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Old 08-09-2009, 04:01 PM   #21
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Congrats on a decade of FIRE!

I'm just a few months over the 2 year mark <a real greenhorn>

I do read your posts very closely BTW. Your posts have often led me to go research things I never knew about.
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:19 PM   #22
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Happy ER Anniversary!!! And may you have many, many more!!!
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:24 PM   #23
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Congrats.

Looks like you have done well with your investments.

You also post on Morningstar.com?

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Old 08-09-2009, 04:46 PM   #24
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Yep - occasionally - on the Fidelity Forum - same handle.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:19 PM   #25
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Looking forward to my 10 year anniversary! You are an inspiration. Retirement was a little rough for me a first, but I'm gettin' the hang of it!
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:08 PM   #26
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Hah! Book potential! No way. I'm too private of a person.
But... but... but... you could do a photo CD/download with text like Billy & Akaisha!

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I'm one of those (few?) hi-tech retirees who cashed in a lot of stock options during the late 90s...
CFB, ClifP, and CybrMike come to mind. Connie? Or did you do it the old-fashioned way by saving most of your income? Maybe Wabmester, although he seemed to depend on eBay for part-time income.

A really small crowd.
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:25 PM   #27
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A very inspirational life story and I too enjoy your posts.

We meet a few couples like you on our 42 day West trip and it did get us to thinking about full time Rving as a possibility after the kids are out of the nest. The couples we meet were all very nice and helpful. the life style has really got to agree with the people doing it since they are the happiest retirees we have meet.

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Old 08-11-2009, 01:45 PM   #28
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Congrats! I've been ER'ed for only a few months and I'm already a nervous wreck (but I'm getting better I think ).

I would love to see your 10 year track record as well.
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Audrey, congratulations! DH started year 2 of RE on 8/9/09, and we're thrilled that we made it through a tough year. But we bow to you!

Go ahead and write the book--just make up/leave out anything that's too personal
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:34 PM   #30
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Congrats, Audrey. I'm only 9 years 11 months behind you.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:26 PM   #31
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Congratulations! Will hit 10 next year, BUT 15 years ahead of you on age!
Great that you got that early start.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:05 PM   #32
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Congrats, Audrey!

Your ability to maintain the same portfolio size while living on it for the last 10 years is awesome.

I will never have an anniversary because my work did not and has not stopped. It just tapers away along an exponential decay curve, which is what happens when you go out with a whimper instead of a bang. Not complaining, just saying people's circumstances are all unique.
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Congratulations! That's awesome. We just returned from a trip to Montana and Wyoming, and I saw many nice RVs. DH and I have talked about RV'ing full-time for a couple of years when we retire in 15-20 years. I hope we won't lose our wild side, so to speak.
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Heartfelt congratulations, Audrey. We're just a couple of months behind you and appreciate the wild ride that it's been. One thing for certain - it sure says a lot about one's character.
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Congratulations, that is remarkable and really inspiring to hear.

I'm approaching the 2-year anniversary and the market has given me more to worry about than I expected. It is great to hear how well you're doing 10 years in. Here's to many more happy retirement years!
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Hey thanks so much to you all for all the heartfelt congratulations! I really enjoyed reading them.

I FINALLY did write up a piece on "how I survived". It took a lot of work as I expected it would, and I had several false starts too! But I finally have something posted.

How I Stayed Retired for 10 Years after Retiring in 1999

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