Retired!

I had a friend who retired from teaching at the end of the last school year. She was back to subbing almost full time by October. She discovered there are only so many craft projects, cooking ideas, redecorating, etc. etc. etc. that you can do.   Just a word of warning. 

I'm with you BK on the timeline. Seems like it is never going to come.

Of course, my wife thinks I need to work until I'm 70. I'm guessing she has other ideas of how much we need in retirement than I do. How much money does it take to complain about everyone else from the comfort of my Lazy-Boy?

Hungry5 posted:

I'm with you BK on the timeline. Seems like it is never going to come.

Of course, my wife thinks I need to work until I'm 70. I'm guessing she has other ideas of how much we need in retirement than I do. How much money does it take to complain about everyone else from the comfort of my Lazy-Boy?

Congrats on retirement Quietone!  enjoy it.

Hungry I am pretty much in the same boat with my wife.  I personally think that she thinks it is easier for me to work until I am dead than to have to take matters in to her own hands after she is sick of me around the house yelling at people going anywhere near my lawn.

My plan is five more years of full time teaching but working on my side gig for Pearson for 12 years because my wife is younger and I need to cover her medical benefits. I was also thinking about supervising student teachers. Doesn't pay much but might be a good way to give back.

justanotherpackerfan posted:

Had my last ever parent-teachers conference last night.  3 more months for me.  My wife is going to work two more years....she's going to sick of coming home to frozen pizza for supper.

 

Do something special for her tonight and bake it.

Packiderm posted:

I got 9 1/2 years to go. Most of my friends are retired or will be by the end of this year. When I do retire I don't care how bored I get! 

Boredom is not always a bad thing.  It's the only way time slows down.  Soak it in when it happens.

DH13 posted:
Packiderm posted:

I got 9 1/2 years to go. Most of my friends are retired or will be by the end of this year. When I do retire I don't care how bored I get! 

Boredom is not always a bad thing.  It's the only way time slows down.  Soak it in when it happens.

I feared I would get bored and would get a part time job, didn't happen.  The day passes quickly.  Up at 5 or so, news and sports for a couple of hours, gym, chores, walk the dog, a game of scrabble, read and it's supper time.  Watch a couple of shows or a game and it's time to turn in.   That's in the winter, summer means days of camping, fishing and hiking.

I know of 3 people I worked with that died real soon after retirement, one after 3 months, he was 60.   My advice, go as soon as you can. The futures uncertain and the end is always near.

 

Congrats. A wise friend who retired early and got bored told me:  ‘you can’t retire from something, you need to retire to something.’  I have 5 years and I’m beginning to think about what I’ll retire to.  I hope you have things to do that give you energy and contribute to society at the same time. 

My mom busted her butt all her life. She went back to work after a coup!e years of retirement because she was bored. She got cancer 2 years later and she was gone. No real time to enjoy her grandchildren. When I retire, I might take a few hr a week job but that would be it.

no no no.  You can't do that in this age of "No Child Gets Ahead".  ALL students must be "A" students ---- because their parents say so.  And if not, well then, the parents complain to the administrators and School Board.....after all, the teachers must not be teaching their l'il darling if they aren't getting an "A".    

 

 

Congrats! 

I recently decided to shut it down as well. My previous employer was imploding throughout 2017. The president, an incompetent moron, only had one management tool -cut costs- and did it brutally throughout the year at the expense of marketing, staffing and R&D. So, in November when sales were dead (YOU MEAN A WOEFULLY LAGGING PRODUCT WITH NO MARKETING AND NOT ENOUGH SALES AND SUPPORT STAFF WON'T SPUR SALES GROWTH???) he asked me and 4 other Sr. VPs to transfer to 1 of the different companys under our parent company's portfolio. It would have been reporting to a guy in the UK in a boring commodity business, so I decided to take a package and leave. President then got forced out by the parent company 6 weeks later. But, hey way to go out scorched earth style and strip the company of some great talent, dumbass! Wish I could say I felt bad for the new President, but...

