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Retirement .... What Will You Do ???

 
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Jun 08, 2012 11:41 |  #16

I'm going to google 'what 80 year-old should do" then come back to this thread :-)


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Jun 08, 2012 11:41 |  #17

im gonna curl up and die.. that is it... no retirement here...


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Jun 08, 2012 11:46 as a reply to  @ TeleFragger's post |  #18

WTF, the 1st page most about "Terrifying Footage of 80-Year-Old Woman's Harrowing Skydive" blar blar blar.

Time to stop google and make up my own!


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Jun 08, 2012 12:11 |  #19

Well, 40 years as an elevator repairman has left me with a reasonable pension, and some lucky investing helps too. Now, it's time to smell the roses before the nose quits working. So I'm taking pictures of roses...


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Jun 08, 2012 12:22 |  #20

brokensocial wrote in post #14549437 (external link)
Move to a country with universal health care!


I never thought of North Korea as a retirement destination.


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Jun 08, 2012 12:59 |  #21

hawaiikone wrote in post #14550752 (external link)
Well, 40 years as an elevator repairman has left me with a reasonable pension, and some lucky investing helps too. Now, it's time to smell the roses before the nose quits working. So I'm taking pictures of roses...

Orchids, man, shoot orchids! :lol:

Part of my plan involves a nursery that specializes in breeding/raising orchids including some rare ones. I do all their photography in exchange for flowers and at times the use of their facility. Currently I shoot from them using MF film.

I cannot wait to get that MF digital body, but I have a lot of work to do before I start that endeavor.

One of the photo books I am working on involves flowers from them exclusively, it's been a collaboration between us and they are on my backside to get it done THIS YEAR !!! LOL




  
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Jun 08, 2012 13:06 |  #22

when I retire, I plan to travel the world and die broke. Hopefully, I'll take some nice pics along the way. :D


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Jun 08, 2012 13:29 |  #23

Tedder wrote in post #14550823 (external link)
I never thought of North Korea as a retirement destination.

Fortunately, Canada is much closer, although at our rate, Mexico will get it before we do too...

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Jun 08, 2012 13:59 as a reply to  @ brokensocial's post |  #24

Photography can keep you pretty active in retirement. I shoot about 15 assignments a month for the newspaper, as well as my own personal work. I usually get to choose what I want, and it's usually interesting stuff. Tonight I'm shooting ZZ Top, which for me is really exciting since I've never seen them.
Aside from that I do a lot of fishing photography and spend a great deal of time on the water. I'm not married so my time is my own. I hope to keep this up until I wake up dead one day. Then my kids can pick thru the rubble.


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Jun 08, 2012 16:12 as a reply to  @ whuband's post |  #25

I'm already there. This is my new front yard:

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Was never a paid photographer. I was a machinist for 35 years, retired at age 60. Save early, live carefully, and anything is possible. It also helps that your wife has a pretty good job. ;)

I have my wife, I have reasonably good health, and plenty to do here just keeping things up from day to day. Tonight we go down to Max's Conch Bar for dinner, drinks, and Pokeno (major gambling at 50 cents a game :rolleyes: ). It's an open air bar, popular hangout for tourists, locals and ex-pats, and we're good friends with the owners.

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Jun 08, 2012 17:53 |  #26

Changing one's attitude about photography, so as to reduce the pressure that you put on yourself, is certainly liberating. I am not so sure about going back to film, though...with Kodak eliminating production of so many valuable emulsions (you cannot get EPN any more, if you value accuracy of color rendition!), I fear for any continued value in my equipment after digital already had rendered it to have only 10% of the as-purchased price!

As for 'retirement' for the Gen X and Gen Y folks out there...don't worry about planning for retirement. At about 50 or so, just wait for your employer to lay you off, then try to find another job when no one wants to talk to you because of unstated age discrimination that is rampant. I know too many over-50 folks who never found themselves another permanent position, to think that this is an isolated event that does not often happen. Ben Bernanke, chair of the Fed, has already stated years ago words to the effect of "If you are over 50 and you lost your job during this recession, it may have been the last job you ever hold."


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Jun 08, 2012 18:19 |  #27

Wilt wrote in post #14552287 (external link)
As for 'retirement' for the Gen X and Gen Y folks out there...don't worry about planning for retirement. At about 50 or so, just wait for your employer to lay you off, then try to find another job when no one wants to talk to you because of unstated age discrimination that is rampant. I know too many over-50 folks who never found themselves another permanent position, to think that this is an isolated event that does not often happen. Ben Bernanke, chair of the Fed, has already stated years ago words to the effect of "If you are over 50 and you lost your job during this recession, it may have been the last job you ever hold."

Ain't that the truth. Last June, at age 45, I was laid-off from my employer after being with them for nine years. Reason? My now-former employer was acquired by another company. In the past year, I've sent out numerous resumes resulting in only a handful of interviews, no job offers. Not only looking for jobs in telecom (most of my experience), I've looked for jobs where my skills are transferable. At times, I think HR looks at my resume and decides I'm, A)underqualified, B)overqualified, or C) [and the worst one] I'm too expensive.

It's beyond an employer's market out there and they can be highly picky and low-ball on pay. Or, not even hire. The new motto in Corporate America - do more with less.


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Jun 08, 2012 18:58 |  #28

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Ain't that the truth. Last June, at age 45, I was laid-off from my employer after being with them for nine years. Reason? My now-former employer was acquired by another company. In the past year, I've sent out numerous resumes resulting in only a handful of interviews, no job offers. Not only looking for jobs in telecom (most of my experience), I've looked for jobs where my skills are transferable. At times, I think HR looks at my resume and decides I'm, A)underqualified, B)overqualified, or C) [and the worst one] I'm too expensive.

It's beyond an employer's market out there and they can be highly picky and low-ball on pay. Or, not even hire. The new motto in Corporate America - do more with less.

Get with a resume professional.

It sounds to me like you are putting too much information in your resume.

Give them just enough info to create an interest in you ... but not so much that they will be able to ascertain you true experience level and possibly age.

Not saying you should lie, but you do not have to tell them everything on a resume.

You may think you are making yourself look better when in reality you are making yourself look expensive.

They may feel that ....

1) you are too expensive for them

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2) they are afraid to hire you because you may not like the comp package and will leave them at first opportunity


It's tough out there .... it truly is.




  
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Jun 08, 2012 19:54 |  #29

I'll never be able to retire. Blown startup and economy took it all.


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Jun 08, 2012 19:59 |  #30

Remember the end of Thelma and Louise? ;)


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