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Re: Pull the Plug at 47?
Old 04-06-2005, 06:43 PM   #21
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Tozz!

I laughed out loud at the message you left today, as your self-described left-brained thought processes also describe me to a tee!

Like you I've had a zig-zag college history, also beginning with Philosophy, then moving to an MBA and a corporate career (software).

I guess if I can send you a note recommending that you consider the non-monetary aspects of the buy-out decision, and if you can appreciate that recommendation, then there's hope for both of us yet! ;-D

Or, more accurately, there's hope for me -- you don't need hope as you've just taken the leap o' faith into the marvelous unknown. Maybe that's the Philosophy degree finally kicking in after 25 years of hibernation!

I know that's the right decision for you -- and wish you the absolute best. Just do me a favor and let us know how it's going from time to time. We left-brainer types will thank you.

With a little envy and a lot of admiration for the gutsy move...

Caroline

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Re: Pull the Plug at 47?
Old 04-07-2005, 03:30 AM   #22
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Re: Pull the Plug at 47?

I first stepped off into "the marvelous unknown" at age 49.
(Reminds me of a line from the Sopranos "You don't want to go into the unknown noy knowin' ".)

After I retired a guy called me to do see if I could locate
some small M and A deals for him. I left a message on his machine "Ain't gonna work no more no more; ain't
gonna work no more." I am sure he thought I had
"lost it". It was just post-ER euphoria.

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Old 04-07-2005, 12:34 PM   #23
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Dear God, please someone offer this deal to me! What is the worst thing that can happen? Would you consider taking a low paying job, maybe just earning enough for the mortgage at something love and have always wanted to do? Just a thought if you want to save the house.
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:12 PM   #24
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Well, I am way past 47, but here was my day.

Slept in until 8:30. Had coffee and an egg for breakfast.
Made 2 or 3 phone calls and then loaded the boat and
got on the water about noon. Fished until about 4 pm.
Came home and cleaned the fish. By then it was
cocktail hour. Enjoyed a pretty good Chardonnay
with ribeyes on the grill (located on the deck overlooking
the river). Now I am just killing time with you folks
here. This was a fairly typical day. Sounds pretty
good doesn't it?

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Old 04-09-2005, 09:20 PM   #25
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Perfect, except for Chardonnay with a ribeye! A big Carbernet or Pinot Nior would have been my choice!
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Old 04-09-2005, 11:11 PM   #26
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What questions should I be asking myself? *After taking some time off (perhaps a year), I plan to return to some form of work albeit with a more flexible schedule. *

I suspect this forum gets zillions of vague inquiries like this, but I figured I would go to the experts. *
The question to ask is how badly do I want out of my job.

Your current income calculates about 115k per year and with only 100k in savings your probably accustomed to spending money without too much thought.

Can you really cut back and make the 45k work?

Also if you plan on returning to work will you be able to make a comperable salary minus the 45k pension.

I would try and work out a leave of absense for a year if possible. This would give you time off and secure a good salary.
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Your current income calculates about 115k per year and with only 100k in savings your probably accustomed to spending money without too much thought.
You are absolutely correct GTM!

I have few inherent abilities, but was blessed with natural talent to piss away whatever money I do have.

Anyhow, the decision was made--I'm bailing--and I am relieved and excited. I feel pretty confident that I can ratchet down my lifestyle while I sort through some other decisions. If worst comes to worst, I'm fairly well positioned to work for one of our mega-corp contractors at the same salary or more. With a self-imposed simpler lifestyle, I could just bank all or most of the mega-corp salary for a few years until I "really" retire.

In the meantime I just may tramp around Southeast Asia for a few months or years. Sooner or later a coconut will clock me on my head, spill my Tiger beer, and give me that Eureka moment I've been looking for.
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Tozz,

I just found this thread. Read it all. Dont know how I missed it. Regardless, first congrats on your decision, second Thanks! for telling us all about it. Thats the fuel that keeps this magic bus rolling. Many here have retirement thrust upon them due to layoff, health, financial and other reasons. They are jittery about the future but the conclusion is foregone. You OTOH were faced with a difficult lifechanging decision. And the majority here would agree you certainly made the right choice. I for one would enjoy reading your future posts.

Until it spins out of control, this is one thread that should be permanently and prominately placed for all newbies to read.

Too much the magic bus!
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Hey BUM,

Well, with the decision behind me, I find that I don’t have too much more to say. This forum has been invaluable.* An anonymous medium allows you bounce options off others, spell out finances, and gain advice, in a way that is awkward among even the most trusted real-life friends and confidantes.

The next step of course is “what next?”* If past careers and relationships are any indication, I will just bumble along and happen into the next chapter.* I have pretty much decided to patch, paint and then sell the monstrosity.* Then, I picture myself somewhere in Thailand.* Maybe a beach.* Maybe the mountains. Lost somewhere in that place where, after a couple of beers, you are nineteen once more, with the gift that makes women swoon and men think twice.*

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