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Mon 5 Jan 15 #1 
Allan R. Matthes
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Today is my first official weekday of retirement. Many of you who connect with me on FaceBook already know about my retirement but I wanted the rest of you to be aware of it too. After nearly 38 yrs with the Illinois Dept Of Employment Security here in Woodstock, Illinois I have retired effective 12-31-14. My family and i went for two weeks to Florida since my last actual day of work on 12-19-14. I wasn't really planning to retire for a few more years but the situation of our office moving out of town and being able to start Social Security and get my state pension convinced me that I should leave the task of sitting behind a computer 8 hrs a day and find new challenges to work on. Today here in Illinois we have severe weather. It was -12 F and it is Hannah's first day back in school since her vacation. Not having to venture out into this stuff and leave my car to freeze up in it shows me that I did right by retiring. This is a new lifestyle for me and I would appreciate suggestions and tips about what to do and what not to do with this new freedom. Thanks as always for having a cyber home for me here at Factacular. I may try to do some more fact building now that I have some more time and just try to be the best I can be here and elsewhere in friendliness, warmth and congeniality.  

 




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Mon 5 Jan 15 #2 
TABBYTOES
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enjoy your retirement and have some great times




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Mon 5 Jan 15 #3 
sally906
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Enjoy your retirement - few more years for me yet so feeling rather jealous :)




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Mon 5 Jan 15 #4 
GydaGwen
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Ooo... I would think of the one thing you wanted to do when you were a young man that you never got around to doing... learn to play an instrument... learn to paint... learn to dance... of course you could very well be proficient in any or all of these but the world is yours now to make your dreams come true... enjoy x

 




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Mon 5 Jan 15 #5 
kevg
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I can recommend some war strategy games that will keep you amused for weeks if not months but the worst thing you can do is sit in front of a computer all day (hahaha). Make a point of getting out at least once a  day and don't forget to do some ironing now and again.




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Tue 6 Jan 15 #6 
shortbreadforme27
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Set up a routine aimed at maximizing the day for you and your family. Get up at or around the same time each day. Personall I get up at or about 8am almost every day. Have a leisurely breakfast still in your pjs if you want. Get a hobby, keep fit, read. If you feel under employed be assured your better half will find you work. Anyway enjoy you have earned it.




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Tue 6 Jan 15 #7 
JMK
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There are loads of hobby groups and volunteer organisations that would love to have you, find something you enjoy. You will be surprised how busy you will become. Keeping fit,active and keeping busy doing things you love are the keys to an enjoyable retirement.




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Wed 7 Jan 15 #8 
killerb54
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Way to go Allan. Enjoy it, find some hobbies, travel, visit relatives as much as possible. I'll be enjoying retirement myself in only.....21 years.

I'm gonna go have a cry now.




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Fri 9 Jan 15 #9 
jmaxg
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Allan....way t'go man.

This guy was one of the first I came to know in Factacular.  He has helped me all along and is one of the truly nice guys on our site.

I wish you all the best in your retirement mate. Just remember, we are still here and require you for duty every now and again.




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Wed 14 Jan 15 #10 
bertie
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Here's wishing you well and hoping that you find many fulfilling new challenges for the future.  I can't offer suggestions as to what to do, but I can make suggestions as to what not to do (based on my experience since retiring).  A few months ago I asked myself why I disliked being retired so much - and why I was so bored.  These are the insights that I got: when I worked (I was a teacher at a Vith Form College), I felt under time pressure, but I managed the usual chores as well as dog walking, courses, voluntary work etc.  The chores I hated.  There was  no time to do them, but somehow they were always done.  Since retirement the chores have expanded - no new ones, just the same ones but now they fill most if not all of the day and seem never ending.   Still hate chores!  My advice (to myself at least) is do the minimum and leave the rest.

The other thing is that I think that it is important to mix with young people (well people of all ages and not just the other "old" folk).  Of course, I still see my  colleagues which is brilliant, but I do find that everywhere I go there seems to be other retirees!  Driving during the day is an eyeopener as I only tended to drive to and from work when everyone else was hurrying as well.  Now I am constantly behind someone doing 20mph less than the speed limit!  Shops during the day are full of "us".  So disheartening!!  My friends are getting so old and boring as well as me!  The young keep us young and teach us so much -  about passion: the passion to be angry - in fact to get so angry about injustices that it instigates action to try and make the World a more humane and egalitarian place; the passion to be enthusiastic for the future; and the passion and love of life - to laugh and be joyful.  It is so easy to become judgemental and critical and to feel that the World is a somehow worse and more unjust place than it was when we were young. Sometimes when I listen to myself and my friends. it is truly frightening!!

