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Old April 11th, 2013, 02:40 PM
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Are you retired or working?

If you are retired, are you enjoying it as much as you thought you would, possibly even more?

If you are working, do you like your job? Is it your chosen profession?
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Retired in 1982. love it.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 03:15 PM
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I retired in 2006 D/H retired June of last year, yes we both are enjoying not working.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 03:45 PM
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I retired from my full-time job after 31 years in 2006. But before doing so, we started our travel business in 2002 part-time so that when I retired, I would have my own business to work at and be my own boss. I'm also an ice hockey referee (30 years) and do that 5 to 6 nights a week - worked about 350 games last year.

I use to work a 7:00am - 3:30pm job, now I work from around 10:00am to 12:30am - guess you could say I'm not really retired as I went from working for someone else to working for myself and loving it! We really enjoy dealing with our clients. Plus, now that the kids are grown and gone, we're able to travel more often, which is something we really love!

So, like they always say, once you retire you become busier than when you worked full time - ain't that the truth!

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I was a pre VMD student but changed to Psychology as my major . I worked in the Industrial Psychology department of one of the largest insurance companies in the US . I spent 25 years in the insurance industry and retired in 1998 .
After retirement I found myself being bored ,possibly because my better half was still working and I went to work in the Advertising industry .Aside from taking an elective class in Advertising while in college I had no expertise in the field .In 2001. I became Vice President of the company. In 2003 I retired for good but my wife continued to work until 2008 .
It was that year that we rediscovered cruising .
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Old April 11th, 2013, 06:20 PM
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I retired from TVA in 2008 with 26 years in nuclear power as a radiation protection manager. I keep current in the industry with periodic consultant contracts, so I am really just semi-retired from my profession. I don't miss the daily drudgery of working at a nuclear facility and for a large corporation (albeit a federal one). I was fortunate to be able to retire from TVA at age 52.

Coincident with leaving TVA I became editor of the Cruisemates sister site, Cruisereviews, as well as a contributing writer for Cruisemates. Thus I am busy but have the luxury of working on my own terms and schedule. I am right were I want to be and happy.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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I'm working....and I still have 30 years to go......*sigh*

I started out going for my degree in psychology and ended up in business. Now I work in banking. You would probably be surprised in how much I use my psychology training in banking...lol
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I retired in 2006 and after being out for a year I was asked to go back and do some contract work. I did that for 5 years but worked only about 45 days at a time - twice a year. I enjoyed going back in but do enjoy being retired. My wife continued to work until 2007 and it was that year that we discovered the wonderful world of cruising and we have now cruised just over 100 nights. We love to travel and are working our way through our travel "bucket list."
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Still working for the man.

I the I might go into physical therapy in college and become an athletic trainer. Then I took anatomy. After that I switched major to computer science and have been a happy programmer ever since. I have worked in aerospace, pharma and finance,
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I "retired" from my last job over a year ago but will work again eventually. Just looking to travel to until the itch stops, best year of my life by far.

I'm only 32 lol.
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I retired last year in May after 36 years in the telecommunications industry. I have toyed with the Idea of doing something part time but right now I'm just enjoying retirement. My wife and I also owned our own travel agency from 2001 -2008. Although my credentials are not current (RTA, TA, CTC, CLIA) I may re certify. If not, then Wal-Mart, Sam's Club or K-Mart. I can be a greeter.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Yes i & my wife R. retired, we love being so. We love having the time to enjoy life without work, taking the time to cruise & doing whatever.
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Still working, I'm a VP of a mid-size(80 people) aerospace manufacturing operation. Retirement is probably 6 or 7 years off, or 10 to 12 if you ask my DW as we have 1 DD getting married next month and another DD getting married next year. But we love to cruise, taking our first NCL cruise this October on the new Breakaway.
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Both really..stopped actual full time work when the computers overwhelmed the print trade...but didn't have enough money to enjoy life sol we both still work part time doing this & that...we call it ''cruise vouchers''..
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Old April 12th, 2013, 09:23 PM
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I'm still working; hoping to retire in 15 or 16 or 17 or 18 or 19 . . .

