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My company retired me, a nice way of saying they laid me off. But what they heck I was ready to go and approaching the magic age of 65. So how can we afford to sail? For 40 some years we lived below our means, built two houses, drove used cars, participated in the company 401k to the max, invested left over monies and went on vacations during the off seasons. I'm finishing up our boat now, just tried the water systems, had one leak, my fault, cracked a elbow while expanding the PEX. Oh, I was an electrical engineer.

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I rehabilitate chimneys and fireplaces.

I got laid off with 80% pay in May, so now l have the summer off and even if they go bankrupt and let me go, unemployment will be fine cause I live aboard swinging on my buoy which is very little overhead. I can do this for the 2 year unemployment limit, then l got to get the ugly J word.

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I was in computer/storage/networking sales and training.

After I sold all the stock that I had in the company at $118/share, I was laid off by my last employer 1.5 years ago. Today it is trading at $42/share (and still overvalued IMHO).

After 28 years in the high-tech industry, I got sick of writing weekly reports that no one read, and the dog-eat-dog mindset that seems to have permeated almost every large corporation with which I worked (DEC, Sun, IBM, etc.). Instead, I decided to focus my energy into something that I love; Sailing.

Since then I got my OUPV, and ASA Instructor Certification. I hope to make enough money to maintain the boat, buy food, have access to healthcare, and pay the marina fees.


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I'm "pseudo government", but still private sector. I manage the business side of a banking software application.

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Teaching was OK but only gives two months off in the summer so built a boat from stuff and allowed passengers to pay me big bucks to entertain them. See Three hour Sail . Wintered in Thailand for twenty years and after my second cardiac death sold the boat and sent my co pilot out to get her 3rd power engineer ticket. Figure the oil fields will support me in the manor in which I've become accustomed.

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I'm a writer and I don't make much.
It's about choices. I drive an older vehicle. I'd rather have a slip payment than a car payment and you don't have to have a 2014 50' boat to go sailing.

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Saved lives for 40 years. Never felt a day at work wasn't worthwhile until recently. Once I started to spend half my day advocating ( fancy word for arguing) with uneducated RNs, or docs or administrators for keeping my patients alive when all they wanted was to save a buck for the system finally had enough. Wanted to do my job not negotiate allowable services, medications etc.Now sail and save my soul.
Just retired 2 weeks ago. So far 2 days on land. One day in a marina. Rest with the rags up. Good ratio.

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the dog-eat-dog mindset that seems to have permeated almost every large corporation with which I worked (DEC, Sun, IBM, etc.).
I was in the same field and was rapidly being worked into a breakdown - 15 to 17 hour days, 7 days a week for months on end. I went on stress leave with my strongest backing coming from the 2 hit men the company hired to try & deny my claim. The first one ended the session with "I'm surprised you survived - we'll start with a dozen sessions and a personal trainer".

A few months later they "restructured" my position out of existence so I just stayed on paid leave, plus they had to pay me a very healthy severance package. I'll be staying on paid leave until I turn 65 instead of retiring at 63 per normal. That will make it 8 years - what a bunch of soulless dummies.

My last boss got forced into early retirement and croaked from a heart attack within 2 years. I was on track for the same, primarily due to her, but in the end, it worked out better for me than any other scenario.

Working on my Karma all those years really paid off. I was sailing in the BVI while the clowns that did it were here in the rain still working those crazy hours.

Sinatra was right - living well IS the best revenge.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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I have had my own Harley aftermarket motorcycle shop since 1979. Started in N.C.. I moved to S.C. in 1989 had the shop going since. Keep getting boats that need work, try to fix them up sell it and get one alittle larger . Now there getting to big I have to pay for a slip or on the hard year round. Now I have to work harder. I leave Friday afternoon and go back to work Tuesday morining every weekend. I am glad that my wife works. I am 59 and going to sell the shop in 3 years. I better get back to work...

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I did a 90/10 retirement at the age of 25 now I work about 10% of the year and play the balance of it. I don't have to but honestly I'd clean toilets if it was the only way to keep my lifestyle afloat.
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