And what will you be doing before you retire.
Who the hell said anything about retiring?
Yes, I know that is a non standard position. Yes I know that there are folks out there that insist that, economically, we old farts have to get out of the way.
After watching both the *government* pensions and two of my initial (50/50 or dollar for dollar) pensions get raped by the financial industry early in my career I figured out where my lot was. I'll point out that my 82 year old mother retired at 64, and -- to this DAY is a leading worker in her industry. She works from home, every day, and is continually asked to take on more. She doesn't, she works her own pace, and she teaches quite regularly.
I fully expect to be following that pace. I've acquired a broad variety of knowledge in the IT industry, from cabling networks (SNA, Ethernet, IB, Token Ring, Fibre (several varieties)) to assembler level coding on out to C and C++, hardware from laptop/PCs up to and including mainframe, DASD, and modern storage arrays. No specialist here, I can support 15 different OS'es (through several generations), and never say no when it comes to learning new stuff.
Currently I am working on what is in this company "bleeding edge" -- it might not be in many places bleeding edge, but for this org it classifies as that -
Why? because over the past years they have learned to trust my judgment, honesty, integrity and efforts.
I find it interesting to know that despite my clean shaven chin and youthful appearance at 50 that I'd be referred to as a greybeard. I still yell at DBA's that try to chmod 777 db files......... and it makes folks jump, and I still make my own coffee.
(apparently grumpy old bastard icon is appropriate)