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What percentage of the Fluther posters are still working?

Asked by crazyguy (3197points) December 2nd, 2020

I have been retired for about five years. Other than about 3.5 rounds of golf per week, I spend pretty much all my time either in front of my computer or the TV. Whenever I am on Fluther, I realize the same people are on it, or so it seems to me.

Hence my question.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

I never stopped, just moved to my home. 10 months next week.

JLeslie's avatar

I work part-time from home as a business manager.

I was also volunteering teaching zumba, but not since January. I’m trying to decide whether to bother teaching on zoom or just give it up. I still have my zumba license.

kritiper's avatar

I own and operate my own business out of my home. I work whenever I need to so I pop in here several times a day for a few minutes each time.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I got a great job that is seasonal now so I don’t have to work winters anymore.

jca2's avatar

I work full time but right now, only 12 hours a week are in the office. The rest of the time, I’m “working from home” which means emails and occasional phone calls, for a total (in office and at home) of 35 hours a week. That’s since March 2020. I’ve been with the same employer since 1993.

anniereborn's avatar

I have been on Social Security Disability since 2000.

Demosthenes's avatar

I work and study but it consists mainly of sporadic online appearances and a lot of reading. So you will be seeing plenty of Demosthenes. :)

cookieman's avatar

I currently have five jobs (1 FT, 3 PT, 1 Consulting Gig). I normally have three, but my wife was laid off due to COVID over the Summer, so I picked up more work.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@cookieman Wow! I hope those jobs dont expose you too much.

cookieman's avatar

@KNOWITALL: Thankfully not. It’s 95% online, which is why I can do so many of them. I’m saving 15 hours a week by not commuting.

janbb's avatar

@cookieman And you still have time for us! I feel honored.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I work – full time – at home

janbb's avatar

Retired reference librarian

zenvelo's avatar

I work full time, but very often have stretches where I need to be online and available even though nothing is pressing. Often other departments have yet to make a determination so I am waiting. That gives me time for Fluther, although some days I can’t open Fluther for 8 to 10 hours.

cookieman's avatar

@janbb: I always make time for my Jelly Peeps.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@zenvelo Same here. Sometimes I have 10 minutes of free time until the next crisis…lol

LuckyGuy's avatar

I can pick up contracts if I want. But generally I pass. I don’t want or need the stress.
I have not closed up shop in case something really fun is presented to me.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

I’m semi retired. Have a part time job doing security work for a friend of mine who is a retired deputy sheriff and owns a security company. Gives me something to do 3 days a week and puts some extra jingle in my pockets. Just hate when the guy calls me at home whining about how he has more contracts than people and he really needs me ona job site bad. “Tim, come on man, I really need ya today, I luv ya man I’ll buy your gas”. Uh yeah bud. So tell me how I get from where I live to freakin’ South Austin by 6pm, when you’re just now calling and it’s 5.pm right now? Note to self:.Never go work for a friend.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I was retired & a local mental health group was short staffed & begging for help. I volunteered my services so I could have more control over when I worked. Since the virus hit, we’re not allowed to do in-person,one-on-one consulting, so we’re consulting by phone. It’s NOT the most ideal way to talk with emotionally challenged 12–15 y/o’s. but I had a good relationship with everyone in my group. Some days I’m on the phone all day & other days there’s NO calls to be heard. So, I jump on Fluther & do my damage until the phone rings & then my focus totally changes!!!

Zaku's avatar

Still working, from home. no plans to stop working. At most I might retire to only doing game work, if/when I can.

crazyguy's avatar

Thanks all. You jellies are truly amazing!

I am fully retired after 45+ years in a job. Fortunately, my financial planning for retirement has so far turned out to be overly conservative, so my wife and I find ourselves better off than at any time during our working lives (she was a mortgage banker). And yet, I just got to Fluther for the first time today!

I must say, I am touched by you guys sharing personal info with me. When I asked my question (which, in hindsight was fairly stupid!), I did not think through the implications of what I was asking.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

No such animal as a stupid question. Don’t beat yourself up.

LadyMarissa's avatar

You’re giving yourself way too much credit. I ONLY respond with info that I feel safe sharing. I said nothing here that I haven’t disclosed on other Q’s before this one. Only difference is that the other Q’s might require a bit of time to ferret out where this is more compact!!!

crazyguy's avatar

@LadyMarissa I would expect nothing more. I did expect a lot less!

AYKM's avatar

I still have to get up and go to work on weekdays, sometimes weekends too.

tedibear's avatar

56 years old, working full time. As my husband is self-employed, I carry the medical and dental insurance. Assuming that continues, I will be working until I’m 70 so that he can have insurance coverage. (He is 5 years younger and won’t qualify for Medicare until then.)

crazyguy's avatar

@AYKM @tedibear I admire you guys. Keep it up.

AYKM's avatar

“I admire you guys. Keep it up.”

That’s the thing, I’d rather not. I’m bored out of my mind where I work right now. I’m stuck where I’m at until the job market opens up a little more. At least I can still pay bills though.

