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Old 05-05-2008, 05:44 PM   #41
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When you keep getting amazed at how little work/results it actually takes to keep management happy.
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:45 PM   #42
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When you keep getting amazed at how little work/results it actually takes to keep management happy.
I just saw the movie, "Office Space." Maybe they fired me five years ago and forgot to stop writing the checks?
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Office Space should be the training video for ER's.
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Office Space should be the training video for ER's.
The first 10 minutes or so was a documentary.
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The first 10 minutes or so was a documentary.
Only the first 10 minutes?

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Old 05-08-2009, 05:49 PM   #46
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When my trading income is 2x my salary I knew it's getting close. I am going out at 48 on feb/2011 or hopefully earlier.
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Whew YOU JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!
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I recall Johnny Carson asking an old Borscht Belt comedian when do you know when to retire? Answer: When you can't get work anymore.

I am out of work 4 months now. Maybe I am retired and don't know it.
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Whew YOU JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!
FANTASTIC!!! Then I am ready to retire this mornig. After an unusually stressful week at w*rk, I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!

Oh, that's right - - I have to wait until November for eligibility for lifetime medical. Given the uncertainties of potential universal medical coverage down here in the U.S., I guess I am not QUITE ready to retire, financially speaking. But mentally speaking, I am so ready. Once I walk away, I am not looking back.
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I have to wait until November for eligibility for lifetime medical. Given the uncertainties of potential universal medical coverage down here in the U.S., I guess I am not QUITE ready to retire, financially speaking. But mentally speaking, I am so ready. Once I walk away, I am not looking back.

That was what I waited for and it was worth the wait. At about this time last year, I started counting down the number of remaining Mondays until I retired (also in November). That helped me. Hang in there it, it is great on the other side.
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When you ask yourself:
How much money would they have to pay me to stay and you realize it would have to be what they are paying the head of the division. (They wouldn't do it and you would leave if they did.)
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That was what I waited for and it was worth the wait. At about this time last year, I started counting down the number of remaining Mondays until I retired (also in November). That helped me. Hang in there it, it is great on the other side.
Thanks for the encouragement! In July and August I will be training my replacement and hopefully she will be taking some of this off my shoulders. Then in September and October, I am planning to use up all my vacation time, rather than getting paid for it in a lump sum. I'll take 1-2 weeks off, then a week on, then repeat during those months.

So, if I can just hang on through August it should be easier after that.

An ancient joke in my family is based on my father's attitudes when he was in school. Each year while working his way through medical school during the Great Depression (by embalming bodies at the local mortuary) he would tell my mother, "Next year will be easier and more interesting!" That phrase pops up frequently in other contexts, when speaking with family members. I think I can truthfully say, at last, that next year finally will be easier and more interesting.
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How much money would they have to pay me to stay and you realize it would have to be what they are paying the head of the division. (They wouldn't do it and you would leave if they did.)
That topic came up recently when my supervisor was feeling me out with respect to a retention bonus + promotion. I told her that our agency can't offer me enough money to entice me to stay. Rash, I know. But at what price would I sell my life, now that I can reclaim it? Some things are priceless.

Besides, five more years of this would d*** near kill me, IMO.
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A couple of months prior to retiring I was asked to delay my departure date by two months. I countered with an offer to stay an additional 4 weeks if they would pay me for 6 - they agreed. So short term, my price was a 50% pay increase.
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- You notice that you're in the oldest age bracket for the military's physical fitness test.
I do my annual PT test in two weeks. I was looking at the new brackets given my distinguished age of 40. I think I will be in good shape Oh yeah we also get an altitude adjustment.

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I knew it was time to go when "you pass gas", that you can't control, in front of the young females, and you really don't care.

Puts a new spin on the expression "old fart".

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I told her that our agency can't offer me enough money to entice me to stay. Rash, I know. But at what price would I sell my life, now that I can reclaim it? Some things are priceless.
That's it in a nutshell.
A computation forgotten in the "Do I have enough to retire" question.

I am so happy (a word I don't take lightly) at this moment.
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You know you're getting short when...over the past years you've had to keep your yapper shut and now you can smile and let a little of it out...
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You know you are ready when you volunteer to be the next cost-savings project. The company will lose an important product line in a few months so I volunteered to be laid off on 7/7 - 8 more weeks to go. My responsibilities will be divided among 6 people with 5 of them getting promotions. A great outcome for all. Virtually all the people who work at the company are "lifers" (my term for those who are born, raised and die in the same town) and I didn't want to see any of them laid off. The subsidized COBRA also makes this doable.

We have our house up for sale but who knows when it will sell and we can move to FL. Houses can stay on the market for a long time in my rural town even in a good year. It is in perfect condition and we just finished turning it into a showplace with the help of an interior designer and stager. The good news is we aren't competing with other sellers in our price range. The bad news is our home is one of the nicest and most expensive homes in the area. Expensive is a relative term in this area.

We have to pay to live somewhere and we get a lot for our money in this house so until it starts to get cold out, this is a great place to hang out. Luckily, we have friends in FL who are happy to have us visit. I'm not sure if I'm really done w*rking for good but the economy may make that decision for me.
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That topic came up recently when my supervisor was feeling me out with respect to a retention bonus + promotion. I told her that our agency can't offer me enough money to entice me to stay. Rash, I know. But at what price would I sell my life, now that I can reclaim it? Some things are priceless.

Besides, five more years of this would d*** near kill me, IMO.
I am SO proud of you.
Rash? No way. Honest and self-confident is more like it.
What kind of place would even think a retention bonus and promotion, in the 11th hour no less,
would actually change the mind of a retiree-2b ?
Ooops, I w*rked for the same type of place myself. I can answer my own question.

Heads up...If they haven't already, next step might be to try to get you back as a contractor.
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