Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby Audax67 » 19 Nov 2017, 11:21am

I'm currently writing my own cycle-routing site based on Google Maps. I had one running a few years back, but it was based on CloudMade, who changed their marketing model from "free, help yourself" to "swingeing monthly fee". I know that there are plenty of routing sites out there, but when you have your own you can add all kinds of do-hickeys to suit yourself.

I'm also getting into electric luthiery, but very slowly since funds took an unexpected knock in the occiput last summer.

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Postby brynpoeth » 20 Nov 2017, 8:48pm

Just been to see a film in Italian with German subtitles, I understood a bit of the Italian but often they spoke too fast. There were many good jokes so I scribbled a few notes too, for example:
That is a traffic policeman!
Please explain, I have never seen one before

That should have activated some connections in my brain
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Postby brynpoeth » 5 Dec 2017, 1:33pm

I bought a couple of newspapers to read to keep my brain active

One of them was stuffed with advertising, I put the ads in the recycling bin

On the way home I realised the newspapers were not in my bag. Went back to the store and retrieved them from the recycling bin, I had discarded them with the ads

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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby Mick F » 5 Dec 2017, 3:33pm

Newspapers?
The only things we use them for is lining the parrot cage and for lighting the fire.
We're running short of them, so we'll ask the local pub for their old ones again.

Not bought a newspaper in years.
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Postby brynpoeth » 5 Dec 2017, 5:17pm

Mick F wrote:Newspapers?
The only things we use them for is lining the parrot cage and for lighting the fire.
We're running short of them, so we'll ask the local pub for their old ones again.

Not bought a newspaper in years.


Do you still buy books, or is everything digital? I have enough paper books (too many) to see me out
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Postby Mick F » 5 Dec 2017, 7:39pm

No.
We have books, and I have books, but I rarely read.

I've tried to calculate how many books I've ever read. I'm 65 now, and I think I've maybe read 25 books in my whole life. Could be 30. Don't know, but it's been months or even years since I read a book. Reading is hard work to me. I'm very literate and have no reading issues, but I find it hard work.

Autism perhaps.
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Postby brynpoeth » 5 Dec 2017, 10:23pm

I have read quite a few hundred books, most of them are on the shelves at home

But I am reading fewer now, not so much slowing down but reading the paper every day and the www

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Postby squeaker » 6 Dec 2017, 11:13am

Treasurer for a couple of organisations I am active in, parish councillor (with an informal highways brief) and secretary for the local sailing club (although I have just passed that on to generate more gardening time...). Oh!, and maintaining a fleet of cycles :roll:
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Postby brynpoeth » 6 Dec 2017, 12:05pm

squeaker wrote:Treasurer for a couple of organisations I am active in, parish councillor (with an informal highways brief) and secretary for the local sailing club (although I have just passed that on to generate more gardening time...). Oh!, and maintaining a fleet of cycles :roll:


That reminds me of the introduction of the €uro, we had to convert at 1.95583 or 0.5119, used up a lot of brain cells

Any plans for GB to introduce the € like Eire? :wink: could be very good for practising mental arithmetic
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Postby brynpoeth » 7 Jan 2018, 4:06pm

Take up cooking, it ticks all the boxes and saves money too compared to eating out, one can be very creative
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Postby brynpoeth » 20 Jan 2018, 9:53pm

I try to buy good simple food, often organic, but I keep an eye on price too
Thinking of going to a fair for *better living*, I think that means more expensive things that I try to avoid, but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised
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Postby Mick F » 27 Jan 2018, 9:08am

Re-discoverd Rubik's Cube.
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Postby oldmanonabike » 3 Feb 2018, 5:25pm

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Postby rjb » 3 Feb 2018, 5:33pm

I do maths. Did you know there are 3 groups of people who try maths, those that can count and those that can't. :lol:
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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby brynpoeth » 16 Feb 2018, 10:53am

Trying to drift this thread a bit
What about the transition from working to retirement?
I still have some years to work but when I was unemployed for a while I did not know what to do with myself

Dreamed up a retirement plan, I want to live in Slubfurt*, do a lot of cycling, more storytelling, reading and learning, voluntary work maybe, grow vegetables, need to be active and have a plan

Anyone with experience of the transition and some ideas? I am glad I have started thinking about this in good time because I know many people have problems

*Slubice/Frankfurt an der Oder, an international town, not too big, an hour from Berlin by train
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