On Retirement And Hats

Discussion in 'Hats' started by earl, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. earl

    earl One of the Regulars

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    Retired just a tad over 5 months ago and absolutely love it. In fact, the only downside for me is I discovered I now have much less need to leave the house as when I was working. When I worked, unless it was too windy or rainy, always had a lid on, straw fedora in warm months, felt fedoras and flat caps in cold. So now and into the future there will be fewer opportunities to wear them. Similarly, fewer opportunities to wear some of my vintage overcoats I love. Always wore a tie and jacket to work though it was not mandated. Find I don't miss the jackets and ties all that much.
     
  2. M Brown

    M Brown One of the Regulars

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    I retired 4 years ago and wear my hats much more than I did when I was working. Now, I have one on whenever I'm outside the house.
    I only have a couple of fedoras but about a dozen felt drover & gus styles, and 4 straws of the same styles. Around here it's big brimmed hats.
     
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  3. I’m looking forward to finding out all the differences myself. I don’t think I’m going to be the guy who can’t find enough to keep him busy. 2,294 days, not that I’m counting. :)


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  4. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    Most retirees I know go out all the time. Morning coffee with the buddies at Tim Hortons or whoever has the best deal at the time. MacDonalds, IKEA. They meet in packs walking around the neighbourhood. And when it’s too cold, the mall. Evening drink at the legion. I am looking forward to an active Social life in retirement.
    Johnny
     
  5. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    The bulk of my activity at that point will be turning my lawn chair from the east to the west every day. I plan to watch the sunrise over the mountains with morning coffee and sunset with a good cold brew. I'll be wearing hats to keep the sun off my head and out of my eyes, just as they were intended!

    T minus 2100 for me.
     
  6. dkstott

    dkstott One of the Regulars

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    I retired 3 1/2 years ago. A month after I retired, I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma cancer on my face.

    It was the result of spending 4 years on or near the equator while in the US Navy. Wearing Military issued Baseball caps and not wearing sunscreen certainly didn't help.

    It took me almost a year to get back to normal. But since then, I exercise daily and have lost 81 pounds as of this morning.

    I wear my hats everywhere. Life truly is good!
     
  7. LeFonque

    LeFonque One of the Regulars

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    I retired today after being ill for a while. I am not looking forward to the coming time.
     
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  8. Dm101

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    Best wishes to you, and best health as well.
     
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  9. Dm101

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    No such thing as retirement for me.
    Work til I die.
    On to the next adventure...
     
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  10. Not the way any of us want to go. Godspeed in your recovery.


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  11. That just depresses me. Adventure: yes! Work: no! Actually, I envy those who look forward to going to work each day.


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  12. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Depends much on how one defines 'work'. I worked til my 69th birthday. Retired in my early 50's but it didn't take. Found a second or third career and worked it. To me the 'tell' that it was time to pull the pin was I began to stop looking forward to going to work each day. It wasn't the work itself as I still loved it once I got to the job site but the attendant hassles getting there ....the traffic ...the parking....and I began to cast my gaze forward to the weekend even by Tuesday. Def time to pull the pin. It is only been a year and I am still deep in the transition deciding what is next besides ordering hats!!!
     
  13. dkstott

    dkstott One of the Regulars

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    Exercising, playing my guitars and enjoying life. "Yes, I have a retirement plan. I plan on playing my guitar."
     
  14. Tukwila

    Tukwila My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I've got at least 4 years to go before retirement, but will probably work another 10 to pay off a condo in Cuenca... then will probably spend a lot of time in hat shops like Ortega...

    I can't imagine going out without a hat on my head.
     
  15. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Congrats on fighting the good fight. I hope your health issue stays retired as well.
    Minus 81 lbs....wow....you are a new man!! Enjoy him!
    B
     
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  16. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    I said the exact same thing for years Dm101. Bills, living, DIVORCE, no end in sight.
    Then my ticker started to flicker and made a liar out of me! I miss the people i worked with, not the management i worked for. They were happy i left, i was happy to go. Oddly, probably saved my life!
    B
     
  17. Tukwila

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    Prayers and good thoughts for some bright days yet ahead.
     
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  18. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Congratulations on your retirement, you can take a perverse pleasure now watching sheeple going off to work every morning.
    Around here, retired gents tend to do things that annoy others. It's hard to know whether they do it in ignorance or deliberately. One such irritation is to wait until the peak traffic commuting hours, morning and evening, and join it just to visit the recycle centre where they dump their lifetime's accumulated trash. The place is known as: "Old Farts Central."
    Now that's a good plan. If I bring my own recliner can I join you?
    That's a heartwarming post, a lovely upbeat optimism. Compliments to you.
    I certainly wish you a quick recovery to good health, it's hard to plan for anything, working or retired, when medical and health issues cloud your life. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    That's great if you work because you want to, when you work because you have to, it all becomes something of a yoke on your shoulders.
    My Grandfather inadvertently taught me a valuable lesson about work. He retired from the police force in 1937. A year later, with war looming, he joined a forerunner to today's security companies, it was a government run organisation mainly for ex servicemen. They did duties like being the guard at the factory gate. Come war and the older servicemen joined the Home Guard, so Grand Dad being ex police was accepted into that organisation. It was known as, The League of Commissionaires.
    During the war he was up on factory roofs, kicking the incendiary bombs to the ground, and that was when he was in his 60's. Grandfather was forced into his second retirement at 77, just for his own safety. At that age it doesn't pay to challenge a would be thief. But my grand Dad was a keen gardener, as well as his own garden he tended the gardens of four of his neighbours. Then one day, in his 85th year, an old police buddy chastised him for doing all that labouring at his age, told him it was time to put his feet up, he did just that. Grand dad lived for another 11 years, and sadly, didn't know much about the last ten. He lost the plot.

    My own retirement came about at 64. I had been in business with my brother for the best part of 15 years. A company went bust and took us for ten grand. We had the funds to ride the debt, but my brother wanted out and a good offer for the business meant a financially, comfortable retirement. Nowadays my brother is improving his swing and bringing his handicap down, he's actually achieved his first hole in one. As for me, retirement was a bore, so following a phone call from a business contact, I returned to work, and I'm still there, even though I'm 73. When it becomes a chore I will throw the towel in but until then, I won't make the mistake of my Grandfather. Others can comment all they like, others can enjoy their twilight years in restful retirement, not for me. I just love the cut and thrust of business.
     
  19. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Hey LeFonque:
    It sounds like a day of confused emotions and overwhelming fear of the unknown future. I well remember that day and the days of doom and dropping dead any minute. They still come and go.
    Not looking forward to the coming time is a very natural way of looking at it.
    I found that if you just look forward to the next new day and are grateful for it, God helps you see in a brighter light those things that went unseen before. What was looses power over what is and what will be will take care of itself.
    After awhile the fear and confusion turns to peace and appreciation for a whole new world that had been hidden away.
    My prayers for that peace and the next new day for you will accompany mine.
    You are not alone my friend.
    Be well. Bowen
     
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  20. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I remember a quote from Charlie Daniels who, when asked about retirement, replied something to the effect, "What am I going to do, sit on my porch and play the guitar all day long? Hell, I already do that!"

     
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