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At what age do you think you will retire?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 28, 2011

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Photo of David Wasescha

“I’d like to think 60.”

Photo of Riley Wertenberger

“Fifty-five.”

Photo of Cindy Fritschen

“I would say around 65.”

Photo of Joe Fritschen

“Probably 70.”

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heygary 2 years, 8 months ago

You are probably more accurate that you might imagine!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/us/politics/03spend.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

“Both the government and its debts will continue to grow faster than the American economy, primarily because the new law does not address federal spending on health care.”

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rhd99 2 years, 8 months ago

The way the economy is going right now, AFTER I establish my new career, I can't imagine that I would retire before 80, if EVER!

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overplayedhistory 2 years, 8 months ago

Funny how the little kid is the only one who comes close to a realistic estimate.

Baby Boomers are the only ones who have a shot at retirement. I take some comfort in their insufficient 401 K's Reagan sold them. At least some of the fallout from their anti government, anti taxes, anti-regulation and anti everything not them rhetoric, has fallen on Boomers. To the 30% of them that do not engage in this hypocritical adolescent rhetoric, I apologize about the generalization.

You got to admit Boomers, around 70% of you always were, or somewhere around Reagan became huge feminine hygiene products. After all there is a reason the word yuppie was derived from the word hippie.

So Boomers, my children, my grandchildren and I thank you for your wonderful stewardship. What a nice wild ride you had.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 8 months ago

I had a great uncle that retired from the Air Force after 20 years. He and his wife saved their money while he was in the service, and bought a home that served their needs quite well after he retired from the Air Force. They were able to live quite well on his 20 year service pension.

Several people told him that he should get another job and work until he was 65, so that he would have more money. He always refused, claiming that he preferred to enjoy life right now.

And then, when he turned 65, he died.

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 8 months ago

Statistically, people are living longer. Congress has noticed. However, living longer does not mean living in good health. It's great to have dreams and ambition, but your health may not last. Some people have a hard time making into their 60's and working full time. Go ahead, set a target, but be ready to adapt if necessary.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 8 months ago

I will retire at age 90 because I will still look 57 !

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 8 months ago

Remind me to not hire any KU microbiology graduates.

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

depends as there are a few choices. a) retirement by natural death b) retirement by self assisted death c) or just robbing a bank and getting free hots and cots (mail call) plus free medical care because they way the econ is going now, there will be no financial retirement for many of us!

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notanota 2 years, 8 months ago

I don't want to retire. I want some time wiI want to go on a few vacations before my hip breaks and my knees are arthritic. I want to stop doing the job I'm doing right now and find a new career or start a hobby business for fun without worrying how I'll feed myself or pay the mortgage if it folds. That's what retirement means to me. I'm concerned that health costs will make that impossible. And my eligibility for SS has already been bumped to 67. I'll be pissed if it gets bumped to 70. That's a bunch of BS right there.

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Special_Delivery 2 years, 8 months ago

RETIRE?!! I'll stop working when I STOP EATING. I"M DEAD SEXY

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Egbert was definitely a sissy type

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Hollis, did you give that guy wedgies as a kid? He kind of looks like one of those sissy types.

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 8 months ago

Was 59 , and that was 16 years ago======FUN THING TO DO, go as quick as you can and don't tell antone for a least two years so you can have some time for yourself

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh hell yah, I'm one of the angriest you'll ever meet.I think it had something with bulliyimg. I gotta tell ya, I was the biggest bully in shool. I was the Dogeball King. And believe me, I showed no mercy. There was this kid named Egbert. Wedgies, snuggies, he got it all. Once I gave him asnuggie anmd the waistband completely tore away. Oh, back on topiic Don't Ever,Ever dothis

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm in my happy place with Mary Tyler Moore.

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Agnostick 2 years, 8 months ago

Second what dogsandcats says... I, too, will die right before my severance pay. I don't expect Social Security to exist, not in any real way that will enable me to eek out some sort of living.

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dogsandcats 2 years, 8 months ago

At this rate, I will die at work.

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Deja Coffin 2 years, 8 months ago

Is a mother's job ever really done? Just teasing, hopefully I'll get to retire when I'm 60 so I'll still be young enough to enjoy it.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Hollis back.......... with a vengeance. Rumor has it he was at an anger management seminar with BABBOY

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Sorry about all the posties. I'm making up for lost time........

