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Subject: Re: Why aren't you working? Date: 2/9/2007 3:32 PM
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I had one of those moments last night that I used to read about on That Other Board in days of yore. A Why Aren't You Working moment.

There were two issues for me: The first, obviously, was being able to afford to retire. The second, and more difficult to explain, is that I am both 1) and underachiever and 2) compulsive in some behaviors. Those would seem to be at cross purposes, and they probably are, but when I was doing computer programming, I couldn't put it down. I was the archtypical 24-hr bag-of-chips-and-a-Yoohoo type, from the 60's when it was Fortran to the 70's when I started monkeying with Basic.

I did some short-story writing in the 90's, and it was the same, I'd be up at 3AM "just putting the finishing touches" on a story, which I had put the finishing touches on four times before, at midnight, 9PM, 6PM, and so on. And sometimes (read: often) I'd be at the keyboard for 36 hours straight, bag-of-chips-and-a-YooHoo. (Coca-Cola, actually.)

I was like that in corporate America, too. I'd call the producers at the station at 2AM when I heard something I didn't like, even though it was 2AM and who the hell really cared? Then, like many, I had a bad experience with a new boss which french-fried the passion and drive, and I left.

But whatever I get into, I end up obsessing; my metal sculptures took several months out of my life - as usual at all hours of the day and night.

Retirement seems to fit me. I have a "book" which I have thought about writing for the past several years, but I fear to start it because I know I'll fall down the rabbithole, so I spend time playing with the cats, cooking the occasional dinner, and posting on the Fool boards (which I do a lot, but because they come in short bites I can take and leave - unlike "programming" or "real writing" or whatever.

I would like to write the book. I just don't want to spend the next 18 months cursing myself for giving up all the great free time I have for doing nothing, or those stupid projects around the house that I've been meaning to get to for the past 10 years.

Someday, maybe, dunno. Like I said, I'm an underachiever; been told so by every teacher I ever had, plus my parents, plus Mrs. Goofy, and others. Never bothered me much, or I'd'a worked harder, probably, but there it is.

Retirement. It's made for guys like me.
 
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