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Old 03-13-2016, 04:59 AM
 
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I don't live in a retiree community; therefore, the world around me hums along with the old daily and weekly schedule that I used to follow before I retired. I am simply someone who does not work in an environment of workers.

The clincher is that it is customary on Fridays and Saturday to say goodbye with "Bom fin de semana"/Have a good weekend...you can't forget.
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Weekends are a construct of the working world concept of working Monday thru Friday, and having the weekends off.

(I realize some people work Saturday and/or Sunday)

I find it weird that a retiree would hang onto the concept of the weekend in retirement when he or she no longer works Monday thru Friday. It illustrates being stuck in a construct which usually no longer applies. But it is harmless to do so. It just shows, though, how people get stuck in ways of thinking.

I have a retired friend who still thinks weekends should be special in some way, even though he has not worked for 12 or 13 years. He's 62 and stopped working at 50. He still holds onto the concept that the weekends should be special and different from weekdays.

If retirees are relating to others in the world of work, they could still follow the construct at times.....due to people in the world of work following the weekend construct.

My dentist asked me what I planned to do "on the weekend". A weekend day is exactly like a weekday to me. Every day is one of freedom.
and you tell him what? please don't leave us hanging!


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Perhaps you meant the foregoing as a joke, but if not I don't get it. First, Social Security checks do not come on the same day for everyone; depending on one's birthday they arrive on either the second, third, or fouth Wednesday of the month. Second, few people receive paper checks anymore; SS has been trying to convert everybody to electronic deposit for years now. Third, why would someone go out because it's their monthly payday (whether paper check or electronic). What is the connection between getting paid and going out?

If it was a joke, sorry, but I don't get the joke very well either. Perhaps I am extra dense today!
First thanks for posting this thread.

As dense as you are today you were quite translucent the other day.

So seeing as now I get every weekend off (Weekend Warrior) and soon will get every day off in retirement I am excited to see how my weekends will be. I know that I will probably not golf as much on the weekends preferring days with less crowds. Prior to this though my weekends usually had at least one day of golf. Yes I guess if one of my working friends asks me to hit the links with him I will go if I am around.

I am sure though we will be feeling less like no weekends then an endless vacation. Once the wife stops working and even a bit during we will be taking more journeys, extended weekend trips to regional areas near us that we have not seen. We possibly might even venture further.

This is exciting 12 days and counting.
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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Perhaps you meant the foregoing as a joke, but if not I don't get it. First, Social Security checks do not come on the same day for everyone; depending on one's birthday they arrive on either the second, third, or fouth Wednesday of the month. Second, few people receive paper checks anymore; SS has been trying to convert everybody to electronic deposit for years now. Third, why would someone go out because it's their monthly payday (whether paper check or electronic). What is the connection between getting paid and going out?

If it was a joke, sorry, but I don't get the joke very well either. Perhaps I am extra dense today!

Just a light-hearted effort to poke fun at my age. Sorry you missed the chuckle.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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As a former teacher, the "Sunday Afternoon Syndrome" of gearing up for the week of education immersion is no longer present. There's a whole new feeling to Sundays. I can make my Saturday "get it done, errand day" on Monday. Weekends are nice now, they're no longer the "to do list, get it done" stress that I had while working full time. I don't have to have the 4:00 appointment and rush to get there only to wait because of the backlog for the day. I can get the 1st appointment in the AM or the one following lunch, or reschedule with more flexibility.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Thursday is trash day here too, I put out the trash Wednesday evening...it seems like every
time I turn around it's Wednesday again....

Can't put trash out the night before, bears get into it.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Southern Quebec
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It always feels like a weekend to me.

Weekends are the only time that I set back and drink a few brewskis. We don't drink during the week.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Just west of the Missouri River
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I also shop weekdays now. I'm in the process of packing up my house, so I make the occasional trip to Home Depot for more boxes/tape etc. Even though Spring is in the air here in eastern Pennsylvania, and Home Depot's garden department is once again full of color, there are no crowds on the weekdays.

One habit I seem to have retained from my working days is doing most of my meal preparation on the weekend to have easy meals during the week. (I have no idea why.)
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:12 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Before retiring, I only cook on weekend, big clean up for my husband. Now I don't have that limitation. But on payday, I do give myself permission to go to local nursery to get some flowers. It's discounted for senior citizens on Wed which coincides with payday for SS.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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I am so mellow of mood since retirement that it doesn't matter to me what day of the week it is other than making my appointments on time.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Yes, weekends still feel different from weekdays for us because:

1. We still keep our habit of drinking wine/beer and cook special big meals only on weekends.
2. I visit my mother on Sunday every other week. I tried to visit her during a weekday few times in retirement and the traffic was horrible.
3. We treat ourselves to Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon concerts or performances at nearby colleges. The weekend events are usually much better qualities than weekdays.
4. We go to the local recycling center once a month on a Saturday. It only opens Saturday mornings.
5. Weekdays are for taking care of businesses: doctor, dental appointments, contact offices for insurance questions etc.
6. During rowing season (from mid March to 1st week of November), I can get up 1.5hrs later on weekend when rowing sessions start at 7am instead of 5:30am. At least once a month, we have club social events after rows on Saturdays.

Bottom line is that if you maintain your weekend activities/habits in retirement, weekends are still different from weekdays. In addition, if you need to do businesses which only available M-F, you still have to be cognizant of the days of the week.

The main difference in retirement for me is that there is no clear stoppage or break time in retirement. I find myself work longer hours and sometimes even 7 days a week trying to take care of various home projects (restoration of the lawn damaged by heavy equipment last fall, uprooting/replanting shrubs, digitizing old families' videos/albums, cleaning out bookcases, stored items in the attic etc).

I will have to make an effort to just have fun and not doing intensive work on weekends.
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