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Old 07-05-2022, 03:24 PM   #1
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I've been working 50 plus hours a week since I was 17. I'm 62 now and thinking about retirement.
What do you do to fill your day?
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Old 07-05-2022, 03:26 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat and afraid I'll become an alcoholic.
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Old 07-05-2022, 03:34 PM   #3
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Per my Grandfather, RIP, it was a waste of time and an excuse to let another man earn money that should've been his. Luckily cattle and tractors helped ease his transition lol
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Old 07-05-2022, 03:36 PM   #4
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Not work. If you aren’t involved with your church or have some purpose you’ll be miserable
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Old 07-05-2022, 03:43 PM   #5
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Grandkids coast house, deer lease, outboard mechanic. Don't know how I had time to do everything before I retired. As stated above. You have to have something to keep you busy.
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Old 07-05-2022, 03:46 PM   #6
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Buy a bunch of land and you won’t ever have to think about the word retirement again, you’ll work until the day you die but you sure get to shoot a lot of stuff LOL. I’d go crazy trying to stay busy otherwise.

The worst part is out of all the people I’ve known to retire and take it easy they seem to die off soon afterwards so I’m out on that mess.
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Old 07-05-2022, 03:50 PM   #7
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Nope. My wife has a "honey-do" list that involves more work than any job I've ever had.
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:10 PM   #8
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Some days it sucks. Find something to do to keep it from sucking too much but don’t spend all your money. It’s a balancing act.
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:13 PM   #9
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Fish when the weather is favorable!
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:17 PM   #10
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Do not sit still on that old lazy boy! Don’t wait until the day of your retirement to start retirING. Spend Minimal time on the computer, get out and go go go with a nap in between.
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:18 PM   #11
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Nope. My wife has a "honey-do" list that involves more work than any job I've ever had.
Truth regarding the honey-do lists. I retired from my long career as a supervisor with the local adult probation department about 14months ago. I immediately went to work as a project manager with an architectural design firm working with clients that are designing custom home projects. I office from home, so my wife expects that if I have any downtime I knock out the items on her honey-do list. I definitely think completing her projects is more difficult than dealing with the criminals, prosecutors/defense attorneys, and judges I dealt with every day prior to retirement.

As others have said, grandchildren, fishing, hunting, my projects, her projects, reading, and staying abreast of current events would keep me pretty busy even if I was fully retired.
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:21 PM   #12
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Nope. My wife has a "honey-do" list that involves more work than any job I've ever had.
Curt, too freaking funny !!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:36 PM   #13
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Retirement doesn't interest me one bit. Lord willing, I'll still be here helping other people retire for at least 20 more years. (I'm about to turn 56 next week.)
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:46 PM   #14
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Almost 4 years now. Nothing better IMO. I am the type that can't sit still. I work harder now than I ever did at my job, but I set my hours. LOL!
I help the wife out around the house while she is working. Get all my want to done when I want. Go to the ranch & piddle etc anytime I want. Hunt & fish when I want. Day is over before I know it & wonder where did the day go. I wonder how I got everything done when I did have a job.

I will add I was at the same place 40 yrs. The last several, I hated EVERY morning I got up to go to the job. Now I Thank the Lord every morning when I wake up & see the ceiling. LOL!

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Old 07-05-2022, 04:49 PM   #15
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Dukfvr is the busiest retired guy I know, but itís a good busy. He is busy doing what ďheĒ wants to do and not what the ďmanĒ wants him to do.

The 2nd busiest is my dad.


