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Old 11-22-2009, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Wow! It is to me. How did you manage to do that?
I more of less just walked into it. No experience, had never done it before but I'll try almost anything. Turns out, it's a lot of fun.

In the I'll try anything dept, I also kayaked the Amazon and rode a horse across Mexico. I rappel down cliffs too.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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I have an older online friend whose lifestyle I greatly covet. She and her husband are artists and have lived as caretakers in several unique spots, currently San Francisco. They have a nice Victorian era apt at no expense in exchange for minor repairs and managing a small number of long-term tenants. They have lots of free time to explore the city and scenic areas nearby thus finding constant inspiration for their artwork and photography. They have incredibly good health from all the good food and walking everywhere. They also have very few belongings and can easily move on when or if that becomes necessary.
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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What terrifies me the most is what happened to the older people I used to transport in my ambulance. They retired to the slower-paced life, thinking that they deserved it. Of course they did - but allowed age to creep up on them, even in the 'active living' retirement communities. They slowed down and started becoming sickly; heart attacks, strokes, arthritis, diabetes. Then when Viagra and Cialis were invented, suddenly the husbands and wives started their sexual lives over again, with other partners, trying to keep themselves active and invigorated - and all they really did was destroy themselves, their families, and each other emotionally. (We called the local Sun City "Viagra Falls"!)
No slower pace here. I walk 3 miles a day, husband plays 18 holes 3 to 4 times a week, we watch what we eat, and though no one can stop the aging process, we're hardly on the bottom tier as far as retirees/health concerns go. Neither of us take any medication, our BP is good, as is our cholesterol, and after 38 years we're still screwing only each other.
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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We moved north to eastern upstate NY when we retired, as we knew we couldn't handle the heat, humidity, and bugs in the south. We ride our Harley, especially doing charity runs, spend 2 months a year in Hawaii, gardening (4 acres), woodworking, volunteering, spending time with grandchildren, walking our puppy, helping neighbors, joined local community organizations, research genealogy, read, photography, puzzles, play games, ride bicycles and travel around in the RV to see new places.
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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It seems that many of us plan and hope to have interesting lifestyles during retirement. Let us hope that we can fulfill our plans. There is another thread "Retired what I did today" that reflects a more common reality. The reality seems to go something like: I got up, it was cloudy, went back to bed, later returned some books to the library.
Sounds great to me.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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i retired at 58 bought a forclosure cottage on a lake and have been rebuilding for 2 years .i'm throwing money into this thing and property values are falling faster than i can keep up
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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i retired at 58 bought a forclosure cottage on a lake and have been rebuilding for 2 years .i'm throwing money into this thing and property values are falling faster than i can keep up
Thanks for your active participation in stimulating the economy. The Fed Gov could take some hints from your practical action, rather than feeding the sharks

back On Topic: I was thinking of the seniors / grandparents who have been brought back into raising their grandkids or caring for their injured / needy kids. This comes in many forms and for many reasons (drugs, accidents, war injuries, medical issues). I offer appreciation and thanks to those who have taken on this task. Life throws curve balls.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Hello, I am doing some research for a new book about baby boomer retirement lifestyles. I am looking to find what people are doing that is really interesting and groundbreaking in retirement. Like professional volunteers, hobbyists, new careerists, moving to new location and starting over, family person, etc. If you are doing something you think is pretty cool in retirement, or you know someone who has reinvented him or herself after getting the gold watch, post it here or contact me directly. I will let you know how it is going, thanks!
I missed this thread when it started. Sorry.

I worked in the military, when I got my pension, I had a few job offers to continue working in the same industry that I had done most of my career in. But I wanted to get away from the high-tech, time zone hopping, mission focused lifestyle.

Returning stateside, we did a few years [in Ct] as foster-parents. We had been foster-parents in various states before, but during those periods I was mostly gone and it was my Dw who had the children more than I. So this time I was mister-mom to 5 troubled children, while I got used to no longer wearing the uniform. My Dw got a fulltime job and began her career.

During that time, I did some shopping for rural property where we could settle and do some hobby farming.

I made the move to rural Maine in 2005, and began building a house, in a forest setting.

I have since been a vendor at a local organic farmer's market. We have an apple orchard, that I hope to have in production in a few years. Goats, sheep, hogs, chickens, greenhouses, raised bed gardens.

Now I work on various projects here and market some of our produce, and enjoy my pension.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Default Nice job everyone

Just to let you good folks know that I have been monitoring this conversation and I am thrilled with the responses. So many different, positive approaches - it's inspiring to see so many of you who clearly see retirement as an opportunity, not just a rest.

As for me, i am keeping busy with the baby boomers' retirement website I started - http://www.topretirements.com, a lot of volunteering, playing, and writing this book. Thanks to all, keep the good stuff coming!
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Just to let you good folks know that I have been monitoring this conversation and I am thrilled with the responses. So many different, positive approaches - it's inspiring to see so many of you who clearly see retirement as an opportunity, not just a rest.

As for me, i am keeping busy with the baby boomers' retirement website I started - Stats about all US cities - real estate, relocation info, house prices, home value estimator, recent sales, cost of living, crime, race, income, photos, education, maps, weather, houses, schools, neighborhoods, and more, a lot of volunteering, playing, and writing this book. Thanks to all, keep the good stuff coming!
Have you given consideration to the fact that for some of us, kicking-back and relaxing are ingredients for a successful and satisfying retirement? That doesn't mean lack of activity or sonambulance. But it does mean a great deal of tranquility.

I spent 45 years in demanding, stressful and active careers -- the military, law enforcement and state-level politics and legislation. My wife spent her last 25 as a practicing midwife and also entered the political/legislative arena. NOT having stressors, schedules or demands in our lives is something we see as a true blessing. We have a nice but not overwhelming social life, take occasional road trips and drive or fly to visit family (the closest are right at 700 miles away) and there's always plenty to do around the house and grounds, but it's on our terms. Of course, visits have to be scheduled but there's no interference to our timelines because we really have none.

For some of us, a change really IS as good as a rest and we both worked hard for it!
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