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moke

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08-03-2020 07:59 PM

43 years, 3 months ago, having just graduated from a Photographic School, I started a new job at a Photographic Studio and Camera Store. I additionally, began working about a year later as a Policeman at night to save money to buy the place. In April 1990, I spent my wad and became the owner. I continued to work part-time as a cop only on weekend nights. Then later more and more, eventually being half time, and retiring from that in April 2017 after 38 years. I ran my Store/Studio until 2010 when I closed the Camera Store and concentrated on the Studio until last Friday. I handed the keys to new owner of the Building. I had been working with him since September to purchase the building and myself on retiring.

Today is my first day that I didn’t have to be some where in my entire life. I know many of you are retired and have experienced the same feeling…..it’s odd. I do however, have several projects. I was the third owner of the business. The previous owner built the building, and the basement was full! I was unable to sell the business itself, photographers now are mostly what I call mama-razzi’s. Moms with a camera and a subscription to Pinterest. They have ruined the business as a full time profession. There has not been a Studio sold in Iowa since 2015, so I just closed it and ran a “sale” for the last month, but naturally there was stuff left, so I brought it all home, sert up my server and computers in my home office, but my Garage, which is 24×36 is full of either stuff I’m going to ebay,or woodworking tools. Also, I am now going to build a 24×40 dedicated wood shop with construction starting this fall…..at least I hope….that is if I could find a contractor that actually returns calls.

The weird thing is I just keep thinking I need to check my schedule…I’m sure that’s temporary, but still feels strange. If any of you other retirees have any advice, I’d appreciate it….I’m new

-- Mike


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jacww

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#1 posted 08-03-2020 08:28 PM

Moke,

Welcome to retirement and LumberJocks!

I’ve been retired almost 3 years. I spent 37 years with a large corporation. The last 2 years was pretty miserable so when I retired it didn’t take long for me to get used to being retired. In fact the weekend after I retired my wife and I attended a 3 day class at Roy Underhill’s Woodwrights School in Pittsboro, NC (highly recommended!!!). That helped me forget about working.

My best advice is stay active, keep busy, and don’t stop learning. I am a member of a local woodworkers guild that has a fantastic shop and opportunities to work on various charitable projects. I work on a toy program that makes toys for local charities to give to kids for Christmas. Last year we made about 1000 toys. If you have a woodworking club/guild in your area join it! It a great way to learn new skills and meet new friends. They may need a photographer for their newsletter and/or web site.

I’ve been an avid amateur photographer since I was newspaper and yearbook photographer in High School. I cannot imagine how difficult the business became once we all had a camera in our pocket. There is not a single “Camera Store” in the town where I live.

Enjoy retirement!!
TonyC

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Gerald Thompson

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#2 posted 08-03-2020 08:52 PM

My friends went out of business, as photographers, after years in the business due to the smart phone being used.
I’m glad I did not get my wish and go full time in the business.
I just shoot for the hell of it now. I came so close to buying an expensive medium format camera but my friend said don’t this business is about to change big time.

-- Jerry

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moke

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#3 posted 08-03-2020 09:04 PM

jacww- Actually the Camera companies left us out on limb first. Everything is about the big box store to them. The playing field is not level. They have intentionally pushed the small stores out….it’s painfully obvious once you have been around them. Keep shooting!

Jerry- About ten years ago I moved out of weddings and into team/groups the mamarazzi for the most part have difficulty with them, and I had my Saturdays. That worked great until they closed the schools this year! I was already executing my retirement plan by then. We had two teams doing schools and we did about 30,000 kids a year.
I love sports though, and I had weekends to myself. I really did like it, but the time was right to sell the building.

-- Mike

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pottz

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#4 posted 08-04-2020 02:58 PM

congrats mike for making it too that big day we all wait for,down side is your closer to death though.sounds like you have yourself all prepared though,new shop thats gonna be fun.when i was in school i was am art major and was going to go to photo school but things started to change and i never went,kinda glad i didn’t now.hey cant wait to see your shop evolve,show us a lot of pic’s along the way,we love our shop porn.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 08-04-2020 03:36 PM

Congratulations on your retirement. I have been retired for about 15 years and let me warn you; there are a lot of criminals out there who prey on retirees, not because they are retired, but because they are senior citizens. You will get all sorts of junk mail, scams, charities, political, etc all directed towards seniors. Your internet spam mail will be overflowing with offers that say “FREE”, but we all know that nothing is free. Unless you take the time to investigate, you could fall victim to a spammer or scammer. Just opening an e-mail will send hundreds of threads out to other potential scammers. They all want your money and know that seniors are vulnerable. Since I have been retired, I’m bombarded daily by spam phone calls. Spammers/scammers are a well organized group that knows how and who to reach. I’m more busy these days just trying to ward off those who want my money. I know people who don’t have internet or even a cell phone because they learned that there are those who want to take advantage of a senior. Retirement is not all it is cracked up to be. One must be very cautious. Sometimes I wish I could be back working at a job I enjoyed. I am 85.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 08-04-2020 03:56 PM

I retired when I was 52, after 30+ years of teaching junior high science. I planned and was able to. I have never known boredom in my life and retirement meant that could do that stuff I was or wanted to do while working. I have multiple interests and constantly move from one to the other. But, everyone is different. I’ve known people like me, and I’ve known people who left a good job to take up another lesser job within a year to stay sane. I’ve known people who didn’t stay sane during retirement.

