Absurd retirement plan.

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 30, 2021 - 10:15am

Thinking of going into manual labor. Something outdoors. Maybe fence installation. Something with hauling and digging.

Thinking 10 years from 60 to 70 hard labor might extend my vigorous life. Then go into fence contracting when I'm old.

Submitted by sdrealtor on April 30, 2021 - 10:20am.

I had the same idea but with 14 clubs and a box of little white balls

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 30, 2021 - 11:48am.

too frustrating. also, no purpose. i knew this guy once who was 88 still doing hard labor, construction, roofing, etc. dude was very strong. was thinking about taking another wife.

seriously. guy was a beast. mentally, a little fading, face looked extremely weatherbeaten, but physically, from the neck down, looked perfect.

Submitted by sdrealtor on April 30, 2021 - 11:53am.

Go ahead and do whatever. I’m heading out to enjoy 18 holes with no purpose in the company of my best friends

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 30, 2021 - 1:43pm.

sdrealtor wrote:
Go ahead and do whatever. I’m heading out to enjoy 18 holes with no purpose in the company of my best friends

purpose is overrated.

Submitted by Coronita on April 30, 2021 - 2:20pm.

I fix cars.... Now I paint cars... Even cars not mine!

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 30, 2021 - 10:34pm.

I would love to be a wiry extremely strong and virile
old man.

Submitted by svelte on May 1, 2021 - 8:51am.

One of my now retired bosses spends his time doing Habitat for Humanity type things. That kind of sounds fun and like the manual labor you are considering Scaredy.

Something that sounds fun to me is something like a taco cart on the beach. Get to meet lots of people, get some sun, work when I want to work. City ordinances probably wouldn't allow it though. Maybe churros or ice cream then.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 1, 2021 - 9:16am.

My old dentist always said she wanted to quit and sell ice cream at the beach. See happy people. Most better paying jobs seem to involve money and stress and problems. Ice cream is never a bummer! Who demands a refund? No one!

Do guys still haul stuff along the sandy beach and sell it? That's hard labor.

The appeal of hard labor is it feels good to work hard. Might not make it full time though.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 1, 2021 - 10:45am.

Coronita wrote:
I fix cars.... Now I paint cars... Even cars not mine!

I went by the old housing tract where I grew up yesterday stopped by my old childhood friends house. His father still lives in the same house and was working on a project car in the garage (this guy always had a project car or boat working).

Must be close to 90 now still looks great physically and seems mentally very sharp.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 2, 2021 - 7:36am.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Coronita wrote:
I fix cars.... Now I paint cars... Even cars not mine!

I went by the old housing tract where I grew up yesterday stopped by my old childhood friends house. His father still lives in the same house and was working on a project car in the garage (this guy always had a project car or boat working).

Must be close to 90 now still looks great physically and seems mentally very sharp.

Guys got a purpose

Submitted by Coronita on May 2, 2021 - 9:29am.

My purpose is to find more excuses to add more tools to my tool collection!

So my friend donated their car to me to let me practice. We figure, if I really mess it up, it goes to the bodyshop anyway. So I figure I'd practice body repair, which I suck at.

Front passenger side is slightly messed up. Tried buffing it out...Didn't work. Just kidding.
beforebefore

If any of you ever want color matched paint, try paintscratch.com. They aren't the cheapest, and aren't the most expensive. You can get paint in the rattle can or in the pint, quart, gallon matched to your car. Takes about 1.5 weeks to order. The paint that comes in the pint/quart/gallon is PPG, which is pretty good. You can all get 1K clearcoat if you prefer, but if you spray it, make sure you have a good respirator.

Anyway, thought I test the color match. So let's repaint the rear bumper since it has a couple of dings..(Filled in with plastic bumper filler...)

Let's see....

Good enough match for me!

But let's double check by trying the front bumper too.

More battle scars...

And....
ffff

Toyotas (and Mazda) are so easy to take apart...

Passenger fender is done (it just has my dirty fingerprints)...

.The next step will be door. Trying not to replace the entire door (too expensive).Damage is pretty bad though. It really should just get a new door skin and done professionally. Oh well...So, I tried my PDR tools from the window jam...No help....So..... Time for a trip to harbor freight!!!

swsw

$100 stud welder + some studs + a slide hammer. What do I got to lose right?

