Skip to comments.You just can't fix stupid
Posted on 05/08/2012 10:00:48 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
All my friends are bailing out. Taking SS before it's gone but I actually enjoy working my profession. Am I an idiot for not taking what is mine?
My body and my mind has endured the ravages of time but I just can't give up yet and that's the thing.
I'm still 30 yrs old in my head. Who beat them up so bad?
What is about boomers that there such losers.
Boomers are not losers, they have just made a different choice than you have. Good grief.
My husband started working for a start up after retirement, fantastic choice for him, no downside, it goes belly up he just goes back to retirement.
Me, I decided to spend more time with grandchildren.
If they are eligible for SS, why not? I’ll be 62 next Feb. and might get my SS.
I am 66, on second career of almost 20 years after 28 years in the military. I am not sure, honestly, if I know how to retire. I have had only two jobs since I was 19. It is, to put it simply, what I do. I feel like stopping will be a permanent stop with a foot in the grave. I suspect I will always be doing something. So, NO, you are not foolish IMHO.
Pretty much same for me. Took retirement, now work as I.C. bookkeeper for a company. Come in when I want, stay as long as I want. Though most days are long. Should this end, I still have some bookkeeping clients to keep me busy. Win/win.
Welcome to FR, your vanity is stupid.
Good for you!
Of course, working until you drop is a choice, but not much of one if the job sucks. A few jobs earlier in life I may have been happy continuing. Fact is, with housing prices falling, I would have been quite a bit lower on the scale of retirement living.
Had a Grand Mal seizure out of the blue a few months ago. No idea why, but it would have had major impact on me if I was still working. Piss on it, life is too short, enjoy what you have left. Grinding yourself into the ground is not my idea of what declining years should be about.
I plan on working one more year. I have worked for a long time and struggle every day to do my job.... I struggle with the cancer that I continue to battle while I work long enough to get my paltry amount of social security.
I want to spend some quality time with my family before everything gets really nasty.
If that makes me a loser....so be it
Ive been paying in since I was 14.
I demand my money back.
FWIW I enjoy being independent too.
Yep,probably. I started my career as farrier 40 yrs ago so it would be stupid to a really cool guy
Boomers have paid for the past 2 generations
Others are Government employees and will make almost as much NOT working as working.
Still others have decided that work is not life and in most instances work is way over rated. If it wasn't for the money I could find about a million better things to do with my time.
Also consider that the young workers in this country are those that are in desperate need of income from employment, Yet they are the ones most likely to be unemployed. By generation those over fifty five that are in the work force have the lowest rate of unemployment and under employment. They are also least likely to have under age children that require massive amounts of food, clothing and education that eats through resources. So maybe, you should take your SS and retirement and allow someone younger to get a job.
What does that have to do with my post, you seem drunk.
Every one is a different case/situation. I delayed taking Soc. Sec until I was almost 66-1/2, despite having had a heart attack (off for 3 months, then rehab), and cardiac arrest (dead for a few minutes, comas for 6 days, 3 months off work to recover, no rehab, back to work). I like working and had a second, parttime job for almost 1-1/2 years and looking for a new one. Expenses related to lost work time (I was on 60% disability income each time thru my company) and related emergency house repairs, car expenses (it is now 15 years old, 202,000 miles on it), amounted to almost $90,000. Nobody but me is going to pay my equity loan back or pay my mortgage so I work and take SS now. Been in my present job for almost 21 years, and had many years in two other simultaneous jobs before that.
Wife will take SS this year just before she is 66 because she is unable to work (walking disabled) but doesn’t want a major double operation. However, neither of us have asked for any disability supplementals. Only if I lose my health insurance. Then we are in deep doo-doo.
Forgot to mention. I can only work 75% time because there isn’t enough money in my contract job for full-time. Income is supplemented by some investments I inherited, and for a while, my second parttime job.
Some of us like to work and don’t want to be a drain on the system unless it becomes necessary.
Thanks to Obie, my sister cannot find a job, my sister-in-law cannot find a job, and my daughter cannot find a job.
It is getting crowded under Obama’s economic bus, and in my house.
Worked my butt off for a couple of decades, for several different airlines. I was always the 80 hr. a week guy, and the corporate fireman/Problem solver.
