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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 11-16-2010 06:13 PM 4191 views 0 times favorited 66 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2010 06:13 PM

In case anyone noticed mt absence the last few days, my wife and I were visiting her aunt and uncle in California. They live in a huge retirement community a few miles from Laguna Beach. The property is ridiculously beautiful, with mountain views and a creek running through it.

I’ve often thought about what a great place it would be to retire to, with one major problem… there is no place for a shop in a condo. Well, Uncle Earl took me on a grand tour of the grounds in his golf cart this time, and you can’t imagine my surprise when he led me into their woodworking shop. It is undoubtedly the most fully equipped space I’ve ever seen. Everything is high quality, well maintained, and totally free for the using of all residents.

Add all this to the beautiful southern California weather, and I think I’m home!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 06:18 PM

Hi Charlie, aren’t you a bit young for a retirement community? Al right hurry up and go pack your bags it is ok to be the youngster there.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 06:22 PM

with a shop like that
you can pretend to be older

and a golf cart to get to the shop
sounds like a good way to go

you can get in some rounds

while the glue is drying lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 06:24 PM

Oh my, this would almost be enough to lure me back to California! There are some tools there that many of us only dream of having access to. And the space!! Wow. OTOH, I suppose if I could afford to live in that retirement community, I could probably afford the tools.

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 06:24 PM

Fantastic place
A dream shop.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 11-16-2010 06:28 PM

I’m not even 30 yet but after seeing this, retirement doesn’t look too bad. lol.

-- Matt -

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 06:33 PM

A-m-a-z-i-n-g! The best we can do over here is a tartan rug around your knees and compulsory Bingo every Thursday morning!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 06:36 PM

BUT do they serve Po Boys or Crawdads?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 06:43 PM

WoW!! Nice retirement community shop. Planning on moving in wth Unc and Auntie?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 06:52 PM

Well, Charlie, I’m 60 years old now. After seeing this I’ve sorta started to think that maybe I need to start saving up my nickles and dimes for retirement. Hey, I’ve got an idea. I’ve been a maintenance engineer all of my life in woodworking plants. Do you suppose they might have a spot on their staff for an old helluvawreck to maybe keep all that equipment in good order? Why I’d settle for a one room shack and a couple of mills a day. Of course I get to use the equipment too. That would have to be part of the deal too, you know?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-16-2010 06:57 PM


There is a small retirement community here that does essentially the same thing. They have a central space for a workshop and the the residents that want to use it pay an annual fee. They use that to fund the equipment….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 11-16-2010 06:58 PM

Roger: No New Orleans food…. that’s the down side.

On the upside, because of the real estate crash, a two-bedroom condo in tip-top shape can be purchased for under $150k, and condo fees of about $500 per month cover all maintenance, amenities, and property tax.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 11-16-2010 07:05 PM

you will bee lost in there Charlie
its too organised and no dust on the floor
its one of those teaser tours you where on that say see what we have
but after you have joined you are not aloud to use it
its looking too good to be true…...........LOL

thankĀ“s for sharing Charlie


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#13 posted 11-16-2010 07:06 PM

I think I would lie about my age… usually we lie making ourselves younger… in this case…!!!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 11-16-2010 07:08 PM

WHAT ????

My mom lives in Laguna Beach. I’ll be visiting her, in December. If it’s possible, I’d LOVE to see that place.

Can you PM me the name of it ???

WOW !!!

Now, if I can just convince my mother to become a woodworker, before retiring … I’m all set ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 11-16-2010 07:10 PM

Bummer, no Cajun vittles. You would have to get used to fruits, nuts and flakes.

Oh, Do they take Medicare/Medicaid and SS?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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