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  1. #1
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    Premature Retirement

    Got your attention?

    Tomorrow will be 5 weeks since I closed the store (physically). We are still all working remotely - phone, email, etc.

    But the past 5 weeks has been a bit of curse and a blessing at the same time. On the blessing side, no alarms and no clocks to watch. No racing here and there with the kids for various lessons and school functions. No feeling like things were just one step removed from out of control. Life at 100mph is now down to about 10mph.

    I’m biking 16.4 miles a day and spending the days doing a million jobs from the mundane like cleaning the dust out of the cold air returns in the ceiling and cleaning the baseboards to redoing the outdoor grill area and my home theater. All things I’ve not touched in over 17 years.

    Lots of great music and adult beverages at night round out the day.

    This is definitely a weird time in our lives. I seriously have to really think “what day is it?” I rarely look at my watch to see what time it is. Why would I? I have no where to be.

    The home schooling has been challenging to say the least. Today someone hacked into my daughters Zoom session with the teacher and class and showed the nastiest shit you could imagine. The police are involved, the ISP, etc. The school situation has definitely been the most challenging. Mike and new kids math don’t go together. Thankfully they know it.

    But overall, I’m kind of liking this. I haven’t had a period of time like this where it’s pretty slack since the 80’s! I started my first company in the early 90’s after graduating University and it’s been full steam ahead since then.

    How is business you guys are wondering? Surprisingly steady. MSB DAC’s, T+A SDV3100, some smaller Harbeth’s, lots of Lumin’s (lots!), lots of cables, etc. The used stuff has been flying out the doors (YEAH!). Yeah, steady for sure.

    But if this is a retirement teaser...yeah, I like what I see. Yeah, I sure do.
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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Good for you Mike. Entertaining the thought, I mean.

    But could you possibly stay away from all the audio goodies? Only one system at home? You need at least 5-6 top notch systems at a time.

    Nah...


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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Good for you Mike. Entertaining the thought, I mean.

    But could you possibly stay away from all the audio goodies? Only one system at home? You need at least 5-6 top notch systems at a time.

    Nah...


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    It’s not about retiring now...but maybe 15 years from now. If this is a teaser, I like it. I first have to wait for the kids to move out. That’s two more rooms for two more systems you know. Premature Retirement
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    Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    It’s not about retiring now...but maybe 15 years from now. If this is a teaser, I like it. I first have to wait for the kids to move out. That’s two more rooms for two more systems you know. Premature Retirement
    Ok, that’s another story. That sounds more like it.

    And kids making room for more audio gear... mmmh... I would have one entire additional floor available Premature Retirement. I like where you are going with this.


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    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Tidal/ Linn Klimax DS3/ Shunyata Power cable/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Remember to clean under and behind the washing machine and dryer


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    Re: Premature Retirement

    I'm a divorce lawyer in a firm that has 22 attorneys. We specialize exclusively in family law. Potential divorcees are generally not pulling the trigger now, but we expect business to be booming when things settle down.

    I'm not going into downtown Chicago; working from home and practicing safe distance. Not interested in talking politics, but this is a deadly pandemic. Anyone who takes it lightly or cavalierly is taking risks and tempting fate, IMHO. Politics shouldn't even come into question - I'm not sure how the USA became so polarized to the extent that the most dangerous public health issue in over a century, affecting the entire world, has become a BLUE vs. RED issue. Crazy.

    Plenty of time on my hands, but I've been spending most of my spare time managing our law firm's affairs during the pandemic. Spending an hour or so each day listening to some music to chill. Just got my Linkwitz Orion's up and running again driven by eight channels of Pass Labs amplification. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother listening to anything else! These open baffles really rock out!

    Hope everyone is staying safe and building great pandemic playlists. If you have one, please share!