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Joe Fritschen, what a bright young man. I'm so tired of thiis "Retire at 55 crap" and then a retiremen job so you can screw over younger people who really need the work. For God's sake. Pretty soon you won't have a choice. Work till you're 70. My dad did and he made 86 years. Get over your self-entitlemnt BS. And people wonder why the U.S. is going down the crapper.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

God, I love Babboy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Riley Wertenberger, stellar, just stellar!! Mediterranean skin, straight hair, no makeup. Absolutley Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

I guess when they bury me twice

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I always thought I might want to be a doctor. Where else could you ask a woman to take off her clothes and send a bill to her husband?

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

jonas_opines (anonymous) replies… "That's a full time job. Are you ready for that kind of commitment?"

Could I do it from home? Some folks think I'm online 24/7 anyway. (close!)

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labmonkey 2 years, 8 months ago

Bozo-

You have to actually work and not sponge off the taxpayer to actually retire.

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labmonkey 2 years, 8 months ago

The seventh grader has the most realistic answer. As for myself, I will have to cross that bridge when I get there (I have 27 years to go before I can maximum pension). I will work in some capacity even if I can to afford to fully retire. I have no real hobbies except working out (maybe open a gym in a small town?), and I have seen too many people with nothing to do wither away quickly after they retire. Perhaps New Zealand can use someone with mine and my wife's talents.

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average 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm not opposed to working till I'm 70, should I live that long.

Unfortunately, the real issue is that if you lose a job over 55, you have a under-50/50 chance of ever finding full-time work again. Thus, I'm saving like mad for an early retirement and not 'stimulating the economy'.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Whenever I get tired. I ain't tired yet. I imagine before I hit the late 50's. I want to work in the Walmart sporting goods section then, with Autie. I have lots of hobbies to keep me busy, or I could get a part time job, or at least panhandle on Mass St. Hmmm..., retirement is sounding better.

Great comments today everyone. sep bozo

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bickpaul11 2 years, 8 months ago

I won't want to retire. My plan is to retire from my job and open a breakfast taco stand somewhere near the beach in Florida. I'd get to see an ocean sunrise, and then hit the beach once I left the office. Score!

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

What ever age they stick on my death certificate. The only retiring I will do is when the pickup truck needs new ones.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 8 months ago

The rich say we're broke, so the poor and middle class can no longer retire.

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g_rock 2 years, 8 months ago

I don' t know that you ever really have to retire from being a trophy wife...

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Andini 2 years, 8 months ago

D & D is the best. I highly recommend them.

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Trouble 2 years, 8 months ago

Never, not by my choice... but by our government... they have screwed thing up for the American People!! So who can afford to retire?.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 8 months ago

The young people answering this question may not be able ever to retire. The tax burden that liberal politicians in both national political parties have already inflicted on them is staggering. Profligate spending by governments at all levels must be stopped, and stopped now.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Shoot fire, I went out and sat on the deck and had coffe with the dogs this morning while it was just barely getting light....I like that because it is cool and quiet. I got the quiet...but damn it is already above eighty here and muggy..man, climate change sucks.

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LadyJ 2 years, 8 months ago

Hubby took early retirement at 55 so I probably won't be able to afford to retire until 70.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

I have trouble understanding that concept. Would I go to the donut shop every morning like my Dad does? Play golf? Then what? Ideally, at some point they make me retire from my job about 67 years and two months of age according to Social Security. Then I can go work in the sporting goods section of Wal Mart. From that sense screw retirement. I'll go out with my boots on and never live in one of "those" homes.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

The first time I was 53. Full benefit plus health ins. Got bored. Second time, 56. Third time, 60. Now at 63 am considering finding part-time work. Online editor-in-charge of the disapearededed button still available?

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm gone at 62. Don't care if I have to live under a bridge.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 8 months ago

I retired at 64, but I'd rather be working.

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cooltrix 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm semi retired now at 31. I'm sure once the little ones are bigger, I'll go back to working full time but for now I'm enjoying them!

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 8 months ago

I once had a retirement plan that would have reduced my work hours when I was 62. That went away over the last few years. Now, I expect to work until I die and can only hope that I don't have a ridiculous life span.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

60, I'll be 61 next month and retired in January.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

Retiring is not the right question, too many will never be that well off. The question should be, when will you have no more moves on the board and will have to put your playing piece back in the box, game over.No poor house, no millionaire tycoon, go not pass go, no oil stock payoff, no art collection to sell.

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thuja 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm with Fred (not that Fred)

File:Fred-Beckey - Patagonia poster.jpg

File:Fred-Beckey - Patagonia poster.jpg

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