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(North Jersey)   Growing tired of your job after 10 years? 20 years? Meet the 101-year-old man who is still working the same job after 73 years   (northjersey.com) divider line 93
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2014-08-20 12:26:41 AM  
 
2014-08-20 01:11:28 AM  

Principal Clarinet: Additional (better) link with video:

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/101-year-old-hy-goldman-is-fixture- at -capitol-lighting-in-east-hanover-1.9089115


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2014-08-20 01:24:56 AM  
damn thats a trooper
 
2014-08-20 01:28:43 AM  

maudibjr: damn thats a trooper


It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long.  A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.
 
2014-08-20 02:02:12 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: maudibjr: damn thats a trooper

It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long.  A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.


Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.

As for finding meaning and usefulness after retirement, there are a VAST number of organizations dedicated to helping others who are desperate for volunteers.  If he found the right niche the old guy would probably end up doing work that was far more personally rewarding than fixing broken lamps.
 
2014-08-20 05:38:12 AM  
Wow, I didn't realize care for seniors had gotten so bad that a guy still can't retire even at 101.
 
2014-08-20 05:42:03 AM  

brap: Principal Clarinet: Additional (better) link with video:

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Didn't require a log in here.
 
2014-08-20 05:46:02 AM  

brap: Principal Clarinet: Additional (better) link with video:

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Loads for me. He's actually much more healthy looking than I'd think.
 
2014-08-20 05:46:05 AM  
My Mom would like to retire.

Unfortunately she and others, pretty much buggered my entire generation and the one after it so she can't, I will never, my brother will because he will inherit all the limited property, he has only live out of the house for 6 months in his life and he married rich, so he has that going for him..

Ayup things are going swimmingly
 
2014-08-20 05:48:15 AM  
Even more amazing is that an American lighting company has been in business for more than 70 years in the same place.  I thought all this stuff went to China.
 
2014-08-20 05:54:55 AM  
Saul Bloom, is that you? Saul!
 
2014-08-20 05:57:22 AM  
Goldman lives in nearby Whippany and still drives himself to work in a 1999 Ford Contour

Pretty impressive that there's still a 99 Contour on the road.
 
2014-08-20 06:10:46 AM  

Riche: Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob. Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.


Are you using up air which could be better used  by others? Kill yourself now. For more information, calle Riche from Farke.com.
 
2014-08-20 06:13:05 AM  
Which state is he a senator for?
 
2014-08-20 06:13:42 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Goldman lives in nearby Whippany and still drives himself to work in a 1999 Ford Contour

Pretty impressive that there's still a 99 Contour on the road.


Between living to 101 and being a repairman, I assume this guy knows a thing or two about maintenance.
 
2014-08-20 06:14:44 AM  
Two more years and he will be vested in his pension plan.
 
2014-08-20 06:23:04 AM  
I grow tired of a job after about three years. I like moving around. I guess I should have joined the military.
 
2014-08-20 06:23:50 AM  

Riche: Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.


Highly unlikely that he's working a full 40. Article says he "shows up at work" four days a week, possibly for as little as an hour each day.
Also unlikely that "some poor unemployed slob" has anything near this guy's skill set. The clever can (and do) find opportunities elsewhere.

Must be weird living in a zero-sum world.
 
2014-08-20 06:26:01 AM  

E5bie: Riche: Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.

Highly unlikely that he's working a full 40. Article says he "shows up at work" four days a week, possibly for as little as an hour each day.
Also unlikely that "some poor unemployed slob"  has anything near this guy's skill set. The clever can (and do) find opportunities elsewhere.

Must be weird living in a zero-sum world.


Came to make the same point. This man has likely forgotten more about his job than anybody currently working there. He is more valuable sharing his experience than some new cheap labor.
 
2014-08-20 06:26:17 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Goldman lives in nearby Whippany and still drives himself to work in a 1999 Ford Contour

Pretty impressive that there's still a 99 Contour on the road.


I'm impressed that he hasn't confused the brake and gas pedal yet
 
2014-08-20 06:32:44 AM  
Jesus.... I get sick of my job after a few months and move about twice a year. Cannot imagine his life...
 
2014-08-20 06:36:54 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long. A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.

Work is often all the mental and physical exercise people get.  When someone falls apart six months after retirement I feel little sympathy because odds are they're one of the anti-intellectual douchebags that probably gave the likes of my dad atomic wedgies back in school.  My paternal grandparents both made it past 85 but they kept giving themselves shiat to do.

AngryDragon: Even more amazing is that an American lighting company has been in business for more than 70 years in the same place. I thought all this stuff went to China.

