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Old 01-26-2015, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Thanks guys . . . and gals. Yeah, maybe the move is what's unsettling. I've lived my whole life in an area with two seasons; a warm, dry summer and a not so warm, sometimes wet summer. I'll be going to an area with four distinct seasons and I'm wondering how I'll do in the snow and cold. The cold doesn't bother me much, but months upon months of snow on the ground? That will be new for me. Other than that, it is the perfect place for how I foresee me spending my retirement years. Thanks again. I appreciate everyone's thoughts.
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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Thanks guys . . . and gals. Yeah, maybe the move is what's unsettling. I've lived my whole life in an area with two seasons; a warm, dry summer and a not so warm, sometimes wet summer. I'll be going to an area with four distinct seasons and I'm wondering how I'll do in the snow and cold. The cold doesn't bother me much, but months upon months of snow on the ground? That will be new for me. Other than that, it is the perfect place for how I foresee me spending my retirement years. Thanks again. I appreciate everyone's thoughts.
The thing about snow on the ground is you don't have to bust your hump to get to work.... You can stay at home and watch everybody else!!!! Four seasons is nice....you'll like it!!!!
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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Volosong, although I was not personally "a little scared" approaching retirement, I find your feeling completely understandable. As Happy Texan said, it's a "major life change" and that can be unsettling even when we perceive the change as a positive one.

For one thing, more is going to change for you than changed for me. I knew I was not going to relocate; not only was I staying in the same community, but was staying in the same home. I knew I would be continuing the same two moonlighting jobs part-time, both involving motorcycling. (I have since given those up). Therefore I had a lot of continuity to explain my lack of nervousness about the whole thing. Not everyone has that much continuity associated with taking the retirement plunge.

In addition other events focused my attention as the retirement date neared. My mother's health was failing 2000 miles away, and a few days after retiring and the usual luncheon I flew there to help my sister get our mother moved into an independent living facility. Although my mother and sister had done a good job of getting her downsized, moving someone is still a lot of work! I stayed there over a week. Then two months later she died - another flight, another bunch of work settling her affairs.

More details than most will be interested in, I realize, but I am just trying to say that there were reasons why I did not feel the same apprehension that you are feeling. In other words, my circumstances were different. Again, your feelings make perfect sense to me.
What kind of moonlighting jobs involve motorcycles?
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:06 PM
 
Location: southern california
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i felt the same way in 2007. but i had a reason 11 of my friends (many younger) died on the job from stress related problems.
i was very concerned i would be joining them before exit.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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What kind of moonlighting jobs involve motorcycles?
1. Motorcycle funeral escort rider. (Stopped traffic to escort funeral processions from the location of the funeral service to the cemetery. I worked only Saturdays for a few years, then transitioned to two days a week after retirement.) I only did that for a total of five or six years. Things got kind of wild on occasion in Los Angeles traffic.

2. Bicycle race referee (official) on a motorcycle. For road races, I followed the pack of racers watching for violations of the race rules and trying to keep things safe. It was more involved than that, but I don't feel like trying to write a book about it here. Most of the races were held on weekends, which worked well for someone with a Monday through Friday job. There was an off season for about three months during the winter which provided a nice break. I did that for about 20 years before tiring of it and giving it up. I was proud of the skills required; at times I had to ride within inches of bicycle racers and I had to be smooth and understand what they were going to do in order not to take any of them out.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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Default a warm, dry summer and a not so warm, sometimes wet summer.

sounds like an area I'm looking for! Would you be willing to share the general location (just the state would be OK)!
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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sounds like an area I'm looking for! Would you be willing to share the general location (just the state would be OK)!
Southern California. A little bit too expensive anywhere within an hour or so of the coast. Reasonable COL elsewhere, (except for the taxes). Love the weather. People complain about it not raining, but that's just fine with me. I like to cycle and it's not very fun when it's wet. Even though I was born here, as was my father, I'll be going back "home" to Idaho where my great and great-great paternal grandparents were born, lived, and died.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Southern California. A little bit too expensive anywhere within an hour or so of the coast. ... I'll be going back "home" to Idaho where my great and great-great paternal grandparents were born, lived, and died.
keep a place in CA to retain the Prop 13 benefits!

Several of my co-workers kept their CA properties when they relocated to PNW. They are now very HAPPY to be retired and living both places very cheap.

Yes, it is common to be apprehensive with change, especially when considering too much change at once. Enjoy the journey. It will not be perfect. Adventure where you least expect it!

Where in ID did you decide to land?
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:50 PM
 
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You are going to love retirement. All of your fears will turn to joy. The adventure begins!
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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I retired in February 2014, 40 years as a cop. Financially secure. The day before I retired I got a major case of cold feet. Other than my watch commander, no one knew I was was pulling the pin. After my shift was over, I went to HR to turn in the badge I had worn for four decades. Felt like crying.

Now, almost a year later, I'm enjoying retirement. I do miss my job and realize that my social circle were the people I served. No family or friends, but I do manage to keep busy and enjoy the freedom of not being tied to an alarm clock or calendar.

You'll know when you are ready to retire. You can feel it.
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