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Jun 30, 2020 - 10:16:24 AM
5009 posts since 9/5/2006

just got word i am officially laid off ,,,, not too disappointed or surprised. but i just got to old and broke down for the job. and the covid virus was the final nail. first time in 48 years.
so i guess i need to find something,, for an old broke down , COPD,,high blood,,,diabetes, bad knees senior citizen. nooooo problem

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 06/30/2020 10:17:08

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:40:04 AM

3135 posts since 9/12/2016

condolences Terry--I hope you have a lot of toys and some retirement income

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:41:38 AM

5009 posts since 9/5/2006

Originally posted by Tractor1

condolences Terry--I hope you have a lot of toys and some retirement income

a few toys,, and some retirement,, but not a huge pile

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:43:04 AM

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Sorry to hear that Terry, that stinks and I hope that things work out. This could be a new beginning and a often times something comes out of nowhere that sends you in a good direction for your next chapter. Positive thoughts being sent your way!

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:51:20 AM

5009 posts since 9/5/2006

Originally posted by Bolie Jackson

Sorry to hear that Terry, that stinks and I hope that things work out. This could be a new beginning and a often times something comes out of nowhere that sends you in a good direction for your next chapter. Positive thoughts being sent your way!

thanks bolie,,,,  i don't get scared too much ,,, but this kinda does,,,, never been without a job,,then again i never been this old and broke down either ,,,,,,  i don't know,,maybe its time.

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:18:50 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


24592 posts since 8/3/2003

If you have retirement savings, use them now when you need them. I presume you can get social security benefits and medicare when you turn 65, so look into that now so you'll be prepared for all the paperwork, etc.

If you have enough to tide you over until then, relax and enjoy. If not, look for some temporary work that you're able to do until then.

Meantime, play your banjo, and enjoy the extra time to do so.  Good luck to you!

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 06/30/2020 11:19:35

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:22:09 AM



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I hear you, Terry. I just can’t let go of the “job” thing. Worked part of the year after 65 until last year due to our company being sold,, now I’m wanting to work July, August and/or Sept. if the covid dies down and the economy picks up some more. I think it’s hard-wired into a lot of us guys to be out there working. Good luck, man - when one door closes another opens.

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:24:36 AM
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12400 posts since 5/24/2005

Good luck in your new future. Unfortunately, your story has become all too common-just when everyone had the opportunity to work. Enjoy your music, volunteer if needed to keep busy, or paint the house! Brad

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:32:22 AM

265 posts since 4/11/2019

What about something like Instacart ??

Basically you get paid to grocery shop and deliver.

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:36:34 AM

5009 posts since 9/5/2006

thanks everyone,,,, with my body in the shape its in ,,, i am limited on what i can do for 6 or 8 hours a day. looking into maybe getting a part time jobs delivering parts for one of the auto parts chains or driving elderly to dr appointments ,, perhaps i can do that. the wife says i just need to quit and do stuff at home. maybe start a home business of some type. building stuff to sale. its just a shock to the system right now

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:54:58 AM
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31476 posts since 3/5/2008

There's always banjo busking... ;0)

I have had to reinvent meself.. since all this heart stuff..

Life is what you make of it...

You might be amazed...
How busy you may be...
When folks figger you got time... ;0)

One door closed Bud.. another will open...

Keep the faith..

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:05:13 PM



31476 posts since 3/5/2008

Ya know...
You might make ah heck of ah guy...

So when ah moron like meself comes in..
With a project...

N ..needs someone that ..actually understands..wrenches..

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:10:44 PM
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Eric A


692 posts since 10/15/2019

This COvid era is going to eat away at every thing and every one before it's over.

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:14:50 PM

9466 posts since 8/22/2006

Perfect opportunity to write that book you always wanted to write Terry..

I've been retired since 2017 and I've stayed somewhat busy. Wife works at home now and our1st grader child/grandchild keeps me busy. 

