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Old 03-01-2012, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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In another thread, Happy in Wyoming has just threatened to start a thread on geriatric flatulence. At least that's one subject that hasn't been beaten to death here.
I know an elderly couple here (he's 82 and she's 78) who appear at the county fair, local schools and churches, etc. They do an imitation of Donald and Daisy Duck having a converstion which turns into an argument. They're incredible. Afterwards there's an aroma of recycled baked beans with just a hint of onion oil. Well, maybe more than a hint.

Folks like that stay young forever. Why would they ever wish to retire?
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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The fact that you have shows that the topic has some appeal for you.
Actually, when I join a forum I try to read every thread. I agree that I can make a point of avoiding this particular topic since it has been done so many times it's becoming annoying.

I suspect the real reason for bringing it up over and over and over and over is this is some sort of game to "prove" a point of view. I've seen this game on internet forums plenty of times, usually on the political forums.

Here's how you play this game. A topic is started. (Baby Boomers won't be able to retire). Initially, you will get honest responses from the forum regulars ("I'm a boomer and I was able to retire, so I don't think that's true.") If you don't like the responses, the game is to you post the topic again. And again. And again. At first you get the same responses, but do it enough times and eventually the forum regulars get sick of wasting their time posting the same response. Then you get your friends to join the forum, and post the responses you wanted all along. Then you "win" the game.

That's my take here. But, whatever.... I guess the zen thing to do is just ignore the threads.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:21 AM
 
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The only people I have talked with who claim they never want to retire admitted they can't afford to retire. And their definition of not being able to afford to retire means they wouldn't be able to buy a new car every few years; wouldn't be able to travel extensively; wouldn't be able to spend a lot on clothes or dining out. They want to continue a lavish lifestyle afforded from their current paychecks.

To each their own. I will never (and I can truly say never) regret retiring.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:08 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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The only people I have talked with who claim they never want to retire admitted they can't afford to retire. And their definition of not being able to afford to retire means they wouldn't be able to buy a new car every few years; wouldn't be able to travel extensively; wouldn't be able to spend a lot on clothes or dining out. They want to continue a lavish lifestyle afforded from their current paychecks.

To each their own. I will never (and I can truly say never) regret retiring.
I'm with you. One of the best things I ever did. But if you need "things" to make yourself feel successful it might not be for you.
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: None of your business
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Actually, when I join a forum I try to read every thread.

Here's how you play this game.

If you don't like the responses, the game is to you post the topic again. And again. And again. At first you get the same responses, but do it enough times and eventually th

Then you get your friends to join the forum, and post the responses you wanted all along. Then you "win" the game.
Seriously caladium???? People play this game? Wow people and their friends need a life. Maybe the people are retired with nothing better to do.

People come to this stage at different times. Obviously later than you. I know when I first join a forum I am a lurker but will read previous post only so far ( 6 month maybe) and read current topics of interest. If it does not interest me my simple solution is easy, don't open it.

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Actually, when I join a forum I try to read every thread. I agree that I can make a point of avoiding this particular topic since it has been done so many times it's becoming annoying.

I suspect the real reason for bringing it up over and over and over and over is this is some sort of game to "prove" a point of view. I've seen this game on internet forums plenty of times, usually on the political forums.

Here's how you play this game. A topic is started. (Baby Boomers won't be able to retire). Initially, you will get honest responses from the forum regulars ("I'm a boomer and I was able to retire, so I don't think that's true.") If you don't like the responses, the game is to you post the topic again. And again. And again. At first you get the same responses, but do it enough times and eventually the forum regulars get sick of wasting their time posting the same response. Then you get your friends to join the forum, and post the responses you wanted all along. Then you "win" the game.

That's my take here. But, whatever.... I guess the zen thing to do is just ignore the threads.
My goodness! That sounds like soooo much work! I can't imagine caring THAT much about ANY topic.