Not bad. For $99. It's no professional weld straigtener, but it got out most of the heavily dented and creased metal. Rest will need to be filled with body filler.

A trick I learned from others is, even if things look "ok" after pulling dents, go over with a black coat of flat paint. Because black will show every imperfection....

door_blackdoor_black

Oh boy. Lots of work...still.

Bondo time....

Still lots to do. Bottom half of the the door...Ran out of bondo... To be continued.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 2, 2021 - 9:50am.

Cool, Looks better than the Job I did trying to straighten out the plastic bumper on my Honda LOL.

I Should just go get a new one.

Submitted by Coronita on May 2, 2021 - 11:10am.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Cool, Looks better than the Job I did trying to straighten out the plastic bumper on my Honda LOL.

I Should just go get a new one.

If plastic bumpers are warped, its probably just easier tk buy a new one versus the time you need to spend repairing it. I had a front bumper that should have been tossed away rather.than repaired. Repair wasnt just plastic welding cracks. But also filling creases and dents with plastic filler. Lots of body shops and those quick bumper repair shops often take shortcuts and use regular body filler. That might work fo ra few years, but then eventually youll see spiderweb cracks as the plastic bumper flexes and the bondo does not.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 2, 2021 - 11:42am.

I prefer my car damaged.

Submitted by Escoguy on May 3, 2021 - 1:28pm.

Reading Antifragile by Taleb, makes a case that manual labor makes us stronger etc. There is more to the book than that but your post made me think of this aspect.

I think anyone who does high repetition exercise: think spin/rowing has a better shot a longevity.

Also as far as absurd retirement plans, I drove 2,000 trips for Uber/Lyft a few years ago. Actually really enjoyed meeting all kinds of different people. I'm not working at the moment and was considering doing it again, wife was against due to Covid.

But might pick up sooner than later. No, it's not about the money, it's about being out and about etc. No real purpose to it in general but there are moments you can make into something i.e. conversations and things you see.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 3, 2021 - 4:03pm.

I can see that. Sounds potentially invigorating.

Submitted by svelte on May 3, 2021 - 4:29pm.

scaredyclassic wrote:
I prefer my car damaged.

lol I keep most of my cars mint. Any damage fixed immediately.

About 5 years ago I had to leave at about 3 AM to go to the airport. While backing out of the garage groggy from lack of sleep I was just a wee bit close to our car on the left and its mirror (undamaged) left a crease in my truck's front left fender. Very slight.

The more I looked at it, the more it looked like it should have been there all along! It actually looks good! Every so often I ask folks to find the one dent on the truck. Nobody has found it yet. They even question me when I point it out and tell them I put it there, I have to walk over to the other side to show them it isn't on that side too.

It didn't crack the paint so it is now a permanent new line on my pickup. :-)

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 3, 2021 - 4:37pm.

i just prefer mine messed up. i loved my old honda civic because it was dented and scraped on virtually every panel. my wife gets everything fixed right away on her car, and it just seems absurd to me. take the cash, live with the bumper!once you give in to the entropy, you dont have to worry about subsequent damage. i just dont see how it makes any difference whatsoever. plus I actually like the thrashed old car look. my 2012 accord actually looks relatively clean, a bit too clean for my taste, except for a hole in the bumper. maybe i drive better?

word of the day:

Beausage
Beauty by usage.
Beausage sounds French but it's not; instead it's a synthetic combination of the words beauty and usage, and describes the beauty that comes with using something.
Beausage is:

* Roman amphitheater steps whose faces are worn away by the tread of thousands and thousands of shoes
* Stone chips on the hood of a Ferrari 250 which has been run hard and put away wet
* A bike seat whose adapted form reflects that of its owner's posterior
* The look and feel of the cockpit of the old Mercedes pictured above (a jumble of replacement gauges and parts, obviously used a lot) -- that's 91 years of beausage!
by Bausage Guy September 30, 2005

Submitted by Coronita on May 3, 2021 - 4:48pm.

I like having the best of both worlds. I like a clean looking car. Now I can totally cosmetically trash my track car, and at the end of a few years, repaint everything and trash it again.

I wont try to paint a 3 stage painted car though.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 3, 2021 - 4:54pm.

I may have a mental problem tho.

I hate using new things. Sometimes I let them sit a while in their newness.

I only feel comfortable using old things, even if items cheap.

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