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Old 08-02-2006, 02:52 PM   #41
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1) Do you like her mother? Is she nice, reasonably attractive for her age, well groomed? If not, go on down the road, because this young woman you are about to tie yourself to will one day be a lot like her middle aged mother.
True, but I have been checking prospective fathers-in-law lately too. Something to do with one woman whose father had mental problems and who eventually developed the exact same problems ... 10+ years after a friend of mine married her*
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Re: Long-time unemployed male population growing
Old 08-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #42
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unfortunately, my ex-wife faked me out on all three of those tests.

1) Her mother put up a pretty good front at first, and really seemed like a good woman. But, like the clearcoat on an '88 Chrysler, that veneer peeled away pretty quickly after the marriage.

2) She always spoke highly of her father. Until AFTER the marriage. That's when I heard about some of the crap that went down in that family over the years.

3) She was a neat-freak. Unfortunately I am not. That was the source of many, many arguments after the marriage.
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:00 PM   #43
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Never understood the mentality, not even a little.* The income stream stops, you get another one going, then work on improving it.

Sitting at home on the couch gets you zero dollars per hour.
Yeah, this is the way I feel too.

I've known many people (either professionally or friends or family) who have lost jobs/ been downsized/rightsized/or whatever else you want to call it. They all took the hit, and the went out and got another job. Just that simple. Maybe not a high paying job, maybe a dirty job, but a job. Just that simple.
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I caught a little blurb on CNBC or something similar this past afternoon where they had some annoying loudmouth with bad, 70's looking hair having an interview with one of these 50-somethings who sat around the house, collecting a small pension, and out of the workforce, and depending heavily on the wife's income.

It kinda pissed me off the way they tried to put on the spin that this guy was lazy and leeching off of society. Nevermind the fact that he put his 30 years in the workforce, and between him and his wife, they were getting their bills paid. Now, their retirement prospects looked somewhat bleak to be sure, but when that 70's looking dude said that he can afford to stay at home because other men are going to work, I just about lost it.

Now admittedly, I think this couple should get their act together so they CAN have a stable retirement. But I just hated this concept that this guy is a leech on society because, for the time being at least, he doesn't HAVE to work.

The whole thing kinda put me in the mindset of "But whaddya DO all day?"
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Old 08-02-2006, 08:51 PM   #45
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The whole thing kinda put me in the mindset of "But whaddya DO all day?"* *
Letting annoying CNBC loudmouths with bad, 70's looking hair interview them...
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:23 PM   #46
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I first read the article when it appeared. I thought to myself, "The folks at the early retirement board will really love these guys because they have figured out how to retire early without worrying about the financial independence side of things." I thought that y'all would really like them because of their ingenious ways of not having to work.

I am surprised by all the negative vibes presented in the posts in this thread. C'mon now, these non-workers are pretty much like all the lazy bums on this message board: They don't work! There is not much to separate the folks in the article from the folks who post here.
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Hmmm

Trying to stir us up - eh?

heh heh heh - I became a 'high class ER' when I found this forum.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:34 PM   #48
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There is not much to separate the folks in the article from the folks who post here.
Except for that financial independence thing, and the fact that I make more money sitting around than most people make working a white collar job?
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:31 AM   #49
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"The folks at the early retirement board will really love these guys because they have figured out how to retire early without worrying about the financial independence side of things."

I think the key here isn't that these people aren't worrying about the financial independence side of things, but they're IGNORING it. They might be scraping by now, but what happens once they deplete the equity in their homes, what little savings they have, etc? If whatever pension, disability, SS they get isn't enough to cover their needs, they're going to be screwed later in life.

I think some of them should get out there and work, at least part time, while they can, because they're only going to get older and less empoyable as they age. And putting in a few years now might make the later years a bit more golden.

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I'd be happy to have some "'70's looking hair"... :P

I'm going to turn this on it's head, and say that LBYM, financial responsibility, upgrading your skills, etc. are all necessary for the future of this country. Freedom is not free!! You get lazy, feel "entitled", bury your head in the sand, and you get the government, ecomony, and country you deserve...
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* C'mon now, these non-workers are pretty much like all the lazy bums on this message board: They don't work!*
Gee, I hope not.* *IMHO, early retirement isn't just about "not working"* -- anyone can choose not to work. (In fact, my nephew is perfecting that lifestyle)* *I figure the point is to do the financial homework so I can stop working at an earlier age and maintain a lifestyle that doesn't include a homeless shelter.* * *
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