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Old 12-15-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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I failed at ESR

Some of you know that I semi-retired a while ago. I cut my hours in half.

I report today that I failed. I was having too much fun at work and somehow ended up working more hours. So rather than giving them the hours for free, I asked my boss for a 50% pay raise and it was granted within the hour after talking to the CEO.

So now I'm working about 30 hours a week. Does that still count as semi-retired?
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:21 PM   #2
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If, and only if, it feels like semi-retired, then yes.

Otherwise we will have to send you to sit in the corner until you mend your ways.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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Hum, 30 hours a week starts to sound like real w*rk to me... We may have to take away your ESR certificate.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:14 PM   #4
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So now I'm working about 30 hours a week. Does that still count as semi-retired?
Who cares - have fun .
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:36 AM   #5
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The best part about FIRE or ESR is that you have control that you didn't have whilst still a wage slave. If you are having fun doing w*rk you want to do, the great...have at it!. If not, at least the boss knows that you no longer need to "do this" and that you are doing it because you enjoy it. That way, he knows he has to make it enjoyable for you if he wants to keep you.

Call it what you will...ESR'd, FI-SR'd, etc. Don't matter much so long as you are enjoying it.

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:43 AM   #6
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Some of you know that I semi-retired a while ago. I cut my hours in half.

I report today that I failed. I was having too much fun at work and somehow ended up working more hours. So rather than giving them the hours for free, I asked my boss for a 50% pay raise and it was granted within the hour after talking to the CEO.

So now I'm working about 30 hours a week. Does that still count as semi-retired?
Not so much, but it underscored what I've long said about FI being what opens all the doors, including RE.

If you're FI, you have the peace of mind knowing you can leave if the job sucks or the boss gives you too much crap. And even if you enjoy your work, if management values your contributions, they have to use carrots, not sticks, to keep you there and motivated. They have to do things to prevent you from wanting to leave, which isn't something they often resort to if they think you still badly need the j*b. As I've often said here, once my dad turned 55 and he was able to retire, it's amazing how much more pleasant his superiors made his job because they knew the handcuffs were off and he could walk at any time...
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I also failed at retirement the first time , Maybe we should start a ten step program . Hi, my name is Moe and I returned to work .
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I also failed at retirement the first time , Maybe we should start a ten step program . Hi, my name is Moe and I returned to work .
I did in 94 after a yr and 3/4 out of work. A year full time plus a fair amount of paid 1 1/2 overtime cured any further thought of working and really helped the retirement portfolio.

I still had a little of the 'unemployed mentality' until learning to embrace 'slacker' and then high class 'ER'.



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As someone who just went from a trial ER to a definite Semi-ER, I say you qualify.

You're lucky that you love your work so much. As long as you're happy - why worry?

Me, I'll have to see how things are when work ramps up in the new year. So far, its been fun.
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I report today that I failed.

So now I'm working about 30 hours a week. Does that still count as semi-retired?
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...I was having too much fun at work....
Where do I sign up for your newsletter? nm, I'm still happy to work not at all unless you count the x-mas card I addressed to the office yesterday.
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I was thinking I would try to start a whole new sub-forum: Can you believe I love my job?

Actually, folks could post about all the good experiences they have at work as well as the cheap group health insurance and the other perks.
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Some of you know that I semi-retired a while ago. I cut my hours in half.

I report today that I failed. I was having too much fun at work and somehow ended up working more hours. So rather than giving them the hours for free, I asked my boss for a 50% pay raise and it was granted within the hour after talking to the CEO.

So now I'm working about 30 hours a week. Does that still count as semi-retired?
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