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Old 04-03-2011, 01:21 PM   #41
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:59 PM   #42
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:02 PM   #43
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:19 PM   #44
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I say "investor." I tried "retired" at first, but I found it confuses people and then I have to explain too much.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:00 PM   #45
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Interesting observation, given that several men on this forum have avatars of younger men or celebrities too.

Remember when the forum used the other software, and we had default avatars? I used the Eva Habermann avatar, because I thought it conveyed sympathetic understanding and interest in a conversation. Unlike many here, I am very open about my avatar and even explain it on my profile.

I didn't choose it from the very limited selection of avatars simply because Eva Habermann was younger than I was. I am proud of my age. I am one of the very few women here who does NOT dye her hair and knock herself out trying to look younger than she is.

I have tried numerous times to change my avatar, but the pleas that result from male members of the forum touch my heart so I always return to Eva. But since you object, how about this avatar?
W2R,

I don't care what your avatar looks like, but I must say you are one of the most beautiful members on this forum on the inside, and its quite evident in all your posts.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:41 PM   #46
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W2R,

I don't care what your avatar looks like, but I must say you are one of the most beautiful members on this forum on the inside, and its quite evident in all your posts.
Yes, W2R - you are one of the most beautiful souls on this forum!

I say I am an artist, which I have always been, and will always be...and, I own a farm.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:15 PM   #47
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and a third. What makes you think most of the women here dye their hair and so on? I don't recall much mention of the subject one way or the other.

Not me, I've been dyeing my hair since my early 30's. I wanted to be a redhead, tried that for awhile, now I'm brown with blondish streaks. In my 50's, still not grey, but still dyeing my hair for the fun of it!

My avatar is of a younger beauty, my Mastiff mix, and my occupation will be RETIRED, I worked hard to obtain that title!
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #48
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:27 AM   #49
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Since I efile my taxes, I simply put "retired". If I filed the old fashioned way, I would put down "retired :-) :-) :-)" with several smile faces afterwards.
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W2R,

I don't care what your avatar looks like, but I must say you are one of the most beautiful members on this forum on the inside, and its quite evident in all your posts.
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Yes, W2R - you are one of the most beautiful souls on this forum!

I say I am an artist, which I have always been, and will always be...and, I own a farm.
Aw!! These posts were so sweet, and I didn't see them until now. Thank you. I try.

You made my day!
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #51
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W2R I second that emotion!

I say "private portfolio manager" unless retired is easier.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:13 PM   #52
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Retired Engineer.

I will always be an Engineer even if I am not getting paid for it.
Once an engineer, always an engineer.
Once a knight is all I can give.

1. CFO (to DW)
2. I like what somebody suggested - "Asset Manager" - asset includes the house (do this, do that).
3. Financial Planner. Our own finances.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:13 PM   #53
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I was an unemployed slacker 49-55 when my first pension(non-cola) check arrived. Then I could attend a monthly lunch where retired engineers verbally re-engineered stuff(most of which was ok just as it was) and had a so-so lunch and heard a guest speaker of varing quality. We also guessed where the stock market was going - except in really down periods where 'that' subject lay dead on arrival.

heh heh heh - now I'm just retired.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:07 AM   #55
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Retired Engineer.

I will always be an Engineer even if I am not getting paid for it.
I'm sure being retired engineer must be an ice breaker if a person who's asking is working engineer. I'm a structural engineer, aka working stiff so when someone say their occupation is an engineer, I always ask them what type. When I was a pup (such long time ago), I always thought engineers were locomotive engineers. Then after I started working in NYC, machine operators are called operating engineers, sewage treatment workers are called process engineer...etc.

I think if I ever get to FIRE, I'll put Fortunate Engineer as occupation.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:43 AM   #56
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:17 AM   #57
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Actually true in my case, but it can apply to anyone.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #58
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Most of the people who live in my building know me as the friendly yet slightly quirky guy who wanders around the house in his pajamas much of the day, fiddles with antennas outside, and stays up late listening to morse code.

Any attempt to engender respect by mentioning that I used to be a DJ/voice-over/production guy might not get too far, so I don't usually try

My story varies depending on who I'm talking to. When people ask what you do, they're not all looking for the same kind of reply. Some folk want to know what your "thing" is - what it is you really like to do, others want to know about your career, while some are just curious about where you get your money from. If I can figure out what they're really wanting to know, then I can give them the answer they want.
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I'm sure being retired engineer must be an ice breaker if a person who's asking is working engineer. I'm a structural engineer, aka working stiff so when someone say their occupation is an engineer, I always ask them what type. When I was a pup (such long time ago), I always thought engineers were locomotive engineers. Then after I started working in NYC, machine operators are called operating engineers, sewage treatment workers are called process engineer...etc.

I think if I ever get to FIRE, I'll put Fortunate Engineer as occupation.
Just "Engineer" covers a multitude of sins. I'm actually a retired Electrical Engineer. If I get into that I let people know it was in electronics but even that is nebulously general. At least they then know I wasn't doing household circuits (can barely change a light switch). There are so many specialties. In my career I did integrated circuit design, component production, semiconductor process design, software, then finished up with hardware/software (using FPGA's).

Generally I just say I'm retired and wait for the response -- which is most often to say "how nice for you".
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