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Old 08-05-2010, 12:51 PM   #141
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To me, college is where you pay money to learn something new. Work is where you get paid to learn something new. If you want to call college retired, so be it.
Well.... when I was an undergrad back when college cost $1000 a year, my parents paid most of it, and I worked maybe 6 hours a day at it, and the rest of the time I partied. Now grad school was a horse of a different color.

In retirement, its called SENIOR COLLEGE. I do have to pay for the courses, but they are about 4% of the ost of real college now, and they is a good bit of partying involved.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:52 PM   #142
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Nah, troll radar flashing so brightly it is blinding.
I too suspect a troll, but who knows.

In any case, comments like "STFU" are gratuitously offensive.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:54 PM   #143
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College wasn't retired for me. I hated college. No parties, no football games, just work, study, change poopy diapers (the kids - not mine), study, eat, study, sleep, study, work, study, babysit, study - rinse & repeat. Retirement for me will be to do what I want when I want.
No wonder you hated college. I would have hated college too.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:25 PM   #144
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@ the OP... if you are real, and looking for something to satisfy your free time, why not try scambaiting? Youd be good at it.

Read some completed scambaits. They may take a week or longer, but amazing reading! Dabble into it, if you want. Its completely free, a lot of fun, and serves a useful purpose.

Just find something fun that you like to do. Youve earned it. It doesnt have to be something everyone else does. What makes you laugh? Figure it out, and expand on it. Personally, I may spend my retirement speeding around in rainstorms just to make cops have to get out of their cars to write me a ticket.

Tell your renters that youre running a contest for a month of free rent to the person who can collect the most items on a scavenger hunt. Then make a list, give it to them, and watch them go crazy. Have them email you their progress periodically. I think thatd be fun as hell! You dont need the money.

Pick up a job at Burger King, do everything really half-assed and see how long it takes you to get fired. Make a game of it. kinda like Kevin Spaceys charactor in American Beauty.

You get the idea. Creative thinking is the key to beating boredom.
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@ the OP... if you are real, and looking for something to satisfy your free time, why not try scambaiting? Youd be good at it.

Read some completed scambaits. They may take a week or longer, but amazing reading! Dabble into it, if you want. Its completely free, a lot of fun, and serves a useful purpose.

Just find something fun that you like to do. Youve earned it. It doesnt have to be something everyone else does. What makes you laugh? Figure it out, and expand on it. Personally, I may spend my retirement speeding around in rainstorms just to make cops have to get out of their cars to write me a ticket.

Tell your renters that youre running a contest for a month of free rent to the person who can collect the most items on a scavenger hunt. Then make a list, give it to them, and watch them go crazy. Have them email you their progress periodically. I think thatd be fun as hell! You dont need the money.

Pick up a job at Burger King, do everything really half-assed and see how long it takes you to get fired. Make a game of it. kinda like Kevin Spaceys charactor in American Beauty.

You get the idea. Creative thinking is the key to beating boredom.
Geez. If you have that much time and energy, why not find something useful to do? Help children, homeless people, abandoned animals, raise funds to cure horrible diseases, donate blood, be a volunteer fireperson, fight against abuse, help out at the library, etc, etc, etc. Life is too short. Use that time to make the world just a little bit better. Something to reflect on when your time is nearly gone.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:33 PM   #146
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Wow, this thread has become epic! @ the OP: I will be pm'ing you, so be on the look out

In my opinion, the harshness this thread is met with looks like ugly faced jealousy. I could be wrong, but that is what it looks like.

While I'm not in the same position (I still run my business, though, I admit I spend much of my time on the computer NOT working) - I am the same age as you, blessed to have my passive residuals take care of our monthly bills, for the most part. We have a good amount of reserve in the bank, and, while I could probably not tend to my biz much over the next year, I am VERY frugal also. I hate spending money, because I always constantly worry if something bad happens. I am looking into going into rentals to supplement the existing passive income for this very reason. But that takes ... you guessed it ... money.

You see, I don't see this thread as being far fetched. I spend much of my time not "forced" to work, and I do get depressed with the thought of my inactivity / ineffectiveness in life. The difference is that I feel obligated to stay near my computer, just like I have been for the past 10 years in case something goes wrong for one of my clients.

