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Old 03-28-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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Let the countdown commence ... 2 months

Well I actually set the date; 31 May 2008. Don't know why this was so hard. I actually am working an extra month because I was struggling with pulling the trigger (and wanted to give 2 months notice). Probably didn't help that the nest egg has been shrinking rather than growing; but the lump sum pension will allow be to buy into a down market. Anyways, I did it and I think I'm feeling some relief already ...

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Congratulations ! Don't be surprized to have some feelings of anxiety as the day approaches . That will pass and then comes happiness !
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:25 PM   #3
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How do people celebrate "The Day" - major purchase to reward self, party, or just do nothing special after all? That first day when you don't have to go to work must be surrealistic.
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Can't speak for others, but I spent that first day walking around with a big, silly grin on my face...
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How do people celebrate "The Day" - major purchase to reward self, party, or just do nothing special after all? That first day when you don't have to go to work must be surrealistic.
In my case, it took a while to sink in. For the first month or so: I slept a lot.
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Congratulations t.r.! I'll mark the date on my calendar and toast your success with a nip of JD.....
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Congratulations t.r.! I'll mark the date on my calendar and toast your success with a nip of JD.....
Thanks guys and now I've got an idea about how to deal with that anxiety ... (May substitute JW for JD, but we'll see ...)

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Congratulations! My date is July 1, 2008. That day is fast approaching.
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My last day was today -- departed at noon. The last few weeks went by very quickly. Feels strange that I won't be going back next week. But I think I am ready for ER and really look forward to doing my own thing for the rest of my life!
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Congratulations Lakedog! Did you experience the anxiety that Moe mentions? Bourbon or scotch the solution?

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Congratulations Lakedog! Did you experience the anxiety that Moe mentions? Bourbon or scotch the solution?

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I did experience a little anxiety as the final days ticked by but not a great deal......a drink or two was helpful at times!
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Congratulations. Setting the day is important. We are thinking of pushing ours back a few weeks because we would get another six weeks of vacation.
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Congrats TeeRuh and Lakedog, seriously! You'll adjust in your own way I'm sure.

My date is 5/16/2010 or 2011 or 2012 at the latest. Probably too soon to announce huh?
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Congrats and welcome to the club TeeRuh and LakeDog. Decoder ring and secret handshake in the mail.
My grin is still etched on my face and it's been there since July.
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Congratulations! My husband's last day is also May 31, 2008, and we can't wait! Our first year of retirement will center around selling our house and relocating.
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