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Thursday, November 17. 2011
Read the whole thing. Years of cheap money, the housing bubble, and other bubbles resulted in a 20-year party built on credit and spending. (Of course, governments did the same thing.) Although most people continue to work after retirement, it is more pleasant when it is semi-optional.
On the other hand, if you spend most of your life drearily putting money into savings instead of living, you will get sick before you ever have a life with some fun and adventure in it. Sailing in the Med, fly fishing in Patagonia, hunting Ptarmigan in Alaska, cruising around the world, riding horses in Montana, golfing in Scotland - none of these things are (yes, "none" takes a plural verb) much fun to do when deaf, half blind, and with a colostomy bag, two bad knees, and a touch of dementia.
Honestly, I'd rather be working with the latter and have some of my fun in advance. Buy now, pay later. Health, like youth, is wasted on the young, and idleness wasted on the old. During my two years of zombie working, I'd like to be a WalMart greeter, just adding some good cheer to the world for a humble wage.
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Working 2 years after death is not a problem, and you touched on it in your post; actual human zombiefication is the obvious choice to make this happen. How many have read the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Not a big number, I'm sure, and I'll wager there are provisions for nanobots and re-animation procedures (properly regulated, of course).
It's all spelled out right here:
Dr. Mercury's probably already read it.
I think the idea of doing all your retirement stuff while still working is going to become the norm rapidly. Travel every year, but expect to be working more years.
Hey, ants, the grasshoppers know where you keep your money and how to get at it: through politicians.
You're feeling a bit foolish now, I reckon.
I don't plan on passing from the mortal veil until well into my 200s - maybe somewhere around my 250th birthday I'll decide that I've had enough.
Just as an aside, it should be noted that the U.S. has been, since the end of WWII, underwriting all of Europe's wonderful experiment in socialism, including Italy's. We spend vastly more on the military, as a percentage of GDP, than every country in Europe. For example, in 2009, we spent 4.9%, Italy 1.8%, and Germany 1.4% Yet it is the U.S. taking the lead, through NATO, in providing for the defense of Europe.
I don't mind having to work til age 80 - so long as it is necessary for the happiness and support of my family. To the extent it goes to insuring the lifestyles of rioting Greeks and Italians who want to retire early . . . well, there's something radically wrong here.
"if you spend most of your life drearily putting money into savings instead of living, you will get sick before you ever have a life with some fun and adventure in it"
Not for my wife and me. We carefully saved our money while we worked and we both retired 5 years ago. Here's where we've been since then: Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Amazon, Galapagos islands, Australia, Tahiti/Society Islands (twice), the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, China and Tibet. Just before we retired, we also took trips to: Provence, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Australia. Already on our itinerary for 2012: Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. Thinking about for 2013: Korea, Thailand, Bhutan/Nepal, or Palau....each appeals to us. So many destinations, so little time to visit them all.
Agent Cooper: You been up to Washington to smell the trees? They're mighty fine.
Yep, almost forgot we took a trip to Washington state so my wife could see her college housemates and I could takes pictures of Snoqualmie Falls! Liked Whidbey Island a lot, stayed in a very pleasant B&B in Coupeville and had some of the renowned Penn Cove mussels. Drove over to central Washington to see some apple orchards and wineries. Liked Wenatchee---a quiet town, but very interesting geological history and involved in the first trans-Pacific flight via Pangborn Field. Made it over to Mukilteo to take a tour of the impressive Boeing plant. Finally headed over the border to Vancouver Island to visit a friend in Victoria, where we took a whale watching cruise that was absolutely superb. All in all, an excellent adventure.
PS: As you might have guessed from my screen name, the visit to the Falls was a pilgrimage of sorts. Or, you might say, I was returning to the scene of the crime as well as stopping by for a slice of cherry pie and some damn fine coffee.
"I'd like to be a WalMart greeter"
Obviously, Barrie has never actually been to a Wal-Mart. Which is understandable, given his white upper middle class position and well-paying tenured job.
Because do you know what type of people shop at Wal-Mart?
And if there's one thing Barrie hates, it's those disgusting poor people. In fact, he actually went out of his way and "finally bothered to learn how to do it" so he could embed YouTube videos so he could join Bird Dog and News Junkie in the latest hot Maggie's meme of wanting poor people to die of starvation.
Worse, another type who shops at Wal-Mart are those awful Boomers, who Barrie implied have no "honor, integrity, self-restraint, self-reliance, duty, sacrifice or loyalty."
Oh, I think Barrie's made it perfectly clear that Wal-Mart is just about the last place he wants to spend his zombie years.
How about Saks Fifth Avenue?
you mean to pay for all the overcharged creditcards...
and for the Obama spending spree...
If Americans hadn't been living way over their means on the shoulders of massive loans out of China and elsewhere for decades they could have had retirement at an earlier age, but they chose to spend, spend, spend, despite their bank accounts being unable to support all that spending (both as a nation and individually).
We in Europe look at the US and see 3-4 cars per family even at the lowest income levels, massive (compared to ours) homes, people on social security living a life of grandeur that's not affordable here to people making 75k Euro a year, and Americans wonder why they keep getting overdrafted bank accounts and chronically rising national debt...
Excuse me? "We in Europe" includes the PIIGS, where it is apparently the norm to have 42 gardeners on the staff of a hospital with no dirt! In case you never noticed, GW is correct about the U.S. taxpayer subsidization of the undemocratic socialist EUrocracy and their "national defense." He left out many other forms of continuing U.S. foreign aid to Europe. For example, the socialist medical care in Europe is able to buy the latest advanced pharmaceutical technology at low prices because the U.S. consumer pays ALL of the R&D costs necessary to bring the product to market. I, for one, am convinced that one of structural adjusts necessary in U.S. policy is to withdraw all financial subsidization of Europe and let them stand - or fall - on their own. If the future is Eurabia, so be it.