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Old 05-19-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Who has the longest tenure being a pre-early retiree

I retired back in 2003, but went back to work and then retired again due to a layoff in 2006 and then went back to work yet again. This will be my last year in tne workforce (maybe), so no continuous run as a pre-retiree for me.

I am wondering who on this board has been a member of the forum as a pre-retiree for the longest period of time?
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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Not me. Just 35 months after joining the forum I turned my dream into my reality.

On the other hand, I lurked for several years before joining but that probably doesn't count.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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Not me. Just 35 months after joining the forum I turned my dream into my reality.

On the other hand, I lurked for several years before joining but that probably doesn't count.
No, lurking doesn't count.

Just to put a stake in the ground, I guess my longest uninterrupted period would be 4.5 years.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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I did it the other way around, I joined 4 years after I retired !
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I retired in May 1999 (@39+) so this has been 13 years of ER for me.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #6
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I'm guessing that a "pre-retiree" is someone who retired and then went back to work. Many women "retire" when they give birth to a child, then go back to work when the child/ren is/are older. Does that count?
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I am wondering who on this board has been a member of the forum as a pre-retiree for the longest period of time?
Do you really want to get competitive about the "Just one more year!!" prize?!?
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I joined this forum nearly two years ago, but still not retired.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:38 AM   #9
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Joined about four years before I retired.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:22 AM   #10
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Joined in 2007 and I'm not fully retired yet. I'm starting to think about it though.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:56 AM   #11
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I did it the other way around, I joined 4 years after I retired !
Like you arky, I did it the other way around and I know that the thread isn't looking for this but had to "one up" you. Joined the forum in 2008 after retiring in 1988. Actually got my first personal computer in 1988, a Tandy from Radio Shack. Don't remember the Early Retirement forum being around then.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:11 AM   #12
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I don't know who's keep score but I'm still not retired. I decided shortly after joining the forum that I'm FI but I must admit 2008 and 2009 scared the crap out of me. I'm currently targeting for late this year but I could easily fall into the "one more year" trap. What I'm doing pays well, there's no stress and I get 5 wks PTO with the ability to take unpaid.

Maybe the "winner" should be expelled.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #13
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Do you really want to get competitive about the "Just one more year!!" prize?!?
I don't want to win that prize, but Nords, are you declaring victory

When I first retired, I must admit mentally I wasn't prepared for it. At the time, I got excited over what was supposedly the last favorable voluntary buyout my megacorp would offer and jumped on it. I've been FI since then, however, with DD finishing up her college degree at a private school it kept me working. Unfortunately that college expense has consumed most of my after tax $s and I hate to tap the IRA/401K to pay for it and thereby give uncle sam more tax $s by pushing me into a higher bracket. I had budgeted state college, but got private instead. If I eased up on some of my mid-life crises spends, it wouldn't have become an issue for me. Its probably a bit silly to not retire now and pay for her school out of my IRA, but thats my mindset.
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I ERed in late 2008 but did not know about or join this forum until late 2009.
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I don't want to win that prize, but Nords, are you declaring victory
Nords is already retired so he's not eligible unless we consider his book/blog to be "employment." I suspect he isn't exactly rolling in the big bucks doing this.

I think Ed the Gypsy has me beat by a little.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #16
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Does goofing off for nearly 2 years in late 20s count. Did not consider it retirement, however, quit j*b, sold house, packed stuff in a motorhome and bummed around the USA for almost two years. Visited all the lower 48 states. Returned to the east coast. Had several j*bs, then finally retired. 5 more days then it will be 5 years.

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I don't want to win that prize, but Nords, are you declaring victory
Not me, but you might have to match dates with Rich_in_Tampa.

I was retired before I even discovered this board,and I lurked for over a year before I finally posted the question: "This is too easy... am I missing something?"
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I did it the other way around, I joined 4 years after I retired !
Same here - actually 6.5 years after I retired, I think.
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Based on number of posts, Ziggy might be a contender for longest on here but not retired.
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