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Old 11-18-2008, 07:42 PM   #1
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My Name is Hank and I Like Scotch

Hello people, I have been reading your board for a long time and decided to take the plunge.

My spouse calls this forum the "stingy millionaires club" but I don't think anyone is stingy just frugal....

Anyway, here's my story in a nut shell. I retired in 2006 with no pension and live off my portfolio. I moved to Canada from the USA so the USD is helping me at the moment. But will not hold up in a year or two in my opinion. I get free healthcare but it is not nearly as good as what I was used to in the States but at least I have access and so does everyone else.

Everything was going great until the worldwide economic collapse and now I am very anxious and looking for work. But I can't go back to being an IT exec at Mega Corp so I am looking at different options. Mostly I just want to find something that I am passionate about doing. You all know the story. Just because you retire early you still have to wake up in the morning and do something....
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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Welcome, Hank, glad you finally posted with us and shared your story!
Have you read the Work Less Live More book? I think that has a good bit of info on working the way you want to work. And of course there are plenty of folks doing just what you describe--enough work to give the portfolio a rest during the downturn.

We're not stingy--we're imaginative!
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Just because you retire early you still have to wake up in the morning and doing something....
Heck, some of us think waking up in the morning is doing something.

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My name is Dawg54 and I like banging my head.....

against a wall. Stock market is killing me. But welcome to the forum!
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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Welcome Hank. I, for one, am very happy that I woke up this morning.
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My name is Freebird and i like raisin h*ll

i liked your intro...welcome to the board.

we're not stingy, we're...um....really stingy.

look here for ideas www.indeed.com i have no idea if it covers Canada, so you can be the guinea pig.
use keywords "part time" and "full time". you will get all sorts of answers. and remember to save your search. if it gets too much, turn off the email notification.

BTW, raisin h*ll is where they send all the bad grapes.
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against a wall. Stock market is killing me. But welcome to the forum!
Dawg sweetie, I have a headache from all that pounding.

Welcome Hank. I like scotch too. Especially in the last couple of months.
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Welcome to the board. You like Scotch? Care to tell which one/ones?
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Heck, some of us think waking up in the morning is doing something.

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Add a bath to that and it's a full day.

Saw the word, "Scotch" and figured the usual suspects would already be here. Welcome and tell us more about the scotch.
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OK - I'll go first..
I like especially like Balvenie but most usually have Dalmore - my ode to penny pinching.
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As you know, here in WA we have high prices and limited choice. But I have enjoyed Tomatin, a 12 year Highland that for me tastes vg, and is cheap enough that I am willing to buy it occasionally.

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I'll only drink the BEST Scotch in the world......that which someone else paid for!!!

Oh yeah, and welcome to the forum, Hank!
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I'll only drink the BEST Scotch in the world......that which someone else paid for!!!
Another bon vivant.

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Welcome to the forum. You accomplished as much as many of us today, just posting here...please don't try to raise the bar too high, the mods grade on a curve.

I see the usual suspects had their search filters set for "scotch". You could have used the word $%#@) or even %`*#(* in your introduction with complete impunity, but "scotch" stopped 'em in their tracks.
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"Just because you retire early you still have to wake up in the morning and do something...."
I thought it was "because you retire early you DO NOT have to wake up in the morning" .....

afternoon -- evening -- ur choice
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:31 PM   #18
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:44 PM   #19
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Diversify and Drink Expensive Scotch

I guess these are the two important lessons I learned so far during these trying economic times.

I used to try and save money on Scotch and buy the 12 year old single malts instead of the 18 year olds and it probably netted me a few hundred bucks a year. Now I am buying what I want and enjoying myself. But it is hard because I am a frugal person but it is my one indulgence. I don't even have a car right now. I like the Macallans single malts but I interested in tasting others so send me some tips. Or better yet just send me a bottle. Or I can trade you for some wine that I am making but it won't be ready until March.
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Dear Freebird5825 thanks for the link. It is really good. It works so well that my confidence is so high now that I have decided not to look for a job any more today. I feel better now that that is over. Seriously, I will go through the postings later. What a great board. Lots of options to consider.
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