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Old 11-05-2012, 02:17 AM   #241
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Welcome to the class of 2013!

If you are reluctant to leave the workforce it might be worthwhile to have a specialist lawyer look into the fineprint of your non-compete. I have seen some that read quite impressive but were not worth the paper they were printed on.

If you decide to ER, in 5 years time you may look back and realize that sometimes blessings come in disguise.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:56 PM   #242
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The days between telling your employer (partners in my case) and THE DAY could be tough. I've already noticed some closed door meetings to which I am not invited. While I am obligated to and feel very fond of and responsible to the clients, the rest of work is really tedious. I guess that is part of the reason to FIRE. I have 3 or 4 small trials to handle between now and April 1 and I don't think the clients would want anyone else to handle them, but other than preparing for those and actually trying them, my motivation has pretty much disappeared. Why else would I be posting here mid afternoon?
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #243
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My retirement date has moved up and I am now part of the class of 2012!
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:45 AM   #244
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Doing the Obama care Happy Dance - last piece of the puzzle is now in place and I am good to go, will probably give Jan 1 notice next week - eeeeeekkkkkkk!!!!
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #245
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Another Election Day Happy Dance!

Another one doing the Obamacare Happy Dance!

Last unmet ER requirement box checked off November 6th at 8:18 p.m. (PST)

Giving notice on January 7th and out the door by Feb. 15th.

Staying long enough to max out my 2013 401K and to transfer my accounts to my replacement.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:58 PM   #246
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So I did it today - I told my boss I was retiring. He was very supportive and commented that he had every intention of being gone as soon as he turns 55 also - so he gets it. "Some people forget - this is a job - it is not life" was his comment. I have really enjoyed working for him the past year - its' the other insanity I just dont want to deal with anymore.

I told him I would be happy to stay on through mid-late March, but wanted to be done by early April. This would allow me to see most 2012 projects to completion and complete all the reviews for my staff. And if they had my replacement ready before then, I would be happy to step aside and work as an individual contributor for the last month or so. Actually I would love that and given what is in the works -there is a strong possibility of that happening.

So now he needs to notify his management and then I will meet with my staff and tell them the happy news.

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:16 PM   #247
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I haven't said anything to my boss yet...still thinking about when I want my last day to be. I've more than hinted to my co-workers though....
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:26 PM   #248
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Well my timeline to give notice moved up because I have one (and only one) person who works for me that I believe would be an excellent successor....and he told me the other day he was applying for a position in another department (same position as mine).

I felt I had to let my boss know, so he could talk with them and let them know my position would be opening up.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:04 PM   #249
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If HI was last piece to ER puzzle, I might wait to see what develops. Seems deadlines for HI Exchanges are already being pushed back a bit-
States Get Extra Time On Health Insurance Exchanges - Kaiser Health News
Appears most everything in Obamacare law is at whim of Secretary of HHS (inc. deadlines, exemptions, etc.).
That said, anyone FIRE'ing now would have 18mo of COBRA to let things settle out.
Something to be said for hangin' on 'til mid '13 for that reason.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:19 PM   #250
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My situation is becoming more clear. It looks like I may be a part time consultant to our company in exchange for the company buying my stock. 1-2 days a week, 48 wks a year for maybe 2 yrs then down to 1 day a week for a yr or so. Very flexible, working from home about half of the time. It could start jan 1, unless I back out. Something about this seems like a prison sentence and nothing near retirement.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:13 PM   #251
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My situation is becoming more clear. It looks like I may be a part time consultant to our company in exchange for the company buying my stock. 1-2 days a week, 48 wks a year for maybe 2 yrs then down to 1 day a week for a yr or so. Very flexible, working from home about half of the time. It could start jan 1, unless I back out. Something about this seems like a prison sentence and nothing near retirement.
Sounds like a wonderful way to transition into full retirement; unless of course you hate the work. I'd love to work part time for a couple of years.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:33 PM   #252
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Just wanted to add myself to the list! My position at work will be eliminated as of 3/7/13... but I have a month vacation all of December, and also have about three weeks of comp time leave I could theoretically use in Jan/Feb but which I'm on the fence about actually taking.... (I'm weighing the feeling that I should take all leave I earned against a desire to finish up some projects I'm working on)...... still a toss up which will win out!).

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:59 PM   #253
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Welcome to the list smurray.

So, DH was offered an "early out" today. If he takes it, they will pay him to sit home from Jan 1 through Sep 2013. Seeing as he was planning on sitting home from Jan 1 through Sep 2013 anyway....yeah he was happy to oblige.

In the meantime, I am going to have to continue to drag my sorry a$$ smiling face out of bed every morning and continue to go to work until mid-March. Moving it up to the end of Jan looks a lot more appealing right now - but given that my boss' boss didnt say much to the news other than "Please do not discuss this with anyone right now", I suspect I wont be able to bring myself to move it up to Jan. I am getting the feeling that although I dont believe anyone (including me) is irreplaceable.....there may be a stronger reaction than I expected.

Class of 2013 - we are closing in!!!!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:38 AM   #254
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Welcome to the list smurray.

Class of 2013 - we are closing in!!!!!
Starting to really feel that way as the lists of "last ones" continue. Just had my last audit and findings, one more board or is it bored meeting heading for my last turkey day at w*rk and Christmas is right around the corner. New Years and Groundhog Day are the next major "day". GH day because it's my B-day (58) and last one of those before SIRE. It's starting to feel good and everyone at w*rk knows I am heading out the door so there will be no surprises there. Looks like they will have me come back to do some training in the future but no more than 4 days a month, that I think I can handle. I never looked more forward to the holidays than I do now!!

April Fool's Day here I come (my first day of retirement).

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Old 11-20-2012, 09:00 PM   #255
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I have slightly more than 21 weeks of paid leave time (not counting sick time) that I can use to get me to my retirement date of 6/30/13. So my last day at work will be 1/30/13. Looking forward to moving from Texas to Las Vegas in March and spending my days playing poker and golf Being an INTJ, spending 40+ hours playing a card game is my idea of heaven, and fleecing tourists will make a nice addition to my pension. Let the games begin!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #256
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If I submit my retirement resignation letter in December 2013, but my final day is in January 2014, does that keep me in the Class of 2013 especially since I can officially retire on 12/31/13? I need to have some income roll over into 2014 for WEP purposes and I don't want to screw that up by retiring on the last day of the year.

Would it help if I don't do anything at work in December and January?

I so want to stay in the Class of 2013 and not beheld back to the Class of 2014.
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If I submit my retirement resignation letter in December 2013, but my final day is in January 2014, does that keep me in the Class of 2013 especially since I can officially retire on 12/31/13? I need to have some income roll over into 2014 for WEP purposes and I don't want to screw that up by retiring on the last day of the year.

Would it help if I don't do anything at work in December and January?

I so want to stay in the Class of 2013 and not beheld back to the Class of 2014.
This is indeed serious

My take is if you aren't really working, just getting paid, it is a tax or pension strategy, then yup, you're retired in 2013. And we have a whole year to debate it!
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This is indeed serious

My take is if you aren't really working, just getting paid, it is a tax or pension strategy, then yup, you're retired in 2013. And we have a whole year to debate it!
Thanks! Then it's settled. We can debate it for a year and even if someone really objects, I shall consider myself to be a member of the Class of 2013!

Actually, I envision that I'll have to do some work, but I'll put as much hardly in it as I can.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #259
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Actually, I envision that I'll have to do some work, but I'll put as much hardly in it as I can.

LOL - true mindset of a Class of 2013 member. Congrats!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #260
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120 days to go! But some of them will be pretty busy.
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