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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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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?
I was awakened at 7:15 this morning by my office phone. (gotta love those east coast clients!) That support call lasted until around 8:20.
At 8:21 the wife (travelling) called for the morning chat...lasted 15 minutes or so until interrupted by my business partner (also travelling) just wanting to see what I was doing.
It was 9:00 before I had my first cup of coffee!
OK, get around to checking email to find a customer needing me to resend a sample export for another vendor. The first sample had an additional column that the other vendor didn't need. (ok, let me remove that column for you, because it's obviously beyond your technical abilities, just like it's apparently beyond the abilities of the other software vendor to simply ignore the in-needed column! ...and here you go! Oh boy, a reply back already...'the leading zeroes are missing'??? No they aren't...I just opened the file in notepad and it's fine! Did you open the csv in Excel? (which strips leading zeroes even though the items are double-quoted!) Not my problem! The solution: Don't open the file in Excel! IMHO, the software receiving the import should be able to handle the missing leading zeroes anyway, except that the client has really screwed up their numbering...eg. '248' and '00248' refer to different entities! ..and another reply with several dozen 'unmatched' entities...did I mention this was a sample file? (so, remove the unmatched from the sample file and we should have 100% success and they will leave me alone for awhile!
In the meantime, the wife has called again (while driving/bored) so here it is almost noon and I haven't written a single line of code.
Last week I've been listening to The Gathering, a pretty (internationally) famous Dutch rock band.
You may know them from their former singer, Anneke van Giersbergen, who is also known for her solo projects Agua de Annique and VUUR (Dutch for Fire) or one of her many collaborations with other artists.
I've known them for a long time, listen to them once in a while, always enjoy it, but never really got into it like I got with other bands.
Except for a few songs, of which My Electricity is one.
My Electricity is an older and not-so-rocking song, but beautiful.
So enjoy, and do yourself a favor and listen to some other songs as well
They're probably the best known (and still existing) international Dutch rock band, but the only Dutch rock band who scored a #1 hit in America was Shocking Blue - Venus[^].
And then there's Focus[^] with guitar player Jan Akkerman who had the title of best guitar player in the world some 40 years ago.
And surely you've heard of George Baker - Little Green Bag[^] from Tarantino's Reservoir Dog's, also Dutch
I don't know any current international famous bands though...
But I'm sure there are a few