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Old 04-08-2008, 06:40 AM
 
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But, I DO think that communal living will have to come back. Friends of mine are already talking about it, since none of us can afford to just live alone.
With the right mind set, and the right friends, it can work.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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How many here will be like me and not afford to ever retire?
I have not been able to save enough and got hit with some big medical bills that wiped me out.
Planning for retirement doesn't work when you need every penny.

I want to hear from others who are in my shoes.
REPLY: I understand that Hospitals will take monthly payments for services rendered to you. So long as you make some sort of payment regularly each month, they are satisfied. Have you been doing this, and still cant save money for retirement ? Just curious. And, so sorry to hear of your situation.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:42 PM
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With the right mind set, and the right friends, it can work.
On an intellectual level communal living makes sense. upon implementation they tend to break down on an emotional level when feelings such as lust and jealousy emerge. "Free love" broke up many a commune in the sixties. What are you going to do when your wife is jealous you brought home a younger seventy year old?
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:45 AM
 
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On an intellectual level communal living makes sense. upon implementation they tend to break down on an emotional level when feelings such as lust and jealousy emerge. "Free love" broke up many a commune in the sixties. What are you going to do when your wife is jealous you brought home a younger seventy year old?
It's true because INSIDE we still feel young! It could be a problem.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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On an intellectual level communal living makes sense. upon implementation they tend to break down on an emotional level when feelings such as lust and jealousy emerge. "Free love" broke up many a commune in the sixties. What are you going to do when your wife is jealous you brought home a younger seventy year old?
A more common problem is those who will not do their fair share of the work. You have to enforce the Biblical principle of "those who do not work do not eat". Some will have to be "voted off of the island...".
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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I can understand the concept from the idea of obtaining degrees of financial independence. However, it would seem to me that this would never work over any extended period of time, the interpersonal relationships and varying work ethics would evolve to points of jealousy and hostility which would make the old workplace seem desireable.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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A more common problem is those who will not do their fair share of the work. You have to enforce the Biblical principle of "those who do not work do not eat". Some will have to be "voted off of the island...".
A ticklish problem with retirees, who will eventually have to deal with illness, injuries, and other extended periods in which they can't even get out of bed.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:32 AM
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A more common problem is those who will not do their fair share of the work. You have to enforce the Biblical principle of "those who do not work do not eat". Some will have to be "voted off of the island...".
With that attitude you have my vote for any political office you would be crazy enough to run for. Unfortunately, you would be the only honest politician there.
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:08 PM
 
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Oklahoma , my butt, if you wanna retire but don't think you can afford it , consider Mexico. You can live well on SS benefits , modestly but well. Medical expenses are a fraction of what they are in the U.S . Generally less than your co-payments might be here. You don't have to speak spanish , just smile alot and point to what you want. You'll be surprised at how rapidly you pick up enough to get by just fine. I lived in Mazatlan Sinaloa Mx. for 9 yrs. came back to the states for a couple to work and am leaving south again in Oct. Mexico is not the dangerous no mans's land that Lou Dobbs would have you believe. If you don't get invovled in the drug trade and I'm sure most of you won't , you'll be fine.In fact Mexicans are generally very freindly and most hospitable.Pick up a copy of "The People's Guide to Mexico " by Carl Franz and Lorena Havens , you won't be sorry
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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A ticklish problem with retirees, who will eventually have to deal with illness, injuries, and other extended periods in which they can't even get out of bed.
A bunch of retirees living together with several social security checks and maybe some pensions, could hire help. At some point, no, they could not do it themselves.
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