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Old 04-16-2008, 12:49 AM   #21
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I don't always get up in the morning..... sometimes it's afternoon. I like the nightlife while we're in the city. When we're out of town camping, fishing, whatever, I like to be up early just to sniff the morning air and see what the sunrise has to say about the day's weather......
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:43 AM   #22
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Because my bladder is full.
I make a pit stop around 5:30 AM which allows me to sleep comfortably until 7:00 or 8:00. After that I am eager to be up and about. DW can sleep in for two or three hours longer. I think it is a matter of constitution. Some of us wake up with a smile, others need their coffee...
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:19 AM   #23
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I get up +- 10 minutes the same time I did for years when I had to set the alarm. Been a morning person for years, so why change. Now the difference is if I feel like a nap sometime during the day, I take one, usually for only 20-30 minutes.

Get up, have breakfast, read some over night eMail, online news and cartoons and hit the street for an hour walk by 8PM.

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... cause the kids need breakfast before school.

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The two dog attack - when they decide it's time to get up in the morning - you get up. The 95 lb Golden uses the paw and nose push and Mighty Milo the 20 lb Pug likes to get waaay back, run and jump on my back or stomach - depending on which I've turned to avoid the big dog. If i resist they will lick.

So I still 'work!' for the dogs who have to check out the neighborhood - people who go to work, kids off to school, and the morning song/bark fest with the dogs up and down the street and up and down the hill. Then they need a little exercise play with you know who before the final whiz and a lite doggie breakfast and mid morning nap.

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+1. If I wasn't an early riser the dogs would see to it. Our two Goldens will generally give me enough leeway to wake on my own. But my son frequently drops a 3rd Golden off for doggie day care and then it is all over. Up the stairs, onto the bed, nose in the face, tail whacking... Then our two take up defensive positions on the bed to make sure they get equal attention. No way to refuse three demanding female Goldens.
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All great answers and I well appreciate each and every one! Have a great day retirees!!!!
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After reading all the answers, I thought, 'What a dumb question'

Because, I am not dead, and I am not going to spend the rest of my life in bed! Why do I eat, sleep, breath, what ever.

Now if the question, was 'What do you do all day', well, let me see, no we have never discussed that, have we........ YES!

So was the question "What in retirement is worth getting out of bed?" Dumb question again.

Sorry, just didn't get into this one.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:25 PM   #30
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Yep, plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead.

7 hours, maybe an afternoon nap - how much more do I need? I like to get up and DO stuff (even if it is 'nothing').

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+1. If I wasn't an early riser the dogs would see to it. Our two Goldens will generally give me enough leeway to wake on my own. But my son frequently drops a 3rd Golden off for doggie day care and then it is all over. Up the stairs, onto the bed, nose in the face, tail whacking... Then our two take up defensive positions on the bed to make sure they get equal attention. No way to refuse three demanding female Goldens.
I get up earlier if the cat stands on said bladder.
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Oh, c'mon, guys, that's why there's an Internet.

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It's slow and clogged with ads but the price is right...
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Oh, c'mon, guys, that's why there's an Internet.

Calvin and Hobbes comic on GoComics

It's slow and clogged with ads but the price is right...
I've got a 2 or 3 of the Calvin & Hobbes books too! Plus I picked up a bunch of "Farside" books at a church rubbish rummage sale a couple years ago.
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I get up every morning because I didn't save all this money to lay around in bed all day. Staying in bed would be like going on a round the world cruise and never leaving your cabin. Whatta a waste.

Get up, get crackin and get your monies worth.
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"DA DA! YOU AWAKE!?!?"

Then the 100lb dog standing on my chest licking my face because he wants me to get up so he can go back to bed.
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Coffee, that's why.

Later, after an exciting day of indolence, I take a nap. Couldn't do that during those w*rking days, but I can and I do now.
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The ultimate reason is to get ready to go play golf, but my golden retriever gets the ball rolling. Shes ready to be fed in the 7:00-7:30am range. Works out pretty good, feed her, make coffee, poke around on the internet, get dressed and head for the golf course for my 10:00am tee time. Boy, what a beautiful day today too. Now, time to take the mutt for a 4 mile hike at a local park.

You know, ER is a pretty good gig.
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If you have been fully retired for at least a year, why do you get up in the morning? I would like to hear some reasons.
My reason is I have things to do, pets to take care of I am owned by two dogs and two cats, they want out and to be fed. I am a news junkie so I have to find out what happened over night, so while I am feeding pets and making my own breakfast I turn on the news.

I feel so much more relaxed now that I don't have to get up get dressed fight the traffic to work and work at a stressful job all day. Life is good.

So the reason I get up is Life Is Good and I am going to enjoy the day... My Way
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I wake up hungry around 4:30 am. I get a snack and hit the internet, By then I cant fall asleep
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