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Postby Solysombra » Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:57 pm

By the way, I officially retire on Friday, all together now, you lucky b"#¤%#d :lol:

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Postby Alan-LaCala » Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:22 pm

Been there, done that, got the video.
Good luck and many happy years.

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Postby hillybilly » Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:45 pm

you lucky b"#¤%#d

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Postby claire4james » Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:40 pm

may I ask how old Solysombra, and when did you know/think/aim that this age would be "retirement" (just interested really in when people THINK they will retire and when they actually do....)

enjoy it.....
from La Cala with love...........

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Postby Moving Soon » Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:58 pm

Many congratulations, and best wishes for a long and happy retirement. You will be a jubilado in Spain, which I think is a fantastic term, so much better than 'pensioner'!

As for the age people think they will retire and the age they actually do, claire4james, my stated intention is to retire at age 50 and I have another 9.5 months to achieve it - depending on whether I can find someone to buy my house before I turn 51. When I was asked to set my objectives for 2006-2007 at work recently, that came top of the list but I don't think my boss was too impressed!


Postby Solysombra » Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:03 pm

Claire4james, I turned 60 in April,.
I didn't consciously plan for this until about 15 years ago, I started to earn decent money and was advised by a friend to seriously think about putting a large part of my income into a pension fund rather than give it to the taxman.
we ( my wife and I, inherited some property from a now deceased friend and we invested that, consequently we have had no serious financial challenges, mortgage etc for a good number of years, seven years ago I made the final arrangements for my retirement and here I am.

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Postby katy » Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:11 pm

Well, good luck! 8)

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Postby anewlife » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:57 am

Good for you! Hope you will REALLY retire, not like my dad who is 66 and is still working for his client in the UK (although supposedly retired to Spain!) and has now asked me to come on board as he has too much work!! Good for me, but not for my mum who is fed up of the whole situation with my dad continually working.......!!!!


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Postby meseta » Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:18 am

It's interesting what various folks consider to be retirement.

I came here, we live near Alhaurin de la Torre, with the intention of retiring from my lifelong career at the age of 50. I have now started up another business and although I can now be more selective about the quantity of work I no longer consider myself retired.

So what is retirement ? Is it "The point in life where one has given up full time work. "
thanks to ... ossary.asp

Friends tell me that in some instances they are doing more after 'retirement' than before !

So lets have some 'what does retirement mean to you' type ideas.


Postby Solysombra » Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:01 pm

I am now offically retired, thanks for all your good wishes, since friday I've bought a sports bicycle, sort of halfway between a mountain bike and racing bike, and a set of second hand golf clubs, I'm relishing this :P

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Postby Laslomas » Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:27 pm

-And you can get cheap drinks at the Bar de Jubilados!!!!!!


Postby Solysombra » Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:04 pm

Where is the nearest one to Elviria :)

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Postby katie » Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:16 pm

Happy Retirement Solysombra :D

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Postby Babby » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:35 pm

Congratulations SolySombra :D For pensioners clubs ask at your Town Hall.
I used to be indecisive but now I´m not so sure.

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Postby Beachdragon » Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:49 pm

have a great retirement solly. im still here by the way................ :shock:
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Postby Solysombra » Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:06 pm

Thank you ALL for your good wishes, but Babby, I have to say I am not your average pensioner, I go to rock concerts, drink copious amounts of Newcastle brown, ride a motorcycle and I have long (ish) hair, although I might need a blue rinse soon, :cry: Beachdragon, hang in there 8)

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Postby patricia » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:25 am

Retirement age is 65 in Spain, not 60 so you have a few years yet until you are an OAP in Spain. Once you are 65 there are all sorts of free passes etc that you can apply for but alas you do have to be 65 :lol:

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Postby Moving Soon » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:45 pm

Well Solysombra, Keith Richards goes to rock concerts and has longish hair - but he looks older than God ....

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Postby country boy » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:02 pm

8) Grow old disgracefully and become a worry to your children...don't know who said it...but it's cool :P

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Postby rafiki » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:05 pm

I like that :D Think I'll try it!! :twisted:

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