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Old 07-10-2017, 05:46 PM   #1
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Ready to toss my tools off the Narrows Bridge,

Well I might hang on to a few of them. Thought I would introduce myself sense I've been hanging around for months. I'm 61 and DW is 64. She retired last year and I'm planning on hanging it up at the end of this year. I'll be 62 in February so I figure I'll just limp along on unemployment as long as my union health care remains active. At 62 I'll start one of my two pensions and purchase health insurance through the union. I've been in the construction industry for 41 years and believe me the thrill is gone. No real questions at this time, just wanted to say hey before I start looking for advice. I'm pretty skilled at a lot of things but financial planning isn't one of them. I'm comfortable walking a steel beam 80 feet in the air but I think trying to build a spreadsheet would kill me. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this forum and especially to the moderators for running a tight ship. I belong to a couple of motorcycle forums and it's amazing how quickly they can spiral out of control.

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Old 07-10-2017, 05:59 PM   #2
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Wow, construction for 41 years, that's impressive!

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Old 07-10-2017, 06:00 PM   #3
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Sir, Would that be the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge? Im currently using a butter knife as a screw driver. I do have a slightly used allen key 1/16 in ( bought it last week.) I could use a few tools. If you do decide to throw them over that bridge Im referring to , they will land in a grave yard of guns used in many crimes. Hahahaha
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:59 PM   #4
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Sir, Would that be the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge? Im currently using a butter knife as a screw driver. I do have a slightly used allen key 1/16 in ( bought it last week.) I could use a few tools. If you do decide to throw them over that bridge Im referring to , they will land in a grave yard of guns used in many crimes. Hahahaha
No, sorry. That would be the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. A good butter knife is handy to have. Can be used as a screwdriver, knife, hammer, spreading spackle, mushing bugs.
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. . . I've been in the construction industry for 41 years and believe me the thrill is gone. . . . I'm pretty skilled at a lot of things but financial planning isn't one of them. I'm comfortable walking a steel beam 80 feet in the air but I think trying to build a spreadsheet would kill me.
Hey, there are lots of folks who can build spreadsheets here, fewer who know much about construction. While most of our construction questions are about residential stuff, it eventually covers everything. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Thanks to everyone who contributes to this forum and especially to the moderators for running a tight ship. I belong to a couple of motorcycle forums and it's amazing how quickly they can spiral out of control.
We're lucky here--lots of people sharing what they know/think/believe for free and 99% of the time without rancor. And a great team of mods to keep us in line on the rare occasions when we hit a guardrail (or they rebuild the guardrail when we crash through it. Or they close the road when folks just can't seem to help themselves from crashing through the guardrail. )
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Nice! Do it. lol
My tools are hanging in the rafters maybe should of tossed mine over the ledge. also. Lol

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Congratulations and welcome to the forum.

Part of my career I developed code that makes certain things about financial services work.

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Welcome. Be sure to let go of the tools when tossing them....
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No, sorry. That would be the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. A good butter knife is handy to have. Can be used as a screwdriver, knife, hammer, spreading spackle, mushing bugs.
From what I've seen on YouTube, that bridge will toss them over the side for you.
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I'm planning on hanging it up at the end of this year. I'll be 62 in February so I figure I'll just limp along on unemployment as long as my union health care remains active.
In your locale can you actually collect unemployment by retiring?
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In your locale can you actually collect unemployment by retiring?
No, I will not get unemployment after retirement. I will during the winter months when construction slows down around here. I can bank hours for my health care through the union so a few weeks of underemployment aren't so harmful.
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No, I will not get unemployment after retirement. I will during the winter months when construction slows down around here.
So, until February, right? (I don't think you can collect unemployment and a pension at the same time, can you?)
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So, until February, right? (I don't think you can collect unemployment and a pension at the same time, can you?)
Correct, no unemployment and pension at the same time. I believe you are eligible for unemployment after filing for retirement but haven't started receiving retirement checks, as long as your available to work. I'm likely to just go
ahead and retire in December, 2 months early reduces my checks by 29 dollars. Might be worth it to not work outdoors in another soggy NW winter. Hiking, fishing and motorcycling in the rain, now that's just fine.
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Welcome tinner--
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No, sorry. That would be the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. .
Ah, the Tacoma Narrows - one of the most illustrative examples of the concept of resonance!

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Ah, the Tacoma Narrows - one of the most illustrative examples of the concept of resonance!

Oh that Tacoma bridge! I saw that video on some science show. I wasnt around when that happened, if I was Id probably would have decided that day to take a stroll over it. If anyone here is contemplating throwing away tools, gold coins, silver bullion, priceless artworks and the like over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge PM me , Ill trade you my Allen key set that contains the seemingly rare 1/16 in . (To the original poster, that Allen key was part of a former post where no one seemed to have it, I managed to find it in the mom and pop store down the block from my home. So with my butter knife, the Allen key set makes up my entire tool set. I guess you could count the can of creamed corn I used for a hammer once.
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ahead and retire in December, 2 months early reduces my checks by 29 dollars. Might be worth it to not work outdoors in another soggy NW winter. Hiking, fishing and motorcycling in the rain, now that's just fine.
Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy!

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