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Eight years ago I retired. Oh yes. But it wasn't my chosen thing to do. It was one of those golden early retirement deals from a big computer company trying to stay afloat.

Problem was -- I wasn't ready physically, mentally, or financially to retire. So I took the lump sum and rolled it over into a really conservative 60% stock/40% bond IRA portfolio, invested my modest separation dollars in a small home-based business, remarried, and took up running ultra-marathons.

My real conservative IRA portfolio has since doubled in value, and I've learned to invest Foolishly. The home-based business has taken over my home and spilled out into the internet. And I seem to have lost all desire for retirement.

If only they'll keep pushing that age for mandatory withdrawal out further ahead of me!
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