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Miguel wrote:
Jess, It's Nov 1. You pull the plug? Miguel
… He must not have bought WiFi on the plane…

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Miguel wrote:
Jess, It's Nov 1. You pull the plug? Miguel
November 11th is my last day.
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The biggest downside of retirement is the loss of a good reliable copier.
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Ah well ... then it's different ...
I don't know why but I have a feeling that you are sad about the approach of that day.
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Topolino wrote:
The biggest downside of retirement is the loss of a good reliable copier.
With 60 € you buy an HP inkjet multifunction, for home use is more than enough.
Rather... he will miss the machine for hot drinks and snacks.
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With 60 € you buy an HP inkjet multifunction, for home use is more than enough.
Rather... he will miss the machine for hot drinks and snacks.
There are a few things I will miss. The copy machine is probably not one of them.

I will miss the actual campus, as the landscaping around the buildings where I work are designed for walking, with hundreds (thousands?) of mature trees, lots of meandering walkways, and plenty of native fauna.

I will miss the cafeteria, which is actually quite good, with a broad variety of selections of cuisine from around the world. When I'm not at work, I am often at a loss for what to do for lunch.

I will miss the paycheck, of course. Having a steady income for 30 straight years is an increasingly rare luxury, and I've been extraordinary lucky in that regard.

Most of all, I will miss the people that I've worked with for many years, and the spirit and camaraderie that comes from working toward shared goals.
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I feel a i'm lucky to live in one of the very best places, San Diego. I am 55 minutes to my cabin on Mount Laguna, 20 minutes to the beach, and 20 minutes to Balboa Park or the theater, and have Vespa Motorsport, a great dealer 15 minutes away.
For your retirement there are many things to consider: what do you like to do, theater, exercise, medical care, being away from close friends and relatives.
I have two friends who became expats, and one was back within a year. Learning a foreign language wasn't as easy as she thought, and she dearly missed her friends and relatives. Luckily, she had leased her home, not sold it, so it was easy to come back. She has decided to lease a home in different areas for a month each year. The other friends seem to be enjoying their new adventure, but we'll see.
I have traveled extensively in Western Europe and find the rolling hills and small towns of France beautiful, but, I also speak some French. I have also scootered through Normandy, Brittany, and the Dordogne.
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I feel a i'm lucky to live in one of the very best places, San Diego.
Average temperature 73 degrees year round. I lived in San Diego and Chula Vista when the revitalization of the downtown area began and it was becoming a nice downtown destination. They were clearing out the porn shops South of Broadway and making Horton Plaza a safe place to walk at night.

I understand that has changed and that now the city spends a major portion of the budget pressure washing and sanitizing the sidewalks.
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Portuguese is also fairly hard -- significantly harder than Spanish. If all we had to do was become fluent in Spanish, I would be elated. But no.
What I found is that it's not harder to learn so much as it is difficult to access instruction in the US, and it is a lot harder for an English or Spanish speaker to pronounce a lot of the words. There are significantly fewer irregular verbs than Spanish, so once you figure out how to conjugate a verb, you can conjugate just about any verb. The issues someone who wants to live in Portugal will face in learning to speak Portuguese is that there aren't as many native speakers, except on the Northern seaboard, not as much broadcast TV, and just about all instruction past the basics is taught in the carioca accent. If you do find someone in the US who does speak Portuguese and is not from Brazil, they are more than likely going to have an Azorean accent. I can't think of a single advanced course offered in Continental Portuguese. Fortunately, Brazil and Portugal actively try to keep the spelling of words consistent, so if you do master Brazilian Portuguese, you will usually know what the written words convey, even if you have no idea what the sounds are coming out of the speaker's mouth.
One recommendation I would make is to get a course like the Pimsleur 90 day course, if you haven't already. The older you get, the harder it is to learn and speak another language, and retain vocabulary.
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English must be very easy for an Italian ... but if an Englishman comes to Italy an Italian will also understand it by gestures because we have the gift of "empathic understanding" since we are a linguistic minority.

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Attila wrote:
English must be very easy for an Italian ... but if an Englishman comes to Italy an Italian will also understand it by gestures because we have the gift of "empathic understanding" since we are a linguistic minority.
That reminds me of an experience a friend of mine had in Italy...
She was probably in her late 30's or early 40's and decided that she needed to get more involved with her Italian heritage. So she took a year of Italian language instruction in anticipation of a trip to Italy. She finally flew over to Italy and was having a great time exercising her new language and at one point she was looking for a store or something and realized she needed to ask directions. She spotted a carabiniere standing on the corner and walked over. She was only a little over 5 feet tall and he was surely over 6 feet. So she looks up at him with his arms crossed across his chest, and in her best Italian, she asked him for the directions. She said he smiled, looked down at her, and said "Speak English!"
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Oh yes, for some years our police and carabinieri have been invited to take English language courses for a better professional qualification.
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