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Old 08-10-2008, 11:22 PM   #21
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Back to the OP -- a friend of mine works for REI in his spare time. He doesn't really need the money, but loves the employee discounts (he's a gear-head) and also helping people pick out products. He seems to enjoy it.
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A former supervisor does income taxes in the spring months (with some large company) mainly to pay for his summer motorcycle trips.
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Back to the OP -- a friend of mine works for REI in his spare time. He doesn't really need the money, but loves the employee discounts (he's a gear-head) and also helping people pick out products. He seems to enjoy it.
That's good to hear. REI is opening another store on the other side of the valley in Summerlin this November. Though too far to drive for a part-time job, it should open up some positions in their nearby Henderson store. As a member of the coop, I got a postcard a couple of weeks ago regarding job openings and have been thinking about applying. I haven't yet made the jump from thinking about it to doing it, however (I have longstanding issues with inertia). I don't really need the money either, but the REI employees I've encountered all seem pretty happy. Bad news is I guess I'd lose my "totally-retired" card, but the discount on gear and health insurance are both big pluses!
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Allegedly three of the best places to work are REI, Costco and Trader Joes. All also offer pretty good benefits although I think none of them kick in unless you're full time or almost full time.
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Allegedly three of the best places to work are REI, Costco and Trader Joes. All also offer pretty good benefits although I think none of them kick in unless you're full time or almost full time.

I can verify that Costco's benefits kick in at part time (24+ hours/week) after you have been there for 6 months.
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Is this a trick question? ... (to the OP's original).

I'm retired. I do not work (yes, I do volunteer but that's my decision on when I want to do it, and no, I get no "money" - other than the knowledge of my actions "make a difference".)

If I would work (any number of hours) regardless of my "status", I may be "under-employed" or "part time employed" but I'm still (in some manner employed, and probably getting a W2) and therefore not retired.

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Is this a trick question? ... (to the OP's original).

I'm retired. I do not work (yes, I do volunteer but that's my decision on when I want to do it, and no, I get no "money" - other than the knowledge of my actions "make a difference".)

If I would work (any number of hours) regardless of my "status", I may be "under-employed" or "part time employed" but I'm still (in some manner employed, and probably getting a W2) and therefore not retired.

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Maybe. Maybe some people, once retired, begin an activity completely unrelated to their pre-retirement working life. And maybe they enjoy this activity so much that they'd do it for free, but they happen to get paid for it. Are they now not retired? I dunno.

I think it must depend on how one defines retirement.
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If you get a job at an insurance carrier and then buy an annuity, the commission is paid into your account. You generally get a discount on LTC and life insurance as well. Be sure to pick a good carrier.
All those pesky insurers keep trying to get me on their payrolls, of course they have NO PLANS to offer benefits such as you are describing..........
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Maybe. Maybe some people, once retired, begin an activity completely unrelated to their pre-retirement working life. And maybe they enjoy this activity so much that they'd do it for free, but they happen to get paid for it. Are they now not retired? I dunno.

I think it must depend on how one defines retirement.
After retirement, I initially avoided anything that even looked like work, paid or not.

This is slowly changing to the point where I actually have attended a few fundraisers and low key events.

Will I get involved with something to the point where I have a schedule or get paid?

Anything is possible.
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I'll take a stab at defining it. You're retired if you dont have any place you're required to go to on any particular interval to perform actual work.

So that pretty much cuts out any sort of job but not charity work.
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My part time job is helping the in laws. They buy lunch. I get to do manual labor. Then we play a game every once in awhile. Good pay good beni's That and I love to hear my FIL stories about WW2.
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All those pesky insurers keep trying to get me on their payrolls, of course they have NO PLANS to offer benefits such as you are describing..........
They're trying to give you commissions. It's free money, man... you just help people get things they need anyway and the insurer just gives you money for being a good FA!

I'm sure if you called up the carrier and told them you didn't want the commission they'd be willing to work something out.
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Worked for an "national tax prep" company for five years following retirement for something to do in the dog days of winter but found a local CPA firm that treats me much better so work Feb 1 to April 17 doing income tax returns.

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I haven't really worked since retirement, but one of my main pre-career jobs was selling shoes at a price point shoe chain named Baker's. Once I had a taste of working in an air conditioned store with no dirt and a generally clean and well behaved clientele I was hooked.

It was fun but pretty hard work, both physically running back and forth with umpteen billion pairs of heels, and emotionally getting those gals to haul out their cash. No sell, no earn. But fortunately women love shoes so it was never too hard. Even sold quite a few matching purses.

I did get a discount, which I passed on to girlfriends provided they bought from me so I would get the commission.

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It was fun but pretty hard work, both physically running back and forth with umpteen billion pairs of heels, and emotionally getting those gals to haul out their cash. No sell, no earn. But fortunately women love shoes so it was never too hard. Even sold quite a few matching purses.
So, I've heard all sorts of stories about lady exhibitionists and shoe stores. Any truth to the rumors?
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So, I've heard all sorts of stories about lady exhibitionists and shoe stores. Any truth to the rumors?
Yes, sometimes. When they think they have you in a subordinate position some women really like to crank up the tease. For me I just wanted the money, so crank it up Honey, as long as you buy the shoes, and the purse, and maybe some special cremes to care for them. Mostly these were young working class girls and they were fun. Bridal groups were fun too.

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ejman -what cute kids! why are the prices so different? desireable genetic lines or colors or...?
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If you work part-time after you retire, are you still retired? Isn't retirement work some kind of oxymoron or something?
To my mind the distinction, and it is a crucial one, is that working is now and will be forever, optional. I'm working at a job now because I want to, not because I have to. If they give me any crap I'll give 'em a finger wave and be gone - I think that's what used to be called an "attitude problem".

I have a grueling 3.4 mile commute, work 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM, the pay is absurd ($2/hour less than before I retired) for doing virtually nothing, little responsibility, and if things blow up it's not my fault.

Among other things, with the "extra" money this month I'm going to buy a large package of filet mignon steaks and cook them on the grill on the back porch overlooking the creek.
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I've worked retail before, and don't like "the public" enough to deal with it, especially for $8/hr.... I lost a few bucks compared to my former yob, but the hours, conditions, and commute are better. And I still make double or more what I could get in retail. I'd rather build the pile, then FIRE outright. I ain't gonna study war work no more...
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