Hello from noworkethic
I ran across this forum a couple months ago. I don't remember exactly how, but I believe it was in relation to researching Ernie Zelinski (sp?). Since then I have been spending more and more time lurking. Now, after my morning ablutions and making a pot of coffee, the first thing I do is check out the new posts. If they are especially interesting, the pot of coffee may be gone before I am done. I have never joined a forum or chat room before and am, in fact, only starting to become internet literate, but the people who post on this forum seem to be very intelligent and thoughtful. I almost feel like I know a few of you personally. As far as ER or just R in general, my name pretty much says it all. I have never had a job that I particularly enjoyed and have always envied those who have found their "calling" or at least do work that they enjoy and, although I am not sure that I can articulate it well, I really do believe that the American or Puritan w*rk ethic is over-rated.
I used to work approximately 40 hours per week. About 12 years ago at age 48 I knew I could not continue that and retain any semblance of happiness, so I voluntarily cut my work time down to 4 days (about 32 hours per week). Since then I have been on a gradual downhill slide as far as work hours go. I am now on a 60 day vacation from my 15 hour per week job. I have just turned 60 and there is no way in h*ll that I will work at anything that I don't enjoy past the age of 62 and probably not that long. I am not as well off as many of you and, if I related all of my financial information, some of you might well think me foolish and lazy to quit w*rk totally in the near future. But I am committed to this and I am not completely without a safety net.
Anyway I just wanted to introduce myself. I realize that the information I have provided is pretty sketchy but it can all be filled in as we get to know each other. In any case, I am not asking for advice (for now) but only introducing myself. So hi!