I don't really believe it's a 'game'. Topics just DO get brought up over and over when you have a forum that's been ongoing as long as this one. Or any long time forum. It's easy for the political forums to keep 'fresh' topics going because politics goes on 24/7, it seems. Us ol' fogeys only have a limited number of topics, and sub-topics, seems like to me. Anyway, I really don't see what the problem is.

I sometimes don't notice that a post is really old before I read it...or post in it!...but I think, because membership changes...new people come by to lurk and/or post...and if they wish to put their thoughts/opinions out there they should be able to. Anyone who has already participated in the thread, and has nothing to add, doesn't have to. Personal choice.

I'm pretty good at ignoring threads but not that many. Sometimes I'll ignore it for a while but eventually click on it out of curiosity. Which is exactly what I did with this particular thread.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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The only people I have talked with who claim they never want to retire admitted they can't afford to retire. And their definition of not being able to afford to retire means they wouldn't be able to buy a new car every few years; wouldn't be able to travel extensively; wouldn't be able to spend a lot on clothes or dining out. They want to continue a lavish lifestyle afforded from their current paychecks.

To each their own. I will never (and I can truly say never) regret retiring.
I'll never be able to fully retire but it's not because I have the type of lifestyle you are talking about. I've never, in my life, lived an even halfway "lavish lifestyle" but I DO like to eat, have a roof over my head and pay my bills. Do I WANT to fully retire?? You betcha! I'd do it in a heartbeat...if I could afford it. But I can't so I've accepted that and am thankful I love my job.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: it depends
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The latest trend in retirement is not to retire. Well, at least not in the traditional sense. As millions of baby boomers begin the transition into their golden years, "retirement" is a word that is falling out of favor.



Trend: Retirement 2.0, The Boomer Generation is Redefining the "Golden Years"
I think the article is a puff-piece press release, written by promoters who have a financial interest in the town described. Here are the problems with it, in my opinion:

1. People leave their jobs and pursue their interests and volunteer work. This is not anything new.

2. Florida gets knocked unfairly with the shuffleboard thing. I spend time on a Florida trail that has bicyclists, runners, walkers, and roller-bladers of all ages. A couple I know, age 71 and 82, routinely bikes 20 miles round-trip north on the trail, or 24 miles south, to have lunch by the water.

3. "Just don't use the 'R' word?" Really?? I know a fellow who proudly proclaims that he is retired, and he participates in three separate "across the state" week-long bike rides every year among many other things.

Sounds like a nice place, but I never trust an advertisement without seeing for myself. And I prefer swimming laps in the sunshine year-round, which ain't gonna happen way up north in that frozen paradise.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: it depends
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The only people I have talked with who claim they never want to retire admitted they can't afford to retire. And their definition of not being able to afford to retire means they wouldn't be able to buy a new car every few years; wouldn't be able to travel extensively; wouldn't be able to spend a lot on clothes or dining out. They want to continue a lavish lifestyle afforded from their current paychecks.

To each their own. I will never (and I can truly say never) regret retiring.
Katie, I have personally known a few people who had a high degree of control over working conditions (they owned businesses), had far more wealth than they could ever spend, and never retired. Well, one of them retired at 65, but that only lasted six weeks...then he worked until he was 92, full time. They were engaged, involved, doing what they enjoyed every day. Warren Buffett, who is 82, is in this category as well, and I do not think there is any doubt about his ability to afford retirement.

But I think your post contains a lot of truth and describes many people. I want to work until I am 92, but I am fortunate to work at my avocation with topics that interest me like no other. I can see six hour days, three or four day weeks, a slower pace at some point, but "retire?" Probably not.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:31 AM
 
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retirement was the best thing I have ever done,I wondered what I would do all day......now I am considering getting a part tim job just so as I can get some rest!
I have never been so busy in my life since I retired. I have become the guy who supposedly has all the time in the world so they call me to fix it,pick up ,drop off , wait for a service man etc.
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