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We have been retired since my DH was 51 and that was 16 years ago. He has never looked back, never sighed and thought "I should have kept working".

ChiliSpouse retired six years ago at age 51, as well. He declared he would never work again and stuck to it except for one 3-day assignment installing some kind of transponder on airport buses. The renters of our house in North Texas own the company and needed someone who knew electronics on short notice. He retired from wireless comm, but an EE is one of his degrees, so the former exec worked in an unairconditioned garage for three days and came home with the biggest grin on his face.

I retired a couple of years after he did.

One of his younger friends sort of snarls when CS says we're going on vacation: "You're ALWAYS on vacation. The only difference is you're traveling."

work is what we did, not who we are
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