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Old 11-28-2007, 11:38 AM   #1
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How many years have you been retired?

I don't recall if we have polled this before. So, what is your experience with ER?
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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One year, going on fifty years.
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Just celebrated my first year and it has been great . They'd have to drag me kicking and screaming back to work !
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I seem to be the only 18+ years retiree so far. Without digging out tax returns I can't really pin down the exact year. I just had less and less eagerness to grub for new business, and one day I just quit doing so. About 20 years.

More like something out of a novel of modern fecklessness than what a responsible young husband and father would do.

All I can say is thank God for bull markets and cheap whiskey.

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I think Jarhead, if we could entice him back, would have you beat Ha. But you, Mick and Jarhead are the long term ERs, as best as I can recall.
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I am a relative newbee w/ about 17 months - there is no going back - the thought of dealing w/ people and issues that mean nothing to me makes me feel ill......

Being free is incredible. So much time for the family and whatever interests me at the moment - sometimes I feel like I am doing something illegal - while working, I had to check voicemail and E mail CONSTANTLY just to keep up. Now I often go out and forget the cell....no biggy.
I have my allocation where I want it and sleep well at night -
I have a real sense of excitement for the future - because I get to make it!
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Well, I'm the shortest ER'd to check in so far. 8 months next week.

I stopped in at the old joint today to borrow a locator to find a buried bird feeder pipe in the ground here at home. After chatting it up with the guys, it was made extremely clear that the magnitude of the sh*t going down hill there has only increased and intensified since my departure. I'm SOOOOOO glad that I am not them!!! Had i stayed employed there any longer than I did, I would probably be in custody awaiting a jury trial for the execution and decapitation of a couple of morons....the main one being the boss.

I will NEVER have another j*b! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!

I LOVE MY RETIREMENT!!!
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:02 AM   #11
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i've lost track. i left my calendar on the job. i think i'm on two years. i live in florida so i don't know the seasons. i only know two of the days of the week because of garbage days. by the time i wake up after noon the bank is only open for a few more hours. i don't know how anyone can accomplish anything under these circumstances. it's a good thing i don't have anything i have to do today.
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Well, I'm the shortest ER'd to check in so far. 8 months next week.
I'm right there with ya. Eight months tomorrow. If I was still employed with my old company, I would be facing annual inventory starting today and dealing with auditors through the weekend. Instead I'm going on a hike today with my dog and playing golf the rest of the week.

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Goodbye tension, hello pension!

Dec 3rd will be a big and wonderful 4 months for me. It does not matter what I do today because ANYTHING is better than w*rk. I would rather eat guinea pig pellets than go back to w*rk.
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I think Jarhead, if we could entice him back, would have you beat Ha. But you, Mick and Jarhead are the long term ERs, as best as I can recall.
And Billy and Akaisha.
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:53 PM   #20
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Soon. Very, very soon. But...

An observation:

I love looking at statistics and letting numbers talk to me if they will. Folks on this board pour out alot of heartfelt ideas concerning how to safely retire as early as possible. The sample is still small, but look how the numbers skew toward the low numbers.

86.8% retired 4 years of less, or not retired yet

It sort of makes me wonder how reliable all this advice and information really is with 86.8% of it coming from a group who have only been retired 4 years or less! I sure hope the mathematical models are accurate.

I would be even MORE curious about how much in assets the long-retired group started with. Did anyone out there have to quit retirement and go back to w**k? Is this just pre-retirement jitters I'm suffering from? (Not that I plan to change MY plans.)
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