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Old 01-12-2006, 11:37 AM   #41
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I'd just as soon see that you two guys dont form any filmed "unions" right now...mm'kay?
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:24 PM   #42
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I never had even the slightest maternal urge and my answer to the baby question was always, "I'm unable to have children".* *It immediately squashed any baby talk
My childfree friends and I are fond of saying, "I can't bear children."
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As I was having a beer today at the 19th hole, one of my buddies said "ole Dog will be playing golf full time about this time next year." Another friend who I work with said " Dog won't quit next year, he is only 51 and that would be a stupid thing to do." I told him management already knows of my plans and its a done deal. He couldn't believe it. He is also 68 years old with a mortgage and very little savings. But he says he works because he fears boredom.* :* He made a good living by btw.

I look forward to ER but I almost dread having to explain why I did it.*
Another night out, another night of having to explain my ER plans. Same guy above asked "Are you really going to retire next year?" Before I could respond his wife asked "why do you want to do nothing?" Of course I should have laughed it off, but I let it get my goat. I told them I do have to justify to them or anyone else why I plan to retire. I was pissed. Put a damper on the whole evening.

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Old 01-14-2006, 09:17 AM   #44
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Another night out, another night of having to explain my ER plans. Same guy above asked "Are you really going to retire next year?" Before I could respond his wife asked "why do you want to do nothing?" Of course I should have laughed it off, but I let it get my goat. I told them I do have to justify to them or anyone else why I plan to retire. I was pissed. Put a damper on the whole evening.
I'm gonna have to hang out with friends that can deal with it!
You're just a lazy DOGxx!
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Same guy above asked "Are you really going to retire next year?" Before I could respond his wife asked "why do you want to do nothing?"
"Because there's a big beautiful world out there and I have a lot of living to catch up on. 'Nothing' wouldn't exactly be my word for how I'll be spending my time. But I'll send a postcard to the office!"
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"Because there's a big beautiful world out there and I have a lot of living to catch up on.* 'Nothing' wouldn't exactly be my word for how I'll be spending my time.* But I'll send a postcard to the office!"
Good answer. Now if I can just keep my cool and respond in this manner.*
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Good answer. Now if I can just keep my cool and respond in this manner.*
I come up with all my best lines in the five minutes after I slam the phone down. That's why I like discussion boards!
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Sometimes I respond:

Each day I try to eat drink and make Mary.....Have you met my wife Mary??


(My wife Mary usually just rolls her eyes and smiles)

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Old 01-17-2006, 05:54 PM   #49
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Sailaway,

We've not heard much from you since you left the w*rking world 6 months ago. Other than "making Mary" , how's that retirement thing going?

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The thread on India reminded me of my favorite answer to "What do you do". When travelling India people would constantly approach, trying to strike up personal conversations, usually with the goal of befriending you and steering you towards their friend's gem shop. So their question "what do you do" is really a nice way of asking "are you rich and dumb enough that I should bother trying to scam you".

I started answering that I am a garbage handler. That seemed to be a good way of getting them to move on to the next person.

And I found there was something really freeing about saying I'm a garbage handler. Letting go of the attachment I have to my software engineering job can be freeing. I found I sometimes use that answer even back here in the USA... being a garbage handler has a bit more "street cred" than "nerd" which is basically what software engineer means to many people.

And even better it's true in a metaphoric sense... working in a big corporation I'm endlessly handling bureacratic garbage, customer garbage, political garbage, useless meeting garbage.
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I started answering that I am a garbage handler.
My spouse's specialty is bringing order out of chaos. But I like your description better!

Didn't the Beatles make a song out of that? "Cause I'm the trash man, yeah yeah..."
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My spouse's specialty is bringing order out of chaos.
Your wife and I should never meet then. I've been occasionally described as a "human entropy machine".
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Your wife and I should never meet then.* I've been occasionally described as a "human entropy machine".
Not only would you change your ways within two weeks, you'd even find yourself enthusiastically helping.

She's the best investment I ever made.
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*You guys and gals are funny!

Where have you been all my ER life? *6 years going on 7 and I just now find this forum?

Why work if you don't need the money?........

Boy, that really does not compute for most people I run across.

Oh - I never say that out loud, by the way. *We don't like to make our financial independence obvious.

We actually have a "story" of something remotely productive - since we travel the country and do wildlife photography. *

*"Do you sell your pictures?"

*"No, we do it just for fun."

Minds get blown. *Seems to only be a small percentage of the population that actually "gets" that idea.

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Not only would you change your ways within two weeks, you'd even find yourself enthusiastically helping.
I think I just heard a glove hit the ground, muffled somewhat by several thousand miles of the pacific ocean...
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My answer:

Every day is different but may involve one or more of the following depending on the time of year:
Riding country roads on my motorcycle
Chairing a meeting of a local economic development agency
Attending a service club meeting
Trying to golf
Hiking with others
Long beach walks when down south
Fixing the dock at our summer place on a lake
People watching on the ocean promenade in Spain while sipping coffee and a Brandy
Managing the private portfolio
Attending my investment club meeting
Morning at the library
Golf lesson
Cutting firewood at the lake
Looking after grandkids
Looking for good junk so my wife can turn a buck on eBay
Planning our next trip with the computer
Etc,etc,etc

NEXT QUESTION PLEASE

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Later this morning I am going back to the NASA center where I used to work to attend the retirement luncheon of a woman I worked closely with. I haven't seen any of these folks for nearly two years. I'm sure I will be asked the "so what do you do all day?" question many many times. My plan is to try to come up with a different answer each time I am asked. That way, if my former co-workers compare notes after I leave it will drive 'em nuts.

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My answer:

Every day is different but may involve one or more of the following depending on the time of year:
Riding country roads on my motorcycle
Chairing a meeting of a local economic development agency
Attending a service club meeting
Trying to golf
Hiking with others
Long beach walks when down south
Fixing the dock at our summer place on a lake
People watching on the ocean promenade in Spain while sipping coffee and a Brandy
Managing the private portfolio
Attending my investment club meeting
Morning at the library
Golf lesson
Cutting firewood at the lake
Looking after grandkids
Looking for good junk so my wife can turn a buck on eBay
Planning our next trip with the computer
Etc,etc,etc

NEXT QUESTION PLEASE

Duke 6979: This is your first post, and therefore, I have no idea of your age, etc., etc.
(You might want to give us a little introduction on the Hi: I am thread.

However, I have a question for you. I see you are trying to play golf. How much time are you spending on the Driving Range?

Unless you are willing to spend a minimum of two hours every day at a range, your chances of being able to play golf is slim or none.

Ideally, it should be a lesson, followed up by those two hours a day working on that weeks fundamentals. Keep that up for at least a year, and you should be able to enjoy the game much better for the rest of your life.

Sorry, but golf's not easy!

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I am 64 and retired at 60.Thanks for the golf tips.Ranges where I live are covered in snow right but when I get to South Carolina in mid Feb I plan to hit the range as you suggest.
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Hey Grumpy, this woman's name isn't Gloria, is it? Reason I ask is because we had a retirement luncheon today! Hey, maybe our paths crossed and we didn't even know it!
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