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    Enjoyed a year's retirement, but....Back to work?

    Hello again

    I posted more frequently when I was last working in the Middle East. For the few months I've been in UK, settling into a new apartment. Life is good - the Velo Cafe is in the park outside our windows, with organised rides and a bunch of new friends. Easy to settle into.

    Just had my 60th birthday. Coincident to that, an invitation to go and talk terms and conditions about a position in my work field based in Dubai and covering everywhere from Dakar to Lombok - Africa, Middle East, Asia.

    I think I'm a bit early to stop - but I do like a snooze followed by a bike ride as a daily pattern!

    I think if the offer is good, I'll take one more adventure for 4 or 5 years. Already contacted the Dubai Roadsters cycling club!

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    You are blessed to have such choices!
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    I heard a quote, "the worst day retired is better than the best day working".

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    It appears that you get around the world pretty well for a "wobbly old geezer."

    Have fun!
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    I don't know why, but I keep hearing "You make the nicest peccary pie in all of Lombok..."

    There will be people here who know this quote.

    Or maybe it's an acid flashback.

    Anyway.

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    Ah, those folks ........

    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    I don't know why, but I keep hearing "You make the nicest peccary pie in all of Lombok..."

    There will be people here who know this quote.

    Or maybe it's an acid flashback.

    Anyway.

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    Yes, it must be nice to have choices. I assume that the financial aspect is secondary, and it's more about how much responsibility/adventure/challenge/relaxation you want. Me, I fantasize about retiring and riding every day, but if the option showed up tomorrow (it won't), I really would have to think twice or thrice about whether that would be enough to sustain me.

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    I was lucky enough to retire at 50. It lasted 6 months before I got bored - and went back to self-employed work for another 14 years.

    I retired for the second time two years ago and now wild horses couldn't drag me back to work. Financial and health considerations aside, it all depends on how much satisfaction you get out of your work. Good luck in whatever you decide.

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    Back to the sandbox and the oil patch with ye! Just be safe and enjoy the riding time there. Keep us posted on your decision and when you do the move back.

    Bill
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    Good luck with whatever decision you make!

    I retired at 53 and quickly found myself bored to tears. So, I wrote a book and worked on our 1/4 acre 3/2 house to make use of my time. Now I'm looking to do some volunteer work in order to stay busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    I heard a quote, "the worst day retired is better than the best day working".
    My version of that would be: "worst day on the golf course is better than the best day at work"

    Maybe a retirement job at a golf course?

    Good luck going back to work. I worry that retirement will be stressfully boring.
    Last edited by dbg; 04-15-14 at 07:22 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Back to the sandbox and the oil patch with ye! Just be safe and enjoy the riding time there. Keep us posted on your decision and when you do the move back.

    Bill
    Thanks to you and all who have given good wishes.

    I realise (thanks, friend NOS) that's it's a privilege to have the choice. And a tandem stoker spouse who welcomes change and travel.

    I'm a little worried that I might have posted too soon, no decision made, in a way that might have sounded show-off. Truly not where I'm coming from. I studied International Development, and most of my life I've been a non-pensionable freelance. Sometimes on oil rigs. Sometimes in developing economy colleges.

    Anyhow.... challenge? 4 more years wages...? Cycling club at the weekends?

    Oh and

    Lagos, Tehran, Riyadh, North Korea, Baghdad, ...

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