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Old 08-19-2019, 10:25 PM
 
Location: SLC
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An interesting piece from BBC News... Catchy title aside - it touches on interesting facets of retirement and identity and includes quotes from a HBS professor and a couple of Noble laureates.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48882195
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Old Yesterday, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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Default Post-Retirement Challenge

Our challenge was identifying things we will want to do in retirement that we find fulfilling. I have my list and my wife has hers, the lists have overlap for shared activities. I have spent 40+ years managing large construction projects while she has spent 25 years working with Special Ed children in regular classrooms. Both jobs have a 'herding cats' element so planning, organizing, and initiating change are things we will need to continue doing in our daily lives to keep our sanity after leaving our respective workplaces.
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Old Yesterday, 08:03 AM
 
Location: SLC
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Indeed. We are 6-8 years from retirement, but can easily imagine that transition will be not be straightforward. Furthermore, there are multiple stages of transition in retirement itself - as one ages progressively. We have interests that we expect to pursue in retirement but most of them are active variety. What happens when the health or aging comes in the way isn’t something we have managed a plan for. I suppose one rolls with the punches but it is a hope more than a plan.
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Old Yesterday, 08:15 AM
 
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I smiled when the article mentions how academics have more difficulty dealing with retirement. We live in a 55+ community that was founded by a group of distinguished academics 20 years ago. Their Utopian fantasies failed spectacularly and resulted in two bankruptcies and a community that was moribund for over a decade.

In 2016 a new developer turned things around, refunded the HOA, and has things back on track, but, the “old guard” of academics still clings to the failed past. Their emails (often from distant .edu servers) are signed with full academic titles and credentials. After all, how can we assign side dishes for a pot-luck social without the help of a Nobel laureate?
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Old Yesterday, 08:23 AM
 
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I retired early and had an active plan until 60 and then a second plan.
At 60 I still had it in me so went another year before throwing in the towel.

Retired and had a 5 year plan..ran a cow/calf operation on 60 acres. Planned to do that until 60.
At 61 I felt myself slowing down so I put "plan B" into action.

I'm 62 now living in a condo by the beach. Still active but in a different way which is less physically demanding.
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Old Yesterday, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SLC
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Interesting.

My wife is an academic and I am a former academic. I left academics more than 20 years ago and don’t even like to have people call me doctor, particularly as I am not a medical doctor. So, I am somewhat familiar with the affliction.

PS: The community sounds familiar. My wife had a former colleague to moved to such a community near Tucson, AZ - and the description rings a bell.
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Old Yesterday, 08:49 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I read “social unrest like Arab Spring”, immediate thing comes to mind, craziness. Who wrote this type of article? They need to be locked up.
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Old Yesterday, 09:02 AM
 
Location: USA
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I smiled when the article mentions how academics have more difficulty dealing with retirement. We live in a 55+ community that was founded by a group of distinguished academics 20 years ago. Their Utopian fantasies failed spectacularly and resulted in two bankruptcies and a community that was moribund for over a decade.

In 2016 a new developer turned things around, refunded the HOA, and has things back on track, but, the “old guard” of academics still clings to the failed past. Their emails (often from distant .edu servers) are signed with full academic titles and credentials. After all, how can we assign side dishes for a pot-luck social without the help of a Nobel laureate?
Take out?
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Old Yesterday, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I read “social unrest like Arab Spring”, immediate thing comes to mind, craziness. Who wrote this type of article? They need to be locked up.
Someone trying to earn a buck and stay relevant in broadcasting/media until they can retire.
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Old Yesterday, 10:30 AM
 
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I read “social unrest like Arab Spring”, immediate thing comes to mind, craziness. Who wrote this type of article? They need to be locked up.
Imagine a young girl, we’ll call her Tiffany, at a stand-up workstation in a windowless room with dozens of others just like her. Tiffany is a recent college grad with a degree in literature or journalism, and she’s at her first job. Drawing on their vast experience and knowledge, she and her coworkers create “content” for posting in online blogs and other media.

This is why 99.99% of online recipes are junk.
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