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Old 02-11-2012, 06:51 AM   #221
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Same position here. Waiting until April when the bonus check clears and company stock vests. The next day, I am giving my notice!
I have options that vest just before the bonus also. Maybe about 10K worth. So all in all, worth it to wait for the 25K coming in April, no matter how much I HATE my job and manager.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:52 AM   #222
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Just passed another milestone on the way to ER. In order to ER and get a pension and be able to buy into the group insurance plan (more important to me than the monthly pension check at this time) I needed 20 years of service. I just passed that milestone a few days ago! So, I can actually retire and not just talk about it! I will, of course, honor my contract and continue to teach through the end of the school year. To do otherwise would not be fair to the school system or my students. l
Woo hoo! Every milestone is so important.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #223
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I have options that vest just before the bonus also. Maybe about 10K worth. So all in all, worth it to wait for the 25K coming in April, no matter how much I HATE my job and manager.
Just keep thinking of the retirement and the extra 25k, then smile a little even if it makes you look like an ignorant simpleton. I find that a great way to deal with the negative aspects of the job.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:09 AM   #224
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Yes, I keep telling myself a lot of the fall out of these hair-brained ideas will not happen until after I am gone. It is the only thing that keeps me sane.

The funny thing is, I work for a great company, totally love it, I am just in a really poorly led and managed team, starting with my manager who always seems to be on the edge of being fired, then some new manager comes in above him, and they thinks he's great.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #225
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Taking my chances in 2012 myself, Eligible for a pension in August. Work for the state of Illinois and as you may know, Illinois is broke, wanting to change the pension plans for current state employees. I will go talk to retirement next month, but as of now I think I will retire 07/31/2012 after 32 years before they change the rules.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:41 PM   #226
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My name is on tomorrow night's school board agenda under RESIGNATIONS. There are about 15 names listed.

I will have to postpone a celebratory event, as the horrid flu monster hit Friday night. Though i am better each day, I want to totally savor the celebration (first of many).

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Old 02-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #227
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Ohyes, is that resignation such as "I quit" or as "I am retiring". I hope it is the later.
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It is I am retiring.

They treat them all the same. Last year, when DH retired, the school board meeting happenings were reported in our local paper and DH's name was listed as a resignation accepted by the board. It bothered me a bit, because what if some folks thought he had been fired?!? but the very first
comment (online edition) was a former student saying how sad he was to see that Mr ****** was retiring and what a great loss it was for the district.

It probably makes sense to do it like that, instead of breaking it down by category.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:21 PM   #229
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It is I am retiring.

They treat them all the same. Last year, when DH retired, the school board meeting happenings were reported in our local paper and DH's name was listed as a resignation accepted by the board. It bothered me a bit, because what if some folks thought he had been fired?!? but the very first
comment (online edition) was a former student saying how sad he was to see that Mr ****** was retiring and what a great loss it was for the district.

It probably makes sense to do it like that, instead of breaking it down by category.
May be they don't like to refer to it as retirement for fear of contagion
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:05 PM   #230
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Congratulations!!!! Im going in on the 24th myself, and cannot believe how, "ya know what, let my replacement" kind of thinking I have taken....hehehehehe
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Having earned the necessary months of service to retire, I find my attitude is changing whether I will it or not. I am still working hard to teach, just put in 9.5 hours at work and brought home at least another hour of grading. But...... In a meeting today to decided what to do to 'fix' failing students next year, I was quiet.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:33 PM   #232
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I have 10 more working days left. I have waited for this day for many many years. I want to see what its like to sleep later, stay up late and just relax. I want to enjoy my 6 month old granddaughter. I want to watch the birds, watch the clouds, sit outside and have a cup of coffee with my wife of 43 years. I cannot wait. Oldtrig
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I have 10 more working days left. I have waited for this day for many many years. I want to see what its like to sleep later, stay up late and just relax. I want to enjoy my 6 month old granddaughter. I want to watch the birds, watch the clouds, sit outside and have a cup of coffee with my wife of 43 years. I cannot wait. Oldtrig
Is that youngtrig? Cute. Nothin better than spoiling grandchildren. Sweet. Enjoy your countdown.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:54 PM   #234
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I wish I was young but I have to deal with what I am. I have had a good life with a great family. I hope to live long enough to spoil that young girl. I just wish she would have came along ten years ago. I will be an old man when she graduated from college. I hope to see that day but time is not on my side. The countdown begins. youngtrig
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. I hope to live long enough to spoil that young girl. I just wish she would have came along ten years ago. I will be an old man when she graduated from college. I hope to see that day but time is not on my side.
My father did not live to see his only granddaughter graduate from high school or college, but he was still a major influence in her life. Spoil her with a little extra cash "under the table" but more important, spend time just doing things with her. Cook breakfast together. Play putt-putt. Take a walk. Read a book. Read a book. Read a book. Pound some nails or catch a fish or grow a tomato plant. This is truly your legacy.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:11 AM   #236
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Just an FYI. DW (Mrs Rescue) BS bucket overflowed yesterday .

