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cortezattic

Preferred Member
Nov 19, 2009
14,704
1,751
Chicago, IL
I start my day with my pipe, a fresh pot of coffee, and the newspaper. After that I have a leisurely breakfast, followed by another bowl of tobacco. Then I guess I have 5 or 6 more bowls throughout the rest of the day. In retirement my biggest decisions are what pipes to use with which tobaccos. Retirement is good. I hope everybody has a chance to experience it.

 

mso489

Preferred Member
Feb 21, 2013
26,680
1,058
I was always busy at work and had a lot going on, and a busy life otherwise. Retirement only picked up the pace. Partly, my wife's health and mobility problems caused lots of needed tasks and activities. But even otherwise, I think having more options and planning for each day just made life even more busy. On a job, I had many things on automatic pilot part of the time. I could move from task to task in a dependable way. This is more varied and demanding usually. Pipewise, I don't smoke a lot more, nor do I have more time to smoke, but I have taken more interest in it, and it has been good to smooth the rough spots and have an excuse to sit down and check in with myself and get in touch with my own thoughts. I smoke about the same, but I rely on it somewhat more.

 

warren

Preferred Member
Sep 13, 2013
7,545
416
I couldn't possibly smoke more nor, enjoy it more than when I worked at my career. I've been retired from my career since 1986. Now I can work at what I like and make as little or as much money as I wish.
When I had a career, smoking was still socially permissible in the office and my G-ride. So, nothing changed in that respect. I'm actually smoking less as it is no longer permitted on planes, in rental cars, restaurants, hotels, etc. So, I'm saving a bit of money also. My self-employment operation permits me to spend most of my time out of doors, when not traveling, where smoking is, for the most part, permitted.
I enjoy smoking as much now as I did then or I'd quit my wee vice and save a few thousand a year. It is an expensive exercise.

 

tuold

Preferred Member
Oct 15, 2013
2,115
18
Beaverton,Oregon
I actually smoke less than when I was working because now I don't have to cram my recreation time between work and other responsibilities. the pipes are always there whenever I feel like a special moment. In fact, right now seems like a good time.

 

ray47

Preferred Member
Jul 10, 2015
1,238
129
Not only has my pipe smoking increased since I retired in 2009, but also my pipe & tobacco purchasing. I guess I have more time now to window shop.

 

cossackjack

Preferred Member
Oct 31, 2014
832
17
Evergreen, Colorado
Retired April 1, 2014. Never looked back. Have not worn a watch or tie since then (except at #1 son's wedding).

More time for chores & smoking, exclusively outside.

More time to rehabilitate estate pipes for personal use or resale; less PAD (though if I sell enough of the stable, I could buy a few higher-end burners).

Less frequent TAD, though still filling-out the cellar.

Overall expenditures, including TAD & PAD, greatly curtailed.

 

puffy

Preferred Member
Dec 24, 2010
2,443
6
North Carolina
I worked for one of the so called big three auto companies In 1994 I got 30 years in I was 52 years old.They wanted to reduce their number of workers.They told me that if I would retire they would pay my pension and social security until I was 62.I grabbed it.I could smoke at work so I probably smoke about the same know as then.I made sure that I had plenty of pipes before I retired so now I only have to concern myself with tobacco.The not so good thing is that in the 23 years that I've been retired the price of that tobacco in some cases has more than doubled..Retirement is great I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it.

 

gloucesterman

Preferred Member
Jan 4, 2015
1,860
1
Massachusetts
I don't think I smoke more or less but the pace of life has certainly changed and because of that reduction in "to do" responsibilities I am relaxed and enjoy it more. I wake some mornings not sure what day it is and go to bed those nights not having bothered to find out. It just doesn't matter anymore, every day is a holiday!

 

didache

Senior Member
Feb 11, 2017
481
0
London, England
I retire on Jan 31st next year .. so only 5 months to go! I am already getting demob happy, as we say in the UK.
As I smoke at home, I don't actually foresee much change in my smoking habits. I have a little stash put away (approaching 18 months worth on current consumption) so I am content.
Mike

 

newbroom

Preferred Member
Jul 11, 2014
5,494
23
I've been retired for 4 yrs due to health and age. I retired a yr before my maximum SS benefits would be in effect, at the age of 65, a non smoker.

I had had a love/hate relationship with tobacco since I was 12 or 13.

For most of my smoking 'life' I've smoked non filters, and RYO.

About a yr into retirement, I really hit bottom physically and emotionally and went back to smoking. Within a few months I'd become tired of not being happy with what was almost a necessary evil, once again.

I had always thought that inhaling the burnt paper was not something that enhanced the experience and it DAWNED on me to try smoking my RYO from a corn cob. This worked for a month or so, maybe less, and I found this website.

Amen.

My most recent 'discovery' is so obvious as to be embarrassing.

I smoke mostly indoor, and with the windows closed. I have been changing the a/c filters monthly, but the air still seemed smoky and after 3 yrs, I bought a large room air cleaner! My air has been much cleaner as a result.

So, my pipe smoking actually began after I retired.

My health has improved and I enjoy smoking a variety of tobaccos and pipes.

 

cosmicbobo

Preferred Member
May 11, 2017
659
0
Mine has been off and on all my life. 4 pack a day Pall Mall for some years. Then it was 20 cigars and a lot of chaw. Pipe smoking mixed in between. Had not seriously smoked since 95 when I woke up in a Tunica Casino Hotel, hungover with cigar smoke all over my insides and outsides. Picked up some months ago as my pain meds don't work that well. Pipe smoking makes me forget it, and the nic hit actually does help with the pain. So, I smoke early, often (until the wife hits me with the spatula), and with my MD's blessing.

 

newbroom

Preferred Member
Jul 11, 2014
5,494
23
We don't mention the word often enough, because it seems to be so generalized but STRESS is a killer and for many of us, pipes and tobacco, together, help us ward off its ravages.

 

cosmicbobo

Preferred Member
May 11, 2017
659
0
Yes, you nailed it. Why should we be stressed when we're retired? Oh, we get some bill on a Friday after hours that Medicare didn't pay and our balls are frosted until Monday when we can speak to someone. The little inanities of life pile up at this stage, so a good bowl of gruel for the tummy and a bowl of tobacco for the soul seems to help.

 

pappymac

Preferred Member
Feb 26, 2015
1,842
31
I tried retirement once after 21 years in the military. Found I'd much rather be able to pay my bills, buy what I want when I want, and eat and drink when I want. Now, 24 years later, I work for myself at home and pretty much smoke my pipe when I want to smoke my pipe. I will turn 65 in January but plan to continue working until I can draw my full Social Security allowance without being penalized for working.
It helps that I work at home on my computer and make as much working 28-30 hours a week as I did when I was working 60-80 hours a week.

 

papipeguy

Preferred Member
Jul 31, 2010
15,799
7
Bethlehem, Pa.
Oh, yes. The best thing about retirement is doing nothing, however, it turns out that you're never done doing nothing. It's a first world problem but I deal with it.

 

mcitinner1

Preferred Member
Apr 5, 2014
4,045
3
Missouri
OOOH YEAAAH... Stress was a huge part of my job, and though I miss the guys I worked with... I don't miss the job at all. I can sleep if I want to now. 8O :mrgreen: :rofl:

 

zitotczito

Preferred Member
Aug 12, 2014
1,086
3
Been retired since 05/2016 and have not looked back. I miss some of the people I worked with but like mcitinner1 I don't miss the job. Time does seem to pass quickly and I seem to be very busy not doing anything.

 
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