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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671318179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671318178
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 10.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 25 2000
Format: Paperback
Many humorous books are funny because they make up things that cause us to laugh at others. The best humor is that which causes us to laugh at ourselves. This book falls into the latter category.
For a humor book, it has an unusual format: a series of about one hundred questions and answers concerning aspects of retirement. Each q and a is a page, and there are some humorous illustrations to go with some of the q and a's.
What I liked was that the better q and a's mirrored things that my retired friends have said to me.
"Q: What amazes most new retirees?
A: They're so busy now, they don't know how they ever had time for work."
This seems to be true because retirees find so many interesting things to do, and more time to do them.
Here is one to think about:
"Q: What are the greatest perks of retirement?
A: Running errands in the middle of the day and never standing in line."
You can organize your day to be much more efficient by picking the times to do things when everyone else is at work.
As you can imagine, there are the inevitable jokes about how many retirees it takes to change a light bulb, and other familiar gags.
I felt that the message of the book transcended the humor to actually make me think more realistically about retirement.
People who are retired might see this book as poking fun at them. People who are about to retire would see it as an object lesson. I recommend it for the latter.
Most potential retirees would probably not buy this book for themselves, so you should give it to them as a gift. Then, a nice thing to do would be to have a friendly conversation about retirement plans with the person you gave the book to. That would allow for a greater chance that the book's message will sink in: Retirement can be the best time of your life, but you have to get organized to take advantage of that.
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One more surprise for my husband while he starts his countdown to retirement.. :)
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Good clean humor
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Gag gift for someone that just retired. Okay price, delivery was fast
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fdc10f0) out of 5 stars 108 reviews
74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fde9b34) out of 5 stars A Great Gift for Those about to Retire! June 25 2000
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many humorous books are funny because they make up things that cause us to laugh at others. The best humor is that which causes us to laugh at ourselves. This book falls into the latter category.
For a humor book, it has an unusual format: a series of about one hundred questions and answers concerning aspects of retirement. Each q and a is a page, and there are some humorous illustrations to go with some of the q and a's.
What I liked was that the better q and a's mirrored things that my retired friends have said to me.
"Q: What amazes most new retirees?
A: They're so busy now, they don't know how they ever had time for work."
This seems to be true because retirees find so many interesting things to do, and more time to do them.
Here is one to think about:
"Q: What are the greatest perks of retirement?
A: Running errands in the middle of the day and never standing in line."
You can organize your day to be much more efficient by picking the times to do things when everyone else is at work.
As you can imagine, there are the inevitable jokes about how many retirees it takes to change a light bulb, and other familiar gags.
I felt that the message of the book transcended the humor to actually make me think more realistically about retirement.
People who are retired might see this book as poking fun at them. People who are about to retire would see it as an object lesson. I recommend it for the latter.
Most potential retirees would probably not buy this book for themselves, so you should give it to them as a gift. Then, a nice thing to do would be to have a friendly conversation about retirement plans with the person you gave the book to. That would allow for a greater chance that the book's message will sink in: Retirement can be the best time of your life, but you have to get organized to take advantage of that.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fde9b88) out of 5 stars What Do You Know about Retirement Aug. 2 2005
By A Lay Minister - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a light hearted look at some of the great and some of the less fortunate aspects of retirement. I read the book shortly after retiring and bought a couple more copies to have on hand to share with friends. It is a fun excuse to laugh at one's self.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0139b7c) out of 5 stars Cute but not that great April 10 2009
By Kimberly J. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is a lot smaller than I thought it would be, and the jokes/questions really weren't that funny. I ordered it as a gift, and when I got it, I realized I needed to go get something else. It's a cute idea to have it accompany a bigger gift.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fde9e10) out of 5 stars A little sad Oct. 29 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this for my dad thinking all the jokes would be funny, but some made retirement look a little pathetic. Obviously you expect a joke book to have a little of each but the example jokes were more positive than the jokes on average.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fde9c48) out of 5 stars Cute book June 13 2014
By Terri Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I added this to a retirement basket I made my friend, along with a gift card for books, retirement beer mug, and various items she enjoys. I turned out great! The book is very good, short, and easy to read.

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