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Old 06-15-2014, 11:27 AM
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When people sit at the mall, they're waiting for something. In some cases what they might be waiting for is for the outdoor air to be cool enough for them to go somewhere else. Being in retirement, A/C takes a bigger bite out of their budget. For that reason, I'm going to live in a place that has the utilities included, so I never have to worry about such things.

My hobby most of my life was inventing something that's going to change the world. But I had a lot of setbacks, some of which wasted years, and have not yet succeeded. But in retirement I finally get to spend a lot more time focusing on my invention.

The only time I ever get bored is when I'm doing something like mowing the lawn. But it's not really boredom, but just a vague feeling that I'm wasting time doing something that could be done better and faster.

If you have health problems, and feel like you can't walk very far, you should force yourself to walk anyway. No pain, no gain: that same saying applies in all situations, whether you're young and running a marathon or old and trying to stay healthy. Instead of sitting at the mall all day, walk five miles to get to the mall, then stay there a short time, but never long enough to get bored, then walk home. If you need a cane to walk, your only real consideration should be to get a durable cane, and wear it out.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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There are days that, if you asked me, I'd say "I sat on the porch and watched the grass grow".

I still feel pangs of guilt over it but they are getting far and fewer in-between.
We are a society of "do something all the time".

Right you are! I fight that "must do something all the time" feeling myself, even being retired. But retired or not, IMO we're certainly entitled to a "whatever I feel like doing" day, even if it's sitting around and watching the grass grow, so I still have those pangs too, but I'm working on booting them when I get the chance to do nothing.

Besides, I'm still the chief cook, bottle washer, financial planner, and maid in this house- even after I've retired from my regular job, and I still have a part-time contract job I do at home. So I love those do nothin days, even though for me they are few and far between.

My DH says he's retired, so is entitled to watch TV all day and contemplate his navel if it suits him, I guess it's good that ONE of us is retired.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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A few years ago, I resigned from a position at the same time that a colleague retired. We discussed getting together to walk/exercise. I photograph birds, so I was envisioning lots of outdoor hikes. She called me up one day and asked if I would like to go walking ... absolutely ... she asked which Mall I liked. Mall? I didn't know what she was talking about. It turned out that when she going walking, she likes to avoid animals, bugs, sun, wind and anything else in the environment ... so she goes Mall Walking. This was a very strange idea, but I agreed because I'm open to trying anything once. We found a mall where the hallways form a loop and we walked in circles for too long. I was so thirsty from being in the dry, artificial air. Some seniors seem to like the Mall because they're skittish about being outside.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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A few years ago, I resigned from a position at the same time that a colleague retired. We discussed getting together to walk/exercise. I photograph birds, so I was envisioning lots of outdoor hikes. She called me up one day and asked if I would like to go walking ... absolutely ... she asked which Mall I liked. Mall? I didn't know what she was talking about. It turned out that when she going walking, she likes to avoid animals, bugs, sun, wind and anything else in the environment ... so she goes Mall Walking. This was a very strange idea, but I agreed because I'm open to trying anything once. We found a mall where the hallways form a loop and we walked in circles for too long. I was so thirsty from being in the dry, artificial air. Some seniors seem to like the Mall because they're skittish about being outside.
Good point. I prefer outdoors too, but not in certain climates during certain times of the year. Once I was visiting my mother in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during July or August. Every other morning I rose before the sun was up (attempting to find cooler temperatures) and went jogging. In that climate it doesn't cool off much during the night and the humidity was HORRIBLE; my search for cooler temps was in vain. I came back drenched with sweat and it was miserable. No thanks. If there had been a mall closer to where she lived I would have used it.

That experience was a reminder (although I didn't really need one) of why I live in Southern California and not along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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Good point. I prefer outdoors too, but not in certain climates during certain times of the year. Once I was visiting my mother in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during July or August. Every other morning I rose before the sun was up (attempting to find cooler temperatures) and went jogging. In that climate it doesn't cool off much during the night and the humidity was HORRIBLE; my search for cooler temps was in vain. I came back drenched with sweat and it was miserable. No thanks. If there had been a mall closer to where she lived I would have used it.

That experience was a reminder (although I didn't really need one) of why I live in Southern California and not along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Climate is a factor. It gets really cold where I am, but I would still rather walk outside for 10 minutes in freezing temperatures to enjoy the frozen world that appears black, white, and sparkling, than walk the stuffy malls with artificial light and the smell of plastic. I'm pretty sure that a lot of seniors head to the mall in the winter to enjoy the company of friends and stay warm at the same time.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Some of us retired folks sit around and watch TV, go to the Mall, or grocery stores at rush hour. We personally are very busy. If we aren't traveling, either in our RV or other means, we have a couple of acres in the spring, summer and fall that need attention, we volunteer with our therapy dog, visiting hospitals, schools, veterans, do transcriptions for the museum, help neighbors i.e. building decks, tiling a bathroom, volunteer fireman, attend line dancing classes, ride bicycles, woodworking. Latest project is a treehouse with a zipline for the grandchildren. There's more but I guess you get the idea.

Not all of us are at the Mall, in fact, I can't remember the last time I was there! We head south for 4 months in the winter and are just as busy with activities there.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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Generally, I do NOT go to malls. First, most of the ones that I used to occasion are largely vacant. Also, there are really few places for people to sit or congregate and when there are, they are generally packed.

There are other places that I go when I want to get out of the house. Starbucks is generally OK BUT it is generally packed and usually pretty loud. Panera has a lot of tables, free refills on coffee, very good place to socialize and the best WiFi around. For a quiet place, I head to the local library which also has free WiFi. I have my own table there is a remote section.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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Around here seniors go to the mall to walk because outdoors it is over 100 degrees and at least at the mall, there's air conditioning and the floor is level. Maybe old folks have a difficult time on hiking trails: knees and hips. I usually hike alone. There is a hiking group at the senior center here and I almost joined that but on one hike, one of the old dudes dropped dead and they had to carry him out! So.... that mall is sounding better and better in my old age.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:26 PM
 
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I believe that people who lead boring lives in retirement ... led boring lives before they retired. The 'die' is probably cast early in life ... for most people.
Exactly. I met several folks in their 70s at a Lightroom class. They've always done stuff and always will.

A lot of them knew more about Photoshop, Dreamweaver etc. than the so-called tech savvy generation kids in the class.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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This is second thread on this as I recall recently.
I like this thread more. I'm glad it was started.
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