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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 Friday: I know I said wouldn't get another dog for a long time. At least until our traveling days wound down. I'm a dog person, I never even considered getting a cat. But here we are, with a kitty... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I have been so entertained lately reading how much people who don’t have the new Apple Watch hate it. The best one was watching Harris Faulkner’s show on the Fox New Network this weekend. (First, a disclaimer that I don’t... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Siem Reap 2014, Vines holding up the temple at Ta Phrom) Yesterday I wrote about the 4% rule and why I still think it’s a great place to start your retirement plan, despite the rule’s detractors. A few... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: May 2015 at the Kentucky Derby. Is retirement planning like betting on a horse race?) The 4% “rule” is based on financial planner William Bengen’s analysis of 80 years of historical stock market, bond market, and inflation rate... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: My last tax season) I drove by my old office last night and it struck me that it is tax season and I'm driving home from class at 9pm, not driving home from work at 9pm. What a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Flowers at the 911 Memorial, NYC) Perspective has been a bitch this week. My oldest friend’s 22-year daughter died this week. To be more clear, my friend isn’t old, my friendship with her is—I’ve known her since the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I know I said I was going to tell you the secret to living to 122, but I got distracted. A few days ago I read this post suggesting that it’s a mistake to retire at 62. Actually, it sounds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I promised I would share some of what I’m learning in my class about living to 100. Why try to live to 100? The class isn’t really about living to a specific age as much as it is about being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
I'm very excited to report that I have been asked to join the Wall Street Journal's esteemed panel of experts who write about retirement topics on WSJ's blog, The Experts. I'm taking an adult education class this quarter called "Roadmap... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Happy New Year! I’m at a bustling coffee shop today. It looks like one of my New Year’s resolutions is going to run me about 10 bucks a week. That is if I find a different coffee shop with free... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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A few years ago, I wrote a post about the marshmallow test. For those of you that have never heard of the marshmallow test, it was an experiment conducted at Stanford University. Four-year-olds were given a marshmallow and told that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Doug and Syd dressed for a 70's disco party. Revisiting the era before the invention of the 401(k) plan.) I have read a lot of agonizing over the years about our nation’s retirement crisis. Much of the blame... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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This guest post is written by David Downie, who was once an early retirement skeptic, but ultimately found himself retiring at the age of 38. The following is an extract from his short ebook “Radical Immediate Retirement” (available from Amazon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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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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