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Played hooky yesterday as a dry-run for retirement
Old 08-20-2015, 08:17 AM   #1
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Played hooky yesterday as a dry-run for retirement

For the first time in my career, I called in sick when I wasn't sick. I use few sick days, and am cheesed off about the expected bonus (or lack of). When I saw my calendar had not a single meeting in it, I decided to take the day for myself. Oh, I did handle email during the day, and I called in for a quick meeting at the end of the day, so I wasn't being completely irresponsible.

This was a dry-run for retirement. I went out for a long walk by the water, spent some time making more money on the stock market, puttered around the apartment, did grocery shopping, and made a nice dinner.

I know it was only one day, but I didn't miss work, and it was nice being out and about while the rest of the city was busying themselves with the business of making a living. I don't think that I will be bored or have a while in my life when I finish work next April at 50.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:25 AM   #2
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You called in sick when you weren't but still answered emails and called in for a meeting? You are infected with the work virus. Take 2 martinis and call me in the morning.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:32 AM   #3
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So you took a few steps in the ocean yesterday as practice for your channel swim....
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:13 AM   #4
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Nice test run at a retired day.

Any time that I'm off or w*rk during the week I always take a moment to dream about what it'll be like when I'm retired. It's a nice feeling and a good driver to keep on keepin' on.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:46 AM   #5
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Good for you!

I did the same thing when I learned my time was up.

In 33 years I had never taken a sick day without being sick or played hooky.

One day, after being told I'd not be included in the team going forward, I just took the day, went for a walk, had lunch at a cafe (living in Paris at the time made it even easier) and visited a museum. Took a nap, went to dinner.

One of the more interesting--and memorable--days of my work life.

I say interesting because of the slight disorientation of "just not giving a damn" anymore. It was a new and unusual feeling for me but I've expanded upon it over the past 10 years!
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You called in sick when you weren't but still answered emails and called in for a meeting? You are infected with the work virus. Take 2 martinis and call me in the morning.

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Old 08-20-2015, 02:21 PM   #7
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You called in sick when you weren't but still answered emails and called in for a meeting? You are infected with the work virus. Take 2 martinis and call me in the morning.
Ouch! Guilty as charged.

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So you took a few steps in the ocean yesterday as practice for your channel swim....
Fair analogy. One day vs. 45 years....

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Good for you!
I did the same thing when I learned my time was up. In 33 years I had never taken a sick day without being sick or played hooky. One day, after being told I'd not be included in the team going forward, I just took the day, went for a walk, had lunch at a cafe (living in Paris at the time made it even easier) and visited a museum. Took a nap, went to dinner. One of the more interesting--and memorable--days of my work life. I say interesting because of the slight disorientation of "just not giving a damn" anymore. It was a new and unusual feeling for me but I've expanded upon it over the past 10 years!
So in the last 10 years did you ever get the "I'm bored, I wish I had my job back, I have no meaning in my life" blues?
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I remember a similar day when I was still w*rking. I had a very early doctor's appointment and would then go in to w*rk. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning, and I was at the train station at 9:30. It was so quiet, birds chirping, and dagnabbit very depressing to get on the train. .........so the next day I did what you did, and knew I was ready to take the ER plunge.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:24 PM   #9
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Shame , Shame , Shame, why did you wait so long , should have been doing this for years, like many of your co-workers
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