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Old 03-23-2019, 06:25 AM
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I have been doing exactly that since 2003. Working 3 x 12 hour shifts a week. A bit like retirement but I now realise how much of that time I wasted doind "SFA".
Back in 2003 I was at a loss of what to do with the time, now I find the 3 days a week at work APITA interfering with **** I want to get done.
 
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Thats why I retired again last week.

Going to work simply got in the way.

Needed to cease one job to take up another MORE important "job". Looking after the wife after a mild stroke in late Jan, all good, and we are having a ball.

Nothing like a change of career to open ones mind.

55 years in Automotive Spare Parts, probably long enough.
 

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Yep, looking at adopting the "Blue Goose" to kill some time. Watch this space.
 
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I also retired for the second time at the end of last week, having worked part time for two years. Working is just a waste of life.
 
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I *Like* my work!
I'm far away from "retirement" but husband retired early and I see how well that's gone -- for Both of us!
I might have to change jobs eventually, when/if I become unable to chase lawn mowers and wrestle chainsaws, but I can't see myself (shudder) Retired!

One of the cousins, on the other hand, is already preparing for retirement, she's IN HER 40s!
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I retired almost a year ago and for the most part I'm as busy as I choose to be.
You do have to have things to do and it's wonderful not having a work schedule get in the way. I mostly do what I want when I want.
For example, I just found out that my new shed is ready to be delivered today so once that is in place I'll be emptying my storage unit into the shed.
Tomorrow my sons are coming over so it's time to play Dad, my favorite role in life.
And the timing tool kit for the XK8's engine should arrive on Monday so I'll be back into that.
Having the time, I spend a lot of it helping other people but next week I'll spend all the time I want doing things for me.
And if I get the chance to have lunch with one of my children during the week, I'll do that too.
If I made it sound like retirement is a great way to live, well it is.
 
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I *Like* my work!
I'm far away from "retirement" but husband retired early and I see how well that's gone -- for Both of us!
I might have to change jobs eventually, when/if I become unable to chase lawn mowers and wrestle chainsaws, but I can't see myself (shudder) Retired!

One of the cousins, on the other hand, is already preparing for retirement, she's IN HER 40s!
(';')
I'm with you, dear lady! I'm at that age where not a day passes that someone doesn't ask me, "when are you going to retire?" or "have you retired yet?" Like you, I can't see myself retired and have no intention of doing so unless health issues force my hand. Why? Because I genuinely LIKE my work! I earn copious amounts of vacation time and, if scheduled intelligently, can actually take off a six day stretch every other week. I did that for most of last year and got to the point where I was actually bored. I do have hobbies but I can pursue those on my days off. My employer is good about appreciating their older workers too, we have one fellow with 60 years of service who still works full-time at age 83. Why? Because it gives him something to do. My dad retired young and I personally think it was the biggest mistake he ever made.

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I've been retired for a few years now and I guess there's retirement (not much to do) and retirement like me, never enough hours in a day.
Between working on cars, cooking/shopping , R&M on house, grandchildren, daughters 5acres and home, plus some fishing etc...
I find retirement fantastic.
Oh, and SWMBO still works
 

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72 and retired in southwest France.

Under the plane trees, in the village square, Jean, Michel, Andre and Louis are playing a game of "boules".
I park my old Jag in the shade, walk over to the bar and sit on a rusty old chair at an very rusty old iron bar table.
I throw a couple of coins on the table and yell something like "Garcon, un p'tit jaune, s'il the plait" (Waiter, an anis liqueur, please).

Life is good.
 
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72 and retired in southwest France.

Under the plane trees, in the village square, Jean, Michel, Andre and Louis are playing a game of "boules".
I park my old Jag in the shade, walk over to the bar and sit on a rusty old chair at an very rusty old iron bar table.
I throw a couple of coins on the table and yell something like "Garcon, un p'tit jaune, s'il the plait" (Waiter, an anis liqueur, please).

Life is good.
Sounds brilliant!
 
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72 and retired in southwest France.

Under the plane trees, in the village square, Jean, Michel, Andre and Louis are playing a game of "boules".
I park my old Jag in the shade, walk over to the bar and sit on a rusty old chair at an very rusty old iron bar table.
I throw a couple of coins on the table and yell something like "Garcon, un p'tit jaune, s'il the plait" (Waiter, an anis liqueur, please).

Life is good.
Maybe you could paint the table and chair in your spare time?
Seriously I'm tempted to join you for a pastis or two in the afternoon.
 
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:33 AM
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Dear Norri,

I think painting that would make it lose some of its old, rural french character, which I like very much.

I live in the Charente (16) department of France, that borders the Dordogne department, which is even more 1950-ish than the little hamlet of the nearby 500 inhabitants village. A frriend of mine lives in a village that has only 91 inhabitants (with its mayor and town council). Most village mayors are farmers, btw. We still have a proper store/bar/bread depot/restaurant/gas pump "commerce rural" here, since the nearest "supermarket" is not near. Between here and the nearest village I know of three (!) farmers who still work with four or five heavy work horses instead of a tractor. Another farmer starts his 1935 Lanz Bulldog tractor in the morning and lets it run the whole day long since starting it by hand requires to take the steering wheel out of its socket and use it to swing the flywheel and hope the damned thing starts in the right direction (it also involves the use of a gasoline-fired, hand-pumped, blowtorch).

I could take you to places here that will give you the very strange impression of having gone trhough a time warp and bring you back to 1935 or so. Luckily, no tourists there, too remote. No mountains or spectacular water falls here, only hills and small roads that make going on a picnic some sort of a relaxing, smooth experience. In afternoons, you can drive 50 Km and only encounter one milk truck, two passenger cars and five agricultural tractors. The roads, on themselves, make you drive slowly and admire the landscape, that, right now, is starting to flower and becoming green after a winter without a single day of frost.

Vegetable gardening is still a very large part of rural France and village life is such that everyone knows everyone and vegetables you eat are mostly those you trade in some way or another wtith your neighbours, so you have real and fresh produce of the season, not the horribly expensive and low-quality supermarket stuff, imported from Morocco or Spain or wherever. You want to eat fish ? No problem, buy a fishing licence and go to the nearest river in the morning. Need meat ? Simple: shoot it during shooting season and fill your deep freezer (mostly boar and deer).

Want wine ? Bordeaux is 130 Km from here. Want Brandy ? Cognac is on 60 Km from here.

Want a talk ? Take a bottle of pastis and go have the aperitif with your neighbour; just walk in and give him a shout, many still do not lock doors here. But burglars beware ! A 12-gauge is usually at hand.

Some town people from Belgium who visited here once woke up in the middle of the night, frightened by the silence during the night. You can actually SLEEP here.

I could go on like that for hours and bore you to death but, if interested, Google Charente, Dordogne, Gironde, Gers etc. departments and take a closer look on Google earth.
 
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Sounds like hell.
 
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I'm retired and dont have enough time to do what we want to do in a timely way. I think people forget how much of their lives they sacrifice to the god of work. Still, at the time, you gotta make a living. Same goes for living in the suburbs, I would go batshit in there these days.
 
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