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 06/30/2020 12:17:38

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:21:05 PM
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3135 posts since 9/12/2016

I retired at 62 ,construction had slowed,the jobs had been given more and more to illegals so I says Uncle Sam let em in here ,now he can feed me. It turned out to be a great thing for me and the illegals.
Now for the sad part.
The better half was still working and I think cool ,the house and ground is all mine ,sleepin in and moving slow is my new way of life. No more boss---well a week later the better half announces immediate early retirement . Then it was --Banjo ,back in case ,--weeds in garden TOOOMMM ---window needs replacingTOOOOMMM---etc

Edited by - Tractor1 on 06/30/2020 12:21:53

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:24:19 PM

3135 posts since 9/12/2016

Taking up the keyboard the last few years ,gets me thru a lot of hours

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:23:27 PM
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3601 posts since 2/22/2009

Retired at 62, I recommend it for everybody, from where the sun now stands I will work no more forever.

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:31:22 PM
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Brian T


16693 posts since 6/5/2008

Had a good financial incentive to go over the wall at 60.
Had a short list of things that I intended to do in retirement.

Not a single one has been crossed off. Not one.

Instead, I've gone on to do very different things.
Some even pay me ice cream money!

I hope the same thing happens to you, Terry.
By the way, I depend on a grocery shopper, a gardener and a house keeper.
Last couple of years.

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:55:10 PM
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8977 posts since 10/5/2006

According to the great moral text aka 'The Big Rock Candy Mountain '...the jerk that invented work' always had it coming anyway.

There is a time for relaxing and enjoying lemonade springs and that lake of stew in a big canoe. smiley

Edited by - m06 on 06/30/2020 13:55:59

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:25:09 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23761 posts since 6/25/2005

Can you work on banjos?

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:26:17 PM

Paul R


12927 posts since 1/28/2010

Best of luck to you, Terry. Do some rest and recuperation first. But not too much.

I retired at 56 - it was time. We left Toronto for Kingston and I found people and organizations to volunteer with - the Community Editorial Board of the daily paper, the board of a community paper, the local cycling club, Cycle Kingston (cycling education organization), joined an open mic as backup, joined the Bluegrass jam, and found venues a little farther away. I've been lucky to have my Ontario teachers' pension help us get by. That and the $$$ from the house in Toronto.

You can be as busy as you want to be, or you can sit around and listen to your arteries harden.

Here's to your health.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:19:42 PM



13944 posts since 9/27/2007

I'm a year younger Terry & I've been there lots! I've always done factory / manual labor jobs. Running/feeding machines that make parts out of wood & metal & building stuff out of it. Punch clock jobs.

When I think back to all the materials we handled & breathed it's lucky we're still here , hereditary health problems aside.

There's still work for old guys with their heads screwed on straight. Listen to your Wife. Your Honey do list is getting longer! 

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:49:42 PM
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2613 posts since 10/13/2011

Hiya -- very sorry to hear of your situation. Lots and lots of good advice above. Take some time to mentally adjust to the situation and heal a bit.

But, to add to the list of things to look into (and please pardon me if you've already thought of these):

  • You might be eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • Depending on your medical situation, you might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Jun 30, 2020 - 9:03:57 PM
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Aw, I'm sorry Terry ) : Sending you the good vibes and well wishes. Somehow, everything will be okay.

Jul 1, 2020 - 5:36:43 AM
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5009 posts since 9/5/2006

Originally posted by Gina Furtado

Aw, I'm sorry Terry ) : Sending you the good vibes and well wishes. Somehow, everything will be okay.

gina thanks,,,,, i don't know if you remember or not,,, but you beat me in a banjo shoot out years ago in virginia.  cant remember if you were first or second i know i finished behind you.  and you deserved it you were hittin on the nail that night.  but all the way home my stepson was in the back saying "you got beat by a girl".   i will never forget that...    hope you and yours are doin well and safe.  take care

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