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Old 12-03-2010, 07:56 PM   #21
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So have you put together a subtle short-timer's chain that you can use as office decoration without management realizing its purpose?
No I haven't Nords. Funny thing though, I don't care if Management realizes the purpose or not.
Is this an actual chain with links?
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:07 PM   #22
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Congratulations on reaching your goals - relish all the emotions that come with this milestone!
Thank you Fireup. I will enjoy each day.

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Congratulations Dessert. I plan to FIRE in 2012, seems like a long way to go...
I was where you are this time last year. It will go by quickly. It has for me.

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had a great send off. Better than any watch. Fire at 55 5 years ago.
Good for you. Five years ago at 55, I didn't feel like quitting yet. Now, I feel totally different. I'm definitely ready.

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I'm not as subtle, I have a countdown clock on my desk that has a big BON VOYAGE sign on it, and another countdown app on my computer screen, where I can see them both!
Now that's what I'm talking about! Why be subtle at this point. More like Brash is best.

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I felt really peculiar during my last few weeks, very nervous, sleeping very badly, not what I had expected at all. But it all quickly changed after "the day" and it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Thanks Alan. I wouldn't doubt if that happens to me as well. Sometimes I do get nervous at times like that. Like you say, "it passes though".
I'll recognize that and deal with it knowing that soon, all that is going on at Mega Corp won't be my problem to stress over anymore.
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dessert, congrats. I finally got offered a buy out yesterday. Not great, but better than nothing. Still ironing out a couple details, but my last day will be sometime Jan 31 - Feb 28. Turns out my soul is for sale pretty cheap. I'll be doing a training session next week for the group in India that will be taking it over.

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dessert, congrats. I finally got offered a buy out yesterday. Not great, but better than nothing. Still ironing out a couple details, but my last day will be sometime Jan 31 - Feb 28. !
Good for you Runningbum. There were some buyouts going around here for the past year but they all went to poor performers. I'm not fretting over that though. I'm in good shape and leaving on my terms not theirs.
You're going to have "seniority" over me in the Class of 2011.
I'll be right behind you though.
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dessert, congratulations! I think you may find that adjusting to retirement is not hard. You might feel adrift for the first few weeks, but you'll get the hang of it.

RunningBum, congratulations to you, too! That's wonderful news.
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dessert, congratulations! I think you may find that adjusting to retirement is not hard. You might feel adrift for the first few weeks, but you'll get the hang of it.
Thanks W2R. Good to hear from you. We certainly had a GREAT Hurricane season this year didn't we?
I think I'll adjust without much problem. I've recently renewed an "outdoor sports" hobby that I have always loved but didn't have the time for it.
There are a lot of great places in this good old USA that I haven't seen yet so we'll be doing that too.
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Thanks W2R. Good to hear from you. We certainly had a GREAT Hurricane season this year didn't we?
I think I'll adjust without much problem. I've recently renewed an "outdoor sports" hobby that I have always loved but didn't have the time for it.
There are a lot of great places in this good old USA that I haven't seen yet so we'll be doing that too.
Yes, great hurricane season for us, that's for sure. Sounds like you have some great plans for things to help with that "adrift" feeling. It didn't last too long for me and after a few days I realized that I didn't really have to be doing something all the time - - because it wasn't like I had to fit it all in before Monday. There's always tomorrow.
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No I haven't Nords. Funny thing though, I don't care if Management realizes the purpose or not.
Is this an actual chain with links?
You probably don't have easy access to 120 feet of anchor chain, but paper clips are an acceptable substitute...

Another option is a stopped clock with its hands at 10 o'clock. As you advance it a minute for each day you finish, eventually it'll reach midnight-- and the beginning of a new day.
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after a few days I realized that I didn't really have to be doing something all the time - - because it wasn't like I had to fit it all in before Monday. There's always tomorrow.
You're right W2R. I like to say "if we do it all today, then what will we do tomorrow?" I understand that completely.
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You probably don't have easy access to 120 feet of anchor chain, but paper clips are an acceptable substitute...

Another option is a stopped clock with its hands at 10 o'clock. As you advance it a minute for each day you finish, eventually it'll reach midnight-- and the beginning of a new day.
You're right Nords. There is not much anchor chain around here.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll probably come up with something after the first of the year.
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dessert, congrats. I finally got offered a buy out yesterday. Not great, but better than nothing. Still ironing out a couple details, but my last day will be sometime Jan 31 - Feb 28. Turns out my soul is for sale pretty cheap. I'll be doing a training session next week for the group in India that will be taking it over.

Love the clock, Blackwoodt!
Not to get all political, but training your replacement from India...... there is just something very wrong with that, and the fact that we are shipping jobs overseas, but beyond that, congrats on your retirement, and buyout!
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Not to get all political, but training your replacement from India...... there is just something very wrong with that, and the fact that we are shipping jobs overseas, but beyond that, congrats on your retirement, and buyout!
That's the way of the world at present and hits all industries. My MegaChemical company outsourced the entire Accounts Payable function in 2009. We had about 12 folks over from Calcutta for a month to get trained. After that, every site around the world that sold products would then scan in the paper invoices at point of receiving them and they would be matched up to orders, scheduled and paid out of India. It was nothing new, some of our competitors were already doing it.