Let me know your insights, and once again I do hope that you find enjoyment, adventure and excitement in the coming years!

Sorry it is so cold with you - but I bet that you have snow.  We are very snow deprived in Shropshire!   That which comes from the West falls on the Welsh mountains of which we are in the lea, and that from Europe, which comes from the east, exhausts itself before it reaches us.  I love snow and am very envious of those who reliably have some every winter!




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Wed 14 Jan 15 #11 
rmcmanus (online)
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Gosh, I envy you, only another 18 years to go and then I can enjoy my retirement, bet I still get up at 5:30 every day though.

Enjoy the retirement and maximise every minute of it :)




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Thu 15 Jan 15 #12 
jmaxg
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bertie? You are a sage!

Allan knows this......Factacular has had it's brushes with the younger generation and they have loved us.

Sammie for instance.......a smart and savvy individual who played with, and was amazed by, the short-sightedness of some, and the humour and deep knowledge of others in our community, but was always entertained, right up to the point where she had to leave us to continue her studies.

Our gal tallyho must be a proud mum. I bet she knows we all miss Sammie dearly.

Then there is Kristian......our only Factacular Olympian........YES, we have a Factacular Olympian......who sent us pics as he marched in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics.

And his grand friend Mimoza, who told him off as much as she hugged him......and she hugged him a lot.

We here in Factacular are honoured to have this happen amongst us.

Allan R. Matthes knows this. He may be retiring, but he ain't going nowhere.

 

 




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Thu 15 Jan 15 #13 
Allan R. Matthes
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Jmax you put it so well. Kristian's birthday is August 31st and i was able to skype him that day about a year and a half ago and wish him a happy birthday and chat a bit. The friendships we have built here bertie extend beyond Facta. Jmax, Pall, Java and JMK had a bit of a golf partnership a few years back via Wii.  It was amazing to play JMK in New Zealand, and the rest of us in the USA live in this golf match.  I miss those days but will never forget the fun we had figuring out how to do it. Java even figured out virtual scorecards so we could keep track of our scores hole by hole. 




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Tue 20 Jan 15 #14 
jmaxg
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Our Wii still works Allan.  Unlike Playstations and Xboxes, we can simply link up and play.

Want another Wii Golf tournament designed?  No Problem!

But you realise, there is no getting around "Wolf Creek".




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Tue 20 Jan 15 #15 
JMK
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My wii still works but the golf is very rusty.




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Sat 24 Jan 15 #16 
Allan R. Matthes
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let me see if mine works too. I can play again. Would love to be on the links with you all again.




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Sat 24 Jan 15 #17 
Allan R. Matthes
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I remember Wolf Creek the concentration camp of the golf world.

 




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Tue 27 Jan 15 #18 
jmaxg
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T'was a MAD MAN that came up with that course.  A MAD MAN, I tells ya!!

Still, I played it recently and I parred.....so I got that going for me which is nice.

What was that west coast beachfront course with that almighty gully on the fourth or fifth hole?

Remember I got cornered and tried to hack my way over that gully.......nothing worked.

Obviously I learned the way to handle that course is to pick the right approach from the tee.  But still, that was so embarrassing as I remember it.




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Tue 27 Jan 15 #19 
kevg
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This thread will have to be ended, there is no argument taking place !!




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Tue 27 Jan 15 #20 
JMK
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Well now you are here...




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Wed 28 Jan 15 #21 
Allan R. Matthes
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I do a appreciate the opportunity to restart our golfing adventures, jmax, JMK, Java and our old crew perhaps. 




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Sun 1 Feb 15 #22 
jmaxg
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Listening Allan.  I think I'll work on it.  Keep that thought open.  Private message me if you get impatient.

Dont worry about brother kev.  If the guy actually managed an internet link up using Wii, his head would explode.




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Fri 6 Feb 15 #23 
Allan R. Matthes
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Thanks jmax. I will have to get my system up but would love to play again




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