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Tailgate
11-29-2012, 06:17 AM
Days like today make me want to call it quits and have some fun. I notice lots of forum members are retired and love playing their ukuleles. Is retirement all it's cracked up to be?

coolkayaker1
11-29-2012, 06:24 AM
As long as one doesn't die, then yes.

Caddy65
11-29-2012, 06:27 AM
After 5 years of retirement I can say...There is no down side to retirement!

The best part is freedom of time. When asked about retirement I use this analogy. Remember when you were a kid and off from school for summer vacation and it seemed like a long time? Well, that is what retirement feels like, but with no return to school facing you again in the fall. ;)

Steedy
11-29-2012, 06:28 AM
5 more years of toil and then a golden ukulele retirement for me! :cool:

Bill Mc
11-29-2012, 06:37 AM
Days like today make me want to call it quits and have some fun. I notice lots of forum members are retired and love playing their ukuleles. Is retirement all it's cracked up to be?

Tailgate, you definitely need to have a plan when retiring. This includes making sure you are financially secure and have positive social connections that you maintain on a weekly basis and interests that are intellectually stimulating and physically supportive. From the tone of your post it appears you have come to the same realization that I did some years back - stay in this job much longer and it will drive me nuts or kill me !

kvehe
11-29-2012, 06:37 AM
Ask me in six months. Oh, no, wait, have to wait for Medicare to kick in.......

Bill Mc
11-29-2012, 06:45 AM
As long as one doesn't die, then yes.

One will assuredly die. It just depends how much style you want to have in your life before that inevitable event. On the other hand if an individual is so enamoured of a job by all means stay in it, deprive a young person of a job position, and die at the jobsite. From the sound of things that will be the wave of the future.

BlueLatitude
11-29-2012, 06:50 AM
On the other hand if an individual is so enamoured of a job by all means stay in it...

Sadly, a lot of people HAVE to stay in their jobs since their retirement funds have been lost and SS isn't looking too promising either. A lot of my friends who should be thinking about retiring in a few years now aren't able to do so.

Manalishi
11-29-2012, 07:10 AM
I retired at sixty but had been unemployed for over a year
before that.It's what you make of it,as has been said already.
Providing you have a routine that keeps you chooglin' along
nicely,it's great! And with careful planning,all the uke time
you could want or need...

coolkayaker1
11-29-2012, 07:46 AM
i want to retire and live alone in a cabin in the woods and play my ukuleles.

My wife and kids can visit me monthly, if they call first.

Kanaka916
11-29-2012, 08:21 AM
Let you know how it is when it happens . . .

PhilUSAFRet
11-29-2012, 08:32 AM
YES! :cool:

generr
11-29-2012, 08:47 AM
Retirement is GREAT! Good luck to all who are looking forward to retirement, the journey is certainly worth it. I'm lucky that my wife retired with me, and we are great friends!

Now all I need to do is get that "ukulele playing" part down and it would be perfect! LOL

Mandalyn
11-29-2012, 08:55 AM
My goal in life is to retire and do nothing but music. Sadly that is a long way away.

mm stan
11-29-2012, 09:29 AM
Make shua Your golden years are filled with ukuleles and music.....some work so hard to attain their golden years...and over work themselves to death and they cannot enjoy it due to excessive work and heatlh....take things in stride, if you want to go for the duration and enjoyment in the latter years think moderation...hopefully you don't knock over too early.....

Hippie Dribble
11-29-2012, 09:54 AM
i want to retire and live alone in a cabin in the woods and play my ukuleles.

My wife and kids can visit me monthly, if they call first.

Hey! who told you about my life? Yep, those boundaries are very important... :p

Bill Mc
11-29-2012, 10:02 AM
Sadly, a lot of people HAVE to stay in their jobs since their retirement funds have been lost and SS isn't looking too promising either. A lot of my friends who should be thinking about retiring in a few years now aren't able to do so.

That is sad and very true. And what is it going to be like when the retirement age goes to 70 ?

hawaii 50
11-29-2012, 10:13 AM
Days like today make me want to call it quits and have some fun. I notice lots of forum members are retired and love playing their ukuleles. Is retirement all it's cracked up to be?



I will let you know..i retire at the end of the year and i am moving back home to Oahu..i have been living in calif for over 30 years..

i got most of my ukes now but waiting on about 4 really special ones..i plan to play like crazy..i hope it helps.. Lol
i have 2 ukes for delivery in 2013 and 1 for 2014..if you add it up it only comes out to 3..ha ha

Caddy65
11-29-2012, 12:00 PM
My goal in life is to retire and do nothing but music. Sadly that is a long way away.

I can say this from experience. You will be very surprised one day that you are at that point in life, and wonder how you happened to get there so quickly! :eek:

Hobbies are the key. I retired just prior to my 60th birthday (a little over 5 years ago) and now have time to do all the things I never could find enough time for while working. Music occupies a good share of my time, and golf and bicycle with my wife during the season. I also have written a couple of historical books about my hometown (still live there). Those I did non-profit, as I didn't want to see the years of my generation lost, as there had been nothing written covering those years. Donated a bunch of copies to the local Historical Society, along with the rights to the books and any reprints. I also do woodworking and home improvements, and get together with old friends very often. Never bored. (not enough time!)

connor013
11-29-2012, 12:08 PM
Caddy: that's pretty cool about the hometown book. An old professor of mine (he's retired now) is thinking of doing the same for Salem. It's a great idea.

