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Old 02-02-2012, 02:48 PM   #41
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #42
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For those of you guys & gals with business experience, I might suggest volunteering at your local SCORE chapter.

SCORE ( Service Corps of Retired Executives ) is a national nonprofit division of the SBA. It serves aspiring entrepreneurs and those seeking advice and mentoring to improve their small business.

Volunteers provide consulting and mentoring for business plans, cash flow projections, P/L, incorporation, marketing, supply chain, insurance, licensing/franchising, and legal.

I have been a SCORE counselor for several years; since FIRE'd, I have more time to give to this very worthy pursuit benefitting the community I live in.

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Old 02-02-2012, 03:34 PM   #43
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Retired 6 years ago, at age 54. I had to send 2 emails this week to 2 organizations I volunteer with.

No more meetings, call me when the real work has to be done. Let the folks that like to do that kind of stuff figure it out. One was for a wildflower garden at the local USFS station, and I love to get my hands dirty, and lean on a shovel. The other to assess properties for wildfire preparedness. Give me a chainsaw and lopers, but no more meetings.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:49 PM   #44
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..... I like my coworkers, I find engineering to be endlessly challenging and rewarding, and I don't seem to get along well with RE's...
.... and so I joined an RE board...

nice one, you'll do well here.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:42 AM   #45
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I joined this board back when I worked as a contractor. I really did hate that job, and there was always the threat of layoffs, so I saved and scrimped so that I could ER (either out of necessity or to pursue a career change). I could not imagine working another year like I had been for the last 14... I was nominally FI and took an interview for a job in the paper, and this has turned out to be a success story for me. I still hang around ER.org from time to time because there are some interesting discusssions and some people do some interesting things with their time, but sometimes the attitude toward working people is snarky - like we are patsies funding SS and pensions for the people that have it all figured out... Anyway, I infrequently post to point out that there are other alternatives to 'retirement' from a specific job than full retirement. I don't have experience with full retirement, but I view it like running a marathon - once someone makes a decision to stop running for a breather, they find that they cannot really return to the race - so I think that it is a big decision. Maybe I'm overthinking it...
You're not overthinking it all, retirement is not for everyone, many folks need the structure, stimulation and sense of purpose that work provides. I'm just surprised that you are not happy about the attitude towards work from some of the folks you find here on this site. That is like someone who doesn't drink going into a public bar, then being upset at what they see, instead of simply walking past.

There are plenty of folks on this site who actually enjoy work, or who choose to be semi-retired. Kick back and tune out the rest. (The site evens provides an ignore feature so you don't have to view posts from those of us who get under your skin)
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:47 AM   #46
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...except for moderators like Alan who you are not permitted to allow to get under your skin ignore.
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Other than money, is there anything that would cause you to go back to w*rk again?
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