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Old 06-21-2015, 12:11 AM   #21
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But what do you do all day? Aren't you bored?
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:11 AM   #22
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Sometimes I like being bored.
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(I know you were kidding Fuego, but just had to post again about boredom. )

The day I begin to feel bored in retirement, I'll call the doctor because I'll know for sure that I'm sick!

I just never feel bored with a whole universe of options out there, from which to select. The internet is amazing, not to mention books and video games, and most of all the real world is out there to explore as well.

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Old 06-21-2015, 02:40 PM   #24
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(I know you were kidding Fuego, but just had to post again about boredom. )

The day I begin to feel bored in retirement, I'll call the doctor because I'll know for sure that I'm sick!

I just never feel bored with a whole universe of options out there, from which to select. The internet is amazing, not to mention books and video games, and most of all the real world is out there to explore as well.

Life awaits.
I feel the same way. Still waiting to get bored but I'm not quite sure I understand the mechanics of it.

Unless I suddenly develop a vehement hatred of reading, watching TV shows, playing video games, traveling the world, cooking, learning, hanging out with friends, tweaking machines, etc then I just don't understand how boredom is possible. I could do any two or three of those things and be content and rarely have time for all of those activities in a given day.

Of course maybe that's why I saw the value in ER a decade ago and made plans to craft a life of leisure.
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I do put appointments and deadlines into Calendar in my iPad. If I have three entries, I consider myself overcommitted for that day.
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Looking at his "schedule", I agree with Root's signature...he is not retired at all...he's a stay at home dad. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Really, anyone raising kids in "retirement" is going to have a schedule that those of us with no shackles (like kid-rearing) are going to find a bit too structured. That's how I view it anyway...
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I do put appointments and deadlines into Calendar in my iPad. If I have three entries, I consider myself overcommitted for that day.
Perhaps I should adopt this approach. Only been retired a month and busier now than when I was working. A calendar has defined my day since starting undergrad so slowing down does not come naturally (which is why I never answer those pesky stop-and-smell-the-roses/what will you do all day/won't you get bored questions because people never get it no matter what I say). OTOH, just amazing and rewarding how productive I've been!
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A very dear friend, who retired from ATT a year ahead of me, asked me this once: Do you ever feel bored? Friends ask me about this.

We laughed. heartily. Neither of us has felt anything close to boredom during retirement.


An ex-coworker used to say that boredom is a choice. I do not know about that (although I have pondered it), but boredom has not encroached anywhere near my retirement.


The only way I can relate at all to that question is this. While I worked, an oil change, a dentist appointment, etc. would get worked into a work day. In retirement, appointments like that are only worked into our peaceful day, one appointment at a time. We do not tack the appointment on to a filled work day; the apt is more an inconvenience we schedule that messes up an otherwise blissful day.
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I do put appointments and deadlines into Calendar in my iPad. If I have three entries, I consider myself overcommitted for that day.
Yep, I'll sometimes tell people that I'm unavailable if I have more than 1-2 appointments in the day even if I'm only committed for a couple of hours. No way I want to be "busy" for 8+ hours per day. That's what I call work.
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Looking at his "schedule", I agree with Root's signature...he is not retired at all...he's a stay at home dad. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Really, anyone raising kids in "retirement" is going to have a schedule that those of us with no shackles (like kid-rearing) are going to find a bit too structured. That's how I view it anyway...
True enough. 16 more years to go...

We're in the middle of a two month vacation here in Mexico and there are certainly pros and cons to having kids in early retirement.

Tonight was one of those nights where I was thinking how nice it would be to have just me and DW here, go into a bar or restaurant, drink a few beers, eat some tacos, and listen to some music. Instead we listened to music with the kids in the town square till 9:30 pm, walked back home past all those bars with the music and tacos and beer, and now we find ourselves having snacks and the adults are having Modelo Especial with lime on our living room couch.

With or without kids: not better or worse, just different.
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Yep, I'll sometimes tell people that I'm unavailable if I have more than 1-2 appointments in the day even if I'm only committed for a couple of hours. No way I want to be "busy" for 8+ hours per day. That's what I call work.
This is overkill in my book. If I have more than 3 scheduled appointments on my google calendar in a given week, I feel as though I have failed at retirement. I love seeing the widget on my phone homescreen when it says 'no activities today'.

3 appointments in a single day? No way, Jose!

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This is overkill in my book. If I have more than 3 scheduled appointments on my google calendar in a given week, I feel as though I have failed at retirement. I love seeing the widget on my phone homescreen when it says 'no activities today'.

3 appointments in a single day? No way, Jose!

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I schedule things like "Drink beers with Billy". "Attend cookout and eat burgers". "Play tennis at park". "Attend cultural free food event at library". Etc. When things like that pop up, I don't mind having 1-2 in a day.
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Old 06-22-2015, 11:38 AM   #33
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Here is a schedule (in Excel, downloadable) for those who don't know what to do all day in ER.

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I love this! And yes, I'm dorky enough that when I get to ER, I probably *will* make a schedule of sorts. Otherwise, I might never leave the house...
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