Looking for my post retirement occupation

Updated on June 1, 2021 in General Stuff
9 on May 31, 2021

Well boys and gi– I guess we don’t have any girls — I’ve discontinued accepting new legal cases, and what is left of my existing caseload should be resolved by the end of October. Would be nice to close the last one on 10/22, my birthday at age 69.

I don’t want to sit on the couch in my golden gears, but nor do I want to do legal work anymore, unless it’s to champion a cause I really believe in, like child protection. But how to do that? I’m too old to be a rookie prosecutor, and I don’t want to fight over scratched up Barry Manilow records in divorce court (related but separate and funny story). Maybe a forensic interviewer in child abuse cases, but the victims are usually girls, and the agencies have females conduct those difficult interviews so that the child doesn’tfeel threatened. Hey, maybe if I tell them I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body they’ll have to hire me to avoid a lawsuit, but … no.

My fantasy would be to play solo fingerstyle songs at clubs and bars during the main act’s break. (Developing a repertoire big enough to sustain a solo gig would take too long to develop, and I’ve always been either a side man or an intermission act by temperament. I’ve done the retirement centers/book fair singing gigs and not interested in that anymore.)

I’d like to have a playing partner, but … that’s another story as well.

Walmart greeter? No. I scowl too much.

Librarian? Yes, if I don’t have to deal with the noisy kids, the patrons’ annoying questions, or re-stock dirty books.

Farmer? Yes, if I can get someone else to do all the soil prep, seeding, fertilizing, watering, harvesting and marketing. For free. I’ll do everything else.

I could be a waiter, but I’d get fired for refusing to serve, say, the seafood platter with extra onion rings.

Customer: “I’ll have the seafood platter with extra onion rings.”

Me: “I don’t think so.”

“It’s not good?”

“It’s the best in town, but … I’ll bring you some steamed mackerel and raw carrots.”

“But I don’t like mackerel. ”

“Well then, enjoy the carrots.”

“You’re very rude! Harold, we’re leaving!”

[Harold] “Yes, dear.”

[Owner] “You’re fired.”

I think I’d better go practice my guitar. I’m glad we had this conversation.

 
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I like the play guitar plan. I’ve fantasized something similar. Find a small island or little Mexican town with a small cantina and while away the hours. Nice.

Personally, if I had a law license, I’d find a firm that’s aggressively going after some injustice I find interesting and sign up for freezies. Like filing Federal lawsuits against school boards who promote racism via Critical Theory. Something like that.

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If you can sit around all day long and play guitar, you might give it serious consideration. Fear not: doing so will involve you in the local arts community sooner or later, and if that happens, people will find out you are a barrister, and you will end up on more arts boards than you have time for.  JMO.

 

You need to buy one of those little 19th-c. Parlor guitars first though. Every artsy barrister needs one of those.

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Absolutely still in the market for my romantic, Sid. I want the super old style with that curly mustachioed bridge. It will make a nice conversation starter with the audience. Guy watches me and tells his wife on the way home:

“That little guitar he played was cute.”

[She, wary]: “I guess it was alright.”

“Um …”

“No. You already have a guitar.”

[He, petulant] “One. I have ONE lousy guitar! That guy said he had eight!!!”

“Does he have children at home?”

“That’s not the point.”

“It’s precisely the point.”

Then I can handle their divorce.

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5 on May 31, 2021

I’m 60 and will probably never be able to retire due to bankruptcy at 50. Still, I’m harboring a retirement dream of becoming an electrician. Trying to get my current employer to bite on sending me to the community college to get a journeyman’s license. It’s a long shot, but it accompanies some interesting proposals for PLC improvements, etc.

The end goal is ultimately not to really make a career of anything, but to be able to drive around in my pickup and do “at cost” or less repairs for less fortunate folks or maybe spend weekend volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or other charitable organizations.

Just have to find some kind of somebody to pay for it AND get me the work time credit for the license. Hmmmmm……..

on May 31, 2021

I hear ya, Pete. My handyman is up to his NECK in work, Covid-19 regardless. When I ask him to come change a ballast in my kitchen fluorescent lights or somesuch, it’s “how about 2 weeks from Thursday?” Two weeks??? I’m exaggerating, but it’s never, ever same say service.

I tip him pretty good every time, hoping to become a preferred customer, but evidently everyone else is tipping heavily as well, because it never goes any faster for me.

He probably does a little more electricity than is legal (he doesn’t go near the breaker box, though, I don’t mean that), but my point js, there is no such thing as too many guys that know electricity. Not around here. And it’s just word of mouth and a cell phone — no website. Wife helps him when he needs someone to hold a flashlight or steady a ladder. I pay him by check and what happens after that is between him and the IRS.

What does “work time credit” mean? I guess you have to have supervised experience to get the license, like an apprenticeship?

on May 31, 2021

Same day I mean

on June 1, 2021

Effectively that’s what it means. Look it up in your local community college catalog and it requires something like 800 hours work experience a semester (4 years, 8 semesters) to get the license. I’m not really afraid of the box myself and I’m decently handy in my own house. I’d love to expand into commercial work, particularly PLCs which are very similar to the engine controllers I’ve been involved with my entire adult life, but my company keeps hiring H1B electrical engineers from Islamabad University for some reason (they work cheap is probably a big part of it). I guess theoretically I could teach myself and just take my shot with a test, but I still think there’s a time employed requirement.

Which all means, just like trying to turn my experience and education into a teaching career, that I’d have to shoot myself in the head for several years in order to just help someone else out.

Chalk it all up to modern policy that protects us all from ourselves.

on June 1, 2021

Holy mackerel, Texas requires 4000 hours of OJT to sit for the journey man license. That’s a 2 year apprenticeship working full time. I don’t see reference to college credit….

on June 1, 2021

Right. But you can also do a community college program that will wrap the work requirements into the cirriculum.

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