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Old 11-02-2006, 09:32 AM   #1
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Imagine not having to get up or go to bed at any set time. You can eat, watch TV, take a walk, sleep, or just do nothing any time you want. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Some people can enjoy this lifestyle indefinitely but most will be bored within a few weeks. If you’re retired, this could be your lifestyle for the rest of your life unless you make other plans.
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Some suggestions for things you might want to do once you retire:

Ride a train across the United States
Ride an air boat in the Everglades
Fly across the United States
Rollerblade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City
Visit Ellis Island
Visit Alcatraz
Spend a night in a haunted house—alone
Write a novel
Go to Alaska
Skinny dip in the ocean
Ride a river boat down the Mississippi
Shuck an oyster
Shuck an oyster? Now that's a doable goal isn't it?

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Re: What to do when you finally decide...
Old 11-02-2006, 10:31 AM   #2
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How about we start our own collective list here?

Restore a Classic Car.
Learn to fly Ultralight.
Travel around the world.

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Old 11-02-2006, 10:49 AM   #3
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Travel by train
Visit/explore Yellowstone
Visit/explore Grand Canyon
Visit/explore Europe
Grind my own coffee
Take long, leisurely bike rides
Play guitar/music often
Stay up late
Read the Sunday paper
Visit long, lost friends
Putz in my woodshop
Get more massages with a happy ending
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Old 11-02-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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The list as of today, it could change once I'm really RE

Sleep to a decent hour (past 5am)
Stay up late (past 9pm)

The hobbies and interests are already in place, I'd just expand the time I spend doing them.
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Old 11-02-2006, 06:25 PM   #5
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Start painting (pictures) again
Join a book club
Conquer fear of heights by learning to skydive
Volunteer to teach literacy
Write a novel
Start a charitable foundation
Become a space tourist

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Old 11-02-2006, 07:14 PM   #6
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I have a long list. First thing, I am buying a rag top and cruising to Key West (never been there) this winter. No particular schedule; no particular
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regrout the bathroom floor
refinish the livingroom couches with a darker stain
make new curtains for bedroom
design and make stained glass windows for back porch
learn spanish
spend at least three months a year traveling around in the RV



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Old 11-02-2006, 07:30 PM   #8
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Not in any particular order
write a novel and get it published (long time goal)
hike a 14er
learn Spanish
travel to Peru, Costa Rica, New Zealand, among other places,
fall in love again
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Get to know my grandkids
RV til it get's tiresome
Buy a couple more dogs
Maybe buy my last motorcycle and tour, tour, tour
Write a nonacademic book and not care if it gets published
Keep exercising, but finally at a time of my choosing
Read everything I can get my hands on, but only if I like it
Learn Spanish in Central or South America
Volunteer in a free clinic or charitable medical missions
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Hey, time for a group trip to South America to learn spanish!
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Hey, time for a group trip to South America to learn spanish!
I've "almost" done this several times. Should do it while I can still take it as a business expense .

There are several excellent schools in Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica and elsewhere. My learning style would work best with a fairly intense exposure lasting at least 2 weeks to get it jump-started. I already know a little bit of Spanish and Lynn would love to do this, too.

It's gonna happen.
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Travel
Play more golf
Daily long walks with my dog
Read more
Stay up late watching Conan O'Brien
Sleep late
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Re: What to do when you finally decide...

While I was sitting on the beach in FL back in Feb......practicing for RE ......I grabbed my pen and legal pad, and wrote out 3 1/2 pages of things I would like to do/accomplish after I get paroled from the rock-pile RE. That's 3 1/2 pages, 1 item per line!!!

I'm continually adding to that list! There are big things, little things, fun things, challenging things, just all sorts of things!!! Mental, Physical, Spiritual, Financial, Etc. A little bit of everything!!!

There's a whole boat load of R&R!!!

I plan to (as the old 1960's commercial said) "See The USA In My Chevrolet" (which I just bought about 2 weeks ago).
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watching lots of daytime TV.

Only kidding. Doing more cooking, exercise and other hobbies I presently have. Helping elderly in-laws more so they can stay in their house. Working on my volunteer projects and a little more traveling.

also sleeping as late as I want... heavenly.
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watching lots of daytime TV...Only kidding....
Watching daytime TV is worse than working.
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Nice list. That last one gives me the shiverin' shakes.

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From the OP, "You can eat, take a walk, sleep, or just do nothing anytime you want....Some people can do this indefinately"

I'm in that group, so far. I'm at 53 weeks of retirement. The day after I found three un-read John McPhee books at the library, I finished two in 16 hours. After that, I rested.
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From the OP, "You can eat, take a walk, sleep, or just do nothing anytime you want....Some people can do this indefinately"

I'm in that group, so far. I'm at 53 weeks of retirement. The day after I found three un-read John McPhee books at the library, I finished two in 16 hours. After that, I rested.
About 3 weeks ago I stumbled onto a book (Civil War stuff) that I had heard of but never read. Huge book. The librarian gave me an extension
on the spot. I returned it yesterday. Never even got started. Got 3 or 4
others laying around here half read. So many books, so little time.

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Ack! Life after fire discussion in the "other" forum.
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Ack! Life after fire discussion in the "other" forum.
Moved.
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