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Old 09-14-2008, 05:24 PM   #21
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I also have not been here much lately. Your post is found some great stuff to do. Bully for you!!!!

I FIREd in April 2007 and it took almost 8 months to finally chill out. I did and still do volunteer work driving disabled vets home, I read, I did a ton of house stuff, and was very happy not to w*rk until inflation hit.

lately, i've been very restless and am actually looking at a part time j*b at a local hospital driving the elderly to and from a day program. it calls for 15 hours per week max, but i know it will be more.

I just want to earn enough to put fuel in my mid life crisis car (see avatar). nothing definite yet, but i feel better knowing they just might hire me and my "mad money" budget will be looser. and if i log some wages between now and age 62, my SS benefits won't be watered down by 14 yrs of no income at all.

what a great choice you made by helping your church. doesn't that feel wonderful?


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Old 09-14-2008, 07:41 PM   #22
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I retired six months ago, March 2nd. Still not settled but took a long 7 week road trip in ur Jeep to the Canadian arctic & Alaska. Just starting to feel retired. I was at a lodge fund raiser brunch today and saw an old friend I had not seen in some time, we worked together a while ago. He says: "gee, its hard to think I retired 20 years ago"! It was hard for me to ponder that exchange. Wonder where I'll be in 20 years. If I'm lucky I'll be doing what ever I want. And it will be interesting to see what that is.

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Old 09-21-2008, 10:05 AM   #23
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To the OP this a wonderful thread. It displays so many things...the ups and downs of life, the fact that you have flexibility to adapt to market conditions, the comments about effects on your health, the relationships with your son and wife.

I'm 46 and hoping to FIRE at about 53. I'd love to see more stories like this so I can develop a picture of how things might look for me and the wife.

Thanks again,

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