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Old 08-03-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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5 year anniversary

Today, August 3, is the 5 year anniversary of my retirement.

In some respects it seems like it has been just a few months and in other respects it seems like 15 years. Time is an odd thing, where did 5 years go?

Hoping for another 5.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #2
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Happy anniversary. Feels so good...
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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That is great! Congratulations and enjoy the next 5! :-)
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #4
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Congradulations! I retired in March 08 so not too far behind. I saw we were entering a market downturn but didn't expect it would be as big/long as it was/is. Must have been even more scary for you. Any financial and personal highlights to report?
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #5
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Congratulations!

I read a great line in a book recently - "The days are long, but the years are short"
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Congratulations !

Do you have and wise and learned reflections on the transition ?
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Congrats, hope to reach that same milestone in 5 years and 6 months
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #11
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Brofist with explosion or whatever cheer you want to use Congratulations.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:02 PM   #12
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Very happy for you! Five years! I still have 3 years and one month to go......yes, time passes so fast.
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Congrats! My 5th was March 31st and I agree, in some ways it seems like just yesterday I retired. But in other ways it seems like a long time ago. One thing I do miss about my old job was the annual golf/fishing to Destin, FL. A fun time for people in sales and in management. I still get invited, but decline because I do not want to feel obligated to go back for any fill in work in case my replacement ever left. Better to cut ties completely.
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Congratulations!!! I wish you many more hears of retirement bliss!
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Congradulations! I retired in March 08 so not too far behind. I saw we were entering a market downturn but didn't expect it would be as big/long as it was/is. Must have been even more scary for you. Any financial and personal highlights to report?
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Congratulations !

Do you have and wise and learned reflections on the transition ?
This was a terrible time to retire, 3 or 4 months before the $hit hit the fan. We all know it's the order of returns that can make or break your retirement. I'm doing fine financially as I LBYM and always have. I took only $20k from investments to help pay off the mortgage but other than that I have not touched investments. I stupidly rode the whole debacle down to the March 9th low and then in July when the market was up 27% I decided to take the little I made back and go to fixed income, I figured it was a gift and the market was going lower. So due to that dumb move I'm still 13% below where I was in late 2007, unless the market really has a great bull run I'll never make it up. I used to be 60/40 but now I'm 35/65 and it takes a lot to move that 35% in equities.

Going to work provided human interaction and I wasn't sure of it's value. In retrospect, it is the only part of retiring that created any type of problem. I'm a hermit but I have the personality to deal with that. However, there have been times I wished I had more interaction with people. I made an attempt to strike up a friendship that I hoped would lead to more with an old friend/co worker but either she's not interested or I was too subtle. That hurt but I pulled up my big boy pants and carried on. But don't misread the lack of human interaction, getting a part time job for that is not even a remote possibility.

So here's to another 5 years!
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Best wishes to you and here's hoping for many happy years to come!
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