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Old 11-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #41
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Thanks everyone for the kind words...

Look at #8 in this list LOL.

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P.S. I have a "guest inspection" today in about an hour. This will be my ninth one.


Guest inspection - an inspection where a trainee inspector follows around an experienced inspector to learn the process. It is recommended a new inspector do between 10-15 guest inspections before doing one on their own.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #42
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Well, I did it.

Thursday was my last day at MegaCorp. Company was "downsizing", so I held my hand up and volunteered. I was able to get 9 months severance.

I started my new role on Saturday...not a minute's rest lol.

I have all sorts of things to take care of now...
1) Have to sign a waiver and give it to the company to finalize, will do this week
2) Need to determine what to do with 401k...I'll sit on that for a month or two
3) Lots to do towards getting my new position moving....marketing and getting my technology in place (iphone 5 on order...we use software that requires iOS)
4) They collected my cell phone, which had all my appointments in it..so I have about 20 phone calls to make this week to find out when my haircut is, dentist appt, furnace maintenance guy is coming, and so on.
5) I need a total remodel of my office, as I'll be spending a lot of time here...already threw out a 50 gallon trash container of old papers today...about 2 more to go LOL

It was a bit eerie being walked out by HR on Thursday. I had worked there 24 years and one day. But knowing that I wanted it anyway made it much easier lol.

I'll try to post occasionally over the next couple months as to my mental state...I think it will improve quite a bit...especially once I get settled in my new role.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:43 PM   #43
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Congrats!

Wow, 24 years at one place. Nowadays, people do not work in any place that long anymore. Do you have friends who will miss you and vice versa?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:23 AM   #44
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Congrats!

Wow, 24 years at one place. Nowadays, people do not work in any place that long anymore. Do you have friends who will miss you and vice versa?
Not too many...it wasn't a real collegial atmosphere. I'm sure I'll see a few of them occasionally, but most of my friends are not from w*rk.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:21 AM   #45
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Congrats! Lots of wonderful changes for you. Good luck.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:25 AM   #46
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Congratulations! If you get bored, maybe you can help me change an axle in my truck.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:38 AM   #47
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Congrats on your new plan! I did something similar when I quit one business then started another one a couple of years later, but it wasn't a well planned succession like yours.

I work about 15-20 hours a week and don't consider myself FIRED, but I'm much happier than when I was when I was working 10 hours a day 6 days a week. I go to all my kids various sports/band/school events, I can take a day off and go shopping with my wife if I feel like it (something I would have NEVER done in the past), I go fishing during he middle of the week sometimes, and I recently drove up and spent a couple of days with my parents just for the heck of it.

However, the new business continues to grow and it's starting to demand more of my time, so I need to figure something out in that respect. Need to post up about that and get some ideas.
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Wow - congratulations! How convenient that a "downsizing" opportunity came up when you already had you ducks in a row. It's a great example of how being prepared can really pay off.

Enjoy!
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:51 PM   #49
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congrats! That's really fortunate timing with the downsizing.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #50
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Well, I did it.

Thursday was my last day at MegaCorp. Company was "downsizing", so I held my hand up and volunteered. I was able to get 9 months severance.
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They collected my cell phone, which had all my appointments in it..so I have about 20 phone calls to make this week to find out when my haircut is, dentist appt, furnace maintenance guy is coming, and so on.
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I'll try to post occasionally over the next couple months as to my mental state...I think it will improve quite a bit...especially once I get settled in my new role.
Bummer on your cell phone info. Is there a "sticky" post on the forum with "things to do before your last day at w*rk"? I was fortunate that a friend who FIREd a couple of years earlier sent me a very comprehensive list of things to do (and not to do) which included making sure I had all my personal information from cell phone and computer in my possession before I gave notice (in case they decided to have me leave immediately upon tendering notice).

Best wishes for a smooth transition into "Life 2.0"! Keep us posted!
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Bummer on your cell phone info. Is there a "sticky" post on the forum with "things to do before your last day at w*rk"? I was fortunate that a friend who FIREd a couple of years earlier sent me a very comprehensive list of things to do (and not to do) which included making sure I had all my personal information from cell phone and computer in my possession before I gave notice (in case they decided to have me leave immediately upon tendering notice).

Best wishes for a smooth transition into "Life 2.0"! Keep us posted!

Great idea for a sticky in the FAQs ! MBAustin - perhaps you can start a new thread called "Do this before you give notice" using the list you got from your friend. Other can then add to it and later we can ask that it be a sticky.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #53
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