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Old 05-25-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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I've been retired almost two years. This morning I had an early doctor's appointment that required me to wake up to the alarm clock for the first time in many, many months. Man, I can't believe how awful that felt! That's without even considering the horror of getting on I-95 during the morning rush hour. I can hardly believe that I did that routine for 32 years. I kept looking at those poor folks next to me in the bumper to bumper traffic and thinking "do you realize there is a way you can stop doing this at an early age?".

If I needed a reminder of how much better FIRE'd life is than working, I sure got it today.

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Re: A Reminder Of How Great FIRE Is
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I usually think of the same thing when I have an early flight to catch to the Airport for a Vacation. 8) Although, waking up to the alarm is failrly painless when you're going someplace exciting. But the rush hour traffic thing, I avoid at most all costs. I Never leave the house between 3-6 pm
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Yeh, it's been only 15 months and i'm feeling the same way reading this thread at home at 10:40 AM.
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Old 05-25-2006, 09:45 AM   #4
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Yeh, it's been only 15 months and i'm feeling the same way reading this thread at home at 10:40 AM.
You know, it's strange. I feel the same way when I waste an hour on the forums while I'm at home or at work. One I'm getting paid for, and the other is on my time.
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Old 05-25-2006, 09:46 AM   #5
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I Never leave the house between 3-6 pm
In light of some of your posts during that time frame, I'm betting the reason you stay at home has more to do with avoiding a DUI charge that avoiding traffic.

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I've been retired almost two years. This morning I had an early doctor's appointment that required me to wake up to the alarm clock for the first time in many, many months. Man, I can't believe how awful that felt! That's without even considering the horror of getting on I-95 during the morning rush hour. I can hardly believe that I did that routine for 32 years. I kept looking at those poor folks next to me in the bumper to bumper traffic and thinking "do you realize there is a way you can stop doing this at an early age?".

If I needed a reminder of how much better FIRE'd life is than working, I sure got it today.

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Well, if the said bumper-to-bumper traffic was formed with a throng of Bimmers, Lexuses, and MBs, then, yeah, RE is going to be far far off for these folks. I can get trying to impress people with cars. I did at one time, but then again, I was a dumbass of 25 at the time. Don't people outgrow this phase sooner or later?
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:27 AM   #7
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I can get trying to impress people with cars. I did at one time, but then again, I was a dumbass of 25 at the time. Don't people outgrow this phase sooner or later?

Back when I was 23 and finished up with college, and had (I thought at the time) a good paying job on the horizon, I went through a short phase when I wanted to blow a lot of money on a car. This was 1993, about the time compact SUVs were really hitting the mainstream. It would still be a few years before 4-door standard sized models like the Yukon and Expedition would explode the big market, but the small ones like the Pathfinder, Grand Cherokee, Explorer, Rodeo, 4Runner, etc were really hot at the time.

But the reality did hit me. Any one of these things would have cost me $25K or more, yet at the same time get about the same fuel economy as the '68 Dart I was driving at the time. And with perhapsh the exception of a Grand Cherokee with a 318 Magnum, none of 'em would've been as fast, either.

Looking back I'm SOOOO glad I didn't bother to sign up for 5 years of payments on a new vehicle at that tender young age. For one thing, it would've probably put off my buying my condo for a few years, and that would've probably led to other financial repercussions further down the road, which in turn would probably leave me less well-off now.

That being said, I drove to work today in a 21 year old Chevy Silverado with some rust in the rockers and a big stripe down the passenger side from where someone scraped up against it, and gave up more paint than they took. And I didn't CARE what anyone thought!! Although oddly, that truck gets alot of compliments for some reason...people think it's cool. :
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This morning I had an early doctor's appointment that required me to wake up to the alarm clock for the first time in many, many months.* Man, I can't believe how awful that felt!* That's without even considering the horror of getting on I-95 during the morning rush hour.
I don't know if there's a doctor in the world worth rush hour... unless you're doing it in an ambulance.

