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User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

OK guys and gals I need some ideas here.

My other half, who I have just gotten back together with, has thrown an idea at me which I think is too good to knock back. Seeing as he earns over $100k per annum, he has said to me that if I want to quit work that is sweet, as he already owns his own home and we would simply move there, after kicking out the tenants.

I have said many a time that I would love to be able to quit work so that I could do what I want to do, but usually in jest. But it seems it may just now actually happen.

For a long time I have also wanted to do something along the lines of voluntary work (a couple of times a week) but have been stuck as to what to do exactly. I have thought of a couple of things, but would welcome serious ideas from any of you guys. I would be wanting to do something that is kickbacked and relaxed and doesn't require "dirty" work.

What I have come up with so far is:

* Princess Margaret Hospital for Children - seeing as I love kids and love to run amok with them.

* RAAF War Veterans Home - coz the old codger's love to get on the piss during the day and have a laugh, but mainly coz I have the utmost respect for them and there are a lot of them who have no-one else to talk to and that.

OK...throw those ideas at me.



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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

I would go to the Childrens Hospital. If you can make one of them happy for an afternoon it will be well worth it.

User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Becoming a kept man are we?
Lucky sod - can't see my spouse ever earning $100k pa to keep me in the manner to which I'm accustomed!
If you're referring to the RAAF Vets Home in Bullcreek on Leach Hwy, the RAAF Assoc. Aviation Museum is also there - so keeping with the aviation theme of this site I'm sure they would appreciate any volunteering that you could contribute.
The curator is (was?) a Mr Clarke (can't remember his first name) who is also an instructor in the Air Training Corps (Air Cadets). They also are always in need of volunteer instructors - great fun. Ok, it's organised on miltary type lines but is in fact a civvy organisation - both my kids (boy & girl) both had a great time socially and picked up many skills they are applying now in their young adult lives.
Happy volunteering

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

Hmmm...Brissie, becoming someones bitch, eh  

Well, I think it's great that you could contribute to society, instead of sitting around on your ass doing nothing all day, while honey goes out and brings in the bacon.

Personally, I'd go for the kids. Kids can be a blast. They can also be a pain, but I love kids, so that's what I'd go for!


« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Well, go for it only if you are SURE that it won't cause a problem in the relationship. If things go sour, probably the first thing to be said would be "well, I'm supporting you" etc. My father makes a similar amount of money but mom has never considered quitting work.

But then, if he's a complete sweetheart it shouldn't matter. If you've just got back together, wait at least a year though to let things sort themselves out.

And be prepared to do a similar thing for him in the future. My signifigant other (of 2+ years) and I are already trying to work out our grad school and career plans so that we can support each other.

User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Become a permanent sperm doner!  

Haha just kidding!

Working with kids would be great.
I used to work with kids as a summer camp coordinator.

User currently offline787 From Italy, joined Jan 2000, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

Why don't you go and clean up nature, perhaps the side of roads, or even forests. Theres one good idea for ya.

787 Italia - Io, il comandante dell'aria
User currently offlineCopper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Here we have a program called Meals on Wheels. It is designed for volunteers to take hot meals to shut ins. For many of these people it is the only chance they get to have a good hot meal and maybe even a bit of company.

Most of these shut ins are elderly folks who for the most part are alone.

Our senior citizens deserve to be looked after. They are the ones that fought for our freedom and they now find themselves fighting to maintain their dignity. Help a senior citizen, Lord knows they helped us.

Copper 1

User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2027 times:


Just make sure you have a plan B if things don't work out. Personally, I think the elderly folks are more appreciative than the kids (you never know - they might even leave you "a little something" in their will) and they are a wealth of information.

However, be prepaired to listen to the same stories being repeated over and over. On the other hand couldn't you split your time between the two?

But, if I were you, I would pursue that flying career. At the end of the day, you will have a far greater sense of achievement. If you don't do it now, you might just regret it later and then it will be too late.

Behind every "no" is a "yes"
User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

Your profile suggests that you frequent this place quite often, which means you have way too much time on your hands. If you really felt the need to help the needy, then why didn’t you do so before, mate?

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