I'm jtmitch, a veteran of the MF REHP forum and a fan of both intercst's and dory's web sites and calculators. I'm probably already too old to be considered a true RE aspirant.
I retired from the Navy about 6 years ago after 28 years. I have worked several different jobs since then, all of them "real jobs" (by which I mean you wear socks and a tie, have responsibility and stress and are paid decently). Because of my Navy pension, a working wife and adherence to sound personal financial management priciples, I've found that if I get sick of a job I can just quit. I've done that several times so far and have taken from 1 - 4 months off before going back to work. I'm on such a "sabbatical" right now. Fortunately, having some expertise and contacts in a niche area (based on my military career), I've had little problem finding new jobs although I know I can't keep doing this forever (nor do I want to).
I'm hoping to go back to work on a part-time basis by the end of July (that would be two months off this time), but if nothing materializes on a part-time basis, I'll probably bite the bullet and take a full-time job for one last accumulation period before retiring for good.
Looking forward to the discussions on this board.