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Old 06-18-2010, 02:15 PM   #21
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Did you time it in July for Independence Day?
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CONGRATS- Wish you all the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:41 PM   #23
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Congratulations. Was there anything specific that caused you to retire now?
He just had to make sure he could afford that new gas grill first! LOL!

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Old 06-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #24
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He just had to make sure he could afford that new gas grill first! LOL!

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LOL! But wrong gender "SHE had to make sure SHE could afford that new gas grill first!"

Well, that certainly is a major priority (a gas grill) when considering such things as retirement
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Your gonna love it here on the FIRE side. Congrats on bailing out while you can still enjoy life. Its a beautiful thing.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:07 PM   #26
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Thanks, everyone - keep it coming! I haven't sent the email yet (it's not 4:59 yet)... I really appreciate the support and the next two weeks will be entertaining.

They can't even cut me off from the internet access because I have my team's pager right now so I need access... just a coincidence. I suppose someone could come get it but not likely.

I'm not leaving mad - I'm just leaving. I don't plan to leave a trail of carnage behind. Just a little mess because they aren't staffed for any shortage.

I've said for a while that they needed to feel some pain before things would get better there. I believe I am about to provide same.
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Congratulations and happy birthday! All the best to you.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:45 PM   #28
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Right now I'm kind of stressed - it's been very hard not telling anyone what was up and trying to work. Luckily I work at home on Fridays. Sooooo that has its advantages in this situation.

I'm absolutely certain of what I'm doing, but I am definitely stressed right now. It has been a rough year. Two more weeks and I'll stop having to think about it all.

One of my retired friends said it took her 2 years to get over the stress.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:52 PM   #29
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Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, and Happy Birthday this weekend!

I suspect your life is going to improve dramatically in the near future. It does take a while to shed the stress (not sure I am completely done even after 7 months). It's sort of like an onion - - you peel off one layer and discover more beneath. But, the process is quite enjoyable.
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Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, and Happy Birthday this weekend!

I suspect your life is going to improve dramatically in the near future.
Thanks! I expect vast improvement!
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:03 PM   #31
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I no longer enjoy my job, I have too much work and too little appreciation, and I'm bone tired all the time. I have been planning this for quite a while.
I think we must have worked at the same place. Congratulations

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Oh man! With so many people retiring, it is not going to be fun doing shopping on week days any more, when I expect stores and shops to be empty.

Just kidding! Congrats!
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Hi - I'm not worried about when the money shows up. There essentially is no pension worth noting. However, by working in July, my July health insurance is paid at the employee rate and COBRA starts in August, not July. Thus the decision on the date.
Good point. I did the same thing, inadvertently, when in 2007 I switched from working 20 hours a week to 12 hours a week, making me ineligible for group health insurance coverage. However, because I made this change on the second day of the month, I retained group health coverage for that entire month and did not have to go on COBRA until the following month. So kudos to you for realizing that beforehand.
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I think we must have worked at the same place. Congratulations
Thanks for the Stones video! One of my faves - and oh so true in this case. Free to do what I want... interesting the twists and turns life throws at you.
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FWIW - I just sent the resignation letter and quickly signed out of the company computer system. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
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Damn - what a great way to start a weekend! Congratulations!! Now shut that pager off.....
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Damn - what a great way to start a weekend! Congratulations!! Now shut that pager off.....
Thanks - unfortunately I can't shut the pager off - I need to work 2 more weeks. But it is unlikely to go off.
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So I'm out.
Thanks for the detailed description of they whys and wherefores of your retirement. My personal experience is that DW and I spend less than we expected, so I think you are correct in your lack of worry about finances. We have the same attitude: if it looks like we are spending too much, we will cut back. No big deal.
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Thanks for the detailed description of they whys and wherefores of your retirement. My personal experience is that DW and I spend less than we expected, so I think you are correct in your lack of worry about finances. We have the same attitude: if it looks like we are spending too much, we will cut back. No big deal.
Thanks - I think it will be a good adventure! And I'm sure I have overbudgeted in many areas. I am spreadsheet-mad...
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