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Old 03-23-2004, 08:03 PM   #15
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historical perpective

I posted this article from The Caravanner (1957) in another thread, but it fits better here in the discussion of retirement:
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Old 03-23-2004, 08:05 PM   #16
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Old 03-27-2004, 02:31 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the input

I think I was already favoring retirement, but your comments have really helped. At this stage of life I think one has to be able to just do what you want to do. It will be interesting to be able to set out on a trip and not have to hurry back after 7 days or 10 as I have always had to in the past.

Also, will be able to do things I want to do rather than be in the office whether I want to be there or not. Am going to take advantage of some outdoor things that I have never had the time to volunteer my time for.

Looking forward to sharing my experiences with others on this board. Thanks, again.
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Old 03-27-2004, 07:07 PM   #18
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Breath in...Breath out.....

Retiring for me meant acknowledging that I no longer was working for others (family) but could pamper myself some and get out of a career I had worn out on because I did not HAVE to do it if I didn't want is very different to wake up and like a kid, decide what to do might be play or even work at something new....but the freedom to choose is good...jem
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Old 03-28-2004, 08:28 AM   #19
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We also retired early. Never a regret...

Some things we thought about:
*Medical insurance (company I retired from would continue insurance until I reached 65, so we were covered there)
*Retire TO something rather than retiring FROM something. Have a reason to get up each morning! Hobbies, activities, etc.
*Do things that will "work" your mind as well as your body. Keep active! If you are a golfer and it has rained ALL WEEK what do you do? (or fisherman, etc.).... Well, that might not count -- golfers play in the rain

Time for me to start getting busy today ---- need to get the Airstream ready for Easter weekend outing. New shocks on the "Orange Monster" ---- we'll be ready to head out!

. . . . and I havn't even mentioned the daily "Honey-Do" list!!
how did I have the time to work??

enjoy whatever choice you make.

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Old 12-12-2010, 05:08 PM   #20
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Old retirement thread

I ran across this old thread, found it interesting and decided to bring it back. I was surprised at the near unanimous opinions regarding the advice that the O.P. was requesting.

I recently retired from my Fire Department job and am working full time installing cabinets and doors. I enjoy it, but look forward to the day that I actually retire. Right now I'm just tired....
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:46 PM   #21
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Thanks for bumping this thread, Fyrzowt. Ah, retirement. Frankly I will probably work at some level until I croak, but I am lucky to have been self-employed for the last 25 years. Plus, I like what I do — which is of utmost importance to me. I'm also lucky that I can work from the road when I need to, so that's even better, and allows me to play and work at the same time. I like to tell people I'm pretending to be semi-retired, and they seem to get that. It's not a bad way to do things, if you can manage. If I worked in a sitaution where I was offered an early retirement package and I thought I could survive, I'd do it. Live life while you can.
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:19 PM   #22
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Our retirement date is set for December 31st. We have been counting down the days since the first of this year and are amazed at how fast these past months have gone. We look forward to traveling, seeing our beautiful country and doing what we choose to do. our jobs for the most part were enjoyable, but there were always some problems along the way. Now the problems we will face will be of our own making. So our countdown continues. Hope to meet some of you as we begin our new "work". Susan
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:39 PM   #23
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We retired just over three years ago, took early retirement from our state employer. It was one of the single best decisions we ever made.

Go for it, if you are able. Life is short and needs to be lived.

🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:06 PM   #24
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Wish I could send you all this little song... ♫

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) — Guy Lombardo

You work and work for years and years, you're always on the go;
You never take a minute off, too busy makin' dough.
Someday, you say, you'll have your fun when you're a millionaire -
Imagine all the fun you'll have in your old rockin' chair.

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think;
Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink.
The years go by as quickly as a wink -
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think.

You're gonna take that ocean trip, no matter, come what may;
You've got your reservations but you just can't get away.
Next year, for sure, you'll see the world, you'll really get around -
But how far can you travel when you're six-feet under ground?

Your heart of hearts, your dream of dreams, your ravishing brunette;
She's left you and she's now become somebody else's pet.
Lay down that gun, don't try, my friend, to reach the great beyond;
You'll have more fun by reachin' for a redhead or a blonde.

(Repeat Refrain)

You never go to nightclubs and you just don't care to dance;
You don't have time for silly things like moonlight and romance.
You only think of dollar bills tied neatly in a stack;
But when you kiss a dollar bill, it doesn't kiss you back.

(Repeat Refrain)
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:20 PM   #25
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Retirement - 10 months + 18 days to go...
Who's counting?


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Old 12-12-2010, 11:31 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by azflycaster View Post
Retirement - 10 months + 18 days to go...
Who's counting?
Good for you! Enjoy.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:35 PM   #27
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I retired 2 years ago at age 66. I had a bunch of stuff to do before I could retire, so I worked many hours a week until the time. Then, the next day, we left on our first long trailer trip (4 months) totally unprepared. We did an lot of fixing and buying at Walmart for a while.

I have not yet found a drawback to not working, except for not getting a paycheck.

I thought I liked where I worked, but I sure can do without it too. Ice on the streets and roads here. Glad not to have to get up and sit in traffic or the ditch for the morning. Pretty days its coffee on the deck. I got way too much to do retired. You might want to go back to work for a week or so to rest up every once in a while.

You must not be alone. I have talked to many airstreamers with a 30 year old trailer they bought new when they retired. And they seemed happy, And still traveling.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:42 PM   #28
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A couple of words of advice ... I was the supervisor of the pension department for a major steel company for more years than I care to remember. We found that a significant number of guys who retired were dead a year or two after retirement because they had no plan for their retirement time. This was true for the hourly factory workers as well as the salaried office workers. You can only watch Oprah for so long before all that free time actually becomes boring.

So if you are going to take the early retirement option, please keep yourself busy - 'Streaming, take adult education classes, visit the grandkids, become a community volunteer, etc.

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