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  • Iowa #1603
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    Front row with goatee

    SHU............yep I do enjoy it. The entire department is fun to work with

  • Ratatatat
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    Originally posted by L-1 View Post
    People do unpredictable stuff in retirement.

    One of my doctors was a Professor of mathematics for many years at a state university. He retired, went to medical school and became a dermatologist. He just retired for a second time.
    PhD in math, then med school. That's a lot of school....

    BUT you're absolutely right. Retirement doesn't always mean golf and fishing everyday. For some, it means doing what they always wanted to do. I remember my 8th grade science teacher was a meat butcher for 30 years, retired and went to college, became a teacher in his mid 50s, then worked another 20 years. And I have a childhood friend who got a bachelors/masters in engineering, worked in the auto industry for 20 years, then went to bible school. Now he's a pastor at a mega-church. Follow your dream...

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  • Ratatatat
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    Lemme guess- that's you in the middle.!

  • SHU
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    You seem to enjoy what your doing. Whatever I end up doing I hope I enjoy it as much as you.

  • Iowa #1603
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    This is our "over the hill gang"

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Something wrong

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Jim1648 View Post

    -Court security for a local sheriff's office. (Often Part Time)

    -Get a state job for another pension. (Often investigative related, but sometimes traffic safety related. Often related to a specialty learned in pre-retirement work.)
    I had to wait 4 months after "retirement" in order to start my job with the sheriff's office because the job is covered by the same retirement system that I am getting a check from each month. They have a rule about the 4 month lay off.

    I have almost 8 yrs on the SECOND pension account with Iowa IPERS...................When I hang up THIS uniform the pension system will cut me a check for whatever the full amount of my benefit is rather than figure a new second pension . CASH.......

    Originally posted by Jim1648 View Post
    Well, at the risk of pointing out the obvious, when you get to the point of retirement, and then go back to a post-retirement job, you really ought to do something that you like to do. If you "have a fire in your belly" for it, better yet.
    I ran into a former coworker from my prison job yesterday when I was still in uniform. He retired a couple years after I did as a Major. He reminded me that retirement means not working......................I told him that I was doing something that I really enjoyed & I just wasn't ready to stop working & if I was going to work I was going to do something that was fun.

    I really do work with a great group of guy/gals in the Sheriff's Office...................my division is all retired LEO's Between the 5 of us we have about 180 yrs of service in Corrections or LE............I retired as a Lieutenant, 1 retired as a Sgt, 1 retired as a deputy but was also an Army Reserve Major. One retired as a Prison Counselor Supervisor and the last retired as Police officer but was an Iowa National Guard Command Sgt Major


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  • Jim1648
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    Well, at the risk of pointing out the obvious, when you get to the point of retirement, and then go back to a post-retirement job, you really ought to do something that you like to do. If you "have a fire in your belly" for it, better yet.

    I know a number of retired cops. A few of the more common cop related retirement jobs are:

    -Airport Police(Part Time) MSP MAC has folks that work a four on/eight off schedule. Essentially they are near the TSA check points.

    -Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Division. (Full Time)

    -Court Security Officer for United States Marshals Service. (Often starts PT with the option to go FT.)

    -Court security for a local sheriff's office. (Often Part Time)

    -Get a state job for another pension. (Often investigative related, but sometimes traffic safety related. Often related to a specialty learned in pre-retirement work.)

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  • Ratatatat
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    I live in a state that's gone craft beer crazy. It's a beautiful thing.

    Microbreweries are as ubiquitous as Subways. Almost every town has at least one. Some have several. My little town of 5,000 doesn't (yet).

    There's an abandoned auto shop across from the hardware store for sale. Old brick building that's seen better days and would need some serious work but still has lots of character.

    When I saw the local realtor recently posted it with signs saying "Great Microbrewery Location!", my wheels started turning....

    Ratatatat Brewing Co.

    Get a SBA loan. Fix up the old building. Install the brewing vats and a tasting area. Hire some hipsters who work at competitor breweries to make the swill.

    I think it will have an 80s vibe. Will have lots of cultural references to the decade of fun, and a bunch of artifacts for people to admire like a Sony Walkman, an Apple II computer, and a VCR machine. 80s history must be preserved and enjoyed but there's reason why a museum can't offer suds and snacks, is there?

