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Old 05-26-2009, 04:42 AM   #21
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Congrats, Budman. As we used to say at my former megacorp, "here's one not leaving the office feet first".

AMEN!

And if you feel you have enough at this point in the economic downturn, you've got to believe things will get better from here financially. Or at least it can't get much worse. And at 60, it's not really early but better now than later.

Yes, I have to think that I am no longer retiring into a recession. I'm retiring out of a recession and into a expansion.


Well, he wasn't in pain. It's not so bad then. He just didn't know what he was missing, and but was also spared the ravage of old age. It's tougher for any survivor he left behind.
I'm so sorry to hear this. It hastens my decision.
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Congratulations! Your enthusiasm is contagious. I'll take the plunge sometime in the next 2 to 3 years, I guess. Have you a list of "what I always want to do when I retire"?
Yes, but I wrote it several years ago and needs to be updated again. One of the biggies is to do the Great Loop trip on our boat. We hope to embark on that voyage August 2010.

At some point of course, I will prepare the bucket list!
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:22 AM   #23
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As it should be. After all, it *is* a big decision.

From the info you gave, it all sounds good, so CONGRATS!!!!

Just in case you need any affirmation, just browse this recent thread:

post-vacation blues anyone?

It brought a smile to my face, reminding me just how great retirement is

Enjoy - ERD50
Thanks for the affirmation. As a matter of fact, I feel like that this morning...except I have a smile on my face!
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Congratulations, Budman. The anxiety you are experiencing gradually disappears as you begin to make post-retirement plans. I had the same feelings when I submitted my retirement papers in March but they've long since passed.

I'll raise a glass to you on the 4th of July.
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Congrats. And welcome to the land of the free - or should that be FIREeeee.
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Congrats to you, Budman! I'll be joining you soon.
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I retired ironically just before Labor Day. I'll be celebrating Independence Day with you. This bud's for you.
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Congratulations, Budman. The anxiety you are experiencing gradually disappears as you begin to make post-retirement plans. I had the same feelings when I submitted my retirement papers in March but they've long since passed.

I'll raise a glass to you on the 4th of July.
I'm glad to hear that! The feeling is kind of like buyers remorse.

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Thank You! ... Just 17 more days...13 full workdays left!
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Congrats to you, Budman! I'll be joining you soon.
COOL! How soon? Keep us posted!
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GREAT! Way to Go! And...This Bud's for you too!
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Budman,
Please let me add my congratulations to the rest! I am so glad for you.
For those of us who are still w*rking toward that day, it is an encouragement to read that you made it!
Taking the plunge takes courage, money and the right attitude. It must not be an easy decision. Good for you and may God bless the beginning of the rest of your life. You are FREE!
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Congratulations from the jealousy section!
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Congratulations, Budman. I'm bailing July 1 also, but I won't be taking any more vacation before the big day. Oh well, It's almost like being retired already.

I know what you mean about buyer's remorse. Even with all the planning and calculating, I still wonder what gotcha I missed. I'll feel a lot better after I see the first check.

I'll be the guy right behind you keeping the door from hitting you in the butt.

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Please let me add my congratulations to the rest! I am so glad for you.
For those of us who are still w*rking toward that day, it is an encouragement to read that you made it!
Taking the plunge takes courage, money and the right attitude. It must not be an easy decision. Good for you and may God bless the beginning of the rest of your life. You are FREE!
Thank you for your kind remarks. Taking the retirement plunge today is somewhat like jumping off a cliff and hoping your parachute will open, and there is a safe landing spot!

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Congratulations, Budman. I'm bailing July 1 also, but I won't be taking any more vacation before the big day. Oh well, It's almost like being retired already.

I know what you mean about buyer's remorse. Even with all the planning and calculating, I still wonder what gotcha I missed. I'll feel a lot better after I see the first check.

I'll be the guy right behind you keeping the door from hitting you in the butt.

Larry
I think I have the gotcha's covered, but heck, who knows what could happen with social security, health care, medicare, the economy, wars, etc, etc... I decided I could "what if" myself to death and I'm not going to do it anymore. Congratulations on your retirement, I'll raise a glass to you on Independence day!
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Congratulations, Budman. I'm bailing July 1 also, but I won't be taking any more vacation before the big day. Oh well, It's almost like being retired already.

I know what you mean about buyer's remorse. Even with all the planning and calculating, I still wonder what gotcha I missed. I'll feel a lot better after I see the first check.

I'll be the guy right behind you keeping the door from hitting you in the butt.

Larry
Woooo Hooooooooooo x 2 !
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Congratulations Budman and LoftyNotions! Get ready to enjoy the rest of your life. Freedom!
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Wow, this is a regular stampede!! My "official" date is July 31 but I have SEVEN WEEKS of vacation :moonwalk:. Last day of work is June 12. Eleven days to go, folks.
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Wow, this is a regular stampede!! My "official" date is July 31 but I have SEVEN WEEKS of vacation :moonwalk:. Last day of work is June 12. Eleven days to go, folks.
June 12, eh? How does it feel to know that you're going out the same day as the death of analog TV?
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It feels great, Zig. How weird is it that my divorce from "Mr. Wrong" was on June 12, my marriage to "Mr. Right" was on June 12, my precious grandson was born on June 12, and my daughter will close on her new house on June 12?? (Different years of course, lol.) Sheesh, I should buy a lotto ticket on June 12.
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Wow, this is a regular stampede!! My "official" date is July 31 but I have SEVEN WEEKS of vacation :moonwalk:. Last day of work is June 12. Eleven days to go, folks.
WAY COOL! My last full day of work is on June 12th too. I had 7 weeks this year too, but used a month of it on a Florida Keys vacation in February. Congratulations SarahW! Getting up on Monday, June 15th is going to be sweet!
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It feels great, Zig. How weird is it that my divorce from "Mr. Wrong" was on June 12, my marriage to "Mr. Right" was on June 12, my precious grandson was born on June 12, and my daughter will close on her new house on June 12?? (Different years of course, lol.) Sheesh, I should buy a lotto ticket on June 12.
Woooo Hooooooooooo x 3 !
Definitely buy a lotto ticket - number 6, 12, 20, 09 or some such permutation.
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