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Old 08-24-2007, 09:08 PM   #21
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Not retired yet. But, I'm already dreaming.

PT teaching (yoga, pilates, spin classes)
Morning runs
Road trips on my bicycle (organized or not)
Rediscovering golf
Actually having time to properly train for sports events (triathlons, road races, century rides, etc.)
More thorough cleaning of my home
Involvement in local groups/clubs (kayak/running/cycling)
Pottery classes
Or as my DH says....doing whatever captures my attention at the moment!

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Old 08-24-2007, 09:18 PM   #22
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retired as of 31 Dec '04

Now 56 (birthday soon)

Feeding/watching birds/mammals/butterflies
Net surfing

"Knowin' no one nowhere's gonna miss us when we're gone..."
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:00 AM   #23
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enjoying time with my wife
traveling around the world
learning new languages
family visits
taking care of grandson
gourmet cooking
dining out with friends
finding new restaurants
eating (see above)
participating in internet forums
meeting new people
ballroom dancing
other things that will help our health and well being

On The List:
(re) learn how to play musical instruments
learn how to sail
try to get DW to learn how to ride a bike and learn how to swim
someday will convince DW that a motorcycle and pilot lessons are not dangerous
teach English in foreign countries
Life is GREAT!
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:25 AM   #24
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Retiring in 14 months.

Looking forward to more golf.
More fishing.
Kayaking and canoeing.
Time to work in the yard.
Travel with wife.
Annual trip to Alaska with buddies for halibut and salmon.
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:58 AM   #25
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Take care of my two kids and the home.
Buy my wife the best riding lawnmower money can buy!
Hiking, biking
guitar, recording
the list is endless!
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:12 AM   #26
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remodeling house
trying new recipes
selling on ebay
taking classes
things to try
tap dancing
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:49 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by starry night View Post
We're loving our library, where we go a couple of times a week for new release books we don't have to buy, to read magazines we don't have to subscribe to, to borrow videos we don't have to rent or order by mail, to borrow books on tape for our road trips, music CDs to burn copies.

We also enjoy their in-house programs and events, seminars and exhibits, civic meetings. Can volunteer, donate our outgoing books and tapes for the fund-raiser book sale, can request titles I need via the website and they are send to my neighborhood branch.....on and on....good stuff happening at your neighborhood library.

Also a good social setting with like-minded readers and researchers, families, civil service staff. We are regulars now, so see many people on regular basis, get to talk books and recommendations with them. It's all good!
I'm not retired yet, but doesn't this sound like fun? I think "starry night"'s retirement sounds ideal.
"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." - - - C. Columbus
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:22 PM   #28
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:27 AM   #29
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I still have many years to go before I RE. However, I know exactly what I'll be doing. I'll be painting. It might even turn out to be a source of income for me as I just sold my first painting.

Aside from that, I'll be riding my bike, kayaking, hiking, lying on a beach, taking day, week, or month long trips anywhere I see fit.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:15 PM   #30
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-Girls soccer coach
-Exercising / lifting
-Web surfing
-Watching sports: College football, Nascar, pro football
-Honey do's
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:02 PM   #31
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I've always been a big hobby guy. I'll do some of my hobbies more, and some of them less when I retire in 10 months.

Cycling centuries (100-milers).
Photography and travel.
Writing (not exactly a hobby because I write textbooks).
Classical music.
Spanish language.
Missionary work.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:44 PM   #32
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Writing/composing/recording music
Playing guitar
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:23 AM   #33
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Part time teaching Elementary Physical Education 3 hours a day two days a week. Coaching a High school Cross Country and Track Team, Oh I get paid to Run my workouts with the team.
Run 10 miles a day
Make Nords and others so nuts that they put me on ignore here on the forum.
I am such a bad socialist and that I guess bothers some.
Read Read and then Read some more.
Learning to make Jewelery
Getting involved with social causes to improve society
Being true to myself and honest to all
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:16 PM   #34
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I'm a runner (a marathon a year) in my working life. When I RE, I'd like to do international and exotic marathons-- Antartica, Paris, Tokyo, etc...

I'm a skier. I plan on buying a ski press and making my own skis.

My wife's family lives in Germany. I'd like to learn German.

I can probably think of a few more things, but those come to mind.
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:52 AM   #35
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I'm not retired yet.

But my Dad's hobbies are:
-- Listening to mainstream AM talk radio (right wing)
-- Playing solitaire on the computer

I expect to do a lot better when it's my turn.
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Old 09-07-2007, 08:57 PM   #36
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Not there yet, but I can see myself being a:

-Mr. Mom to my three kids (I'm sure I can do a better job than Michael Keaton could in that movie Mr. Mom with Teri Garr)
-full time best friend to my three kids
-ski bum in multiple countries (kids optional )
-perfect my spanish and learn to dance the tango in b.Aires (DW is Argentine)
-read all the books that I can handle (my favorite BatMan character is BookWorm)
-spend the rest of my time helping out the less fortunate in my church/community

wishful thinking...

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Old 09-20-2007, 11:07 PM   #37
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Not there just yet, but here's the loose plan....

ATV/snowmobile/jet ski

remote control stuff

week long road trips with DW

work on/shine/show off classic car more

play my harmonica more


more exercise

develop my lake lot

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Old 09-21-2007, 08:13 PM   #38
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Seems to me that the corporation's race to the top is resulting in a race to the bottom for the employee's quality of life. FIRE can't come soon enough.
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:03 PM   #39
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I am buying my mom's place, with several acres nestled in the middle of nowhere in the appalachian hills.

-Family time. Friend time. Volunteer time.
-Target shooting...pistol and bow
-Ginsenging, root digging
-Making our house ultra-hedonistic, with lots of places to relax,nap, swim, walk, read, etc, etc.
-Making an art studio, wife and I are very eclectic, need a place to splash clay, paint, and shavings.
-Setting up a glassblowing and blacksmithing studio
-An outdoor hottub of native stone
-Firepit for dancing around naked at full moon time
-Perhaps build a machine that makes beer non-alcoholic!
-Raise my kids with a modicum of self-sufficiency.

You know...the usual stuff.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:19 AM   #40
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Not quite ER'd yet either (actually semi-ER for me) but plan and residence are both in place;

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