I DNRTFA, but I'd guess industrial lighting.  You tend not to cut corners when one of your biggest costs is paying people to replace bulbs.  Imagine the costs if, say, a commercial parking lot had to replace each bulb after 1000 hours instead of 50,000.

itsaback: Two more years and he will be vested in his pension plan.

Are you saying he's going to get laid off in 18 months??????

DubyaHater: I grow tired of a job after about three years. I like moving around. I guess I should have joined the military.

Personally, I like having control over where I move.  And I don't get bored; I get overwhelmed.  My experience is that over the course of 3-4 years I get more and more shiat piled on my desk until I eventually snap and change careers.  I'm probably making the least among my peers (most people with my level of education & work experience are now in management and probably making about 50% more than me) but I do get to sleep at night.
 
2014-08-20 06:37:50 AM  
Must be nice to have an employer that doesn't replace you the moment your experience justifies a raise.
 
2014-08-20 06:38:53 AM  
That answers the question 'How many centenarians does it take to change a light bulb?'
 
2014-08-20 06:41:15 AM  

Riche: TuteTibiImperes: maudibjr: damn thats a trooper

It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long.  A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.

Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.

As for finding meaning and usefulness after retirement, there are a VAST number of organizations dedicated to helping others who are desperate for volunteers.  If he found the right niche the old guy would probably end up doing work that was far more personally rewarding than fixing broken lamps.


i dunno.  i like fixing things, and it makes me feel good that when i walk away, something is fixed and everyone is happy that whatever i did fixed a problem.  would love having a job like that.
 
2014-08-20 06:42:45 AM  

mike_d85: Dancin_In_Anson: Goldman lives in nearby Whippany and still drives himself to work in a 1999 Ford Contour

Pretty impressive that there's still a 99 Contour on the road.

Between living to 101 and being a repairman, I assume this guy knows a thing or two about maintenance.


And he knows a thing or two about taking care of your mo-AW COME ON NOW!

/It's not news.  It's the Walton's (and we don't mean Wal-mart)
 
2014-08-20 06:52:07 AM  
N00b.  My granddad is 102 and still a practicing lawyer.

/just got his drivers license renewed....
//watch out farmers markets
 
2014-08-20 06:55:00 AM  
This is what we have to look forward to, with companies getting rid of their retirement plans.

He looks amazing for his age though.
 
2014-08-20 06:56:24 AM  
Live to work or work to live?
 
2014-08-20 07:04:13 AM  

Riche: TuteTibiImperes: maudibjr: damn thats a trooper

It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long.  A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.

Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.

As for finding meaning and usefulness after retirement, there are a VAST number of organizations dedicated to helping others who are desperate for volunteers.  If he found the right niche the old guy would probably end up doing work that was far more personally rewarding than fixing broken lamps.


Judging by his little bio there, his idea of retirement is probably drinking whiskey, wrestling bears, copulating with lots of (attractive females with proclivity to party, being of just a little over the age of consent and going for their college degrees in feminist studies), punching trees, and drinking a keg of beer after winning the World's Strongest Man Contest.
 
2014-08-20 07:06:35 AM  

fusillade762: Live to work or work to live?


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-20 07:17:18 AM  

AngryDragon: Even more amazing is that an American lighting company has been in business for more than 70 years in the same place.  I thought all this stuff went to China.


Fancy smancy lighting shops are actually doing just fine. People who can afford to pay more for quality keep these places going. I think most people have figured out that the big box stores sell plastic junk that is actually overpriced for what you are getting.
 
2014-08-20 07:17:48 AM  
You missed my boredom level, as is not far from typical for folks in IT... 1 1/2 years.  I think that's about my average, and I've hit my new record at my current job at over 3 years!

*pats self on back*
 
2014-08-20 07:24:59 AM  
Only four days a week? Whatta slacker.
 
2014-08-20 07:28:28 AM  

johndalek: Riche: TuteTibiImperes: maudibjr: damn thats a trooper

It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long.  A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.

Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.

As for finding meaning and usefulness after retirement, there are a VAST number of organizations dedicated to helping others who are desperate for volunteers.  If he found the right niche the old guy would probably end up doing work that was far more personally rewarding than fixing broken lamps.

i dunno.  i like fixing things, and it makes me feel good that when i walk away, something is fixed and everyone is happy that whatever i did fixed a problem.  would love having a job like that.


You have basically described working in IT.

That's what I like about it. People don't tend to call you when there isn't a problem needing to be fixed.

You know you did a good job when the phone is quiet.
 
2014-08-20 07:32:27 AM  

Basily Gourt: I think most people have figured out that the big box stores sell plastic junk that is actually overpriced for what you are getting.

Given the ubiquity of big box stores, I'd say nowhere near most.  But yes, we exist, and we patronize stores & brands that try to sell on quality, when we can find them.  But no, these stores aren't doing just fine; on the consumer side, every year we have to hunt for new brands due to one or other selling out or going under.  I don't see U.S. businesses flocking to the idea of quality anytime soon.
 
