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What You Don't Know about Retirement: What You Don't Know about Retirement [Paperback]

Bill Dodds
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May 1 2000
What You Don’t Know about Retirement… will have any retiree celebrating this milestone with lots of laughs. This entertaining quiz pokes fun at growing older while celebrating the joy of retirement. What You Don’t Know about Retirement… will provide endless entertainment for any retirement party and is sure to be a HIT!

Q:  Why do new retirees suddenly look ten years younger?
A:  They suddenly feel ten years younger.

Q:  What's the best way for a retiree to make sure his memoirs are read?
A:  Include lots of clues about hidden money.

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About the Author

Bill Dodd is a humorist who has written How to Survive Your 40th Birthday, Are You Over the Hill?, What You Don't Know about Turning 40, What You Don't Know about Turning 50, What You Don't Know about Turning 60, and The Joy of Marriage.  He lives near Seattle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for Those about to Retire! June 25 2000
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Know about Retirement Aug. 2 2005
By A Lay Minister - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little sad Oct. 29 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Aug. 24 2013
By Aunt to Many - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although I am giving this as a gift I found it to be very entertaining and appropriate for a retirement gift.
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