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post #21 of 43 Old 01-22-2016, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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I had some coworkers who just couldn’t do anything on their own and every day they would wait for the boss to come in for instructions. I often wondered what they would ever do without someone telling them what to do if they retired.

I remember years ago when truck driver down the street from me retired. I would see him sitting in a lawn chair in his completely empty garage everyday just watching people drive past. Then one day after about 6 to 9 months later I saw the garage door closed. I found out later that he had passed away probably from not getting any exercise.

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I had some coworkers who just couldn’t do anything on their own and every day they would wait for the boss to come in for instructions. I often wondered what they would ever do without someone telling them what to do if they retired.

I remember years ago when truck driver down the street from me retired. I would see him sitting in a lawn chair in his completely empty garage everyday just watching people drive past. Then one day after about 6 to 9 months later I saw the garage door closed. I found out later that he had passed away probably from not getting any exercise.
Lol, I'd be too busy blowing saw dust everywhere..
Three years ago when I told them I would take the head engineer job, I said I would give them 20yrs, 17 to go, but that also means I have 17 yrs to get ready too!

I've got land to buy, develope, built who knows what on it, then enjoy!
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Last year, long before I actually set a retirement date we talked about maybe having me come in as a contractor to help with an occasional project and now I physically can’t do the work due to my recent illness. So now less than a week into retirement I’m already having nightmares about being called in and I can’t remember how to do anything. LOL I used to have bad dreams of helping some of my builder friends wire houses when I gave up Electrical contracting and in my dreams I would be struggling to finish on time. I sure hope I’ll get over this.

Anyway I am enjoying working in my shop although it is a little cold in the mornings and I seem to be making more of a mess trying to organize things. I still have physical therapy that interrupts my days, but I have started making some long awaited jigs and storage containers like this Small Parts Storage Rack.


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LOL you're 10 steps ahead of me ...

Those storage racks are on my "to do list " also. I may have the very same containers, but not shown here. This is as far as I got, but I want mine on casters:





Now, to get into the bottom container I have to dead lift all the one's on top of it. Some are fairly heavy when ther're filled with 1/2" bolts and nuts.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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Now, to get into the bottom container I have to dead lift all the one's on top of it. Some are fairly heavy when they're filled with 1/2" bolts and nuts.
LOL Yea That's why I just had to make a rack. I had 12 of those plastic boxes stacked up on top of each other.

For years whenever my kids would ask what I wanted for Christmas I'd tell them a small parts organizer, but I wanted them to be uniform so I could build a rack for them. So now I have a dozen or more of these below and my next project is to build something for them.


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Just think, you spent umpteen years of your life with something to focus on and look forward to. Yes, look forward to. I don't mean this in a good way or a bad way; and much of the time it wasn't even in your conscience mind. But no matter what, when the evening or weekend was over, you knew knew you were going to go work the next day. Day after day after day after day. Your mind and body have both been conditioned to do this for almost ever.

It's my advice that you continue to do this, only do it on your own terms. Volunteer at you local museum or art center. Volunteer to take on a woodworking project at your church (they always need stuff). Volunteer to work at the food pantry one day a week. Or one day a month. Meals on wheels is another good program.

The hospitals are always looking for volunteers. My wife does this two days a month. I volunteer at a local non profit horse stable that works with children with disabilities. I don't work directly with the kids (wife does), but I do all of their electrical repairs and projects.

The point is, you will probably get tired of just "ratting" around. You will need a focus. There are only so many things to occupy your time around the house (make a list). And even if you are well off enough to long distance travel a lot, it too will eventually become tiring. I don't suggest overdoing it, but you'll feel better both mentally and physically by having a direction or two. You may make a difference in someone else's life to boot.

And face it- Matlock and Gilligan's Island weren't THAT good the first time around!

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Yesterday I went to my grandsonís elementary school for a student awards ceremony and I thought I would like to volunteer so I can be around my grandson, but quickly dismissed that idea after witnessing some of the kidís behavior and their parentís reaction to any disciplinary actions. I felt sorry for the teachers and know that I would have been in deep trouble if I were involved.

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Thumbs up My new retirement Clock

My sister bought me a new clock for my retirement days.


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Congratulations on your retirement. It sounds like the company tried their best to give you a nice party. It will take a while to get used to having time on your hands. But it will be great. Every day is a Saturday when your retired. You never have to hit rush hour again.
Keep your eyes open for some neat projects. They're not hard to find.
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I've been off site for over a month and came back to see this posting.

Congrats Sleeper!
I'm 62 and not near retirement. Likely I'll never retire but semi-retire. In fact we just started a new business
(see it in the General Woodworking section).
Most folks I know who are retired are busier than when they were employed.

