Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xotoxi, Jan 6, 2010.
Please vote and discuss.
I'm looking forward to the day I get to retire. Folks can call me anything they want as I flip them off walking out the door to freedom.
No. These guys were both way old and they have both been in Congress too long by any measure.
Even if they were Republicans, I would think they have been there too long. Retirement is good.
Anyone know their ages? I think they are both mid 70's..?
I'm retired. I highly recommend it. Things worked out for me the way I had always planned them - that is to retire at age 55. However, after I retired I started to fall apart physically. Retirement isn't the same thing as quitting to me, or in my case. I planned on the age I could retire and met that goal. However, when I reached that age and obtained that goal, I quit.
Not that I am not glad to see both of these guys gone, mind you. But to call them quitters is bad manners.
Quitting means you're still in the game.
Retirement means you're done.
Isn't it fascinating that PatekPhillipe has not chimed in yet?
I wonder if he refers to RGS as QGS?
Retirement is not the same as quitting.
In quitting, you stop somewhere before the job is done.
In retirement, you stop WHEN the job is done, and they give you a reward in the form of a pension.
I retired at 38. Didn't plan it that way at first, but, when I saw that I was somewhere around halfway through, I thought back to the previous 10 years, and said......shit.......ain't a bad life, takes me cool places, and they promise to give me a check for the rest of my life if I can stay alive for the next 10.
At that point, I said "I'm in".
And, there is something nice about being able to go sit in the middle of the park, drinking a beer at 1:00 in the afternoon on a Wednesday or Monday afternoon, thinking about all the things I did to get there, while the other poor saps are just now getting back to work, and looking forward to several more days of the same.
Nope. Retirement is much different.
But........because congress critters have no set amount of time? When they leave, it's quitting.
So that means that they must continue to run for office until they are defeated or they die, otherwise they are quitters?
I guess that is an interesting way of looking at it.
But, then again, what job has a "set amount of time"?
There is a sub-category of "retirement" called "semi-retired" and that's my category. I was a home-builder and land developer for 36 years (1970-2006) and wasn't able to earn enough along the way to set aside any sizeable retirement; just enough to divide up over my remaining time to supplement a nominal monthly SS check.
But this situation has enabled me to approach work and the marketplace differently than before: Now I can take new jobs or turn them down with much less angst and anxiety about not having bid low enough to get every one. Also, I only take jobs I can do alone or that I can get help from casual laborers; those who can free up time for some extra money or as a favor to be returned later. In this way I don't have regular employees, something which has greatly reduced my business insurance costs. (Still, when my wife saw my most recent annual insurance premium she commented that in her opinion I didn't earn enough money to pay it)
I still bid against myself to a degree by being concerned too high a price will drive a past customer to find someone else for future potential projects.
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