I got off the phone with a guy from the Social Security Administration a few minutes ago. I'm all signed up for my retirement benefits. Woo-hoo, I'm officially old.
It was a painless process. The guy even called at the appointed time. Who says government can't do anything right. I'd still be waiting if I were dealing with a plumber, cable installer or doctor.
The first check should be deposited next Wednesday. If I could've held off for three more years I'd be getting about twenty percent more a month. But I can earn up to $15,000 a year without having my benefits cut. And at 65 I can get SSI as well. So I should be fine, unless misanthropic conservatives manage to mess with Social Security.