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I'm thinking about retiring


By o-din

1 year ago



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#351 1 year ago
Quoted from Buzz:

Kudos to you sir.

I ate shit five feet into that thing.

#352 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

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Too cool.

#353 1 year ago

Pinside won't turn the page, that's for sure. Wait for it.....

#354 1 year ago

Did anyone do the trapeze thing? I swung down on that thing and when I hit bottom my hands came off and I did a perfect belly flop face plant.

#355 1 year ago
Quoted from jhanley:

Did anyone do the trapeze thing?

Yes. It was a lot easier hanging onto a rope and letting go before you hit land than trying to stand up on a metal slide rushing with water.

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#356 1 year ago

That place wasn't exactly close to a hospital if I remember right.

#357 1 year ago
Quoted from jhanley:

That place wasn't exactly close to a hospital if I remember right.

All I remember is I passed out next to the lake by late afternoon and was awakened when my buddy threw a bucket of water on my head.

#358 1 year ago

It was the middle of the desert between Victorville and Barstow I believe and we would camp in tents. WTF were we thinking back then. You would think it was a joke if someone built that today

#359 1 year ago

I wish I would have took pictures of some of the crazy shit I did when I was younger.

#360 1 year ago
Quoted from Buzz:

It was the middle of the desert between Victorville and Barstow I believe and we would camp in tents. WTF were we thinking back then. You would think it was a joke if someone built that today

Probably from the same people that thought turning the Salton Sea into a resort was a good idea.

#361 1 year ago

There used to be a place called lost lake and we would take the tire off a pick up and run a rope on a rim with a wake board.

#362 1 year ago
Quoted from Buzz:

It was the middle of the desert between Victorville and Barstow I believe and we would camp in tents. WTF were we thinking back then. You would think it was a joke if someone built that today

They have a place called Lava Hot Springs in Idaho presently that's pretty dangerous. They have a 30 ft diving board and you can tube in the river right next to main street. People get hurt there all the time.

#363 1 year ago

One time to the salt & sea. All I remember was lots of dead fish and floating rocks. We had lunch and went home.

#364 1 year ago
Quoted from Buzz:

One time to the salt & sea. All I remember was lots of dead fish and floating rocks. We had lunch and went home.

They took me there once when I was a very small child. What a glorious day that was.

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#365 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

After being unceremoniously escorted out of Florida a few years ago (apparently their weed laws are a little more stricter than ours) he is now in Port Huron Michigan where he grew up and now has a thriving business. lol. I have been offered to go there and do some epic fishing with him or surf the lake. Not sure if that will be as fun, but he is a fun loving dude.

Port Huron, eh.... Where in the world is MrBally and his VW Beetle?????

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#366 1 year ago
Quoted from MrBally:

Port Huron, eh.... Where in the world is MrBally and his VW Beetle?????

Yeah, Port Huron. You know of that short musclebound surfer dude that made the papers surfing the lake when it was so freezing cold nobody else in their right mind would be out there? That would be him.

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#367 1 year ago

There's no limit on your earnings if you're 66 or older and want to work a full time or part time job while collecting your monthly Social Security checks so that's something to keep in mind when thinking about retiring.

#368 1 year ago

Looks like this whole retirement idea is going to be put on hold for a while. The boss is going to Greece with his family for a month starting next week and asked me to fill in and I agreed. Oh well, there's always next year.

#369 1 year ago

Time to clean up the extra stall and bring in a pin or two.

#370 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballkim:

Time to clean up the extra stall and bring in a pin or two.

The thought keeps crossing my mind and I keep asking, but just like the boss in this pic, I've learned to walk around it and ignore it.

On the plus side, since that crap started piling up, we no longer do oil changes. I've done enough of those to last two lifetimes.

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#371 1 year ago

I would comment on retirement,I've been retired for 7 yrs.now! It gives you the time to do more things you want to do!At all costs you have to stay active,physically in particular! If ,for instance,the next 10 yrs,all you do is walk to your car,store,walk back from your car. Then your body will only let you do that!! Go to a Gym on a regular basis,aqua aerobics is a fun example!! Good luck!!!!

#372 1 year ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

I would comment on retirement,I've been retired for 7 yrs.now! It gives you the time to do more things you want to do!At all costs you have to stay active,physically in particular!

Yeah, I've never had a problem staying active. lol.

I do more physical activity when not at work, than when I'm here. What I'm kind of over is having a set schedule, as during periods of unemployment everyday was an adventure, and I didn't have to be at any set place at any given time, which in our nature is the way I believe it is the way it's supposed to be. I like to take off whenever I get the urge.

On the other hand, with the limited things there are for a free man to do now around here, and the people left out there to do them with, having a regular place to go isn't the worst thing. It's not like the 90s anymore, when a bunch of the people I went to high school with were hanging around ready to go party all the time. And sitting on a bar stool downtown for hours on end with people I don't know doesn't sound like much fun either.

#373 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

Yeah, I've never had a problem staying active. lol.
I do more physical activity when not at work, than when I'm here.

