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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 11:20 AM
As I am nearing early retirement age, I am thinking more and more about what's next. I have spent decades in IT and would like to do "something completely different". Maybe work with kids... aside from play bass, guitar, travel. play with the grandkids and relax....

Would be interested in reading how others went about figuring out what kind of work to do after retirement..what worked out / what didn't.... what suggestions you have

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 11:29 AM
Try Gardening as a second career you can eat well and it is good for the soul..

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 11:39 AM
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As I am nearing early retirement age, I am thinking more and more about what's next. I have spent decades in IT and would like to do "something completely different". Maybe work with kids... aside from play bass, guitar, travel. play with the grandkids and relax....

Would be interested in reading how others went about figuring out what kind of work to do after retirement..what worked out / what didn't.... what suggestions you have

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
LOL - me, too. Everything you said except the play bass part (although I would like to learn how to play some tunes on the accoustic guitar). Will be watching your thread for responses my own self!

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 11:42 AM
Sitting on a beach, catching breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, playing guitar and smoking weed.
Thats some folks real life too.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 11:50 AM
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Sitting on a beach, catching breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, playing guitar and smoking weed.
Thats some folks real life too.
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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 12:21 PM
I hope (plan?) to retire early - next 2 1/2 years or so. It could "happen for me" sooner, but let's not digress.

I hope to become a starving artist and film maker. I paint a little whenever I have the time. I've also (in the past) done some plaster and clay sculpture. I'm not real good, but I might have some "folk art" appeal ... especially if I act ... normal (for me).

I've been a producer of corporate/industrial television for over 30 years. I'd like to do some documentary and narrative type stuff. I've got several film ideas that I dust off from time to time. Maybe one day I'll be able to realize several of these pipe dreams.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 12:23 PM
Greeter at WalMart?









 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 01:18 PM
i didnt retire yet but after 35 years of working for others, i started my own internet advertising and consulting business with 2 much younger partners. It is the best thing that I have done and I am completely engaged in the business. I am a CPA and run the business side of everything. One of my partners brings in the revenues and closes the deals and the third is a programmer. We have about 23 employees and have been in business about 18 months.

It is so great just to worry about the business without the politics. To me, this is better than retirement and I am lucky to have gotten into this because I probably wouldnt have a job today.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 01:23 PM
I did a number of things all outside of IT when I early retired....went to work in the State courthouse doing facilities management, read meters for the electric company and finally settled on retail, working part time in a well known east coast grocer.
Although I wouldn't wish retail on anyone...i was able to negotiate my hours to fit around my schedule.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 01:25 PM
I have a good 20 years to go until retirement, but I have seen my parents do a TON of travelling; my dad has been busy with charity work via Big Brothers and Habitat for Humanity; my mom has taken art lessons. They golf like fiends.

I always thought I would work in a record store when I retired, but they may not exist by then! Ditto bookstores!

I hope to play music, listen to music, read many books, watch good movies, travel, and consume staggering amounts of Viagra to put to good use.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 02:45 PM
We have a lot of retiree's either driving or working as assistants with special needs kids on our school buses..the schedule is pretty good, money not bad, good benefits and summers off.
I'd live in a place where I could be outdoors most of the time, near the ocean, place for my dogs and horses and a garden...in a perfect world :-}

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 03:01 PM
I retired in March 2009 after 38 years employment, the last 30 as part of the busy offshore finance industry in Jersey [Channel Islands, UK]. Enough was enough! At the moment I have no intention of taking up any other employment although I might do some charity work at some stage. Just about to buy a dobro [currently play nothing!!]...watch out Jerry Douglas!
In the meantime..........I'm having a ball. Rest, travel; rest, music; rest, gardening! Having free time is just brilliant...I followed Derek Trucks & band around the country [5 out of his 6 UK concerts]; enjoyed UK festivals up and down the country and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest in San Francisco. This year already I've attended the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Transatlantic Sessions in Manchester, Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt in London and oh, yeah, 2 nights of ABB at United Palace.
I still wake with a smile on my face each morning.........life's wonderful!

 

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We have a lot of retiree's either driving or working as assistants with special needs kids on our school buses..the schedule is pretty good, money not bad, good benefits and summers off.


Leo's Dad did this after he retired and loved it. He put off his retirement because he didn't want to leave "his kids". Dad and Mom are now living in a retirement community in Florida and more active than ever. They're playing golf, bocci, taking yoga and taking their dog to obediance training. They moved to The Villages. I'm jealous. The place is beautiful and is pretty much self-contained(medical facilities, malls, restaurants, theaters).

