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Old 12-11-2003, 08:02 PM   #1
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You retirees w/ 10+ years experience, what's next?

Here's the questions to the description below: Were any of you in this situation 10 years ago? How has it worked out? Any surprises or other issues to watch out for? Anything you'd do differently?

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Am I missing something here in Paradise?

I ER'd 18 months ago (age 42) on a small govt pension that permits lifetime unemployment. Married, kid finishing elementary school, frugal lifestyle, with a retirement portfolio (& spouse's pension) overcapitalized to survive at least another six decades. We've survived & prospered through the bear market (so far). Life is good & worry-free.

Life is busy, too. Parenting, home improvement, exercising, reading, investing, and surfing (both ocean & Internet) more than fill our days and leave us happily exhausted by nightfall. Our to-do list is getting longer, not shorter. With all of these compelling interests, I can't imagine how I used to find the time to go to work.

Work was fulfilling and (mostly) enjoyable, but I don't miss it a bit. During the retirement process, we were heavily conditioned on how to seek further employment. Admittedly most of my less-frugal compatriots, with more kids and debts, will be employed for another 20+ years. And some of the others just can't imagine NOT being employed. One or two have even tried to retire and gone groveling back to their offices. But my father & father-in-law, my mentors, have been happily retired for 17 & 8 years with no issues. I feel lucky to have their help in overcoming the brainwashing.

So I can't believe that it's been 18 months already. I don't miss commuting, business clothes, meetings, suffering fools gladly, and 50-hour workweeks. I enjoy the tasks we've set before us but I can see that they'll dwindle in the next five years. I'm pretty sure that new interests will arise (and our kid will be a licensed driver by then!) so I don't see life getting less busy.

What the heck is my problem, right? Well, I'm a bit surprised to discover that I don't have one. Apparently I rightfully ignored the "You'll be so BORED!" and "But what will you DO all day?!?" warnings and I'm happy to say that I see plenty of self-imposed challenges in my busy future. I don't think I'll never chase a paycheck again and I don't think I'll ever revert to the office environment. I raise this issue more from an engineer's paranoia than from angst.

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Old 12-12-2003, 05:08 AM   #2
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Will be eleven years in january 04. Engineers paranoia? Maybe - but luckily a tornado took the roof off in 95 and Hurricane George the front and back porch in 98 so the remodeling juices got satisfied. Also took a temp job for 14 months in 95-96 which more than paid for the remodeling.

I keep in touch - our retiree's group meets once a month and they are always looking for volunteer's to judge school science fairs - which I avoid like the plague.

It's amazing how fast the day goes 'doing nothing'. The desire to design, build, experiment surfaces periodically but it passes. Aerospace 1966 - 1992 ER'd Jan 1993.
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Hello! Semiretired since 1993. My situation is just
like cut-throat. As one activity is dropped (due to age or whatever), there is always a big list of others that
I want to try, or maybe just do more of. I expect this
will continue until my demise. I recall once that my brother asked my parents "But what does he do all day?" That made me smile.

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Now here's a typical day (winter schedule):

Coffee with the wife before she leaves for work.
Feed and water livestock (read dogs).
Check e-mail.
Spend some time on financial/business issues.
Run errands/finish Christmas shopping.
Kill some time at Barnes and Noble.
Pick up mail/lunch with folks.
Clean up/fix up around house (househusband duties).
Exploring the woods with my black lab, Maggie.
Wife returns/cocktail hour and conversation.
Evening news, then a good book or video and/or back on the computer.

Summer schedule is similar, except add in boating, fishing, motorcycle and putzing in the yard.

Sure beats workin' !

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I ER'd 18 months ago (age 42) on a small govt pension that permits lifetime unemployment. Married, kid finishing elementary school, frugal lifestyle, with a retirement portfolio (& spouse's pension) overcapitalized to survive at least another six decades. We've survived & prospered through the bear market (so far). Life is good & worry-free.
195 days until that elementary-school kid starts college, but everything else is current. Gee, still recovering from the bear market, too.

