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Old 06-21-2010, 01:10 PM   #21
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I don't think I even had retirement on my horizon, let alone ER, until I was a parent (age 32).
I was lucky to be bitten by the FIRE bug when I was in my early 20s. There's no way I could even contemplate retirement, much less an early one, had I not done so.

I suppose that makes me the exception, which a shame.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #22
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I was lucky to be bitten by the FIRE bug when I was in my early 20s. There's no way I could even contemplate retirement, much less an early one, had I not done so.

I suppose that makes me the exception, which a shame.
Wow, that's great - I didn't even contemplate the possibility of ER until 1990 at age 40 when I took my sabbatical. Fortunately I happened to reach that conclusion at the beginning of a great decade for asset growth. Decade of 2000? not so good.
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ER is a goal I aim to miss. I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:28 PM   #24
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ER is a goal I aim to miss. I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
Glad to see you see fit to spend time in a forum that discusses a topic you have absolutely no interest in. Seems to me that someone who is enjoying a "celebration of work" should be busy enough to not have time to waste on forums which don't interest them.

But merely being contrary to the goal of the main topic of this board isn't against the rules by itself, so have fun wasting time on things that don't matter to you....
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Yeah, please help fund my Social Security.

BTW, what is ESR?
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ER is a goal I aim to miss. I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
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ER is a goal I aim to miss. I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
Cheers! We need more people to work for eternity and never collect social security or pension payments.
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ER is a goal I aim to miss. I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
Well, I have to confirm your observation This is what happened after a short ER :
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:50 PM   #31
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I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
You sound like one of those poor souls whose identity and self-worth is all wrapped up in their job. The thing is, you see, you might not be as important to the workplace as you think...


(This never happened. Urban legend... or is it?)

Personally, I found that work really cut into the time I wanted to spend doing other things. Fun stuff. Way more fun than putting the cover sheet on the TPS.




But that's just me...
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ER is a goal I aim to miss. I think it would be the most boring thing in the world to sit at home all day watching your fingernails grow. Life without work is like cancer without cure. One can only rot. I hope more people would see life as a celebration of work -- and stop worrying about at what age they're going to "retire".
I'm conflicted.

On one hand you might be the guy whose payroll deductions can save Social Security and Medicare.

OTOH I'm sorry to see someone who has confused the meanings of "work" and "getting paid to do a job". My life is full of work, probably more full of it than when I was working for a paycheck, and I'm celebrating my independence. Still plenty of complexity and fulfillment, and now I have most of the autonomy too.

But don't let me change your mind. You have to to be responsible for your own entertainment. And apparently that Medicare system isn't going to fix itself.

I have to wonder why the heck you're posting here. Maybe that'll get a better reception over at Bogleheads. Be sure to let Mel & Taylor know that you think they're rotting, too...
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I agree with you. However, if I were advising a young person in the USA as to where to get a job, I would recommend the federal government. That is one of the few places that will be able to provide a persons with a 'middle class' life - security, opportunities, health care, pension (and early retirement?), reasonable working hours and environment. We are following Europe - large government, health care, high taxes, systemic high unemployment, large debt, VAT.
Wow. While I agree with the comment, what a "bummer" and sad statement of our country's possible disposition.

When I graduated from college 30 years ago, the government was a "job of last resort" - private industry had higher pay, more challenging work, more dynamic environment and comparable benefits.

We are "toast" as a country if government jobs become the only route to middle class American life.........
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When I graduated from college 30 years ago, the government was a "job of last resort" - private industry had higher pay, more challenging work, more dynamic environment and comparable benefits.
In retrospect, I may have made the mistake to reject an offer for a GS-7 position 32 years ago - bummer.
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We don't need more government workers because of the services they provide. The government needs to create jobs because the private sector isn't. We've done this for so long the voting block of gov't workers is so big it's political suicide to stand against it. The private sector will continue to shrink and gov't payrolls will increase, or unemployment will rise. So far any gov't take backs I've seen in pensions have only affected new hires. Try and take something back that was promised and we will be in the streets like Greece.
Wow, don't know what to say to this. "Government will take care of us" attitude is not one I can agree with.

If the private sector is not producing jobs, it's because there is no demand for the products/services. If there is money to be made, the private sector will do it.
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Private sector is increasingly having Chinese workers do it.

While trying to sell products and services produced by those workers to Americans who have seen their earning power stagnate or decline.
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