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Old 04-14-2011, 05:35 PM   #21
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I would have pointed to the In Memoriam list in the company newsletter and said, "I'm on Plan C: Not to die while still working, like these poor folks!"

That would've made Mr. No Plan = Death think!

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I like that story, Midpack--per the visiting engineer, either have plans and enjoy retirement, or have no plans and die within 6 months. Which path to choose?
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:36 PM   #22
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I look forward to having nothing to do and all day to do it. I'm sure I won't even finish by the end of the day.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:44 PM   #23
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I look forward to having nothing to do and all day to do it. I'm sure I won't even finish by the end of the day.
And that will be just fine, because you'll have all day the next day, and the day after, and the day after that.....

I tell you, this ER thing is seriously underadvertised. It is SO much better than I ever dreamed or imagined it could possibly be. Goonie came closest to describing ER as I have experienced it, when he called it "endless days of play".

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Old 04-14-2011, 05:46 PM   #24
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I kid you not. Happened about 3 hours ago and it still makes me chuckle. It didn't bother me in the least, I really thought it was hilarious...
Funny story Midpack. I had a similar comment right after I announced about how I'd die soon after retiring if I did not have big plans. I said I don't think that applies so much to someone at 55.
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Midpack, you are awesome Retire, love and live life, and move on. This will all be a distant memory soon. Oh, and listen to this for me baby:

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Too bad he works for the insurance company. Otherwise you could look for an excuse to fire him and casually ask about his plans.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #27
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:34 PM   #28
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I'd ask him for advice, "Well, what should my plan be?" Then I'd probably say I didn't want to end up like Joe Battipaglia, may he rest in peace.
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I just say I am planning to spend my pension on blow and hookers.
They usually don't ask again after I tell them that.
I think I'm going to use your line when I decide to ER. After all, why should I lie?
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I expect to spend only half on hookers and blow. The rest I'll probably just waste.
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Midpack, we are at about the same point. In my company I'm starting to tell some people that I am retiring, but the formal announcement won't come for another week or so. Most people don't know what to say. After a few moments, some say 'Congratulations'. Some say, 'how old are you?' Some just say 'Wow, I'm jealous.' But what I find after a few exchanges with them, is that they have no clue as to how one could do this. A few of the people that are around my age say they have never even tried to figure it out. Though eventually they all say they wish they could do the same. It blows me away.
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You probably get it if you are real young and retire (like Nords... heck, what DOES he do all day )
I'm just glad I didn't know how to surf while I still had to show up for work.
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Lead engineer says, 'so you have no plans?'

I think he was busting your chops. Only an Engineer would persist about "the plan" in all seriousness but hopefully the question was delivered with a wink and a smile.

At least he didn't ask "what will you do all day?" At least not yet.

My Engineer colleagues asked similar questions of me before I exited. Some were kidding, others had absoultely no clue that I would have something other to do with my time than remain immersed in techie stuff. I actually do continue to enjoy techie stuff, but not held by shackles for a paycheck.
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Great story Midpack.

Enjoy your last couple of months winding down at work, and winding up the employees you are leaving behaind.

Oh, and don't forget to update your will
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Midpack, you are awesome Retire, love and live life, and move on. This will all be a distant memory soon. Oh, and listen to this for me baby:

Great song!!! I used to humm that all the time at work. When I was let go (albeit unexpectedly) with a nice payout, after the initial shock, I was singing that all the time! Now I wonder how I did everything when I was working! I am busier than I ever was, but it is with stuff I like to do! I don't miss a day of work!!!
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:54 PM   #36
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Midpack, you are awesome Retire, love and live life, and move on. This will all be a distant memory soon. Oh, and listen to this for me baby:
Thanks a lot Purr, I enjoyed the video
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My ER was announced last Fri...

That remark he or she made was a snide comment. But, you did the right thing... why take the bait at work!

It is called: Jealousy in the third-degree!

Congrats by the way!
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Thanks a lot Purr, I enjoyed the video
So glad you liked it Middy. Have a great weekend
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