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How might it be changed?
No idea. It's really up to the maker of the car stereo / entertainment system.
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My wife's 2018 Subaru Outback's radio comes on every time the car is started.

And it won't let you turn it off or reduce the volume for several seconds.

Who in the world ever thought that was a good idea?

How might it be changed?

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Re-wire its supply.
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My wife's 2018 Subaru Outback's radio comes on every time the car is started.

And it won't let you turn it off or reduce the volume for several seconds.

Who in the world ever thought that was a good idea?

How might it be changed?

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My 1989 Volvo 240 never has problems like that.

Hey, cut me some slack. It's a very rare occasion I get to brag about the problems my Reagan era car doesn't have.
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I've managed to cross two things off my list today, and it's still too early to open a celebratory beer.
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I've managed to cross two things off my list today, and it's still too early to open a celebratory beer.
Put day drinking on your list, open a beer, then check it off.
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Put day drinking on your list, open a beer, then check it off.
I like the cut of your jib, sir!
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I like the cut of your jib, sir!
Drinking rum before 10:00am doesn't make you an alcoholic ... it makes you a pirate.

Um, so I've heard.
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Drinking rum before 10:00am doesn't make you an alcoholic ... it makes you a pirate.

Um, so I've heard.
Words to live by. Aaarrrrr there, matey!
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I've managed to cross two things off my list today, and it's still too early to open a celebratory beer.
After 11am? The sun's over the yardarm, get your rum ration!
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Seriously though - it's a 'thing'. Back in the day, at work, we'd all go round to the pub next door to have lunch, with a pint or two. This is NOT a good idea for an everyday habit when retired...
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Seriously though - it's a 'thing'. Back in the day, at work, we'd all go round to the pub next door to have lunch, with a pint or two. This is NOT a good idea for an everyday habit when retired...
And probably an even worse idea for us working people to do every day.
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After 11am? The sun's over the yardarm, get your rum ration!
You might want to adjust your settings (since the forum software is too stupid to do it for you).
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One thing I've noticed as I've grown older; it seems I have to trim my nails more often. Make sure to schedule that into your regular retirement itinerary!
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One thing I've noticed as I've grown older; it seems I have to trim my nails more often. Make sure to schedule that into your regular retirement itinerary!
Weird, I'm other way around on nails.
However my eyebrows, nose and ear hair growth spur has gone beyond control!
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Seriously though - it's a 'thing'. Back in the day, at work, we'd all go round to the pub next door to have lunch, with a pint or two. This is NOT a good idea for an everyday habit when retired...
The first job I had we often had 2 pints at lunch. I imagine it is hard to find this practice now. Maybe some parts of the City.
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Seriously though - it's a 'thing'. Back in the day, at work, we'd all go round to the pub next door to have lunch, with a pint or two. This is NOT a good idea for an everyday habit when retired...
Perfect for retirement? A 2 o'clock nap?
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My wife's 2018 Subaru Outback's radio comes on every time the car is started.

And it won't let you turn it off or reduce the volume for several seconds.

Who in the world ever thought that was a good idea?

How might it be changed?

Bill
my 2017 has the same but if you press and hold the power/volume button it turns the whole thing off and remembers that it's off. took me 4 years to figure that out...
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Seriously though - it's a 'thing'. Back in the day, at work, we'd all go round to the pub next door to have lunch, with a pint or two. This is NOT a good idea for an everyday habit when retired...
I've always been a fan of James Herriot's books and more recently Peter Robinson's "Banks" series.

My takeaway was that Brits are just always drunk and hide it well.
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I've always been a fan of James Herriot's books and more recently Peter Robinson's "Banks" series.

My takeaway was that Brits are just always drunk and hide it well.
yes, well...
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/14/tipsy-at-30000ft-its-the-british-way
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Update: I spent the first Monday of my retirement mostly watching YouTube.

Note to self: you can do better.
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Weird, I'm other way around on nails.
However my eyebrows, nose and ear hair growth spur has gone beyond control!
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I am the same, which might actually be unusual for software engineering. To create a new piece of complex software (or to understand an existing piece) I have to load the entire machine into my imagination and see how the various parts mesh. And if I lose focus, the machine vanishes and I have to re-load it.

