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For boomers, it's a new era of 'work til you drop'
Associated Prepp ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | John Rogers

Posted on 02/20/2012 3:21:53 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Paula Symons joined the U.S. workforce in 1972, typewriters in her office clacked nonstop, people answered the telephones and the hot new technology revolutionizing communication was the fax machine.

Symons, fresh out of college, entered this brave new world thinking she'd do pretty much what her parents' generation did: Work for just one or two companies over about 45 years before bidding farewell to co-workers at a retirement party and heading off into her sunset years with a pension.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: boomer; collapse; economy; prepper
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"Work till you drop" has become a common expression over the last few years.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 3:21:58 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

If you stop working, soon you will drop.

Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician.

Work at something you enjoy.


2 posted on 02/20/2012 3:25:18 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor
If you stop working, soon you will drop.

Case in point, Joe Paterno.

3 posted on 02/20/2012 3:27:25 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Not necessarily... I know people who do volunteer work for churches and various charities and political groups... I agree; you have to remain active in some capacity; but I can’t do 12 hour shifts in a NICU forever; much as I love the work.


4 posted on 02/20/2012 3:29:41 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
"heading off into her sunset years with a pension."

And then do what?

5 posted on 02/20/2012 3:31:36 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

Boomers wanted this. They keep voting for it.


6 posted on 02/20/2012 3:32:55 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
I won the lottery, so I have no worries in this regard.

Now that I've told a great joke for the day, all I can say is that the time of easy living is over, thanks to proliferate spending by politicians at the behest of greedy voters.

It is time to pay the piper and the piper is mad.

7 posted on 02/20/2012 3:34:40 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: editor-surveyor

I will be eligible for retirement on 7 March 2012! As soon as I can get my paperwork in order, I’m retiring with 30+ years and plans to hunt till I drop!

33 years with the gov. is more than I ever thought I could take, and I’m ready to call my own shots for once!

BTW, I’ll be just over 55.


8 posted on 02/20/2012 3:36:54 PM PST by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: dfwgator
If you stop working, soon you will drop.

Case in point, Joe Paterno.

You mean Cancer can't kill you if you keep working in your eighties? As long as you go to the job the fat lady can't sing?

Man, you need to publish self help books with your brilliant discovery. You'll be rich and on the NYT best seller list.

9 posted on 02/20/2012 3:37:06 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Not in Europe and Japan. They retire younger and live longer than us.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 3:38:19 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: editor-surveyor
Ditto, ditto!

I don't ever plan to stop working. Well, at least until I croak.

11 posted on 02/20/2012 3:42:06 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: editor-surveyor
If you stop working, soon you will drop.

You have obviously never met my boss.

12 posted on 02/20/2012 3:47:27 PM PST by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

there is no free lunch. even for boomers, and especially for their insolent, arrogant and overfed offspring.


13 posted on 02/20/2012 3:50:00 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

The problem in today’s economy is if you lose your job when you’re in your 50s or 60s, it’s unlikely you’ll find another salaryman position. So you need to have a skill or service that allows you to be self-employed.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 3:56:01 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Randy Larsen

Hope you have a wonderful time hunting!

If you have the type of work that you love and enjoy, I say work till you drop! But if it is not something that you love, leave it and enjoy the fruits of your retirement.

God bless you and your retirement!


15 posted on 02/20/2012 3:56:11 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: AmusedBystander

“You have obviously never met my boss.”

LOL! Wonderful!


16 posted on 02/20/2012 3:59:21 PM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

The longest lived here live longer than the longest lived of any east asian nation. What you are talking about is the average, and that is simply diet related.


17 posted on 02/20/2012 3:59:56 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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... 1972 ... and the hot new technology revolutionizing communication was the fax machine.

BZZZZT ! Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on chemical mechanical fax type devices and in 1846 was able to reproduce graphic signs in laboratory experiments. He received the first fax patent in 1843.

18 posted on 02/20/2012 4:00:21 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: FReepers

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19 posted on 02/20/2012 4:01:42 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: MrEdd

>> “You mean Cancer can’t kill you if you keep working in your eighties?” <<

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Cancer can’t touch you if you simply eat a natural diet, and spend adequate time in the sun.
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20 posted on 02/20/2012 4:04:04 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Thank You so much!

