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We all have heard the story about the guy who finally retired and then died 2 weeks later because he didn't have anything to do. Well, I don't know about you but I sure as hell don't want to go down that path. So it begs some questions for you retired guys and you wannabe retired guys:

Retired guys, what do you do with your time to stay busy and sharp?
Wannabe retired guys, what are your plans once you "flip the switch"?

As for me, I can't see myself ever fully retiring. I'm fortunate in that I enjoy my sign biz and will likely keep doing it as long as I am physically able.

So what about you? What are you doing or planning to do?

just curious, wizzr
 

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We all have heard the story about the guy who finally retired and then died 2 weeks later because he didn't have anything to do. Well, I don't know about you but I sure as hell don't want to go down that path. So it begs some questions for you retired guys and you wannabe retired guys:

Retired guys, what do you do with your time to stay busy and sharp?
Wannabe retired guys, what are your plans once you "flip the switch"?

As for me, I can't see myself ever fully retiring. I'm fortunate it that I enjoy my sign biz and will likely keep doing it as long as I am physically able.

So what about you? What are you doing or planning to do?

just curious, wizzr
I retired 1.5 years ago, after 2 months I was going nuts, I have alot to do in the summer, but it was winter, wet and cold so nothing to do, started looking for a part time job, found one, my employer gives me a list of things to do and off I go, no checking up on me, I love it, 20 hrs a week, 4-5 hour days, I have the plenty of time to do the things I like to do and if I need time off there is no problem, they work with me.
Enjoy your retirement
 

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10 years into retirement and I still can’t figure out how I had time for a job! Being retired means spring thru fall trips to my farm in Nebraska in-between trips to foreign countries, vacations and my current project in Ohio. Winter is inside remodeling our 1918 duplex here in Ohio. On the side I buy SSR parts cars and ship out parts to the Fanatics! At 71 I don’t stand still very long. Health is the most common issue I see with retiring, if your health is crappy before retirement then it won’t be a positive when you retire. If you don’t have a hobby...think about what interests you and go do it. I retired as early as possible so I could enjoy life and spend the collect my retirement funds over the next forty years👍
 

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I had a heart attack on May 4 2017. I was 62. Dr told me I would never work again if I even left the hospital. So I retired. Lasted about 30 . About went crazy watching grass grow. Started back to work home remodeling but on a smaller scale. Have never felt better in my life. Loving life.
 

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Worked for the railroad 41 years. We have been retired eight years. My wife told me. You will ask yourself how you ever had time to work. She was right. We traveled a bunch the first year. It is a transition into retirement. While you were working all those years your wife had her own life and routines. Now we meet in the middle. (Example we took a vacation went to Bristol Motor Speedway for me then went to Savanah, GA for three days and did anything she wanted to do.) We stay involved with the Texas SSRFANATIC’s and have a blast.

Life is Good.
 

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We all have heard the story about the guy who finally retired and then died 2 weeks later because he didn't have anything to do. Well, I don't know about you but I sure as hell don't want to go down that path. So it begs some questions for you retired guys and you wannabe retired guys:

Retired guys, what do you do with your time to stay busy and sharp?
Wannabe retired guys, what are your plans once you "flip the switch"?

As for me, I can't see myself ever fully retiring. I'm fortunate it that I enjoy my sign biz and will likely keep doing it as long as I am physically able.

So what about you? What are you doing or planning to do?

just curious, wizzr




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I am looking at finding a place to move to before retiring and being ready for when the time comes. I am lucky that in the job I am in, I can work part time in the winter if I wanted to. I don't see me doing that. Once I get out the door, I am not going back. For me I have 4 project vehicles I need to finish and once they are done they will move on down the road and something else will take their place. There will probably be another SSR in the mix as well. I also like to travel, but my idea of travel and my wife's are different. For me the trip is as important as the place going to, but for her she just wants to be there and see what is there. I like to drive she wants to fly every where and just be there. I may have to get a new wife to be able to retire. That should make things even easier because then I only have to worry about half of every thing right? :oops:
 

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My heart made me retire 22 years ago.
I was OK till my wife of 52 years passed.
Then (just when I really needed it) I bought my first SSR
and found the FANATICS group. Has been a life-saver for me !
The folks in this group are SO incredible, I dearly LOVE all of them.
They have given me a good reason to continue on down the road
Now at 80 my activities are:
I go to Many SSR gatherings.
Visit the Harrah's Casino occasionally,
Now have 9 classic collector cars that require some tweaking,
and OF COURSE,
Two grown kids, 4 grandsons, and 2 Great grand kids.
Seems like there is NEVER time enough in the day for all my chores.
 