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    On May 1 I will be retired for one year, so this shutdown isn't too different. Granted, staying at home is starting to irritate me, but it's tolerable since I am single. What will be the challenge is when the lockdown is over, but we still need to wear face masks, and stay away from each other. That will be both difficult and a pain.
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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by UltraFast69 View Post
    Remember to clean under and behind the washing machine and dryer


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    done. Laundry room was one of the first jobs.
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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Well, with a railroad career at 46 years and counting I plan to 'pull the pin' at years end. Our company owns 4 railroads (short lines) in two states and my normal monthly road travel is around 2800-3000 miles. Since returning home from Florida at the beginning of the month I've gone through a little over a quarter tank of gas. Working from home keeps me busy and as I mentioned in Brad's thread, business on our railroads is up.
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    I pulled the pin July 7 , 2010 after 37 1/2 years in the Telecommunications Industry. The wife retired in 2014 after 30 years with the DOJ. Best decisions we have ever made.
    Chris

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Best decisions we have ever made.
    Chris, I would have thought that was the day you two got married !

    Congrats on retirement !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    done. Laundry room was one of the first jobs.
    Remember the dryer vent...first project I did during lock down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Got your attention?

    Tomorrow will be 5 weeks since I closed the store (physically). We are still all working remotely - phone, email, etc.

    But the past 5 weeks has been a bit of curse and a blessing at the same time. On the blessing side, no alarms and no clocks to watch. No racing here and there with the kids for various lessons and school functions. No feeling like things were just one step removed from out of control. Life at 100mph is now down to about 10mph.

    I’m biking 16.4 miles a day and spending the days doing a million jobs from the mundane like cleaning the dust out of the cold air returns in the ceiling and cleaning the baseboards to redoing the outdoor grill area and my home theater. All things I’ve not touched in over 17 years.

    Lots of great music and adult beverages at night round out the day.

    This is definitely a weird time in our lives. I seriously have to really think “what day is it?” I rarely look at my watch to see what time it is. Why would I? I have no where to be.

    The home schooling has been challenging to say the least. Today someone hacked into my daughters Zoom session with the teacher and class and showed the nastiest shit you could imagine. The police are involved, the ISP, etc. The school situation has definitely been the most challenging. Mike and new kids math don’t go together. Thankfully they know it.

    But overall, I’m kind of liking this. I haven’t had a period of time like this where it’s pretty slack since the 80’s! I started my first company in the early 90’s after graduating University and it’s been full steam ahead since then.

    How is business you guys are wondering? Surprisingly steady. MSB DAC’s, T+A SDV3100, some smaller Harbeth’s, lots of Lumin’s (lots!), lots of cables, etc. The used stuff has been flying out the doors (YEAH!). Yeah, steady for sure.

    But if this is a retirement teaser...yeah, I like what I see. Yeah, I sure do.
    U like the audio action too much to retire, even in 15 years......LOL

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    I technically have a couple years before retirement, however, I keep hoping maybe an early opportunity might come along.

    I really don't get how they are teaching math these days either. I want to help but I'm afraid my way would confuse them more.
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    Re: Premature Retirement

    I kicked my soul-sucking corporate job to the curb in 2016. Life is better now. I have an electronics development consulting business that keeps my head in the game. I get to choose the customers I work with and the projects I work on. The shelter at home order here in Colorado hasn’t changed much as I work from home anyway.
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    Re: Premature Retirement

    I had plans to ease out of my business at the end of this year. This working from home thing is driving me nuts. I have a need to be in the mix in a big conference room solving problems with my peeps. I've got a great team in place. The majority owner of the business (an international corporation) loves us. I want to go but I'm going to need something else meaningful to do. I will be giving that more attention now that I've had an unwilling dry run at retirement.

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    I used to be involved with auto racing & track-day events, but can you think of any well-known older race car drivers who are still quick...?

    My retirement problem is that - except for a stint in the military long ago - as an adult I have always worked in my main hobby.

