I survived the bull$hit with an attitude that I am better than ANY administrator . I taught by the "toilet fish" theory of administration---"$hit Floats To The Top"
Besides, my building was three blocks from the ocean and my wife and I ( who also taught middle school science ) put enough $$$ away each year to not work and crab ,clam, and drink huge quantities of beer in the summer months as well as travel around the country to take courses in our field that we could write off. ( JUST LIKE THE DOCTORS DO!!!!)
I'm glad for you that you're retired but the kids who got you were lucky!