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Old 04-17-2005, 08:37 AM   #21
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The problem with articles like this is that they never provide names, phone numbers, or addresses.

I took the quiz and apparently I'm barely within standards.

"Your final score: 47 of 60. *Results:
You're doing pretty well, but may want to make a few adjustments to improve your chances of a happy retirement."

But let's look at the research quality again-- the reporter's a working journalist on deadline, and the researcher's "cut back" to four days a week. *What if they had a 4% SWR-- would they still be showing up part time??
Took the test and came up with: "Your final score: 38 of 60 ... Results: If you want to be healthy and financially comfortable in old age, consider making some major lifestyle changes now. "

Uh, I am retired and doing quite well on 90% of my pension wiht a built in COLA ... saving the other 10%. Problem with these kinds of 'tests' is that they are a lot of 'fun' but have little relevance to an ER lifestyle. Okay, my BMI is 25.2 instead of 25 and I only exercise 3 times a week, but I am buying that piece of chocolate to go with my latte. *
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Re: Politically Correct Retirement
Old 04-17-2005, 08:37 AM   #22
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Don't know but next time I go to Walmart, I'll ask my buddy, the one who didn't save.
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Old 04-17-2005, 09:38 AM   #23
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I got a 29.

Dang it, and I was having a nice retirement until I just discovered that the last 4 years were just a sham.

This is almost as bad as when I found out about SWR's after not knowing about them for all this time.

My first thought on answering the quiz questions was that most of them had absolutely nothing to do with life after retirement but they were more "are you having a healthy life by a particular definition" questions.

My second thought was that many of the questions were highly subjective to specific opinions.
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Old 04-17-2005, 11:36 AM   #24
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I got a 29.

Dang it, and I was having a nice retirement until I just discovered that the last 4 years were just a sham.

This is almost as bad as when I found out about SWR's after not knowing about them for all this time.

My first thought on answering the quiz questions was that most of them had absolutely nothing to do with life after retirement but they were more "are you having a healthy life by a particular definition" questions.

My second thought was that many of the questions were highly subjective to specific opinions.
TH: You're bragging again. My score was 24!





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Old 04-17-2005, 01:32 PM   #25
 
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Ok, I took the quiz and got a 56. - They say I'm going to have a great retirement. So far the last 4 years have been great! - I think they're right 8)
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I'm still trying to figure out what eating more vegetables has to do with a good retirement
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I'm still trying to figure out what eating more vegetables has to do with a good retirement *
Lots of vegetables means a 'regular' life. A regular life means the plumbing keeps working OK. I know - Too Much Information! But lets just say that if you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, you are concerned with your health. And a saying among folks over 65 is that "If you've got your health - You've got everything".

But I have some older friends that spend too much time of their retirement time at the doctor!
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Old 04-17-2005, 06:22 PM   #28
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I'm still trying to figure out what eating more vegetables has to do with a good retirement *
Cheaper? Leaving more in the 'travel' bucket? Honestly cannot figure this thing out. But I am doing just fine at 47

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But I have some older friends that spend too much time of their retirement time at the doctor!
Sad that they have to get their strokes from a doctor!

Not knocking MD's but get a life!
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Old 04-17-2005, 08:03 PM   #29
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I scored a 39. I guess my limited social contact lowered my score but I eat plenty of veggies and fruits.

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Well see, thats my point. If I answered the questions as asked with the options given, it seems like I have a limited social life.

Pretty dang far from the truth...had six people out on the back patio all day eating for 6 hours this afternoon...

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Old 04-17-2005, 11:09 PM   #31
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I only scored a 37 the first time I took the test. But I scored a lot higher the second time after I figured out what they wanted to hear. Tests are always easier when you've already seen the answers.
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:23 AM   #32
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Once 36 and once 46. The 46 was after morning coffee.

The 46 was when I counted all the fellow grumpy old pharts I know.
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:48 AM   #33
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I didn't take the test, but just imagine what I would score............can you say "Keep working loser!" ?

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Well, I scored 27 and have been happily retired 15
years. Go figure! :

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Clearly CT has the most near and dear friends.

24 for me
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First how did you get the 'full time employment, posting here' notation?

Although I don't have the big bucks some of you have saved I worry about the people whose jobs got sent elsewhere and now they can't get a job, just to live.

I see the point of the original PCR info... don't think working forever is glamorous...these are my golden years and I want to begin to enjoy them as I thought I would all along.

Since seeing Supersize Me I don't eat at McD's at all...
and I never shop at Walmart (sorry about someone's friend collecting carts) because most of their stuff is
made in China and put a lot of people out of work here.

If you want to think of some really senseless people I will tell you about my daughter's in-laws. They sold a 400K house that was paid for and bought a 560K house when neither of them is working or has any reliable income! (They get some stock dividends but not enough to live), And they are both over 62...

It is when these folks get ill and that guy at WalMart who probably does not have any health insurance since more than 60% of most Wal-Mart employees depend on Medicaid for health care, that worries me.

According to reports Medicare/Medicaid is in much worse shape than Social Security!

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Meant to add that 'glamorizing' working forever is a way to have us all contributing taxes until age 70...

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With just over a year to go to ER, I appear to be doomed!

Your final score: 15 of 60

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Yikes. You may never get to retire at all and, after all your hard work, wouldn't that be a shame?
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Looks like I win as I scored 10. "Yikes. You may never get to retire at all -- and, after all your hard work, wouldn't that be a shame?"

Stupid thing never asked me how old I am! Or how much money I earn, or spend. And what makes them say I've been working hard?

I couldn't figure out the relevance of the question about a vested pension. It asked how many years I've been vested -or- how many years until I can start taking benefits. Huh?
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Old 04-20-2005, 04:30 AM   #40
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Well, I didn't look at this "test" but can tell from the posts than one question must be about
"near and dear" friends. I wouldn't know how to answer that one. I "know" bazillions of people, but really close friends? Guess it depends on how you define that. I have as much of a social life as I need
or want. Although kind of a natural loner, I am not a bit shy (bet you're surprised at that) . I am even borderline misanthropic, but very outgoing and
gregarious. Kind of a Ted Kaczinski type, except with a
hail-fellow-well-met twist. Pretty scary huh?

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