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I worked at the same company for over 40 years. I really enjoyed my work...I wanted to be in the Radio Business since I was 12 years old, and kept my eye on the ball and made that happen. I started doing on air disk jockey, news, sports, but transitioned to Radio Advertising Sales. My work was so much fun it didn't seem like work! In my late 50's, I asked some of my retired friends when do you know you should retire? They told you'll figure it out, when your job isn't fun anymore and you don't feel like going to work anymore that will be your first clue. Well, it happened, at age 62, I wasn't having fun anymore, so I quit, and retired. I am not bored, if you are bored, that is your own fault, there is a big wide wonderful world of things to do out there. SSR Fanatics is one of them. I manage 2 SSR Groups, one in Canada, and one here in my small city in Arizona. That keep's me in the loop. When I look at my retired friends that are bored, it's usually because they want to take all their money with them to the grave, and they don't want to spend any money to have some fun!
 

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I worked until I was 70 because I wanted to increase my social security.We all have our own definition of what retirement is but, for me, retirement is doing what you want when you want to do it. In addition to my SSR “adventures” I work on the cars at a car museum one day a week and as a docent at the same museum on the first Saturday of each month. In return for that volunteering I get to keep my project vehicle (a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon) there. As some have indicated, I’m busier than I’ve ever been.
 

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Just having a birthday.....
I’m working at retirement a little harder. The more I take off from work the more I don’t want to work. My problem is that I feel obligated to work since it is a family business. I appreciate most of the Fanantic family helping me to understand that retirement is a good thing.
I am thankful and feel blessed to be part of this fantastic Fanantic family
 

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I retired six years ago at 59 after almost 40 years with the same company. I was in sales for several years before moving to a consultant/PM role. Our pension calculation was based on the three top years of salary which were when I was in Sales and drawing commissions. If I waited my Pension would have gone down and I realized I was working for $.40 on the dollar. I pulled the trigger and started doing independent consulting about 1/2 time and wound that down to just a few hours a week now. I have a big workshop and lots of hobbies, 8 active grandkids, the SSR and two motorcycles. I don't have time for work! Keep busy with something, keep the mind and body active, don't sit in front of the screen(s).
 

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After 35 years at Bell Canada was offered a early package to retire, door didn't hit me in the back when I left. Will be retired 15 yrs end of December, I just love doing what I want when I want, haven't missed work one bit. Most days I don't have anything planned but by the time it is dark I have been busy all day. When I retired I played hockey 4 mornings a week and had my SSR as time went on had to stop hockey cause body couldn't take it anymore so ended up just skating for exercise been injury free for last 11 yrs. Then in late 2009 I was introduced the SSR site, what a great bunch of people to share time with. I'm blessed with a great family who support me in my retirement. I have no regrets on retirement and would do it that way all over again, but each to their own. 👍 🍺
 

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:rolleyes:

I've been retired for quite a few years. IBM caught me up in one of their multiple "down sizings" in 1994. At that time, I was 51. So, other than a stint as trying a (work from home) deal that went no where, and about a year or so as a part timer in the Fishing Dept at Bass Pro in Myrtle Beach...........guess I have been retired for about 25 years.:unsure:

I play golf about twice a week and spend waaaaaaaaaay too much time on this forum and a couple of others. Have played the part of a "plumber" a couple of times here in last two weeks with plugged drains and a toilet that needed a new valve, etc. There is always something needing repair around the house and I try to do most of it without the need for some tech to show up.

Wanting to plan a trip to Florida for the early Spring to go Bass Fishing. My wife and I like to get out on a lake in some decent weather and see what we can catch.;)
 

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This retirement is the best job I ever had. I retired at 60 almost 7 years ago and have never looked back. I always have a project going on some small some large. Getting the 35 Chevy coupe up and running was one of the biggest and most rewarding. Going on vacation when we want is great. Sherrie and I try to accomplish something everyday and if we don't so what. :) GE has called me to go back to work 6 times now and the answer is easy No, why ruin a good thing.
 

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I retired in 2004 from full time service and 2016 from part time service. I send my days on my 40 acre farm doing what ever strikes me when I get up. My wife and I are both highly involved in the Political arena and I teach part time in fire arms and in the Police Academy. Our SSR ( LiL Red) goes to many car shows and we are involved in the local car club. Southern Knights Street Rodders. My kids will call and can't reach me . They ask all the time how we ever found time to work because we are so busy now. You are only limited by your own imagination !! If you can dream it you can do it. !! get involved get off the couch.Make it happen for yourself. Being a cancer survivor makes you appreciate life . as Nike Says JUST DO IT !!!!
 
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