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Old 11-13-2013, 05:18 PM   #41
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Tell them you lost your current skill set and you are out looking for another.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:58 PM   #42
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learn to play the saxophone
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Drink scotch whiskey all day long
And die behind the wheel
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:22 AM   #43
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #44
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Here is a conversation I had this week with a family member I haven't talked with in a while.

FM: So what are you up to these days?
Meadbh: I'm retired.
FM: Oh. So you're taking some time off?

Showing once again that people hear what they want to hear.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:20 AM   #45
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Anyway, we don't like to say retirement as that brings up images of slow lifestyles or not working at all.
Not according to all those non-FI people who claim to be retired but are really self-employed (writing books or blogs telling everyone that they are retired).

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Somewhat tiring to hear "you are too young to retire" and also want to avoid drawn out explanations. Our finances are our business of course and we do not owe anyone explanations.
Funny, isn't it, how people feel it's perfectly all right to make such judgmental statements ... even though they would never dream of telling someone that they are "too old to work".
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #46
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One thing I always notice is that service workers often seem happy at work. I stop in regularly at a few restaurants etc., and people are always friendly, upbeat and basically cheerful.
"Like Brian, for example, who has 37 pieces of flair, okay? And a terrific smile."
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:23 PM   #47
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When I make the leap, I am going for the Italian: "La Dolce Vita"- The Sweet Life.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #48
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I refer to myself as fUnemployed.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:41 PM   #49
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I thought we would use the term "rewired" but realized how stupid it sounded and that people would not understand what the heck it meant or would assume I had developed speech issues and was trying to say "retired." And really no one cares.

For the OP's purposes I would just say part-time.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #50
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I like the Spanish word, "jubilado" implying jubilation.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:24 PM   #51
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I think I will just simply say that, "I don't have to work for money, anymore". Short, simple, sweet and true. Who wants to work for money when they don't need to?
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I usually say -
"I work for myself", or the more lenghty "I'm no longer defined by my occupation", or sometimes "I'm taking a break". After that I really don't care what anyone thinks.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:37 PM   #53
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I like the Spanish word, "jubilado" implying jubilation.
+1 (I'm definitely jubilant )
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:54 PM   #54
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Don't worry, in a couple years you won't mind saying the word 'retired'. I retired at 51 and for a year or two I felt embarrassed to say the word too. Congratulations on your partial retirement!
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These suggestions are so funny. I wish there were a 'LIKE' button to hit for some of them.
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I was thinking of using 'freelance expert' until about 70 or so.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:48 AM   #57
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No one has mentioned Jethro Bodine yet, so how about "international playboy" or "double-naught spy"?
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:58 PM   #58
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No one has mentioned Jethro Bodine yet, so how about "international playboy" or "double-naught spy"?
You would SO fit in with our crowd, my friend. DH often refers to our RV as his playboy palace in wheels.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:13 PM   #59
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"Retired from the corporate world"?

Also consider "pretired". Mostly as a concept, and not as a good explanation of what you do. There's a guy that writes about his pretirement at pretired.org. It's basically what you might call semi-retirement. You get to the point where your investments pay your living expenses and you might do something fun for money. Or not.
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You would SO fit in with our crowd, my friend. DH often refers to our RV as his playboy palace in wheels.
I'll take that as a compliment... :P
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