As for retirement, maybe my tune will change, but if I've learned anything it's that an idle Connor is a menace to himself and others. I think I'll teach until the end.

frets alot
11-29-2012, 12:50 PM
Since we retired, I've had A LOT more time for my music. It's wonderful! We have to be more careful with our money, but it's nice enjoying life. Music is my passion now. My husband's is making pure maple syrup. So, we've gotten into that together and really enjoy it. So, life is good. We are very fortunate.

Tootler
11-29-2012, 01:01 PM
I can say this from experience. You will be very surprised one day that you are at that point in life, and wonder how you happened to get there so quickly! :eek:

Hobbies are the key.

Absolutely - and have those hobbies before you retire. It makes the transition so much easier. Even so, there is a period of adjustment.

coolkayaker1
11-29-2012, 01:07 PM
Even so, there is a period of adjustment.

To get over the sense of worthlessness?

I'm being serious. It's a concern.

Big Bob
11-29-2012, 01:42 PM
Retirement! The most important thing to have is your health.Those golden years are really only fools gold without your health.

ksiegel
11-29-2012, 04:45 PM
I retired 8-1/2 years ago.

I went back to work 6-1/2 years ago.

My pension is enough to put a roof over my head, food on the table, computers on the internet, and cell phones - and the health insurance is affordable. The car insurance, gasoline, utilities, school and property taxes, and food take up most of the rest of the pension.

From my job i get some spending money, free coffee and tea, and a lot of enjoyment.

Is retirement worth it? Yup. But so is working at something you enjoy, BECAUSE you like doing it.

I tell people that I spent 24 years being accused of being paid to drink coffee. Now I actually DO get paid to drink coffee. I drink less of it, enjoy it more, and am far more discerning about what I drink, and I NEVER have to drink a cup of cold coffee again so long as I live!



-Kurt

{My health is also better since I retired from the Fire Department.)

Caddy65
11-29-2012, 04:50 PM
Caddy: that's pretty cool about the hometown book. An old professor of mine (he's retired now) is thinking of doing the same for Salem. It's a great idea.


Thanks!

Well, I had gone to the public library and the Historical Society looking for history of our town and found that all the available material ended with my parents' generation. I didn't want to see our baby boomer years lost over time. I contacted a lot of my HS classmates and got their recollections, as I only knew my own neighborhood, grade school and circle of friends. I needed more info form other parts of town, etc., as well as the girls perspective.

Caddy65
11-29-2012, 04:52 PM
Absolutely - and have those hobbies before you retire. It makes the transition so much easier. Even so, there is a period of adjustment.

My transition period was over on day one of retirement.

peterp
11-29-2012, 07:21 PM
i think i would like to teach music when i retire... uke and guitar.

Bill Mc
11-29-2012, 07:44 PM
My transition period was over on day one of retirement.

I'm in total agreement Caddy - no adjustment period for me and no boredom. Life is just too rich and my mind never sleeps.

hawaii 50
11-30-2012, 07:32 AM
I retired 8-1/2 years ago.

I went back to work 6-1/2 years ago.

My pension is enough to put a roof over my head, food on the table, computers on the internet, and cell phones - and the health insurance is affordable. The car insurance, gasoline, utilities, school and property taxes, and food take up most of the rest of the pension.

From my job i get some spending money, free coffee and tea, and a lot of enjoyment.

Is retirement worth it? Yup. But so is working at something you enjoy, BECAUSE you like doing it.

I tell people that I spent 24 years being accused of being paid to drink coffee. Now I actually DO get paid to drink coffee. I drink less of it, enjoy it more, and am far more discerning about what I drink, and I NEVER have to drink a cup of cold coffee again so long as I live!



-Kurt

{My health is also better since I retired from the Fire Department.)


Hey Kurt..thanks for the info..where you involved with helping out on9/11..if so thanks for your service..

hope you save enough (extra)money for your Compass Rose..

Tudorp
11-30-2012, 07:39 AM
It doesn't pay so well, but the hours are GREAT... ;)

rem50
11-30-2012, 08:02 AM
I would say I am semi retired.... or semi unemployed. One of the benefits/problems of being self employed. Retired from the Marines at 40 years old and started a photography business. Love the work but it is feast or famine. Good news though is during the lean times you have more time to do fun stuff....just signed up at the local rest home to come in and play uke tunes for the residents. They are very thankful and I get some practice in. The plus side is my wife likes the idea of my community involvement. WIN WIN WIN!

coolkayaker1
11-30-2012, 08:50 AM
Hey! who told you about my life? Yep, those boundaries are very important... :p

True, your life is life that, Jon. *** envy***

ricdoug
11-30-2012, 08:36 PM
I retired from the USMC in 1992 and went back to work in 1994. Like Kurt (ksiegel), I enjoy working. I'm the current President of the Ukulele Society of America and am very active in the large local music scene. We've helped many local schools start ukulele classes/clubs. Competitive shooting is another one of my hobbies. Most that know me do not know that I play a lot more guitar than ukulele. Currently I own 62 guitars. Installing professional sound systems is also a work/hobby. Ric