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Old 04-05-2014, 12:30 PM   #161
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:27 PM   #162
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:47 PM   #163
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Realistically for me, April 2015 at age 56.

It will take me a year to do an exit.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:17 AM   #164
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This morning (I'm off work on a Monday!) I decided to clean up my computer desktop. I opened a folder that is work related (document templates, online license renewals, etc.). Found a document titled: retirement.xlsx which I created in Feb 2010. I so wanted to quit back then that I actually counted the days of work left with a target retirement date of 4/1/15. I had totally forgotten about that, and the target retirement date too. I'm now planning to retire 3/1/2015. When I created it I had an estimated 1930 days of work left! Ugh! Now I'm down to less than 200 days--going part time later this year.
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This morning (I'm off work on a Monday!) I decided to clean up my computer desktop. I opened a folder that is work related (document templates, online license renewals, etc.). Found a document titled: retirement.xlsx which I created in Feb 2010. I so wanted to quit back then that I actually counted the days of work left with a target retirement date of 4/1/15. I had totally forgotten about that, and the target retirement date too. I'm now planning to retire 3/1/2015. When I created it I had an estimated 1930 days of work left! Ugh! Now I'm down to less than 200 days--going part time later this year.
I do almost the same thing. On Fridays, I cross off each week on a custom calendar I printed out. Nice to see progress as I get closer toward February 2015. However, I'm now considering staying until March only because that's the next ESPP payout, which I think I would lose if I didn't stay to the purchase date. But, it would only amount to a few thousand after-tax dollars, so if I'm absolutely sick of the place and the people, I'll just go ahead and quit in February when I fully vest. Leaving a few thousand on the table doesn't bother me that much.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:06 AM   #166
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Adding my name to the 2015 list (and a couple others that didn't add themselves. I also cleaned up the #13 slot that no one claimed.

1. Ikubak - April 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. DanD76 - June 2015
8. Utrecht - Jan 2015 - Age 50
9. haloFIRE - August 14, 2015 - age 47
10. Phil1ben - June 1, 2015 - age 55
11. SonnyJim - January 1. 2015 - age 48
12. Theseus - July 2015 - age 59 (moved up to 2014 - congrats )
13. biker4life - July 2015 - age 45
14. Options - January 2015 - 59.5
15. Al - June 2015 - age 52
16. Siamond - July 2015 - age 53
17. Shabby - January 2015 - age 48
18. jcretire77 - April 2015 - age 55
19. Fermion - Oct 2015 - age 45
20. BrianB - January 2015 - age 56
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22. FreqFlyer - Feb 2015 - age 43
23. Hiker88 - August 2015 - age 55
24. Enjoylife133 - December 2015 - age 60
25. Jpearl - July 2915 - age 43
26. iac1003 - April 2015 age 63.5
27. kern44 - June 2015
28. Fedup - Dec 2015 age 55
29. Mo Money - April 2015 age 53
30. EastWestGal - March 2015
31. Aus_E_Expat- April 2015, age 56
32. rodi - April 2015, age 53

DH and I finally agreed on a date. Firecalc says we're good to go now - but not enough left over for some of our fun activities we want. My new date lets me achieve a few goals. 20 years with my employer (albeit due to mergers/acquisitions/spin offs/splits/etc I'm on my 5th or 6th payroll name.) That happens next January. And April will get me the 2014 bonus.

Plan is to skip a summer vacation this year and blow the wad next year - spend the entire summer in Europe slow travelling. (We still have school age kids - so we're limited to summer.)

DH retired this year (2014) at age 62. He's thoroughly adjusted to his new lifestyle. I'm in OMY just to fund some extra padding into our travel/play budget.
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It's nice to see this list growing. After all, we have a duty to make room for the younger generation.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:34 PM   #168
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4. Fourchristians - June 2015

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6. Live and Learn - March 2015- 52

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9. haloFIRE - August 14, 2015 - age 47

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12. Theseus - July 2015 - age 59 (moved up to 2014 - congrats )

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14. Options - January 2015 - 59.5

15. Al - June 2015 - age 52

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17. Shabby - January 2015 - age 48

18. jcretire77 - April 2015 - age 55

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27. kern44 - June 2015

28. Fedup - Dec 2015 age 55

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Old 04-23-2014, 06:21 PM   #169
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Both the wife and me, target date July, 2015, age 64.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:31 PM   #170
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OK people, time to start thinking about what you are going to do the first month or two of retirement. We are getting close to escaping the drudgery. Maybe this is how an inmate feels when their sentence is coming to an end. Some of us have less than 250 days to go. Personally I have 325 days to go. I might work one extra month; not for the money, but for the opportunity to buy some season tickets. It's one of the small perks of my job.

So what is the first trip or adventure you are going to make when you RE? DW asked me that and I said, "camping for a week on my favorite island." She said, "But you know I don't like camping." I said, "That's OK, you aren't going with me." She knows a week with no phone, no internet, no people (very few people on this 17 mile long coastal island), is my kind of thing. That is one of the things I will do to decompress. How about you?
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:36 PM   #172
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Count me in for June, 2015, 43.

You'll BE 43? Or are you are letting us know you have 43 posts?
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:52 PM   #174
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So what is the first trip or adventure you are going to make when you RE?
I have been wanting to go back and visit Europe ever since my last trip to London way back in 1998, when I went for two weeks on a combo business/vacation trip. In fact, that was the last "real" vacation I had. Everything since then has just been long weekends, or days off here and there.