Since everyone is different there are two recommendations:
1. Maintain your hygiene. If you showered every morning before work, keep doing it, brush regularly etc. It will sort of fade after awhile, but initially it gives you a feeling of normalcy.
2. Join a good fitness center. We have a fantastic Y here in town. If you’re on a retirement advantage plan they’ll often pay for it. Ours as a stipend for it. It keeps you in shape a bit, which can deteriorate fast at this time, and it gives you as sort of schedule if you go every other day at a certain time. During the pandemic this may have to wait a bit.
3. If you’ve got a good woman it can make all the difference.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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moke

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#7 posted 08-04-2020 06:11 PM

Pottzy- Thanks my friend! I’ll post the shop as it gets going…right now I’m stalled waiting on various permits and bids.

MrRon- Thanks….I’ll be on the watch for scams. As a LEO I took hundreds of report of folks getting scammed.

Craftsman- Thanks for the advice….I am married to a great woman and I know this because she told that! LOL—she is awesome, since covid, I get up and ride my stationery bike for 5 miles, and the every other day I lift, for upper body. I love TV and always have so I watch my favorite NETFLIX and do my thing. I eat too much so I am not thin, but I feel pretty good. I photographed Jr High sports 2 or three days a week for my entire career, and after teaching for 30 years, I have no idea why you are not in jail for murder! I am going to miss that much like a toothache!

-- Mike

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#8 posted 08-04-2020 07:44 PM



Pottzy- Thanks my friend! I ll post the shop as it gets going…right now I m stalled waiting on various permits and bids.

MrRon- Thanks….I ll be on the watch for scams. As a LEO I took hundreds of report of folks getting scammed.

Craftsman- Thanks for the advice….I am married to a great woman and I know this because she told that! LOL—she is awesome, since covid, I get up and ride my stationery bike for 5 miles, and the every other day I lift, for upper body. I love TV and always have so I watch my favorite NETFLIX and do my thing. I eat too much so I am not thin, but I feel pretty good. I photographed Jr High sports 2 or three days a week for my entire career, and after teaching for 30 years, I have no idea why you are not in jail for murder! I am going to miss that much like a toothache!

- moke


Pottzy- Thanks my friend! I ll post the shop as it gets going…right now I m stalled waiting on various permits and bids.

MrRon- Thanks….I ll be on the watch for scams. As a LEO I took hundreds of report of folks getting scammed.

Craftsman- Thanks for the advice….I am married to a great woman and I know this because she told that! LOL—she is awesome, since covid, I get up and ride my stationery bike for 5 miles, and the every other day I lift, for upper body. I love TV and always have so I watch my favorite NETFLIX and do my thing. I eat too much so I am not thin, but I feel pretty good. I photographed Jr High sports 2 or three days a week for my entire career, and after teaching for 30 years, I have no idea why you are not in jail for murder! I am going to miss that much like a toothache!

- moke

here in L.A. sometimes you can build a house faster than you can get the permits,hope you have better luck.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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moke

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#9 posted 08-04-2020 08:47 PM

My father put his 20 years in in LAPD. I was born after he was retired….He would never take us there, saying it was the $@#$#$% of the world. To this day I have never been there. I have nothing against LA but just never got there.

Actually, I am having more issues with the contractors…..they might build a great home, but the ones I have contacted are terrible at contacting future clients!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 08-05-2020 03:53 AM

Congrats Moke. I retired when I was 65, ( 68 today ). I wake up and everyday day, look outside and just smile. My wife asked why I keep smiling all the time, I just said be patient, you will know the last of October. ( when she retires from the bank after almost 34 years. Enjoy life. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 08-05-2020 05:13 PM

Mel-Thanks—I am 63 and my wife is 57 and makes big bucks. I don’t want her to know how great this feels!!!! LOL

-- Mike

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#12 posted 08-05-2020 05:43 PM



Mel-Thanks—I am 63 and my wife is 57 and makes big bucks. I don t want her to know how great this feels!!!! LOL

- moke

yeah keep her working as long as ya can mike,tell her how miserable and bored you are-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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