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Old 04-26-2014, 09:02 PM
 
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Right after I retired, my ex asked if I could go get some Amish men who were going to work on her roof. (she couldn't get 4 men and all their equipment in a 2 door car. lol) I was talking to the boss of the group and mentioned I had retired. He asked my age and I told him 52. He gave me a shocked look and wanted to know what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I told him I hadn't decided yet and he just shook his head.

I do not think that I have ever met a retired Amish guy. They slow down, give the more vigorous tasks to the younger family members, and take longer trips.

My FIL is similar. Still works the farm at age 80, has numerous part time jobs and the like. He DID sell off the dairy herd.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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In the almost two years I spent in Korea in the 60s I learned a working knowledge of Hangul and came to truly admire the Koreans as a people. They were, indeed, very hard working and had to be in a country with very rough terrain and an absolutely unforgiving weather pattern. In essence, they more than made-do with very little but saw to it that their basic needs were met. Children shared in the labor of their families from a very young age and were no more the worse for wear because of it.

I have no idea how it is now that it's become very industrialized but back then, America could have taken a lesson.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Curmudgeon you are so right. I had spent 3 years there. They have a great work ethic.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:54 PM
 
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In the almost two years I spent in Korea in the 60s I learned a working knowledge of Hangul and came to truly admire the Koreans as a people. They were, indeed, very hard working and had to be in a country with very rough terrain and an absolutely unforgiving weather pattern. In essence, they more than made-do with very little but saw to it that their basic needs were met. Children shared in the labor of their families from a very young age and were no more the worse for wear because of it.

I have no idea how it is now that it's become very industrialized but back then, America could have taken a lesson.
As of the mid to late 90's it was still very much the same, even more competitive.

Kid's go to school at 6 am and come home around 8 pm every day, including Saturday. Education is paramount, so much so, that many young Koreans commit suicide if they don't get into the "right" college or university.

The Olympics changed everything from a cost standpoint and forced the entire country to move ahead 30 years almost overnight.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:24 PM
 
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If anyone of you have ever been to other parts of the world you will know that they take a different view of a lot of things. .
Sadly I have American friends who think retirement is going to an old age home followed by senility. It is because their parents had this happen....
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