When I describe this to my fellow software engineers, they kind of tilt their head and look at me funny, so I guess I learned code differently.
Very similar here! Technically my background is math/compsci. Did you also have a rough time when you had to work with someone else's code? I imagine it was harder for you to avoid there.
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Very similar here! Technically my background is math/compsci. Did you also have a rough time when you had to work with someone else's code? I imagine it was harder for you to avoid there.
I think that's probably universal. I don't know many programmers who relish working on someone else's code. It's always more challenging to understand, especially if one is unfamiliar with their coding style or organizational approach.
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I think that's probably universal. I don't know many programmers who relish working on someone else's code. It's always more challenging to understand, especially if one is unfamiliar with their coding style or organizational approach.
I agree 100%!
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Retirement is really interesting. I loved my career in the concrete industry and the challenges it brought on an almost daily basis. I retired earlier than I anticipated, I intended to go to exactly 20 years with my last employer but that didn't work out. I thought I would miss the daily interaction with such a diverse range of people. However, I don't miss it at all. It seems strange but I have moved on in life. I now work in my retirement doing what all 18 year old males (and these days all 18 year olds) thought was their dream job when I was that age, driving other people's cars. Now I get to drive fine generally German vehicles. Everything from the funny little Up! by VW through to an Audi R8. Now I wonder how I ever found time for my concrete career.
Make sure that list gets a bit longer Jess, cross at least one off a day and you have made progress. Also remember, the sun is over the yardarm somewhere in the world whatever time it is where you are. 🥃🥃
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my 2017 has the same but if you press and hold the power/volume button it turns the whole thing off and remembers that it's off. took me 4 years to figure that out...
Thank you, Patrick!

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I think that's probably universal. I don't know many programmers who relish working on someone else's code. It's always more challenging to understand, especially if one is unfamiliar with their coding style or organizational approach.
My department is two people; myself and my 3rd shift programmer. We write code to guide a $250K machine to measure fixtures for automotive parts. The fixtures are sometimes the size of sofas and weigh 500+lbs, and some of our tolerances are ±0.05.

We program the machine to move elegantly around the fixtures and measure points and features and generating certification reports.

People don't understand why when my shift starts and Greg's ends he takes the fixture he's working off the machine and I begin working on a different one. We don't work on each other's programs because we program differently. It isn't as if we couldn't figure it out, but that takes time. And if we make a misstep we could crash a machine that may cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.

I turned down a job because part of the requirements were fixing the previous programmer's code. I didn't feel like owning someone else's mistakes.
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People don't understand why when my shift starts and Greg's ends he takes the fixture he's working off the machine and I begin working on a different one. We don't work on each other's programs because we program differently. It isn't as if we couldn't figure it out, but that takes time. And if we make a misstep we could crash a machine that may cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
Writing code that goes into the deep recesses of macOS is similarly nerve-wracking. If my code causes a kernel panic, it crashes millions of computers. Per day.

Yes, it's happened.
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I think that's probably universal. I don't know many programmers who relish working on someone else's code. It's always more challenging to understand, especially if one is unfamiliar with their coding style or organizational approach.
That's pretty much why I went down the research route as I get to do a lot of bluesky stuff in whatever programming language I fancy that day. Of course most of it goes in the bin at the end Razz emoticon
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That's pretty much why I went down the research route as I get to do a lot of bluesky stuff in whatever programming language I fancy that day. Of course most of it goes in the bin at the end Razz emoticon
You say that like it's bad thing. No worries about long term maintenance Laughing emoticon
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Writing code that goes into the deep recesses of macOS is similarly nerve-wracking. If my code causes a kernel panic, it crashes millions of computers. Per day.

Yes, it's happened.
I know that stress in a different way. I write code that goes in manufacturing equipment used by the automotive industry. If it fails and causing tooling to break, it can cause a production stoppage resulting in a production stoppage. If (when) that happens there are HUGE penalties in involved. Needless to say, QA and testing is a very important part of what we do, but, bugs do slip through sometimes, and those are usually the hardest ones to find and fix.
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Congratulations Jess!

