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Retirement and life after several bourbons...

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Post by mhayford45 11/30/2021, 1:57 pm

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Realized today that retirement life is like being in a time out. Nice surroundings, good things to eat, people who care about you but not much going on until the time out is over........

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Post by Allen Barnett 2/4/2022, 3:02 pm

In November of this year, I will of been retired for 18 years from the military after 26 years in uniform.  Retired at the age of 48 and will turn 66 later this month.  I have read this thread and enjoyed it!  I agree with almost everything that has been said and do recommend retirement at the earliest you can afford to do it.  Do not wait, JUST DO IT! (If financially possible) I do not know how I use to do everything that I did while still working as now my days seem to fly by. The first 11 years I was retired my wife was still working and those were the best years I experienced.  As long as the laundry was done, the house clean and dinner on the table at 5PM when she got home, I could do anything I wanted to!!! (Within reason LOL) I golfed, fished, hunted and shot all I wanted.  Now that she is retired, I quit golfing, only fish when it it is nice weather (Wife loves to fish but only in fair weather), only hunt for whitetails in north Missouri.  As for shooting I have picked up the ball there and shoot at least 3-4 days a week year-round. So, life is still good!!!!

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Post by GySgt7291 2/17/2022, 6:20 am

mhayford45 wrote:Realized today that retirement life is like being in a time out. Nice surroundings, good things to eat, people who care about you but not much going on until the time out is over........
11 years and counting, no complaints.

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Post by Rick H. 2/17/2022, 9:03 am

Great thread and some terrific contributions, many of which give pause to think.  Officially I retired from law enforcement in 2010 with a total time of 30 years, 26 of which were spent as a trooper and then sergeant with a state agency.  I loved my job as a trooper, but hated it as a sergeant.  I didn't know when I had it good I guess.  I liked only having my own problems to worry about instead of 12 other persons problems to worry about.  It dawned on me one day when I was still working my "real" job that I had 15 years in and about another 10 years to go to retirement.  Well, those 10 years literally flew by and before I knew it I realized I could retire which I did.  I told myself early on that I wasn't going to stay until I became an ill-mannered old grump like so many others, so I pulled the plug.  I still remember my last day at work and the strange feeling when I walked out of my district HQ for the last time and realized for the first time in 26 years I couldn't get back in the employee entrance.  No more worrying about anyone but me and the wife, but for a while I felt lost because I still enjoyed being an LEO.

I took a supposedly part time job teaching police officers how to safely ride a police motorcycle and that job took me away from home 3 weeks at a time for over half the year.  I enjoyed that position and it kept me in touch with the profession and people.  Much has changed since I retired and I don't know if I would want to be working on the street today.  I have to take my hat off to those that still work in law enforcement or want to go into it.  Yeah there are some bad apples, but our world would be much different if we didn't have people that want to volunteer to put a police or military uniform on and fight the fight for us.  If these people ever take off those uniforms and walk away we are in deep, deep trouble, but I digress.  

I have a few hobbies, one is shooting and the other motorcycles.  I have restored a few old bikes, my latest being a 1977 Kawasaki KZ-1000.  I also work on firearms as a result of my time as an armorer.  I especially like working on old mil-surp stuff.  It can be quite enjoyable bringing an old relic back from the dead and shooting good.  My latest craze is .22 cal benchrest shooting which I have jumped into with both feet.  Even though I know I will never get really good at this sport I have enormous fun taking part in it.  Buying the right equipment is a killer though and dedication to using that equipment properly is a lot of work.  Still I hang on trying my best to do well.  I only wish I had started this a long time ago as it hard catching up especially at 69 years old, but at least I have the time for it now as Covid put an end to my police motorcycle instruction for the most part.

Another change will soon take place when my wife of 44 years will soon retire from her job as a nurse practitioner in a pediatric ER.  Somehow I think my free time is going to be limited once again and we will see if we can really exist together on a daily basis.  The good news is she wants to work part time at the local ballpark in the team store so it won't be too bad.  As for me I am happy putzing in the garage, or basement or going to the range a couple of times per week when it warms up.  I would love to move to a somewhat warmer climate, but that isn't going to happen as the wife refuses to move away now that we have grandkids.  Oh well, at least now I can sleep as long as I want to and stay up watching old movies on TCM whenever I want.  Life is pretty good for now.  I don't drink and I unfortunately have put on some weight watching TCM this winter.

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