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Old 06-23-2007, 07:10 PM   #41
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Not retired yet... in about 4 years. We will not work again after that.
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:46 PM   #42
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I retired a year ago and haven't worked one day since then. I'm having too good of a time to consider replacing my freedom with anything that resembles making a living (or making a dying as Joe Dominguez so eloquently stated in "Your Life or your Money"). If I enjoyed work, why would I have retired?
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:57 PM   #43
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I rarely say never- but -- NEVER! I have property and assets to sell long before I would be in such dire straights and considering w*rk.
I can't stand any type of encumbrance concerning my free time now. Having to fly to 2-3 cities every week doing BS for megacorp like I used to sounds like torture!!! I thought it was great ... once
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:49 PM   #44
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After being retired for six glorious years, if there was a financial disaster I would move to a trailer in the hills of West Virginia and eat dog food before going back to work.
I already live in the hills of West Virginia (it really is a beautiful state), I guess I could move from my house to a trailer and eat cat food (although the cat food I buy is approximately $31.00 per bag) instead of returning to work!
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:11 AM   #45
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If it feels like 'w*rk' then it has no place in ER. If it is something fun and engaging, whether it is paid or unpaid, then I like to call it semi-retirement and think it's great. Oops, gotta go. -- model just arrived for a few hours of sculpting 'work'. You can see a few of the pieces I did with her here -- now I ask you, does that look like work?
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:25 PM   #46
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Fabulous, Bob..! I'm in awe!

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Old 06-27-2007, 01:11 AM   #47
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Bob, those pieces are beautiful. I admire your talent!
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:19 AM   #48
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Fabulous, Bob..! I'm in awe!
Yeah, and nice sculptures, too!
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Old 06-30-2007, 02:10 AM   #49
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ERed six years ago. I don't plan to work again. I do some light volunteer work now only because I can set my own hours and effort and I enjoy the email interactions.
But I went to a retirement party last week for a guy in my old office. It reminded me of how much healthier and happier I am now than I used to be when I was working, and how tired and overweight most of those still-working people appear to be. I just didn't have the time or energy to exercise enough when I was working a stressful desk job.
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Never say never, I guess. Just took a j*b after just over 3 months of "ER". Wasn't looking for w*rk, but this one found me and I essentially named my own price. Believe me, it's quite a shock to the system going back to a j*b. At the moment, I'm just taking it a day at a time and trying to convince myself that it is only temporary until I become "tiredofw*rk" again.
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:36 PM   #51
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Never say never, I guess. Just took a j*b after just over 3 months of "ER". Wasn't looking for w*rk, but this one found me and I essentially named my own price. Believe me, it's quite a shock to the system going back to a j*b. At the moment, I'm just taking it a day at a time and trying to convince myself that it is only temporary until I become "tiredofw*rk" again.
Maybe Clyatt's book Work Less, Live More would be more your style of Retirement...? Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little of both!

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Old 07-02-2007, 02:21 PM   #52
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Yep

Did that for a year in the 90's after being out for about two years. Back then I WAS UNEMPLOYED(BUT SECRETLY ENJOYED THE HECK OUT OF IT) - never heard of the term ER back then. Aerospace temp slang was called: jobshopper. Don't know what it's called in other occupations. The $ really helped - stayed cheap and socked away excess into dividend stocks and tax deferred - the start of my infamous two file cabinets of DRIP stocks and a 401k(Fidelity) that I finally rolled in 2006 into Target Retirement(Vanguard).

Hit one right - it can cast a long shadow - still reaping the benefits today.

Heh heh heh - Mr Market was a nice guy in the 90's.
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:15 PM   #53
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Retired at 51 and am now 57. Let me be blunt--I'll kill myself before I go back to work, and will let the wife have the insurance money. Sorry, but that's the way I feel!
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After being retired for a number of months I can't imagine going back to work. I was a nervous Nelly about not working and now I feel the same way about working.

Many of my friends that are still working can't understand what I'm thinking about not wanting to work. I now feel strongly that working is something you do to get enough money so you don't have to work. (period) There is no other reason to work IMHO.

When I first retired I was thinking about doing something part time. At this point I don't want to give up any of my time even if I have nothing to do. Doing nothing is 1000 X better than working.
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:36 PM   #55
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It took me 4 years to get to "retired for good", but I am there now. In fact it was 4 years ago July 1, that I "retired". I was "on-call the first year & a half. Then I resigned even that status, since I had not opted to w*rk any hours for the preceding 9 months. I had kept my RN license active, but for the current re-licensure, I have changed my status to "inactive". I have no intentions of ever reactivating my nursing license, God willing & the creek doesn't rise.
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Not only never going back to w*rk, but don't even want to go back to visit where I FIRE'd from. I got a phone call today and they said my 'retirement watch' is in and I can come down and pick it up.

I told them months ago (quite bluntly) that I didn't want a watch (or anything else). So I told the lady today that if I could fit it into my schedule someday in the next year or two, that I'd 'try' to get there. They better not hold their breath, and I hope they kept their receipt!!!
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Not only never going back to w*rk, but don't even want to go back to visit where I FIRE'd from. I got a phone call today and they said my 'retirement watch' is in and I can come down and pick it up.

I told them months ago (quite bluntly) that I didn't want a watch (or anything else). So I told the lady today that if I could fit it into my schedule someday in the next year or two, that I'd 'try' to get there. They better not hold their breath, and I hope they kept their receipt!!!
Ask her to mail it to you! You might like it once you have seen it. Besides, it's free...
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Ask her to mail it to you! You might like it once you have seen it. Besides, it's free...

I'd give it a "just maybe". I'm and avid vintage wristwatch collector. Some of my best buys from antique fairs/flea markets are Retirement watches from the 40's thru 60's, when quality was still good in the mechanical watch era, before 2 dollar quartz movements ruined for me (with the exception of very high-end top dollar stuff that's too rich for my blood) My current main daily wearable is a nice American made gold-filled wind-up inscribed to some fellow's name with 23 years of service to his company. I'll bet his Kids couldn't wait to dump it. I paid $40, and it's perfect. Ah the mementos of the past.

But I digress. If it's mechanical, either windup or selfwinding, i.e. no silly battery, send it my way, PLEASE

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