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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 07 July 2022 at 2:07am | IP Logged | 1  

As mentioned by others, I would say you are not retired,
and more on a hiatus.

As you wrote "I haven’t lost the desire to create. My
brain still bubbles.
It’s the impetus to spend my days hunched over the
drawing board that has dwindled. Again.", maybe you just
need to find another way to express your art and your
stories.

Sometime, just changing the canvas and the surrounding.
Go away from the drawing table, take an iPad and go do
some "doodling" in a café...
Maybe it can be an even more conventional canvas to try
your luck at watercolors or acrylics. And it doesn't
matter if you are colorblind or not. This is part of who
you are and you should embrace it. If that scares you,
just paint with Black, Gray and white paints and do some
"Noir" atmosphere paintings.

And when this break has served this purpose to recharge
yourself, I am pretty sure you will naturally come back
to the drawing table.

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Well, after several YEARS of government gyrations, my Social Security payments have finally started. Maybe that means this really IS retirement.
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Giorgos Goumas
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It always amazes me that the retirement pensions here take a long and variable time. I never understood the delay in giving the pension to people in a decent fixed time period, especially with all the help from the computer processing that they have for many years now. So many people need it to live decent.
To say the truth, I was expecting it to work faster in countries like USA!
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Curious part of this is that the people at SS finally noticed a backlog of unsent payments was building up, so they called to make sure I was me and to find out the actual number of my account so they could send those electronic payments. (Sounds like a Nigerian prince should be involved somewhere, doesn’t it?)

Anyway, the point is the government caught and corrected its own mistake. Who’da thunk?

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Andrew Bitner
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Hopefully it's a nice windfall, JB.
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JB, if I can ask (without getting into too much specifics), if the US gov't goes backwards, does the new social security funds impact previous tax years?
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Taxes are in the year the money is paid.
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Well, okay, I give. "Retired" it is. After all, what's the point of grumbling that the word is too "geezery" when I am, in fact, a geezer?
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Michael Penn
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Not everybody is lucky enough to be comfortably retired, so this is worth celebrating. Now... get to work on something! :D
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Joe Smith
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Hi JB, I was going to try and post this in the Cataracs thread, but I was
wondering… At one time I thought you had said that there may be a partial
return of some kind of color-vision to your eyes after surgery. Did this in
fact come to be? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.
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There is a popular misconception that people who are "colorblind" can't see color(s). Not, surprising, since the name itself is misleading.

In fact, people who are colorblind, like me, see colors incorrectly. In my case, I mix up certain middle shades of green and brown. (Spring isn't nearly as spectacular for me as it is for most of you.)

The cataract surgery did not have any impact on this. Removing the lenses got rid of the yellow tinge that had crept in as the cataracts had formed (so slowly I had not noticed), but that only made the colors BRIGHTER--as well as increasing the level of blue visible to my eyes. But the colors remain the same.

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Well, okay, I give. "Retired" it is. After all, what's the point of grumbling that the word is too "geezery" when I am, in fact, a geezer?

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Don't tell anyone, it'll drive the market for John Byrne art through the roof!

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