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Old 01-25-2015, 10:18 AM   #1
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I've been paroled!

After 24 years of service on the Dallas PD, my wife and I both retired on Friday, which not coincidentally also happened to be my 50th birthday. We had a large retirement party and it was a blast. People we had worked with in various different assignments over the years showed up and congratulated us and told every funny and embarrassing story they could remember. Some I think were even made up. I had one guy show up who I had served in the Army with in Germany in the late 80's. It was very humbling to say the least.

The wife and I met at work when we were both rookies and we have our 20th anniversary coming up. We both spent about half our lives with these people doing a very challenging and rewarding job but now we are ready to move on to our next adventure.

People keep asking how it feels to be retired and honestly right now it just feels like Sunday, but I'm sure very soon its going to feel quite different. We already have 3 trips planned between now and July.

Thanks to everyone here who has given out advice having no idea that I was soaking it all in. Its been a great help as I prepared for this huge transition.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:21 AM   #2
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first of all, thank you for your service.

Enjoy your well earned retirement.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:21 AM   #3
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I am so happy for you and your wife. Retirement is wonderful. I especially love watching the traffic reports on Monday morning, over coffee, realizing that I never have to be out there in morning traffic again.

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Thanks for your service! On to bigger and better (and hopefully less dangerous) things.


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Old 01-25-2015, 10:29 AM   #5
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Congrats!


I'm just recently in the ranks of FIRE myself - loving it so far!
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #6
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Yippee. Welcome to the club.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:37 AM   #7
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The wife and I met at work when we were both rookies and we have our 20th anniversary coming up. We both spent about half our lives with these people doing a very challenging and rewarding job but now we are ready to move on to our next adventure.

People keep asking how it feels to be retired and honestly right now it just feels like Sunday, but I'm sure very soon its going to feel quite different. We already have 3 trips planned between now and July.
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Congratulations!

Don't leave the ER site now, I feel safer with a former law enforcement guy here. Just kidding of course, I've enjoyed some of your insights on security matters posted here.

Besides travel which is great, what do you want to dive into personally?
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Wonderful, wonderful post. The party sounds lind it was so much fun. Congratulations to you and Mrs U. So great that you can begin the new journey hand in hand.
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Fantastic, Utrecht! I have no doubt you will enjoy your retirement. What are your plans?
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Congratulations. Now you get to enjoy "Sunday" every day!


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Congrats! Enjoy all your travels in this new adventure in your lives! DH retires on Feb 3rd. We have planned a "no time limit" travels around the US.
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Congratulations on making it! I still remember my last day.
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Congratulations to you and your DW, Utrecht ! Don't feel bad about feeling like its Sunday. EVERY day is now Sunday !!! Happy Retirement
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Congrats to you and your wife, Utrecht.

How long is your parole for? When will you be totally free? LOL
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Who's going to catch all of the bad guys in Big D now?
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Who's going to catch all of the bad guys in Big D now?
Not his problem any more.

I did get teased after I retired because there was a major crime issue that happened right after I retired and moved to WV. They were not going to get me back that easy.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:28 PM   #19
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congrats on the hard work that led to this, I know quite a few civil servants (You don't make Megacorp $$$) and most either cant retire at this age or are forced to work other jobs, you obviously LBYM and much deserve this
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