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Old 12-19-2007, 10:52 AM   #41
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TromboneAl,

If it isn't too personal, would you mind updating us on your story above? Did your relationship with your friends become strained, or did everything turn out fine?
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:16 PM   #42
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It is best not to feed trolls...
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:10 PM   #43
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It is best not to feed trolls...
What kind of food do trolls eat?? I must be careful not to buy any.......
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:23 PM   #44
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Al introduced his friends to the Beaver and they all lived happily ever after....THE END
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:01 PM   #45
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You guys...

No, it didn't affect our relationship with our friends, and I've never detected any kind of jealousy or envy. Everything turned out fine.
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:22 PM   #46
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What's to feel guilty about? I worked in law enforcement for 29 years, worked weekly rotating shifts for 18 of them. Worked in fraud section, later morphed into computer crime/computer forensics which was a lot of fun - straight out of science fiction at the time. Got beat up a couple of times, stabbed with a knife, shot at once. 20-25% go out on permanent disability, 8 were killed. I feel lucky that I can still walk across the room and get myself a glass of water - I know some who can't.

Watched my pennies after divorce from spendthrift ex and in 14 years had a paid-for house, zero debt, and enough in deferred compensation savings. Married a bookkeeper who is more frugal than I am.

I'll admit I didn't pay attention to the agency's retirement benefits (at age 22 who does?) so that part was pure luck.

Hell, I EARNED it!
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:19 PM   #47
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Thanks, when I was looking up old threads for my train-wreck last week I remembered this one as a cautionary tale of lost friendship. When I saw that the reality was much more ambiguous it started bugging me. Glad to hear that I was just projecting my own fears.
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:45 AM   #48
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i have a friend who is comfortably ER-ed who just says "i'm unemployed".

according to him, at that point , people don't usually ask too many more questions :-)

If they get to know him better they eventually figure out
he's not interested in finding a new job (and is FIRE-ed)
but by then they don't seem to care much.
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