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« Reply #60 on: December 26, 2021, 08:07:22 am »


Who says you have to be "old" to retire?  


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« Reply #61 on: December 26, 2021, 08:14:30 am »


I guess you can sell the house and ride around the world for 18 years  Lol


Why 18?

And I have toyed with the idea of selling off everything and going with minimal possessions. I think I could go minimalist, but Debra would nix that in a blink.
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« Reply #62 on: December 26, 2021, 01:11:37 pm »

I haven't really discussed retirement with the family other than discussing insurance options with the wife.
However, I got this from my son and daughter in law for Christmas.
I guess the deal is sealed!

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« Reply #63 on: January 03, 2022, 10:08:04 am »

Today is the first day that I would have gone back to work, after the holiday shutdown.

Feels like a Sunday. Hoping it warms up enough this afternoon (to melt the rest of the ice) so I can go for a ride.
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« Reply #64 on: January 03, 2022, 11:26:49 am »

One of my Christmas gifts from my daughter is a sweatshirt that reads "retired, I do what I want when I want"
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« Reply #65 on: January 12, 2022, 12:00:49 pm »

OK, ninth Saturday in a row...

How do you retired guys adjust? Any methods you use, such as let whatever happens each day happen or structure the week as before retirement?
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« Reply #66 on: January 12, 2022, 01:17:12 pm »


OK, ninth Saturday in a row...

How do you retired guys adjust? Any methods you use, such as let whatever happens each day happen or structure the week as before retirement?


I thought that I would have plenty of "Free" time to do what ever the F I wanted.

Guess what.  

One set of grandbabies comes on Tuesday, one set on Thursday and one set has a varying schedule, but normally at least once a week.  Then I have my shop that I a trying to get set up to have fun in puttering with my bikes.  I want to set up one of my DR650's for Adventure Touring, panniers and all that.  The other one I want to convert to a Supermoto.

I have been working on the AC set up for the shop, two mini split units, for over 6 months because (grown ones) keep coming up with ideas to keep me busy at their homes.  Also, all of the honey do's that my wife has for me.  

So, how do I structure my week?  I use the calendar on my phone to keep up with all of my projects and I also SCHEDULE my time. I have had to do that so I can have a little fun.  I let the kids know that I am taking a day off and going riding, or whatever I want.  It works for me.
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« Reply #67 on: January 12, 2022, 01:29:24 pm »

My house is usually picked up and a guest can come at any time and I would not feel bad. My yard is nice and I keep the weeds/etc. managed. My garage is nice and clean(except when I am doing a project) and the cars and motorcycles are in order. Now that my living situation is attended to, I am very busy with my church, I have friends that ride almost every week(almost because it is Winter after all) and I frequently call the best friends and relatives. I can be on the phone for hours catching up. I do relax bit and other "things" pop up. I do have time when I get bored but overall I am busy. There are so many other things that I can do but put off. Really, I have no one to blame if I get bored.

I should read more but that has never been a priority for me.
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« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2022, 02:55:47 pm »

I'm not retired from my regular job yet, but I don't see much changing except having time to get more stuff done than I can do right now.  In addition to my regular job, I have a small beef cattle farm, work part time for my fire dept, volunteer at another fire dept and our rescue squad. I'm one of only two rescue divers in my county, and my daughter will get married in October, so I expect grandkids in another year or so.  My son lives in Tx so we don't see each other except Christmas.  I will have to start riding down there at least once a year.  Right now, I don't have time to turn around to keep from spitting into the wind, so hopefully I'll be able to catch my breath and have time to eat a little better and become more fit to counteract the aging process for a few years.
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« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2022, 09:38:50 am »


OK, ninth Saturday in a row...

How do you retired guys adjust? Any methods you use, such as let whatever happens each day happen or structure the week as before retirement?


Go with the flow. I try to keep mindful of the things needing to be done PLUS what's been put off. I will then, say, go out the garage for the clean-it-out project and ponder what next to tackle... then go back inside... then come back out... then, when bored with anything else, head out and tackle some Tetris-level organizing.
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« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2022, 10:24:32 am »


If you're bored, it's time to join a service organization.  There are many, but numbers vary from town to town.  

Rural Volunteer Fire Depts often have auxillary/fundraising arms.  If you are still fairly young and in a rural area, maybe even train and become a volunteer firefighter.  They always ALWAYS need firefighters that can respond during the day when most of the volunteers are away at work.

