I began Social Security benefits in 2004 when I turned 65. It was around the time that I sold the photo studio that I'd had for 41 years and retired. But you can only do so much fishing and so much golf. So now I'm back working full time, at a sporting goods store.
I'm hoping to pay off some expenses and retire again, in December or January, and then do some traveling with my wife. Maybe back east, to Detroit, where she's from. Our business had its ups and downs over the years, and we never put aside much for retirement. We figured that Social Security would support us. And without it now, things would be really tough. If I were to meet one of the Washington lawmakers who wants to cut the program, I'd say: "We worked for this and you guys have no right to take it away from us."