You should get a pedometer, see how many miles you log rambling in the back yard some drunken evening.

#374 1 year ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

You should get a pedometer, see how many miles you log rambling in the back yard some drunken evening.

I'd probably toss it away and trip over the thing and break my ankle.

#375 1 year ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

see how many miles you log rambling in the back yard some drunken evening.

Already did that.
Taped my old phone to the back of his head after the last *cough* “blackout” and much like the wildlife/nature trackers of today, am amazed at the distance the majestic and mighty O-Din can stagger in a single night; with only 1200 sq ft of backyard to do it in too...
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#376 1 year ago
Quoted from NimblePin:

Already did that.
Taped my old phone to the back of his head after the last *cough* “blackout” and much like the wildlife/nature trackers of today, am amazed at the distance the magestic and mighty O-Din can stagger in a single night; with only 1200 sq ft of backyard to do it in too...
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Damn dude , lol !
WTF were you looking for ?
Wait...and he went up 1 floor , lol?
How does that happen ? Is there a rooftop patio?

#377 1 year ago
Quoted from golfingdad1:

WTF were you looking for ?

The plans for his Noone Lagoon.

Quoted from golfingdad1:

Wait...and he went up 1 floor , lol?

My best guess is that it was the 1” back transition step of the back door porch. Just done 500 times or so.

#378 1 year ago
Quoted from NimblePin:

The plans for his Noone Lagoon.

#379 1 year ago
Quoted from golfingdad1:

Wait...and he went up 1 floor , lol?
How does that happen ? Is there a rooftop patio?

I figured that might have been a series of high kicks aimed at the screen door.

#380 1 year ago

Nah,
That kind of behavior is usually reserved for out-of-town guests that don’t know what an American “screen door” is.
High kicks are of course, only done when Hocus Pocus by Focus is blaring obnoxiously past midnight.

#381 1 year ago
Quoted from NimblePin:

Nah,
That kind of behavior is usually reserved for out-of-town guests that don’t know what an American “screen door” is.
High kicks are of course, only done when Hocus Pocus by Focus is blaring obnoxiously past midnight.

Ya , I hear the the screen doors down "there " open backwards.

#382 1 year ago
Quoted from golfingdad1:

Ya , I hear the the screen doors down "there " open backwards.

Nope, even worse.
They don’t have them, like, at ALL.
Don’t know about Australia but in NZ they have a different window design which swings outward on the bottom so the screen would get in the way if you wanted to open the window.
If and when I ever want to make a grip of $$$ in NZ and live the swish life, I’d open a legit Mexican place ala El Farolito and a screen door company that specializes in retrofitting NZ windows and doors.
Oh, and also plant some lime trees. lol

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#383 3 months ago

Well, after a couple weeks sampling this retirement thing, I think I could get used to it.

#384 3 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Well, after a couple weeks sampling this retirement thing, I think I could get used to it.

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#385 3 months ago

Seriously, all the pressure is off now.

#386 3 months ago

But I would miss these Yelp reviews.

"The person running the place was really rude. He laughed when he told me I wouldn't pass smog because of a check engine light. I guess he thought that was funny? Not coming back again"

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#387 19 days ago

O-din did you retire yet? I am going out at the first of the year if I can last that long. I cant keep working this shift work and I've just decided that I am done.

I may do some side work for cash for people to stay a little active possibly. I cant wait to get the hell out of here though, that's all that I know. It's going to be nice to not have to take anyone's shit anymore and to not have to live my life at work on every weekend and holiday while switching shifts every week.

I will be able to play a lot more pinball so maybe I will become a professional pinball player. Does that pay well?

#388 19 days ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

O-din did you retire yet? I am going out at the first of the year of I can last that long. I cant keep working this shift work and I've just decided that I am done.
I may do some side work for cash for people to stay a little active possibly. I cant wait to get the hell out of here though, that's all that I know. It's going to be nice to not have to take anyone's shit anymore and to not have to live my life at work on every weekend and holiday while switching shifts every week.
I will be able to play a lot more pinball so maybe I will become a professional pinball player. Does that pay well?

I've been gone or two years now. It doesn't suck!

#389 19 days ago

It will be a year next week. Getting bored. Accepted a part-time position on “my terms”. I’ll be working 20 hours per week. My choice of Mon-Thurs 8am-1pm or Tues/Wed 7 hours and Thurs 6 hours. I chose 3 days a week.

I spent a lifetime working long hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays - sometimes several weeks between days off. I’m looking forward to going back to work under these terms.

#390 19 days ago

Officially under 5 years for me now!

#391 19 days ago

I don't handle free time all that well. I think I'd get bored too, or spend more time doing things I want to do (reading, working on games) than things i SHOULD do (paint the house, etc). Kinda like present day.

#392 19 days ago
Quoted from FrankJ:

It will be a year next week. Getting bored. Accepted a part-time position on “my terms”. I’ll be working 20 hours per week. My choice of Mon-Thurs 8am-1pm or Tues/Wed 7 hours and Thurs 6 hours. I chose 3 days a week.
I spent a lifetime working long hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays - sometimes several weeks between days off. I’m looking forward to going back to work under these terms.

