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Old 09-13-2013, 11:10 PM   #57
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You sound exactly like me. Had a great SFD dream just the other night. Fixing up a 30 year old camper with lots of water damage in the cabover. Fun but tired. Give me the right hand seat in anything with a siren.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:00 AM   #58
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Looking for anybody that has or is planning to retire early. I would love to do so and travel and see this country. I will turn 51 by the end of the year wife will turn 50.
I guess you could say I retired at 56 have chainsaw and tool box will travel. I help where i can,And enjoy every minute of it. Life is way too short! In May I was helping a friend move her travel trailer to Austin. We made a short stop at a roadside park just North of Brenium TX. The nearest car was literately a half mile away. We made it a half mile,She was behind me in her 84 ford f150. We made it a half mile in a 75 mile an hour zone,She got hit in the rear end .The truck that hit her never touched the break,I estimate the speed of the other truck was 85+ we were doing 42mph.It almost killed her.Buy the grace of God she is well.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:44 AM   #59
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I retired at 55 when my employer left town and I didn't feel like going.... Unfortunately or not, another former employer asked me to come back to work for them after a couple of years so I did. Now at 62, they are leaving town as well and I am retiring again, in fact today is my first day of retirement. Today my wife and I are leaving for our first trip in the new to us class A!!! This time I hope to make retirement stick....
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:10 PM   #60
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If you have a R.V. put it to use.

I retired in 1993 at 63 as a Construction Inspector Supervise after 40 years of service to a local City and was call back to work now and then on different jobs.
About retirement I think it depends on a few factors, such as health, income, and how long do you think your going to be able to travel.
My wife and I go some where in our R.V. at least once a Month.
We belong to at least three different R.V. clubs that are aways going someplace.
Ben cross Country a few times California to New York and back.
I have been retired for some where in the neighborhood of 21 years which makes me 84 and still going strong.
Just a thought.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:24 PM   #61
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First retirement, USAF, I was 47 and couldn't handle it financially or otherwise, so I took the "easy" route and went to work for the USPS and drove an in town pick up route for just 10 years when health problems, AO related heart problems forced me to retire permanently. Retirement was one of the hardest jobs I ever had to do, especially the first couple of years playing heal up from a second heart attack and by pass and getting the honey do list up to date. Once I got the hang of it, did not look back. Finally now at a point where we can to some longer term extended RVing and looking forward to it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:04 PM   #62
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Offically retired at 51, actually a couple years later. Now 62 suddenly single and getting Social Security.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:14 PM   #63
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Four yrs ago at 53. Early out at NASA. Wife got laid off last year and now is also "retired"! Just got motorhome about a month ago so we are just getting started!
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:36 PM   #64
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Be there soon. 550 work days left (June 1st 2016) at age 53. Where I work, 90% of the people work till at least 65.

The job is somewhat physical and demanding on the knees, backs and hips. See too many fellow co-workers walking in everyday like worn out farm animals. Knew in my teens I wanted to retire before age 55. Too many co-workers are chasing the medical coverage till their too worn out to work anymore. I have plenty of things to do and work is not one of them.

I do a few small money making side projects now that are very flexible in retirement. I'm in a labor union where they really don't want you to retire. Many employees pushing 40 - 45 years of service with no plans to retire.

Some of the other posters stated to be debt free. That is the key....
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #65
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I retired after a career in the Air Force then another with cargo airlines and airlines that cater to the government. Finally retired when I got tired of the sand box better known as the Middle East. The DW retired 2 years later. I retired at 54 and she did at 55. Now 7 years later we sold our house and gave away or sold almost everything else and will be buying a DP for full timing. We are very much looking forward to having less but doing more.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #66
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I tried at 30 when I sold a business and yea that didn't work out to good.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:33 PM   #67
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No, I was 51.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:13 AM   #68
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I got fed up of going to the "Sandbox" when I was with Boeing and pulled the plug just shy of my 57th birthday. In the final year, I was out of country for 29 weeks and none of the trips was more than 10 days long. After the Boeing/Douglas merger, those trips were in tourist class - straight through Seattle-London-Bahrain then go to work the next morning!

After 18 months sitting around, I got a job as a transit coach driver with our local county agency. Did that for 2 years, then retired for keeps.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:37 PM   #69
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I retired at 48 and adjusted quite well. My wife on the other hand is now on her third retirement attempt and I think this one will take. She has always been in management and needed someone to manage. I informed her that I wasn't volunteering for that role so she went back to work twice.
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