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Old 02-06-2017, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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My father did stained glass until his arthritis put a stop to that. I do torch-worked (Lampworking) marbles, pendants and other objects. Find a hobbie that totally involves you.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Take a class.

Or teach one without pay. Most, but not all, of the retirement classes I take involve making a presentation on a subject area of expertise. Many involve retiree instructors. It could be something you did at work or it could be hobby related. It takes a little time to prepare one. I once taught a hands-on retiree class (6 sessions) how to use the Internet to research a road trip vacation. They had to sign up for the class each with their own destination in mind for a trip the next year. This way, I knew the retired students would benefit from the class.

I've taken retirement classes from retired history professors who like a particular period of history or a single battle, retired engineers who worked for the TVA, fishermen who have taught fly tying, wedding photographers and nature photographer hobbyists who have taught photography classes, a head of a college pharmacy department who taught a class on how new drugs become public (research, marketing, etc.), the local police who taught different sessions on different departments including one session where they brought a drug sniffing dog in to demonstrate training and the dog finding drugs, etc. This semester a retired Senior Intelligence Service officer in the CIA is teaching a class on Perspectives of Espionage, a retired physicist is teaching a class on his classical music hobby called, "Schubert and the Piano" and a man who retired from the National Lab in my town is teaching a class, not on what he did at work but, "Photography: Capturing What Interests You." There are even classes this semester as diverse as "Creative Crocheting," "Wool Preparation: Sheep To Shawl" and "An Introduction To Fusion Energy."

Retirees love to learn and teach.
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:19 PM
 
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Take up drinking.
Maybe smoking or vaping some herbs.

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Old 02-07-2017, 05:22 PM
 
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How does someone retire and have nothing to do? What did you do all your working life, besides work. You must have had weekends off. Surely theres activities you did and enjoyed? Now you can even spend more time doing them.

Find things you like to do, and then do them.
No doubt.

I have two sets of lists.

One set is work stuff.

The other set is not-work stuff.

Needless to say, in my line of work, it's easy to jam for 70 - 80 hours a week before you know it.

So of course, my not-work set of lists keeps growing. It's like I'm using an ice axe to chip away at a growing glacier.

Retirement = getting some thermonuclear weapons to chip away at that glacier.

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Old 02-07-2017, 05:35 PM
 
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Are the posters claiming to be bored and not have anything to do live in rural areas?
I can't wait to get out of the city and move to my 5000 acre ranch on the lake ... the crime ... the weirdos ... the ..... people wearing strange cloth thingey's on their heads ... the fixie bikes .... the food trucks ... the Democrats .... in any case, give me boredom and give me death!

/sarc
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Maybe smoking or vaping some herbs.

we live in a recreational marijuana state. Just come right out and say SMOKE POT!
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