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Old 07-07-2011, 12:52 PM   #21
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The thing that makes me happy is being able to take a nap whenever I want to.....
One of my favorite things, too. And now I can do it every day instead of just most days when I last worked (part-time).
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:53 PM   #22
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If you were having the day I was having at w*rk today, you could be eating worms in retirement and be happy about it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:55 PM   #23
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The traffic in the Washington, DC area was the reason for the move to WV.

A fond hope is that when all the politicians who created that mess die, the devil makes them sit in traffic jams like that for eternity. With full bladders.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:29 PM   #24
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Like you, I've finally discovered my true calling in life. You might give some consideration to joining this group devoted to perfecting our skills: Do Nothing Club

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Old 07-07-2011, 02:46 PM   #25
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:26 PM   #26
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The joy of throwing away my work wardrobe -- skirts, etc. NEVER AGAIN will I wear a skirt!!

Wardrobe is now wash-and-wear and WAY scaled down.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:40 PM   #27
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I enjoy not having to take a nap.

Since I've been RE'ed I've stopped traveling extensively on business and thinking about work problems and issues all the time.

Consequently I never nap, I never even fall asleep on long journeys. I expect that along with lower stress levels I'm exercising much more, getting a lot more fresh air and sleeping better at night has eliminated the need to nap during the day.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:48 PM   #28
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The thing that makes me happy is being able to take a nap whenever I want to.....
+1.

Also, not having to drive to/from wo*k in bad weather (whatever it may be).
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #29
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Also, not having to drive to/from wo*k in bad weather (whatever it may be).
There you go.... using that four letter word again. Bad rescue, bad rescue....
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Running in the morning sun and thinking about what I want to accomplish today. Let's see ... mow the lawn ... or read that science book ... or visit the library ... or read that mystery novel ... or just bag it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:21 PM   #31
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Listening to some awful w*rk stories when I meet former co-workers for lunch or at parties...and just being able to smile (because I don't have to deal with the politics/meetings/stupid decisions/last minute demands any more).

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:24 PM   #32
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Having the time to pursue my hobby of ham radio. I get to build radios all day long if I want and blog about them and luckily, it doesn't require too much money to buy all the parts I need. As a teenager I did this, but school got in the way. Now, not much at all gets in the way. I have the time - and a little bit of cash, to fiddle with my hobby all day.

One of my other teenage dreams was the girl thing and, well, I got to do that (in a manner of speaking) along the way
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:16 PM   #33
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I have been semi retired for 5 or six years now and the most important thing that I have done is have the time to take better care of my health and loose weight. i am in good shape and will probably live longer than if I had continued to work FT and continued to neglect some health issues.

It is really nice not having to rush to work and rush home and rush to get to bed and rush to wake up and get back into the office.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:36 PM   #34
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I've talked about all kinds of things that make me happy to be retired.

But...I've left one out.

So...here goes....

I love being able to go to the bathroom anytime I want.

So there ya go.
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I would have been caught up in this traffic jam for hours. Many of my former co-workers suffered though this yesterday.

From wtop.com - A truck fire held traffic on westbound Interstate 66 at a standstill for hours Tuesday afternoon, resulting in a disastrous evening commute for motorists in Northern Virginia.

WTOP's Bob Marbourg says a truck carrying hay was burning after Exit 60 for Route 123 and before Exit 57 for Route 50 . Virginia State Police say they received reports of the fire at about 1:30 p.m.

Westbound lanes of traffic were stopped for more than three hours, with the northbound ramp from Route 123 to westbound I-66 closing during the afternoon. That ramp has since reopened.

Residual delays and traffic jams occurred into the evening, with Route 123, Route 50 and other alternative routes in Virginia jammed with drivers trying to avoid delays.

Traffic reopened on I-66 around 6:30 p.m.
DD was caught in this yesterday, trying to head south on 28 past 50 to pick up DGD. While she sat in traffic she called me and was p!ssing and moaning about it. I told her to suck it up and quit bellyaching, since I'd done my time for 25+ years was properly sympathetic.
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I love being able to go to the bathroom anytime I want.
So you were denied bathroom privileges in your working days? Well there's a new one


Thought about it and beyond the typical self indulgent lazy stuff, the thing that makes me most happy is spending lots more time with the wife and kids. Got both daughters up and riding this year, and at their request! And no, I won't be teachin the wife, suicidal I am not..... Over the 4th I had 6 females, ages 13 to 16 out tubing for the day. Another very unique ER experience
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So you were denied bathroom privileges in your working days? Well there's a new one
I agree with that statement! It was hard some days to fit in bathroom breaks with all the meetings and deadlines.
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I agree with that statement! It was hard some days to fit in bathroom breaks with all the meetings and deadlines.
Not to mention long telecons. I do NOT miss telecons one bit!
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There are sooooooo many reasons...
No boring meetings, no food fights over funding, no deadlines to submit yet more useless paperw*rk, no prima donna personalities to deal with.

I believe the biggest reason is the complete control over my own schedule and what I do for the day (except when Mr B has things we both need to attend).
Once in a while, we will see traffic pick up in the late afternoon when people are released from w*rk.
We both grin at each other and say something like "It's tough being retired, eh?"
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I've talked about all kinds of things that make me happy to be retired.

But...I've left one out.

So...here goes....

I love being able to go to the bathroom anytime I want.

So there ya go.


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