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Old 12-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #21
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Now that is the right way to go! Good idea, Steel!
I also told them to show up at 3pm, right in the middle of the work day - we're talking about 250 people (of which about 40 showed up). What was management gonna do? Fire me?
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #22
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I hate parties. I really hate parties you're obligated to go to for social reasons, instead of fun with close friends. I'm already trying to figure a way out of having one.
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When I retired from the group that I was with, I asked that there be no party/recognition and that any money/contributions be sent to one of my named charities.
Absolutely. Worked like a charm to avoid our military command hails/farewells that would have been held outside of working hours.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:14 PM   #24
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Since my "retirement" was a job elimination, I requested no type of celebration or acknowledgement of my 31 years. I went to lunch with my small work group (most did not know I was leaving) and picked up the tab (that is who I was/am).
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Didn't you ever learn how to call in sick?
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #26
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #27
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Didn't you ever learn how to call in sick?

my physician "prescribed" me two weeks off - which JUST HAPPENED to happen during my last two weeks. Go figger. I had am MD appointment on Monday 12/07/09 (my last day was scheduled for 12/18) and **darned** if I didn't come out of that appointment with an excuse for two weeks leave. Had to go to my direct supervisor, and tell him I was gone NOW. Funny thing, my desk had somehow gotten cleaned out Friday before. Perhaps I had ... ummm... a premonition? that the MD would... ummmmm "force" me to take those two weeks off. Go figger
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I think you definitely have the wrong idea with avoiding the party.

I ended up using retirement as an excuse to throw an all weekend party with 20 friends/couples down on the beach in Florida including a shuffleboard tournament, fishing charters, movie theater special screening of office space, custom iPhone app, and golf.

Pricetag was a bit steep, but the gang definitely enjoyed it. Still, I'm sure I'll get bored, and will need about half of them to help me launch a startup in another few years, so I figure it was worth it, and it was great using it as an excuse to get in touch with old contacts/friends.
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I think you definitely have the wrong idea with avoiding the party.
I ended up using retirement as an excuse to throw an all weekend party with 20 friends/couples down on the beach in Florida including a shuffleboard tournament, fishing charters, movie theater special screening of office space, custom iPhone app, and golf.
Pricetag was a bit steep, but the gang definitely enjoyed it. Still, I'm sure I'll get bored, and will need about half of them to help me launch a startup in another few years, so I figure it was worth it, and it was great using it as an excuse to get in touch with old contacts/friends.
I think you have the term "retirement party" confused with "networking event".

Most of us feel that the typical retirement party is an awkward high-stress social event imposed by management who really doesn't care about the person, and we'd rather spend the our time doing something for ourselves.

If you're sure you'll get bored, then why retire?
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