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Old 02-06-2009, 03:25 PM   #41
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You are one smart man.
On a few occasions he has walked up behind me and said, "What are ya doin' now, huh, huh, huh? You know I'm going to do this when I retire, right? The look in my eyes made him see this.....

Get the Honey-Do list going, and quick!
Sounds like a group project if I ever heard one. Look at all the good ideas I got when I asked about a xmas present for dh2b.
Would you start a new thread for the HoneyDo list?
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:35 PM   #42
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...I knew engineers in the 70's who would wear plaid pants with a striped shirt and a pocket protector. Ah, the memories. You have to have known a few.
I was the equation dispenser during my career and cannot shake that. Equations are cool.
I actually didn't hit the field until 1980. But there were plenty of pocket protectors still in use. And flood water length pants, and even a few 1960s style heavy black frame glasses floating around.
Equations were cool, but only to memorize for the final. [kidding ya].
I chose the lab rat track vs the heavy duty theoretical path. I designed and ran the experiments and did the programming and data reduction. I never met a lab instrument I couldn't run within 30 minutes of unwrapping it.
I happily left the equations for the higher level thinkers. I also did the majority of the paper writing when I co-authored. I enjoyed the lab aspect but not the politics.
I had this "bad habit" of being creative and speaking what was on my mind, to folks who were fully steeped in a bureaucracy.
I had an idea - EUREKA - are any local science fairs for which you could be a judge or mentor or motivational classroom speaker ? I did this for 5 years as a volunteer, until my w*rkload got to be too much. It was a LOT of fun!
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Would you start a new thread for the HoneyDo list?
Ooooh, hoooooo....you wascal you.....

Well, I'm not gonna bite, but I will nibble a little bit. As far as a Honey Do list goes...I've got my own and when/if he recovers, I'll start a thread on a list of doing things around the house.

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Before the ladies get out of hand with their "doo list". The 2 important male defense mechanisms should be in place.

- Selective hearing
- Creative incompetence

Some of the long married men will have more, I'm a relative novice in the married world.
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Before the ladies get out of hand with their "doo list". The 2 important male defense mechanisms should be in place.

- Selective hearing
- Creative incompetence

Some of the long married men will have more, I'm a relative novice in the married world.
If we do, we will start a new thread so we don't hijack this one.
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Read somewhere about a wife's newly fulltime hubby at home.
She was frustrated after a few weeks of him being underfoot. Finally she said: I married you for better or worse, but not for lunch. Now go find something to occupy your time with.

Remembering this when I retired, I dutifully disappear for several hours a day.
My parents did something similar.
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Hear! Hear! Sometimes now I go thru a museum exhibit and just look at a couple of things slowly because I know I can go back more often than I would before retirement.
I do this also. Having a lot of time coupled (in my case) with senior discounts on passes and memberships makes all the difference.

I also think it is easier in a central city. I can do so many things without any committment to travel, to park, to withstand freeway stress.

Though today there were 2 crazies going mad on the bus back from town. and "an incident" at the downtown McDonalds. My take of this stuff is if I don't see a knife or hear gunshots, I am likely OK. Hard to get enough to eat in better places without dropping a lot more cash. I had raw oysters in the Public Market for my hors d'oeuvres, ($6.50) then walked over to the Mick's for a McDouble. ($1.29)

And now I am off to Happy Hour, another marvelous cultural institution that helps us forget that we have perhaps become rather useless on the larger social stage.

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I had an idea - EUREKA - are any local science fairs for which you could be a judge or mentor or motivational classroom speaker ? I did this for 5 years as a volunteer, until my w*rkload got to be too much. It was a LOT of fun!
Good idea, years ago I did some creative fun science projects for a friend who organized a yearly science day/picnic for grade school age kids. Always fun but never blew up or set fire to anything. Barely.