OP: Consider looking into starting a business, writing a book, and/or helping with the needy, whether at home or abroad. So many out there need help and people like us ... we are blessed, not just to be blessed ... but to be a blessing to others.
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nevermind - looks like i can't pm you for some reason. Bummer!
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:00 AM   #148
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OP: Consider looking into starting a business, writing a book...
What a great idea! If someone has no clue what will give them satisfaction, they should write a book to tell others how to be similarly dissatisfied. It's the american way.

Glad I mostly read fiction which is marketed as fiction.

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What a great idea! If someone has no clue what will give them satisfaction, they should write a book to tell others how to be similarly dissatisfied. It's the american way.

Glad I mostly read fiction which is marketed as fiction.

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You might be a bit more cautious (and politically correct) Ha. Being "Dissatisified" is now covered under the comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act
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Ah, college was a fun time. We used to opine then that we should be able to "retire" for a couple of decades after college when we could enjoy it and then work till we die later when it wouldn't mater
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I am the type that is antisocial. Really don't have much friends. Don't go out much. Don't have fancy things. All I know is how to save. I do enjoy shopping at the supermarket. I am happy when I see that I could get $500 in groceries for around $50 bucks each month with coupons clippings and deals, but I am not going to the supermarket everyday!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #152
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nevermind - looks like i can't pm you for some reason. Bummer!

You might be close to the OP posting.... but I do not think you are the same... as others have pointed out... he sounded like a troll...

Maybe he was not.... but if you sound like one.... you get responses like one...
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You can be bored anywhere, anytime. Just this morning I was bored while yawning in bed. Then I got bored again after I unleashed a torrent down the loo in the evening. Trust me, being bored is quite normal.

That said, boredom is a disease that infects idle people more easily than busy people. Like obesity, boredom will spawn a host of other illnesses. That is why I recommend to people who are still healthy to continue working in some capacity so as to avoid the dreaded disease of boredom.
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Here's a thought. If you can get $500 in groceries for around $50 each month, then why don't you offer to be a "Dedicated Shopper" for people.
I saw a show on TV where a couple of moms who were super grocery shoppers started a business that had classes where they showed other people how to shop like that. One of the moms went around a grocery store with the TV person, bought a basket full of groceries and got something like $4 back. With the recession that kind of information is very popular right now.

If I knew how to do that I would start a blog and just detail out what you do and how you do it. Then put Adsense or banner ads on the site. You could give the groceries you don't need to charity. Just buy stuff for great deals to post on your blog. You can write articles with tips on saving money on foods for links or write guest posts for other bloggers. Most people buy groceries and many people really need to save money right now so the audience for that kind of information is huge. Maybe you could also volunteer your super shopping skills at a local food bank.

There is a guy that has a blog on how to eat for a dollar a day, which is an interesting read. Maybe you could do something similar.

I agree with the other posters who said you should maybe consider talking to your doctor about depression. You are eating frugally but are you eating healthy? Getting sunshine and exercise? There usually aren't a lot of coupons for items like organic chicken, carrots and apples. Coupons are usually found on more expensive items that are highly processed foods that might not be great for mental health. Maybe try upping your budget a bit and seeing how many whole foods you can get for your money.
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You can be bored anywhere, anytime. Just this morning I was bored while yawning in bed. Then I got bored again after I unleashed a torrent down the loo in the evening. Trust me, being bored is quite normal.

That said, boredom is a disease that infects idle people more easily than busy people. Like obesity, boredom will spawn a host of other illnesses. That is why I recommend to people who are still healthy to continue working in some capacity so as to avoid the dreaded disease of boredom.
Yes but ESR is much better for me as my F/T job was often boring, I had to be there at a desk but could go days with only a 30 mins to an hour of any real work each day (Yup is was a gov't job).
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Can't wait to do what I want to do!!! So looking forward to it.
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Let's see ... boredom vs. human meat grinder. I'll take boredom!
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Let's see ... boredom vs. human meat grinder. I'll take boredom!
Boredom is not a problem for me. I can always go out to the garage and make my own fun...
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