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Old 06-27-2014, 11:32 PM   #21
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Start the count down, 9 work days left.......... A few folks have come out of the woodwork , trying to talk me out of leaving early. Was actually considering delaying , and that was a little upsetting... I would, if given the option of half time/half pay benefits. The city does allow this , if approved by management. I asked and got no as the answer..... I'm sticking to the July 11th end date , and feel just fine about it .

Lame Duck Status update: Was supposed to be given someone to train , never happened. The position may be filled at the start of the new fiscal year ( July 1st) but my spies at HQ report no applicants are being called to selection interviews yet. My field work is now dumped on my supervisor. Office work now is only special projects , that can be done at my office or HQ.

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Old 06-28-2014, 08:22 AM   #22
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Congrats Lakewood. 9-days left would be a really great feeling. Enjoy!

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Old 07-11-2014, 05:51 PM   #23
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As of one hour ago, I am officially un-employed. Sent out an e-mail blast within the department, turned in my badge, city id, and equipment. The union provided a "Retired" badge. Kind of un-climactic, just over.

Went to 3 small going-away lunches this week arranged by co-workers, as I did not want a big retirement party. I'm just not like that. Lot's of sad good-byes, as if I was dying ! It's not the end, rather it's the start of a new phase in life.

Many people, some I hardly know, are puzzled of how I could leave such a good paying job with just 12 years of city service, and can't fathom a retirement of just 25% of final pay. (2.16% @60) I guess, most are spending everything they make ,have little or no investments, and plan on doing at least 20 years, just for a higher pension. We have a great 457 plan, no matching, but doing 8 more years to get (edit) a 45% pension ? Not me.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:03 PM   #24
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I can relate to what you are saying about the conventional wisdom among government employees. It seems very few are even thinking there is the option of retiring before age 62. It's crazy talk to suggest saving some of one's take home pay makes it possible to retire securely even one minute before 60, the "official" retirement age in our pension plan.

Kudos for you for finding your own path and following it.
No doubt a continuous prosperity, though spendthrift, is preferable to an economy thriftily moral, though lean. Nevertheless, that prosperity would seem more soundly shored if, by a saving grace, more of us had the grace to save.

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Old 07-11-2014, 10:24 PM   #25
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Congratulations! I can relate. Since I have told everyone that I'm leaving (retiring from military), they all ask what I'm going to do for work. When I tell them that I'm NOT going to work, they look at me like I have three heads. They just cannot fathom that an enlisted guy can actually retire at the ripe old age of 40!

I tell them it's all about choices, particularly how you manage your finances!

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