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Old 02-26-2007, 08:50 AM   #21
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One of the gov't guys at work is retiring in late March, and the project is throwing him a retirement breakfast. He's a pretty low-key guy and doesn't like a big fuss made...he seems like he wants to just get out of the rat-race and get on with his life!

I think ordinarily, they would have had a much bigger to-do for his retirement party, but this is probably the most they could get him to show up for!
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:33 PM   #22
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I didn't want any type of party when I retired. The company gave me a Visa card with $300 on it; I was happy with that. About 1 month after I retired, I went to lunch with a few work friends and had a wonderful time.
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I'm retiring in June as the general counsel of a public company. I kind of dread the whole retirement party concept. I'm going out on top, the company is in very good shape, but I would rather not have much of a "to do" over my departure.

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I felt the same way but my staff really wanted to do one so I relented. They threw a big luncheon, roasted me with a funny slide show going back to the sixties and a goofy video interview of my peers and family modeled after the Swift Boat Veterans thing. I really enjoyed it and got to see a lot of people I would not have otherwise been able to say goodbye to. I think this depends a bit on how you relate to your workplace. I had been with the same agency for 30 years and left before they wanted me to go. A retirement party was a good way to close that out. If I didn't have the lengthy history or felt I had overstayed my welcome then a lunch with my immediate staff - or nothing at all - would make a lot more sense.
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Several years ago, one of my co-workers (Chris) announced he planned to retire at the end of the month and the usual "committee" started to plan the typical retirement luncheon for his last day on the job. On his last week, Chris invited me to join him for lunch on what would have been the day before his last day at work -- and asked if I wouldn't mind meeting him at the restaurant instead of driving together as he would be coming from another direction. I thought it was going to be just a one on one lunch. When I arrived at the restaurant, I learned that Chris had invited about 40 of us to join him for his own version of a retirement party...paid for by Chris as a thank you to all his favorite coworkers/friends. What a classy way to go out! (Oh, by the way, that was also Chris' last day at work.)

When I retired in December, 06, I did the same thing -- just invited a group to join me for lunch. Very nice.
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Several years ago, one of my co-workers (Chris) announced he planned to retire at the end of the month and the usual "committee" started to plan the typical retirement luncheon for his last day on the job. On his last week, Chris invited me to join him for lunch on what would have been the day before his last day at work -- and asked if I wouldn't mind meeting him at the restaurant instead of driving together as he would be coming from another direction. I thought it was going to be just a one on one lunch. When I arrived at the restaurant, I learned that Chris had invited about 40 of us to join him for his own version of a retirement party...paid for by Chris as a thank you to all his favorite coworkers/friends. What a classy way to go out! (Oh, by the way, that was also Chris' last day at work.)

When I retired in December, 06, I did the same thing -- just invited a group to join me for lunch. Very nice.
I'm doing roughly the same thing, although the party I'm throwing will be a cook-out at my house! I'm having a couple fellow w*rkers there, as well as some of my already-retired friends, and a few of my neighbors and friends. I think we'll all have a pretty good time.

I'm not going to be at w*rk my last scheduled day (they won't know that until THAT day), which is the day they always have the "official" retirement breakfast. I hope they enjoy their breakfast w/o me!!!
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:44 PM   #27
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congrats on the retirement !
And if they give a crystal bowl it would be nice if they filled it first.....
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