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Old 02-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #21
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The Beach Boys were "working" at the Grammys last week. And IMO of their performance, they are not a good example of "Cool" older working boomers.
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When I saw his cameo in "Pirates of the Caribbean", I didn't know that he had a cameo. Instead I thought "My gosh that guy looks awful-- he's almost as bad as Keith Richards!"

I guess the camera adds 15 pounds, and the makeup/special effects equipment adds another 15 pounds...

Maybe he's still touring because he needs the income to pay his health insurance premiums.
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There is small difference in Working and being Productive. Working so that you manage to pay bills and having to do it in your 60s, 70s, 80s Awesome!!!!
Well to each his own, I believe in getting off the treadmill and smelling the coffee (even if I have to substitute home-made instead of starbucks)
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The examples are all straw men - there's a world of difference in doing something because you love doing it and calling it work (e.g. aging rock stars) and w*rking because the alternative living on a diet of beans and rice.

I'm quite happy to be uncool (and very good at it).
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I was cool for too long. Now I'm not cool. Or smart.

Maybe.

I think.
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+1 So many of us don't even need to read Dilbert, because we have lived it. Somehow his career sounds closer to Keith Richard's career than Dilbert's, and also his career sounds pretty much wound down. An "adjunct senior fellow" on the CFR, plus sitting on various illustrious boards doesn't sound especially rigorous compared with the careers tha some of us left. Plus, if he got his BA in 1973, assuming he was 22 at that time, then he is barely 60 himself. He may feel differently in a few years.

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I think the aging rock stars, and other people with fame and great careers may still work because:

1.) they don't have to if they don't want to

2.) they can call the shots as to when, where and the conditions they work under.
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I think the aging rock stars, and other people with fame and great careers may still work because:

1.) they don't have to if they don't want to

2.) they can call the shots as to when, where and the conditions they work under.
And don't forget...

3.) they can't let go of the spotlight.
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I think the aging rock stars, and other people with fame and great careers may still work because:

1.) they don't have to if they don't want to

2.) they can call the shots as to when, where and the conditions they work under.
I think most that work do because they need the money, are addicted to money, or need the fame.
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I gave a similar reply on another thread, a while back: it's naive to think many older workers have a choice to continue working. Presuming health is not an issue, good ol' fashioned age discrimination manages to come into play. And then, good luck trying to land another job.
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Yet another article on that topic:

Bottom Line - Tough times keep older workers from retiring

I can think of several relatives who will be working for as long as they're physically able and not by choice. The Spendarina SIL is, according to both me and DW, in for a rude awakening when she decides she wants to retire and move to Sarasota, FL and dine out every day, cruising in her convertible. This is the couple who are in their mid 50s and now will probably have to refinance the house to pay for a new roof on it.

We think the reality is they're going to be eating a lot of rice 'n beans.
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I have to think that by the time one reaches the 60's, if tough economic times keep one from retiring, then one's retirement plans probably were built on too much sand and not enough rock. No doubt there are exceptions.
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Most of the people I know who are or will work into their 70's, took a lot more time off in their earlier years than I did. They also spent a higher percentage of their earnings on having one heck of a good time. My 2 cents.

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