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Old 12-30-2009, 08:37 PM   #1
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30 Dec 2004 was my last day at work. It consisted of signing papers & getting a retirement ID. Official day of retirement was 31 Dec (which was a holiday).

I have lost 80#, BP is mostly normal, stopped grinding/clenching teeth, tartar buildup on gums has ceased, arthritis pain in knees is mostly gone, migraines & indigestion & bad dreams gone.

I'd rather sell a kidney than go back to work.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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I have lost 80#, BP is mostly normal, stopped grinding/clenching teeth, tartar buildup on gums has ceased, arthritis pain in knees is mostly gone, migraines & indigestion & bad dreams gone.
Wow. Very impressive results.
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I'd rather sell a kidney than go back to work.
I don't blame you at all.
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Congratulations!

You are a walking (hopefully pain-free now) talking (at least posting) advertisement for ER and an inspiration. I am looking forward to similar feelings if Mr. Market will just keep cooperating.
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Wow, that's some changes, Kahn. Guess it was a great move for you to retire. Good for you!!!
And may we assume you are enjoying the heck out of it, too?
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Did you change your diet?

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P.S. Congrats! And great results!
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Congratulations Khan. You are an inspiration.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:09 PM   #7
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Did you change your diet?

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P.S. Congrats! And great results!
Not really.
The hygienist & dentist remarked on the difference. I went from a 4 month intensive cleaning to a 6 month not too bad cleaning.
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Congratulations Khan , I am at three years but I worked one day a week for one of them ( I was weak ) . I have lost 8 lbs.. I have successfully started a ebay business , I have done several projects on my house and I have shared care of my Mom with my sister . I still need the same dental work but I am more relaxed and sorry Khan but I will not sell a kidney before returning to work as my brother had a heart transplant . You never know when you need those parts .
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:52 PM   #9
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Khan,

I retired at the same time as you. My last day worked was Dec. 31, 2004. I was then on vacation and comp time until April 5th, my official retirement date.

I am with you, I will never go back to work. My health has improved and I am so much happier. Plus, I just don't have time to work. I don't know about the kidney, but that's an idea if the stock market tanks again soon.
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30 Dec 2004 was my last day at work. I have lost 80#, BP is mostly normal, stopped grinding/clenching teeth, tartar buildup on gums has ceased, arthritis pain in knees is mostly gone, migraines & indigestion & bad dreams gone.
Congratulations, both on your retirement anniversary and on your many successes since then!

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I'd rather sell a kidney than go back to work.
I'm just over two years into my retirement and I like to say that I'd subsist on rice & beans before I'd return to full-time work. That may be because I'd never thought of selling a kidney...
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Congratulations Khan...retirement has served you very well.


I'd rather sell one of DH's kidneys than for me to go back to work...
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Congrats, hope you like it as much as I do.

I'll keep my kidneys. I have done some free work on my nephew's farm over the years and if I need money REALLY REALLY BAD, I can get paid for that type of work.

Interesting, my nephew is a small farmer and I used to help driving tractor at seeding time or truck or combine at harvest. This year he teamed up with a large operator and didn't need me.

He did call me since the "big guy" he'd joined had spent $500K on a combine and needed a driver. I told him that while $25/hr was reasonable for "mindless" work, I didn't retire in order to work 20 Hr/day for 6 weeks straight.

I hope that when I need that kind of money I'll still be capable of doing the work. According to FIRECALC, I'll be dead by then so it may be a good distraction.

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"I didn't retire in order to work 20 Hr/day 7 days a week for 6 weeks straight."
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I told him that while $25/hr was reasonable for "mindless" work, I didn't retire in order to work 20 Hr/day for 6 weeks straight.
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"I didn't retire in order to work 20 Hr/day 7 days a week for 6 weeks straight."
I'll take that job. Even if you don't get time and a half after 40 hours a week, it still comes to $21,000 for 6 weeks of work. I could get by for a whole year on that even if it's taxed. Where do I sign up.

I'd do that before i'd sell a kidney.
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30 Dec 2004 was my last day at work. It consisted of signing papers & getting a retirement ID. Official day of retirement was 31 Dec (which was a holiday).
Congratulations on your five year anniversary!

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I have lost 80#, BP is mostly normal, stopped grinding/clenching teeth, tartar buildup on gums has ceased, arthritis pain in knees is mostly gone, migraines & indigestion & bad dreams gone.
Amazing, utterly wonderful. I am so happy for you! Imagine how bad things would be by now if you had continued to work in that environment.

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I sure can't blame you, knowing what a marked improvement in your health has occurred since your retirement.
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Not really.
The hygienist & dentist remarked on the difference. I went from a 4 month intensive cleaning to a 6 month not too bad cleaning.
Just wondered, as I saw a difference in plaque build-up when I switched to a lower-starch, higher veg/fruit diet - i.e. a diet that emphasized lower-glycemic carbs and avoided the high-glycemic ones as well as a little higher protein and fat (good fats).

I never had a real serious problem with plaque, but I remember my dentist being amazed at the annual cleanings when we were most careful with our diet.

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Me and Khan - 5 years

Me too Khan Five years ago today as my last day at the office. I have enjoyed every minute since. The first year I did a few paid projects but then I thought that I didn't need the money and no longer wanted the responsibility. So, no more work, no more. Like Khan, I shedded a few pounds (but only a few). Took up biking and average 100+ miles a week. And never wake up at 4:00 AM worrying about work
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Congrats, guys. I already know that when I check out for good my health will improve because I can see what happens to me on vacations. Hopefully I am in good enough shape to do all the things I have been waiting to do.
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30 Dec 2004 was my last day at work. It consisted of signing papers & getting a retirement ID. Official day of retirement was 31 Dec (which was a holiday).

I have lost 80#, BP is mostly normal, stopped grinding/clenching teeth, tartar buildup on gums has ceased, arthritis pain in knees is mostly gone, migraines & indigestion & bad dreams gone.

I'd rather sell a kidney than go back to work.

Happy anniversary!!!!

Those health improvements are fantastic, I hope I have similar success over the coming years.
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