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Old 02-09-2013, 04:21 AM   #21
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For those who ask that question and can retire (FI) I think "some" of them just want to hear that a retired person doesn't have enough to do to keep them busy (or happy), so it can help them justify continuing to work.

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #22
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If your mountain biking experience is anything like mine, you are a bike technician. Congrats on your new career! If that doesn't work, ask if they are interested in expanding their life insurance portfolio.


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Old 02-09-2013, 10:03 AM   #23
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Well, thank you to those that replied, it`s fun getting/reading your thoughts, and Beer Man, yes I love the mountain biking, try to ride 3
to 4 days a week.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:11 AM   #24
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I know what you mean MB...I work sporadically during the week and a friend of mine suggested that I get a job at Michael's or something to fill in the gaps in between appointments! I just laughed at let her know that I would rather watch paint dry than work for someone else again! It shut her up
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:17 AM   #25
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Sister in law who is a stay at home housewife and mother to a 26 year old who is still at home. Asked, "What will he do all day?" when she heard I was retiring.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:34 AM   #26
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If you want sympathy, tell folks you are unemployed. When they ask if you are looking for a job, ask them "Why?" If they ask how the job search is going, ask them "What job search?"
I think I will use this for a while once I finally pull the plug. But, not looking for sympathy; rather, looking forward to the confused expressions I expect this response to elicit.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:19 AM   #27
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I just posted this on another thread, but it actually fits a little better on this one. I, too, have been dealing with other people's opinions lately.

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Recently my SIL began giving me a hard time about retiring early. "Why aren't you looking for a job?" she said. "You have so much to offer."

I decided to try to change her perspective. "What if I told you that I DO have a new job?" I said. "What if I told you that I have recently been hired to manage a large financial portfolio for an important private client? I am in charge of all aspects of his retirement finances, his investments, his withdrawal strategies, even his day to day spending. It is a job that requires me to be on call at all times and be constantly learning and researching new approaches. Would that be an important job? Would that be 'offering' something?"

"Yes, that sounds like an important job", she replied.

"Well, that is my job now," I said. "But I am the important client that I mentioned. I guess you would consider it a real job if I were doing this for someone else. But managing my retirement portfolio for myself is my job now. I manage it like a business. The more I make, and the less I spend, the more I keep. While it may appear to you that I don't work, I am actually constantly working. And I work for myself. And it's the best job I ever had."

She still could not get her mind around it. But this perspective has helped me deal with some of the guilt and uncertain feelings I have had during my transition from traditional work.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:41 PM   #28
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Well there's one thing for sure. I don't wake up every weekday dreading the next 8 to 12 hours working and commuting.
Even though for the most part I enjoyed my career, I used to absolutely loathe Sunday nights. Starting late afternoon it was the building anxiety over what the new week would bring. Thursday nights were usually the best, Fridays generally lighter days, especially after noon, and now every night is a Thursday night! I do think of the poor bas__rds I worked with on Sunday night though!
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:35 PM   #29
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OP.....perhaps you are too young. I think there comes a point in life where you don't care what others think.......just wait a few more years
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:10 PM   #30
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Eh, give them your polite answer and if they will not take the hint just tell them that you masturbate a lot.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:36 PM   #31
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You have to consider the source...I think the people that ask questions like, "what do you do all day", are boring people that have no imagination and interests in this wonderful world we live in. They don't know any better because they have not been exposed to doing fun things and therefore don't know what living is really about. Poor souls. What empty boring lives they must have. Is there no passion in their lives? The question goes both ways...

I wonder what all those rich kings and dictators do all day...
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:40 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by mountain biker View Post
Been early retired now for 5 years, doing well, have a few hobbies and I`m content, don`t do much traveling but I never really wanted to. Biggest problem or pain is lots of people ask "What do you do?
"I'm retired, and nearly broke. Could you loan me some money?"


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