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Old 08-23-02, 07:31 PM   #1
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Retirement fantasy

At 55 retirement is a lot closer and I've finally started to acknowledge that I can't play "grab the cat before it grabs you" forever. My fantasy retirement job is a house-call bike tune-up service, with all the tools mounted on a large trailer a la
http://www.bikesatwork.com/ . How about you?
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I don't ever expect to be able to reatire. I'm 38 and I doubt the federal, provincial or my university's pension plan will have any money in it in 30 years. That's okay; I actually like the idea of working 'till I drop.

So... no fantasies.
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How about you?

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I fantasize about retiring with someone like you, Jean!



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I'm 39 and if I stay at my current job I will be eligible at age 49. I really do plan to try to retire then. I have some property in the Ozarks and I am in the process of building a road to it right now. My wife and I are going to build a cabin next to one of the waterfalls. I will post a link to some pictures below. We do lots of mountain biking and even trials riding here and on the adjacent National Forest. It will probably take me until retirement to finish this project but that's OK, I have time.

http://www.geocities.com/mdwsr/stilwell.html

These are winter pictures, it's much nicer in the summer when the leaves are on.
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Old 08-23-02, 09:03 PM   #5
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At 42, I guess I should take retirement more seriously...

Hey, with people scheduled to retire at 49, I'd better get my act together!
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I've cycled across Australia 4 times and I'll be making it 5 next year. (I keep trying to convince Pete Clark to join me.)

My retirement fantasy, however, is to ride all the way around Australia. A much bigger project.
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my fantasy is to cycle around Australia and surf every wave Jules
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I'm doing my fantasy right now. Quit at 55. I'm healthy and active, bicycling, sailing
running, kayaking....whatever. I live on an island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Work for it, life is good.
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MikeOK can I make an appointment for a bike tune-up in 10 years? (By the time I ride out there my bike will need a tune.) That is one beautiful chunk of property you have. I am mighty jealous. Good luck with your plan.
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retirement is an American myth. Enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
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By roughly year's end, I hope to be ensconced in our "new" (1757 and 1856 construction) house in La Drome Provencal (www.masong4.demon.nl).

My job will be to research the house and town, keep the bicycles repaired, with a little paleontology thrown in.

I am 61 years old, and never enjoyed life nearly this much.

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I am 48 with no retirement plan as I am self employed. I fear I will have to work until I drop.

But my fantasy retirement is to load up a mountain bike and ride down my driveway to the highway and then decide whether to go left or right.

Thanks for asking Jean, I always wanted to tell someone that dream.

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Erik, I think it is one many of us share.
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I need to work till I am 65, so that means 12 more years for me to go......
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Oscar, 12 is a cake-walk (or "ride." ) Keep doing good deeds!

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I believe in living one day at a time. Still, I have a true story to tell...

My dad didn't get to retire as planned. He left his life's work and took a job in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He wasn't eligible for retirement until 70.

WHAT A MAN.

After retiring, while visiting some very old friends (I kid you not, some almost 20 years older!) in Estes Park, Colorado, he stumbled on the most amazing condo nestled in the mountains. Walk out the front door and you are surrounded by majestic peaks, all so close you could reach out and touch them. He grabbed the brass ring and moved.

The neat thing was, he and mom always dreamed of retiring in the mountains of Colorado, where my mom grew up. Lo and behold, it happened without any planning at all.

I think someone was watching out for my dad.
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Im 16 in October. Im about ready for retirement. Ill go till I'm 20 and then retire.
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The neat thing was, he and mom always dreamed of retiring in the mountains of Colorado, where my mom grew up. Lo and behold, it happened without any planning at all.
CORRECTION: He didn't plan to move to Colorado where his dreams were, but he did plan for retirement.

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I retired at 45 (two years ago) Life has been good. I'm busier now than when I worked.

I have gone back to school full time. Summer vacation means the same to me now as it did when I was a kid..."SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER!!!" alas, school has started again...back to my self imposed nose to the grindstone routine. I love it tho!
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I envy you Gus. Sounds really great!
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Thanx Pete, I thought so too
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At 55 retirement is a lot closer and I've finally started to acknowledge that I can't play "grab the cat before it grabs you" forever. My fantasy retirement job is a house-call bike tune-up service, with all the tools mounted on a large trailer a la
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I'm not sure how things will go, since we have a 6-year-old child and a 2-year-old child. However, my retirement dream would be away from cars and trucks, unless I drive a car in a far-away place where there only are 2-3 cars per hour on the road.

So maybe a bike repair shop could be good. But my preferred retirement would be to ride the bike. Maybe a long, long, long tour...

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But my fantasy retirement is to load up a mountain bike and ride down my driveway to the highway and then decide whether to go left or right.
I'm with you on that one
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The retirement that I thought was cool was the couple that I saw on TV.
They bought a mobile home, rented out their house and went to America. They use the income from the house for daily living expenses and just travel around, they go north in the summer and south in the winter. No plans, just see where they end up next.

Just stick a few bikes into the equation and the world is my Trail.
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