I wasn't expecting an opportunity to take early retirement when it occurred in 1987;
I had given the subject little thought, but then I received a retirement offer from RCA (then GE) that
I couldn't refuse.
As my quotation above indicates, I knew I didn't want to stop working upon retirement,
but I hadn't thought through "what I enjoy and where was the place of my choice".
At the time, I was living in my parents' home in Merchantville, NJ (which I had inherited)--I had
lived there on and off during my entire life, but I knew
without thinking that I didn't want to remain there!
While I continued to work for my former employers as a consultant, I began facing the longer-term issues. I also began writing a book about the technical work I had been doing. Writing turned out to be an activity that I enjoyed and that has continued ever since--Twelve books, now.
As far as "the place of my choice", that turned out to be Northern California, which is described on another page. I moved in 1998 from New Jersey to a custom-designed (by me) property in California.