Is the coronavirus stay-at-home experience a preview of retirement life?

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Is the coronavirus stay-at-home experience a preview of retirement life?

Post by nascar090210 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm

Is this a preview of retirement life?

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Post by oldfatguy » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:05 pm

Not at all. In retirement, I will not be working, will not be helping my kid do school work, and will go out often for entertainment, dining, and drinking.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:06 pm

No it is the opposite. In retirement there is freedom to do virtually anything you want to do at any time you want to do it, travel anywhere far or local. Go see and visit any friend any time, or participate in activities where you meet lots of new people.

Practicing social distancing, and staying home most of the time, and not seeing of friends several times a week, all because of Covid-19 is the exact opposite experience of what my life in retirement was like before the Corona virus.

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Post by bligh » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:08 pm

I could be if you choose for it to.

My plan certainly does not have me staying at home all day only to go out for grocery runs.

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Post by Dottie57 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:14 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
NO!

In retirement (with no cv around) you can go out and do want you want.

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Post by HomerJ » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:17 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Not at all... obviously.

You think most retired people 6 months ago never went out to eat, never went to sporting events, never got together with friends, never went on planes, never went on cruises, never saw their grandkids, never took classes, never went to the gym, never went to the pool, never played tennis, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.????

Really?
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Post by H-Town » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:17 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Gyms are closed. Beaches are closed. National parks are closed. I can't fly anywhere I want. I can't travel and enjoy local food. Congress keep mortgaging our future to save today's economy. Stocks in free fall.

This is a preview of retirement life?

Hard pass.

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Post by nalor511 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:31 pm

No, it's nothing like retirement life, it's quarantine life. You can choose to live your life like a quarantine at all times, but why would you? Retirement is about choosing your life.

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Post by MathIsMyWayr » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:37 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Yes. Not being at work makes all the difference whether for the better or worse. I am in R&D, and my schedule and tasks are flexible even before this shelter-at-home. Without people around, I now have to motivate how best to use my time. I am focusing on me, not on what are available or not such as closed places or meeting other people. I am practicing time management for the days which will come eventually.
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Post by mak1277 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:51 pm

I am happier in lockdown mode than I was before. I miss being able to go out to eat and other places, but that is more than offset by the ability (requirement) to work from home. Being able to work from home is fantastic. I can't imagine how much better still retirement is going to be, when I don't have to work at all and I can also go out and travel and do things I enjoy.

As a misanthrope, I was born for a quarantine situation.

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Post by lws » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:59 pm

It is not.

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Post by jharkin » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:08 pm

oldfatguy wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:05 pm
Not at all. In retirement, I will not be working, will not be helping my kid do school work, and will go out often for entertainment, dining, and drinking.
+1000. Right now I'm sitting in a chair in my basement for 8-10 hours a day nonstop on video conference with my job, while trying to occasionally help out my wife keep a pair of 3rd graders occupied with online learning.. And I haven't left the house to more than take a walk or drive a couple miles in weeks.

Absolute polar opposite of what I expect retirement to be. No childcare, no work, freedom to leave the house and travel whenever.

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Post by ClevrChico » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:12 pm

This is more like a preview of house arrest with no visitors.

:-)

It's a good question, though!

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Post by Voltaire2.0 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:14 pm

Anything but a preview. Stay-at-home seems like work was for me, just a different place.

In retirement I was outdoors more often and went more places, until the crackdown.

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Post by greg24 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm

Preview of thin FIRE?

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Post by sylph » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:25 pm

I am working even more now! :|
As the desk if set up I sneek after dinner to see how are my simulations going...
Even though I am at home, I don't feel that it I own the the time I am at home. It is owned by my company.

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Post by Slowtraveler » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:26 pm

More like house arrest than retirement. I'm stuck at home when there's tons of nature sites I'd rather go to. I go out just for groceries (because deliveries aren't as available here) with a mask right when the store opens and feel immense stress every time to finish fast. At that time, there's no line and I can keep 2 meters from people. I spray Clorox on most surfaces often. I can't see my family or do most of the thing I want to do.

