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Old 09-10-2011, 04:26 PM   #41
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I retired from a federal gov job in 06/06. I started working as a receptionist for a glaucoma specialist in 03/10. It is a stress-free job and I work 24 hrs per week. It is 3 miles from my home and I like the people working there. They let me take a little over a month off this summer. I am having 90% of my pay go into the 401K. I need to work for 3 1/2 more years to finish getting my social security credits. I don't know if I will make that goal or not. I am taking it one day at a time. It is still a job with a schedule and I can't do as much traveling as I would like. I keep thinking about doing tax returns for one of the local places (they are running their ads that they will train you for this tax season), but I am happy where I am right now.

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Old 09-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #42
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I did technical w*rk for somebody else for over 25 years. I got totally saturated with it, at least in the bureaucratic environment I was forced to psuedo-Engineering w*rk in. Blech. The more I tried to stay hands-on, the more contract management and oversight they threw at me.

I do, however, use my techie skills for my own benefit now.

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Old 09-12-2011, 10:02 AM   #43
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Hubby is retiring on 1 Dec, but has already found another j*b.....however, it is part-time and will make him happy, so I guess I don't mind too much. I am semi-retired.....have a consulting business that is part-time and finishing up my Reserve years. We are definitely transitioning into a different part of our life....exciting but scary, as usual with larger changes.

I find that some of the hobbies I thought I wanted to pursue more are now less important. However, I am truly comfortable with the looser time arrangement, i.e. I almost break out into hives when I have to go somewhere, wake up at a specific time and show up looking all polished to interact with people - I've definitely made that transition to "I own my time and want to do what I want to do when I want to do it." The consulting is usually done remotely and/or is via written reports.

I've found I sometimes spend too much time cruising the web now.
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Like Nords, I'm working on a book or three and I'd rather do that and develop some kind of passive income.
I still think this "grow rich through passive blogging income" craze bears a suspicious resemblance to work. Even the "Smart Passive Income" blogger admits that content triumphs SEO. I'll enjoy figuring out how to do it, but I'm not sure I'm in it for the long haul of maintaining & tweaking.

I can see doing a second edition of "The Military Guide" (with chapters on SBP and other insurance) but I guess for the next six months or so I need to keep making sure the first edition is selling.

Spouse and I have been kicking around some book ideas, but I'm not convinced that they'd be worth more than the fun of writing. The lead candidate is "Why We Raised You The Way We Did", which would have an audience of one or possibly two readers. has an interesting series of questions called "Reflections" intended to get you to write your service memoir. But again a lot of mine is classified, and the unclassified parts are of interest only to fellow recovering nukes.

Scott Berkun on WordPress' PostADay2011 has an interesting idea: Topic #238: "For each year you have been alive, write a single sentence about the most important thing that happened to you that year. If you don't want to get too personal, write a sentence about the most important historic event, or event most interesting to you, that happened in the world that year."

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Hubby is retiring on 1 Dec, but has already found another j*b.....however, it is part-time and will make him happy, so I guess I don't mind too much.
I think he'll make the transition on his terms, and it sounds like he'll do just fine.

"Europe travel blogger"?

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I've found I sometimes spend too much time cruising the web now.
Hey, I can quit any time I want!


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