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Old 01-31-2015, 10:24 PM   #361
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Congrats to Spudd and texcurtis!

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I had bought a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate, but when I opened it, it turned out to be red wine!
That's hilarious. Maybe you'll have to celebrate again next week, but do it right this time.

Today I discovered my simulation is off by a few hundred k. Oops. DW and I are leaning towards staying the course and tightening the budget a bit instead of OMY. It's looking like mid October now. I might try to work 2 days a week starting then. Is that still retirement?
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:09 AM   #362
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Congrats to Spudd and texcurtis!
Today I discovered my simulation is off by a few hundred k. Oops. DW and I are leaning towards staying the course and tightening the budget a bit instead of OMY. It's looking like mid October now. I might try to work 2 days a week starting then. Is that still retirement?
Sorry to hear that. I was laid off in November... shortly there after I was I was offered another job.... that I turned down. I was asked if I'd work a few months so they could find someone to fill the spot. So, are these couple months retirement? Nope. But that is my opinion.

If you were working doing something for the joy of it... that would be different. While I like a lot about the work I do, I have other plans of what I need to do now in my life right now. So work is not retirement right now for me. Again, my opinion
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:52 AM   #363
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At least 2 days a week is closer to retirement than 5!
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:54 AM   #364
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Today I sent a message to my Interim Director giving 30 days notice to leave. Sending an e-mail on Sunday may be unusual but I want to give him time to calm down. He has a reputation for over reacting and I don't want it to end badly for him.

So my last day is 2 March and I will shift to occasional independent consulting. Others can decide if this is truly RE, but I will now control my schedule and I look forward to the freedom. This will include several weeks this summer in Kodiak visiting my youngest daughter.

This has been on my mind for months and the interesting message in Church this morning was "slow me down Lord, so I can appreciate what money can't buy." Very fitting.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:21 AM   #365
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Congratulations, Tekward! Hope your last month goes well. Kodiak sounds like a beautiful place, we'll be spending a day there in May as part of a cruise. Several weeks would be wonderful!
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:47 AM   #366
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Thanks for the well wishes. I think I'm going to like this retirement business.

For my first Monday in retirement - a good friend, who retired the same day I did, and I are going to lunch down in Galveston. Why? Because we can. :-)


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Old 02-01-2015, 02:33 PM   #367
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If you were working doing something for the joy of it... that would be different. While I like a lot about the work I do, I have other plans of what I need to do now in my life right now. So work is not retirement right now for me. Again, my opinion
Fair enough. In the end, retirement is just a word. 2 days a week would feel like victory, at least for a while.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:01 AM   #368
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Today I sent a message to my Interim Director giving 30 days notice to leave. Sending an e-mail on Sunday may be unusual but I want to give him time to calm down. He has a reputation for over reacting and I don't want it to end badly for him.

So my last day is 2 March and I will shift to occasional independent consulting. Others can decide if this is truly RE, but I will now control my schedule and I look forward to the freedom. This will include several weeks this summer in Kodiak visiting my youngest daughter.

This has been on my mind for months and the interesting message in Church this morning was "slow me down Lord, so I can appreciate what money can't buy." Very fitting.
Well the meeting with the new Director went better then expected. I worried about a angry defensive reaction but instead he shook my hand and said he envied me! He also opened the door for me as a contract instructor teaching ~10% of the time at 3X the hourly pay. Great option that I didn't expect to be available.

Lesson learned - giving the boss some time to process can work well.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:39 AM   #369
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Lesson learned - giving the boss some time to process can work well.
Where there isn't an ugly history, I heartily agree. When I told my boss I was retiring, I made the transition period whatever he felt comfortable with. I'm staying with my current project until 27 February. My traditional Mexican lunch with the department is scheduled for 20 February. I doubt I'll try to recross the bridge but I definitely didn't burn it. I am paying back in kind as best I can for the excellent treatment I've received over the last 9 years.

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Old 02-03-2015, 05:09 PM   #370
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I had my annual performance review today. It was by far the easiest of my career. No more BS from the boss, no need for him to use the corporate buzz words or try to explain that while I'm doing a good job, "the competition is fierce at my level so the raise will be unremarkable. "

There was a lot of "we sure are going to miss your knowledge and expertise", you're the go-to person for that system and it's going to be hard to get things done without you, etc. Hmph! Maybe they should have told me that five years ago when it mattered.

He reiterated the possibility of a severance package and I reiterated that I will gladly stay around until June to see if it becomes available.

Then the boss confided that he's a little jealous I'm able to go at age 50. He has to stick it out until he's eligible for retiree medical benefits. Not me-- thanks to DH and his good retiree benefits.


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Old 02-05-2015, 03:37 PM   #371
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I found I have to postpone my retirement plans for at least 2-3 more years. So will open slot 36 for someone else.