Retirement to me means a lot of nature near a comfortable home.

I'm actually in a city now I'd consider for that but I can't even go to the beach, the caves, the islands, or any of the beautiful nature sites around. Just stuck at home working but at least I can cook for fun.

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Post by bligh » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:49 pm

greg24 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Preview of thin FIRE?
I was wondering this. If this could be what leanFIRE looks like, but I doubt that. Even with extra-leanFIRE, there are tons of free outdoor activities that would be available to you. Camping, hiking, libraries, beaches, malls, parks, outdoor markets and free city events, volunteering, and so on

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Post by New Providence » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:56 pm

Yes, it is. Specially if you are very parsimonious. :wink:

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Post by New Providence » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm

bligh wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:49 pm
greg24 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Preview of thin FIRE?
I was wondering this. If this could be what leanFIRE looks like, but I doubt that. Even with extra-leanFIRE, there are tons of free outdoor activities that would be available to you. Camping, hiking, libraries, beaches, malls, parks, outdoor markets and free city events, volunteering, and so on
Camping, hiking, beaches, parks and outdoor market are not available during winter in the northeast.

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Post by bligh » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:03 pm

New Providence wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
bligh wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:49 pm
greg24 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Preview of thin FIRE?
I was wondering this. If this could be what leanFIRE looks like, but I doubt that. Even with extra-leanFIRE, there are tons of free outdoor activities that would be available to you. Camping, hiking, libraries, beaches, malls, parks, outdoor markets and free city events, volunteering, and so on
Camping, hiking, beaches, parks and outdoor market are not available during winter in the northeast.
Sounds like a bad place for an extra lean retirement for anyone who loves the outdoors. 🤣

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Post by HanSolo » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:04 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Yes, or so I have found. As a retired person, I've been more or less a recluse, and the current situation isn't much different for me.

It's not that I want to be isolated, I've just found that people are usually "too busy." It's OK for me, because I'm good at being independent. That being said, I sometimes say in Asia where I have friends who are more willing to make time. They seem more gregarious (e.g., having dinner with friends) than people here in the States.

I seem to be in the minority on this thread. I don't know whether that means recluses are a minority of retired people, or a silent majority.
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Post by MathIsMyWayr » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:06 pm

New Providence wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
Camping, hiking, beaches, parks and outdoor market are not available during winter in the northeast.
I remember camping and hiking in the middle of winter in New Hampshire. It was so cold that smoke went up from the chimney and came back down. On a hiking trip, the water bottle was frozen even inside a hiking parka and I had to use an ice axe to break ice.

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Post by EFF_fan81 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:15 pm

New Providence wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
bligh wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:49 pm
greg24 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Preview of thin FIRE?
I was wondering this. If this could be what leanFIRE looks like, but I doubt that. Even with extra-leanFIRE, there are tons of free outdoor activities that would be available to you. Camping, hiking, libraries, beaches, malls, parks, outdoor markets and free city events, volunteering, and so on
Camping, hiking, beaches, parks and outdoor market are not available during winter in the northeast.
Note true! They're just less crowded is all. :)

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Post by Will do good » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:17 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Do you know any retiree spend 24/7 locked into their home, only goes out for grocery once a week or less while wearing mask and glove?

Know anyone like that?

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Post by student » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:23 pm

I agree with others who said this is not the typical experience of retirement life. My dream will be able to travel, eat out and socialize.

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Post by shell921 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:29 pm

Will do good wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:17 pm
nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Do you know any retiree spend 24/7 locked into their home, only goes out for grocery once a week or less while wearing mask and glove?

Know anyone like that?
+ 1

NO.

I have been retired for several years.
My normal day is NOT staying home all day - afraid to go to stores
[ I'd stay home but I have to buy groceries].