    The music will be a mix of 80s metal and 80s Nu Wave. From AC/DC to the Violent Femmes and everything in between.

    Even some old school rap. LL Cool J. Run DMC. Biz Markie. Just no 90s music. Any employee who asks to listen to Limp Bizkit and Korn gets terminated immediately.

    I don't think I'd have a full restaurant. I have no interest in running a kitchen. I just want to make beer. But there will be more to eat than just chips and nuts. Probably would offer little trays with stuffed olives and smelly cheeses and fancy meats. Maybe some wild game jerky. Finger food that meshes good with craft beer.

    And the beer would be different than what most microbreweries offer. Instead of IPAs and stouts and porters, I'd focus more on lighter, less hoppy beers. And more sour beers, like the many gose styles. Wild concoctions with crazy ingredients, like an Icelandic moss, spruce tips and coriander Leipzig gose. Or a sea salt, melon rind and cucumber kettle sour. Hopefully I wouldn't drink it all and there'd be some left to sell....




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  • SHU
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    Originally posted by hpclayto View Post
    I've thought about doing the RN thing too. Always had an interest in medicine/EMS, runs in my family. Good money and a 3 day work week sound pretty good to me! I'v also always wanted to be pilot, starting working on my license recently.
    I'd also love to be a pilot but the cost for the training and the awful schedule when your first starting out eliminates that option for me.

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  • hpclayto
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    I've thought about doing the RN thing too. Always had an interest in medicine/EMS, runs in my family. Good money and a 3 day work week sound pretty good to me! I'v also always wanted to be pilot, starting working on my license recently.

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  • L-1
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    People do unpredictable stuff in retirement.

    One of my doctors was a Professor of mathematics for many years at a state university. He retired, went to medical school and became a dermatologist. He just retired for a second time.

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  • SHU
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    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post

    You're not the first person to mention becoming a RN after retirement. I have a friend who's chief of a 200 officer department, close to retirement, planning on becoming a RN when he hands in his paperwork.

    QUESTION: what's the attraction? Four more years of schooling then 40 hours a week of what? I'll tell you what: bedpans and IVs and nads hanging out of medical gowns. Plus, I've spent more than a few nights in hospitals recently (family members under care) and it seems like RNs are the PFCs of the medical world.... doctors don't seem to give them much respect, and neither do the patients. I simply don't get why anyone would want to transition to nursing after 25 years of dealing with blood and teeth on the asphalt and body fluids from only God knows where....
    I guess intellectual curiosity. When I went to college back in the early 90s I wanted to be a doctor. Things were going well until I got an organic chemistry class on Tuesday morning that interfered with my margarita Monday nights, so that was that. I still enjoy reading about medical stuff and listen to doctor radio on Sirius every morning driving to work. lol They get paid well and can work a 3/12 week. And I kind of look forward to the idea of going back to school. I think I'd be much better at it as a grown up. And the blood and stuff doesn't bother me.

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  • reils49
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    That’s my retirement plan. I find yard work, fire wood splitting, and planting trees and flowers very relaxing.

  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post

    You're not the first person to mention becoming a RN after retirement. I have a friend who's chief of a 200 officer department, close to retirement, planning on becoming a RN when he hands in his paperwork.
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    I know a crap load of ex cops who are RN's and EMT/Paramedics

    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
    QUESTION: what's the attraction? Four more years of schooling then 40 hours a week of what?
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    You can get an Associate Degree RN in less than 2 yrs...............

    Many if not most larger hospitals have "Weekend" packages where you work 30 or so hours over a weekend and get paid for a full time job in the 60k price range

    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
    like RNs are the PFCs of the medical world.... doctors don't seem to give them much respect, and neither do the patients.
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    I totally disagree.

    Most doctors respect the nurses who REALLY take care of the patients. ESPECIALLY in the ER or ICU areas where the RN's are specialists

    Most of the cops I know work in the Critical Care areas like ICU ER OR etc
    Last edited by Iowa #1603; 12-21-2018, 04:26 PM.

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