that would not fit in my 30' AS
or 10x10 Storage (2 month)
3. Lost the watch
4. Moved into the AS, Sold the house
5. Religated the cell phone to be checked couple of times
a day
6. Did some volunteer work and campground hosting
7. Hit the road and traveled the US on a budget
8. Went to Medjugorge (Bosnia) fro religious pilgrimage (??!)
9. Went to 1st AS Rally in Perry GA (posted the red #'s)
10. Made a 9000 mile loop of US

Where am I now?

Top of Georgia, Airstream only park. Since I haven't been any one
place for more than a few nights, I'm looking forward to stopping
for 10 or more.

Thinking about looking at the Pensicola AS park as a stop over
to Covington, LA. Wish I could remember all the places I wanted
to stop at when I was at the International Rally.

Oh and being retired, one of my favorite things is to stay up
late or play too hard cause I don't have to be ready to do anything
tomorrow at 8am or on Monday, Yeah-. Retired people posting
in the wee hours of the morning makes perfect sense to me.


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Old 09-13-2007, 11:57 AM   #38
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Carol,
Congratulations on retirement! Isn't this really why we worked? We retired August 03 this year and, yes, we counted down the days from February onward. Concurrent with retirement we sold our house but don't vacate for a few more months. Five days after retirement we left for a 7,000 mile vacation trip to Vancouver BC then through some National Parks then to Swiss National Festival Rally then we return home. More like a vacation than retirement because we are filling our truck's empty gas tank daily and won't plan to afford same in full-time mode later.

When we return to NC we will install solar a la Motoman's excellent plan shared on these forums, empty the house of everything for the closing, and reset our truck and trailer stuff based upon the learnings from the 7,000 mile shakedown trip we just completed.

We are, at five weeks, adjusting now to the almost no external schedule. We eat when we want, arise when we want, and drive where we want. I like your statement about having an open timeframe for trips -- We allowed ourselves to commit to some WBCCI Unit duties after which we will be on only our time schedule.

We're retired! HOORAY!

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Old 09-13-2007, 01:30 PM   #39
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Congratulations Carol and Brad

Great... You will love it.. See you are signed up for Topsails.... We are thinking about going also.. We heas south the first week of November... When you are south... drop in for a visit..Arcadia... Best Wishes..
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:48 PM   #40
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Uh, if you're a man and you're watching Oprah and the View on TV then you haven't quite adjusted yet to retirement.

But I must admit I get hooked on the Food Network Channel. I try to default to CNBC and watch my investments dwindle.
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Wow!
I well come visit where ever I end up.
Congrats.

It will be 10-15 years before I join you.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:37 PM   #42
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Two for the road!!

Hooray to you both for embarking on an incredible time of your life, enhanced to perfection with an Airstream! And boy do you have a gorgeous version to play with.
I retired after 25 years of doing a job that I loved, with the luxury of leaving it when the love ran out. Terry, thank goodness, can't imagine not working at what he does, although he does somehow finegal longer and longer vacations... Nothing like being your own boss.
I have the time to plan our trips, gather the neccessities and make reservations as needed. He goads and encourages: "When can we get into Yosemite?" "Should we go to that rally? Sounds like fun!"
It's been a fabulous journey so far, and we send best wishes to the two of you and your pups for the happiest of trails.
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