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Old 02-19-2016, 09:39 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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My dream job is play 100%. Therefore the answer is no. My favorite line is retirement is endless recess. Here to endless recess.
My husband said he would stay longer as long as he doesn't have the commute.
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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I had a pretty good job before I retired but the hours were long....10 hours/day of work with 2 hours/day of commuter driving in heavy traffic. I wish I had been able to retire at least a couple of years earlier.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:17 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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I'm Retired Now. You Should Be Too.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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My dream job is to sit in front of a computer all day long, posing meaningless hypothetical questions to strangers and hoping they don't notice I've had several dozen pseudonyms in the last year. I would flatter myself that I'm getting away with something.

As for how much energy it takes to do that, I think that deluding one's self actually takes quite a bit of effort.

I wouldn't come out of retirement for this dream job. I'd only do it if I were Laid Off.
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My dream job would not have me working more than 40 hours a week - any job that would have me working more than 40 hours would be a nightmare job, not a "dream" job - so there's nothing here for me to discuss.
My answer to the original post is no, I would not go back to long hours at age 71 because I've been there, done that and at my age I'm ready to leave that behind no matter how fantastic the proposed work is. In a way I have my dream job right now as a volunteer at about 14 hours a week spread over three days a week, giving me four days off every week. I call it a dream job not simply because of the small number of hours per week, but mainly because of the gratification and pleasure I derive from it.

So GreenGene, although you and I posted the same answer ("no") I must say I don't think you grasped the concept. The way I read the OP, we are talking about a hypothetical job which is deeply satisfying and gratifying, a job in which we take great pleasure and to which we look forward each day to going to, a job which fully engages our creativity. It would be a job which we feel lucky to have, an example of Khalil Gibran's definition: "Work is love made visibile".

Your citing an arbitrary number of hours (and a rather low number at that) beyond which this great job would become a "nightmare" shows that you do not get the concept, that your imagination simply cannot encompass what I am talking about. I find that very sad.
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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It would depend on who the boss was. Maybe, maybe not.
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Not only no, but hell no.
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:30 PM
 
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Knowing how you feel in your 60s or 70s, do you think that most people would have the energy for such a demanding full time job?
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I'm 59 now and the answer is NO! Unless, hmmmm, the answer is still NO!
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:00 PM
 
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As an aside, I think Bernie Sanders is too old to be president.

He is not presidential material for a myriad of reasons that sufficiently preclude him from being a good prospective president and then there is his age.

The fact that he is not presidential material seems to have escaped people who are voting in the primaries and caucuses.

And I agree with your point that people who say it does not matter that Bernie is 74 have little to no idea how it feels to be in one's 70's. (and yes, it can vary how one feels in one's 70's)

To your question, no, I would never take a full-time job at this point in retirement.
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