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Retired Syd
Young retired bitch (as my friends affectionately call me).
Interests: knitting, gardening, dogs, enjoying the company of friends and family, reading, sewing, fitness, dining, drinking
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(Photo Details: Sydney turning 50 in Hawaii--December 2013) Ok, since we’ve already established that we retirees are at a higher risk of death from a falling injury than from Ebola, let’s do something proactive to reduce that risk. The great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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First, some perspective: -There have been nine cases of Ebola treated in the U.S. so far. -In six of the nine cases, the patients contracted the virus in their line of work-- working with Ebola patients in West Africa. -The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Talk to any person that’s been retired for awhile and they’ll tell you they are so busy they don’t even know how they used to find time for work. But isn’t that part of the reason we wanted to retire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Wow, it sure has been a long time since I’ve checked in with you all! I promised Diane C. that I would resume postings today, thanks for the nudge Diane--and thanks to all you others for your nice emails. While... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Secluded Napa Valley vacation rental) This is a story about how I learned that I’m not going to start a little rental business in retirement. Back when I was still working, Doug and I bought a vacation home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: The view from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan's Upper East SIde--July 2014) So this is my last day in Manhattan, for this year anyway. I am always sad to go home. Not only will I miss the thrill of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York--June 2014) I’m just finishing up a five-week visit to Manhattan on our annual home-exchange vacation. I get a lot of questions from people about why I like to return... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Photo Friday: Terri has been retired for almost a year now. She sends wonderful email updates about how much she is enjoying her newfound time. This photo is from her travels earlier this year to Sedona and to the Grand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Pool at Grand Hotel D'Angkor--Siem Reap, Cambodia) If only this one was as easy as turning off the TV. Yesterday I posted about how it seems like we’re not allowed to be happy about good news yet. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Credit: Statue of Liberty June 2014) I’ve pretty much given up watching the “news” on the cable networks. I have struggled with what I consider to be an unhealthy addiction to these newsertainment shows for many years. I would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo: S&P 500 Index 1950 to present) According to this article in the New York Times, fear of the stock market has driven investors away from stocks toward cash over the last couple of years. Globally, the percentage of individual... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia) Wow, that vacation sucked the life out of me. I have now recovered just enough energy to wade back into blogging. For those of you that don’t like to travel anymore, I totally understand. There... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Southeast Asia in April--well this is the only comfortable place to be. After a week of biking in 90+ degree temperatures, this is welcome relief. Related Posts: Off Riding Bikes and Elephants Save More So You Can Splurge More Vacation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Photo Friday: Not an excuse, I'm just explaining my blog absence. We rode bikes through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam last week. Super hot, super humid, and super interesting. I would not recommend April for this activity--I was exhilarated while at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Sydney and Doug overlooking the Lido Deck) We just got back from a cruise, my first ever, to Mexico. My parents-in-law splurged and treated the entire family to luxurious mini-suites with adjoining balconies. I only gained one pound,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Sydney and Doug on the splurge-more side of the equation in Hawaii) Despite the fact that I do a lot of things to save money, I would not describe myself as a frugal person. While I do like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Twenty-one year old Sydney in Paris) Putting together all that information for my post yesterday about the frequent flyer miles totally shocked me. Not just because I hadn’t really realized how much free travel we’ve managed over the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Used frequent flyer miles to get two of my BFF's and me to New York--Business Class!) For those of you who love to travel and want to find ways to save money doing it—this post is for you.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Detail: Hayman Island, Australia) One of the things I looked forward to when I retired was the chance to travel more frequently, and for longer stretches of time. Home-exchange has turned out to be a great way to stretch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Detail: The auto ferry to World Heritage Site, Fraser Island--Australia) If you like your health insurance plan, you can—wait a minute! Is there anyone out there that actually likes her health insurance? I’d like to meet her. I mean... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I guess it’s a question of quantity versus quality. Here’s a little follow-up to my post last week about those studies showing that if you retire later you’ll live longer. Now I know for sure. Despite the headline touting this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Big red chair overlooking Manhattan from Governor's Island) I read a lot of studies and articles about retirement. The results of some of those studies don’t make any sense to me, so I tend not to write about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Detail: Shake Shack, maybe not the healthiest decision) I’ve been reading a lot of complaints about how the individual policies on the new health insurance exchanges are terrible because the deductibles are so high. I’ve had a high deductible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Yesterday I got a question on my Asset Allocation post about the wisdom of owning bonds right now. Today I received an email addressing exactly that topic. I shared a similar view in my response, but here is an actual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Graph Details: S&P 500 since the inception of Sydney's retirement, March 1, 2008) As some of you that have been with me since the beginning of my retirement know, I retired in March of 2008, right as the market was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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