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What hobby have you taken up in retirement?

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Well I've been retired for 5 years, I'm finding I need purpose, tried the caravan thing the other half hated it.
Tried filling in my time on ASF, it ends up the same as a workplace, you get caught up in the politics and workplace egos.
I have finally worked out what I need to do.
I started my career as a 13 year old who wanted a motor bike, I worked in the school holidays and bought one, immediately fell off.
Result fractured skull, fractured jaw bones, 70+ stitches in my face and so began my love of mechanical things. lol
Completed an apprenticeship, worked my way through the ranks, then completed a diploma.
Finally ended up in the career of my choice and loved it, but alas, along comes retirement.
Well I'm going to do an apprenticeship again, this time in watchmaking.
I started work with a watchmaker(albeit in scientific instrument making and repairing), but loved watching him work on watches, during lunch time.
Well there you go, I hope my eyesight holds up.lol

Anyone else found a purpose?
 

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Well done.

My strategy

1. Reading so many books I missed out on
2. Helping Refugee kids with homework at local library.
3. Reconnecting with ASF
4. Motorbike riding .. long distance
5. Getting some golf lessons.. seems good for fitness... never been a golfer
6. Stopped watching/listening ABC and radio/TV in general
7. Decreased time on internet
8. Never answer phone, only call back
7. Cancelled all media subs, Australian, AFR, Economist.
8. Started listening Classical Music via app Classic FM.
9. A bit of gardening, and I mean a bit.

gg
 
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Well done.

My strategy

1. Reading so many books I missed out on
2. Helping Refugee kids with homework at local library.
3. Reconnecting with ASF
4. Motorbike riding .. long distance
5. Getting some golf lessons.. seems good for fitness... never been a golfer
6. Stopped watching/listening ABC and radio/TV in general
7. Decreased time on internet
8. Never answer phone, only call back
7. Cancelled all media subs, Australian, AFR, Economist.
8. Started listening Classical Music via app Classic FM.
9. A bit of gardening, and I mean a bit.

gg

1. The missus is doing that.
2. Helping grandkids, that live with us.
3. Well I for one, have missed you.
4. Long distance motorbike riding, been there done that, two knees and a hip replacement mean it's a cruiser now.
5. I can't believe you can play golf in far North Queensland, you would have to drag an eski along, to counter act the humidity.
6. Well that is a given, unless you want to give in to subliminal suggestion and be brainwashed.
7. biggest reason for the increasing waistline.
8. I must take that onboard, now I'm retired, it's never important.

I'm guessing the red has kicked in, and we are back to 7.

7. I can't afford to donate.
8. I bought a DAB radio to listen to smooth FM, the missus has taken command and listens to ABC classic, so I'm picking up morbid music whether I want it or not. lol
9. Gardening, have you tried roundup, it is pure magic.

It is great you're back on board Garpal, I missed you dry sense of humour, we have an oversupply of knowledge ATM. lol
 
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Admirable stuff guys. Retired 6 years now and enjoy:
1. Foxtel sports channel
2. Keeping Chooks.
3. The TAB
4. Dan Murphys
5. ANZ e.trade
6. Dog walking
Do plenty of other things that I do not enjoy !!
 

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Blacksmithing ia part of my job, but really only extends to making horseshoes and shoemaking tools.... and the occasional rasp asp.

When I'm to old, decrepit and cranky to get under bad mannered yang yangs, I'd like to do some artistic blacksmithing, maybe flog it at local markets to keep me fit and mixing with the folk.
 

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Even 20 years before retirement, I decided that paid work interferes with real life far too much for allowing it to become the sole time and life-filling occupation. At one stage, I tried Golf, but I the ground keepers at Palm Meadows objected to my creating new bunkers on the fairway. (Turned out I can either focus and see the ball clearly, or judge the distance properly. But never the two at the same time.)
Consequently, I took up -
  • tenpin bowling
  • woodworking, especially wood turning of our beautiful hardwoods
  • reading: scifi, science, and history of various religions. (surprised? :p )
  • music: both classical violin and bush band fiddle. (Is there any other radio station than ABC Classic FM?) Yes, I also own vinyl LPs; among them 20 different versions of Beethoven's op 61 D major
Retired at 55 and kept all those hobbies to varying degrees, for as long as I could.
Wish I'd stayed healthy for longer, but I accept what's outside my control. Reading and listening to Classics is still on the list; the rest is subject of good memories and source of persisting friendships.
 
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Both my parents are retired. Mum plays a lot of bridge, and has found a new circle of friends through bridge which she never thought she would pushing 70. One day a week she helps out at a school for disadvantaged kids in the inner city cooking their lunches for them. She also goes one night a week to a homeless shelter and helps with meal service and cleaning up.

Dad was always creative (ran a design business for 30 years) and does pottery and makes mirrors which he sells to a few small shops. He also does rock-climbing a couple of days a week (indoor mostly) and spends a lot of time at his local cafe drinking too much coffee.

Watchmaking sounds pretty interesting. I was listening to the S-Town Podcast the other day and it begins with a description on how to restore antique clocks and how you have to look at certain filings to understand what the watchmaker was trying to do. Very interesting. :)
 

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A bit of fun in the fire on Sunday... Haven't done one of these in years, but people seem to love them.

I go through a rasp like this about every two weeks, so I've got piles of them lying around in the shed. Stuff like this will keep me out of the wife's hair when I retire :)

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Great work Wayne.
I once saw a huge 3 meter Monitor Lizard for $12k
Loved it but didn't have the room in the entrance hall.

Purpose

The most important thing I believe to all those retired or considering retirement.

I could have retired many years ago but this one issue has seen me stay Director
and not hand over to a general manager.

I enjoy the challenge of business.
I can come and go at my pleasure and have a continued cash flow.

I urge all to find purpose.
 
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A bit of fun in the fire on Sunday... Haven't done one of these in years, but people seem to love them.

I go through a rasp like this about every two weeks, so I've got piles of them lying around in the shed. Stuff like this will keep me out of the wife's hair when I retire :)

I had to look twice. At first I thought the rasp was there for a size comparison! They look great. Not sure I'd want to stumble upon one though. ;)
 

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Poster Tumbarumba,
I lived there for a while, great town.

And loving the acknowledgement of ABC Classic FM in this thread. You can't go wrong there.

Those who say, get some purpose in your life (incl Tech/a and Qldfrog), spot on. Don't wither away, get involved!
 

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This is pretty rough, just an experiment in between jobs, do you reckon people would like this sort of thing?
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