I haven't noticed ANY sort of "opportunities" like this once I *retired. The only kind of *"opportunities" that come up with any reliability/recurrence are grunt labor. *stocking shelves *at Christmas time, and H&R Block.
Nobody from Alpine ski resorts or South Sea Island getaways *that cater to Arab Shieks, and movie stars *ever calls me with "opportunities"
Maybe you're not hanging out in the right places, Actually. Or maybe Billy & Akaisha have such sweet & trustworthy faces...
As I approached retirement I had a couple GS-11/12 govt offers and several "civilian" offers. None of them were solicited. All were extremely flattering considering what I felt was my lack of qualification/experience, but they all had the common factor of explaining complicated concepts with simple vocabulary to complete neophytes.
Now that I'm solidly in retirement I haven't had an unsolicited offer (of any kind!) in months. I think people are able to tell that you're having too much fun to seriously consider returning to work.
But don't knock those grunt-work jobs. One of my retirement heroes was Vince Capra who, at the young age of 80, took a part-time job restocking liquor-store shelves at the Naval Postgraduate School's exchange. They didn't need the money but it got him out of the house three days a week (for which he & spouse were grateful). He'd spend the day lifting cases of beer & hard liquor while swapping WWII sea stories with a new generation of naval officers. He didn't particularly enjoy driving so he used to walk the eight-mile round trip from Pacific Grove to Monterey. He stayed hale & hearty well into his 90s.
Bob, I agree with you about Roth IRA conversions. We just completed the first increment of an eight-year conversion of our conventional IRAs. By the time it's done I'll be 52. We're comfortably inside the 10-15% bracket up until age 60 so it's a great tax move to avoid later RMDs & SS taxation. And that's even if you believe that today's tax rates will stay at their current low level...
It's compelling from the tax perspective-- but it's even more compelling after watching my father-in-law wrestle with his first RMD. And, yeah, I know it's a simple matter of looking up a couple charts and picking off the numbers, but I feel the same way about nuclear-reactor pre-critical checkoffs, crank-starting Model T Fords, and slaughtering my own chickens. I know how to do them but I'll avoid them whenever possible!