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Old 10-01-2007, 06:44 AM   #1
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Its finally here

Last Friday was my last day of employment. I went to part time for 6 months to help transition my replacement. I do have a few company functions still to attend. I'm going to the company golf outing this afternoon, and my retirement party is planned in November so I guess I'll try and be there.

Ive been asked the usual, what are you going to do all day, and your to young to retire (Im 50). A few have asked how I am able to do it and did I win the lottery or something. These guys are around my same age and I'm sure with a similar income. I tell them the truth, that I simply have been planning for it for years and with LBYM and investing I made it happen. Ive been lucky in that Ive always had a good job and everyone in the family has been healthy.

I'm still not sure it has sunk in yet, but I do have two trips planned for this month and I guess its time to finally clean out the garage and basement. If I can find the time that is.
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:09 AM   #2
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Congratulations ! Chill out first and then clean the garage .
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Congratulations on finally escaping the rat race. So did you get up without using alarm for the first time in many years?
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It's going to take a long time for the euphoria to wear off, congratulations!
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Congratulations DM! I love reading success stories like yours. Good luck in your golf round today -- now you can beat the boss without fear

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Congrats!!
Don't worry about the garage it will still be there.....I have been free for 16 months ans still have not fully cleaned the garage -- it keeps gettin dirty!
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I cleaned out the garage last week. I hope it stays clean for the next 9 months until I retire. I don't want to have to spend precious retirement time cleaning no stinkin' garage!

Anyway, dm, congratulations.
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Thank's everyone. The golf outing went well, free lunch, golf, drinks and supper. I told the boss that I may be available for future outings if needed.

Ive got a couple of old cars that need restoring that is on my list of things that I want to do. But I really need to clean up that damn garage. It's really not that bad and I can probaly get it done in a day, but I have to play golf with some buddies tommorow, and I have a couple of trips planned this month. I just don't know when I'll have the time.
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.... It's really not that bad and I can probaly get it done in a day, but I have to play golf with some buddies tommorow, and I have a couple of trips planned this month. I just don't know when I'll have the time.
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Enjoy your freedom - there is no going back! [/quote]

How true, no way could I go back to work at the same place, I have tasted the sweetness of liberty and nothing else will do from now on. If some boss were to mistake me for an employee and get in my face or even make a face he/she would be flat told were to go and what to do when they get
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This is the best life all the sweat, planning, preparation and hard work were worth it. As for the garage, do what makes you happy, clean it, don't clean it, make it into something else, forget about it, whatever floats your boat, your in charge now.

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Congrats! I've been retired for 6 months and I still have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming. I used to be depressed on Sunday afternoons, knowing I had to go to work the next day. Sundays and everyday of the week are like Saturday now.
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Let me add my voice to the choir of congrats. Seeing that it can be done provides continued motivation for us dreamers.
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Congrats! I've been retired for 6 months and I still have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming. I used to be depressed on Sunday afternoons, knowing I had to go to work the next day. Sundays and everyday of the week are like Saturday now.
It took me a couple months to get over the Sunday afternoon queasiness.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:48 AM   #19
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The first week was great. I did clean out the garage and I can't believe how much better I feel going out there now. It took about three days to get past waking up at 5:30, I'm still getting up early but its more like 7:30 and I'm in no rush.

The only odd thing that happened is I got a speeding ticket, damn Porsche, but it was only for doing 50 in a 40. Anyway the officer asked me where I worked. The ticket was already in his hand but I went with I'm unemployed. I still got the ticket but I thought it was odd that it was asked.
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dm, congratulations! Now that you have all this time on your hands, let's talk about MY garage...
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