That's what I will do. I'm only 55 so I'm really going out too early but i just cant do this switching shifts and 12 hours anymore. I'm going to take my small pension and go. They wont hire any people to give us some relief so the hell with them. I think 37 years of swing shift is enough and i think it's time for the next chapter in my life.

I'm going to take a very well deserved long break after 40 years of working and then i may consider something part time "on my terms" as you said. I am the one holding all of the cards now and I am the boss. That is a great feeling to have! If anyone needs their grass mowed next year just give me a call.

#393 19 days ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

That's what I will do. I'm only 55 so I'm really going out too early but i just cant do this switching shifts and 12 hours anymore. I'm going to take my small pension and go. They wont hire any people to give us some relief so the hell with them. I think 37 years of swing shift is enough and i think it's time for the next chapter in my life.
I'm going to take a very well deserved long break after 40 years of working and then i may consider something part time "on my terms" as you said. I am the one holding all of the cards now and I am the boss. That is a great feeling to have! If anyone needs their grass mowed next year just give me a call.

I went out at 48
Back working part time.

#394 19 days ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

O-din did you retire yet?

It's been sorta like that the last few months. The further we go into this, the more used to it I am getting.

And my daughter is totally stoked she will be doing fall semester at the university online instead of in person.

We are calling this "The convenience of the coronavirus".

Seriously though, I have no real desire to go back and get in and out of people's cars all day and stare at the computer during slow times until this shit is all over. Plus, if there is no more smog, do we really need smog tests?

Quoted from Who-Dey:

i just cant do this switching shifts and 12 hours anymore.

A guy across the street had his shift switched from day to swing after years and died of a heart attack the first day.

#395 19 days ago

I will add I have kept super busy with projects around the house and partying late into the nights.

And, the only real draw to my computer is I have had to order parts from about 30 different places for my Jeep and keep that in order. So when I do, I usually throw down a little on Pinside as well. Nothing like when at work when I was stuck at the thing and the internet had nothing new to tell me after 10 minutes on the thing.

#396 19 days ago

Odin, I was going to reply to your remark about Michigan as "bum fuck Egypt" but decided not to. Us old guys should stick together.

As an aside: Of the people I know that moved to California, only one stayed. My stepbrother packed up his station wagon at 19, aimed it west, and never looked back. He's 62 this year, and the sole exception.

Personally I wish I'd given it a stab when I was younger - our bass player wanted to head to SoCal in the late 80s, but I had a good job and the family is here, so here I stayed. Winters do seem shorter though nowadays.

#397 19 days ago
Quoted from pinzrfun:

Us old guys should stick together.

Sure, but I figured out some time ago how not to get old. Only work hard for myself. Paying jobs on the other hand should only take up three days a week and be easy.

#398 19 days ago
Quoted from yzfguy:

I went out at 48
Back working part time.

That is awesome! I just cant wait to see what it feels like to not have to go to work anymore after 40 straight years of working. I have never been laid off or had any kind of a break ever, just go to work every single day, swing shift, weekends, holidays, 12-16 hours many days, quick comebacks you name it and ive done it. My old work partner has been retired for a year now and he said that it still doesn't seem real. He said he still mentally feels like he works at the mill and that he isn't really retired. That sounds crazy but I understand it. When you give that much of your life to a place its hard to believe that you aren’t a slave to it anymore. They are going to shit when i drop the bomb on them that im retiring because they are really short on help and they’re not expecting me to leave at all. I cant wait to see that look on their face!

#399 19 days ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

I have never been laid off or had any kind of a break ever, just go to work every single day, swing shift, weekends, holidays, 12-16 hours many days, quick comebacks you name it and ive done it.

I used to do that but now I just go with the flow depending on who is in charge and the state of the economy at the time. There were times when good money was to be made and I paid more than my share of taxes, and other times not so much when they would just as soon I take a break and get at least some pay for it. The last year has seen both schools of thought.

My dad said make money when times are good, spend it when they are not.

#400 14 days ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:That is awesome! I just cant wait to see what it feels like to not have to go to work anymore after 40 straight years of working. I have never been laid off or had any kind of a break ever, just go to work every single day, swing shift, weekends, holidays, 12-16 hours many days, quick comebacks you name it and ive done it. My old work partner has been retired for a year now and he said that it still doesn't seem real. He said he still mentally feels like he works at the mill and that he isn't really retired. That sounds crazy but I understand it. When you give that much of your life to a place its hard to believe that you aren’t a slave to it anymore.

Ditto...Uninterrupted work pattern for 40+ years. Never fired or laid-off. Retired at 56. Three years into it, I still have 'work dreams' a couple nights each week. Guess I miss the diversity of people/job assignments, responsibilities, and to some extent, control.
Finally starting to enjoy a schedule of daily activities mostly centered around R/C model airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and pinball. May take up golf, but just can't wrap my head around chasing a ball around a course.

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