I'll check the net for science fairs.
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It occurs to me that many of the social encounters I have are very brief, not at all unlike those at the w*rk water cooler or lunch. Today there were two conversations while waiting for buses; the first one asked if I was on my way to "the class." No, but I knew all about the class as I seriously considered registering for it and years ago took many classes with the prof. She was able to answer the burning question I had about the subject matter. The other was with two ladies, one my age and one older, "hey, did you see the exhibit, the members' preview"? Of course.... It became obvious that two out of three of us were retired as one said, "that exhibit was worth working all week." I shot a knowing glance toward the older one.

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On a few occasions he has walked up behind me and said, "What are ya doin' now, huh, huh, huh? You know I'm going to do this when I retire, right?"
"Well, gosh, honey, right now I'm changing the belt on the vaccum cleaner, but then I'm going to reorganize the kitchen cabinets and improve my dishwasher dense-packing technique. Where would you like to start?"

I'm not willing to discuss how I learned of this marital jiujitsu.

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"Well, gosh, honey, right now I'm changing the belt on the vaccum cleaner, but then I'm going to reorganize the kitchen cabinets and improve my dishwasher dense-packing technique. Where would you like to start?"
Frank and I are going to retire at about the same time. I am pretty sure of the exact date when I will retire, but his date is a few months before or after my retirement date (depending on bonuses and incentives).

So, chances are that there will be a few months when one of us is retired, and the other isn't. I dread those months!! I think that would be more difficult to handle than both working or both retired. The retired one will probably be wondering why the working one ISN'T doing all the things you cite, and if so the working one will probably feel a little put upon.

Once we are both retired, I think we will both have plenty to do, both together and alone. But of course the proof is in the pudding and we shall see.
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I disappear on Sundays. This is when DW gets this mean look on her mug and starts to clean the house mumbling under her breath what a slob I am.

When I get home, the martini glass is sitting there empty and she is snoring away. Can't understand what gets into the old gal.

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Frank and I are going to retire at about the same time. I am pretty sure of the exact date when I will retire, but his date is a few months before or after my retirement date (depending on bonuses and incentives).

So, chances are that there will be a few months when one of us is retired, and the other isn't. I dread those months!! I think that would be more difficult to handle than both working or both retired. The retired one will probably be wondering why the working one ISN'T doing all the things you cite, and if so the working one will probably feel a little put upon.

Once we are both retired, I think we will both have plenty to do, both together and alone. But of course the proof is in the pudding and we shall see.


How would Frank or you know what the other is doing or not doing since you do not live together ? So I really can not see how this would be a problem unless you said "I spent the whole day playing Wii what did you do"?
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How would Frank or you know what the other is doing or not doing since you do not live together ? So I really can not see how this would be a problem unless you said "I spent the whole day playing Wii what did you do"?
You're right! Not living together does minimize this type of problem tremendously. So maybe I am worried about nothing.
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You're right! Not living together does minimize this type of problem tremendously. So maybe I am worried about nothing.
DW ER'ed several years ago and it has not been a problem for me at all.

A few months will soon pass then you can get on with your plans to move "up North".
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DW ER'ed several years ago and it has not been a problem for me at all.
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A few months will soon pass then you can get on with your plans to move "up North".
Yes, and we can hardly wait. We think this will be a great way to begin our ER.
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Hmm, pretty good idea. Fortunately DH has his dude room and the garage set up for projects.

He's joined a motorcycle club and has already planned some trips. The other day he said, "Oh by the way, we'll probably have two or three guys from our area that will stay here overnight before we head out on a long trip."

I think I'll need a dudette room.
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We have separate areas in our house for when we want to be alone and it works out fine . Plus didn't God invent garages to keep our spouses out of our hair . I know there are a few forum members who live separately from their SO's and I 'm curious if retirement has any affect on their relationships .
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.... I know there are a few forum members who live separately from their SO's and I 'm curious if retirement has any affect on their relationships .
SO and I get together in the evenings for dinner and TV. I do enjoy having my days to myself and other interests.
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He's joined a motorcycle club and has already planned some trips. The other day he said, "Oh by the way, we'll probably have two or three guys from our area that will stay here overnight before we head out on a long trip."
I think I'll need a dudette room.
Unless you enjoy running a locker room with an attached junk-food sports-bar buffet, I'd think you'll need reservations for yourself at a local spa/resort until they clear out...
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