Habitat for Humanity
Red Cross or (other disaster relief organizations that manages money better than Red cross)
United Way (I know nothing about them)
Boys/Girls clubs, YMCA, YWCA (I know nothing about them)
Animal Shelters
Food Banks
Homeless Shelters
Local Little League and other amature sports organizations need people that aren't parents of players to make level headed decisions.

There are also social clubs with lots of service activities. A couple examples are Lion's Club International, Rotary International, and Elks Lodge.  My town has these, yours probably has others or these and more.

If you retired from management or supervision, maybe you could be the person to organize fundraising for St. Jude Children's Hospital in your area.  There are several other children's hospitals in need as well. Shriners, U of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital next to Hawkeyes stadium,   etc.  If there is one within a few hundred miles of you where some of your community's kids have been served, it would make a connection with your population.

These just popped into my head.  There are hundreds of other ways to volunteer your time in the US.

There is no excuse to be bored.


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« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2022, 10:49:58 am »

I tell my retired buddies who can't seem to find time for projects around the house or to help others that they don't work now. When they worked you are looking at travel time back and forth then at least 40 hours at the shop. That time not spent now can be allocated to helping others and working around the house.

Then there is always riding your bike!! Come to New Mexico and lunch is on me!!
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« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2022, 11:03:21 am »


Then there is always riding your bike!! Come to New Mexico and lunch is on me!!
You got me to thinking about my eventual retirement rides. Google Maps says nearly 17 hours non-stop to Rio Rancho on I-40.  My butt couldn't handle that!  I imagine my wife wouldn't like me being gone that long either. There won't be anybody to go through the house and turn off fifty different lights.  
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« Reply #73 on: January 13, 2022, 11:30:55 am »

Bored is not an issue. Plenty to do, inside and outside the house, along with lots of projects queued up.

Biggest issue is getting my calendar perception down. I spent 40+ years in a 50+ hour per week job where I checked my calendar/schedule a dozen times a day, juggling projects and meeting everyday. And thinking about those projects and business P&L at night and on weekends.

Maybe the reset will come after Debra and I get back from spending February in Port Aransas. I have been postponing any big projects until we get back home in March. I have cleared out several overgrown areas of the yard (and contemplating a better single track trail layout).   Smile
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« Reply #74 on: January 13, 2022, 11:36:16 am »



If you're bored, it's time to join a service organization.  There are many, but numbers vary from town to town.  



Debra (my wife) had her business destroyed by the pandemic and shutdown. Her business had been in limbo and she has decided to just close it and retire with me. Since she had a lot more time on her hands, she has gotten heavily involved with a local food bank. Works (unpaid) there several days a week.
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« Reply #75 on: January 13, 2022, 06:06:41 pm »

BS, sounds to me like you are on the right track!!
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« Reply #76 on: January 14, 2022, 06:57:54 am »


You got me to thinking about my eventual retirement rides. Google Maps says nearly 17 hours non-stop to Rio Rancho on I-40.  My butt couldn't handle that!  I imagine my wife wouldn't like me being gone that long either. There won't be anybody to go through the house and turn off fifty different lights.  


Get a Russell Day-Long seat and that will be the least of your concerns.
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« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2022, 08:26:40 am »




Get a Russell Day-Long seat and that will be the least of your concerns.

I've got a Sargent. I'm not used to riding distances now, but when I retire and get back to it, the Sargent will keep me comfy until I have to stop for gas.  The old VFR will cruise well over 200 miles on a tank.  My knees won't be as happy as they used to be, though.   Lol
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« Reply #78 on: January 15, 2022, 09:31:05 am »



I've got a Sargent. I'm not used to riding distances now, but when I retire and get back to it, the Sargent will keep me comfy until I have to stop for gas.  The old VFR will cruise well over 200 miles on a tank.  My knees won't be as happy as they used to be, though.   Lol


Stand and stretch while the tires are rolling. Isometic the hell out of shoulders, wrists, ankles, hips, etc.  Do it before getting stiff and at least every 30 minutes of the ride. You might be a little sore at the end of the day but it will be from the isometrics instead of stiffness.
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« Reply #79 on: January 15, 2022, 09:47:01 am »

I've gotten banged up really good several times years ago. I've awakened in the hospital. Now? Heck, I can ride 500-600 miles and be ready for action when I arrive. I consider myself richly blessed in that way.

When I ride the FJR1300 I am wearing good riding gear, put on the music and away I go.
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