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Old 07-05-2019, 03:50 PM   #121
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I started off building (23 years in the trades). Now I design and build drift boats. I too have to design and build. Else my hands start to shake.
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:14 PM   #122
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We found something to do while we travel in retirement. We build houses for Habitat for Humanity in their Care-a-Vanner program. The Habitat affiliate provides a place to park our Escape and we work 5 to 6 hours a day building houses for a couple of weeks. It is fun, physical work with no pressure to hurry or do something beyond our capabilities.

If you are interested, google Care-a-Vanners. There are lots of places in the US throughout the year. Just sign up for any you are interested in participating in. No experience required.

Another worthwhile retirement choice is volunteering for Remote Area Medical (RAM). Meg and I just completed our first weekend clinic and plan on doing more. We met other volunteers who were camping nearby, same as we were. It's rewarding work and you don't need to be a medical professional. Everyone is welcome. -Tom



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Old 07-05-2019, 10:34 PM   #123
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Another worthwhile retirement choice is volunteering for Remote Area Medical (RAM). Meg and I just completed our first weekend clinic and plan on doing more. We met other volunteers who were camping nearby, same as we were. It's rewarding work and you don't need to be a medical professional. Everyone is welcome. -Tomhttps://www.ramusa.org
Thanks for the link. I just signed up for a clinic at Saint Francis, SD to be held in August.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:44 PM   #124
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So I got into building catios - outdoor cat enclosures - and built up a business doing that.

David - We live in the Santa Cruz Mountains where the wildlife is a constant threat to our 'domestic' animals. People have been talking "caticos" for some time and they keep referring to the "Catico Expert". Finally, someone posted a website and photo of this expert and, lo and behold, it's YOU!! Hope to meet you in person one day and (maybe) get your autograph ... you celebrity you.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:54 PM   #125
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I am 55 and I am struggling a bit so this thread was most welcome. I know Iíll figure it all out, but I miss being useful and productive.

You're definitely not alone Jane. I took early retirement at age 55 from a job I loved (HR Director). It took me nearly three years to get over that depressing feeling that I was no longer a "useful" member of society. Thankfully, I took my 'hobby' and turned it into a small business which helped tremendously. I've always said that you need to retire "to" something ... be it a hobby, business, travel, social work, etc. in order to avoid that empty feeling.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:37 AM   #126
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I've had 5 "careers" in my life and the last one was the perfect marriage of the prior 4. (Union construction in my 20's, Restaurant manager / wine buyer in my 30's, owned my own painting business in my early 40's, then drove for Seattle Metro transit part-time while I went to college and earned a computer degree) Then from '97 until 2016, I was the embedded computer nerd in the engineering department at a major Bio-Pharma company.

When they closed the Seattle site in 2015 I took the early retirement package at age 63. Within a month they called me back to consult because I was one of only 3 people in the company that could do what I do. I have been consulting on my terms ever since. (I only work in the NW rainy season, Oct.- May.)

But now that I have received my second SS check, and my wife will get hers in Sept, I'm thinking I am ready to let that phase of my life go and do other things. It has be a wonderful experience consulting and doing this transition slowly over 3 years. And it is flattering that I have since been recruited by other companies. But as interesting as the work has been, I'm really liking the idea of using my talents in other arenas.

Working part time as I do has allowed me time to get involved in local neighborhood projects. But the idea of "RV Care-A-Vanners Program | Habitat for Humanity" has caught my eye before. So hearing of others in this thread also doing this work has renewed my interest. I love working with my hands and want to stay active as long as health allows. (Speaking of which, I just read "Younger Next Year" and highly recommend it per the recommendation of others on this thread. Thanks!)

