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

Posted: 19 Nov 2017, 11:21am
by Audax67
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.

My wife, incidentally, got her Masters degree in Medicinal Chemistry when she was 68.

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

Posted: 20 Nov 2017, 8:48pm
by Cyril Haearn
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

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

Posted: 5 Dec 2017, 1:33pm
by Cyril Haearn
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

:wink:

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

Posted: 5 Dec 2017, 3:33pm
by Mick F
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.

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

Posted: 5 Dec 2017, 5:17pm
by Cyril Haearn
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

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

Posted: 5 Dec 2017, 7:39pm
by Mick F
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.
Do this questionnaire.
http://aqtest.net
I score in the high 40s.

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

Posted: 5 Dec 2017, 10:23pm
by Cyril Haearn
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

Wilhelm Busch: *a simple room with just a bed and a wash basin is right for me. The more one progresses and learns, the more one appreciates simplicity*
WB coined many sayings in German, comparable to Mark Twain in English

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

Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 11:13am
by squeaker
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:

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

Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 12:05pm
by Cyril Haearn
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

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

Posted: 7 Jan 2018, 4:06pm
by Cyril Haearn
Take up cooking, it ticks all the boxes and saves money too compared to eating out, one can be very creative

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

Posted: 20 Jan 2018, 9:53pm
by Cyril Haearn
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

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

Posted: 27 Jan 2018, 9:08am
by Mick F
Re-discoverd Rubik's Cube.
:D

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

Posted: 3 Feb 2018, 5:25pm
by oldmanonabike
Help organise a Lejog ride for a load of Wimps

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

Posted: 3 Feb 2018, 5:33pm
by rjb
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:

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

Posted: 16 Feb 2018, 10:53am
by Cyril Haearn
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
..
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