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Old 02-13-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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I cannot express how.....

Thankful I am to have prepared for FIRE and blessed that the plan is coming together.

I have w*rked my butt off and saved over the last 35+ years.


Being able to FIRE while still relatively young and healthy is a fabulous feeling.



Now all I have to do is tolerate w*rk a few more months.


How many of you had a short-timer's calendar? I am diligently marking off the days!
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:43 AM   #2
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Eight working days left for me Chinaco. It's kind of funny because even though I'm aware of it, I don't really feel any different. Until I got to single digits I would have to think about it when someone at work asked. I am however anticipating waking up on March 1 and realizing I'm free to do whatever I want for the rest of my life. It feels like the first time I jumped off the high diving board. I hope once I jump I get the same thrill.
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I hit 75 days left last Friday, though I will probably extend one month now (I just found out I am eligible for another quarterly bonus if I do so) - in which case a little over 100 work days...it's going slow so far.

And why aren't you on the Class of 2011 string chinaco?
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I hit 75 days left last Friday, though I will probably extend one month now (I just found out I am eligible for another quarterly bonus if I do so) ...
Congratulations! You've managed to get "Just one more year" down to "Just one more month"...
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I had a retirement countdown clock that I wisely kept at home. Once it hit the "0 days left" I gave it to a friend who was next in line to retire.
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Congratulations! You've managed to get "Just one more year" down to "Just one more month"...
$18-22K for a months work seemed worth it...
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July 1 2011...

I'm obsessively counting milestones and scribbling hash marks on business calanders. I'm a double-digit midget on Monday. Speaking of Mondays, 20 remaining.
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$18-22K for a months work seemed worth it...
Sweet! Can't argue with that
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Thankful I am to have prepared for FIRE and blessed that the plan is coming together.

I have w*rked my butt off and saved over the last 35+ years.


Being able to FIRE while still relatively young and healthy is a fabulous feeling.



Now all I have to do is tolerate w*rk a few more months.


How many of you had a short-timer's calendar? I am diligently marking off the days!
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I'm obsessively counting milestones and scribbling hash marks on business calanders. I'm a double-digit midget on Monday. Speaking of Mondays, 20 remaining.
Enter here? The Class of 2011
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I am using Outlook to tell me each time I knock off another 10 days - that is, Outlook at work...
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cool! when i decided to fire it was 3 months ahead of my final date as i had to notify the people that handle pensions 90 days in advance. i was bursting at the seams and wish i knew about this site to talk about it. i did not tell anyone in work and it was tough.
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I have w*rked my butt off and saved over the last 35+ years.
This is exactly what DH and I did. He's joining me in retirement March 1st. Funny how many people look at us and say "how can you retire so early?" It's not rocket science.

Oh, I did have a kind of countdown calendar in my office before I flew the coop. Just a little post-it note by my computer with the the number of days left written on it. No one even noticed but it gave me strength.
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Congrats to all those who soon be pulling the plug!

Even though my portfolio suggests that we can ER now at 2% SWR, we like to build up an additional margin for a few more years or at least my younger DD graduates from college in 4 years.
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8 more working days for me too! YEAH!!!
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During my last couple of years I had to complete an Excel spreadsheet and turn it in every week to book all my time against projects etc. I had a non-printing cell that calculated the number of days left so I saw it 2 or 3 times a day as I booked my time.
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I retired almost exactly 11 years ago. I must admit I cannot even remember the details of how miserable that grind was. It only gets better. You have much to look forward to. Congratulations!
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My husband hates Mondays-- his countdown is now "8 more Mondays" when asked how long yet....
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I'm a bit further out - hopefully in the last 12 months, but I'm already thinking about some of the things I need to do as the last time I'll be doing it if I go on at the early end of the schedule - for example, I've just done my last pro-bono report and last month I did the last year end financial review for the accounts I manage.
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