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Old 02-25-2011, 06:03 PM   #1
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I got the last day behind me and it was the best day I've ever had at work. The weather was beautiful and I had folks congratulating me all day (all week, month). And it was sincere. At 3 I picked up my lunch box and declined a ride to the gate and made the walk one last time. No fear, no anticipation, just total happiness. I really felt I deserved it and it felt good.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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Good for you JM, even if it was raining it would have been a good day. (heh)
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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Congratulations. You are a better man than me. I left right after lunch.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:19 PM   #4
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I got the last day behind me and it was the best day I've ever had at work. The weather was beautiful and I had folks congratulating me all day (all week, month). And it was sincere. At 3 I picked up my lunch box and declined a ride to the gate and made the walk one last time. No fear, no anticipation, just total happiness. I really felt I deserved it and it felt good.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:22 PM   #5
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:27 PM   #6
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #7
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What a nice ending to your working years.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:37 PM   #8
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Woohoo for you! So what have you got planned for the rest of your life!
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:49 PM   #9
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:50 PM   #10
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:57 PM   #11
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Sounds like a great last day at the job. Welcome to your new world.

Enjoy!
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:07 PM   #12
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awesome, congratulations!
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:09 PM   #13
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YOU... DID... GO... ALL... THE... WAY!!!!

What a great post. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:55 PM   #14
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I like short posts packed with tons of happiness. Congratulations! Now what? When you go into town to shop or to a movie, try walking around without that silly smile on your face. People will wonder what you're up to. On second thought, keep the smile.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:45 PM   #15
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No fear, no anticipation, just total happiness. I really felt I deserved it and it felt good.
It just can't get any better than that! Well done.
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Congrats! I like your approach of declining the ride and walking out the gates instead.
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I left at 11am.
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Congrats! What time is your tee time, and what's for dinner? I saw cooking was a hobby.
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I left at 11am.
I left at 7pm. It wasn't any different than previous work days - first in and (usually) last out. Well, the only difference this time was I turned in my ID badge on my way out. There weren't any last minute glimpses over my shoulder as I pulled out of the parking garage. There definitely haven't been any regrets.

I had been preparing for the "final day" for so long it was almost a non-event for me. However, it took me a year to quit waking up before 5am.

The best part about retirement for me is not having to go anywhere if
(a) the weather is bad - definition is open-ended or
(b) I don't want to.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:06 AM   #20
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I just got up. Got my coffee and if anything it feels better than yesterday. I finally understand the smile thing everyone talks about. I think I my jaw muscles have settled into a permanent grin.
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