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Old 09-04-2014, 09:06 PM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Originally Posted by HappyTexan View Post
I consider "retirement" as when you don't HAVE to work anymore to pay the bills.
I'm retired and do teaching assignments (sub, tutor, etc) at local schools. I got my state teacher cert before I retired.
But any job I take is because I WANT to do it, not that I HAVE to do it for the money.
Originally Posted by Garthur View Post
If you have to be some where on a daily basis, whether you want to or not, then you are not retired.
I would modify Garthur's concept as follows: If you are still working for pay, whether you want to or not, then you are not fully retired. By that definition, HappyTexan is semi-retired, whether he needs the money or not.

Garthur's statement would preclude people making commitments to be somewhere for their own pleasure after they having completely stopped working for pay, if they are to be considered retired. It's the pay or lack of pay that counts, not the manner of scheduling one's time, once one is totally free to schedule it to one's liking.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:53 AM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I left the corporate world in April at the age of 64 1/2. My wife did the same in June at 63/12. Haven't missed it one iota and neither of us plan on getting any type of job again
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:33 AM
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"Officially" retired in 2009 at age 56 after 34 years. Shortly afterwords, my former employer called and asked me to come back part-time to work on "special projects"--which turned out to be administrative work that no one else liked to do. With my other job demands behind me it did not seem as burdensome as it once did, so I said yes. I informed them this past June that I was done with the part-time gig and so I consider myself fully retired at age 61.

Work keeps calling me but I say NO before they can even finish their sentence.
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