My usual day of retirement consists of:

going to park or beach for morning/evening walks with my dogs....
going to one of my volunteer jobs or teaching the drawing class I am paid to teach 1 day a week....
perhaps going shopping....and enjoying it!
perhaps having lunch with friends.....
or
perhaps have friends over to my house.....
or
perhaps going to dance class
or
perhaps going to a movie or attending a seminar or lecture......
or
perhaps taking a trip........

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Post by JoeRetire » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:24 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
No. Not unless you are planning for a different kind of retirement from everyone I know.

I've been retired for a while now. Among the activities that I used to do on a regular basis, but are now temporarily prohibited are:
- going to the beach
- playing Pickleball
- eating in restaurants
- general shopping
- movie theaters
- going to the local brewery on Trivia Night
- hosting Game Night in our Community Center
- getting together with friends
- travelling
- etc, etc, etc.

Nothing at all like a preview...
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Post by JoeRetire » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:28 pm

greg24 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Preview of thin FIRE?
Perhaps preview of poverty-level, non-FI, Retire (early or otherwise).

Not the kind of retirement I'd wish on anyone.
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Post by bottlecap » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:28 pm

Why on earth would you make that presumption?

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Post by JoeRetire » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:30 pm

HanSolo wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:04 pm
nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Yes, or so I have found. As a retired person, I've been more or less a recluse, and the current situation isn't much different for me.
Is that due to need, or desire?

You never gather with groups of friends? Never eat in restaurants? Never go to a movie or play? Never shop?
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Post by JoeRetire » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:33 pm

New Providence wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
Camping, hiking, beaches, parks and outdoor market are not available during winter in the northeast.
I live in the northeast.

In the winter I hike, walk the beaches and go to parks.
I don't do camping in any weather.
If there were outdoor markets in the winter, I'd probably go.

Plenty to do outside all year long as long as it's sunny and not too windy.
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Post by lazydavid » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:35 pm

I definitely don't expect to be working 12-15 hour days, 7 days a week when I'm retired. And while I do expect to have back pain when I'm retired, I do not expect it to be caused by sitting in an (ergonomic) office chair for 12-15 hours a day.

So yeah, definitely not a preview of retirement. At least not one I'm interested in or working towards.

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Post by backofbeyond » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:40 pm

Yes and No.

Some research has been done on retirement lifestyles.

1st stage is the go go years. Peeps are relatively health, have money and pent up travel desires. So they are on the go

2nd stage is the slow go years. Settle down, spend more time closer at home, health issues keep you from skydiving.

3rd stage is the no go years. Here you have restricted movements and seek comfort and familiarity. Health issues dictate quality of life. I see what I'm doing right now as that stage. I take morning walks. Watch more TV, especially animal shows. Call friends. Take naps. The Big social event is going to the grocery store.

That's my 2 cents.
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Post by Christine_NM » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:56 pm

No. Even if I, being retired, stay at home most of the time, I have a choice. I know the world is still humming along around me. Like when you live in a city and appreciate its museums being there even if you never visit them. This lockdown is different. Knowing the world is stopped and sort of holding its breath is eerie. Nothing normal about it at all. But it is a sensible response. Don't know how long we can all keep this up.
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Post by Fallible » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:58 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Of course it isn't like retirement for all the reasons posted here. What made you think it might be? Are you about to retire and dreading it? Or retired and bored?
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Post by MDfan » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:02 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
I would think that if it is, you'd really be doing retirement wrong.

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Post by windaar » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:05 pm

In retirement, (hopefully) the government will not be telling you where you can go or not go, what you can or can't do.
Nobody knows nothing.

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Post by MathWizard » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:12 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
I sure hope not.

I am still working, bit feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home.

I had to cancel last week's vacation.

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Post by flyingaway » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:19 pm

After this, I'm going to delay my retirement as much as possible.

