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Reply #15 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 1:00pm
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Dave,

I appreciate your random thoughts -  more than you know...

I find that if I sit in front of this computer, or TV, or whatever the device, not much gets done.   I work a few hours a day, (tongue in cheek) usually 60 hours of billable, "prod" hours as we call it, then another 10-15 hours of quoting, ordering and billing most weeks.  I find that if I stop and think about it I'm tired. 
When I hit 50 I thought I'd slow down some, but that was now over a decade ago and things haven't slowed - at all.  I've added the construction of a new shop to my current schedule and I was coerced into teaching a gun building class that takes 10 hours more out of my normal week.   So in a nut shell, the idea of selling the pieces and parts for the someday project doesn't fit in my vocabulary - started a couple more action projects this weekend because of this thread - or at least that's my story.  Grin  Grin
If the "proverbial beer truck" was to hit me tomorrow and take me out, it's someone else's problem.  My dad did that to me and I don't carry that as a grudge, it was a responsibility.  Right up to the end, he was starting new projects and carrying out ideas.  I hope to out live him and be active to the century mark, with that attitude a guy needs a lot of material to work with... Grin 

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Reply #16 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 2:45pm
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Well, Dave, I am one of the old guys. Only suggestion is retire as soon as possible and do what you wish.
Retired from my employer at age 58, spent about three years on various consulting jobs, then built the boat I wanted.
Have spent the last 20+ years doing what strikes my fancy, Knife making, boot making, engraving, rifle making, when the fish aren't biting
All the things I wanted to do as a young man, but could not make the living I wanted.
Admit projects move slower now and workmanship is more difficult but would not have changed a thing.
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Reply #17 - Oct 16th, 2020 at 5:22am
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It's nice to know that I'm not alone with this problem.  I started thinning the herd a couple years ago - so many treasures that I'd never even fired. 

I just had cataract surgery with the addition of a lens in each eye and now I only have to wear reading glasses.  A new lease on life!  Now my problem is focusing on just one project as there are so many.

I need a good trapdoor 45-70 barrel.
  

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Reply #18 - Oct 17th, 2020 at 2:23pm
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I just hit 73. The good thing about all of this is that none of us have to be too concerned with long term investments!

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Reply #19 - Oct 18th, 2020 at 1:51pm
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I too am adjusting to becoming the guy with the white hair that I used to seek out to answer my questions in the shop....I got forcibly "retired" by a big fire wiping out my town two years ago, have been learning ever since to make the most of the opportunity for a "do over".

Now that I'm living in an actual house once again after bouncing around a while I am slowly putting a shop together to try and do some of my dream projects that I never had time for while self employed.Got a nice mill and lathe put in for a surprisingly reasonable amount and bought the collected tools of a machinist who had passed on to get started.Still a million things to find , but I'm having great fun hunting down tools and materials.

All of my pet rifle projects went in the fire so I do a lot of looking around for interesting actions and barrels and whatnot.The trick is self control....I'm learning to be realistic about what really floats my boat and what would just gather dust.
  
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