Social Security at 62, Because You Never Know What Might Happen Next

I didn’t wake up yesterday knowing I’d have the opportunity to take a picture of a Studebaker pickup truck. I didn’t even know that Studebaker MADE pickup trucks.

See, you never know what you might learn on any given day, and you never know what might happen next. Expect the unexpected. So here’s this shiny burgundy Studebaker pickup waiting for me in the church parking lot.

Which leads to the point of this post. Life is too short to waste it writing only serious blog posts. Going forward, I will give priority to posts and photos that make me smile. Or that surprise me with the unexpected. If there’s any time left over, I might write something serious.

Perhaps this editorial policy will make Life After 60 a more interesting blog, while not losing sight of the reality that ordinary Americans might still be making an unscheduled crash landing in a storm of economic change.

I see this concept of writing the fun posts first as a sign of maturity. Delayed gratification has its place. But since I’m an over-sixty Baby Boomer, and I’m not flying as high as I used to, it seems like a perfectly mature and logical decision to eat dessert first.

To put it another way, since I’m losing altitude, it makes perfect sense to start collecting Social Security at age 62. The economy being what it is, and with age discrimination being a fact of life, it’s not surprising that Social Security at 62 is a trend among my generation (folks who are old enough to remember, with a smile, the Studebaker, the Edsel, and the Rambler.)



6 thoughts on “Social Security at 62, Because You Never Know What Might Happen Next

  1. Sorry to take so long to reply to this, but you were part of what convinced me to start SS early – I get my first check this month (and I just turned 64… I applied at 63). We really don’t know what is happening next… but one of the things I DO know is that no one around here is hiring 64 year olds (unless you want to be a door greeter at Wal Mart.)


    • Thanks! Another job op: host/hostess at McDonalds. (Translation, clean tables, mop floors, empty trash, ask customers if everything’s good.) Actually, this sounds like honest work, probably my next job. My first job at 16 was McDonalds ($1 and hour) so finishing up at McDonalds has an appealing symmetry. Right now, I’m working in one of America’s few fast-growing industries. Security. This amounts to being a walking, talking scarecrow, deterring crime by simply being visible. I think I’m good at it! It’s not a bad gig, but not as good as blogging!


  2. I must say you have gumption. Let no one underestimate We, the Baby Boomers of the United States (Maryland, anyway). and Wooster County (and surrounding areas).
    oh, I like you using my “Attitude affects Altitude” theme. You gotta admit my pilot/air traffic controller ex-husband did influence my own creativity (RE: Soul of the Earth–the blog.)
    Oh, Mr. Malloy is NOT charging a fee for the passing on of the PROPER pronounciation of Worchester County.
    You have, Mr. Hayden, what it takes to rah! rah! Annapolis. Shake the State, Baby, Shake the State!!!!


  3. There was an actuarial study done that showed that those taking Soc.Sec. at 62 collected more than those who waited to get the larger amount. Based on that study my wife and I started collecting at 62. We have a person who lives nearby that collects Studebakers. He has about a dozen sitting out on his property in various states of repair. He has a couple that he has completely restored. They were quite avant-garde in their styling after WWII. I remember my uncle bought one when he came home from the war in about 1946. My grandfather used to say he couldn’t tell if the car was coming or going.


  4. Good news! Social Security is NOT going broke. That is an urban myth perpetuated by people who don’t like Social Security — I guess they want old folks to live in poverty. Social Security is completely viable for EVERYONE in today’s work force, and for their children and grandchildren.

    Short-term, Social Security remains solvent. Medium- and Long-term, minor financing adjustments will keep Social Security alive and well. The only way Social Security will be undone is if a majority of Americans decide that they prefer poverty instead of Social Security.


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