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Old 01-10-2015, 06:30 PM   #41
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I think I might retire sometime between july and september of this year. The problem is that I have been having so much fun doing what I do. The DW says it is now I am getting serious and doing hard research on the fun I am going to have when I retire. So much I want to do and need more toys to do it with. It's all about the toys folks.

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Old 01-10-2015, 06:46 PM   #42
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Volunteer at your church or any church or other good cause. You pick the things you like to do and when you want to do them. Meet great people and maybe get closer to God. That is what we all should do if we have that kind of time on our hands. Get closer to God cause you are closer to meeting him than you ever were.

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Old 01-10-2015, 07:08 PM   #43
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I had to retire on disability a couple of years ago, was able to get maxed out on my SS for being disabled. Wife pulled the trigger last spring. We closed the business. Sold the home in Dallas, and moved to SW Florida. Now, I am writing, wife is developing her photography business. Going to use our MH in the businesses as there is nothing to anchor us down. Setting around watching daytime TV will rot your brain, so we are staying busy. But not too busy to watch sunsets on the beach.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:16 PM   #44
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After 4 years in the US Air Force I got out & went to work as a civilian with the AF. When I started as a young 'boy' of about 25 I saw so many men in their 70s and more struggling to come in to work. I asked why? The answer was they couldn't afford to retire. We could retire at 55 if we had the years so I made a vow to myself I would be out of there at 55.
Divorce & college tuition,etc. set me back only 6 months. I retired at 55 1/2 & then worked for almost 2 years doing the same job for more money at the same place with a private contractor.
I had planned & saved over the years so I am OK now & don't have to work but I was getting restless too. I told my Daddy I had to do something but I couldn't see minimum wage & working like a teenager. I told him I felt like I was just sitting at home waiting to die.
I decided to do something I liked. I have a Work & Play Toyhauler so I take the fishing gear, the Harley & the dog & I work for the State as a Campground Host. I absolutely love it. I make no money but I am basically my own boss and when I'm not working I fish, ride the Harley and hang out with the dog.
Life is great & I feel needed & appreciated. I have been home now for about 2 weeks until my next assignment in about a month & I can hardy wait !
(and by the way, I just turned 61 & take no meds & I think I'm in pretty good health)
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:27 PM   #45
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Probably the one thing I miss the most is the socializing at work, all the characters, peoples great or strange take on life, all the stories, I do miss that but not enough to go back looking for work.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:42 PM   #46
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The other side of retirement is what I ended up with. At 55 I medically retired from a job that I loved. Good pay and my own boss. Well it wasn't our plan but we decided to sell the house and took our MH out full time. Chronic pain keeps me from doing all the fun things I planned on when retiring but we make the best out of a bad situation. I never dreamed I would be like this at 57. Not complaining but wondering if anyone else is in the same boat?
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:00 AM   #47
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Hi folks. We are in our early 70's and in fair health. Thinking very seriously of taking the plunge and retiring. Have a 2010 Georgetown MH with quite a few extras that came with it. We owe $50,000 on it. (our only debt) Want to move from Calif. to Colo. where we have family. Our biggest concern is financial. Will only be getting around $24,000yr. income and have enough savings to perhaps buy/rent a park model or factory built home. Also, it has been suggested we purchase an RV lot, live in it awhile THEN, later sell RV and buy park model, etc. Don't know what we could get for the Georgetown in a couple yrs. These are scary thoughts but I believe once you stop dreaming, it's all over. Has anyone been able to make retirement work with buying/renting an RV lot and were there any unexpected surprises? (good or bad). Thanks for the input and happy/safe New Year! Sandy
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:07 AM   #48
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Phil, dealing with neuromuscular issues, deal with pain every day.

I took too much aspirin based pain killers, ended up with a perforated ulcer. I now know what a '10' pain level is. I just deal with it by moving. I sit too long, I have more pain. I use a power chair. That is why I tow my minivan with the chair and lift.

I go to the gym at our community center. I do a light workout at least every other day to keep the muscles moving.

You just have to keep moving. I have, and been dealing with this stuff for almost 30 years. It doesn't get better. But we did find that by moving tomSW Florida away from the cold, the pain is much less, much easier to move around.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:13 AM   #49
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Sandy, I have lived in Colo. it gets COLD. OMG cold! And the cost of living is high due to heating costs.

You have an RV. You can purchase a MH in SW Florida for $15K, lot rent of about $600. Utilities cost of about $100 (water, sewer, etc included in rent). Alternately, there are combo parks down here where you can rent a space monthly, including all utilities.

Come down and you will save big time on living costs, travel up to Colo to visit kinfolks. You will make many friends in these RV/MH developments. Lot friendlier than you will find in other areas as many are Over-55 developments.

As to selling the RV, you will have a hard time just breaking even due to depreciation unless it is real fancy. Hope this helps
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:16 AM   #50
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I feel a bit cheated in that I retired 1 1/2 years ago at 70 and sometimes feel guilty that I'm not still working...then I read about all you folks in your 50's and 60's that have retired and few if any feel guilty.
No, there is no guilt here. I worked for 50 years (13 to 63) providing support to my mother (when I was young) and then my family after I got married.

After 50 years of service I felt I had more than earned the retirement I had looked forward to.

I did miss work for a while, I ran a program for a University that I had in part created and it was difficult to let it go. But now after 18 months, when I think about work it is only the people I think of, not the work.

Enjoy your retirement I am sure you earned it too.


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