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View Poll Results: Do you have fire in the belly?
Yes. 20 55.56%
No. 9 25.00%
I'm retired, so it doesn't count. 7 19.44%
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Old 11-08-08, 06:43 PM   #51
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I have a lot of hobbies and if I didn't work there still wouldn't be enough time in the day for all the things I want to do. I suppose I could say there's fire in my belly to always have something to do, a new or old interest, some place to go, something to learn, someone to spend time with.
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Old 11-08-08, 06:48 PM   #52
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I can't go to retirement yet. I'm almost 54 and have 19 years in with the University. To get decent retirement benefits one needs to be 55 and have 20 years. So I'm in for at least another 14 months. Even then, it is not an optimal time to retire. I should work at least 2 more years past that, but it will not need to be at a 100% assignment. May go down to 70-75%.

I should work until Jan, 2015, if I want a comfortable retirement. But I can't see that happening. In fact the very thought of working that long is enough to make me want to run screaming into the night. Going to have to make compromises on that front.
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Old 11-08-08, 09:19 PM   #53
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There's no fire left as best as I can tell.

After haveing a one-on-one talk with the fourth man from the top
of our top-heavy company, I'm more convinced than ever that I and
the rest of the Production folks in this once great company are nothing
more than an easily replacable raw material. Our pay and benefits are
destined to continue their downward spiral. There is no reason left
to apply one's self or to learn any more than the basic skills needed to
stay employed. No amount of scratching and clawing my way to the top
will make any difference anymore.

No passion left for the automotive world at all. I just don't care about
new or sporty vehicles any more. Too many lies and too little available
for the frugal shopper looking to aquire basic, easily maintainable,
economic transportation. We don't need fancy alloy expensive wheels.
14" and 13" tires are reasonably priced but the now more common 15",
16" and 17" tires are rediculous. I could go on and on...suffice it to say
that my wifes '96 Camry and my '88 Caprice will due us just fine for
many years to come, and when cargo moving or long trips are involved
the '94 Conversion Van tucked away in the garage will do us just as
well.

Entertainment is way too expensive in the manner that we used to
enjoy. Movie theaters are priced well out of our meager means and
dinner out at a nice restaurant is also cost prohibitaive. We have
chosen instead to watch DVD's in our living room on the idle TV (Cable
cancelled due to high cost) and we dine at our neighborhood diner
where we're regulars and have established many basic freindships.

I do still get excited about bikes, toy trains, and die cast trucks, but
it's not a raging fire any more.

I believe the fire has died down to a warm glow, perhaps the warm
feeling of contentment that the past has brought me to a good,
comfortable, enjoyable place with the one person that I care the most
about....my wife.
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I believe the fire has died down to a warm glow, perhaps the warm
feeling of contentment that the past has brought me to a good,
comfortable, enjoyable place with the one person that I care the most
about....my wife.
Sounds like it is time to relax, enjoy the moment, spend time with your wife, and try new things now & then and see if anything pops up to pique your interest.

It's nice to relax for a week, or a month, or a year or two.
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