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Programming is my hobby and I will code to the day I fall dead on top of my keyboard.
I am with you. For the last ten years, I have driven to Waco to play with my hobby for eight hours per day. The best part – they actually pay me for it. Unfortunately, they do not pay me well for it – I am working for a ".org" and a great pay scale is just not in the budget.
When I go home at night, I get to play rancher — the herd and the chicken flock have to be checked, watered and if Nature is not cooperating, fed. I get to relax and walk where I can almost totally turn off the sounds of civilization. My nearest neighbors and the nearest road are a tenth of a mile away. The nearest major road is a quarter of a mile away. The nearest highway is two miles away. These distances are all "as the crow flies." It really is, as the song goes:
The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.
Retirement??? Do you know how the farmer and rancher retirement party begins? The minister stands up, calls for silence and intones: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to celebrate the life of ...." In all seriousness, at Farm Bureau meetings, I am one of the "young guys" and I am almost 70!
Heeja heeja ho !
But a farmers life would not suit me, I'm already tired of weeding our garden.
The reason is that it's a new garden and when we moved in our new house about a year ago the weeds had had their chance to grow into a meters high jungle ...
But a farmers life would not suit me, I'm already tired of weeding our garden.
Thirty years ago, I would have agreed with you. At that point, I never expected to move to Texas. I got a job with a defense contractor and, after a while, they moved my family to Texas. We sold our three-bedroom house on a third of an acre and bought a ranch. We even had money left over. My wife and children bought a herd of goats — and suddenly we were into agriculture!
We all had a lot of learning to do. Not only did we have to learn how to care for the herd, but also the government rules, regulations and paperwork. We did not look back. My wife and both children have each earned a college degree in agriculture.
I quickly learned to love the wide open spaces. I now feel trapped and confined when I am in a city – even a small city such as Waco. I do not think I could ever go back to urban or even suburban living.
No, not true, Dutch tulips are nice too, going to take our folding bikes and make a biking trip in the NoordOostpolder through the tulip fields today.
Got to make the most of the beautiful weather while it lasts ...
Back from a day out in the wide open NoordOost polder, normally a bit boring, but now an explosion of colors as the tulips are in bloom.
But given the choice between Amsterdam or the polders, I would prefer the polders.
I was wondering Jalapeno Bob if you grow peppers too on your ranch ?
No, we do not grow peppers, at least not in quantity. When you are raising goats on open range, they get into everything and everywhere. They are foragers. Sheep and cattle are grazers and prefer pasturage. Goats want more variety and will exercise considerable ingenuity and effort to get it. One of our major issues is keeping them out of the kitchen garden. As you can imagine, they love to eat any foods we grow for our own consumption.
The appellation "Jalapeño" comes from my love of eating these tasty and often spicy peppers, whether diced into an egg dish, sliced on pizza or on a burger or in a sandwich, pickled whole or sliced, or any other way.
Have you ever heard of "Madame Jeanette" peppers ? It's quite popular over here, probably because a lot of Surinam people live in the Netherlands.
I only ate a dish with a tiny amount of it, but that was already very hot !
On television there was an unsuspecting reporter who put a whole pepper in his mouth, he looked like he was going to faint, I heard it took days for him to recover from this experience Madame Jeanette - Wikipedia[^]
'Retirement' is a puzzle right now. I'm a little over 57 and I really don't have enough assets that I can rely on the future to put myself in retirement. For me, Job insecurity was the big factor for my entire life span till now.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
I am fully retired. It happened a few years earlier than planned but I am now older than the standard retirement age of 65. Anyone who is still writing code for money or supporting old projects in any substantive way is not retired.
My partner is still working 3 days a week but that will soon come to an end as she also retires.
As I have let go of my working life I have found many ways to fill my time. I started off thinking I would keep my hand in and write code for interest but I am a long way over that. If a need arises for something that requires some coding I am more than happy to do it (For example a stepper motor controller to focus a microscope). This has been mostly Arduino and to a lesser extent Raspberry Pi projects.
To mention one interest in particular in Australia we have the Australian Men's Shed Association[^] and I have joined my local one which is well equipped for wood and metal work. Even though I have a decent workshop of my own this has been a huge motivator for me to pursue my own projects as well as help others.
As for CP when my computer is switched on I am logged in to the site and as a long time member I know quite a few of the tags and watch their antics. This is a sort of side interest. I sometimes wonder what has happened to members who suddenly stop appearing after being active for many years and of course hope they are OK although I know some have passed on.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
63, hopefully with enough assets to survive in retirement. No overheads and a small income. I used to love woodworking when I was younger so I want to get back into making furniture. I have intentions of joining a Mens Shed but expect to build up a reasonable workshop at home. 4 months to go!
I don't think many have karked it but have moved on.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
The one big problem is Her Indoors. I retired about seven years ago now and have been sitting at my computer in my office every day since then to keep out of her way. Suddenly I hear her sweet tones. "Can you cut the lawn? Can you just give my car a wash? ---". She has never worked since we married 55 years ago, so you would think she would be very adept at these things by now. It appears she still can't start the petrol mower. If she uses the electric mower, she keeps running over the cord! Sometimes I think she does this on purpose. Still, she looks after me very well so some would say it's a small price to pay.
He is a natural at travelling (got that from me!). He loves seeing people at the airport, so far loves being in queues, and does not cry during take off!
He is well awake during take offs and get extremely happy as plane speeds up. He will look out the window for 15-20 min and then sleep. During landing time, if there are other kids crying he will make a cry face but we just need to talk to him and he laughs.
His first flight was when he was a month old and second one recently. Both were hassle free.
We have already done couple of road trips and he enjoyed them too.
My children grew up traveling. My oldest daughter had a 1 week road trip when she was about 2 weeks old. They were used to travel sand never did give any trouble! They knew what my mother used to say "Children are to be seen and not heard!"
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Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software
The only time we had a problem was when we landed at Ankara airport after a trip home, and walking to the arrivals building, my 4-year old son asked me, "is this Turkey?". When I replied in the affirmative he burst into tears wailing, "I din't want to come to Turkey"; but he did calm down before we got to passport control.
Easy to do - I read what I intended to write as well...
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So how was your morning?
Don't ask: I spent most of it - literally most of it, 3 hours - on hold to my local council. Three "songs", all quiet so you can't just put it on speaker and get on with stuff. And worse, every now and then the music cuts out in mid song for five or so seconds, giving you the illusion of hope that you are about to speak to a real human! Then their phone lines closed because it was 13:00 on POETS day...
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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hold to my local council. Three "songs", all quiet so you can't just put it on speaker and get on with stuff. And worse, every now and then the music cuts out in mid song for five or so seconds, giving you the illusion of hope that you are about to speak to a real human!
I've dealt with the same hold system. Actually, I guess all phone hold systems work like that.
I don't understand why the phone hold systems are so terrible. It ain't rocket science.
Just play music until a real person picks up. What is so difficult about that?