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Old 04-09-2014, 07:59 PM   #41
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Made a really bad decision at the age of 17 and spent ten years in prison because of it but used the time to teach myself as much as I could. Spent the next 26 years applying what I learned and today my net worth is over $1M and I am retiring in 57 days at the age of 53.

That's my rags to riches story in two sentences.
Wow. Write a few more sentences and you have a book and a screenplay. You deserve to be proud of yourself.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:50 PM   #42
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Sorry, tried to delete after I posted it. Please disregard this bad joke.

I thought it was a good joke, which might be another reason to delete it...
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Sorry, tried to delete after I posted it. Please disregard this bad joke.
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Well...I also got a kick out of it, too. We need a little humor around here sometimes, especially when it's about werk.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:18 AM   #44
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Sorry, tried to delete after I posted it. Please disregard this bad joke.
Most would realize that prisons don't function this way, at least in USA, and that you were referring to your job.

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Amazing what two people can do when they have the same mindset and goals.

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Met a cute boy in high school and decided that hanging out with him was the best thing ever. 20 years later we're still hanging out, with only 7 more years until we go on a very permanent summer vacation.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:45 PM   #47
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Met a cute boy in high school and decided that hanging out with him was the best thing ever. 20 years later we're still hanging out, with only 7 more years until we go on a very permanent summer vacation.

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By great fortune, there are not many people I cannot look in the eye.
Making the sacrifices/commitments required that enable us to RE are indeed rewarding. But being able to make a statement like that is worth a king’s ransom too.
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Made a really bad decision at the age of 17 and spent ten years in prison because of it but used the time to teach myself as much as I could. Spent the next 26 years applying what I learned and today my net worth is over $1M and I am retiring in 57 days at the age of 53.

That's my rags to riches story in two sentences.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #50
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I have had a life more varied and interesting than some, but less than others.

Now in ER, I end up with more money than some, but less than others.

And that's all I can say about that. The above are 2 sentences too.
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I have had a life more varied and interesting than some, but less than others.

Now in ER, I end up with more money than some, but less than others.

And that's all I can say about that. The above are 2 sentences too.
I suppose that's true for all of us.
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A unique life I have had, but then we all have our own special circumstances. And when we are gone, not too many people will miss us.

"Dust in the wind...", sang Steve Walsh of the Kansas band in a favorite song of mine.
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...no kids and a good group of friends. I've published a few scientific papers and worked on some cool optical systems.

My biggest regret is the no kids bit...
That's exactly my two sentences too, nun! No kids, good group of friends, wrote some cool software that made a difference in my niche, and my biggest regret is the no kids.

But I just saw a thread a little down the board -- the guy's 60, ER'd with a 33 year old wife and 8 year old kid -- maybe there's hope for us still?
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I was lucky enough to be brought up by parents who taught me how to treat others, how to be responsible, how to be self-disciplined and persevere through ups & downs. Did my best (usually) to apply same.
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"Dust in the wind...", sang Steve Walsh of the Kansas band in a favorite song of mine.
Now that certainly brought back some memories.... thanks!
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A unique life I have had, but then we all have our own special circumstances. And when we are gone, not too many people will miss us.

"Dust in the wind...", sang Steve Walsh of the Kansas band in a favorite song of mine.
"And all your money won't another minute buy..."
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My two run-on sentences:

Married my high school sweetheart 32 years ago, we both had great careers with great employers, lived modestly and invested heavily while raising two great kids who are now in their mid 20s. I'm 53, ERed last year, wife still working OMY, NW just under $3M, and looking forward to catching up on all the stuff I didn't have time for while working... like playing guitar, woodworking, building PCs, getting in shape, plus traveling with no pressed shirts in my bag.
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Dust in the wind is a great song and I like it a lot. But this thread reminded me how true this song is. We will all end up being dust and soon (less than a blink of an eye in cosmic time). Stardust, that's what we are.
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