Going Galt Feels Strange

Posted by $ Abaco 1 month, 1 week ago to Culture
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Hope this makes you chuckle. End of last year I pulled whatever pension I could and left Commiefornia for more-free territory. I'm working part-time now with a design engineering firm and that's working great. But, this is the first time in years I've had time to tinker around my yard and...it really feels strange. I've got something called "spare time" now. Haven't had that for decades. While I'd love to get involved politically I've decided against that as it'd be a waste of time that would probably end up in my being doxed. So, I'm keeping a lower profile in my own Gulch. Trying to figure out what to do.

Any others here who hit retirement and felt that? I hear it's pretty normal. I'll probably spend a little more time managing investments. Currently trying to sell what real estate we have left in Commiefornia and that's proven to be a pain in my arse...stupid people trying to interpret a trust, etc. Can't wait to get that over with.

It's clear that America is going through an ugly transition where the stupid, inept people are in charge. Just listen to the VP for 10 seconds and you can see we're in trouble. Decided long ago to just let it all continue...hence the "going Galt" aspect. What's funny is that we might feel the desire to join a group or club of "people like us" but there are very few people like us! Haha...

I might take up long-range marksmanship with a newly acquired rifle and there are plenty of places around here to go to that. I still hit my home gym regularly and that's a bright spot.

Any thoughts?...

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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 1 month, 1 week ago
    My own Galt experience will start in December. I am not of traditional retirement age. I am pulling the plug 15 years earlier than expected. I will have a shrug job that is easy and low stress which will pay my minimalist bills. Everything is already paid for. They can tax someone else. I am very much looking forward to having more “free”time to spend doing things that matter. The Print and Spend road our government is going down has shown me that our fiat currency is not worth spending precious life hours chasing. There’s an infinite amount of money that can be printed. There’s only so much life.
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    • Posted by $ 1 month, 1 week ago
      I can relate, Markus. I just finished reading the book, "Enjoy the Decline" and found myself laughing out loud many times while reading it in the pub. The author references Ayn Rand several times in the book, too...
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 1 month, 1 week ago
    Even though I have lots of work at home, I still choose to work at the local Hardware store...having a blast...
    After 11 years on evening and weekend shifts, I now am home every eve and even get Holidays off now!
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  • Posted by freedomforall 1 month, 1 week ago
    I don't know your talents or your specific situation, but
    a) if possible, find a satisfying niche and start a small business doing something you enjoy. Own the 'means of production' instead of trusting others with your savings,
    b) start a garden or other food producing endeavor,
    c) learn a new capability that can enhance your value in a depression, for example, home brewing which is legal for personal use in most states, or gun smithing, etc.,
    d) your interest in marksmanship could be applied to hunting if your are so inclined and have game available nearby,
    e) Enjoy your freedom !
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 1 month ago
    I’ve started being kind of a dick at work. I told my boss that if I came down with COVID I wouldn’t comeback and wear a mask for 5 days after I felt better. I’d just stay home the additional 5 days and keep everyone “safe”. He said I’d get written up if I did that. I said I wanted to see my name on a written reprimand for being “too safe” when dealing with COVID. I’d also get a copy and forward it to our ultra woke corporate headquarters in Illinois just for shits and giggles. He was speechless.
    Going Galt is already fun!
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 month, 1 week ago
    Technically, I'm not retired. They were cutting people in 2014 at the plant where I worked, and I was one that was cut. I have had a few little jobs since then but none lasted more than about a few weeks. But I have a job interview lined up next week.
    I just do not want to be unemployed, I want to have a job, and stick on the job (not necessarily this next job) right to the end.
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  • Posted by Aeronca 1 month, 1 week ago
    I have a friend who retired at age 59 and after 6 months he hated it so bad he want back to work.

    We have to have something to get up for, people to get up for, every day.

    Politics is depressing, you're going to be pissed off half the time and sort of satisfied the other half. Don't waste your precious time.
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