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Old 03-12-2016, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Over the years many posters have commented that the weekend is no longer a concept for them. In other words, one day is like another and so they tend to lose track of what day it is. Weekends are no longer special as a time which is their own, since every day is now their own.

For me weekends still exist - I am aware of them without fail. Here are some reasons why this might be true for some. (Reason #1 does not apply to me personally).

1. Many people attend religious services on Sunday, or Synagogue on Saturday, so the weekend could be marked in that way.
2. My volunteer work takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, so for me the four-day weekend is still a weekend, just longer than it used to be.
3. Our local ordinance about construction work does not permit it on Sundays, so I cannot schedule our workman (master carpenter and general handyman) to work on Sundays for the homeowners' association, even if he wanted to. This is another way I am aware of the weekend being different.
4. My sister in Arkansas and I talk on the phone a couple of times a month. She works Monday through Friday, so if I am calling her, weekends are best.
5. The post office and the banks are closed on Sundays. So although in modern times we go to those places less often, I still need to go to them once in a while and that increases awareness of what day it is.
6. I use my local library, which is open seven days a week. But the hours are not the same each day, so again, this creates an awareness of what day it is.

Looking forward to hearing other peoples' stories and concepts regarding time and awareness of it in retirement.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:04 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Stock market is not open on weekend....
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Everyone who works during the week shops on weekends, so I mostly shop during the week.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Now that I'm retired weekends mean not going anywhere and not rushing to complete projects.

My concept of the weekend has changed from "got to get everything done" to "2 days to chill at home and smell the roses".

Not working means you don't have to worry about deliveries and/or contract work because you are home.
And if they have to reschedule it's no big deal.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:14 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Everyone who works during the week shops on weekends, so I mostly shop during the week.
Sometimes I think about going to the stores and then remember it's one of those crowded days. Stay home or go for a walk instead.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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Everyday is a weekend day!!!

Seriously.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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my week has 6 saturdays and 1 sunday
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Only the retirees that are 100% retired would understand the lost weekend.

A retiree that is still working a part time job still has structure to their week and would not feel the lose.

What I can comment on is myself. I'm 100% retired, and the weeks have reversed for me. The weekend is now bad for me. I look forward to Monday through Thursday when there's fewer people on the streets and businesses. I avoid the weekends.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:10 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Mrs.NBP is still working so I have that as a marker.


What I found when I first retired was that I was doing various things around the house M-F and still doing stuff on Saturday and Sunday, just like when I was working. So I was still doing stuff 7 days a week, the only difference was I wasn't "working"


I ended that a few months ago. Sort of.


What is nice is that during hunting season I can go during the week and not have others around. Except for the terminally unemployed.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:15 PM
 
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I no longer think of a weekend in terms of two days of free time, but I'm still aware of the days of the week, just as Escort Rider mentioned, in terms of planning. Our bank only opens two days a week, the post office window only opens for a half hour on Sat while weekdays are more generous, the grocery closes at 5 on Sat as opposed to six on weekdays, and opens for two hours on Sun, two of the three restaurants don't serve lunch or dinner on Sun. It's more a matter of daily errand planning than it is the concept of a weekend.
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