Life/idea-changing experience came for me when a good friend had a heart attack on the way home from work at 38, leaving behind two kids and a wife. A week later, a new name was on his office door, and it was like he never existed.
After 9/11, I went the self-employed, consultant route. And I haven’t regretted it since.
I, as well as most of my friends, draw SS and have since we were eligible for reduced benefits but also have our own business, most of them now run out of our homes. Keeps our mind active and allows us to remain somewhat up-to-date with what is going on in the business and tech world. Plus several of us hire at least one part-time high school student - may be the only place some of them get some real life experience at the grass roots. Seniors still have lots of options and the same one doesn’t work for everyone. One of these days I may not be able to totter down the hall from the bedroom to the kitchen but until then....
I’m 55 and still putting in 60 hour weeks writing software and running a development team of 7 other programmers caring for 2.5 million lines on Ada, C, C++, FORTRAN and 250,000 lines of Java. I’m moving the bare metal Linux systems to virtual machines on VMware 5. The whole project operates at SEI Level 5. Don’t paint with a broad brush. Lots of us are keeping this damn economy afloat.
Work is good for the male soul.
Does not the whole results of the “me” generation prove this?
Was not the “greatest generation’s” work ethic unquestioned?
It seems we have lost our way....work is GOOD FOR a man.
So, if you do “retire” professionally, make sure you have a second vocation.
‘Took retirement’ and still working? Did you falsely inflate your yearly Union salary so your lifetime pension would be higher too? No wonder America is going broke and unemployment is so high.
Let us all agree, that for those of us that pay in “It is Owed” It is not an “entitlement”
Good thoughts. I had a moment of thought the other day. Office where I work (see previous post) is cleaning out file cabinets to long term storage. Younger Co workers wouldn’t let me lug file boxes and I thought bless um I guess I have earned some perks as it were. Being 64 is always such a shock when I think about it, like when the hell did this happen. I still think I can do what I did when I was 30. The knees aren’t what they used to be. Ha.
Hey, I am 52 and doing well also in the computer field. BS, MS, worked for Cray, SGI, IBM, and 3 startups (now at a forth).
What is your development field (i.e. what does your software do?)
The “Me Generation” funded retirement of “The Greatest Nation”
That’s the simple truth.
I lost a good friend and co-worker to a heart attack. He was 44 and exceptionally fit. He was my Oracle DBA as well. A core part of the development team. His brother was born the same day as I was and in the same hospital.
And Welcome Home!
Are you serious? Dude your moving mountains. Although I’m curious about hacking on open source software. It’s strange that my end of the business is seeing more open source.
Ive been paying in since I was 14.
I demand my money back.
I was 14, too.
We’d have a nice bundle in the bank if we’d saved/invested all that money.
No union or any pension here. Worked private business, last job for over 30 years. Saved my money. Started my own business before taking early retirement/SS. Don’t paint with a broad brush. I paid my ‘dues.’
I’d like to make it to 65 and move back to the family.
I sure dont envision myself jumping out of airplanes and surfing like they portray in the retirement commercials
Everyone on this board payed more than they ask
Keep busy if you wish, but family is more important. Take time to smell the roses. Be well, FRiend.
Punk Boomer? WTF?
I don’t know what it is about those in their 60’s and 70’s but I know a few who suck the system for all they can, feel no guilt about it then turn right around and gripe at the youth for being so greedy.
I give up. When I get my dead ass back tomorrow well try this again
LOL I’d like to go hiking, camping, white water rafting and whatever else jump starts the heart until I’m 90 but I’m not counting on ever doing any of those things again. Right now I could physically do that (more or less) but not with my familial responsibility. All I really want is to live long enough to complete that but that’s not in my hands so ... do what you have to do and enjoy the day because this might be the last one! :-)
I dont know if any of us boomers are “punks’.
We’re too old to be punks. LOL
I don't think life is easy for anyone. No one has it all figured out and a free ride is more expensive than you might think. At any rate you aren't part of the generation that averaged 45 years, that was a bit longer ago than that, you're part of the generation that averages 75-80 or better.
I grew up with Stiv Bators but he’s dead as a doorknob
Have pity. Be more sensitive. Millions of Americans have been forced to quit working because it was severely impacting their drinking time.
Yeah, I just wish my grandchildren would stop breathing my air.
LOL The l’il O2 hogs!
Should be "they're", not "there".
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