The retirement portfolio is smaller but our cashflow is bigger due to a few rounds of mortgage refinancings and raising the tenant's rent.

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Life is busy, too. Parenting, home improvement, exercising, reading, investing, and surfing (both ocean & Internet) more than fill our days and leave us happily exhausted by nightfall. Our to-do list is getting longer, not shorter. With all of these compelling interests, I can't imagine how I used to find the time to go to work.
Work was fulfilling and (mostly) enjoyable, but I don't miss it a bit. During the retirement process, we were heavily conditioned on how to seek further employment. Admittedly most of my less-frugal compatriots, with more kids and debts, will be employed for another 20+ years. And some of the others just can't imagine NOT being employed. One or two have even tried to retire and gone groveling back to their offices. But my father & father-in-law, my mentors, have been happily retired for 17 & 8 years with no issues. I feel lucky to have their help in overcoming the brainwashing.
So I can't believe that it's been 18 months already. I don't miss commuting, business clothes, meetings, suffering fools gladly, and 50-hour workweeks. I enjoy the tasks we've set before us but I can see that they'll dwindle in the next five years. I'm pretty sure that new interests will arise (and our kid will be a licensed driver by then!) so I don't see life getting less busy.
No changes here.

From what I'm told, the military's transition-assistance planning seminars may be shorter and more efficiently delivered (online as well as in the classroom) but the content hasn't changed much: "Know your benefits, use your GI Bill, git a job."

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What the heck is my problem, right? Well, I'm a bit surprised to discover that I don't have one. Apparently I rightfully ignored the "You'll be so BORED!" and "But what will you DO all day?!?" warnings and I'm happy to say that I see plenty of self-imposed challenges in my busy future. I don't think I'll never chase a paycheck again and I don't think I'll ever revert to the office environment. I raise this issue more from an engineer's paranoia than from angst.
Never been an issue here, either. I suppose that in the next 10 years I might find some compelling reason to return to some sort of paid employment but... nah, not seein' it.

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Am I missing something here in Paradise?
Apparently not!

I remember that back then I was far more concerned about the finances of ER than I was about how I'd spend my time. Confidence rises with more ER time-- even after another round of bear market that concern has largely disappeared.

However my fears concerns about parenting a teenager were right on the money...
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Hummm...this is an old thread....no 'hehs' from unclemick...
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Great post and follow-up. It's good to hear from folks who have managed ER successfully, both from a financial and an emotional stand point. It's certainly reassuring for someone who is going to take the plunge himself in a couple of weeks or so.

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Hummm...this is an old thread....no 'hehs' from unclemick...
heh heh heh -----PLUS:

When did I cut loose with the first pssst Wellesley?

heh heh heh - Boy I'm starting feel old.
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When did I cut loose with the first pssst Wellesley?
Although it seems like it was several decades ago, it appears to have been less than 5 years: Big Question is "Yes or No"
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I thought someone was "thread mining", but you came back and answered your own question. Its funny. I have spoken with and read posts from a lot of folks that have retired and despite all the concerns, things just seem to work out and they enjoy it. Not that planning and a little constructive concern isn't a good thing, but maybe we tend to over think things a little. Like you, I'm an engineer too. Must come with the territory.
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Pretty cool Nords! Congrats!!!!!

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Wow Nords--this is so COOL! I saw the thread title and clicked on it since I am a 4 month newbie at retirement. I really enjoy retirement and I am surprised that I don't feel a need to more. I thought that I would need bunches of projects lined up to stave off boredom, but that is not the case at all. I hope that in a few years I look back and can say "yep, this is pretty good!"
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Wow, almost 6 years went by since the original posting. For a 39-year-old guy, let's just say that ER used to be just a possibility somewhere in the future, but now it's more like if I can increase my portfolio by a manageable percentage through just my contributions, I can pull the plug. Still, with ER a concrete, reachable goal in the next few year, it's feels strangely more difficult. It's nice to see a retrospective that ER isn't as difficult as some make it out to be.
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