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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Im 54. In 2008 I built a 4000sq ft house in Seattle. There was a 4 man rock in my back yard I wanted moved to line out the landscaping. I tried to role it onto a piece of wood to drag it. 2 disc exploded in my back. I figure that incident is costing me $1M in lost wages. I'm running my own shop and tried to be union but could never find employee with the right attitude to be successful so I told the general I service I'm out.

    I can not sit at home. I'm still very mobile thanks to a variety of shots that are based on regenerative medicine. If you have seen my post on Surviving a Covid Infection, you can see regular MD have failed me time and time again where Naturopathic dotors have stepped in with their "Unproven" techniques and kept me very mobile. Unfortunatly not mobile enough to do a hard 8 hour day as long as it takes to get the job done.

    I am going to transition into small projects. Probably use Home Advisor as a lead bank. If anyone want an audio Power Supply done right I will fly around the country in time. Let me know if you need anything Mike. Through all my home experiments and working with Ultrafast, I have learned a lot about audio power and how to do it right.

    My wife and I are looking for 3 to 5 acre on an Island around here. I have gotten into the Charles Dowding no dig gardening techniques and started my own sustainable food production. When we get the land, I'm building a new home, with nice audio room layout, and putting in a real 1/2 to 1 acre garden with intent to sell some product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    Im 54. In 2008 I built a 4000sq ft house in Seattle. There was a 4 man rock in my back yard I wanted moved to line out the landscaping. I tried to role it onto a piece of wood to drag it. 2 disc exploded in my back. I figure that incident is costing me $1M in lost wages. I'm running my own shop and tried to be union but could never find employee with the right attitude to be successful so I told the general I service I'm out.

    I can not sit at home. I'm still very mobile thanks to a variety of shots that are based on regenerative medicine. If you have seen my post on Surviving a Covid Infection, you can see regular MD have failed me time and time again where Naturopathic dotors have stepped in with their "Unproven" techniques and kept me very mobile. Unfortunatly not mobile enough to do a hard 8 hour day as long as it takes to get the job done.

    I am going to transition into small projects. Probably use Home Advisor as a lead bank. If anyone want an audio Power Supply done right I will fly around the country in time. Let me know if you need anything Mike. Through all my home experiments and working with Ultrafast, I have learned a lot about audio power and how to do it right.

    My wife and I are looking for 3 to 5 acre on an Island around here. I have gotten into the Charles Dowding no dig gardening techniques and started my own sustainable food production. When we get the land, I'm building a new home, with nice audio room layout, and putting in a real 1/2 to 1 acre garden with intent to sell some product.
    Always forward, never back!


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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    Im 54. In 2008 I built a 4000sq ft house in Seattle. There was a 4 man rock in my back yard I wanted moved to line out the landscaping. I tried to role it onto a piece of wood to drag it. 2 disc exploded in my back. I figure that incident is costing me $1M in lost wages. I'm running my own shop and tried to be union but could never find employee with the right attitude to be successful so I told the general I service I'm out.

    I can not sit at home. I'm still very mobile thanks to a variety of shots that are based on regenerative medicine. If you have seen my post on Surviving a Covid Infection, you can see regular MD have failed me time and time again where Naturopathic dotors have stepped in with their "Unproven" techniques and kept me very mobile. Unfortunatly not mobile enough to do a hard 8 hour day as long as it takes to get the job done.

    I am going to transition into small projects. Probably use Home Advisor as a lead bank. If anyone want an audio Power Supply done right I will fly around the country in time. Let me know if you need anything Mike. Through all my home experiments and working with Ultrafast, I have learned a lot about audio power and how to do it right.

    My wife and I are looking for 3 to 5 acre on an Island around here. I have gotten into the Charles Dowding no dig gardening techniques and started my own sustainable food production. When we get the land, I'm building a new home, with nice audio room layout, and putting in a real 1/2 to 1 acre garden with intent to sell some product.
    Let us know when you truly fix all your hum and noise issues in your own house.
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    Re: Premature Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    Im 54. In 2008 I built a 4000sq ft house in Seattle. There was a 4 man rock in my back yard I wanted moved to line out the landscaping. I tried to role it onto a piece of wood to drag it. 2 disc exploded in my back. I figure that incident is costing me $1M in lost wages. I'm running my own shop and tried to be union but could never find employee with the right attitude to be successful so I told the general I service I'm out.

