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Old 01-21-2010, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Go do stuff.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Exeter, NH
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Default Rock, Gem, Gold, Fossil & Treasure Hunting

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But, I'm older now and not rich. how do you keep from getting bored? no knitting, scrapbooking or crafts for me
I spent last summer hunting for gems and rock specimens. A campground in Bethel Maine trucks in tailings from a local mine, and you can buy 5-gallon buckets ($5 each) of the dirt, rock and minerals to wash off and see what's there. Colors = gems or minerals. We got lots of awesome specimens of tourlamine, beryl, kunzite, quartz, and more, and spent several days. Now that we know what to look for, we can go in other areas and look. Panning for gold in various streams (or at mine sites) is becoming big, and treasure hunting with a metal detector is also a growing hobby. Most of the Country has some version of these natural treasures to go out and learn about.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I spent last summer hunting for gems and rock specimens. A campground in Bethel Maine trucks in tailings from a local mine, and you can buy 5-gallon buckets ($5 each) of the dirt, rock and minerals to wash off and see what's there. Colors = gems or minerals. We got lots of awesome specimens of tourlamine, beryl, kunzite, quartz, and more, and spent several days. Now that we know what to look for, we can go in other areas and look. Panning for gold in various streams (or at mine sites) is becoming big, and treasure hunting with a metal detector is also a growing hobby. Most of the Country has some version of these natural treasures to go out and learn about.
I bet that's fun. I keep reading about Nevada opals. I'd like to try that some day. And that diamond mine in Arkansas.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Today at Voldemort, Inc. I attended a three hour meeting to learn a new computer program, a one hour meeting to try to implement new procedures for new busines we will be getting and spent some time putting out fires even though I didn't start them.

I am exhausted! I am getting too old for this. I can't wait until I retire when I can say "Bring on the boredom." I'll welcome it with open arms, sipping ice tea with a cat in my lap and feet propped up on my Lazy-Boy.


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Old 04-16-2010, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Lots of ideas on this thread, but volunteer work has been mentioned only briefly in passing. Giving of yourself can be immensely rewarding. Of course it may take a while to find the spot that's right for you; you will probably hit some potholes and take some wrong turns. There are local schools, libraries, senior centers, shelters, and more which need help.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I was forced into an early retirement and a new vocation: eldercare. My computers are networked. I read alot and write about genealogy. I can't get too far away.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Man, I can't wait to retire and enjoy getting a little bored once in awhile! But to me there's a difference between bored and antsy.

My oldest brother, who's 79, is a recent widower and he's having a helluva time. He still works, which is good. But the man developed no interests for himself. He and his wife's enjoyments were usually together. And I have to admit that I simply cannot understand how he's unable to search himself for things to do. And here I am, unable to retire like I want to, with a stack of things I want to return to doing, and a few others that I want to learn (between those bouts of delicious boredom).

I don't get it.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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I don't mean to be dismissive, but how can anyone be bored in retirement. Those reasons everyone gives are really just excuses. Don't have much money? You could spend a lifetime exploring the area within an hour of your house. Physically limited? Exercise your mind, take a class, read, reasearch, write, draw, paint, etc. If your physical limitation is self induced (obesity, out of shape, etc.) make a point to change that. Too old? Bah! Your only as old as you act. There is always something to do even if you are advanced in age.

I am not retired until July, but already I have so many things planned to do, I know I won't get to them all. I have 4 books in my head and I am already doing research. I have a Jeep in my garage that is in the middle of a total restoration. I took up playing the guitar. I am growing a garden and I plan to bottle my own hot sauce and spaghetti sauce (for my own use). I love fly fishing and plan to do it a lot. I love golf and will play often (9 holes, walking less than $20). I am going to brew my own beer that I have never had the time and energy to do while working. I am going to travel. I have three blogs I write. I could go on and on and on.

Maybe the first thing a person who feels bored in retirement should do to banish the boredom is start pondering how to not be bored. Plenty of books to help out. If nothing else, get off the couch, go outside and take a nature walk. Watch the birds. Take pictures. Oops, you're a hiker, bird watcher and photographer. Go to a museum. Now your an art lover or historian. When something peaks your interest, pusue it, learn about it, become an expert. It's like work, but you love it for it's own sake.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I don't mean to be dismissive, but how can anyone be bored in retirement. Those reasons everyone gives are really just excuses. Don't have much money? You could spend a lifetime exploring the area within an hour of your house. Physically limited? Exercise your mind, take a class, read, reasearch, write, draw, paint, etc. If your physical limitation is self induced (obesity, out of shape, etc.) make a point to change that. Too old? Bah! Your only as old as you act. There is always something to do even if you are advanced in age.

I am not retired until July, but already I have so many things planned to do, I know I won't get to them all. I have 4 books in my head and I am already doing research. I have a Jeep in my garage that is in the middle of a total restoration. I took up playing the guitar. I am growing a garden and I plan to bottle my own hot sauce and spaghetti sauce (for my own use). I love fly fishing and plan to do it a lot. I love golf and will play often (9 holes, walking less than $20). I am going to brew my own beer that I have never had the time and energy to do while working. I am going to travel. I have three blogs I write. I could go on and on and on.

Maybe the first thing a person who feels bored in retirement should do to banish the boredom is start pondering how to not be bored. Plenty of books to help out. If nothing else, get off the couch, go outside and take a nature walk. Watch the birds. Take pictures. Oops, you're a hiker, bird watcher and photographer. Go to a museum. Now your an art lover or historian. When something peaks your interest, pusue it, learn about it, become an expert. It's like work, but you love it for it's own sake.
Excellent points. I have almost 4 months under my belt now and I have not had a moment's boredom. I still have a long list of deferred stuff but I have also so greatly enjoyed the freedom to do what interests me. When I was a kid, my mother rejoined our whining with "only boring people get bored." I think she was right. Things to learn & explore never end. A person incapable of finding things that are interesting is probably a poor candidate for retirement.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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It really depends on where you retire - I can see the possibility of boredom in northern states in the middle of winter. But in Florida, I'm pretty busy all year long with sporting events, playing sports, outdoor exercise, etc.

I started retirement July 09 and can't say that I've been bored for a single day. If I ever did get bored, I have a few shelves of novels and historical books that I've always intended to read.
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