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Old 26-12-2016, 19:11   #16
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I have about 1300 movies, and LOTS of TV episodes mostly from the 60's like Star Trek, Lost In Space, Batman, Dark Shadows, etc as well as a few new ones like Oz, LA Femme Nikita, Swamp People, American Horror Story, and others as they come out. All saved to hard drive. DVDs get tossed... They take up too much room. Same with music. But mostly I am always modifying or upgrading or repairing stuff. Or making straight razors. Or modifying, repairing, or restoring them. I currently own probably 20 lbs of straight razors as well as a bunch of various types of safety razors that mostly use non disposable blades, and I sometimes make blades for them. I am not much of a people person but I have plenty of stuff to do.
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Old 26-12-2016, 20:07   #17
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We do most normal stuff other people do: we run, swim and freedive and trek. We read heaps and we devour stuff from the net, when there is a net ;-) We learn (I learn investments and French and Spanish, my mate learns French and English. I write. I play music, design stuff, build hardware and develop software for it, etc.

And then we also grow plants, do shopping, fix equipment, consult, dress up (for the carnival), get suntanned (under our sunscreens), we love, we have sex, we eat (very well), drink (with moderation) and sleep (only when tired). You know, life!

When we are not doing any of the above, we will settle for sailing. But there is nothing to it then: keep watch, eat, sleep, keep watch and so on and forth ad nauseam, pretty boring stuff.

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.... books, movies & playing musical instruments are common for us.
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For anyone that wants another (free) book source there's the Guttenberg Project. And of course just about any tv show or movie you'd like can be found out there, also gratis, & downloaded.

Anyone work at anchor? As in being your own boss, employee, or "other".
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Hunting out the Book Swap spots.. food shopping, cooking, swim and laze in the sun.. find the places the SYT's hang out.. music.. good bars to socialise in.. occasionally tinker on the boat when not in my 'Amanha' mode..
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We do most normal stuff other people do: we run, swim and freedive and trek. We read heaps and we devour stuff from the net, when there is a net ;-) We learn (I learn investments and French and Spanish, my mate learns French and English. I write. I play music, design stuff, build hardware and develop software for it, etc.

And then we also grow plants, do shopping, fix equipment, consult, dress up (for the carnival), get suntanned (under our sunscreens), we love, we have sex, we eat (very well), drink (with moderation) and sleep (only when tired). You know, life!

When we are not doing any of the above, we will settle for sailing. But there is nothing to it then: keep watch, eat, sleep, keep watch and so on and forth ad nauseam, pretty boring stuff.

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Not disagreeing with you but I've lived in a couple of "retirement" areas and it's common to see new retirees fall apart with the "what to do question". You take a person who's been daydreaming about what he's going to once he retires and is free, then 4 months into it and they are lost. You take 20 - 30 years of being required to be somewhere at a specific time with specific tasks that eat up 40 - 80 hours a week and then "bam, you're free" overnight. Next thing you know they're organizing communities to change everything to the suburban hell they came from just so they have a sense of purpose and a deadline to get up to go to the meetings at a specific time each week.

It's better to spend a little time and plan how you're going to fill that time and need for structure.
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Old 27-12-2016, 06:31   #22
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yes work too. anywhere there is wifi I work remotely. In the modern age many people will email you even if your office is two doors down. Last season most people at work didnt even seem to realize I was gone. They must have been wondering how I got so tan between December and April but nobody said much.
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Not disagreeing with you but I've lived in a couple of "retirement" areas and it's common to see new retirees fall apart with the "what to do question". You take a person who's been daydreaming about what he's going to once he retires and is free, then 4 months into it and they are lost. You take 20 - 30 years of being required to be somewhere at a specific time with specific tasks that eat up 40 - 80 hours a week and then "bam, you're free" overnight. Next thing you know they're organizing communities to change everything to the suburban hell they came from just so they have a sense of purpose and a deadline to get up to go to the meetings at a specific time each week.

It's better to spend a little time and plan how you're going to fill that time and need for structure.
The transition takes about one day, if done correctly.

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Not disagreeing with you but I've lived in a couple of "retirement" areas and it's common to see new retirees fall apart with the "what to do question". You take a person who's been daydreaming about what he's going to once he retires and is free, then 4 months into it and they are lost. You take 20 - 30 years of being required to be somewhere at a specific time with specific tasks that eat up 40 - 80 hours a week and then "bam, you're free" overnight. Next thing you know they're organizing communities to change everything to the suburban hell they came from just so they have a sense of purpose and a deadline to get up to go to the meetings at a specific time each week.

It's better to spend a little time and plan how you're going to fill that time and need for structure.
We see this at some of the large cruising anchorages where there are big gatherings. People are compelled to arrange events, ..."We will meet on the beach at noon for macrame class. We will all circle our dinghies in a giant raft ring at five. All dog walkers will keep to the south of the beach. 'gathering for sunset at the grill."

We can only tolerate these places for a few days and then we need to get away by ourselves. It too much like an adult day care camp!
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We see this at some of the large cruising anchorages where there are big gatherings. People are compelled to arrange events, ..."We will meet on the beach at noon for macrame class. We will all circle our dinghies in a giant raft ring at five. All dog walkers will keep to the south of the beach. 'gathering for sunset at the grill."

We can only tolerate these places for a few days and then we need to get away by ourselves. It too much like an adult day care camp!
The smaller the mind.. the greater the need to be 'needed'.
I just admire all that energy with my morning coffee from the cockpit.. somewhere between 10 and midday..
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I just admire all that energy with my morning coffee from the cockpit.. somewhere between 10 and midday..


Sometimes it takes us all day to plan what to do that day.

1. 7:00-9:00 wake up time.
2. 9:00-noon. Read and get settled into the day or wife looks at other boats via binoculars.
3. Noon-4:00 Should we head into town decision time
4. 4:00-? Nap time
5. Nap time-sunset. Dinner
6. What should we do today discussion.
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Old 27-12-2016, 08:34   #28
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notice that almost all the activities that have been listed are solitary, or solitary together (music, movies). If you enjoy interacting with your partner/family, try traditional board games. Scrabble is a favorite, chess or checkers, Go, etc. Still get a lot of enjoyment out of those still.
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Procrastinating my rearranged "to do" list takes up quite a bit of my time.
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Are you writing a book? You seem to be taking a large number of surveys.
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