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Old 05-09-2014, 05:32 PM   #21
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Congrats. Is it now time to reinvent yourself and re-register under a new name?
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:48 PM   #22
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Welcome to the 10 year club SamClem! My forum 10 year anniversary was in February. Gee, how time flies.
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Congrats on reaching year 10!

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I always read your posts Sam. Keep them coming! ☺
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:56 AM   #25
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I thought I was the longest reigning OMY after retiring in 2003 from mega corp and then going back to work, but since I pulled the plug over a year ago, maybe you eclipse me. Congrats!
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:16 AM   #26
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Thanks to all for the kind words. I guess time is flying by for everyone. The solution (according to Dunbar in Catch-22) is to prolong our lives, or at least the apparent length of our lives, by spending our time in boring activities. That's a problem for ER/ESR types. Back to the cube farm for all of us!
If our time is flying by, does that mean our portfolio doesn't need to last as long? I see a new withdrawal rate strategy:

Higher enjoyment in retirement-->faster time flow-->higher permitted $$ burn rate -->more extravagant and fun activities--> higher enjoyment in retirement (back at step 1, repeat the cycle in ever faster loops). Hmmm, this might need some work.

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I sometimes wonder if there is a common personality trait that could help explain the difference. The answer is probably obvious and right in front of me. I Need To Just concentrate...
I think I have that info in some of the research I've stockpiled--I Save Things Judiciously.

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Ten years--that's tin or aluminum for the traditional gift (like silver for 25th), or diamond jewelry for the modern gift. Guess which one you'll get (hint: you can use it to make a hat!).
The hat is working great. I have a ground wire from it that runs down my leg to a plate on the bottom of my shoe. Works great when I'm standing, but I have to drag that foot when I walk.

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10 OMYs? That deserves a separate thread on its own. Did you open a thread on that before?
Nope. And I'll bet 10 years isn't a record, either! It helps that the w*rk is part-time and has generally been enjoyable, if sometimes stressful.

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Congrats. Is it now time to reinvent yourself and re-register under a new name?
Not a bad idea. Once I thought about becoming "T-Bone Sam" when T-Bone Al temporarily edged away from the table. Anyway, we've got enough characters here, I'll stick with my threadbare but comfortable present identity.

Again, thanks to all.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:54 AM   #27
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Don't forget, the Community Rules do not allow multiple usernames for the same person! We can always change his username to something else, though.

Hmm... maybe Mr_Samuel_Clem? Sounds ultra-distinguished, a name befitting a member for over a decade.
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I like samclem because I hope it's a Mark Twain reference. We've got those riverboats around here.
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Don't forget, the Community Rules do not allow multiple usernames for the same person! We can always change his username to something else, though.

Hmm... maybe Mr_Samuel_Clem? Sounds ultra-distinguished, a name befitting a member for over a decade.
How about "Sam-Emeritus" or "Uncle Sam"?
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How about "Sam-Emeritus" or "Uncle Sam"?
Uncle Sam! I love it!
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:35 PM   #31
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I like samclem because I hope it's a Mark Twain reference.
Yes, I'm a big fan. I don't agree with all he wrote, but as an observer and commenter on the human condition, he remains unmatched (IMO).

And I will >not< change my identity. It took a decade to build up this armor of curmudgeonly barnacles, I won't shed them without a fight.
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Just noticed that I now qualify for the 10 Year Pin and certificate that is suitable for framing. When will it be presented to me?
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:58 PM   #33
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Congratulations, I'm a newbe(I think a year), I always enjoy your posts.
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Just noticed that I now qualify for the 10 Year Pin and certificate that is suitable for framing. When will it be presented to me?
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When was the official first post on the forum?

samclem, when I do a search for all your posts, the first post I can find that you made (in 2005) was to .... Tadpole. Did you really wait so long after you registered to make your first post or did the forum lose the earlier posts?
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:56 PM   #37
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It is amazing to see all the long-timers here. I feel like such a rookie.

(OTOH being a Canadian, many of the topics do not interest me.)

Congratulations to all the long time members.
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:15 PM   #38
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samclem, when I do a search for all your posts, the first post I can find that you made (in 2005) was to .... Tadpole. Did you really wait so long after you registered to make your first post or did the forum lose the earlier posts?
I don't remember how things went back then, but something doesn't look right. I have a "Join Date" of 8 May 2004, then just two recorded posts in 2005 (neither of which looks like an intro or newbie post) then a long break until Feb of 2006--with regular posts after that. As some have observed, it's not like me to let things go without commenting. There may be some stuff missing.
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Sam, I seem to recall the forum limits our ability to search more than our most recent 8,000 posts. That may be why you see a gap at the beginning of your membership.
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:32 PM   #40
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Sam, I seem to recall the forum limits our ability to search more than our most recent 8,000 posts. That may be why you see a gap at the beginning of your membership.
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That looks like the issue alright: 8000 posts and my note to Tadpole is no longer the first listed.
Every new post is pushing an old one off the back of the truck! This is similar to my reason for not learning new things--my RAM is now full and each new thing purges an old one. Now that I've learned a new thing (that there's an 8000 message limit) I can no longer remember my SSAN. Thanks a lot!
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