I never had the time or money to do a "real" trip back to Europe because I always had a job, boss, and work hanging over me. And to me, a trip overseas isn't worth it unless it's at least two weeks, but taking two weeks off just means I have that much more work that piles up, so even though I'm on vacation, I would dread coming back to the mess that built up in the meantime.

So...after I quit, one of the first things I'm going to do is really treat myself. I want to buy a first-class ticket over to London, first-class BritRail and EuroRail passes, and just go wherever, and do whatever, strikes my fancy once I'm over there. No itinerary, no schedule. And I want to stay for at least three or four weeks.

I want to go back to Scotland, see more of the countryside, and visit Edinburgh again. Stay at the Balmoral hotel maybe (I stayed there in 1998 during a trip to Edinburgh).

I want to go back to London, do all the touristy stuff I missed before. See some West End plays (I saw Lion King there before, I loved that).

Maybe travel the continent. Maybe go to Italy or Ireland. Basically, whatever I want to do for about a month. And no coming back home to a job, or a boss, or projects.

I basically want to be Rick Steves for a month in Europe, and damn the cost. I've put it off long enough, and I owe it to myself to go.
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6. Live and Learn - March 2015- 52

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8. Utrecht - Jan 2015 - Age 50

9. haloFIRE - August 14, 2015 - age 47

10. Phil1ben - June 1, 2015 - age 55

11. SonnyJim - January 1. 2015 - age 48

12. Theseus - July 2015 - age 59 (moved up to 2014 - congrats )

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15. Al - June 2015 - age 52

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Well I have 14 to 20 months before I retire. Several things in that timeframe need to happen before I declare my self Retirement Ready. The first thing I will do is sleep in the first day rather than get up at 5:00 AM. Shortly after that, DW and I would like to take our Motor Home out for a few weeks to unwind and plan the next chapter in our lives. In our mid fifties we have been blessed with good health, adequate financial means and a youthful spirit . Maintaining each of these blessings will be our first priority. Travel is heavy on our list and hope to spend a little time in Europe. We will also travel to parts of the U.S. by RV or in some cases automobile with our pet.
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Here is another way to look at our class, by month:

January (5)
SonnyJim - January 1. 2015 - age 48
Shabby - January 2015 - age 48
Utrecht - Jan 2015 - Age 50
BrianB - January 2015 - age 56
Options - January 2015 - 59.5
February (2)
FreqFlyer - Feb 2015 - age 43
LoneAspen - Feb 2015- age 48
March (3)
Live and Learn - March 2015- 52
ABQ2015 - March 2015- 59
EastWestGal - March 2015
April (6)
Ikubak - April 2015- age 52
Mo Money - April 2015 age 53
rodi - April 2015, age 53
jcretire77 - April 2015 - age 55
Aus_E_Expat- April 2015, age 56
iac1003 - April 2015 age 63.5
May (1)
RobLJ - May thru August – age
June (6)
Travelwanted - June 2015, Age 43
Al - June 2015 - age 52
Phil1ben - June 1, 2015 - age 55
Fourchristians - June 2015
DanD76 - June 2015
kern44 - June 2015
July (3)
Jpearl - July 2915 - age 43
biker4life - July 2015 - age 45
Siamond - July 2015 - age 53
August (2)
haloFIRE - August 14, 2015 - age 47
Hiker88 - August 2015 - age 55
September (0)
October (2)
Fermion - Oct 2015 - age 45
vireo- October 2015. Age 60
November (0)
December (3)
Fedup - Dec 2015 age 55
Enjoylife133 - December 2015 - age 60
Neihn - Dec 2015-

We have 3 ERs at 43 years of age, 8 under 50. That's quite early. Oh to be young and retired!
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I might (but only "might") change mine to Mar 2015, only to maybe take advantage of an ESPP purchase in March. If I leave before then, they don't do a partial purchase, you lose out on the stock purchase, and just get your ESPP contributions refunded.

But if the stock price remains at the levels it's at right now, the after-tax profit would only amount to a few thousand dollars, definitely below $10k, which to me, isn't enough for me to stay another months.

If it's over $10k, I'll stay another month. If not, I'm leaving in February.

Yes...I want to get away THAT badly, that I'm willing to leave $10k on the table to leave a month early.
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So what is the first trip or adventure you are going to make when you RE?
We' still have school age kids so are confined to school breaks for travel (for now.) We want to spend an ENTIRE summer in Europe. It's in the early planning stages. We'll string together 1 week vacation apartment rentals. 10-11 weeks in all.

We may do a lease on a car for part of it. But we all enjoy trains and ferries as well so that is still on the table. (We'd rent cars in 2 day bursts to see things outside our city bases as needed.)

Budget is $25k for a family of 4 for 10 weeks. This money was lump sum set aside for a while. (We've got some padding set aside also - but I think we can do it for that amount.)

I love researching vacations before we go - so the fun has already started for me.
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I might (but only "might") change mine to Mar 2015, only to maybe take advantage of an ESPP purchase in March. If I leave before then, they don't do a partial purchase, you lose out on the stock purchase, and just get your ESPP contributions refunded.

But if the stock price remains at the levels it's at right now, the after-tax profit would only amount to a few thousand dollars, definitely below $10k, which to me, isn't enough for me to stay another months.

If it's over $10k, I'll stay another month. If not, I'm leaving in February.

Yes...I want to get away THAT badly, that I'm willing to leave $10k on the table to leave a month early.
I'm the same way - I *might* go another month is ESPP is looking generious.
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