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Old 04-21-2008, 08:49 PM   #21
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Yep that was me. Corner window office (with great views of accidents on the freeway), nice salary and the mcmansion. And I thought "Is that all there is?".

Well, what immediately leaped to mind was "I could do without dealing with all these immense buttheads on a regular basis..."
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:01 PM   #22
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Yah. When you're oriented on a long-term goal from an early age (get good grades/behave in school -> go to college -> get a high-paying job -> have a big house/expensive cars/et multiple cetera) and finally achieve it... where do you go from there
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:22 PM   #23
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I had a cubicle overlooking amongst a bunch of other cubicles...

In a room with no windows...
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:47 PM   #24
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Can you elaborate on what's missing? I'm a newb here but I find many to be surprisingly candid (anonymity must help).
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Let me see if I can answer your question from what I learned from the business world - surround yourself with eagles and you will sore; surround yourself with turkeys and you will be eaten. Early in my working career I was surrounded by turkeys and did OK but I could have done better. Later I was in senior management and I saw how I was held back from my full potential. I do not want to repeat the same thing in ER. A little dramatic but it is true with many things in life and our parents have told us so also - show me your friends and I will show you your future.

The negative aspects of the above doesn't apply to anyone on this board; it is more to say we need positive examples in our lives to help give us directions, inspiration and example.

Another example from the business world - streach goals. In business planning meetings targets would be set based upon normal business expectaions. Streach goals would then be established. They were a little difficult but they made everything a bit better and were usually met.

This ER thing is new to most of us and we do not have many examples or a road map - it is uncharted territory. My comment is not a Type A personality desire. It is more to say I want to be challenged by others who have made the most of thier ER life. I want to see what some of them have done, learn from it and find it as a source of encouragement. Billy and Akisha come to mind but I do not feel I have to follow them exactly. But they are an inspirition.

My signature below is an insight into what I am talking about also.

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Old 04-21-2008, 11:55 PM   #25
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This ER thing is new to most of us and we do not have many examples or a road map - it is uncharted territory. My comment is not a Type A personality desire. It is more to say I want to be challenged by others who have made the most of thier ER life. I want to see what some of them have done, learn from it and find it as a source of encouragement.
You do know that YOU serve as a source of inspiration for others, don't you? Ever since you posted about the 14ers I've been craving to go hike them -- they're on my "must do before getting too old" list.

This last year I bought a used Fiberglass trailer which is small and lightweight like your Casita. I have started fixing it up in anticipation of the many travels I plan to do post-FIRE.

About two more years to go....

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Congratualtions Dex...... It's been fun reading your stuff!

I'll honor your #2000 with my #3000!
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Aw...... Can't count. Here's number 3K!
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How about 19,000 with a little rounding error
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19000 has to be some kind of record.
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In a room with no windows...

In the basement.
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In the basement.
Close...

We were moved to a new building to take advantage of the 300mm wafer fab. Heh... There was no room in the inn, but the top level was vacant. But they didn't want to build out the entire floor since they were planning to fire us all in two years, so they built a large, insulated box right in the middle of the space, and threw up some four-man cubes. The only windows were in the doors at each end. Our little penthouse suite...
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19000 has to be some kind of record.
Stay tuned for the next episode of "Extreme Posting"...

I bet JG could have kept up, but can you imagine wading through 19k of JG...

Probably would overload the iggy function.
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In a room with no windows...
I worked my way up to the coveted "cubicle with windows" environment. I suppose it's great for status at w*rk to have one of the few cubicles with windows on one side, but unless one is bucking for a promotion, who really cares about status at w*rk? It just makes some of those who are windowless feel resentful. I can see the weather, but I could see that online. Basically, it's nice to have a window and I do appreciate it, but I'd 100 times rather be ER'd for good.

564 more days should do it.

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19000 has to be some kind of record.
He definitely needs to celebrate when he goes over 20,000!
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:48 AM   #34
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Not even close to a record. I've seen people run up 25-30,000 posts in 2-3 years.
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The greatest benefit to being a pee-on is not having that window in the cube wall. My last boss procrastinated several months before moving into one.
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Yah. When you're oriented on a long-term goal from an early age (get good grades/behave in school -> go to college -> get a high-paying job -> have a big house/expensive cars/et multiple cetera) and finally achieve it... where do you go from there
The 2nd statement of your signature line is a good clue.
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Oh, if only I could get a transfer to your old space; maybe I would come to my senses and ER!
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Congrats Dex! I've been around a few years also and I associate your name with posts that are worth reading and generally have some meat on the bone........please knock that stuff off on the next 2000
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I'm pretty sure it's empty now...
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Congratulations on your 2K post. Some post because they can; others post only when they have something of value to say. You are in the latter group.

Moab and southern Utah is a unique place on Earth. I have been here over 15 years and have no plans on leaving the state any time soon. We are moving to the St George area later this year and will be better able to see more of that wondrous part of the state.

We have spent the last 10 months of our post-retirement life doing a number of things that are necessary for our future ER lives mixed in with having fun and seeing family and friends. In no particular order:

* Spent 4 months downsizing our "stuff" so we can downsize. Much of this was given away to various individuals with needs but no means and to organizations who can gain more from it than we could if we were to sell it. We are not done but are getting very close.

* Spent 2 months updating house

* Sold one motorhome and bought a new one.

* Took a 3 week trip to visit family in Cali. with grandkids in the RV while planning and executing an 80th birthday party for family patriarch.

* Traveled 10,000 miles in it to both coasts

* Adopted two dogs

* Went on a Caribbean cruise with one of our kids and their family.

* Spent over a month with my mother while she underwent several surgeries and nearly died. Time well spent to be sure.

* Somewhere in there we also managed some time for medical treatments for DW along with a few surgeries.

We now have the house on the market. We found a house and have it under contract and hope to move later this summer. Once we are moved in we plan to:

* Make some extended RV trips to family near both coasts.

* Go to school to pick up some Geology courses.

* Do some RV upgrades myself

* Volunteer some time with a local theater company.

* Tour the country around where we live in more detail.

* Do some tours of Europe

* And...spend some quality time with each other.

In a few years we will see what works for us considering our health.

After 33 years in Corporate management jobs I don't need challenges....I have enough on my plate to keep me busy for years to come.
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