A few years earlier they did a very similar thing with handling employee expense reports worldwide. In this case the company that won the contract was a US company and expense reports from our employees worldwide, including the sites and offices in India, were having their expenses handled by a remote organization instead of their local accounting departments.

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I only have 14 more days! It is almost surreal, though.....I can't really believe I won't have to go in to work anymore! Has anyone had this happen.....or is it just me that finds it hard to believe?
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I only have 14 more days! It is almost surreal, though.....I can't really believe I won't have to go in to work anymore! Has anyone had this happen.....or is it just me that finds it hard to believe?
Congratulations Skye! So tell me, "how did you determine your date for retirement?" 14 more working days or 14 days from now?
What are your plans after that?
And yes, I also feel like it's hard to believe!
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Not to get all political, but training your replacement from India...... there is just something very wrong with that, and the fact that we are shipping jobs overseas, but beyond that, congrats on your retirement, and buyout!
I know, and I did struggle with that, and made my concern known.

They did offer me a different position, doing the same kind of software development on a different project in a technology I'm not familiar with. I didn't even bring it up in a meeting with my director, the guy who made the decision and also happens to be Indian (working at HQ in the US right now), and he got very defensive, or maybe offensive, that they were giving away jobs, they were creating new jobs and moving old ones. OK, whatever. If I was going to stay a few years, it probably would be a good deal for me to trade old technology for new. But at this point I'm ready to leave, and this is the push out the door I've been needing.

The training is going to be a couple of 3 hour sessions, mostly using presentations already developed. There are a couple other people that have already moved on to the new project who could give this, though not as well as me. I'm spending 3 half days to tailor the slides.

So I said I wasn't going to just give away my job without some incentive. I could've just said I wasn't going to do it and might've been dismissed (and eligible for unemployment insurance), or given a 3 month package effective immediately. Not sure exactly what would've happened. Ultimately I decided to take a slightly better package, plus 2-3 months of employment where I'll do very little other than the 3 days prep and 2 days training plus assist them in any new customer problems that come in. There might be none. I figured it was going to happen anyway, so I might as well get the best deal for myself, rather than make a point that probably wouldn't make a difference anyway. I think the director would've just passed it off as my own personal issue/problem anyway.
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RunningBum, this must have been so unsettling, to say the least. Still, if you are financially ready to ER, this could be the best possible thing to have happen. Congratulations!

(If not, well, I am glad that at least you have some financial compensation coming to help you through the gap in employment.)
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I only have 14 more days! It is almost surreal, though.....I can't really believe I won't have to go in to work anymore! Has anyone had this happen.....or is it just me that finds it hard to believe?
Big time I had it happen to me. Couldn't sleep, high blood pressure etc.

Even on the last last night before I retired I had a weird dream, couldn't sleep and ended up at work for 5am.

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RunningBum, this must have been so unsettling, to say the least. Still, if you are financially ready to ER, this could be the best possible thing to have happen. Congratulations!

(If not, well, I am glad that at least you have some financial compensation coming to help you through the gap in employment.)
The writing has been on the wall for a few months, thanks in part to having a friendly 1st line manager. He gave me a heads up that I was going to be told I had to switch to full time, it was just a matter of when. Then they decided to move the work to India. Funny thing, I was told I could work part time on the new project!

Anyway, I've had a lot of time to think about this and run the numbers, and I am financially ready. In fact I was really starting to suffer from the "one more year" syndrome, though I think that's up to the individual on how much padding they want, and I did want more than I had if I would've left this fall. I think it's all good, and I'll be leaving on good terms, which is a good feeling. The uncertainty of the last few months has been stressful, wondering when and how it would all happen. Now that the decision has been made, I'm not nervous about it at all, which is a good sign.
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The writing has been on the wall for a few months, thanks in part to having a friendly 1st line manager. He gave me a heads up that I was going to be told I had to switch to full time, it was just a matter of when. Then they decided to move the work to India. Funny thing, I was told I could work part time on the new project!

Anyway, I've had a lot of time to think about this and run the numbers, and I am financially ready. In fact I was really starting to suffer from the "one more year" syndrome, though I think that's up to the individual on how much padding they want, and I did want more than I had if I would've left this fall. I think it's all good, and I'll be leaving on good terms, which is a good feeling. The uncertainty of the last few months has been stressful, wondering when and how it would all happen. Now that the decision has been made, I'm not nervous about it at all, which is a good sign.
This is great to hear! I am so happy for you.
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The writing has been on the wall for a few months, thanks in part to having a friendly 1st line manager. He gave me a heads up that I was going to be told I had to switch to full time, it was just a matter of when. Then they decided to move the work to India. Funny thing, I was told I could work part time on the new project!

Anyway, I've had a lot of time to think about this and run the numbers, and I am financially ready. In fact I was really starting to suffer from the "one more year" syndrome, though I think that's up to the individual on how much padding they want, and I did want more than I had if I would've left this fall. I think it's all good, and I'll be leaving on good terms, which is a good feeling. The uncertainty of the last few months has been stressful, wondering when and how it would all happen. Now that the decision has been made, I'm not nervous about it at all, which is a good sign.
I'm sure you are going to be very pleased to be free from it all. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
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