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  1. #141
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    Retirement is sooo busy.
    Appts. beginning at 5:30 am. or maybe 6 am., another at 8:30 am, then another at 1:30 and that was just on Monday.
    Today it starts at 7:45 am, with two others after.
    Haven't had range time in 3 weeks: too busy, too tired, which is unbelievable!

    Got additional cabinets for kitchen, countertops and new sink to put in in about month.
    Going to TN, then AL in a couple of weeks for fun.

    Finally sold a gun, but it belonged to a friend.
    Never seen it so slow in my vast 2.4 yrs. experience.

    Started taking some a script/med for a heart valve problem that has gotten worse over time.
    After 5 weeks of feeling like crap I told my personal Dr.: no more, but the cardiologist I meet with in Sept. will have a fit and then the real fight will begin.

    I actually can't wait for it to slow down a tad, but I'm getting stuff done that you mostly don't have time to do when you are working.

  2. #142
    Grandmaster BE Mike's Avatar

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    You need to schedule some range time. Good wishes for good health. We always take it for granted when we have it.

  3. #143
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    Glad to see that you are "relaxing" after your retirement!!!

    I still have about 5 more years to go, but I am starting to count the days on the calendar. Healthcare is definitely the biggest concern. I can get Medicare when I turn 65, but my wife is 4 years younger than I am, so that means paying full price for her for 4 years.

    Life is short, that is for sure. Always take the time to stop and smell the roses, thank God for every day that we have with our loved ones.
    James

    "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"
    ~Napoleon Bonaparte~

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

  4. #144
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    Quote Originally Posted by BE Mike View Post
    You need to schedule some range time. Good wishes for good health. We always take it for granted when we have it.
    I know! I need my hobby back like when I was working!
    I get fixated on something, whether it be work, hobby or house or car project and don't let it go till done.
    I have to choose a crown molding to match existing 14-15 yr. old crown today and I'll be done for awhile: take 3-4 weeks to get materials in, so I'll get a break from the kitchen for awhile.
    Yes about the health: I know it's the X factor in dealing with retirement.
    I don't want to be a stat of dying 5 yrs. after retiring, like it used to be decades ago.


    Quote Originally Posted by Doublehelix View Post
    Glad to see that you are "relaxing" after your retirement!!!

    It actually is fun to get the kitchen worked on for the wife, we gave up a good outdoor space when we moved and have none where we're at outside now, so she deserves a kitchen upgrade.

    I still have about 5 more years to go, but I am starting to count the days on the calendar. Healthcare is definitely the biggest concern. I can get Medicare when I turn 65, but my wife is 4 years younger than I am, so that means paying full price for her for 4 years.
    Life is short, that is for sure. Always take the time to stop and smell the roses, thank God for every day that we have with our loved ones.
    I have a friend who is an IPD Detective, I get with once per week, and he finally started counting the days, not months: February 2020 is his time.
    No way could I have retired w/o Medicare, or my wife unless I had still be working and had her on my medical at work.
    She is 2 yrs. older, so no problem like what you're going to have.

  5. #145
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    Update about Retirement.
    Sitting here totally tired from yesterday: finally got the the kitchen countertops in and new sink (with new faucet installed in old sink earlier).
    Contractor was a friend I used to work with in the summers when younger.
    Took nearly 12 hours (9:30 am to 9 pm) from pick up of the countertops to sitting down and having a beer afterwards, and I was dragging.
    Wife was thrilled since I told her we were going to finish plumbing the 2nd day, went from 2 bowl sink to one bowl and my wife wanted the garbage disposal gone, so we had to reroute the drains: easy, just took a run to Lowes for parts late.
    My friend unexpectedly needed to finish up in 1 long day instead of 2 leisurely days.


    Still buying and selling guns trying to trim but yet still trying out some new ones (already posted about a Kimber & Sig Sauers recently).
    Today I intend to put up another .22LR semi-auto up for sale b/c I just don't need 4 semi-auto range pistols, but I need to work more on selling other calibers, but I don't have to be in a hurry.
    In Retirement, I'm paying less than half in taxes what I used to when working.

