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Old 01-06-2010, 07:02 AM   #1
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Final Countdown to ER

20 days to go as I write this post, 15 actually days in work. I am taking vacation ahead of the official date and I know it costs me money etc, but I decided enough is enough. The last date was planned to be Jan 14th but with both my father and my MIL in England dying in October and December, not only could I not roll over vacation to 2010, I actually had to "borrow" some from this year, so Jan 26th will be my last day.

HR have still not calculated my pension or called me in to sign anything so there is still some stress from that, but everyone has known for months that I am leaving so the work transition has been underway for some time.

I did a handover of my responsibilities to other managers in early December (there is still a hiring freeze in place so no direct replacement) and the few remaining active projects on my plate I'm handing over this week and next.

I get on very well with the company management and all my co-workers so everything is hunky dory in the workplace, and envy is the main sentiment.

We have given notice to vacate our apartment end of January as we plan on moving back to Texas to be close to our 2 kids. We have an apartment already that we'll be moving to. DW's last day was in December so she is organizing movers. Yesterday she also booked the first of 3 extended holidays we are planning this year - renting a house in Salida, Colorado for a month in April / May.

I've "closed the books" on our finances for 2009 and know the figure that we'll start our withdrawals from, and have re-directed divends in our after tax accounts to our bank account. I have a budget set up with plenty of fat and until I know what my pension is I don't know what the initial SWR will be. (I won't let it exceed 3% and it will have to cover inflation in future years on the initial withdrawal plus inflation on the pension which is non-COLA).
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:21 AM   #2
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Even though your the SOB that reminded me of my New Year's Wed weigh-in pledge, I still want to congratulate you on your retirement. Sounds like you had a good plan that has worked well. The CO trip will be a good way to start it off. Now, let me see if I can find that fat thread.
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Even though your the SOB that reminded me of my New Year's Wed weigh-in pledge, I still want to congratulate you on your retirement. Sounds like you had a good plan that has worked well. The CO trip will be a good way to start it off. Now, let me see if I can find that fat thread.
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Wooohoooo...the end is in sight.

These remaining days are going to be very delicious. Zero calories!
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Its a new day for you, friend! Enjoy!!!
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Always keen to be helpful - here is the link to Wednesday Weigh Ins
Just when I was going to say I've been unable to find that thread for months. nm, ha ha, today is Tuesday, oops, just had a retiree moment. That's right, yesterday was free day at the museum, therefore today is Wednesday, movie day because it's winter and too cold for free day at the zoo. Once you are safely retired, none of us will know which day to weigh in. Congratulations! Sounds like it will be a pleasant transition, even at w*rk.
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Congratulation Alan!

Once I got inside a week I put this countdown timer on my computer at work (minimized in the corner) and so enjoyed watching the minutes roll by.

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Congratulations Alan. It has been a rough few months for you guys, so hopefully once you have done your final day in the office you and your wife can take some time together to remember the good times and enjoy each others company.
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20 days to go as I write this post, 15 actually days in work. I am taking vacation ahead of the official date and I know it costs me money etc, but I decided enough is enough. The last date was planned to be Jan 14th but with both my father and my MIL in England dying in October and December, not only could I not roll over vacation to 2010, I actually had to "borrow" some from this year, so Jan 26th will be my last day.

HR have still not calculated my pension or called me in to sign anything so there is still some stress from that, but everyone has known for months that I am leaving so the work transition has been underway for some time.

I did a handover of my responsibilities to other managers in early December (there is still a hiring freeze in place so no direct replacement) and the few remaining active projects on my plate I'm handing over this week and next.

I get on very well with the company management and all my co-workers so everything is hunky dory in the workplace, and envy is the main sentiment.

We have given notice to vacate our apartment end of January as we plan on moving back to Texas to be close to our 2 kids. We have an apartment already that we'll be moving to. DW's last day was in December so she is organizing movers. Yesterday she also booked the first of 3 extended holidays we are planning this year - renting a house in Salida, Colorado for a month in April / May.

I've "closed the books" on our finances for 2009 and know the figure that we'll start our withdrawals from, and have re-directed divends in our after tax accounts to our bank account. I have a budget set up with plenty of fat and until I know what my pension is I don't know what the initial SWR will be. (I won't let it exceed 3% and it will have to cover inflation in future years on the initial withdrawal plus inflation on the pension which is non-COLA).
WOO-HOO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
This is wonderful news. I am so happy for you.
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A big thanks to everyone on the forum for the support this last few years.

Rocky,

Thanks for the countdown timer, but I'm afraid our "diskless workstations" are locked down tighter than a crab's a$$ so can't display it. We don't even have flash or audio available.

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Once I got inside a week I put this countdown timer on my computer at work (minimized in the corner) and so enjoyed watching the minutes roll by.

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Congratulations! Enjoy your last days at work.
Or not. With so little time left to put in it really doesn't matter.

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Alan...Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Now, you still have to visit the forum every once in a while....I need and love your jokes...especially, here it comes.........arrrrrr...
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Congratulations! Alan
Time will fly by this month for you, with so much to think about & do.
Like you, I never got an estimate on my pension amount until the day I signed the papers. I had a good idea what it would be from my own "guess ta mate" though .
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Wow! I can only imagine how dang excited you are!!! I am soooo happy for you and DW. Congratulations Alan. I look forward to counting down the days with you!
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Alan...Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Now, you still have to visit the forum every once in a while....I need and love your jokes...especially, here it comes.........arrrrrr...
That is probably my all time favorite - I love short, stupid jokes.

Recently I found a photo of my Great Grandfather after the medal ceremony in 1919 when he received his Miltary Medal for bravery plus the officer's letter describing the event. That is all true and when I was discussing it with my brother and 2 sisters over Christmas one of them said "Didn't he get carried out of the trenches after a mustard gas attack as well?". I replied, "yes, he definitely was a seasoned veteran"



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Congratulations! Alan
Time will fly by this month for you, with so much to think about & do.
Like you, I never got an estimate on my pension amount until the day I signed the papers. I had a good idea what it would be from my own "guess ta mate" though .
Steve
Thanks Steve, I have a colleague who also retires end of the month and he is in the same position, so I'm not too worried really.
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