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Old 12-16-2008, 05:23 PM   #21
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i don't see real estate improving in the next two years, or even five, so i'm selling low on the inherited house & if i decide to keep mine, that will be in conjunction with starting a new career. i might add a bath & some extra space to this house (probably can build for about $100-150/sf & sell for $200-230/sf) and bring in two cute boarders ($15k+/yr income) or there's a smaller house on a bigger piece of property nearby. who knows. maybe i'll trade houses, raise another wolf puppy & plant another garden. knowing me, once i get into something, especially a new job, if i like it, i'm there for 10 years to life.

i'm signing up in january to take classes to get a substitute teaching certificate. also a friend has invited me to observe in her classroom for a day. if i like the work, i'll either go back to school for a few semesters (i think 3) for teacher certification or i might just have to take an exam. no biggie either way.

never really did get into this early retirement thang. was fun for a short while & it served its purpose. i think it's great if you're into it. probably i'd love it with a partner but as a single it kind of sucks.

it was probably funnier to spell work & job with a "*" when everyone thought they were so flush in cash. but self respect might come harder when feeling ashamed of honest labor.

the more i think about teaching the more i like the idea of it. this is an amazing time in the world to discuss social studies with young minds. and it sounds like two months off in the summer would be plenty for travel. plus maybe i'll meet a handsome single dad at a pta meeting. maybe he'll ask me to chuck the job, sell the house & take off to live cheap in thailand or just sail around the world. stranger things have happened.

ps, was that really you? not bad. you should have worked on your chest. still, i might have hit on that. but, um, yikes, what the hell happened? looks to me like the dreaded lazyass early retirement syndrome.
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:31 PM   #22
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I thought about doing some part time gigolo work again, but my med's and father time have made me unemployable.



I do not think so . There are a ton of wealthy Florida widows who would love your services . In fact I'll be your agent for 20% . I'm starting tonight by putting a flier on the local condo bulletin boards so get ready to make money.
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Confession time. The market decline and hit to my portfolio has forced me to consider doing something I hoped I would never have to resort to again - w*rking for monetary compensation. Yes, I'm unhappy and ashamed to even consider resorting to such drastic measures, but that's life.

In an effort to save face, I'm trying to come up with some sort of a business idea and be my own boss. I've been looking at a franchise opportunity that may be uniquely suited to my location, talents and mindset. What do you think?

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Be very careful there, REW, itís a crapshoot out there.

I thought I would combine cleaning out the bookcase with a new career and have more or less landed in jail. Itís a 90 day sentence and Iíve got about 80 days to go. I put 65 items on Amazon.com for sale. First day four items sold, the second two more, that along with dropping X-mas presents at the post office is wearing me out. Wrap and go to the post office, wrap and go to the post office, rinse, repeat...

New hobby is checking out post offices in different neighborhoods. Chinatown has the shortest lines but they keep the boxes and supplies behind the counter whereas the other post offices keep them near the entrance where you can grab a box, some bubble wrap and seal it up before getting in line. So far Iíve netted $59.00.

REW, working your ranch would be a promotion, do you supply boots for partners?
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REW, working your ranch would be a promotion, do you supply boots for partners?
Nope. It's strictly a BYOB affair.
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Is that what they mean when they say retirement is like a 3-legged stool?
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early retirement is sooo 2000&5.
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i'll be your first customer.
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"all the sh** you can fit"
[hmmm...i think i just coined a jingle for DSCC]
in a gas guzzling pickup truck to East Nowhere, NY, just in time for spring planting.
frost free nights happen here just about May 31.
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... that along with dropping X-mas presents at the post office is wearing me out. Wrap and go to the post office, wrap and go to the post office, rinse, repeat...
New hobby is checking out post offices in different neighborhoods. Chinatown has the shortest lines but they keep the boxes and supplies behind the counter whereas the other post offices keep them near the entrance where you can grab a box, some bubble wrap and seal it up before getting in line. So far Iíve netted $59.00.
Does USPS.com allow you to schedule package pickups in your area by the mail carrier at your house?
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Does USPS.com allow you to schedule package pickups in your area by the mail carrier at your house?
Of course they do; but I'm pretending this j*b is just something I do on the way to ER adventures. Today I dropped in on the "lunchtime concert" series. Really good Renaissance choral singing. Rarely had time to do that while gainfully employed. Have to check google to find the location of post offices near the beach.
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i'll be your first customer.
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in a gas guzzling pickup truck to East Nowhere, NY, just in time for spring planting.
frost free nights happen here just about May 31.
If I don't get a govt. bailout, I may not make it past the end of the year. Would you mind pre-paying for a load?
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If I don't get a govt. bailout, I may not make it past the end of the year. Would you mind pre-paying for a load?
not as long as you pay me royalties for your new jingle.
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not as long as you pay me royalties for your new jingle.
Done.

BTW, some people think your jingle is crappy, but not me.
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Done.

BTW, some people think your jingle is crappy, but not me.
it was born of the purest manure i can fling around.
the dairy cows down the road (1/4 mile) are my most faithful supply chain.
ever see sh** on fresh snow? the view will bring tears to your eyes.
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We're still talking cows here, right?
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We're still talking cows here, right?
well, yeah.
fresh brown sh** on fresh white snow is something i see a lot of. once the ground freezes hard, the local dairy boyz get the honey wagon out and spread the wealth, approximately 1/4 mile from my abode.
what were you talkin' about?
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Confession time. The market decline and hit to my portfolio has forced me to consider doing something I hoped I would never have to resort to again - w*rking for monetary compensation. Yes, I'm unhappy and ashamed to even consider resorting to such drastic measures, but that's life.

In an effort to save face, I'm trying to come up with some sort of a business idea and be my own boss. I've been looking at a franchise opportunity that may be uniquely suited to my location, talents and mindset. What do you think?

I looked on entrepreneur.com's franchise listing, but I couldn't find a Deep Sh!t franchise of any kind. Is it in the cleaning business?

Seriously though, what's so bad with work? It keeps your mind engaged. I have had several hobbies, and frankly, without work, a deadline, a test, or other people's expectations, it was hard for me to finish the hobbies at the first sign of trouble because I kept thinking, "Why am I hitting myself over the head with this hammer? Oh, my hands work, and I can stop!"
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