I walked away from 27 years at my company back in 2012, mostly to take care of aging parents. I never considered it retirement, more like a shift to other part time endeavors. Lots has happened since then. I too make lists, they rarely get all checked off. I never seen to have the time, I don't know how I did it working full time, I naively expected to have so much time on my hands when I quit.

I hope you have a blast. Cheers!
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I never seen to have the time, I don't know how I did it working full time, I naively expected to have so much time on my hands when I quit.
I've heard this from other people who have been retired for a while. It's a strange phenomenon and I'm still trying to get my head around it. I'm still in the what-just-happened transition phase, though, so I don't have a clear picture yet for myself.
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I'm anxiously awaiting a quarterly update—not that you promised any such thing. But I'm really curious how things are going for you. How's that list progressing? Portugal plans? Portuguese?—oof! Have you successfully kept circling head-hunters at bay?
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I'm anxiously awaiting a quarterly update—not that you promised any such thing. But I'm really curious how things are going for you. How's that list progressing? Portugal plans? Portuguese?—oof! Have you successfully kept circling head-hunters at bay?
Seems like a reasonable time for an update.

The most stressful part of retirement so far has been getting the COBRA stuff activated -- it took a while to get the enrollment package, and then it took what seemed like an eternity to actually get it activated. It took almost two months (from my last day of work) before I officially had health coverage again. Everyone promised seven ways until Sunday that it would be retroactive, and that there would be no actual gaps in the coverage. And eventually, that was true. But in the meantime, my wife and I spent a lot of time sweating bullets because we weren't officially covered.

Other than that, it's been fairly uneventful. I have a list of tasks I'd like to accomplish, and I feel like I am successful if I cross one thing off per day. Some days I don't cross anything off. Some days I cross multiple things off. I'm trying to be relaxed about it. Ultimately there's no urgency to most of the things on my list -- they could get done tomorrow, or next year, and it wouldn't be a big deal. Knowing that there isn't any urgency has had a fairly calming effect on me, and reduced my stress levels. That's good.

About a month into retirement, I noticed something interesting. Or, more precisely, I noticed the absence of something: that Sunday-evening angst that I had been experiencing for, oh, 30-odd years. That pit you feel in your stomach when Sunday rolls around, knowing that on Monday, you're going to have to face [_insert_gnarly_problem_here_].

It was just... gone. Poof!

On the other hand, in talking to my mother about retirement (she's been retired for some time now) she said "Monday's don't exist, and every day is Saturday!" But I don't think that's actually quite right. For me, at least, the special joy of Saturday -- waking up and knowing I don't have to go to work -- is also gone. Saturday has ceased to be special. So it's more like "Every day is Wednesday!"

Or something.

One of the things that has occupied an inordinate amount of my time since retiring has been, strangely enough, Minecraft. I've been playing on and off for years (since beta) but would often stop playing for 2-3 years at a time, and then return to it for a while, then get bored and wander away again. My brother asked me to set up a multiplayer group server for him, his two college-age kids, and myself. It's been surprisingly entertaining. I've never played multiplayer Minecraft before, and it's a much different experience than single player.

Our visa applications have been submitted to the Portuguese government, and we are now just waiting. It could be 3-4 months before we get an answer.

I'm just starting to dig into Portuguese online courses, and it's slow. We watch a lot of Portugal-related YouTube, though, and so we are at least gaining a sense of what's happening in the country, what some of the customs and conventions are, and so on. We're also perusing the real estate market, trying to get a sense of how much things really cost (which varies wildly by location, as you'd expect).

We're still at least several months from a trip across The Atlantic. Covid is still a thorny issue, and Portugal has only recently peaked -- they're still showing a higher per-capita case rate than the US.

In the mean time, we are content to bide our time and continue doing our research.
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jess wrote:
On the other hand,…For me, at least, the special joy of Saturday -- waking up and knowing I don't have to go to work -- is also gone. Saturday has ceased to be special. So it's more like "Every day is Wednesday!"

Or something.
Interesting take. With the current semi-post-COVID workload my job feels like the rough equivalent of making license plates… and parole is still 2 1/2 years away.

I could take a everlasting Wednesday.

Glad to hear your retirement is building on a positive trajectory.

Chris from CLE
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