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Post by MathIsMyWayr » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:28 pm

flyingaway wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:19 pm
After this, I'm going to delay my retirement as much as possible.
I bet you understand OP's question correctly.

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Post by Pomegranate » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:20 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
I'd be really surprised to have 2yrs old and 7yrs old children at home during retirement life :annoyed

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Post by visualguy » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:32 pm

It's a partial preview for many of us... Not the exact experience, but gives some highlights such as spending a lot more time with our spouse :wink:

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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:41 pm

No, not unless this is what you actually want.

As a retired person, my life has been completely upended. No gym, no martial arts classes, no art classes, no travel, no coffee or dinners with friends. I can’t even take my dog to the park. I’m considering getting a job, just to have something to do that isn’t housecleaning or checking Facebook. People who know me will know how absurd that thought is.
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Post by UpperNwGuy » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:10 pm

nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Many people who have responded to your question have not yet retired, so they don't know what they are talking about. Don't listen to them. Listen to those of us who have already retired. Most of us lead active lives and don't spend our time at home. The lockdowns are as much a shock to us as they are to those who work for a living.

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Post by jlawrence01 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:17 pm

At first, I really thought that it would be a PITA to remain at home for a month or more.

However, it has been a real godsend. I actually get to see my wife more often as both of our calendars have been completely cleared. I finally have the time to cook three hot meals a day.

The ONLY thing that I miss are the trips to the grocery store. Sine I am in a very high risk category, I have been staying home while one of my friends drops off a box of groceries each week.

It is my plan to stay home until mid-May.

This article changed my attitude:
https://www.nj.com/opinion/2020/03/im-a ... fears.html

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Post by oldfatguy » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:24 pm

New Providence wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
bligh wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:49 pm
greg24 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Preview of thin FIRE?
I was wondering this. If this could be what leanFIRE looks like, but I doubt that. Even with extra-leanFIRE, there are tons of free outdoor activities that would be available to you. Camping, hiking, libraries, beaches, malls, parks, outdoor markets and free city events, volunteering, and so on
Camping, hiking, beaches, parks and outdoor market are not available during winter in the northeast.
Really? That was not my experience in the northeast, nor is it my experience in the upper midwest.

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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:37 pm

UpperNwGuy wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:10 pm
nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Many people who have responded to your question have not yet retired, so they don't know what they are talking about. Don't listen to them. Listen to those of us who have already retired. Most of us lead active lives and don't spend our time at home. The lockdowns are as much a shock to us as they are to those who work for a living.
My working friends’ lives (at least the ones with no kids) seem to have had less upheaval than mine. They are still working, albeit from home. My whole retired life just....stopped.
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Post by jcar » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:47 pm

I'm almost 3 years into full retirement and it is nothing like this Tay home stuff. I was supposed to leave for Europe on 4-19. We just returned from Portugal in October. Had a trip to South America in January. When home I'm swimming daily and staying busy with writing, etc. I guess some do just retire and sit down but I advise against it. Save your money and invest conservatively and you will have a fulfilling retirement. Also take care of health, that's most important.

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Post by HanSolo » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:15 pm

HanSolo wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:04 pm
nascar090210 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Is this a preview of retirement life?
Yes, or so I have found. As a retired person, I've been more or less a recluse, and the current situation isn't much different for me.
JoeRetire wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:30 pm
Is that due to need, or desire?

You never gather with groups of friends? Never eat in restaurants? Never go to a movie or play? Never shop?
Already answered (included again below). Note that I didn't use absolutes (like "never").
HanSolo wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:04 pm
It's not that I want to be isolated, I've just found that people are usually "too busy." It's OK for me, because I'm good at being independent. That being said, I sometimes say in Asia where I have friends who are more willing to make time. They seem more gregarious (e.g., having dinner with friends) than people here in the States.

I seem to be in the minority on this thread. I don't know whether that means recluses are a minority of retired people, or a silent majority.

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