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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991663 01/26/19 05:07 PM
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Hey Stelth, thanks for sharing the 60 something experience! I tell people that I will retire in 3 years at 66, but I could retire tomorrow if needed or might even go longer if the enjoyment continues. I can pretty much fulfill my recreational and other needs now, so I don't require retirement to start new pursuits. I am enjoying my career more than ever and I don't fret over things like I did when younger. That's a nice place to be. But, everyone is different and have different situations, wants, and needs. To each his own.

I, too, am thankful for my relatively good health. At work, I'm still out doing field work enough to get exercise and fresh air, but last summer while working with some 20 something farm type students I really noticed that I could not keep up with them anymore - the hare vs. tortoise type of thing. My wife's health is degenerating due to a car accident 10 years ago and that changes retirement plans a lot. At this age you also see lots of other ailments and hardships knocking people down around you. I wish I had this amount of wisdom back in my younger years. How much time wasted on non important things.

It's a good time to get your affairs in order -, will, funeral plans, etc.. Thanks again for the enlightening post. Take care all you old duffers (I still act like a kid often).

Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991670 01/26/19 05:11 PM
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Will be 73 in April if I do not do anything dangerous, lol.....I am a survivor of the Viet Nam War, 23 of some friends and buddies did not make it ..no complaints, can still ride a bicycle, hit a golf ball, and walking well so far, yep I retired and so far so good, do not miss the rat race and the stupidity that goes with that..lol

I do get VA healthcare,,,I paid for it, it was my choice, volunteer.

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For the price of 2 oil changes, you could have bought a bicycle used....and be free... 73 and
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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: CT8] #4991685 01/26/19 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by CT8
I am 66 years old I hate it. I would love to be invincible again.

If your not disabled , start walking when you can, its a start,,, no one is bulletproof,,it happens, we get older, lol


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: CT8] #4991694 01/26/19 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by CT8
I am 66 years old I hate it. I would love to be invincible again.


Don't say that. I am half your age and after 3 intense workout days I feel like grinded death. A simple calf pull sidelined me from my cardio for 8 days and I wanted to jump out of my skin.


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991699 01/26/19 05:30 PM
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I don't think of age. Even when I retire I
I'll stay busy and away from being a couch potato.

Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991707 01/26/19 05:35 PM
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I just turned 66 this past November. I retired 4 years ago at 62, and I'm loving every minute of it! No more long hours, or long drives in traffic. No more putting up with politics, company policies, or idiot managers. No more standing 10 and 12 hours a day. I go to bed when I'm tired, and get up when I'm not. All my time is mine, and I no longer have to sell a single minute of it to someone else in exchange for a buck.

I enjoyed my work, but after doing it for over 45 years, it went from no longer being a challenge, to more of a PITA. I love living in Arizona, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I'm still in good health, but it takes me longer to do some things than it did when I was in my 40's. I still love to shoot, and have no problem shooting my .50 BMG, or my African big bores. I just can't shoot as many rounds as I used to in one sitting.

I exercise on the treadmill, and don't eat junk. And I no longer drink or smoke. Financially we have more coming in now than we did when I was working. My wife is 63 and she retied last year. We enjoy taking it easy, and we don't get on each others nerves. We have no children or family, (except for our dog), so there isn't any family problems or drama to deal with. Our lives are ours to live and enjoy. Hopefully good health will remain, and this will continue for a long time into the future.

Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991735 01/26/19 06:02 PM
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I'm 57, and not really feeling it, physically or emotionally (there's a word I doubt I've used here before...). I suspect 33 years as a Marine (half as a reservist), with the attendant requirements to pass our PFT (physical fitness test) and maintain height-weight standard were worth more than I ever appreciated! Especially when showing up for a PFT at 0530 when its 20F outside... Oddly enough, USMC rules scale the PFT score for age (if I do the same pullups, crunches and 3-mile run as an 18 year old, I get a higher score, up to the max). But, and here's the painful part -- the height weight standards are NOT scaled for age, so all of us "old birds" had to work our whatever off to live up (down?) to standards really meant for 20 year-olds! That hurt!

Old? Never. Last year, I walked away from my old profession, and I'm presently in the middle of school, training to return to the cockpit. I flew as a navigator in my early career, and I'm now actually a licensed pilot, working presently, full-time on my Commercial, and Multi-engine ratings. I plan to instruct for a year, then go to an airline and fly there till I hit 65. The pilot shortage is so bad that they're hiring people my age, no problems. Some of us (well-experienced students...) theorize that the airlines actually prefer us to youngsters, since we don't have the long-term potential to grow into very expensive senior captains. Whatever, at 65 I'll just go to Netjets or some similar operation (Pt 135 ops = no age limit) and fly till I really want to retire.

