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Old 12-25-2012, 06:35 PM   #581
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Merry Christmas to the 2011 Top Cats! We're nearing the end of a full year of whateverwewannado freedom
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #582
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2 years for me today!

Ir's a cliche but... I dunno how I found time to work!

Hello again to the marvelous Class Of 2011!
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #583
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2 years for me today!

Ir's a cliche but... I dunno how I found time to work!

Hello again to the marvelous Class Of 2011!
Congratulations! I am 6 weeks from my second anniversary. I am hoping to start soon on some of the projects on the "to-do" list I created 2 years ago.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:38 PM   #584
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I am 6 weeks from my second anniversary. I am hoping to start soon on some of the projects on the "to-do" list I created 2 years ago.


A few weeks back I stumbled across the "to do" list I made prior to retiring in 2005. Reading it really cracked me up...
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Coming up to 2 years 5 months since I drove out of the company parking lot in April 2011.

Still no regrets, and definitely no missing the early morning commutes, the traveling, and the workplace pressure.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:44 PM   #586
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Congratulations! I am 6 weeks from my second anniversary. I am hoping to start soon on some of the projects on the "to-do" list I created 2 years ago.


Maybe after a while a statute of limitations expires and it becomes a "to-don't" list!
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Congratulations! I am 6 weeks from my second anniversary. I am hoping to start soon on some of the projects on the "to-do" list I created 2 years ago.
My list remains completely untouched after 12 years. () Maybe I was smoking something when I wrote it out, it seemed so lofty and admirable at the time. Maybe just a case of temporary insanity. Probably, I was just so happy to not be working everything looked good. Like a bad infection, I fought it off, and fully recovered. The only time I think about it now is when someone brings it up here on the forum. Like quitting smoking, the addiction is fully broken, it is a bad habit far enough behind me that I can now talk about it without fear of getting hooked again.

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I just passed my 2nd anniversary a month or so ago. The date almost passed without me realizing it. One of my former co-workers asked me if I might consider returning to megacorp - they had a two-year clause in the RIF paperwork - and I said the answer was no. Make that NO! Or, for a slightly longer answer H*LL NO!

This retired thing has a way of growing on you.

I just noticed megacorp may lay off as many as 5k more employees. I put together a slide deck of things to do in retirement and things to consider - like insurance, getting your finances in order, etc. Guess I should update the slide deck and send it to former co-workers... they might need it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #589
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Two year anniversary last Monday! Absolutely no regrets. My plan still looks solid and I probably could have jumped a year earlier..........

Only cloud was a lower back meltdown in April. Hey, I didn't retire to just lay around.......

It's been 4 months, and with yoga and pilantes, I'm much better. Making up for lost time with 3-4 boating/fishing trips per week now.

I still have not been bored. Had a few mornings where I woke up thinking man, how am I going to fill the day? That thought ends before my first cup of coffee does.
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Great tune, MichaelB! Downright gospel!
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #591
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I passed my 2nd year June 29. As time passes I think less and less about my old job. The first year I would think about my co-workers and what they would be doing ect.

I look forward to everyday. Live really began for us at retirement. Wife and I travel alot and visit the kids more. Never bored and do what we want and when we want.

I am in Canada and will spend a couple months in Florida this winter and a month in Las Vegas.

Life is good!
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2.5 years here and no regrets. Lost over 80 pounds and feeling great!
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #593
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2 years for me today!

Ir's a cliche but... I dunno how I found time to work!

Hello again to the marvelous Class Of 2011!
One year seven months and 18 days since ER but who is counting. Sure has been fun and travel filled but I still feel like time is rushing by. Camping for two weeks right now and that does help to slow it a bit. And still some times miss the intellectual stimulation and power from the job. But not enough to back!

Helps that the market has been kind to all of us as we have missed some of the early financial jitters that a down market would have produced.
May our goof fortune continue!
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nearly 2 years and 8 months we both retired early at age 55, sold our house and all our crap and hit the road in our RV, our biggest concern with no pensions was money (as with most others) - well after nearly three years we have invested well and are only 8k shy of the total amount we retired with, needless to say we don't plan on going back to work anytime soon...
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Holy buckets everyone........I have until Dec 31st to retire and my birthdate is Dec 20th when I turn 60 ............I feel old to consider 60 ad ER after reading so many encouraging reports! You all have been a blessing to me to make the big leap!
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nearly 2 years and 8 months we both retired early at age 55, sold our house and all our crap and hit the road in our RV, our biggest concern with no pensions was money (as with most others) - well after nearly three years we have invested well and are only 8k shy of the total amount we retired with, needless to say we don't plan on going back to work anytime soon...
I'm glad to see retirement is going well for you!
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nearly 2 years and 8 months we both retired early at age 55, sold our house and all our crap and hit the road in our RV, our biggest concern with no pensions was money (as with most others) - well after nearly three years we have invested well and are only 8k shy of the total amount we retired with, needless to say we don't plan on going back to work anytime soon...
heyduke,

Cool that you're doing the RV thing. My wife and I are also Class of 2011 and we're doing something similar although we still have a house.

If you haven't already considered Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners give it some thought. You can check out the build list HERE. RV CAV has building projects all over the country. You meet some great people and have a chance to see some interesting places along the way. There's no need to have construction experience. All skill levels are welcome. Habitat provides the tools.
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Coming up to 2 years 5 months since I drove out of the company parking lot in April 2011.

Still no regrets, and definitely no missing the early morning commutes, the traveling, and the workplace pressure.
I'm an April 2011 FIRE graduate as well, at age 48.

Someone mentioned finding their to do list recently, and just this weekend I stumbled on my Ernie Zelinski (author of the most excellent The Joy of Not Working) Get-a-Life tree. I was impressed to see both how many things I'd crossed off, plus how many things I'd completely forgotten about. It got me all fired up to add some new things to what feels like a full ER life already.

Regarding former co-workers - I bump into them on occasion since I live in the same town I used to work in, and I try hard to underplay how happy I am to be ER. I'm pretty sure my demeanor gives it all away without my needing to open my mouth.
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Well it's been more than two years since I pulled the plug, but I've ended up more semi than fully retired, taking a 50% consulting gig about 6 months after moving to Manila (where my wife took a job).

It's worked out to be a pretty good transition, though. I've had plenty of time to play and travel all around Asia (often accompanying my wife on her business trips) and get back to the States for two or three weeks 2 or 3 times a year for . So far, I've visited Hong Kong (3 or 4 times), Thailand (3 or 4 times), Singapore (3 or 4 times), Bali (twice), China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hokkaido (skiing), Australia, New Zealand (also skiing), Tokyo, and all around the Philippines. Still hope to get to Malaysia, Laos, Taipei and Korea.

But I'm also starting to feel ready to retire more fully (but perhaps not completely) and spend more time in Europe and the States! And, I think my wife may be feeling ready to work less (if not fully retire) too. We'll see!

So, so far not exactly what I expected; but very, very good!!!
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