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Old 08-01-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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It happenned to me, too! It rymes with bigger and starts with a j.
Stupid PC moe-rons - this term is so old even I had to look up what it used to mean!
Ah, to be young again! Down-side: remembering what such terms meant and how they were used, plus others.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Went walking and it started to rain. A gentle mist. Saw plenty of cottontails.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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After 13-plus pages of responses, this has been an interesting thread. It really revolves around the oft-debated question in this forum as to how much activity we desire in retirement.

I don't think the people who are into vegetating will ever understand the people who want some meaningful, involving activities or vice-versa. It will be one of those eternal debates in the Retirement Forum. The advocates of vegetating (quite numerous in this thread) will claim that's what makes them happy, and I'll just have to take that on faith and wish them well, because I don't understand it. Nor do I expect them to understand me.

All I know is that both sides have plenty of adherents in this forum.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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After 13-plus pages of responses, this has been an interesting thread. It really revolves around the oft-debated question in this forum as to how much activity we desire in retirement.

I don't think the people who are into vegetating will ever understand the people who want some meaningful, involving activities or vice-versa. It will be one of those eternal debates in the Retirement Forum. The advocates of vegetating (quite numerous in this thread) will claim that's what makes them happy, and I'll just have to take that on faith and wish them well, because I don't understand it. Nor do I expect them to understand me.

All I know is that both sides have plenty of adherents in this forum.
define "vegetating"
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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After 13-plus pages of responses, this has been an interesting thread. It really revolves around the oft-debated question in this forum as to how much activity we desire in retirement.

I don't think the people who are into vegetating will ever understand the people who want some meaningful, involving activities or vice-versa. It will be one of those eternal debates in the Retirement Forum. The advocates of vegetating (quite numerous in this thread) will claim that's what makes them happy, and I'll just have to take that on faith and wish them well, because I don't understand it. Nor do I expect them to understand me.

All I know is that both sides have plenty of adherents in this forum.
It's mainly an energy thing. If you have lots of energy to spare, you would want to get out and do a lot of things. At the other end of the spectrum, the ol' rocking chair and a glass of Long Island Iced Tea beckon irresistibly.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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After 13-plus pages of responses, this has been an interesting thread. It really revolves around the oft-debated question in this forum as to how much activity we desire in retirement.

I don't think the people who are into vegetating will ever understand the people who want some meaningful, involving activities or vice-versa. It will be one of those eternal debates in the Retirement Forum. The advocates of vegetating (quite numerous in this thread) will claim that's what makes them happy, and I'll just have to take that on faith and wish them well, because I don't understand it. Nor do I expect them to understand me.

All I know is that both sides have plenty of adherents in this forum.
"Vegetate: To be passive or unthinking, to do nothing". Because people are not running around to the London Philharmonic (or wherever you said), reading to schoolkids, driving around in a sports car -- they are "vegetating"? Morning coffee on the porch, reading a book on the rocking chair, enjoying the sunrise -- these activities are not "meaningful" to you? Obviously you think not, hence the people who cherish these simple activities after 30 or 40 years of working at perhaps a stressful, physically demanding or just tedious job, are vegetating. Half the responses on here were tongue-in-cheek to begin with....

And about the person whose highlight is not having to go to work? That's my highlight, too. I had a 25+-year career at a wonderful company, until it was acquired by a huge corporation. And then everything changed. When you work at a job you hate, it's no fun getting up in the morning. So every day of freedom from that misery is glorious to me, whether I'm doing something "meaningful" like you or just sitting here on the computer "vegetating"....or I guess maybe that IS meaningful since you also do that...?

It doesn't need to be a debate and you don't need to denigrate other people's lives because they may not be the Energizer Bunny like you...OK, I will now go back to "vegetating"....
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:23 PM
 
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Waking up in the morning may not exactly be the high point of my day ....

but it's an AWFULLY good start!
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:25 PM
 
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It's mainly an energy thing. If you have lots of energy to spare, you would want to get out and do a lot of things. At the other end of the spectrum, the ol' rocking chair and a glass of Long Island Iced Tea beckon irresistibly.
Hmmm, I like your taste! The traditional mint julep just isn't to my liking ... LOL!
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:57 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I'm amazed when people worry that they'll be bored when they retire.

My sister was one of these but she retired a few years ago and is busy all the time. She goes to fitness classes, yoga, goes out for lunch with other retired friends, babysits some of her 5 grandkids occasionally, goes to the theatre, reads a lot, enjoys a very long leisurely breakfast catching up on news, sometimes Skypes her sister across the pond. Also she visits us for a month every two years and we visit her for two weeks of our month-long visits over there.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:29 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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define "vegetating"
In my opinion vegetating is sitting around doing nothing all day every day.
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