She submitted her retirement notice this morning, effective the end of March ...

BTW, we originally planned on both retiring the same month/year (May, 2007). I did, she did not (last minute cold feet).

Don't need to add her name since she dosen't participate on the board.

I sent her a email this morning since she's still questioning her decision. Most of the folks have seen this before, posted many moons ago. However, it does tell quite nicely IMHO what retirement is all about:

"It's not the beginning of the end.....it's the end of the beginning....only the end of one single chapter in life......there are many more chapters yet to be written....by you! You are you now, and you will continue to be you after retiring. The only major difference will be that you no longer will have a job to clutter or clog your mind and/or life! You'll no longer have to meet someone else's standards.....you get to set your own standards, and achieve whatever you want to achieve.

Your job is not who you are, it's merely been a means to reach the beginning of a new chapter in your life.....the beginning of a new journey.

It's like you drive to the airport....but the airport isn't your destination. At the airport you board a plane....but the plane isn't your destination. The plane drops you off in some port city.....but that port city isn't your destination. In the port city you hop aboard a cruise ship.....but the cruise ship isn't your destination. The cruise ship take you to some tropical paradise......and it can go on and on and on, limited only by your desires and your imagination. Each step is just a tiny piece of puzzle of your life's journey. As you keep pressing forward, the past will gradually fade into the distance.....not necessarily forgotten, but rather just not as important as the present. I remember the past, but I don't live there....and I look forward to the future, but I haven't reached it yet....so I just live each moment for all it's worth, and life is great!

I've had friends who've asked me, "So what's retirement like?" My answer to them is, "Remember when you were a little kid.....before the big people sent you to kindergarten? Remember those seemingly endless days of play? Those days when you got up and ate breakfast, then went out to play? Then you'd come in for lunch and a nap, and then go back out to play until supper time? Then after supper you'd go out to play until dark or until bedtime....whichever you could get away with? Then you'd start all over the next day? Well, that's what retirement is like!!!"

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I have 10 more working days left. I have waited for this day for many many years. I want to see what its like to sleep later, stay up late and just relax. I want to enjoy my 6 month old granddaughter. I want to watch the birds, watch the clouds, sit outside and have a cup of coffee with my wife of 43 years. I cannot wait. Oldtrig
Congrats!!! You will be retired early enough in the year to enjoy the spring and summer! I see that you enjoy many of the simple things that are on my list - sleep late, bird watch, sit on the porch with a cup of coffee, and just basically be able to enjoy life. I have 225 more days, so hopefully we will have a beautiful fall this year in the midwest.
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Wow! I am getting a serious case of short-timers attitude. Any suggestions on curing it? Or keeping it going?
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Wow! I am getting a serious case of short-timers attitude. Any suggestions on curing it? Or keeping it going?
Same here. I was just saying this feels like senior-itis. The next phase is close, and I am much more focused on that than on the end of this one.
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One month to my 9 day vacation. Then I am back for 2 weeks until I give notice. Total senior-itis!
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