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So, I did all the things that cost money.

Now, I need to find things that don't.

I'm not retired yet, but I'm looking forward to it -- perhaps/probably next year. I'm in New York City and note that you're in New York. City or State?

Some of the things I'm looking forward to are: Birding in Central Park, on Long Island and in New Jersey. Audobon, Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy (and many other organizations) have birding and hiking (free or nominal charge) and beach clean-ups. Jamaica Wildlife Refuge in Brooklyn is interesting at any season, but especially during migration.

The New York Public Library has all kinds of free events such as concerts and readings and exhibits at 42nd Street and Lincoln Center.

Barnes and Noble and Borders have lots of interesting readings - I look forward to attending a few of them. Perhaps I'll also get involved with the Jane Austen society again.

I'm also considering the possibility of cat sitting as an extra source of money for "luxuries" -- A retired neighbor of mine has been so successful at dog walking and cat sitting that she pays for all her ballet, opera, music, theater tickets (not an insignificant expense) plus a couple of trips a year, her day-to-day expenses and all or part of her rent with the income (yes, she reports all of it and deducts her medical and long term care insurance premiums). That's turning something you love into a money-making proposition.

I'm also hoping to usher for theater, dance and music events. For most venues part time ushers are booked through the union and this would be another avenue for turning something I love into a job. It wouldn't be a lot of money, but it sounds to me like a lot of fun and very interesting.

I think that instead of brunch or lunch with friends, I'll do tea or coffee most of the time. It's the talk that makes it fun, not necessarily the food.

Add a daily workout and volunteer work (the nature of which is yet to be determined) and a few hundred dollars a year to spend at street fairs and flea markets. Sounds good to me!

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