Wife retired in 06 when we moved overseas (left her job; we just call it retirement).

As long as I can take nice long vacations and still pull in a paycheck, I think I will be susceptible to OMY (one more year).

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Jim retired from the military in 03, and went to work for the gov. doing a job he loves. Not one of those high paying jobs you hear about, but one that gives him satisfaction.

I retired several years ago, due to medical problems.
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The majority of my working life was in the non profit area . Although my last job was not in this category I did not take a salary nor did I take a commission .I worked solely for the enjoyment.
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While I so loved the thrill and excitement of my profession and miss it to this very day, I was getting too old to do it justice (hmmmm.....appropriate word there given what I did for a living). Like Lakers Fan I also was in a non profit profession but not exactly the type in which Lakers Fan was engaged.

I can, however, now indulge in helping others to the extent I literally have never been happier in my life. Everyone is stunned that I quit smoking. Yes I have health issues so numerous and severe I truthfully should have been dead long ago and yes, I just this past week spent three days in the hospital but I honestly don't care.

Toward the plus side I now have a weight and a waist size that I haven't seen in 30 years (221.3 lbs. and a 42" waist). Within the past couple of months I've shed just over 70 lbs. I was shocked to find out I actually still have a chest!! Also, they won't need a back hoe to lift my coffin!

Were I to be "on the prowl" (which of course I am notnor ever again will be), it has shall we say, opened new and very attractive doors and I'm 66 years old!!!!! If you're as I was for literally decades, morbidly obese and you are also single but looking, it definitely would be to your benefit to lose some poundage (hint-hint) .

So yes, I absolutely love my retirement but I also understand and support those who don't wish to retire even if eligible simply because they so enjoy theirs.
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While I so loved the thrill and excitement of my profession and miss it to this very day, I was getting too old to do it justice (hmmmm.....appropriate word there given what I did for a living). Like Lakers Fan I also was in a non profit profession but not exactly the type in which Lakers Fan was engaged.

I can, however, now indulge in helping others to the extent I literally have never been happier in my life. Everyone is stunned that I quit smoking. Yes I have health issues so numerous and severe I truthfully should have been dead long ago and yes, I just this past week spent three days in the hospital but I honestly don't care.

Toward the plus side I now have a weight and a waist size that I haven't seen in 30 years (221.3 lbs. and a 42" waist). Within the past couple of months I've shed just over 70 lbs. I was shocked to find out I actually still have a chest!! Also, they won't need a back hoe to lift my coffin!

Were I to be "on the prowl" (which of course I am notnor ever again will be), it has shall we say, opened new and very attractive doors and I'm 66 years old!!!!! If you're as I was for literally decades, morbidly obese and you are also single but looking, it definitely would be to your benefit to lose some poundage (hint-hint) .

So yes, I absolutely love my retirement but I also understand and support those who don't wish to retire even if eligible simply because they so enjoy theirs.
There was a time in my life when I weighed 239 pounds and had a 44" waist.I got tired of seeing that image in the mirror and dieted to 173 pounds and a 34" waist .
While I have gained back a lot in the past few years my health dictates that I once again lose some weight.

Todd ,you are a young man ,embrace life
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When I moved down to Florida in 2007, I planned to semi-retire but the economy would not let me do so at the time. Still working but it shouldn't be long now. Well, hopefully anyway!
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I so appreciate your support Lakers Fan but to be truthful, for the past couple of months I've never embraced life to the degree I now enjoy.

And in case no one noticed, I not only thoroughly enjoy a gallows sense of humor I diligently indulge in same myself, more so if it involves my own situation.
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I can only wish to be retired. I had hoped, when we made the move from Montreal to Nova Scotia that I could retire from the early childhood career I'd enjoyed, but my hubby is retired now, the cost of living is higher here, we have to operate 2 cars, and if we want to cruise, then I have to work.
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Working and enjoying
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Planning on retiring a couple of years.
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I am retiring two days before Rob and I depart on our repositioning cruise. Wahoo, I can't wait!!!
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Since I am the "boss", I guess retirement will never happen.
I like working.... and the wife likes shoes.
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