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Old 06-12-2016, 08:19 PM   #1
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Dreadful Sunday night. How many more?

I have a colleague that wanted to "optimized" his pension and intended to work another year. He passed away during the Christmas break.

A friend's parents stretched out a few extra years of work life and end up only retired 1 year before one of them had a massive heart attack and now they both can't travel and spend a majority of their time in rehab.

So many people keep stretching their work life probably out of necessity but for me the earlier the better. This forum allow me to dream of ER. And dream is free. :-)

Dreadful Sunday night. How many more?

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Old 06-12-2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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I am not 100% sure what you are asking, but only three more Sunday nights for me before FIRE...
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:36 PM   #3
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Is it Sunday night? I tend to loose track now-a-days.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:37 PM   #4
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Tonight is my 574th consecutive non-dreadful Sunday night.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:45 PM   #5
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Yup, it's Sunday night. Need to remember to take the trash out to the curb. The guys will be around at dawn to pick it up. I'll be sleeping then.

Sometimes I forget -
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:09 PM   #6
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One thing I was able to do when working in my part-time years (2001-2008) was to make sure I rarely, if ever, worked on a Monday. This happened only a handful of times and the last one was October 3, 2005, and that was only the 4th Monday I worked in 2005.


But I prefer zero Mondays to 4 Mondays, as I prefer zero xxxdays to >0 xxxdays as has been the case since late 2008.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:14 PM   #7
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335 non-awful Sundays so far, since I retired. If I live to 85, then about 887 more lie ahead for me.

I love Sundays in retirement because usually there is nothing much planned. Today we went out to lunch, stopped by the drive-through pharmacy, and then wandered around on a pleasure drive. Like RobbieB I took the trash out today. Tomorrow morning I will open one eye at 7 when the trash trucks arrive, and then roll over and go back to sleep for a couple of hours longer.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:53 AM   #8
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I worked Sundays and took Mondays off, so my Sunday nights were always fairly joyous. On top of that, I liked my job, so I guess that makes me ineligible for this thread
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:59 AM   #10
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879 enjoyable Sunday nights here!

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Sunday nights are filled with many anxious moments for me. Wondering how my Monday morning round of golf will go.
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Old 06-13-2016, 06:40 AM   #12
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in the short time I've been retired, I have developed a new routine on Sunday nights.
I write a list of things I could do in the upcoming week to make me and/or DW (who still works) happy.
The nice thing is there is no deadline. I could knock them all off Monday AM, or not do them at all. But when I get done browsing the internet, etc. I can point myself in that direction. I actually enjoy having the list.
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I think the OP was more talking about retiring and enjoying it as soon as you can an not try to optimize the money. My brother died at 68, retired at 66 and could have easily retired at 60. Was never really sick and cancer popped up out of the blue.

Enjoy life while you are able.

But, I could be wrong.
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Happy 1st Saturday y'all!
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This is my 388th non-awful Sunday and every day is Saturday, except for Sunday! If you are anything like me, you would be content with less money and no 'Sunday Night Dread'.
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I hated the commute the last 11 years. I'm up to 481 Monday mornings of not having to do battle with the Bay Area freeway system. And because it's Monday, that's 481 Sunday nights.

Never knew about the number of days calculator, thanks for that. I wonder if the folks in prison look at the same one....
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I have a colleague that wanted to "optimized" his pension and intended to work another year. He passed away during the Christmas break.

A friend's parents stretched out a few extra years of work life and end up only retired 1 year before one of them had a massive heart attack and now they both can't travel and spend a majority of their time in rehab.

So many people keep stretching their work life probably out of necessity but for me the earlier the better. This forum allow me to dream of ER. And dream is free. :-)

Dreadful Sunday night. How many more?

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I agree with Senator... not sure if it is how many Sundays one has had in retirement or how many times someone he knows will pass before reaching retirement.
I was out of grad school for a year when I got a call from my dad that he was going to be forced into retirement at the end of the year. He was 63. A week later I got a call the my dad had a massive heart attack and he had died.

I RE near the end of my 53rd year. I had a pacemaker installed @ 51, but this should not have been a indication of shorter life span (my understanding). While there are many things about work I liked... I still can do many of them without being employed -- that is bound to the parts that cause stress. I need to good parts to keep my mind going. So they are part of my hobbies.

For many it is hard to break from work... questioning.. "do I have enough", "what will I do with my time", "who will I be" (person's identity is tied to work).
I see so many people of facebook (ok .. the same people) posting "ugh... its monday" and I'm just "kewl, MONDAY!!!.. beautiful day"

So however you take "awful sunday" ... in RE we should enjoy most days.

Tomorrow is awful Tuesday -- Second colonoscopy at age 55 for me. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Ah Sunday night, can't wait until Monday to get back into my casual routine. One of the main drivers for my decision to retire was seeing too many friends and co-workers have health problems or bite the dust too early. Been retired going on eleven years and don't regret for a single minute my decision except I could have and should have gone sooner.
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My mom retired early by many folks standards - at 62. She was dx'd with ovarian just over a year later, and died 5 years after that after multiple rounds of chemo. My dad and she had to plan their travel around the chemo treatment and her immune system post treatment. (They did get 2 more major trips in... but they wanted more). Quality of life in her retirement was pretty awful.

My dad was able to get 14 years of retirement before he got his cancer dx. He had tickets for a round the world trip with my step mom for 2 weeks after his death. Complications from his cancer treatment.

This was a huge motivator to retire early for me... get some retirement enjoyment in while I'm healthy. I didn't have as much padding in my retirement nest egg as a lot of folks here - but time > money.

In 1 week from today I will have been retired 2 years. No regrets
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Ah Sunday night, can't wait until Monday to get back into my casual routine.
^This x1000. Sunday is quite the happy day for me as I know that MONDAY is right around the corner and since being retired, MONDAY is my favorite day of the week. I will go to the dentist at a most reasonable hour and then go do the week's grocery shopping. I assume like most Mondays, it will be me, a couple of checkers and a manager in the store!

Oh yeah...and the BEST part of Monday? I don't have to deal with THIS CRAP....
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