Looked around for a while but it always blows in December. Met with my financial planners just before xmas and it was clear that I no longer need to work.  Big shoutout to YHOO and RMBS! Especially RAMBUS! Can deal with kids college, house, maintain the lifestyle I'm accustomed to, and live well into my 80's. (that said I will have a grabber before I'm 80 without a doubt) And that's not even taking into account a pretty healthy inheritance we'll get from my Father in Law. 

So, I finally decided here in Feb that I'm done working in corporate America. I mean, maybe I'll reconsider if an absolute perfect opportunity presents itself. But, the demand for 47 year old white guys in the tech community isn't exactly soaring these days as companies get cheaper, younger, and more diverse. Plus, the way I see it, I go somewhere else, and I'll be the old white guy that if/when things hit the fan will be easily expendable. So, F it. 

I've been occasionally helping out a couple startups with their VC materials and brand strategy, which is nice as I can pick and choose what I want to do. I'm hoping I can convince a bartender I know to let me start barbacking when his place opens in May, with the goal of being a bartender at some point. I'm also exploring a job at the school district.  It pays squat, but insurance is covered completely by the district, and it has state pension. 

But congrats! Enjoy the time away from the rat race. And, if you do get bored, start cooking your ass off, that is a great way to spend time, save money from going out, and explore new things than the typical everyday fare.  

SanDiegoPackFan posted:

Congrats Quite One.  I have 4 or 5 years left of teaching.  Lucky for me my wife is younger and a nurse.   But I had kids late in life and will have my first one in college next year.  So, I might have to work longer.  Good news is I still enjoy what I do.

Wow--I'm a teacher with about five years left and my wife is younger and a nurse....

Congrats Quietone enjoy your new phase in life.

I retired 5 years ago and time flies when you're not working. Seems like you get up on Monday and 20 minutes later it's Friday. Probably because you can take your time on projects instead of rushing to get them done on a weekend so doing things take longer but are much more enjoyable because "there's always tomorrow." Enjoy!

YATittle posted:
SanDiegoPackFan posted:

Congrats Quite One.  I have 4 or 5 years left of teaching.  Lucky for me my wife is younger and a nurse.   But I had kids late in life and will have my first one in college next year.  So, I might have to work longer.  Good news is I still enjoy what I do.

Wow--I'm a teacher with about five years left and my wife is younger and a nurse....

You two aren't married to the same person, are you? 

I'll have my 30 in when I'm 56.  I used to think I'd do this till I was at least 60.  Now I don't know anymore...

Thanks everyone! I have no firm plans yet other than try to catch up on 12 years of neglect here at home. Right now I'm going through old pictures I inherited from my parents, trying to make sense of it all. Amazing how 100+ years ago, it was sacrilege to write on the back to indicate who these people were!! One interesting find was a photo of a gentleman in a fancy coffin in the parlor of a house. He turned out to be my great-great-grandfather. Also going through pictures of family gone or grown up. That's the hard part.

I also have to start pitching years of "we may get a cabin someday" stuff out of the spare bedroom. I have declared that the someday cabin will never happen. The other day I heard, "We could use this when we go camping." The last time we went camping was over 10 years ago, maybe longer.

There are outdoor projects that I plan for this summer, at least one project involving demolition. Stuff gets old and caves in. So I'll do it if "someone" else won't. (I said to myself, "Fine." Always watch out when a woman is thinking, "Fine.")

If the local food pantry doesn't need help, they will at least take the squash that I seem to be adept at growing every year.

Boris you young whippersnapper, why are you even in this conversation?

Keep strong, BK! There's light at the end of the tunnel. (Or else it's that darn train!) It seemed like forever for me too, then just like that, it was here!

YATittle posted:
Brainwashed Boris posted:

"grading" is what teachers assistants are for

Not allowed in my district.

Mostly, only university profs have TAs. Us high school teachers are on our own. Not only that, but as an English teacher, grading consists of reading struggling writers' "essays." Oy.   But sometimes you run across a kid or two who writes so well that you know you'll be reading their work someplace special in the future. It keeps me going... 

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