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Old 09-21-2016, 04:25 PM   #41
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Well Les... Thanks for your pleasant, helpful, concern, however a lifetime of frugal living and careful planning will allow my wife and I to have a healthy and happy retirement. We aren't quitting... We are just moving on to another phase. My father enjoyed a retirement of 40 years quite successfully. I'm not "quitting" to sit in a rocking chair. I stay very busy with my large family and 9 grandkids. I have no shame in being able to afford the life I've chosen. I've worked hard. I was simply asking for tips, not charity? Thanks for the great tip of the Corp of Engineer Parks. They look great! I assure you, we won't outlive our retirement. I hope yours is happy and full of health....

Blessings to you.

I have seen a lot of people who 'retire' and their life is over when it should just be starting. They worry too much and really 'change'. Not saying that will be you. But it is very sad when ones 'goal' is to 'retire'.... and then have no clue on what to do 'the day after'. Stay busy and love life. (life should always be enjoyed and spread that joy). The Corps has many great places to stay and visit across the country that is away from the rat race. I like the peace and nature. Stay for a couple of weeks at many places and explore the surroundings.
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Yes... I just had a very dear friend that didnt wake up this past Saturday morning. He was seriously thinking about retirement
I will not be ashamed of being able to enjoy my life and family at ripe old age of 55!
Good for you!! Sorry about your friend. We saw that way too many times at the university we retired from. Folks kept saying, "Maybe next year, I just want to have this much more $$$." And then it was too late. We (like you) planned on retiring 'early' and are now enjoying the grandkids and all the friends we have met while RVing. I have no idea how we had time to work previously. Enjoy.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:14 PM   #43
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Good for you!! Sorry about your friend. We saw that way too many times at the university we retired from. Folks kept saying, "Maybe next year, I just want to have this much more $$$." And then it was too late. We (like you) planned on retiring 'early' and are now enjoying the grandkids and all the friends we have met while RVing. I have no idea how we had time to work previously. Enjoy.
How often do you guys travel?
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Good for you!! Sorry about your friend. We saw that way too many times at the university we retired from. Folks kept saying, "Maybe next year, I just want to have this much more $$$." And then it was too late. We (like you) planned on retiring 'early' and are now enjoying the grandkids and all the friends we have met while RVing. I have no idea how we had time to work previously. Enjoy.
My father was looking forward to retirement at 62. He dies at the job he did not enjoy at 60. I was 55 and out the door. My wife was 56. I'm 68 now and too busy to worry about $$$. BTW ~ had our boat on the Atlantic today 2 trash fish (false albacore), 3 blue fish, 3 king mackerel (I don't eat blues or kings), and 31 Spanish Mackerel.
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My father was looking forward to retirement at 62. He dies at the job he did not enjoy at 60. I was 55 and out the door. My wife was 56. I'm 68 now and too busy to worry about $$$. BTW ~ had our boat on the Atlantic today 2 trash fish (false albacore), 3 blue fish, 3 king mackerel (I don't eat blues or kings), and 31 Spanish Mackerel.
Hey the fishing your way sounds like a lot of fun.
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My father was looking forward to retirement at 62. He dies at the job he did not enjoy at 60. I was 55 and out the door. My wife was 56. I'm 68 now and too busy to worry about $$$. BTW ~ had our boat on the Atlantic today 2 trash fish (false albacore), 3 blue fish, 3 king mackerel (I don't eat blues or kings), and 31 Spanish Mackerel.
Bravo captain...thank you. I lost my dad at 90. One of the very last thing he said to, just days before the end... He looked at me and said "get out as soon as you can", i only responded with a yes sir., and I will. I married a youngin... We will 55 and 49!
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Hey the fishing your way sounds like a lot of fun.
I dont think Capn fishes.... He catches!
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Hey the fishing your way sounds like a lot of fun.
We have about 6 - 8 weeks of decent near shore fishing. Offshore the the gulf stream at this end of the state is about 60 miles off so north around the Outer Banks is better/closer. Actually, NC has given the public resource to the commercial industry. Gillnets have been severely restricted or eliminated in the rest of the country but are prolific in NC, even in the nursery areas. I travel to FL and LA to fish. Now the bait fish are running close to shore. I was not even 3 miles off the beach today. This is one of the best times for surf fishermen too. The inshore fishing in NC could really be much better and I have not fished inshore in years for that reason.


My wife likes to have some Spanish Mackerel in the freezer but ~~ years ago I ran charters on the Great Lakes ~~ nothing better than a freezer full of walleye for the winter.
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How often do you guys travel?
Well, we travel enough that we have our house on the market If it sells, we will figure out if we really want to full time or not I had to think about your question awhile. We were gone from our home town at least 55% of the time during the last year. Some times with the RV, some times not. Our kids live 4 hours away so we are there a lot for grandkid events. We go for the day, stay the weekend, or sometimes take the RV for a week or more. We LOVE NASCAR so we go to at least 3 races a year and usually make a 3-4 week adventure out of it. We live fairly close to the Gila National Wilderness so we go there to escape. No cell, no internet, no hookups Just fishing, backpacking, and fresh air. We are looking at work camping but don't want it to interfere with grandkid time, so that is the limiting factor. It is wonderful to have some many options. Isn't retirement grand!!!!!!!

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