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Old 07-05-2022, 04:49 PM   #16
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Been thinking about retiring for the last year( I will be starting my 39 year in November) it will be an 8.00 an hour raise for me to retire but just can’t bring myself to quit working. I love what I do and it has became a way of life for me. I think I would miss it too much if I left.
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:49 PM   #17
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I’m retiring at 60-62 which is 8-10 years away. When it’s hot here I’ll be in a small camper in the back country of many states north of here. When is not bad here I’ll hopefully be golfing and visiting grand kids. I’ll find a way to kill time
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Old 07-05-2022, 04:59 PM   #18
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I stay busy- I fish - work out- go hang at beach and fish- hunt- get to ride on a Sportfisher and deckhand and fish- walk about 3 miles a day with the wife. Highly recommend
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:00 PM   #19
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Not work. If you arenít involved with your church or have some purpose youíll be miserable
I think this is true.
Retired to be a missionary and enjoy every minute of it. I lay down at night dead tired and knowing that I lived a full day with purpose for someone else besides me.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:02 PM   #20
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Stay busy. Volunteer at a non profit. Do meals on wheels. Fish and hunt. Teach the kids in the neighborhood to shoot a bow. Take classes at a tech school. Just do something to keep mind and body active. When you stop, you drop.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:03 PM   #21
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I think you should be prepared to have days with nothing to do and enjoy them. But, everyone is wired differently…..
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:04 PM   #22
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exercise, fish, reload, old cars, shoot, can salsa, etc and the list goes on. I will sell my company soon and be done with all the work and will not get bored.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:08 PM   #23
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Way to go Tom!
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:08 PM   #24
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I'll be 58 in October. My wife is wanting me to retire @ 62. She's 14 years younger and will continue working as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for many more years. She does very well for herself. I've got plenty to do and a 40x60 shop to do it in. I always expected to work until 67, but 62 is sounding better and better.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:20 PM   #25
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I worked until 63.5 and then retired after 36.5 years as a plant worker It's quite an adjustment for a few months after retirement. I stay busy with cattle, church, traveling, hunting, fishing and honey does. I am more busy now than I was working but enjoying every minute of it. The main thing is keep moving and enjoy yourself because tomorrow is not promised to anyone.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:22 PM   #26
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Retired May 22, 2020 at 67. Returned to the area the wife and I grew up in and around family. Bought a place in the country with 6.5 acres and a 1200 sq ft metal building that was a 3/1 MIL living area. I left 2 bedrooms and am turning the master bedroom into my shop. Mowing with a Zero Turn, a 4x4 Kubota tractor and shredder plus a Swisher Trail mower behind my 4 wheeler around takes about 5-6 hours. If it rains a bunch, mowing is pretty regular, but with this drought, not so much. My place is very hilly thus the use of the tractor on the north side of my property and at the front where my property is steep going to the side of the main road to our place. The pond is steep on all sides thus the use of the Swisher trail mower and 4 wheeler.

It is a lot of work, but this is our forever home and we really do not consider it work. If it is hot, forget doing any manual labor unless it is early or late. The shop has a heater and air conditioner so a lot of time will be spent out there getting it set up, but it will be on my time. If I want to do work, I will, if not I won't. So far, retirement has been great. We are closer to family now so that helps also. We were 6 hours away for 45 years.

The only thing not good about retirement is the fixed income and the hit our Mutual Funds are taking right now. We are financially OK, but it still ****** me off what this Admin is doing. This and some medical issues being older and taking longer to recover.

I would change nothing though being retired or when I retired.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:28 PM   #27
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Nope. My wife has a "honey-do" list that involves more work than any job I've ever had.
We have a few guys that are 62-63 and could retire if they wanted to... they realize we are nicer bosses than their wives are and refuse to leave.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:28 PM   #28
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Do whatever you enjoy until it seems to become work, then do something else.
Be busy doing something if it's even taking a nap.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:43 PM   #29
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Retirement doesn't interest me one bit. Lord willing, I'll still be here helping other people retire for at least 20 more years. (I'm about to turn 56 next week.)
What do you do Shane?
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:48 PM   #30
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I'm in the same boat and afraid I'll become an alcoholic.
You say that like itís a bad thingÖ.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:48 PM   #31
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You definitely have to stay busy, and if you have a slow metabolism, you REALLY need to watch what you eat. My metabolism is really slow so it is really easy to pack on the pounds without realizing it. As already stated, you have to keep yourself busy. I work on my wife’s honey-do list, help the mother-in-law, and work on my cargo trailer to tear drop trailer conversion. My health and medical problems improved when I got away from the stress associated with working.
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:50 PM   #32
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I retired at 64 years and 9 months. That was in September 2018. I wish I could have retired sooner. I stay plenty busy. We live on 63 acres in SE Iowa. I have been prepping (spraying) food plots today. There is always something to do, but I do it when I want to. I am going back down in the pasture to pick wild blackberries and wild black raspberries this evening.

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Old 07-05-2022, 06:05 PM   #33
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I retired 5 years ago at the age of 55. I have filled my time with all the little projects the wife has wanted and allot more that I have wanted to get done. My vices are nowhere where they used to be, so I donít consume more now just cause Iím retired.
Fishing, hunting and vacations have continued as they did before retirement.
I have delivered produce from a local farm and bailed hay, shredded pasture, cleared bush.
Also built a new lake home on 3.5 acres. The yard work and lake bank maintenance are project on their own.
I have often wondered how I had time to go to the job I had for over 36 years.