As for us, we still have another 20 years to go. I'm thinking about going back to school for something completely different. Leo offered this advice, "Go back to school for a degree in what you'd like to do when you retire. Why wait twenty years to do what you really would like to do?" Now if i could only decide what that is....

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 03:11 PM
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I retired in March 2009 after 38 years employment, the last 30 as part of the busy offshore finance industry in Jersey [Channel Islands, UK]. Enough was enough! At the moment I have no intention of taking up any other employment although I might do some charity work at some stage. Just about to buy a dobro [currently play nothing!!]...watch out Jerry Douglas!
In the meantime..........I'm having a ball. Rest, travel; rest, music; rest, gardening! Having free time is just brilliant...I followed Derek Trucks & band around the country [5 out of his 6 UK concerts]; enjoyed UK festivals up and down the country and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest in San Francisco. This year already I've attended the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Transatlantic Sessions in Manchester, Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt in London and oh, yeah, 2 nights of ABB at United Palace.
I still wake with a smile on my face each morning.........life's wonderful!


Nice! Good for you!

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 03:48 PM
This is something that has been on my mind as well. I retired 6 months ago, and I planned to do nothing for the winter, which is exactly what I've done. Somehow I've managed to fill my time just putzing around the house, reading, working out, playing on the computer, etc. Lately I've volunteered to take charge of trying to solve some drainage, erosion, and flooding problems in our little community. I have two dream jobs that I've thought I'd like to do. One is to be the guy with the orange sticks that directs airplanes into the gates at the airport. I'll probably never get that job because I don't want to work full time and I don't want a lot of responsibility, but I think it would be fun. The other would be to be an usher at a baseball stadium. I have a good shot at this since there is a minor league team just 20 minutes away and I've made friends with a couple guys in the front office. But not feeling any pressure to go out and find a real job is what retirement is really all about, isn't it?

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 03:50 PM
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... I have two dream jobs that I've thought I'd like to do. One is to be the guy with the orange sticks that directs airplanes into the gates at the airport. ...


You'll never get that gig because you'd have to duck to keep from getting ht by the planes!

 

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You'll never get that gig because you'd have to duck to keep from getting ht by the planes!

It's just as well. My concentration isn't what it used to be. I'd probably pause to pick my nose with that orange stick in my hand and send the plane right into the car rental lot.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 04:22 PM
I am not there yet, but I have always wanted to be a college professor.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 05:10 PM
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Thought about that as well John, but didn't have my masters.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 06:26 PM
As long as I'm able, no matter what it is, I'll be working 'til the day I die.

Thankfully, here in RI, there's lotsa ocean.

The ocean is a MUST.

if I ever do "retire" and that's unlikely, it's got to be somewhere real near to the ocean.

other than that, just give me a beach towel and an iced tea.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 07:43 PM
Ski patrol in the winter.
Work at a golf course in the summer.
I wanna be one of those guys who has a patch on the sleeve of their ski jacket that reads "Over 80 Ski Club".

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 08:26 PM
Just hang out at ABB.com! Put on some good tunes, pour yourself what ever tickles your fancy and chat all things Allman Brothers!

Of course, get laid as often as you can. Once you're over the hill, you pick up speed!

Long Live the Allman Brothers Band!

 

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  posted on 3/28/2010 at 03:34 PM
Thanks for the ideas.... I am lucky enough to live close to the water so I can do some fishing and chill out stuff aside from the other things I mentioned. I read you on the focus on enjoying retirement suggestions.... I have done enough unenjoyable stuff in my time.... but I know that I am a lucky guy.....

Thanks again and keep that ABB music on loud.

 

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Thanks for the ideas.... I am lucky enough to live close to the water so I can do some fishing and chill out stuff aside from the other things I mentioned. I read you on the focus on enjoying retirement suggestions.... I have done enough unenjoyable stuff in my time.... but I know that I am a lucky guy.....

Thanks again and keep that ABB music on loud.




Good for you GSM. Will do! ABB forever! If you're ever wanting for company, we'll always be around!


 

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  posted on 3/29/2010 at 01:25 PM
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As I am nearing early retirement age, I am thinking more and more about what's next. I have spent decades in IT and would like to do "something completely different". Maybe work with kids... aside from play bass, guitar, travel. play with the grandkids and relax....

Would be interested in reading how others went about figuring out what kind of work to do after retirement..what worked out / what didn't.... what suggestions you have

Thanks for your thoughts on this.


Ski, surf, fish, learn to fly a small plane or helicopter and a boat, ride a horse, travel. Then out of all of that, you will find a place you want to be, and some sort of hobby you can make money at and call it a job. (teach others how to do something you have learned to do, in an environment you love, even if it is only camera-happy tourists).

 

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