SergeantQueen's avatar

@AYKM I feel the same. I want something new and different. I hope things open up soon so we can both get better jobs!!

tedibear's avatar

Interesting… I’m not bored at my job, I just want my co-worker to go away. She is the biggest annoyance in my job.

RocketGuy's avatar

I’m still working (shh!)

crazyguy's avatar

@AYKM @SergeantQueen When I was working, I realized there were two kinds of people:

1. Those who looked forward to retirement, and made plans for it.
2. Those who thought they would retire only when they were older.

I found out also that most golfers fit in the first category. Partly because they knew what they would do with the extra time on their hands. People in the second category would always wonder what the heck they would do all day.

crazyguy's avatar

@tedibear @RocketGuy Just curious: do you play golf? Or have you thought of taking it up after you retire?

RocketGuy's avatar

@crazyguy – No golf for me. I will have to figure out what to do in retirement. I heard that retirees last an average of 18 months (kick the bucket) after retirement if they have nothing to do.

crazyguy's avatar

@RocketGuy Perhaps that is why non-golfers generally dread retirement…

RocketGuy's avatar

I might set up a STEM club at some school, like what my buddy did. He was brave, though – the school gave him the detention room, and he made the detention kids do online classes. Then he set out a bunch of robotics parts. The kids got so bored they started making robots and doing coding.

tedibear's avatar

@crazyguy – I haven’t golfed since the early 90’s. My retirement plans include volunteering at our APL, and catching up on crafts & reading.

crazyguy's avatar

@tedibear I would recommend that before you retire, you crystallize your plans for the extra time. I have seen many retired people who stay busy for the first year and then start waiting to die.

janbb's avatar

@crazyguy And others of us find many things to do that do not include golf.

crazyguy's avatar

@janbb More power to you. I am not suggesting that golf is crucial to a retirement. I am just giving my observation that most of the people who discussed their desires to retire when they were in their 50s or early 60s were golfers.

JLeslie's avatar

Lol. Most women I know have no problem filing up their time in retirement and also appreciate lots of downtime not having to do things for others.

If you want to golf I have 40 golf courses where I live and the majority are free if you are a resident here.

crazyguy's avatar

@JLeslie Golf is rarely “free”. There must be association fees or something like that.

JLeslie's avatar

@crazyguy We all pay the same community fees whether we golf or not. I pay $156 a month. That covers all the typical mowing common grounds, maintaining the rec centers, tennis courts, pools, and the golf, etc.

Golfers pay $140 a year I think to be able to drive their golf cart on the course. There is one other small fee I think it’s optional. I saw a video once.

JLeslie's avatar

@crazyguy Here’s the video. Forward to minute 11:30 and they talk about the golf fees right after the newspaper delivery cost. The whole video is about costs living in The Villages. I think they said $141 a year for trail fees (or you can pay $4 every time you play) and $8 a month if you want to use the computerized tee system. You can play every day if you want. Here’s the video. https://youtu.be/9ZC-3_HcS5I

crazyguy's avatar

@JLeslie Thanks a lot for sharing. I was very surprised to hear that golf is free! However, if you watch a few more minutes of the video, you realize that only executive courses (those are typically short Par-3 courses) are free, they do charge for championship courses.

JLeslie's avatar

Yes, that’s right, but we have over 30 of them that are free. You can play right near your house whenever you want for free, just drive your golf cart from your garage to one of the courses close by, and then go to the Championship when you feel like having more of a challenge.

crazyguy's avatar

I personally have played a par-3 course just a handful of times; I would much rather play a longer course that lets me use my driver, and fairway wood.

JLeslie's avatar

@crazyguy I don’t know much about the different courses, but I think with the Florida heat in the summer, probably 9 holes is long enough outside. I guess you can play just 9 on an 18 or 27 hole course? The rest of the 8 months of the year a different story, today was fabulous for golf.

There are multiple driving ranges, chipping greens, and other practice things that I don’t know all of the names.

Are your golf courses open?

crazyguy's avatar

@JLeslie Our country club golf course is open. I believe most others, and most public golf courses are also open. I think golf is a very “safe” sport as far as covid goes. It is outdoors, and lends itself to social distancing.

Of course that did not protect us back in March.

JLeslie's avatar

@crazyguy Our golf courses never closed. People just have to have their own golf cart, unless they live in the same household. I think they have the holes blocked your ball just hits a round thing, I am not sure if it is still like that. So people don’t remove the flags.

crazyguy's avatar

@JLeslie I may just follow Elon Musk out of California. If and when I do, Florida will definitely be up there as an alternative state.

JLeslie's avatar

My guess is TX and AZ both had their golf courses open too. I think AZ has income tax though, which is probably why Californians like to go to TX. Some come here though. Just imagine all the money you pay the state instead going into your pocket and free golf.

crazyguy's avatar

@JLeslie If and when I move out of California, the reason will not be golf. We have outstanding golf here and, since we have relatively low humidity year round, we can play 18 holes throughout the year.

JLeslie's avatar

@crazyguy Yeah, but I assume you will still want to be able to play golf most of the year. You can’t do that in Wisconsin.

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