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Old 03-09-2012, 03:44 PM   #41
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How are you liking it? I forget where exactly you said you moved to, but I think somewhere in CO, no?

We've traveled through 32 of the 50 states so far, always on the lookout for a more permanent base. CO (somewhere not too far from Denver) is the only one that really looked like a possibility. Plenty of wonderful places in the U.S., but not many that would keep my interest for more than a week or three.

The area has a lot of potential for new hobbies, too. In addition to the ones you mentioned, skiing (snowboarding), rock climbing, kayaking, etc. all while not being too far from good food, good beer, museums, culture and walkable urban areas.
We are on the edge of the Denver metro area. I still have to sell my time for money, so I had to be commutable, plus the better school districts tend to be around the major metro areas, hence our choice of location.

We love it here. DW grew up in Denver, so for her this is a return home. I had long ago had my fill of the NYC area for a variety of reasons and I always liked visiting the area. The recreational opportunities are fantastic, the scenery is beautiful, the cultural opportunities (and beer) are very varied, costs are reasonable, and the way of life is far less frenetic/stressed than I was used to in the Northeast. I will not be relocating when I check out from employment.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:00 PM   #42
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:19 PM   #43
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:12 AM   #45
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I prefer photography since it went digital.
I never even had any sort of darkroom, there was just no place available for that.

What I do enjoy most now is that once I've paid for the camera gear and software, mistakes and experimentation don't cost anything extra but my time.

I'm only printing on an HP Photosmart D7560 that I got on sale for $95, and those prints look better than anything I've ever shot before. In the future may be an Epson 3880 or similar.

But DW wants a new kitchen floor first. It is hard to understand why anyone would prefer a new floor over a new printer but there it is.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:53 PM   #47
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Are you kidding? While simply getting a correct exposure is easier there are scads of other issues to learn: White balance, composition, lighting, framing, and oh, check out the learning curve on Photoshop CS5.
I agree, I would love to get better at digital photos but don't have the time to learn...YET.

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Only one person brews? If you don't like beer, you can make wine! Perfect for retirement hobby because it's just a few months to learn, but a lifetime to get it perfected. Back when photography took time, I think it was a better hobby (my dad did it). I was a photographer for the school, but when it went digital, it became 'too easy' hehe.

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Since I stopped showing dogs in the mid 90's my only hobbies have been reading and spending time on the computer. Now that I am retired I do more of both. I keep saying I am going to start walking again and one of these days I might even do it.
I won't "show" dogs, but am a dog lover and we're considering as a FIRE activity getting a dog (ours is old, won't live much longer) and getting her certified as a therapy dog, either in hospitals or nursing homes. This would be a great way to combine our love for dogs with volunteering.

Other hobbies include:
Musclecars (own 2 of them currently)
Woodworking (1000 sq.ft. woodshop in basement)
Personal finance

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We are on the edge of the Denver metro area. I still have to sell my time for money, so I had to be commutable, plus the better school districts tend to be around the major metro areas, hence our choice of location.

We love it here. DW grew up in Denver, so for her this is a return home. I had long ago had my fill of the NYC area for a variety of reasons and I always liked visiting the area. The recreational opportunities are fantastic, the scenery is beautiful, the cultural opportunities (and beer) are very varied, costs are reasonable, and the way of life is far less frenetic/stressed than I was used to in the Northeast. I will not be relocating when I check out from employment.
We've vacationed in CO, and you are right, they have good, and varied, beer.

Portland Oregon is another great beer city.
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ha ha, hobbies. Well, have two kids to raise, so, they by default are hobbies. My older son's school projects are fun to do with him.
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Doing what I want to, when I want to:

Backpacked 1100 miles last year, almost all solo, going when the weather was good, staying out 4-6 days, nothing like those weekend trips before ER.

Volunteer trail maintenance in remote areas, again when the weather was good, going home when it started to go bad. The start and the finish were not calendar based.

Reading: For my first few weeks of retirement, I read 10-14 hours a day. My recliner is that comfortable.

Volunteering at the local national forest service office to to help pick up litter in the forest. There is immediate, positive feedback, those places look better after I've worked there.
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