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Old 01-22-2018, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I sure don't miss the politics oof the workplace! I did feel good about my work. I usually worked in the nonprofit field & feel that I helped a lot of people.

But I sure do love retirement!
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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I laughed when I read how people hated meetings - me, too! They only got worse when the joys of PowerPoint were discovered and they went on and on and on . . .

I do not miss work at all but I am very glad I can look back on my career with satisfaction. I have to admit I wake up much happier every day now when I can do whatever I feel like and choose when to do it. Some people still like to be scheduled in retirement but that would make me very unhappy.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas/SF Peninsula/South Lake Tahoe
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Coming up on seven years of retirement, shortly. No, I do not miss work as a whole. However, I do sometimes miss the excitement of negotiating project and contract terms. Then the moment quickly fades and go back to enjoying being retired.
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Funny; I was itching to retire- but not because of the work. I find the engineering field fascinating, and now that I am no longer having to fix someone else's problems, I now have time to revisit some engineering skills I either a) never had time to do at work, or b) couldn't justify personal research when problems were on my plate that needed to be fixed. Right now, it is cold outside, so I am happily refreshing my QT programming skills that became stale when I was forced to learn Matlab by the company. I do NOT, however, miss having to be in meetings 3 times a day.
Funny thing about engineering is that many of us never considered it to be work. It was pay for play.

My company called me and begged me to come back for a project. It's just 20 hours per week and I love it. I realize I'm a bit weird; my hobby has always been electronics and now I get paid to solve puzzles and I get to use scientific equipment to measure the results.

Because it's just a part time gig that will last a few months I don't consider it work. I'm just doing my hobby like most retired guys.
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:46 AM
 
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i have already responded, but i will again. I was thinking today how i don't even think about my old job or the workers. Just not my reality anymore. i think about getting a little part time job at chicos or something and i think, nah, i wouldn't want to put up with snippy managers and customers.

i have stayed pretty busy and i wonder how i even found time to work.

So far so good. One month tomorrow.
My mom retired from a school district in her late 50s and went to work as a home health care aide just for some extra spending money. She would come home on a regular basis complaining about how rude some of her clients were. There was one who was particularly insulting and demeaning. Then there were the scheduling issues where they often demanded that she work 60-70 hours per week. That wasn't what she had signed up for. During the interview, she was told it was $10/hour and she would only be working around 20 hours per week. I would go over to my mom's house to eat and she would get calls telling her that she needed to visit a client. It got to the point where she didn't have time to do anything as she was working constantly. She quit after 6 months.

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Old 01-23-2018, 05:46 PM
 
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Never miss work...Love the freedom of retirement
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:57 PM
 
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I laughed when I read how people hated meetings - me, too! ...
I told the administrators today that more people would probably come to the night shift meetings if they served cake and bacon like they did today for my breakfast!
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:38 PM
 
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I laughed when I read how people hated meetings - me, too! They only got worse when the joys of PowerPoint were discovered and they went on and on and on . . .

I do not miss work at all but I am very glad I can look back on my career with satisfaction. I have to admit I wake up much happier every day now, when I can do whatever I feel like, and choose when to do it. Some people still like to be scheduled in retirement but that would make me very unhappy.
well-stated, shamrock4! I strongly concur with everything you said.

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Old 01-23-2018, 07:25 PM
 
Location: NY / Fl.
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Funny thing about engineering is that many of us never considered it to be work. It was pay for play.

My company called me and begged me to come back for a project. It's just 20 hours per week and I love it. I realize I'm a bit weird; my hobby has always been electronics and now I get paid to solve puzzles and I get to use scientific equipment to measure the results.

Because it's just a part time gig that will last a few months I don't consider it work. I'm just doing my hobby like most retired guys.
After retiring I took a year off doing nothing but traveling the US and playing golf. Spending summer in NYC and winter in Florida. While in Fl. this winter I took a part time job, working about 4 hrs a day. The job is no stress, pulling building permits etc. I save the builder time & effort while making a few hundred bucks a week. It's not for the money but doing something constructive 5 days a week. Still play golf, swim in the ocean and I'm not tied down to a job for survival. It's a whole different ball game working when you do it by choice not because you have to. There is no way I'd go back to work doing something I hate after working 35 years to get to retirement. I see lots of seniors working in retail and they seem pretty happy, Home Depot, Walmart,etc. Some folks just enjoy working a bit, hopefully any senior working is doing it by choice. Enjoying retirement is having freedom to do as you please, one size does not fit all....
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:38 PM
 
Location: planet earth
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No - because being retired doesn't mean you don't "work" - now I "work" on my own projects - I do things I want to do, in my own time frame. I am not evaluated by anyone but myself.

I have lots and lots of work - projects, goals - huge things - greater than any measly work I ever did for a paycheck.
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