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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 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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One of the things I tell new retirees that are having trouble figuring out what they want to be spending their newfound time on, is to look back at what they loved to do when they were kids. The piano... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Sydney as a venture capital bean counter, circa 1992) I don’t have a great explanation when people ask me why it was that I wanted to retire at such a young age. It’s an interesting question, though. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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It's the first Monday of the New Year and I want you to smile. In light of my post last week about paying more attention to the things that make me happy this year, a reader pointed me in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Happy New Year! I woke up on January 1st with a little cold. I hope that’s not a foreshadowing of how my 2014 is going to play out. I am a little worried because the year 2013 turned out to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Celebrating my birthday in Hawaii this week: I'm calling it my Hawaii Five-O) I fear I have chased someone away from retirement with this blog. Which is kind of funny because some people have accused me of painting too rosy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo details: Stella back for a visit last week) I hear from retirees who feel guilty because they aren’t doing any volunteer work in their retirement. I was retired for five years before I started volunteering, so I understand that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Wedding on the roof of the Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara, May 2011) I want to take an opportunity to introduce you to another retirement blogger. Diane has been retired, and blogging about it, for two years now. She... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Office of the former CFO) It's a tough adjustment, the realization when you retire that you were not indispensable. But I guess that's the first, rather harsh, step in finding your new identity in retirement. That's the subject... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I just renewed my driver’s license on-line yesterday. It was a breeze. At the same time, I still haven’t been able to actually sign up for the health insurance plan of my choice on California’s exchange; it keeps crashing when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Last weekend, celebrating my friend's 50th birthday on the Lagoon at Stinson Beach, CA. Can anyone guess the relevance to Obamacare?) Last week, I thought I’d be blogging about my experience shopping for health insurance on the exchange.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I currently have really good health insurance. And by “really good” I mean I pay a fortune in premiums, and my insurance company pays for almost nothing. Oh, and at least once a year I have to spend hours on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: View from last weekend's home exchange to San Francisco) A penny saved is a penny earned. Actually, a penny saved is more than a penny earned after taxes are factored in. Depending on where you live a penny... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Governor's Island, August 2013-Fête Paradiso: A Festival of Vintage Carousels and Carnival Rides) We got home from New York on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Doug went for a bike ride with a friend and then ran some errands.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I'm very excited to share a link to a piece I wrote for the Wall Street Journal. If you are a subscriber, it will be in the Encore section of the paper version that lands on your doorstep on Monday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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