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Old 07-05-2022, 06:11 PM   #34
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Work sucks! Convince me otherwise......
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:12 PM   #35
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Have a plan before you retire, find a purpose to fill your day. Garden, grandkids, fish, hunt, cook, reload, second gig, volunteer, church, work out, walk-whatever. Stay engaged. I spent thirty years in some type of government service and walked away at 51. I haven't missed it one hour.

I planned for a second career months before I retired and hit the ground running the following Monday. I sold that business after working 70+ hours weekly and loving it, but the offer to sell was too good to pass up.

Now, I'm truly retired and I stay busy. Two things-stay active and stay engaged, body and mine. Too many folks age quickly upon retiring.
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:17 PM   #36
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4 more years for me. I’ll be 55 so I’ll still do something, never had a hard time occupying my time. I just can’t wait to do what I want when I want. No more nights, weekends or Holidays. 30 Yrs. of shift work I’m done.
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:28 PM   #37
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We sold our horse farm in 2014 and moved to Lake Fork so I could get up, walk to the boathouse and fish all day. Sold that place in 2018 because lake life sux(too much upkeep).
Bought 10 acres right between Lake Fork and Tawakoni and just finished building our retirement home. If I want to fish I can drive 5 miles either way or I can stay home and play on my tractor or in my shop.
I retired at 62 because I had more friends that never made it that far and I refused to let the government have the money I had slaves for all my life.
The secret isÖdonít plan anything for tomorrow, just get up and stay busy.


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Old 07-05-2022, 06:38 PM   #38
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Almost 4 years now. Nothing better IMO. I am the type that can't sit still. I work harder now than I ever did at my job, but I set my hours. LOL!
I help the wife out around the house while she is working. Get all my want to done when I want. Go to the ranch & piddle etc anytime I want. Hunt & fish when I want. Day is over before I know it & wonder where did the day go. I wonder how I got everything done when I did have a job.

I will add I was at the same place 40 yrs. The last several, I hated EVERY morning I got up to go to the job. Now I Thank the Lord every morning when I wake up & see the ceiling. LOL!
Oh and if you take his old azz fishing he doesn't get tired

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Old 07-05-2022, 06:46 PM   #39
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I've been working 50 plus hours a week since I was 17. I'm 62 now and thinking about retirement.
What do you do to fill your day?
50 hours? That's part time to me.

I retired 3 years ago and work 7 days a week. 10-12 hours a day. I've taken one day off in the past 17 months. My FIL passed away so I took a day.

I'll take time off when I'm dead. Love me some hard work.
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:49 PM   #40
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Set a goal to retire at 50 and did. Hated it for 6 years before I went back to work in my field to help others build successful start up companies. Back then I was too young and there were not others my age to socialize and engage with. Burned out on golf.

Now after retiring at 65, absolutely love it. Have many established friendship with people my age and like interests. (This really helps keep active) Daily goal is to complete one project and then enjoy life.

Things to keep active
- Enjoy morning coffee and have quiet time before significant other & dog gets up
- Start day by taking a long walk with wife or friend and dog
- Research anything to keep your mind engaged
- Join an archery club and help with maintenance & upkeep. Shoot 2 times per week with friends
- Complete at least one daily project (Honey do list)
- Join a shooting club and practice pistol target shooting
- Get into bird watching and start marking off your sightings in your Sibley
- Go to the ranch as often as possible. Have a list of what needs to be done & do it. This normally requires 7 days minimum per month
- I have a love for saltwater fishing - 4 trips per year normally
- Play golf with a group normally 2 times per month on a weekend day
- Enjoy all types of hunting and participate in dove, archery season, deer, elk, pigs, rifle seasons deer, pigs, varmints, duck, quail
- Also enjoy the crappy winter season, jug lining catfish in spring, pond fishing at ranch in summers, friend invites for boat fishing
- Out of state elk, bear, and partridge hunting
- Traveling north in hot of summer with plans for 6 to 8 weeks next year out of TX heat
- Wife and I love art both locally and in our travels
- Enjoy home cooked meals (& cooking), once a week restaurant out date night, prefer farm to market local places
- Enjoy wines both with and without friends
- Enjoy select entertaining of friends especially with those that reciprocate
- Outdoor cooking all meals on a fire at the ranch
- One travel trip per year outside of our get out of the heat time
- Forgot we love the beach and do a trip each late spring before the kids get out of school
- Almost forgot, keeping up with TBH and the good people that support it & BOWNANZA

I am sure if I asked my wife she would say I have all sorts of other activities that keep me away from the things that need to be done around the house. As I say, it can wait until tomorrow.