The best part of my job is operating heavy equipment, the worst part is I have to be a union member at a gov. job.

Gotta get out of gov. any way possible!


21 posted on 02/20/2012 4:06:49 PM PST by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: editor-surveyor
Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician.

Oh, I don't know about that. I've been retired almost 15 years now and I have defied my family's short longevity and am in great health. It's conceivable that if I had kept working the stress may have put me in an early grave like them.

Too bad that you lack the imagination to make retirement interesting and enjoyable.

22 posted on 02/20/2012 4:07:19 PM PST by OldPossum (ou)
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To: Randy Larsen

Knowing where you worked, I understand, but you need to continue to rise early, and have regular organized activities.

Retirement kills, usually within 8 years.


23 posted on 02/20/2012 4:08:14 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: OldPossum

Everyday life is interesting, and enjoyable.


24 posted on 02/20/2012 4:13:22 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor

I’m practicing already. Early to bed, early to rise, then changing to more physical exertion and less stressful activities.

I want to make them regret they ever hired me because I lived so long! LOL!


25 posted on 02/20/2012 4:14:30 PM PST by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: editor-surveyor
If you stop working, soon you will drop. Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician. Work at something you enjoy.

I enjoy reading books. Messing around in my gardens in the summer. Sitting on the deck or under a shade tree and watching the birds and the clouds. Go out on the dock if I feel like it and try to catch a couple of fish. Go out and walk a few miles. Go out and visit with the neighbors or former co-workers or family. I enjoy building things so I'm going to make a major upgrade on my solar heating system soon.

Since I quit working, I get a lot more exercise and my stress level is WAY down. I never drag through a day anymore from not getting enough sleep, since I wake up when I wake up instead of getting blasted out of bed by an alarm clock. I have time to make healthier meals now. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are lower.

Maybe you could enlighten me on what is so bad about this lifestyle that you think its dooming me to an early death.

26 posted on 02/20/2012 4:15:40 PM PST by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: Menehune56

That’s something to start developing on the side, while you are still working.

This way, you can grow your business while not having to depend on it for an income, then if you do lose your job, not only will you have a small business that is already providing some income, you’ll then be able to focus on growing the business without the same worries as somebody who was forced out of a job and having to start their own business and not have those assurances.


27 posted on 02/20/2012 4:16:34 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Menehune56
So you need to have a skill or service that allows you to be self-employed.

You are correct, of course.

But we need to consider that many skills have changed and are changing. That said, we older folks also have to understand that we have changed. We are wiser and stronger in many ways.

We must not be intimidated by the past into believing that our value has declined...and we need to refuse to be intimidated by the present.

We must get tough and accentuate our assets. We must get back in (or stay in) the battle...get tough...get smart!

28 posted on 02/20/2012 4:18:27 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: editor-surveyor
If you stop working, soon you will drop. Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician.

BS. I would love to not have to drag my ass out of bed every day and have to do the daily grind. I'd love to be retired and enjoy myself.

29 posted on 02/20/2012 4:21:45 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: editor-surveyor; Randy Larsen
If you stop working, soon you will drop.

Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician.

I'm 66, in good health, been retired for 12 years and have enjoyed every minute of retirement.

Except for 4 years in the military, I did not work for the government.

Randy Larsen - Good luck to you on your retirement, enjoy life while you are relatively young. I was 54 when I retired, 12 years ago.

I have 4 adult children, 13 grand children, 4 great grand children and the final hearing on our adoption of a 12 and 13 year old is coming up on March 26th.

30 posted on 02/20/2012 4:25:56 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: editor-surveyor
Said obviously by someone who has no idea of the concept of fun!!!
31 posted on 02/20/2012 4:28:57 PM PST by ontap
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To: editor-surveyor
Retirement kills, usually within 8 years.

Bull. Most people die within a few years after retiring because they made the mistake of waiting to retire until they were just a few years from death.

32 posted on 02/20/2012 4:32:08 PM PST by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: Graybeard58

Yeah I’m retired and love it, I volunteer at the school district Planiterium, work on my HO railroad, brew beer, make bread, play computer games and cook most evening meals. Oh yeah more time at the range! Life is full and rich now!


