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Old 03-03-2011, 07:59 PM   #81
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ahhhhh Desert... it is all tjey said it was cracked up to be... one day of being FIRE'd was worth all the pain of getting there
Congratulations to you heyduke! Your comment is consistent with others who are telling me to "jump in" and never look back. Glad you are enjoying your free time. Today the announcement of my RE went to the entire site. I've got a work day party scheduled later this month with cake, drinks etc. Sometimes these become quite hilarious. We'll see if anyone can come up with any dirt on me.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #82
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Well, looky here....I'm a "one digit midget" now. 8 days to go.

My transition is more difficult than I thought it would be. Maybe that's a good thing because it keeps the time passing quickly.
Today was a 1.5 hour meeting to review the process and make adjustments if necessary. Well that turned into two additional meetings to update job roles and something else about project ownership. Not only that but I have to put more meat into the documentation part of this. Well I'll add some more to it but only for 8 more days. Whatever is there then will just have to do.
I'm feeling more glad about my decision with each passing day. Hard to explain unless you've been there I guess. I'm sure by some standards I have it easy and I know that, so I'm not complaining.....simply blogging I guess.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:29 PM   #83
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Congratulations. You are not only a single digit midget, but also you have the right attitude. They have had plenty of time to coordinate getting everything done for the transition. The fact that they haven't should not be your concern.

Soon all of this will be behind you, just as you dreamed and planned. Good!
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Hey dessert - I am a 1-digit midget as well - after today, 7 more days - but my days are spread waaaaaaay out to the end of April. It's OK, though, I will enjoy my one-day-per-week in April!! And I'm like you, documenting the heck out of everything I know. Life will go on, but they will miss me.
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Congratulations. You are not only a single digit midget, but also you have the right attitude. They have had plenty of time to coordinate getting everything done for the transition. The fact that they haven't should not be your concern.

Soon all of this will be behind you, just as you dreamed and planned. Good!
Ditto to the "plenty of time", seems like that is always the case whether it be retirement or just leaving, the company wants more time, more documentation, etc.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:05 PM   #86
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Soon all of this will be behind you, just as you dreamed and planned. Good!
Thanks W2R! That's why I'm not concerned. I really don't understand why everything has to be written down so explicitely. I have everything documented but not enough detail in it. I'll make another attempt and I have a feeling that it will be good enough at that point because my body language will probably say that.
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Hey dessert - I am a 1-digit midget as well - after today, 7 more days - but my days are spread waaaaaaay out to the end of April.
Hi cj. I saw that you were retiring soon so congratulations to you as well. We are probably going through a lot of the same thoughts and emotions at this time. Looks like you have some vacation to use up but I am selling mine back so March 31st is it for me.
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Ditto to the "plenty of time", seems like that is always the case whether it be retirement or just leaving, the company wants more time, more documentation, etc.
What...me worry?? I can do it standing on my head for 7 more days!
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I really don't understand why everything has to be written down so explicitely.
Because your bosses are afraid that if they call you to ask questions after you've retired, you'll cackle wickedly and hang up on them...
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Because your bosses are afraid that if they call you to ask questions after you've retired, you'll cackle wickedly and hang up on them...
As you should!

Remember the sign so many people post in their cubicles? I think it is something like,
"Lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part!"
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Because your bosses are afraid that if they call you to ask questions after you've retired, you'll cackle wickedly and hang up on them...
I told my replacement to expect a "delay" on every phone call....and some may seem like "forever".

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As you should!

Remember the sign so many people post in their cubicles? I think it is something like,
"Lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part!"
Actually, everyone is impressed that my replacement has been in place for a couple of months. That's a little unusual around here. Not the norm for sure.
With only 3 more working days left they better schedule those two meetings I mentioned ASAP. Today I put the final touches on the "explicitely documented spreadsheet" including action items that don't have my name assigned to any of them. I also put together a pretty good powerpoint presentation to use at my cake and coffee party this Wednesday. I think it will be a hit with everyone.
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Well, tomorrow is Wednesday and my "last real working day". I can't believe that I have an important meeting scheduled through lunch so I can't even enjoy lunch tomorrow. (I'm not complaining though!!)
At 3:00 PM I'm having a company get together with cake and ice cream etc. I'm expected to say something so I put together a power point presentation that will be entertaining.
On Thursday I go in early for a team breakfast and then the rest of the day is up to me to entertain myself. I'll go to the production meeting and get acknowledged because it's my last day and say a few words there. After that I'll go around shaking hands and BSing until I just leave and head home for the last time. I still can't believe that it is happening.
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Well, tomorrow is Wednesday and my "last real working day". I can't believe that I have an important meeting scheduled through lunch so I can't even enjoy lunch tomorrow. (I'm not complaining though!!)
At 3:00 PM I'm having a company get together with cake and ice cream etc. I'm expected to say something so I put together a power point presentation that will be entertaining.
On Thursday I go in early for a team breakfast and then the rest of the day is up to me to entertain myself. I'll go to the production meeting and get acknowledged because it's my last day and say a few words there. After that I'll go around shaking hands and BSing until I just leave and head home for the last time. I still can't believe that it is happening.
Congratulations, dessert! Think of RE as the "dessert" on the meal of your w*rking life.
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Congratulations, dessert! Think of RE as the "dessert" on the meal of your w*rking life.
Hey Thanks Meadbh! That's exactly how I chose my forum name.
After tomorrow I should change it to "having dessert".
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Congrats Dessert. Enjoy your dessert each and every day!

Shouldn't your replacement be adding to the notes. I would provide what I think is right but shouldn't the replacement add as needed to accomplish the task when s/he is performing it? At least that's how I viewed it as I transitioned to new tasks/projects, etc. In a few days, it won't matter.
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Well, tomorrow is Wednesday and my "last real working day". I can't believe that I have an important meeting scheduled through lunch so I can't even enjoy lunch tomorrow. (I'm not complaining though!!)
At 3:00 PM I'm having a company get together with cake and ice cream etc. I'm expected to say something so I put together a power point presentation that will be entertaining.
On Thursday I go in early for a team breakfast and then the rest of the day is up to me to entertain myself. I'll go to the production meeting and get acknowledged because it's my last day and say a few words there. After that I'll go around shaking hands and BSing until I just leave and head home for the last time. I still can't believe that it is happening.
That cake will taste so delicious to you at 3 p.m. today!!! No dessert can be more delicious than the cake served in your retirement party! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and proud of you.
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Congrats! It has been fun reading this thread today. I have been away from the boards for awhile. You can officially take a deep breath after today!
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Well done....take tomorrow off!
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