    I can not sit at home. I'm still very mobile thanks to a variety of shots that are based on regenerative medicine. If you have seen my post on Surviving a Covid Infection, you can see regular MD have failed me time and time again where Naturopathic dotors have stepped in with their "Unproven" techniques and kept me very mobile. Unfortunatly not mobile enough to do a hard 8 hour day as long as it takes to get the job done.

    I am going to transition into small projects. Probably use Home Advisor as a lead bank. If anyone want an audio Power Supply done right I will fly around the country in time. Let me know if you need anything Mike. Through all my home experiments and working with Ultrafast, I have learned a lot about audio power and how to do it right.

    My wife and I are looking for 3 to 5 acre on an Island around here. I have gotten into the Charles Dowding no dig gardening techniques and started my own sustainable food production. When we get the land, I'm building a new home, with nice audio room layout, and putting in a real 1/2 to 1 acre garden with intent to sell some product.
    Let us know when you truly fix all your hum and noise issues in your own house.
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    i'd like to say this has been like a retirement, but it's not. the only part that resembles retirement (besides the pay part) is zero sports to think about each day, or any sort of concept of doing anything at a particular time personally, since there is no outside events to go to, or any restaurant or friends visiting. time of day has less meaning.

    i'm working the same hours a week and going in each day. as GM of a large auto dealership i'm considered essential. i've laid off about 2/3rds of my employees, and we have a small crew for service and parts only......and minimal sales mostly dealing with customer support issues and a few odd sales. just trying to hold stuff together.

    here in Washington State our Governor has our industry prevented from selling cars completely, even on line, except in very limited circumstances. ours is the most restricted auto sales state in the nation right now. i'll not say anything more as it would delve into politics.

    so i'm not really able to enjoy the shut down much. i'm 68 and my wife is 76 so i am trying my best to stay safe and not bring any COVID-19 home with me. we will see how this economic slow down affects my own retirement plans previously about 18-24 months away. stay tuned. i could retire now, but it would be better in a couple more years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cincy2 View Post
    I had plans to ease out of my business at the end of this year. This working from home thing is driving me nuts. I have a need to be in the mix in a big conference room solving problems with my peeps. I've got a great team in place. The majority owner of the business (an international corporation) loves us. I want to go but I'm going to need something else meaningful to do. I will be giving that more attention now that I've had an unwilling dry run at retirement.

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    As a former corporate executive, my recommendation is to spend some quality time thinking and planning what to do with your time. I retired a couple of years ago. Even with careful planning, I found the first six months to be stressful; I missed the action.

    Today, I’m really enjoying life. I’m still connected to my former industry and colleagues. I consulted for a little while but now I do it for fun and to remain engaged.

    Also, my priority is to take care of myself so that I can really enjoy this chapter of my life with my wife, family and friends. I exercise almost everyday, eat well, enjoy good wine, listen to music, read, and get together with friends for fun (boating, shooting, food, cocktails,...).

    It’s a great situation and feel blessed to be here. Good luck with your plans.
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    i retired at age of 22. bought a house in spain and chilled on the beach. after a week i was so bored....all i wanted was going back to zürich city back to work. well, sold the house, got back, got married, 4 incredible lovely childreen, worked....dreaming now about going back to beach in spain with no worries in the brain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u-sound View Post
    i retired at age of 22. bought a house in spain and chilled on the beach. after a week i was so bored....all i wanted was going back to zürich city back to work. well, sold the house, got back, got married, 4 incredible lovely childreen, worked....dreaming now about going back to beach in spain with no worries in the brain.
    i suppose the grass is always greener elsewhere, but i am so much dreaming now of walking the fürstensteig and the drei-schwestern-weg

    ...followed of course by a nice dinner in malbun at the vōgeli

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    Quote Originally Posted by u-sound View Post
    i retired at age of 22. bought a house in spain and chilled on the beach. after a week i was so bored....all i wanted was going back to zürich city back to work. well, sold the house, got back, got married, 4 incredible lovely childreen, worked....dreaming now about going back to beach in spain with no worries in the brain.
    I hope you don’t mind me asking, but what do you retire from at age 22, an internship?