33 posted on 02/20/2012 4:33:23 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: editor-surveyor

My Dad retired at 62 and died at 90!!!


34 posted on 02/20/2012 4:34:31 PM PST by ontap
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To: ontap
Work can be fun! In fact, if you don't enjoy the challenge of it...chances are, you're not very good at what you do.

Find what you love...and you'll be very good at it! And make a living in the process.

35 posted on 02/20/2012 4:34:47 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: Wissa

You’re having to much fun.....find a job. LOL. I’m 64 and you sound a lot like me. My wife and I bought a waterfront lot and are in the process of finishing up on our retirement cabin. I take great joy in getting up every morning and (NOT) going to work!!!


36 posted on 02/20/2012 4:39:34 PM PST by ontap
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To: editor-surveyor
Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician.

Work at something you enjoy.


This is exactly right.
37 posted on 02/20/2012 4:41:12 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: RoosterRedux
"Work can be fun! In fact, if you don't enjoy the challenge of it...chances are, you're not very good at what you do."

You sir could not be more wrong...at least concerning myself!!! People who enjoy work are usually those who are watching others doing it. Work is and always will be a four letter word!!

38 posted on 02/20/2012 4:43:43 PM PST by ontap
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

This reminds me of Animal Farm, where the work horse works ever longer as the pigs work less and less. The few old workers with a work ethic don’t retire, but their kids who were on 99 weeks of unemployment now flock to the disability office.


39 posted on 02/20/2012 4:45:11 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Wissa

I think people who can’t find anything to do in retirement never really lived in the first place.


40 posted on 02/20/2012 4:46:20 PM PST by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

Take my word for it...you will love it or at least I am!!!


41 posted on 02/20/2012 4:46:36 PM PST by ontap
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
Not in Europe and Japan. They retire younger and live longer than us.

Correct for homicides and automobile accidents, and we live longer than they do. Correct for obesity, an area in which we lead the world, and the U.S. lead widens even more.

Quality of life in retirement is another factor. Most Americans own their own homes. Most euros and japanese rent. Our retirees also (for the time being) get significantly better medical care, although BO is hellbent on dragging the U.S. down to the european rationed care level.

42 posted on 02/20/2012 4:48:04 PM PST by sphinx
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To: DLfromthedesert
being a hospital nurse can be wearing but most of us will work till age 65....

should have done what my sister did....go teach for 30 yrs and get out mid 50's on a hefty pension and health insurance...

then again, can't imagine doing that even if the hours, pay, pension are all superior....there is something about being a nurse, that is all I'll say...

43 posted on 02/20/2012 4:48:08 PM PST by cherry
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To: Wissa

I agree with you 100%.

I retired 3 years ago from a stressful job. Now my stress level is minimal, I sleep like a baby,(and get 8 hours every night) have plenty of time to exercise and cook good meals every day, and feel better than I have in decades.


44 posted on 02/20/2012 4:48:35 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: beef
I think people who can’t find anything to do in retirement never really lived in the first place.

I saw an interesting quote of Sallust awhile back: "Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master."

I guess those people that don't know how to live without a master to tell them what to do are better off not retiring.

45 posted on 02/20/2012 4:53:06 PM PST by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: Wissa

The stats say that regardless of when you retire, that is when your death clock starts to run.

A few do beat the stats, but really very few.


46 posted on 02/20/2012 4:53:59 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor

Show me the data.

And be sure to screen out all those who had to stop working because they were sick already.


47 posted on 02/20/2012 4:56:22 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: editor-surveyor
"Retirement is for those that wish to have a closer relationship with their mortician."

Sad to say, all too many die within three months after retirement these days.

48 posted on 02/20/2012 4:56:52 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: nascarnation
I sleep like a baby,

Are you saying you wake up every three hours crying, hungry and wet?

49 posted on 02/20/2012 4:57:09 PM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Obama supporters, like the Occupy people, want you to work till you drop so the Federal Government can take half of whatever you have left over.

It's called the “You work till you drop so I can get my Obama Money”.

50 posted on 02/20/2012 4:58:17 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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