Retire and enjoy a stress free life......
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:56 PM   #41
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:06 PM   #42
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Just retired and still feels like I'm on vacation after the 4th. So far so good. My bucket list is longer than my honey do list, the last time I checked.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:06 PM   #43
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Set a goal to retire at 50 and did. Hated it for 6 years before I went back to work in my field to help others build successful start up companies. Back then I was too young and there were not others my age to socialize and engage with. Burned out on golf.

Now after retiring at 65, absolutely love it. Have many established friendship with people my age and like interests. (This really helps keep active) Daily goal is to complete one project and then enjoy life.

Things to keep active
- Enjoy morning coffee and have quiet time before significant other & dog gets up
- Start day by taking a long walk with wife or friend and dog
- Research anything to keep your mind engaged
- Join an archery club and help with maintenance & upkeep. Shoot 2 times per week with friends
- Complete at least one daily project (Honey do list)
- Join a shooting club and practice pistol target shooting
- Get into bird watching and start marking off your sightings in your Sibley
- Go to the ranch as often as possible. Have a list of what needs to be done & do it. This normally requires 7 days minimum per month
- I have a love for saltwater fishing - 4 trips per year normally
- Play golf with a group normally 2 times per month on a weekend day
- Enjoy all types of hunting and participate in dove, archery season, deer, elk, pigs, rifle seasons deer, pigs, varmints, duck, quail
- Also enjoy the crappy winter season, jug lining catfish in spring, pond fishing at ranch in summers, friend invites for boat fishing
- Out of state elk, bear, and partridge hunting
- Traveling north in hot of summer with plans for 6 to 8 weeks next year out of TX heat
- Wife and I love art both locally and in our travels
- Enjoy home cooked meals (& cooking), once a week restaurant out date night, prefer farm to market local places
- Enjoy wines both with and without friends
- Enjoy select entertaining of friends especially with those that reciprocate
- Outdoor cooking all meals on a fire at the ranch
- One travel trip per year outside of our get out of the heat time
- Forgot we love the beach and do a trip each late spring before the kids get out of school
- Almost forgot, keeping up with TBH and the good people that support it & BOWNANZA

I am sure if I asked my wife she would say I have all sorts of other activities that keep me away from the things that need to be done around the house. As I say, it can wait until tomorrow.

Retire and enjoy a stress free life......
Nice! I think printing this and putting things on your calendar would be almost essential. Add twice monthly poker games ($20 or friendly buy in), calling out of town relatives and friends just to catch up. Most of this stuff should be on our schedules anyway before retirement!

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Old 07-05-2022, 07:06 PM   #44
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My wife and I could retire now but I have 20 employees that will listen to me cry about the economy and hogs eating my protein. If I retired I would only have one.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:09 PM   #45
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Been "out of work" for 1 yr/5mo/5 days now and I do what I want to do. After that I do what the wife wants me to do. Sometimes the chores go hand in hand. More fishin, more huntin. Things lookin better around the house, No regrets!
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:15 PM   #46
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I retired in 1988.... to pass the time I commercial crab 4 -5 days a week
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:16 PM   #47
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50 hours

I'll take time off when I'm dead. Love me some hard work.
My motto too. Plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead. Plan on sliding into the grave totally wore out.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:30 PM   #48
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My wife and I could retire now but I have 20 employees that will listen to me cry about the economy and hogs eating my protein. If I retired I would only have one.

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Old 07-05-2022, 07:32 PM   #49
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I retired in 1988.... to pass the time I commercial crab 4 -5 days a week
Wow you have already out lived the odds of retirement. Good for you.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:39 PM   #50
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Almost 4 years now. Nothing better IMO. I am the type that can't sit still. I work harder now than I ever did at my job, but I set my hours. LOL!
I help the wife out around the house while she is working. Get all my want to done when I want. Go to the ranch & piddle etc anytime I want. Hunt & fish when I want. Day is over before I know it & wonder where did the day go. I wonder how I got everything done when I did have a job.

I will add I was at the same place 40 yrs. The last several, I hated EVERY morning I got up to go to the job. Now I Thank the Lord every morning when I wake up & see the ceiling. LOL!
Exactly my life. Except my small ranch is Mule driving distance and I bought cows
I am a much better person to my family and others since I gave up the stress of work and commuting. I should have retired 5 yrs earlier.

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