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Good evening, my name is Parry. New to this board but have been a Fool for several years. I am a Vietnam veteran who retired during 1996 at the age of 46 due to complications from Diabetes. I was a classification specialist with the Wis. Dept of Corrections. I was part of a specialized unit that evaluated inmates like Jeffrey Dahmer. I now use an insulin infusion pump make by MiniMed Inc. to stabalize my condition. It is a revolutinary product that is changing the entire treatment of the disease. Retiring at that time was a complete shock. I was working through Friday and by Monday I was hospitalized and was told by my doctor it was time to retire. My 401K was incomplete, I had a little in savings and was eligible for SSI and Medicare. If I had a family it would have been impossible to provide for them on the amount that I was going to receive. So I put my nose to the grindstone and bought a computer and bought every book, magazine on investing I could get my hands on. I joined the National Association of Investor's Corporation and studied, studied and read. I started to invest in Dividend Reinvestment Programs. I believe even though you are retired that you still can purchase several different stocks and income average on a monthly basis. In just over two years I have done very well and feel a lot more secure and have a better attitude. I also listened to a good friend whose is 83 years old and is still working full-time. He owns a furniture store and golfs everyday. He will never retire. He loves to meet people and golf everyday. My problem is being occupied all day and into the night. Does anyone have any suggestions? You can only read so much, play on the computer and socialize with friends. I sorry for talking so much. I wish I had seen this site before it would have been very helpful I am sure of it.
Sincerely, Parry Lueders
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Parry:My problem is being occupied all day and into the night. Does anyone have any suggestions? You can only read so much, play on the computer and socialize with friends.

You can see whether there is something like SCORE in your area- it is an association of retired excecutives who volunteer their time to small and growing businesses who could not otherwise afford the expertise.

A few years back my business incubator was founded by a group of early retirees (in their late 40's early 50's)

Two guys got together- wrote a classified ad about having too much spare time on one's hands and arranged a series of meetings at a local eatery. The idea was to build a grass-roots communal contract firm. Everybody chipped in $1000 and held equal shares in the new venture. Originally there were about 50 people. Then they explored some business ideas, got some spare space from a local landlord/semiconductor manufacturer- in exchange for a bit of the stock. There were two classes of stock- what you paid for- (and received voting rights) and what you were compensated with (no voting rights). As time went on, not only people, but garage or kitchen-table-type start-ups wanted to join to take advantage of the shared expenses, publicity and expertise. SO we created formulas for participating in their equity as well- on a landlord and an dvisory/individual contributor basis. Over 5 years we learned a lot, and still hold equity in a few local firms. I'd be glad to share if you were interested. (Check the box to email me privately.)

Best,
Ann Marie Harmony
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My problem is being occupied all day and into the night. Does anyone have any suggestions? You can only read so much, play on the computer and socialize with friends.

I've just started to read a book called "The Joy of Not Working" by Ernie Zelinski that addresses this very issue. Seems like a good book so far but as I said I've just started it. . .

Here's the Amazon URL
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898159148

Doug

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Does anyone have any suggestions? You can only read so much, play on the computer and socialize with friends. I sorry for talking so much. I wish I had seen this site before it would have been very helpful I am sure of it.
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Have you considered volunteering? Literacy programs,English as a Second Language programs, school tutoring and Habitat for Humanity are some of the things I have considered or been involved in. My volunteer experiences have been very rewarding and I have also made new friends.
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how about a skill in the creative arts?
painting
sketching
making music (harmonica or drum or guitar or flugelhorn)
woodworking


Learning to do something well is a a good use of time.

There's a great book
How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, by Michael J Gelb, Delacorte Press c 1998
I found it at my library and am inspired.
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Check out your local college and take a couple of courses.

Check out the local high school for adult evening classes.

If you like to cook, maybe you can find some cooking classes to take. Great way to meet people and learn to better feed yourself.

Go to afternoon matinees.

Do volunteer work in local hospital or nursing home. Maybe one day per week or a few hours during the day if you are up to it.

Volunteer at local soup kitchen.

Volunteer to drive cancer patients to local hospitals for chemo. You can check this out through your local hospital.

If you put your thinking cap on I bet you can come up with of alot of things.

Genygirl
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<<I've just started to read a book called "The Joy of Not Working" by Ernie Zelinski that addresses this very issue. Seems like a good book so far but as I said I've just started it. . .>>

I second the suggestion. I have read many such books which deal with the effective use of leisure time and this one appears to be the best of the genre. Good luck.

Regards,
FoolMeOnce

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Maybe it wouldn't hurt to look to God.

He can give your life meaning and fullness.
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Here are some more ideas

plant a vegi garden
plant a flower garden
paint the house
fix the house
walk at the park
feed the ducks
watch the birds
read a science fiction book
spend time with your brothers,sisters, and other family.
enjoy your children (if you have any)
Ride a bike
take a walk
take a hike in the mountains
get up early
sleep in
stay up late
watch the late show
chop the wood
pet the dog
feed the dog
offer to help a friend
keep in touch with your friends
read ibd/wall street journal
go to the public library
travel to a new place
jump in the car and see somthing new
learn about the internet (or whatever is the latest)
take a even class and learn a foreign language
investigate new things to cook
clean house
walk on the beach
watch the sunset
drink a cup of coffee slowly
take a long shower
offer your expertise for free to a small company
Take up homebrewing
make sun dried tomatoes
forage for nuts, fruits, olives, etc.
make lemonade out of lemons
paint something
write poetry
read history
watch Great Performances on PBS
watch travel shows on PBS
listen to baseball
watch football
take up a new sport like golf or tennis


(You get the idea).
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