A friend of mine was laid off after a year or so with his newest employer. It looks like they hired him just to learn about their competition (previous employer), and let him go when they learned all he knew. He was very worried about being 57 and looking for work. His industry is shrinking, and becoming less profitable. He and his wife crunched the numbers. She earns a good salary, and has a sweet retirement plan accessible within five years or so. They could live off of her income while they waited for the rest of their retirement benefits to kick in. She suggested that 35 years was enough of a career for my friend, and that he should retire. My buddy went from worrying to relief because of the love of this great woman. He stood by her through her cancer, and she stands by him now. He married well. Last time I spoke to him he was planning on putting his kayak on the car, and going fishing the next morning. He was also working up some handloads for an old Winchester 25-20. I would be jealous if he wasn't like a brother to me. As it is I can't help but smile when I think of what she did for him.