@davewill: seeing his age (63) made it seem so much more reasonable than some of the variations on this news I've seen. makes me wonder though, what is a reasonable age to retire now? I keep meeting or hearing of people retiring in their 50's and I think "what would you do with yourself?". Personally I don't want to stop doing work in some form until I'm no longer any good at it. So, more of a redefining of my "work" until it turn into retirement. what do you folks think? You are my peer group, so I'm really interested in your thoughts!