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Old 10-04-2009, 08:46 AM   #41
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OK - I'm too darn lazy to add to the list I already posted in Nov of 2006:

Few of these were goals when I retired, most of these were things I decided to do as retirement unfolded and after 7 years they had added up!



This is from an interesting older thread: What to do when you finally decide...

Maybe there are a few more things I have done since late 2006....

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Great list Audrey and I loved the old posts !
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:50 AM   #42
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For the most part, I think the main challenges of retirement are financial. That, and getting older.
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For me these days the main challenge of retirement seems to be keeping the d&$@!n motorhome running!
I suspect that for me, the first challenge in retirement will be to determine whether I am naturally a "night person" or a "morning person" - - in other words, when to go to bed.

The challenge of getting older is one that we all face, whether working or retired. Hopefully I will lead a healthier lifestyle in retirement than while working, and a healthier lifestyle might put off some of the negative effects of aging.
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The challenge of getting older is one that we all face, whether working or retired. Hopefully I will lead a healthier lifestyle in retirement than while working, and a healthier lifestyle might put off some of the negative effects of aging.
My husband looks nowhere near his 54 years, and I definitely attribute some of that to many years of retirement.

Maybe we'll be told "But, you're to young to retire!" for many years yet!

Although next year, I was going start using the retort "Well, my husband is 55!".

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I try to go through the motions of appearing semi-busy...
My first day of work at the job I retired from, the guy that was teaching me the 'ropes' told me, "The first and most important thing you have to learn, is that as long as you "look" busy the boss will NEVER give you job to do! So, ALWAYS have a rag or a tool in your hand when your wandering around, and he'll think you're actually doing something!" He was right...as long as I did that, the boss never did give me more work to do! (I successfully did that for 30+ years!)

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I suspect that for me, the first challenge in retirement will be to determine whether I am naturally a "night person" or a "morning person" - - in other words, when to go to bed.
When I first retired, I tried to figure it out....then I just decided to go with the flow. When get tired, I go to bed. When I'm not tired anymore, I get up. So sometimes I go to bed at 10pm, and sometimes not 'til the wee hours....1:30 or 2am....maybe 3am if I'm watching a good ol' western. And, likewise, sometimes I get up at 7 or 7:30am, and sometimes not 'til 9 or 10am. I normally no longer have a predetermined schedule, routine, or regimen.....kinda the same as the years before the 'big people' forced me go to kindergarten!!!

My sleep duration isn't based on a certain number of hour either. It's only based on when I'm tired, and when I'm rested. And once in a while (especially during the summer when it's hot outside) I take an afternoon siesta to 'refresh'.

And the ONLY time I use an alarm clock, is when I have to get up a certain time for an appointment or to head out on a road trip.
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My first day of work at the job I retired from, the guy that was teaching me the 'ropes' told me, "The first and most important thing you have to learn, is that as long as you "look" busy the boss will NEVER give you job to do! So, ALWAYS have a rag or a tool in your hand when your wandering around, and he'll think you're actually doing something!" He was right...as long as I did that, the boss never did give me more work to do! (I successfully did that for 30+ years!)


When I first retired, I tried to figure it out....then I just decided to go with the flow. When get tired, I go to bed. When I'm not tired anymore, I get up. So sometimes I go to bed at 10pm, and sometimes not 'til the wee hours....1:30 or 2am....maybe 3am if I'm watching a good ol' western. And, likewise, sometimes I get up at 7 or 7:30am, and sometimes not 'til 9 or 10am. I normally no longer have a predetermined schedule, routine, or regimen.....kinda the same as the years before the 'big people' forced me go to kindergarten!!!

My sleep duration isn't based on a certain number of hour either. It's only based on when I'm tired, and when I'm rested. And once in a while (especially during the summer when it's hot outside) I take an afternoon siesta to 'refresh'.

And the ONLY time I use an alarm clock, is when I have to get up a certain time for an appointment or to head out on a road trip.
I think I've used the alarm 3 times in the last 5 years.
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I suspect that for me, the first challenge in retirement will be to determine whether I am naturally a "night person" or a "morning person" - - in other words, when to go to bed.
It's interesting, but I have found that most people continue on pretty much the same schedule they had while w*rking, assuming you had a set schedule. My buddies all got up early, headed into the j*b, got home at a decent hour, and went to bed early (by my standards). They still do that, minus the j*b. I worked a lot of nights over the years, and now I'm lucky if I get to bed by 2 or 3 am. I get up around 9. I don't know if it becomes ingrained, or we were just lucky enough to w*rk j*bs that matched our cycles.

One interesting aspect, my night w*rk was often intermittent, pager or cell phone going off two or three times a might. It took me over a year after ER to learn to sleep straight through the might without waking up for a couple of hours a couple of times. Now, though, I sleep like a baby.
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In retirement I actually started going to bed earlier, and being much happier to wake up early, even though I no longer "had to".

Another major change - switched to showering before bed rather than after waking up in prep to go to work.

I actually thing there may be lots of shifts in daily schedule, as you rearrange your activities to suit your personal time, rather than having a work schedule determine when/how you do your chores.

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Seriously, between life events and w*rk stress, I was one big mess physically and emotionally. I consider this to be a time to recover, regroup, reinvent myself, and see what happens next. This is 180 degrees out of phase from how I lived before.

I know I still have songs to sing...
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Some would say you've surpassed your goal by a wide margin...

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There ya go! That's where I am, just kinda cruizin' along, wait to see what happens next as the mood strikes.

Or as one guy I know put it when asked how he liked retirement:

"Well, when I get up in the morning I have a decision to make. Shall I go golfing or shall I go fishing? After that the day's all set."

I don't golf and fish very little, but I like the attitude.
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DId a lot of travel in the first year, Route 66 LA to Chicago, worked on a Habitat For Humanity project in Biloxi MA, Jazz Fest in NO, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce NP, visits to sister in AZ and son/grandkids in northern California. But the big trip is one I planned for 40 years and when I started into it I knew I was retired:
Driving to the Arctic

The surprise is I haven't written more or kayaked more but still a lit of time for that.

Oh, in my now second year of retirement, many 'little trips to the grand kids (400 miles away), camping near San Diego & Monterey Ca, Jerome AZ, back to Chicago for 40th HS reunion and I went back to Burning Man. Still left this year is a trip to Mexico and maybe Florida. Next year Bali!
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You took the hit for the rest of us for the most part (but I've learned how much fun it can be).
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Nah...it's just that folks were talking about irritation....I didn't want to put up a jar of Vaseline....
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