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Old 08-27-2017, 11:18 AM
 
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First word I learned was Slainte!
I think that was about day three for us. What a beautiful place with amazing people. We have to go back.
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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A few years ago we moved to a town where I thought there was good opportunity to have seagoing adventures. There was, and I much enjoyed that aspect of it, but for other reasons the entire region was wrong for us. The big (and unpleasant) adventure was moving out of there. It was a place with in-town hospital and others within an hour's drive, short walking distance to all services, bus service, old folks homes, plenty of seniors around, plenty of entertainment options etc etc.

And ya know what? We found out how convenience just cannot make up for priceless and increasingly-rare assets that typically are found in INconvenient or less-convenient living places. Not monetary assets, but natural ones such as you and I have mentioned in another thread.

I also got tired of the emphasis on grandkidsgrandkidsgrandkids and the clutching at so-called security in the form of nearby medical facilities, expectations that "other people" will take care of your wants, the weird mindset that walking across town and back a few miles was a major outing, the adoption of politics as a fun hobby that constituted one's identity (UGH).

So you could say our adventure was transitioning back to our formerly adventurous life. We've taken the first big step. There are still more to be ascended but we have our eyes firmly on the longterm goal. We are lucky to have small miracles from nature to observe all around us. Those things are priceless.
Totally in agreement with this. We live on 6 acres near world class recreation. We plan to age in place and hire help when there are things we can no longer go around the property. We have no grandkids, probably won't as daughter has autism. My friends' lives are wrapped around their grand babies. That's cool but that is not all there is out there. No politics either or hanging out at senior center or playing cards with the gals or gambling at casinos. Whatever floats your boat and that means there are fewer of those people where we go.
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:56 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Hey, since you asked. People can do with their lives anything they want- doesn't affect me one way or another. But when it comes to reading threads about how people are adapting to retirement, it is much more encouraging for me to face aging by seeing that people are still enjoying and finding adventure in their daily lives. However small or large that adventure may be. I have a big relocation adventure happening right now, but am also finding times for simple ones, too. One of these simple ones was to find and categorize the types of amphibians I have on my small lot where I currently live. So far I have identified three types (maybe four, still investigating) of beautiful little toads/tree frogs, and blue-spotted salamanders. Cost of this little adventure? Uh, Zero. Adventure is what you make it.

Maybe it's just me, but personally I would MUCH MUCH rather read threads about people enjoying crocheting and gardening, than threads about how much more healthcare costs daily- I'm tiring of all the news of doom and gloom in our lives.

Just my take on life.
The genus Ambystoma as well as pleasant articles about hobbies are far more pleasant subjects than how many wonderful hospitals are close. They can't stop talking about the joys of bad neighborhood living either.

A few years ago I was outside at dusk here. I saw something tiny and wiggly about twenty feet away. It was a baby garter snake, Thamnophis elegans vagrans, the only one I've ever seen here. An animal doesn't need to be huge to be appreciated.

I've been doing some placer mining this summer with a degree of success although I seem to spend far more on equipment and other expenses than the value of the gold recovered.

Too many people think that it's necessary to go far away for pleasant times. You and I are fortunate in that we can find it at home.
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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I think people may obtain the wrong impression of people aged 55+ and older from reading threads. Threads often tend to be about problems, concerns, planning for the future, things to look out for, sharing info about insurance, etc.

It's natural for threads to be about those topics - because one often comes to Forums to seek out information, advice, share concerns.

But the threads about concerns are not the totality of people. Being multi-dimensional people is a given - but possibly not gleaned by casual readers of threads in Retirement Forum.

(and some people are more multi-dimensional than others)

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Old 08-27-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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About a decade before I retired, I got into paranormal investigating, and I'm doing it "full-time" now. Enjoying lots of travel, historical locations, and meeting some very interesting people along the way.


That should be fun! Had a 6 visit, paranormal investigation done on my home a few yrs ago. VERY INTERESTING.
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I think people may obtain the wrong impression of people aged 55+ and older from reading threads. Threads often tend to be about problems, concerns, planning for the future, things to look out for, sharing info about insurance, etc.

It's natural for threads to be about those topics - because one often comes to Forums to seek out information, advice, share concerns.

But the threads about concerns are not the totality of people. Being multi-dimensional people is a given - but possibly not gleaned by casual readers of threads in Retirement Forum.

(and some people are more multi-dimensional than others)

Agreed. And medical is such an important issue, complicated, and in flux.

Plus, if I want to discuss travel or adventure I will go into those sections here in City Data as I don't (personally) consider them retirement-related.
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:44 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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The other day I was feeling a like a daredevil and ran with a pair of scissors.
I guess that I still got it as I didn't fall down and stab myself.
I'm thinking about talking with my mouth full of food today to see if I can do it without choking.
I can feel the rush of adrenaline like I'm dancing with the devil.


Well, I have you beat! I got in the swimming pool today less than 15 minutes after I ate. I could almost hear my mother yelling at me....


I might even get that old Daisy Red Rider BB rifle out of the closet and try to shoot my eye out.
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:24 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Well, I have you beat! I got in the swimming pool today less than 15 minutes after I ate. I could almost hear my mother yelling at me....


I might even get that old Daisy Red Rider BB rifle out of the closet and try to shoot my eye out.
My brother and I shot leaves off the trees with his BB gun. You have to be good to do that and hit the leaf at its base. I was younger than 9 and he was three years older. I know that because we moved to an area where we didn't live in the center of 100 acres when I was nine years old. Then we changed to riding bicycles and making a leaf run for a wooden sled. I don't know where the sled came from. I also had a playhouse in the woods with strings separating the rooms. We went shopping for groceries with different leaves being different denominations of bills.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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About 6 years ago we snorkeled at Key West. I swam right over a Nurse Shark. I'm told they are mild-mannered. At least it didn't bother me.

I have a plan, which I've talked DH into. After he retires next year we're taking off on a long road trip. Out West. I have a long list of National Parks I want to see. Need to get him out of here so he thinks about something besides work, plus I've never been anywhere and seen anything. I can't wait.

We go every Sunday in the summer and float around in the surf. It doesn't feel like an adventure anymore since we do it so often.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:43 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I just spent a week fly fishing the high lakes in Colorado...not too adventuresome except I do it on a cane.
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