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    I hope you don’t mind me asking, but what do you retire from at age 22, an internship?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    i suppose the grass is always greener elsewhere, but i am so much dreaming now of walking the fürstensteig and the drei-schwestern-weg

    ...followed of course by a nice dinner in malbun at the vōgeli

    wow, you know the 3 schwestern and the vögele in malbun!!
    be my guest whenever you come here, we go "wandern" together.

    i was just googling where you come from....samsara....and goole sid thats the circle of continious "wandern".
    "
    my doughter just asked me if we go trekking, so in a couple of minutes we are leaving to the "stöcklichrüüz"
    https://wegwandern.ch/listing/wander...achen-wandern/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    I hope you don’t mind me asking, but what do you retire from at age 22, an internship?


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    well, while coming from a very wealthy family and beeing in best scools, i found myself alone cashless in zürich city at age of 17 and worked myself up. wasnt easy, so yes, it was some kind of an internship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u-sound View Post
    wow, you know the 3 schwestern and the vögele in malbun!!
    be my guest whenever you come here, we go "wandern" together.

    i was just googling where you come from....samsara....and goole sid thats the circle of continious "wandern".
    "
    my doughter just asked me if we go trekking, so in a couple of minutes we are leaving to the "stöcklichrüüz"
    https://wegwandern.ch/listing/wander...achen-wandern/
    thank you for the stöcklichrüüz route recommendation!! it looks nice and i will have to give it a try some time.

    also in your area, we very much like the 5-seen-wanderung on the pitzol... an overnight at the berghotel gaffia is also recommended. there is a very nice dinner there and the owner picks fresh chanterelles from the hillsides.

    i am also dreaming that one of my retirements will be in the rhone valley -- maybe a nice small place on the slopes, one with a southern exposure and a vineyard of course.

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    wow, i truly wonder where you come from!
    all this places you mention are my real hometown. my father is a complet mountain freak, he took us near every weekend for tekking and basicly every scoolhollyday he put me in mountain camps, all year around. when i was 14 he put me in a scool in the mountain at 1800m altitude.....https://www.lyceum-alpinum.ch/tl_fil...6011426455.jpg.....the coldest scool of all switzerland
    if speaking about the rhone valley...i think the nicest area is the berner oberland
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    Duplicate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    My Wife: What are you going to do today?

    Me: Nothing.

    My Wife: That's what you did yesterday!

    Me: I didn't finish.
    what are your plans for tommorow
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    Great thread, made me laugh.

    I just feel like the world is slowing down to a pace I can keep up with, hufhuf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by u-sound View Post
    ...all this places you mention are my real hometown. my father is a complet mountain freak, he took us near every weekend for tekking and basicly every scoolhollyday he put me in mountain camps, all year around. when i was 14 he put me in a scool in the mountain at 1800m altitude...
    what a wonderful way to grow up and such a nice school!! ...another one of my retirements will most certainly be in the engadin. the walk from lago bianco to piz langard and down to pontressina is one of my most memorable.

    i do like the berner oberland! but, the alps in the south are still my favorite... a photo of the best place in all of switzerland (and maybe the world) to walk -- i am sure you will recognize it:

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    Working remotely from home has reminded me of all the house projects I avoided by going to work everyday.... :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Chris, I would have thought that was the day you two got married !

    Congrats on retirement !
    Oh, that was 15 years before that. She always said I married her for her health insurance.
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