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Old 01-04-2009, 10:06 AM   #21
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Wow-- One post and lots of Constructive remarks.. Thanks very much.. Tromboneal-- that list was very good-- I lost my best friend this past fall to cancer at age 55. It sures does put things in perspective. Ramber-- my contingent agreement is all done..yippy! Dex-- I've ordered that book - thanks. Bestwifewever-- my wifey is pretty bored with my working 6 day weeks, i think she'd be happy with me around more--- I think. Ronstar-- my contrct to work was up a year ago, so I'm free and clear. donheff - yes 3.2 after the big decline. Had 3.6 a year ago..
Thanks to all-- I'll be a regular--- maybe post a photo!!!

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Old 01-04-2009, 10:21 AM   #22
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:54 PM   #23
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i guess the question for you is, do you live to work? or work to live? maybe nows the time to LIVE.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #24
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I cannot possibly think of a better time to say, "Is this rocket science ?"
Here's some other cliches to inspire you -Take the plunge, enjoy life while you can, goof off, run don't walk, go for it!
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:39 PM   #25
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Man, am I glad I'm older than 54. Sounds like a dangerous age.
54 in 4 weeks time - looks like I need to be especially careful.
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Now it's adventure before dementia
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:12 AM   #26
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:02 AM   #27
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Hi Tozo - Welcome!

Look at it this way - the first couple of weeks you'll pace back and forth - check your old e-mail - call your old business friends. Then something will start to happen. The cloud of habit and stress will begin to lift - and you'll start to feel better. The pressure on your shoulders will begin to lift. It will take a while - I don't know if the change ever ends but it feels good. After two months of retirement my wife says it was the best thing I ever did.

The word retirement does not have to mean 'forever'. Take some time and relax, re-energize. If you want to go back to work in 6 months or a year you can. If you want to give something back and do some charity work you can. What a great position to be in, eh? Change can be quite good.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:55 PM   #28
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Hi Tozo - welcome to the board. I am a newcomer here, too.

I am a long way from being in the position you are in, but personally I would go for it. Life is precious and way too short to not be living it to the fullest when you have the option. That is, if you are comfortable with the income 3.2m can earn you.

Despite being only on step 1 of the ladder to my ER goal myself, I've thought a lot about what I will do with my time when I finally get there. I dont exactly enjoy the stress in my job, but I know it gives me enough of a kick in the butt to stay focused and on the ball. I don't want that to turn into sleeping til noon every day and feeling blah. Initially I plan to take my hobbies and step them up a few notches. For example, I play guitar fairly seriously in my free time now, post ER that could turn into recording a whole CD, luthier school (something that's in the background, kind of itching right now), and so on. Who knows what I'll really want when I'm in my early 50s, but either way, for me, having something I can throw my energy into is a pre-requisite to taking the plunge.

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