    Been spending money on house refurnishing since Retirement: modest $$ by most standards.
    What would you expect from a guy whose owned more Rugers than any other brand?!
    Besides the kitchen, there has been carpet, exterior caulking/painting, concrete driveway patching & replacing furniture in living room, blinds & curtains.
    The usual updating stuff.
    I still have to install a small 24" kitchen upper cabinet (to match the base cabinet that the builder didn't do for reasons unimaginable), whenever it comes in.
    I had to return the 1st cabinet to Lowes: didn't have both sides finished like it was supposed to.
    Countertops was the biggest pleasure for me, carpet for the wife.
    Never replaced countertops before that didn't need it, but it would have had to be done to update to sell the house in the future.

    My favorite part of Retirement is just being able to spend lots of time with the wife!

  6. #146
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    Retirement update with "the hobby."
    I just finished doing the end-of-the-year budget work: summaries, totals, & comparisons to last year & previous years, tracking all expenses whether they went up or down.
    I'm hoping to bring my hobby costs down by half this year: that's my story to the wife & I stand by it.
    What really surprised me is all the miscellaneous expenses: holsters, gun sights, triggers, scopes, magazines, trigger gauges, tools & other misc. parts & books/magazines, even DVD, even more than the ammo.
    I was surprised on how much I'd spent since I've only tracked it loosely when working.Interesting how you forget that you bought at the beginning of the year.

    I don't have that much more to trim in the safe, and I am determined to keep the hobby costs under control & less than last year since this will be my 1st full year of retirement.

    I have my "keeper" guns, and will continue on a limited basis of rotating a plinker .22LR, which right now a Beretta Neos, replacing a couple of tip-up barrels I had fun with (sold one already).
    I want to rotate a 9mm also, and picked up a Glock 17 Gen 3 today since I've not had a full-sized Glock before.
    I've even looked closely at a couple of 1911 .45 calibers lately since the prices have been tempting.

    I can see that retirement and the hobby are going to be in juxtaposition to each other: sorry, can't help having fun with words!

  7. #147
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    Is it a Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock-17 ?
    I thought I saw Gen 4 in another post.
    Have you shot it yet?

  8. #148
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    Quote Originally Posted by STEEL CORE View Post
    Is it a Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock-17 ?
    I thought I saw Gen 4 in another post.
    Have you shot it yet?

    Gen 4
    I shot it Monday and started a thread about it and posted three range pics

  9. #149
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    Retirement Update again:
    Yesterday in a thread, I mentioned that I was starting my 6th house update, b/c I forgot one: this is the 7th.

    Tomorrow starts the actual demolition of my wife's bathroom.
    All week I've made 6 trips to Menards & Lowes getting all the materials on sight.
    Last week I also managed to go to 4 Silver Sneaker Fitness classes, 6 different Church-related meetings (mentoring, small devo/Bible-study groups & Church things) & still managed to buy 2 guns and go to the range twice: retirement is a wonderful thing!

    This week is going to be a "butt-kicker," though!
    I already told my old friend (the house flipper) doing the work, that I'd only be able to fetch tools and get him drinks after about an hour, my body will begin to protest.

    We are taking out the 42" x 60" garden tub and putting in a 32" x 60" shower w/shower doors.
    While we are at it, we're replacing the vanity & countertop and since we are getting old, a higher toilet.
    Putting in some vinyl waterproof fake wood flooring (like is in the kitchen & entrance way).

    I have waited to do this until my friend was available between his "real" jobs.
    I get him on a great discount, being a "filler" inbetween his "real-paying" jobs , so he is worth waiting for.
    I didn't intend to do it now, so as to recover financially from last year's updates, but I was afraid he'd get committed and not be available, and I save so much money paying him by the hour (+ tip & I have to feed him ), I had to do it when he's available.
    I used to work with him 30 yrs. ago when he had a painting business, and will be his "helper" yet again.
    When we did the kitchen update months ago, I nearly died when we put in a 14 hour day. (countertops, & island & 1 cabinet)


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