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Old 06-08-2016, 17:24   #1
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Retire now & go cruising or THIS is what happens!

Bank I pass each day has this ad in the window for retirement investments.
I can't believe they think people want this.

Are you going to be a "Parker" or have a life?

(For Aussies: yep, he's rooted alright)
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Old 06-08-2016, 18:20   #2
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Re: Retire now & go cruising or THIS is what happens!

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Bank I pass each day has this ad in the window for retirement investments.
I can't believe they think people want this.

Are you going to be a "Parker" or have a life?

(For Aussies: yep, he's rooted alright)
Love it!
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Old 06-08-2016, 18:25   #3
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Re: Retire now & go cruising or THIS is what happens!

Omg...I watched my grandparents "park". They died far too young, I swear it was boredom.
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Old 06-08-2016, 19:27   #4
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Omg...I watched my grandparents "park". They died far too young, I swear it was boredom.
Yep, park and then die, its a common scenario and why traditional retirement plans work...they know you won't last long after you park.
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Bank I pass each day has this ad in the window for retirement investments.

I can't believe they think people want this.



Are you going to be a "Parker" or have a life?



(For Aussies: yep, he's rooted alright)

The thing is.... parking was a lot more fun when we were younger.


At least it was if we got rooted.

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The only difference between a "rut" and a grave is the depth!
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Re: Retire now & go cruising or THIS is what happens!

I have the greatest admiration for people that set off and cruise in their 60s or older. If you have the health and strength to do it - good on you! But I think reality for most is that things start to hurt more beyond 50 something, and even minor injuries take longer to recover from. Whenever I meet cruisers on my travels, I make a point of asking them "is there anything you would have done differently?" Almost all say "I wish I had started to do this earlier"
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Two quotes that actually changed the direction of my life:

And the bright horizon calls! Many a thing will keep till the world's work is done, and youth is only a memory. When the old enchanter came to my door laden with dreams, I reached out with both hands. For I knew that he would not be lured with the gold that I might later offer, when age had come upon me.”
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"'I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas,” some men say, “but I can't afford it.'

What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of 'security.' And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine--and before we know it our lives are gone.

"What does a man need--really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in--and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all--in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.

"The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it the tomb is sealed.” - Sterling Hayden “Wanderer”
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The only difference between a "rut" and a grave is the depth!
Brilliant!
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That's a sad poster Mark. Sail on!


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Re: Retire now & go cruising or THIS is what happens!

After years of sailing together, 2 kids, and 8 sailboats, my wife and I had a great retirement plan...live and sail on Lake Ontario all summer, travel and sail all winter.

But we got too fixated on the money, became miserable, and started to argue.
Soon enough we weren't talking, and three months ago she packed her crap and left me.

She took my dreams, my future, and my money. All I have left is Parker. Seeya at the bench later today...and every day :-(
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I have the greatest admiration for people that set off and cruise in their 60s or older. If you have the health and strength to do it - good on you! But I think reality for most is that things start to hurt more beyond 50 something, and even minor injuries take longer to recover from. Whenever I meet cruisers on my travels, I make a point of asking them "is there anything you would have done differently?" Almost all say "I wish I had started to do this earlier"
I tried twice to post and got shut off. Third time a charm? Wife and I pushing 70. Returning to liveaboard lifestyle after 40 year hiatus (longing for the simplicity of our youth). I, too, had a hearty laugh of agreement when I read the original post on "Parking". After the big C ended my teaching/coaching career early (2010), we went full time RVing so a return to liveaboard cruising is not too much of a stretch. I will tell you that "parking" should not be an option! At our age, especially after two more unrelated bouts with cancer and a quadruple bypass made it obvious that lifestyle changes were needed. Putting the other foot in the grave was not a consideration. I will confidently say, to give in and become sedentary leads to death at an earlier age. Of course, we all tend to use aging as an excuse for "giving in/parking". These old bones are too arthritic and my muscles get sore. Considering the alternative, I say never give up! Life is not a race and, although death is enevitable, it is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. If you hurt because you overdo, keep on overdoing til it no longer hurts. If you have pains from arthritis, it will hurt regardless and can possibly be aided by movement/activity. I want them to take me out fighting, kicking and screaming. Enjoyment of life will almost always lead to longer, fuller and happier days ahead (what is the sense of being bitter or complaining. No one wants to hear it anyway). Consider yourself blessed that you have felt the pain and endured it. You now have every reason to be happier and enjoy!
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Mid 70's now. On the water all my life .Good life style. Few regrets. Can't get the image of all the sailors and fishermen gone before me. Dusty. grey, lower lip aquiver, trudging single file out the pier .No looking back.Shuffle, trudge,,.off the end. Glad I got to dance back when I had the choice.
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Re: Retire now & go cruising or THIS is what happens!

I'm retired and my boat keeps me going - physically, emotionally. It keeps my mind sharper than it would be by now, at least staving off the deterioration a bit. Nothing like going up and done companionway ladders, crawling in and out of the cockpit, handling lines and winches, crawling around in the engine room and bilge using body contortions I would never experience otherwise (even when young), solving problems on my portable life systems (everything a city has to provide on a small scale), etc etc.

I'll go as far as I can go and for as long as I can go - on my boat. I'll die on it if I can (rather than in a park or nursing home lol).
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Bank I pass each day has this ad in the window for retirement investments.
I can't believe they think people want this.

Are you going to be a "Parker" or have a life?

(For Aussies: yep, he's rooted alright)
Unfortunately the bank is probably touting high risk to the people that need it least?
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