I don't even go surfing before 8 AM. Doctor's appointments and other mandatory musters are for the afternoons when the onshore breeze has chopped up the waves.
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Damn you forward looking, retirment planning, financially savvy people! Received 2 tickets last week (no seat belt on wife and crossing double yellow lines to get into the carpool lane). To top it off, the car battery just died so I have to find a way to an auto parts store. Even though I'm a student, I've been sitting in traffic for 4 days each week for the past 3.5 years. When I read threads like these, I wonder how anyone can NOT be planning for ER.
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Damn you forward looking, retirment planning, financially savvy people!
As I started reading this, I immediately flashed to "The Poster's Statement of Limited Liability" I've been considering using on the forum:

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Alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, sat in 50 minutes of traffice to get 12 miles, sick but still here because I have to get 7 security accreditation packages out in a week. And the most obnoxious guy is moving in next to me, has only one volume: 11! I did some research on some noise cancelling headphones today.



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worrying about mom i had trouble sleeping last night. finally fell asleep at about 6 in the a.m. woke up about an hour ago. just now having my protein shake breakfast at the computer at 3 in the afternoon. i'll have some lunch after the evening news and then head to the gym which should be clearing out by then.

a morning at the doctor's office? there's an appointment i would have missed.
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As I started reading this, I immediately flashed to "The Poster's Statement of Limited Liability" I've been considering using on the forum:

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Dang! How about this instead:

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SteveR, it's very fortunate you didn't choose a career in law. Since the legal profession bills by the hour, you would have starved to death with those directly to the point, straightforward, clearly understood inadequately worded efforts.

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Grumpy - don't you live in the DC suburbs? How can you even think about going out in that traffic at rush hour :P

After 4 weeks of ER (has it been that long already) I went into downtown Baltimore to meet with some coworkers for lunch. I allowed at least 1-1/4 hours to get there (the normal commute time) but because I went at 10:30 a.m. it took me only a little over an hour. Wow, the difference in non-rush hour traffic! I really miss my coworkers, but not all the stuff they are dealing with these days.

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Grumpy - don't you live in the DC suburbs? How can you even think about going out in that traffic at rush hour

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Yep. I normally don't go anywhere between 7 and 10 am or between 3 and 7 pm just to avoid the horrible D.C. area traffic. In this case it was take an 8:15 am Dr's appointment or wait a few weeks for a more congenial time. I will now return to my normal slothful ways.

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After 4 weeks of ER (has it been that long already) I went into downtown Baltimore to meet with some coworkers for lunch.* I allowed at least 1-1/4 hours to get there (the normal commute time) but because I went at 10:30 a.m. it took me only a little over an hour.* Wow, the difference in non-rush hour traffic!* I really miss my coworkers, but not all the stuff they are dealing with these days.

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Well.......I've been retired for 9 weeks today. I've got to say it's taken some getting used to after 37 years of the same old grind.....almost a guilty feeling. Really stange.
Don't get me wrong.....I'm not complaining. I don't have headaches anymore,.....my blood pressure has dropped 15 points.....lost 10 pounds.....I'm sleeping good...and my back isn't killing me anymore. It's just taken a while to learn how to slow down and relax.
Oh......they still haven't been able to fill my position. CNC programmers don't grow on trees around here.*

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AltaRed and Poundkey - I've said all along that I'd miss the people and not the work.* ** I really did like my coworkers and consider many of them friends, and* I feel just a tiny bit (0.0000000001%) guilty for leaving them stuck with all my work.* But they will be just fine.* I really do like those people.

But - after 4 weeks, I still have no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever from work!!!* I just feel like I'm on a long, luxurious, extended vacation that will never end!* I have so many things to keep me busy and occupied, that I don't have time to miss "working".* I pretty much thought all along that it would be this way.* I love being able to do things on weekdays when the stores and other businesses are not crowded.* I'm starting to shake the feeling that I have to hurry up and get things done over the weekend like before.

I went to visit my parents for a week; they live 10 hours away.* It wa so nice to be able to relax and enjoy the drive without having to hurry back to get ready to return to work.

It's all good!* People constantly tell me how relaxed and refreshed I look.* *

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