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Old 03-01-2013, 04:54 PM   #421
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #422
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It's finally over!

Yesterday was my last day at work. It ended up being a very emotional day but I survived. It started at 11:30 am with cake and punch with 250 co-workers. Right before we went to the assembly area I told my wife "this is how it must feel right before you are executed". She agreed, then we proceeded to the assembly area.
My boss gave a short thank you speech and then it was my turn to speak. I swear I had no idea what was going to come out of my mouth. My wife told me later that it sounded good and everything made sense. I just barely kept my composure at the end of the speech. They gave me a real nice gift and I shook everyone's hand and we said our goodbyes. I then had lunch with the company owner and his son which was very pleasant. I have worked for the company owner for 40 years and we frequently had lunch together so the lunch was no big deal.
Anyway, he invited my wife and I to go out to dinner with his family after work. When I showed up at the local country club I was led to a private banquet room where 80 people jumped up and yelled surprise. I almost had a heart attack on the spot. I was totally shocked at the cross section of people assembled to celebrate my retirement. They had put together a photo slide show of various things I was involved with over the years which ran the entire evening.
Then drinks and a real nice meal. Then more drinks and more gifts. Amongst other things included a $1000 set of golf clubs and a reproduction of a painting of the owner, two other start up employees, and myself in front of our first facility. I had turned in my master key in the day before so they presented me with a card with the key attached in case I change my mind. There was much more, but I won't take the space to describe everything in this post.
It ended up being a very good day, and when I woke up this morning I felt as though the weight of the world was gone. And I feel great. I am very much looking forward to my new life. I also want to thank the members of this forum who through there support, encouragement, and posts, helped me get thru this experience.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #423
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Yesterday was my last day at work. It ended up being a very emotional day but I survived. It started at 11:30 am with cake and punch with 250 co-workers. Right before we went to the assembly area I told my wife "this is how it must feel right before you are executed". She agreed, then we proceeded to the assembly area.
My boss gave a short thank you speech and then it was my turn to speak. I swear I had no idea what was going to come out of my mouth. My wife told me later that it sounded good and everything made sense. I just barely kept my composure at the end of the speech. They gave me a real nice gift and I shook everyone's hand and we said our goodbyes. I then had lunch with the company owner and his son which was very pleasant. I have worked for the company owner for 40 years and we frequently had lunch together so the lunch was no big deal.
Anyway, he invited my wife and I to go out to dinner with his family after work. When I showed up at the local country club I was led to a private banquet room where 80 people jumped up and yelled surprise. I almost had a heart attack on the spot. I was totally shocked at the cross section of people assembled to celebrate my retirement. They had put together a photo slide show of various things I was involved with over the years which ran the entire evening.
Then drinks and a real nice meal. Then more drinks and more gifts. Amongst other things included a $1000 set of golf clubs and a reproduction of a painting of the owner, two other start up employees, and myself in front of our first facility. I had turned in my master key in the day before so they presented me with a card with the key attached in case I change my mind. There was much more, but I won't take the space to describe everything in this post.
It ended up being a very good day, and when I woke up this morning I felt as though the weight of the world was gone. And I feel great. I am very much looking forward to my new life. I also want to thank the members of this forum who through there support, encouragement, and posts, helped me get thru this experience.
CJ-

That's wonderful! Everyone's last day at work should be so pleasant.

Clearly, you made a tremendous contribution and were much appreciated and admired a work.

All the best in your new phase.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #424
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"...Then more drinks and more gifts. Amongst other things included a $1000 set of golf clubs and a reproduction of a painting of the owner..."
Hey CJ, other than the drinks, gifts, golf clubs and painting I got the same things!
Closest thing to a gift for me was a last-minute final agreement by the company to have me continue 1-2 days/week w*rking from home, and I get to select the 2 days each week.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:48 PM   #425
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I expect to receive a standard-sized American flag as a one-size-fits-all retirement "gift." Then again, with all the budget cuts, I may not even get that.

Mr. A. received a flag and a nice desk clock, but they stopped giving out the clocks quite a few years back.

As long as Congress doesn't mess with my pension We own enough clocks, and one flag per family will suffice...

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"...Then more drinks and more gifts. Amongst other things included a $1000 set of golf clubs and a reproduction of a painting of the owner..."
Hey CJ, other than the drinks, gifts, golf clubs and painting I got the same things!
Closest thing to a gift for me was a last-minute final agreement by the company to have me continue 1-2 days/week w*rking from home, and I get to select the 2 days each week.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #426
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What a wonderful and thoughtful send off, the kind I thought had gone away for good.

I am happy that your years of w*rk were so well recognized and appreciated.

Now it is time to ROCK RETIREMENT!!! :-)
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #427
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What a wonderful and thoughtful send off...
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Rare to hear of classy exits like yours, cjacks. Congratulations.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:41 PM   #428
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What a great way to end a job and start a retirement.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #429
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I think the thing I appreciated most was everyone seemed to accept and understand my decision to walk away. The tank was empty, I really don't think I could have worked another week. Yes, it was way beyond anything I expected. I guess I underestimated what some people really thought of me. My job frequently involved dealing with problems and difficult situations. Sometimes I actually felt like a referee. I couldn't spend a lot of time worrying about what people thought about me. I assumed the worst. The sincere and in some cases heartfelt exchanges I experienced with many of my coworkers has really positively changed my outlook. I have a lot of thank you notes to write.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:09 AM   #430
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Hermit, that may not be necessary. Unless your son lives with you, has he not established residency on his own at school?
I read the rules posted at his school and as I could determine residency is determined by "He Who Pays the Bills" which would be me. Independence was difficult to prove and certainly not applicable as long as Dad was paying the bills. In other states, it may be possible, but unless I missed something, not in Virginia.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:39 PM   #431
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Congratulations cjacks, it sounds like you worked for a pretty decent company and was a highly respected employee. But after 40 years I can understand why the tank was running on empty. Enjoy your well deserved retirement.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:26 PM   #432
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cjacks, congratulations ! It's nice to see that your 40 years of dedication was so appropriately honored. Enjoy the golf clubs !!! Make sure they get lots of use
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Very nice, cjacks. Best wishes to you for this new phase in your life.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #434
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Congrats cjacks!!!
Sounds like so many felt you are a very special person. Truly deserving of enjoyable ER.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:29 AM   #435
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Congratulations, cjacks! My last day was not so long but still pretty heartwarming. Guess if people showed more appreciation and thanks before we retired there might be fewer retirees. But that's not how we're wired.
Enjoy your days and fill yourself back up with pleasure, relaxation, and fun!
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"Guess if people showed more appreciation and thanks before we retired there might be fewer retirees."

Missedearly62,
You know I was thinking the same thing. Although, I think I was partially to blame for how people treated me before I retired. As I think back I was to straight to the point about things. I was so bored with doing the same thing for so long that in the end I demonstrated very little patience. It's a little late to have figured it out but I think we get what we give. Like you said " that's how we are wired".
I am taking my time and writing real nice thank you notes. I would very much like to make my friends feel the way they made me feel, even if it was only for a day. Many showed me kindness like I had not seen for a long time. Over the years I occasionally had to deal with some real jerks, but in the end I realize I was lucky to have worked with a lot of good people.
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cjacks,

After such a memorable send off, I'm sure you are well on your way to an equally rewarding retirement. Best wishes for many good years ahead!
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I just put in my paperwork. Last day worked, 1 April 2013!
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:59 PM   #439
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Sweet!!!! I'm 36 months away. Coasting until my kids are done with college.
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I just put in my paperwork. Last day worked, 1 April 2013!
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