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Old 26th August 2012, 05:12 PM   #31
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jean-paul, thanks.
it seems every day there is some talk of cancer this or cancer that. tv, radio, newspaper magazines etc. There are the hot ones, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer etc, a few years ago when almost everybody smoked, lung cancer was the hot topic. Kidney cancer is one of those funny ones that has no screening. Nobody looks for or tests for it. If it's found early, it's by accident and generally the survival rate is 90% or better. If found a bit later (3-5) years when symptoms start to appear and not ignored, survival is around 80%. Once it starts to leave the kidney things aren't so good. I am in the 80% catagory.

My clock is ticking a bit faster now and I have been motivated to finish some projects that I was thinking about for a while. One is a peamp based on OPC's headphone amp, and the other is some party speakers for my son (dual 15's and 24 inch EV horn). I will post some pics hear in a bit.
Next is a stereo amp using OPC's lme49830 lateral mosfet boards.
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Old 26th August 2012, 07:15 PM   #32
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Retirement?????WHAZZZAT!

Seriously I wanted to retire at 50....well the 2000 stock market cured that thought. 55 came and went. I kept getting calls from "financial planners" that all wanted to tell me how to lose the rest of my retirement money, provided I give them some of it. The question often asked was "When do you plan to retire?" My answer used to be "Somewhere between 5 minutes and 5 years, the choice won't be mine" since we had a layoff every year for the last 11 years. Well those 5 years have passed, 60 is two months away, and we aren't laying off anymore. Now what??????? Do I walk away from a 6 figure salary in a job that I like? NFW, I might be blonde but I'm not stupid! So when do I retire......

My grandfather retired at age 82 when he sold his company. He died a year later since he had nothing left to live for. My father retired in his early 50's, but sat around doing nothing until that was all he could do. He also died at 83 but couldn't get off the couch for his last few years. I want to beat the 83 number. It seems that the extremes are not good, I'll aim for somewhere in the middle.

Either way I have had far too many of my friends pass on already. Many abused and neglected their bodies until it was too late. Some also fell into serious bad habits. I think a wise old person needs to challenge their mind and body daily. I plan to stay in shape, and keep working on my projects until I can't. One thing for sure, even after I got rid of tens of thousands, I still have enough tubes to blow up a couple a day for the rest of my life!
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Old 26th August 2012, 07:43 PM   #33
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I had to take early retirement a few years ago but now being 4 years post op[heart surgery] and in the past year having been to the funerals of two ex work colleagues of a similar age I consider myself lucky to have been given a second chance even if the pension isn't all it could be.Lots of projects from this site to work on and I can go cycling again.
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Old 26th August 2012, 09:11 PM   #34
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I had always planned to retire at 92 (seriously). I retired at 51 and couldn't stand it. Back at work now and happy.
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Old 29th August 2012, 02:52 AM   #35
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Old 29th August 2012, 03:38 AM   #36
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Hmmmm
A mate ( Engineer ) once gave this definition of a consultant.
"Some-one called in at the last moment to share the blame"
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Old 29th August 2012, 03:44 AM   #37
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Getting old sucks. I've lost way too many friends in the last few years. One was found setting in his car on Sunday afternoon with his church clothes on ready to go. Dropped dead. His wife was out of town. Church members went by when they couldn't reach him. Non smoker, non drinker, yada, yada, yada....

Lost two to liver cancer. It goes fast. Again, no bad habits that could be causal.

Statistics only apply to large groups of people. For individuals it is a roll of the dice in the cosmic crap game.

That said, I still walk at lunch time when I can, etc.

I rode a bike for exercise for years but a Mazda MX-6 took care of that.
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Old 29th August 2012, 04:01 AM   #38
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Getting old sucks. .

I rode a bike for exercise for years but a Mazda MX-6 took care of that.
Bought one or creamed by one??
It happens, I still haven't got back on a pushbike and I was knocked off years ago, I blame my wife; she has a nice Renault Megane that is fun to drive.

Consultants joke (bad one) "If civil engineers build bridges what do rude ones do?"
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Old 29th August 2012, 05:05 AM   #39
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I am getting a bit weird about the "Liver Cancer" thing. Its all i seem to hear lately and I probably have a good potential. perhaps a trip to the doctor? I feel fine,I am fit, but that doesnt seem to matter.
My retirement plan will probably involve cheap warm third world country i suspect, hopefully with tasty food and attractive locals
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Old 29th August 2012, 05:55 AM   #40
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if you have a history of cancer that runs in your family, better see the doctor on a periodic basis, cancers are not know to manifest severe symptoms till it is late in the day....so screening/testing for cancer is a prudent thing to do....
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