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Subject:  Re: Retirement - A New Thread Date:  1/9/2020  4:01 PM
Author:  MisterFungi Number:  21719 of 21944

Ok, I’ll give it a go:

I retired nearly 6 years ago at age 65 after 39 years as a professor at the same university where I’d gone to grad school. DH had retired a few years before me. She owned a large dance studio and ran a nonprofit dance company.

I retired mostly because I was unhappy with how my university had morphed into a corporation oriented toward maximizing the bottom line. I had tenure, a comfy lifestyle, had spent my entire adult life here. But I was unhappy, and so I pulled the plug on it.

Money was not a major issue for us. We’d lived modestly in the same house for 30+ years, zero debt, built up a comfortable nest egg, … the usual “millionaire next door.” I delayed taking Soc Sec until age 68.

For the 6 years prior to retiring, I’d been focusing my energy on forming an organization of indigent Detroiters who were regulars at a soup kitchen in the city. A handful of my students and I worked with a core group to launch the organization. After retirement, I took this on as a half-time volunteer job. Today the org has 4 chapters and nearly 6,000 members. We’ve accomplished a lot of good stuff. But as we grew and became an official nonprofit, that too became increasingly bureaucratic for me, chasing grants and supervising staff. It’s taken me 5 years to hand over the reins. I’m still on the board.

I’ve loved Hawaii--the place, the people, the culture--ever since we first visited 38 years ago. So 7 years ago, DH and I bought a condo in Waikiki. It’s an older but nice building, with mostly year-round residents (kama’aina) and some renters. We split our time between here and our Michigan house. We also travel around Europe, typically 2 to 3 trips/year, plus trips to Oregon to visit DD and her family. Our nearly 7 y/o granddaughter is the joy of our life.

I’ll be 71 in a couple of months, DW just turned 68. We’re healthy and active. I still run (slowly) and swim miles in the ocean regularly. I walk to the beach. I joined an outrigger canoe paddling club a couple of years ago. We paddle competitively, working out or racing as many as 5 days/week during the season. We don’t have many paddlers my age, so typically I’m in a 6-man canoe with folks decades younger than me.

I still do research, write articles, do my nonprofit work, putter around the house, etc. I’m never bored. Life is good. I'm very grateful to be able to do this.
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