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Old 10-10-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Six years and counting--hello from the San Francisco Bay Area

Hello all,

I will quietly lurk, but wanted to introduce myself. I will be turning 49 this month, and plan to retire promptly in six years, when I turn 55. I work in the fiscal office of a K-12 school district as a data wrangler, a high-pressure environment with many demands (which can be quite stressful--especially with the California state and local budget situation of the last few years).

One of the carrots that has kept me at this job is eligibility for employer-paid post-retirement health and dental insurance, from age 55 to 65, for myself and my spouse. Of course, this might be eliminated at any time, but so far it's only been capped, not eliminated.

I'm very much looking forward to retirement, and have a countdown application on my smartphone which I check when I feel especially stressed (2202 days as of this afternoon). I've discussed this with my husband, who says he wants whatever is best for my health and sanity. He and a few of my friends predict I'll be bored within a few months, and soon be working at a new job. I don't think so, though. I have PLENTY of hobbies and interests, and have never defined myself by my job. I joke that I'll have a chance to be a housewife, and surprise him with completed DIY home projects. I plan to retire, take a minimum four-week vacation to de-stress, and then see how my post-work life evolves.

I'm mostly interested in the forum threads that deal with "Life after FIRE", especially the emotional, physical, and mental effects of FIRE. I'm working my way through the archive, gleaning wisdom and refining my plans. It makes me happy to read about others who have achieved--or are actively striving towards--FIRE.

So...hello from the West Coast.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:51 PM   #2
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Just wondering if you were impacted by the 'red code' last week...

Now that I see Oakland, probably not
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:57 PM   #3
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I have just calculated that it is 2000 days to my current projected ER date: March 31, 2017.

2000 days can be converted to one of these units:
  • 172,800,000 seconds
  • 2,880,000 minutes
  • 48,000 hours
  • 285 weeks (rounded down)
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:45 AM   #4
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Hi, I am planning to ER at 53 next summer, when DH will retire at 60 with pension.
I am working on my "get a life tree". It is an overview of interests you have had in younger days or might try after retirement.
I have no doubt that there is enough to do, try out, explore and learn after retirement.
Maybe even more meaningful stuff than today.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:04 AM   #5
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Welcome, Indigo Mule.
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:08 AM   #6
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Welcome Mule

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I've discussed this with my husband, who says he wants whatever is best for my health and sanity. He and a few of my friends predict I'll be bored within a few months, and soon be working at a new job.
I predict he will get burned out from work right about when you pull the plug and will regret not getting his own FIRE ducks in a row.
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