Again, Congrats!
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Sleeper..... Congrats on you retirement.....
First, you have to give yourself permission to be retired..... At 72, I'm in good health, and could still be working as an industrial engineer, but have never been sorry that I "ended it" in 2009 .....The hardest thing for me when I retired was slowing down..... I realized I didn't have to rush thru the store when getting groceries, for example.... I found I didn't have to finish something quickly, but take my time....
After I retired, I bought a pre-built 16x24 building to move my shop out of the garage.... I've upgraded to a SawStop Pro, bought a drum sander, a planer, big dust collector, and a lot of smaller stuff, because now I have the time, and room, to justify them....
When we go out west to ride steam trains, we don't have a trip plan, and don't know when we'll be home....
I don't wear a watch, and don't have a bedside clock.... I'm usually up by 6:00, but sometimes it feels good to sleep 'til 8:00....
My wife of 40 years (come June) has wound down her paralegal career to part time .... We're taking a 2 week cruise thru the Panama Canal when she's done this Summer.....
Enjoy yourself.... You've earned it.....
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Congratulations on your retirement.
i retired 3 years ago and it took almost a full year to get over feeling guilty that I should be doing 'something'. The GF finally convinced me that working on my boat and building some stuff for the kids was productive enough. I guess it's because I have always worked, even as a kid. We were very poor and If wanted toys, I worked for them.
Anyway, don't feel guilty about retiring. Sounds like a joke, but it is a real issue to some of us.
Once I got my boat the way I wanted it, we took off and haven't been back yet. I do miss my woodworking though. My woodworking is done with a very minimal amount of tools and I am slowly - very slowly - adapting to it.
Anyway, congrats again on your new life. I'm sure you earned it.
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Sleeper,
I love your new clock.
I actually have trouble keeping up with what day it is sometimes. Everyday is a Saturday when your retired.
Ahhhh, Retirement: It's what I worked my whole life for!

After retirement, it took me almost two years to sleep past 6:00 am.
Old habits are hard to break.
Also I kept working on my projects as if I were on the clock and had to complete them fast. Old habits....
Now as I close in on 3 years of retirement, I think I'm more adjusted. I stay very busy but My lunches are longer and I take a break whenever I want.
If you've got your health, life is good.
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If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Congrats Sleeper. I am having to quit work because of health reasons, so I am in the same boat. Got to find something to occupy my mind and time. After I finish doing my physical therapy, I'll work on it. Anyway congrats again!
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Congratulations on retirement. I've been retired for 13 years, but changed jobs. My wife has MS and I have to do everything. So, woodworking is my therapy. Just the same, it did take awhile to not be on work schedule. But, I have made many beautiful objects, cleaned house and yard, maintained the house and have done many other projects.


Like you, I would like to visit Viet Nam now that it is stabilized. So, I hope you will take that trip and show pictures of your trip. Looking forward to your posts of travels. Enjoy every moment.


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Congratulations Sleeper! I also recently dropped out of the work force. November 1st of last year was my first day of freedom. Debated on waiting until 65, I gave up debating and retired at 62. I have had a couple of heart issues in the recent past and figured I would take it and enjoy it while I can. My previous boss ask me if I would be interested in returning occasionally to help with some electrical and controls issues. My reply then was yes, possibly. Today, my answer would have to be "No Way!". I have my freedom that I have been looking forward to for so many years. I get up when I feel like it, I sat on my back side when I feel like it, Some days if I don't feel like doing a darn thing, that is exactly what I do. I have all the time in the world to do my woodworking, do a little varmint or predator hunting, spend time with the grandkids and of course the wife. Speaking of the wife, she has created a long list for me, my reply to that was "LOL, Fire Me". Sleeper, enjoy that retirement. You have worked hard for it all your life, it is time to truly relax. ENJOY!
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My retirement and disabilty came unexpectedly when my health toke a quick plunge downward. I drove a school bus for 30 years. I still dream about it once in a while but don't really miss it. Now all I can do is my wood working. I have to take it easy but am really enjoining it.
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So far my health is holding by the Grace of GOD. I'm 62, and quite active. This is good because I'm not financially in a position to retire. I lost $450k in 2008 during that major economic downturn. Most of my retirement money evaporated in a matter of months.
We moved from Chi-town to escape more losses and restart. So now we are in the Blue Ridge area of N.C. right outside of the Smoky Mountains.
To me, this move has been a GODsend. The stress levels have dropped exponentially, and this area is thriving (unlike Chicago still upside down).
So this is not what I wanted. I'm starting a new business at age 62. Looks like for then next few years, I'll be working and hopefully I can build and sell this business in the next 3 t0 5 years.

Still, I'm not one to sit on my hands, so full retirement isn't something that interests me.
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Retirement is a state of mind. Many people I know are working harder after retirement than they did while 'working'. But they are doing what they want instead of what their boss wants! I guess this gives them the extra energy.
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Well I've been busy in my shop making small tool organizers and tuning up my tools so I haven't been on for a while. I wish I got email notifications and I've tried for a couple of years now until I gave up. :frown2:

Anyway I bought tickets for the LA to Chicago train for next month and then I just heard that it derailed a couple of days ago so that should be a fun trip if they get it up and running again.

I'm getting used to not getting up to go to work and I'll have a lot more to do when it warms up outside. I'm still working on getting my strength back and working on things over my heard. I could not raise my arms up over my head for a long time after my illness, but its coming back and I've felt pretty good the last couple of days.

Some very simple but fun things I've been doing are making tool holders. I never realized how much fun that is, but I hope to start building some larger stuff soon and maybe after I get back from my train trip.





Oh and I also bought a new router table lift with a new router and a pocket hole jig. So I have been enjoying my shop.





I'm still being haunted with dust collection fittings.:frown2:

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