Just Retire Already. Sheesh.

There’s a study out showing that if you have the right genes, you can live to be 100 years old.

I want to see the study that identifies the genes that makes people want to work until they are 80+ years old.


I know a guy that was going to work until he was 80+. And he was making business decisions. But when you are single and 80 there isn’t much else to do, I get that.

He would show up about 9 to read the morning newspaper, check his mail, and call his broker. By then it was time for lunch. (And I suspect a nap afterwards.) Then it was back to the office to read the afternoon newspaper and take a meeting or two. About 5:00 p.m. he would wander home. For six weeks in the winter he would head to a warmer climate. For a couple weeks in the summer he would head to better fishing.

That’s called semi-retirement, I’m told.
But it’s those years from 65 or 70 to age 80 that I can’t understand why he was working AT ALL.

I got an email from a guy I knew back in the day. He said he announced his retirement two years ago, but the owners still wanted him around. His wife has breast cancer and he’s wealthy too. But he’s still showing up at work.

What is it with these people that just can’t give it up and retire?

As Catch Her In The Wry said…

She’ll probably be bored out of her mind within six months. She’s still young, fun, attractive and active. Even a part-time job doing something she loves won’t really seem like a job. Note that I didn’t say get a new career. That would be too much work.

I think that is excellent advice. Retire from your career, but take a job. Even better if it’s a volunteer gig.

But for criminey’s sake: retire! Make some room for others to move up so eventually a college graduate has a hole to worm his way in and start a career.

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Just Retire Already. Sheesh. — 4 Comments

  1. My retirement job is to be a wise old sage, sitting on a mountain top, with people scaling the sides just to get my insightful advice. BTW: That will be $100 please. Excellent (as opposed to good) advice doesn’t come cheap. 😉
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