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Old 12-08-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Dear Curmudgeon (great name!). You make a good point. Sounds like your retirement is richly deserved and well appreciated. Don't want to take anything away from folks like you who have worked hard all their lives serving others. My only point here is to try to get an idea of the wide range of interesting things some people choose to do in retirement. Your response helps too, thanks!
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I look at retirement as an adventure. Any day I could discover something new that interests me. I also associate discovery with moving out of state, shedding the old life and starting something completely new. Retirement to me is like moving out to start your life after graduating from high school or college. That renewal is exciting so, moving to go along with retirement suited me.

Before I retired, I knew what I wanted to do with my life in retirement and researched for a location to live that would afford me the opportunity to do those things. Being single, and pretty much of a loner, it does not bother me at all to move someplace where I know no one but where there are things that I like to do and can meet people who like to do them, too. I thought in retirement I was going to fish (I used to do it), take classes (not foo-foo classes but still with other retirees) and join a book discussion group (because I like to read). I like arguing about politics so I knew I'd probably be involved some way with that and I like new software. I like to play slots on occasion. I also like suburbia because I love to drive to more rural locations. It's not unusual for me to decide to hop in the car and drive for two hours to do something on a whim. I like traditional celebrations. My state is very attuned to history and tradition and my town has a place in history.

It turned out, I never did pick up on the fishing but I found a whole new photography hobby and joined the town camera club where we have competitions and guest speakers. The photography led to an interest in birds and nature and the interest in birds, nature and photography gave me a reason to jump in my car and explore for new photo opportunities. I joined a museum that has farm property. I love photographing the scenery and seeing the farm animals. I did join a nonfiction book discussion group. We meet and then go out for lunch. I take the bus to a casino 4 - 5 times a year. I take interesting classes, some unusual, in a retiree program that also offers trips. I'll be teaching a class next semester. The area trips afford more photo ops in places I have never been to before. I get my political fill here on City Data but now that I'm retired, I have more time to pay attention to politics, argue with others and don't hesitate to contact my Rep and Senators. I still like new software. I have found I am more observant in retirement and take time to notice things.

My retirement lifestyle would not be considered exciting or exotic to others but it suits me.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Here's what's new. I am working another job in addition to the radio work. Retail! What a physically demanding thing to do. But, I'm thrilled I can do it.

Actually it's also a lot of fun. Don't look forward to the hurting feet but the job and people are great. I'm loving sales too. The job is only supposed to be temp but they are already talking about making me permanent because sales are up a lot during hard times. Don't know if I want to be permanent because it's a drive.

I won't pretend a 75% paycut is fun but the checks are better than I thought they would be because taxes/deductions are much lower. Overall, it's great to have some squanderable money that I can just blow irresponsibly.

And it's giving me some great fodder for sketches for the radio show too.

Didn't mention this before but I'm also a glass artist. Inbetween everything else, I am working on setting up my studio again because I moved.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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At the ages of 62 and 55 DH and I adopted two infants and decided to start all over again. These kids are # 6 and # 7. Most are adopted but I forget which ones!!!

Dh was retired and barely into a new career but he loves his job and has no real plans for formal retirement. Friends and family thought we were crazy but for us it was the right thing. We could afford it, had spent 2o+ years honing excellent parenting skills and it seemed like somebody somewhere could use what we had to offer. We could have bought a second home, gotten involved in charities, traveled, etc but decided we wanted to do something really significant with this part of our lives.
We are now 63 and 70 and kids are 7-almost 8. Sometimes we are weary but when we think about what kind of lives our girls would have had without being adopted by us we know we made the right decision.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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We spent 2 years in Uganda while my hub trained teachers.
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Enjoyable posts in this thread!
Not a whole lot of excitement on my part. Retired since 50 due to medical problems. Doing nothing or little bit of everything, but I try to stay active at least by sticking to daily light excercise, mostly by walking through our or surrounding neighborhoods. When the weather is nice, then in a local county park, occasionally in state parks.
I take a few weeks a year for travel with my DH who is still employed.
And, I should mention - a lot of time spent with our first grandchild. I don't like to call it babysitting, since the quality of the time spent is better than sitting around a baby.

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Old 12-17-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: North Louisiana
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At the ages of 62 and 55 DH and I adopted two infants and decided to start all over again. These kids are # 6 and # 7. Most are adopted but I forget which ones!!!

Dh was retired and barely into a new career but he loves his job and has no real plans for formal retirement. Friends and family thought we were crazy but for us it was the right thing. We could afford it, had spent 2o+ years honing excellent parenting skills and it seemed like somebody somewhere could use what we had to offer. We could have bought a second home, gotten involved in charities, traveled, etc but decided we wanted to do something really significant with this part of our lives.
We are now 63 and 70 and kids are 7-almost 8. Sometimes we are weary but when we think about what kind of lives our girls would have had without being adopted by us we know we made the right decision.
Had to rep you! That is absolutely one of the most amazing statements I have heard. God bless you guys!
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Baby Boom is only 64 now.
My retired lifestyle must be boring since I'm here posting
If you are having a good time then it's not boring.

I'm retired and I spend a lot of time on the internet, going to movies/out with friends and/or reading. I don't think I have a boring life. I have a very full one doing just what I want to do. That's the key. If you can do what you want to do and like to do then retirement is just this side of heaven.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Hi I'm the crazy lady who adopted 2 babies at age 55 and DH was 62. We are now 63 and 70. I wanted to mention that these girls are from Vietnam.

My generation thinks mainly of Vietnam as a war so I was truly in shock to be in that country. I just couldn't wrap my mind around where I was and all the westerners I was seeing and how friendly the Vietnamese were. Wouldn't they hate us? wouldn't they be angry we were there to take their children?
Well Vietnam is a big vacation distination for European -and American folks-but sadly has been close off and on several times to American adoptions due to traficking and fraud.
Still when I talked to Vietnamese people about my concerns I was told "Oh the Vietnamese think of the American War as only a bleep in their history. They have been at war for so long with so many other folks, they just don't think about it"
And they were so gracious about their "orphan" kids being adopted. They said thank you over and over and held the babies while I ate in restaurants and certainly eased my fears which of course came from ignorance and outdated information.
Several folks have sent me personal messages about what we have done and I wanted to take the time to explain a bit more.
This is to explain my previous line about what kinds of lives these girls would have had if we hadn't adopted them. After you've seen kids in rags beggin in the parks, deficating in the curbs and the unreal poverty, it truly changes your life.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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Didn't mention this before but I'm also a glass artist. Inbetween everything else, I am working on setting up my studio again because I moved.
Are you familiar with the work of glass artist Tim Tate? We have been collectors of his work for over 10 years when he was just known locally in the D.C. area. His work is now in galleries and museums from L.A. to London & Berlin, including a piece in the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Museum.

Here's a link to a story NPR did on him last summer:

Tim Tate's Hi-Tech Art - All Tech Considered - Technology News And Culture Blog : NPR
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