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Subject: [Leica] On retirement
From: von-ohlen at (Bill Larsen)
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:24:45 -0800
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What a great description of retirement to live an interesting life. Many 
of the professors in grad school that "stuck" with me were retired from 
somewhere else and had the most interesting backgrounds (which you get 
them to disclose).      Thank you for this post.

Bill Larsen (who doesn't post much here anymore).

On 1/3/2014 8:03 PM, lrzeitlin at wrote:
>   Interviewer to retired professor: "What's the best thing about being 
> retired?
> Professor: "Every day is Saturday."
> Interviewer: "Then, what's the worst thing about being retired?"
> Professor: "Every day is Saturday."&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;
> VERY TRUE!? Retirement is a significant change in life style. You either 
> adapt or it kills you. In 1995 I retired at the age of 65 from my 
> Professorship at the City Univ. of New York because my accountant 
> convinced me that with my retirement pay and Social Security I would make 
> substantially more money than working full time. After half a year of 
> having me underfoot my wife pleaded for me to do something, anything, to 
> get me out of the house. The first thing we did was to buy a boat in 
> Florida and sail it 1500 miles up the Atlantic Coast to our home in 
> upstate NY. Then I wrote a dozen professional articles that I had always 
> been meaning to write. A couple caught the attention of scholars and at 
> the age of 70 I was offered a position as a guest Professor at the 
> University of Wales-Bangor. We stayed in Wales for a couple of years until 
> our son and daughter had weddings in the same year. The big secret of a 
> happy retirement is to retire TO something rather than FROM something.?
>   Now I write, serve as an art critic for several newspapers, take 
> mediocre pictures, sail in the summers and XC ski in the winters, and 
> shovel my long, long. long driveway after every snowstorm. My wife has few 
> problems in that regard. She is a successful artist. Art has no age limits.
> Larry Z
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