Yes, I've gone two years without a job. Practically retired. Well, I did cheat a little bit and do a couple of free-lance things last summer. But that's it.
So far no disaster. I do worry about not having any health insurance, but having the house and car paid off are real pluses. I know getting the house paid off really chapped some of my former co-workers. But they were typical white-flight suburbanites, determined to get as far away from the city as possible, no matter the cost.
They imagine that living in Dallas is like "Night of the Living Dead" with zombies scratching at your windows all night.
That just isn't true; the zombies usually give up around 1 a.m.