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1. Ikubak - April/May 2015- age 52
2. LoneAspen - Feb 2015- age 48
3. Neihn - Dec 2015-
4. Fourchristians - June 2015
5. ABQ2015 - March 2015- 59
6. Live and Learn - March 2015- 52
7. Utrecht - Jan 2015 - Age 50
8. haloFIRE - August 14, 2015 - age 47
9. Phil1ben - June 1, 2015 - age 55
10. SonnyJim - January 1. 2015 - age 48
11. Theseus - July 2015 - age 59 (moved up to 2014 - congrats )
12. biker4life - July 2015 - age 45
13. Options - January 2015 - 59.5
14. Al - June 2015 - age 52
15. Siamond - July 2015 - age 53
16. Shabby - January 2015 - age 48
17. jcretire77 - April 2015 - age 55
18. Fermion - Oct 2015 - age 45
19. BrianB - January 2015 - age 56
20. RobLJ - May thru August - age
21. FreqFlyer - Feb 2015 - age 43
22. Hiker88 - August 2015 - age 55
23. Enjoylife133 - December 2015 - age 60
24. Jpearl - July 2915 - age 43
25. iac1003 - April 2015 age 63.5
26. kern44 - June 2015
27. Fedup - Dec 2015 age 55
28. Mo Money - April 2015 age 53
29. Aus_E_Expat- April 2015, age 56
30. rodi - April 2015, age 53
30. vireo- June 30, 2015. Age 60
31. Sanstar - March 28, 2015, Age 59
32. Rdub - May 2015, age 45
33. johnnyfuego - Jan-March 2015, age 52
34. Islandtraveler - July 2015 age 56
35. kimcdougc - Feb. 1, 2015 age 57
36.
38. cbo111- Sep 2015 age 57
39. Planner - April 30, 2015 age 53
40. FatCyclist - January 2, 2015 age 57
41. Oreogn - Feb 2015 age 58
42. 2B - Jan 2015 age 63
43. tuffshed - January 2015 age 60
44. trirod - December 2015 age 48
45. jabbahop - Feb 2015 age 54/55 (depending whether I go before Feb birthday)
46. nuke_diver
47. Travel4Fun - Jan 2015, age 50
48. robnplunder - July 2015, age 53
49. Bryan Barnfellow - July 17, 2015
50. Taxman59 - July 1, 2015
51. nuisance - Q2 2015
52. texcurtis - January 31, 2015, age 54
53. OBXretire - July 1, 2015
54. Punxsyboy
55. Philliefan33
56. pinejake - March 5, 2015, age 56
57. Spudd - January 30, 2015, age 42
58. bingybear - Feb 28, 2015, age 53
59. kitesurfer2- April 30, 2015, age 62
60. wheelsdown - March 1, 2015, age 60
61. Whisper66 - March 1, 2015, age 55
62. KCGeezer - May 31, 2015, age 58
63. stlguy57 - Dec 31, 2015, age 58
64. Travelwanted - July, 2015
65. Ally - June, 2015, age 63
66. Evergreen - June 30, 2015, age 52.5

Added mine to the end, because I must stick to this date and not squeeze out another stressful year at that place when I don't really need to!
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:31 AM   #372
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Well, I don't know if I can officially be added to this list, because I'm planning on running my new business, but I put in notice for 3/2/2105 to be my last day with Megacorp!!

It's so exciting to be getting out of a j*b I hate, and doing something fun instead. DH is going to be working for a few more years, and I'll try the business owner thing, with a fall back plan of doing tax returns for a few months a year. Either way I'm done with the grind of corporate life.

I've been at megacorp for 19 years, and unfortunately many of them were unhappy. Pay was good though, and my 401k balance is pretty good. I'm 39, and we're technically FI if we ate ramen for the rest of our lives. Gonna w*rk enough to keep us eating better.
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:49 AM   #373
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Congrats to all who retired YTD! I have plans to review my status in and around July after I cash in on some stock options.
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:04 AM   #374
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Have been FI for a year or so but have been hesitating due to 3 kids in college at same time. 2 recently graduated, and have been able to set aside funds for the 3rd... so time to take the plunge. Recently negotiated separation to occur on 59th birthday in August..... Am not sure exactly what I will do next but am so ready to explore the options..... ;-)
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:23 AM   #375
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I'm a new poster here. What do you do in a 'Class of....'? I've figured out it refers to the year of retirement but then what?

My year of retirement was 1989. Where do I find my 'Class of 1989'?
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:10 PM   #376
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I made it through my first week of retirement.

What did I do - Had some drywall repairs done from a pipe replacement project previously completed; Had several dinners with friends; Began a more regular exercise routine, still a bit rusty but slow progress being made.

So far there is nothing I miss about work, other than some of my coworkers. Don't know if my feelings will change, but today I'm really happy to have retired early.


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Old 02-09-2015, 05:54 PM   #377
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Two more months. I reminded my General Manager today when he called me since he didn't respond to my initial email 1 month ago. He told me he is still in denial.

Of course I accepted the necessity of having to drive about 150 miles on Wednesday due to something only I can do in the position I am in because... only 2 more months.

I will be w*rking 1 day a week until the end of 2015 so it's not full on retirement yet. But 6 days off out of 7 ain't bad.


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Old 02-09-2015, 08:13 PM   #378
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I'm in slot #19 & my last day of work was Jan 27. It didn't happen as I had planned but I FIREd. The clinic I was working in was sold & all new staff were brought in...I was given a 2 day notice...lol!! I had planned on working 1-2 days a week for a few months to kind ease into retirement but alas, I was forcibly retired DW reduced to PT work as of Feb 2. So far we r both enjoying it but I'm still "worrying" about finances. We should be fine but I may got get a PRN position to help pay for travel & ease my anxiety a bit.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:35 PM   #379
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I'm apparently moving my date up as well Punxsyboy. I'm #62 in the list and was notified this past Thursday that my last day will be Feb 20. A small severance will actually carry me to about mid-May so I'm not modifying my date in my 'permanent record' here on the forum.

well, at least I won't unless this potential consulting gig that somebody immediately told me about is really really interesting. Sounds suspiciously close to OMY syndrome. Anybody have an opinion on defining an official' ER date? Not that it matters one way or the other, just thought it might spark a discussion.


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Old 02-10-2015, 05:19 PM   #380
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Ugh! Today was one of those days...my ER in June cannot come quickly enough. I feel like I only have time to commute, work, and get ready to go to work (i.e. pack breakfast/lunch/healthy snack). I am exhausted and it's only Tuesday. I can't wait until I have time to exercise as much as I want and fix healthy dinners and maybe even take a nap occasionally.
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