Like someone else said, I'm ready to go "poof" today if that's required of me, but again, beyond board rules. Until I do get "recalled" permanently, I'm moving ahead at full speed. I got a T-Shirt for Christmas that reads, "PILOT GRANDPA -- Like a Regular Grandpa only Cooler". I'd like to get its companion that reads, "PILOT GRANDPA -- Like a Regular Pilot Only Cooler"! It's all good.


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991741 01/26/19 06:07 PM
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67 Not in tip top shape. But been retired nearly 2 yrs. I'm a husk of what I was at 35 or even 40. I mostly try not to hurt myself as I maintain the house and grounds Guys, do whatever you can. Plan every single move. Use your head not your body. Falls are the number one injury for us old fahts. grin2


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991756 01/26/19 06:29 PM
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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991759 01/26/19 06:36 PM
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I turned sixty in October 2016.
I do feel older now than I did ten years ago, but I can still physically perform any labor that my desk-bound hide would have done then.
I plan to retire when I hit sixty five but may not or may leave earlier, as I can.
Both wife and I can afford to retire, but we also like the easy money from our work and are therefore a little conflicted about it.
I sometimes really enjoy my job and at other times would be just as happy to let someone else deal with my superior and my subordinates as well as the general nonsense.
Anyway, it's a little sobering to be well into the backside of the curve.
Mortality is now a lot closer than birth and there is no escaping that simple fact.
Oh, I do love head-banging music and find myself listening to many of the same tracks I loved back in the seventies.
The younger folks around me probably don't get this older greyhead singing along to Dio or Zep or [censored] Yankees.


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991782 01/26/19 07:06 PM
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I also turned 60 in July 2018. I still hike and am fairly active, but I do get a bit stiffer. My knees would rather be standing than sitting for example.

I still listen to BOC, Led Zep, The Clash.......old people stuff

I actually could retire, but my wife wants to work a bit more and by her way of thinking, my retirement = house keeper man. Yes, I will do laundry, dishes, cook, vacuum........but.......NOT my idea of retirement. I want to have enough money so I can hire this work out, and wife would never know LOL

I have businesses to run, but still work for the man - and frankly the stress is not all that pleasant. My boss is cool and pretty much I am a consultant and do work 4 days a week for good pay and bene's. Wife was a stay at home, part time educator/tutor for 20 years which really was great for our kids and family, but she jumped right back into her health care field with her masters degree, and just has some things to accomplish. I get that. My youngest is planning her wedding right now.......OK that seems pretty stressful, so I'm staying out....other than holding my wallet open.......ugg......

60? Yeah plenty of people gone from cancer. Plenty of 50 year olds that don't look so good. Eat just enough, of a hugely varied diet, exercise and keep moving. I don't think many have died and said "I didn't watch enough TV".......... I want to go hog hunting this year. I want to summit a couple peaks.


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991786 01/26/19 07:09 PM
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I turned 60 in May '18. I am retiring next year. If you like your job and want to keep working, by all means do so, but I feel bad for those who would like to retire but must keep working...I'm not worried about dropping dead soon after I retire, I've got plenty of things I want to do in retirement to keep me busy...

Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: AZjeff] #4991817 01/26/19 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by AZjeff
I'll be 62 soon and only slightly recognize the name Pantera but couldn't name a song.


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: CT8] #4991821 01/26/19 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by CT8
I am 66 years old I hate it. I would love to be invincible again.

I'm only 42 and feel the same way! Slowly getting tired of the rat race, but I have kids to finish raising, so it's not like I can make changes. But I sure do miss being thin and having nothing but opportunities ahead of me.


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Re: I'm 60 years old [Re: Stelth] #4991830 01/26/19 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Stelth

As I mentioned in another thread, the older I get the heavier the music I like. For instance, I had to travel this morning to a city about 50 miles from my home to see a business associate, and i listened to Periphery on the way up and back. Could have been Static-X, or Devin Townsend, or Pantera, but this time it was Periphery. Not sure if this music is typically popular with 60-year-olds, but probably more that you would imagine.

I know at least one coworker was mildly surprised to learn that I was into listening to trance at that time. More recently another was surprised when I was listening to Iron Maiden. [I listen with earbuds at work, via youtube, with the window up so I can hit pause at will.]

Recently I stumbled across vintage Judas Priest, and was surprised at how original it was--and how metal-like it was. I used to think the 70's were not that hard, Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper didn't seem that heavy to a kid who started listening to Metallica in the 90's. I liked it enough to contemplate buying some albums--something I haven't done in like 20 years.


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