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Old 12-16-2010, 02:46 PM   #29
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I retired 1.5 years ago after 35 years of teaching HS Band. We love every minute of our free time. First thing we did was find, restore/upgrade a 65 Safari. Made several short trips this past season and are now looking to head out for some month long tours. The only problem is tearing my wife away from the grandkids that long. I'm working on it.


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Old 12-16-2010, 06:38 PM   #30
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There is a saying that "work is for those who don't know how to fish."

I started working at a city job when I was 17, just out of high school. I retired 33 years later at 50. That was 12 years ago. There was a 3 year interruption courtesy of my Uncle Sam.

It took me maybe 2 or 3 minutes to get used to retirement. The thing was I found it very difficult to find 8 hours in my day to go to work. In other words I enjoyed life. Sure I had good days and bad days at work but it was not my life, just a portion of it.

Since retiring I have taken a few jobs because I wanted to. Some things I would have liked to try but just didn't pay enough to pay the bills. Now with a pension I can do what I want and pay is not an issue. Also when it is no longer fun I can leave.

Working hard is good and necessary but playing hard is also very important.

My choices may not be right for everyone but of all my retired friends I can't think of any that aren't enjoying their retirement.

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:27 PM   #31
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This coming March I will be dropping my retirement paperwork with Uncle Sam, with a retirement date of 1APR2012 (very appropriate). However, Brooke isn't letting me retire, so I'll be going back to teaching as a government contractor, making about what I make now. Our house should be paid off in about three years, at which time we are going to buy our new RV, a 40'-45' diesel pusher with dual rear axles. We'll start taking time off to visit parts of the U.S., until the RV is paid off, at which point I will talk Brooke into retiring full-time.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by azflycaster View Post
Retirement - 10 months + 18 days to go...
Who's counting?
Only 10 months + 14 days now.

Doesn't time just fly?
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:22 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Jim Foster View Post
Only 10 months + 14 days now.

Doesn't time just fly?
You will not believe how fast the time goes, especially if you start planning your "retirement - streaming" trips. We are at 15 days total, with
6 for him and 1 for me total working days. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:44 PM   #34
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Retirement ?????

Great Thread, I too was faced with retirement. Although I had to have two partial knee replacements and went out on Social Security Disability, at 61. I still wasn't planning on it. I worked in motion picture industry and was very sucessfull. 32 yrs and 60,000 hours and still wanted more. Pretty pathetic. I had spent 2 yrs redoing my '62 Globetrotter and couldn't get it out the the driveway, because of work. Well, retiring early was the best thing to happen. I go on trips with As all the time. I have plenty of things to do (almost as much as I had working) and they are my projects that I couldn't seem to get finished before. I an now looking for a 50's Silver Cloud to sink my teeth into. More panels and rivets. What can I say. LOL All the best, Kenny
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:59 AM   #35
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I retired 13 years ago at age 52 and have no regrets. I agree with those who say "I don't have time for a job". Go for it!
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:48 AM   #36
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We are planning to retire in late 2011 and full time for a couple of years while we can and have the desire to be on the road. We purchased a share in the Airstream park in Minnesota for the summers and plan the south the balance of the year. This will be a two year break for us and than back to work doing something.

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Old 12-17-2010, 10:21 AM   #37
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I fully retired 1/1/10 - I was half retired for a year and a half before that. It has been the best year of my life. And I say that having loved both of my jobs.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:06 PM   #38
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Good Discussion

Hmmmm.... retirement..... right now I'm still dreaming but it's going to happen at some point. Just need to plan it on my terms rather than being subjected to a forced situation.

Don't forget, Andy R (owner of Airforums) has another Social Knowledge Community for retirement (specifically early retirement). Look at the bottom of the Airforums page

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