This is a great thread. Lovely to hear each others stories and how we have transitioned to the "Last 3rd" of our lives. Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:36 AM   #127
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I retired from the NPS as a network engineer. It took me 10 minutes to get used to it (ok maybe 5) Picked up my fiddle planned the trip to pick up our 21 and never looked back. Life is full of surprises and unexpected twists . Embrace your newfound freedom from work , but find a new passion,
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:21 PM   #128
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Embrace your newfound freedom from work, but find a new passion,
And, there is the rub. I'm trying to make any new "passion" not materialistic or superficial pursuits with mixed success.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:32 PM   #129
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:59 PM   #130
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I just read "Younger Next Year" and highly recommend it per the recommendation of others on this thread. Thanks!)
So are you exercising like mad now? I read both younger next year and thinner next year but other than continuing with my diet which has always been pretty healthy and getting moderate exercise I don't think I'll go all out like the books suggest.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:30 PM   #131
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So are you exercising like mad now? I read both younger next year and thinner next year but other than continuing with my diet which has always been pretty healthy and getting moderate exercise I don't think I'll go all out like the books suggest.

Being on the road about 10 months a year, I find exercising a difficult thing to work into my schedule. I try to get in cycling and kayaking when we are camped somewhere conducive, and I have a set of stretchy bands to work out with, but I never use them.


I'm interested in what other's do.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:34 PM   #132
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:57 PM   #133
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I am 55 and I am struggling a bit so this thread was most welcome. I know Iíll figure it all out, but I miss being useful and productive.

You're definitely not alone Jane. I took early retirement at age 55 from a job I loved (HR Director). It took me nearly three years to get over that depressing feeling that I was no longer a "useful" member of society. Thankfully, I took my 'hobby' and turned it into a small business which helped tremendously. I've always said that you need to retire "to" something ... be it a hobby, business, travel, social work, etc. in order to avoid that empty feeling.
Iím working on a website for my art - perhaps that will turn into something. I keep telling myself that I worked hard for this and to enjoy it. I think I might be starting to listen to that! 😊
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:11 PM   #134
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I understand that those retiring from rewarding careers would be concerned about feeling useful afterward. This was not my situation-- in my case retirement was like ejection from a burning airplane: the idea was to Get Out, then figure out what to do afterward.

So far it has worked out pretty well for me. People are concerned about being lonely and bored in retirement. I have actively engaged in various hobbies that have kept me involved with other people and learning new stuff. I realized a few days ago that I have more friends now than I've ever had before.

I'm never really bored, but to give me some structure I've developed an informal daily schedule:
- In the mornings I do something that requires cognition, e.g. programming or learning Morse code, etc.
- I spend one hour or less cleaning a room, on a rotating schedule.
- In the afternoon I work on an outside or inside project, depending upon the weather. My old house keeps me busy.
- I might take a nap at some point, not always.
- At night I read before going to bed.
So far, so good. This works for me. YMMV, as Donna says.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:40 PM   #135
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So are you exercising like mad now? I read both younger next year and thinner next year but other than continuing with my diet which has always been pretty healthy and getting moderate exercise I don't think I'll go all out like the books suggest.
I havenít got there yet. Still trying to make daily exercise a habit. I have managed a few 15+ mile bike rides that were very satisfying. Because of the book, I used my heart rate to guide my efforts instead of just going for it and feeling depleted at the end. I felt invigorated and healthier when through.
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I really need to start riding my bike again. last time I did I dropped 25 lbs in a couple months to a svelte 200, and probably could have made 180 if I'd kept it up. just doing 10-20 mile vigorous rides a few times a week.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:50 AM   #137
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I finally discovered my second career. A gentlemen who does absolutely nothing required some assistance. I applied and was accepted.


The hours are great. The pay, Don't know what it is cause I ain't got none yet.


Best job I ever had. Sure beats carrying a rifle.
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I finally discovered my second career. A gentlemen who does absolutely nothing required some assistance. I applied and was accepted.


The hours are great. The pay, Don't know what it is cause I ain't got none yet.


Best job I ever had. Sure beats carrying a rifle.
But the problem is you never get a day off??
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:26 AM   #139
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I have a good friend in Maryland who is an avid cyclist. So I bought a nice Trek bike when I lived there and rode it around BWI airport before going to work. I found that even with daily rides I could never get in good enough shape to enjoy it; I was always tired and had to stop frequently.

In the intervening years cycling has caught on in the Florida Panhandle and I see cyclists going down my rural road all the time. Yesterday I saw two on a nearby highway. It was 97 degrees at the time. I don't see how they can do it, and I don't see how they can enjoy it. I need to think of something else for exercise.
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