2014-08-20 07:32:35 AM  
I'm retiring from my current job next Friday after working there for 30+ years so I'm getting a kick out of these comments...

/taking 3 weeks off
//then starting work with a private engineering firm
 
2014-08-20 07:35:25 AM  
Let me guess.  His name tag says "Hello.  My Name is Pleasefarking Shootme"
 
2014-08-20 07:36:46 AM  
I hear he's going back to school, so that he can start a career in a field he might actually enjoy.
 
2014-08-20 07:37:01 AM  

dragonchild: TuteTibiImperes: It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long. A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.
Work is often all the mental and physical exercise people get.  When someone falls apart six months after retirement I feel little sympathy because odds are they're one of the anti-intellectual douchebags that probably gave the likes of my dad atomic wedgies back in school.  My paternal grandparents both made it past 85 but they kept giving themselves shiat to do.
AngryDragon: Even more amazing is that an American lighting company has been in business for more than 70 years in the same place. I thought all this stuff went to China.
I DNRTFA, but I'd guess industrial lighting.  You tend not to cut corners when one of your biggest costs is paying people to replace bulbs.  Imagine the costs if, say, a commercial parking lot had to replace each bulb after 1000 hours instead of 50,000.
itsaback: Two more years and he will be vested in his pension plan.
Are you saying he's going to get laid off in 18 months??????
DubyaHater: I grow tired of a job after about three years. I like moving around. I guess I should have joined the military.
Personally, I like having control over where I move.  And I don't get bored; I get overwhelmed.  My experience is that over the course of 3-4 years I get more and more shiat piled on my desk until I eventually snap and change careers.  I'm probably making the least among my peers (most people with my level of education & work experience are now in management and probably making about 50% more than me) but I do get to sleep at night.


Yeah, or they will give him labor-intensive tasks like shovelling snow, unloading deliveries... Etc.

I work with an 81 year-old man that has 55 years of service. His pension maxed out decades ago. He still works his 40, has a clause excluding him from overtime in the CBA. One of the nicest guys, and works hard. If you meet him, you would think he was 60 or so.
 
2014-08-20 07:37:30 AM  

kindms: johndalek: Riche: TuteTibiImperes: maudibjr: damn thats a trooper

It's probably one of the big reasons he's lived this long.  A lot of people retire and then start to go downhill fast if they can't find ways to keep their days occupied and their minds/bodies busy.

Assuming he doesn't need the money, the guy REALLY should retire and make room for some poor unemployed slob.  Hell, he should have done it 30 years ago.

As for finding meaning and usefulness after retirement, there are a VAST number of organizations dedicated to helping others who are desperate for volunteers.  If he found the right niche the old guy would probably end up doing work that was far more personally rewarding than fixing broken lamps.

i dunno.  i like fixing things, and it makes me feel good that when i walk away, something is fixed and everyone is happy that whatever i did fixed a problem.  would love having a job like that.

You have basically described working in IT.

That's what I like about it. People don't tend to call you when there isn't a problem needing to be fixed.

You know you did a good job when the phone is quiet.


Your clients not breaking shiat as much as usual doesn't mean you did a good job...

/work in computer related field. too cool for tech support...
 
2014-08-20 07:39:14 AM  
Sounds like this guy in my hometown.  "I get called a stupid old fart about twice a month."
 
2014-08-20 07:46:39 AM  
I know a couple guys in their 80's still working for the same co. Can't imagine doing that.
 
2014-08-20 07:49:46 AM  
Nobody thanked Obama yet?
 
2014-08-20 07:51:10 AM  
I can't seem to keep a job for more than two years, so I'm getting a kick.


/magic touch for finding companies/departments about to goldfish it
//if they hire me, sell up
 
2014-08-20 08:03:41 AM  
When I was a kid I remember about once a month or so some old guy would retire with 40 or 50 years in at one of the local plants. I always thought I'd be the same way, but those jobs just don't exist for most folks. I'm 38 and have had my current job 3 years. I'll be 75 (and likely dead) by the time I have 40 years in.
 
2014-08-20 08:04:37 AM  

uberaverage: Nobody thanked Obama yet?


Thanks Jimmy Carter
 
2014-08-20 08:29:02 AM  
Now I know how many 101-year olds it takes to change a light bulb.
 
2014-08-20 08:29:12 AM  

E5bie: Must be weird living in a zero-sum world.


It isn't a zero sum world but, when you have an entire class of people skimming from the top, from the working man's perspective it may as well be.
 
2014-08-20 08:29:16 AM  
When he started, all they sold were candles and oil lamps!
 
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