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Old 12-02-2015, 10:37 PM   #41
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Happy 10 year anniversary! I agree with the other posters. This is a great post.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:53 PM   #42
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Congratulations! Good post. I guess this forum keeps your writing skills from degrading.
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Old 12-03-2015, 07:06 AM   #43
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Good post. I am coming up on 11 years and can echo many of your sentiments.
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Old 12-03-2015, 07:35 AM   #44
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Great post Marko, being a 10 year retiree myself, I can relate to most of your comments and observations. It is amazing how much we do identify with our job titles while we are working. Even as a retiree one of the most often asked questions asked when meeting someone is, what did you do before you retired.
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Old 12-03-2015, 07:51 AM   #45
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Congratulations on 10 years of freedom marko.

It's only been 18 months for me but I'm glad to hear your 10 years experience has been good. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:15 AM   #46
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Nice summation Marko, congrats and wishing you many more happy years to come.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:41 AM   #47
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One more thank you for a great post. I find this forum very helpful in my early retirement at age 62. DW and I both got forced out of the work world. Best thing that ever happened to us. We had been planning retirement for the last 30 years. DW and I were both saving(investing) 20% to 30% of our gross income. Three years into retirement, currently age 65, life is good!!

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Old 12-03-2015, 08:49 AM   #48
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Oh how I love this forum and its members. Thanks Marko.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:49 AM   #49
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Congrats on 10 years and thanks for the great post. Inspiring for someone like me on the cusp of the RE cliff.

A toast to many more happy RE years for you!
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:49 AM   #50
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I retired from my company ten years ago today on 12.2.05, exactly 12205 days after I started. (note the numbers) I was 53.
My last day at work is 12/31/15 when I will be 53 years and 364 days old. I am greatly heartened by your post. Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:04 AM   #51
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Wow, lots of insight in that post! Congrats.

Now I have to ask, how did that 12/2/2005 and 12205 days come about?


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Wow! Thanks to everyone for your positive replies. A bit overwhelming.

I did forget to mention 2PM naps, so, sorry for that omission!


ERD, the date/days were purely coincidental...just had a lot of time one day and out of curiosity used Excel to figure how many days I had worked.
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Wow! Thanks to everyone for your positive replies. A bit overwhelming.

I did forget to mention 2PM naps, so, sorry for that omission!


ERD, the date/days were purely coincidental...just had a lot of time one day and out of curiosity used Excel to figure how many days I had worked.
Like the time I figured out that DW and I had been married for 10,000 days. I thought that was romantic - DW not so much.
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Well done! Thanks for sharing the info!
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Wow! Thanks to everyone for your positive replies. A bit overwhelming.

I did forget to mention 2PM naps, so, sorry for that omission!


ERD, the date/days were purely coincidental...just had a lot of time one day and out of curiosity used Excel to figure how many days I had worked.
The number of days that I w*rked is fewer than the number of days I've been employed...
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.....ERD, the date/days were purely coincidental...just had a lot of time one day and out of curiosity used Excel to figure how many days I had worked.
Talk about a classic "It must have been a slow day at the office marko's house".
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:17 AM   #56
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Would the Mods consider a link in the FAQ forum? Marko's post is a great summary of the essence of the Early Retirement Forum.
I agree. I am just over 2 months from my planned retirement. I have been counting the days. Then suddenly the past few days I have started thinking maybe I should w*rk longer (OMY). The position I have recently been asked to take doesn't require much and usually only 40 to 45 hrs /week. I am taking a lot Friday vacation days, so it is really less than 40 hrs/ week. It is even boring some days, so why not stick around a little longer and add some padding to my plan.

Marko's post is helping to work through these crazy thoughts and stick to my plan (I hope!) There are things I want to do!

I am so glad I saw this today.
Thanks Marko!
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Good for you. I left at 58 when I was fortunate enough to get a golden handshake.

I considered going back-as an employee or as a consultant.

What made me change my (our) minds? First of all our focus was not on longevity, but rather on how many years we would have left to be unencumbered by health problems that would prevent us from travelling etc. and doing what we wanted to do. Despite being in good health, and even better since retiring, that number, on average, is short and actually statistically getting even shorter in North America.

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Old 12-04-2015, 11:21 AM   #58
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Thank you Marko. You give us all hope for a successful retirement!
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:28 AM   #59
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Excellent post. thank you Marko, very reassuring.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:46 AM   #60
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thank you Marko..... very insightful, practical and inspiring.. I'm 10 DAYS into my retirement at age 55!
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