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Old 05-12-2014, 08:00 AM   #501
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:15 AM   #502
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You can add me, although I just joined a couple of days ago. I posted an Intro thread, but the political situation at my job went downhill really fast after they hired a toxic person and a week ago today I had a discussion with my boss and suggested that we determine the conditions of my departure. His face was flooded with relief. We came to a deal and my last day was May 9.

I'm 61, have been saving and investing all my life. I'd planned to work to 65 but after DH and I talked it over and I made the decision last weekend, the longer I thought about it, the more it made sense.

"Someday" is finally here and DH and I are alive to enjoy it!
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:40 PM   #503
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Late to the thread here as is often the case. My last day was April 30 (at age 57). Many thanks to go around from a long-time member/lurker and occasional poster (e.g. thanks to members of this forum, bolgeheads, and the usual suspect authors - perhaps beginning with Bob Clyatt's "Work Less, Live More"). I can't really say which spark lead to the FIRE. There have been too many useful tips and inspirational stories here to call out individually, so thanks to all. It feels great at last to be re-creating on our own terms. I suspect I'll seek the group's collective wisdom a bit more now as we readjust and retool for the next phase. ;-)
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:32 PM   #504
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52 days remaining. Of those, 12 are weekend days, 1 is a federal holiday, and at least 4 are sick leave days I need to burn up or else give them back to the employer. That leaves me with just 35 working days!

Hang on.....I just did a re-count, and there are actually 14 weekend days, instead of 12....woohoo! 33 work days to go...!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:51 PM   #505
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Marty...You are going to be surprised at how fast the time will go. Come on in...the water's fine! You worked and earned it!
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:06 PM   #506
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Whoops, flight cancelled. Moving postponed until tomorrow am. Am rather ticked off. But better than a plane crash, to look on the bright side.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:55 PM   #507
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My former boss (10 years older than I and retired) and I went for breakfast yesterday. He wanted to know what my status was at work. I told him that I retired, but I still have a company phone so that they can contact me when they have questions. He then asked when I was going back to work. I said never. Then he asked the question that must have been asked to people on this board a million times - "What are you going to do all day?" Told him that I was busy with yard work, and millions of hobbies, going to do some traveling, etc. He said - "That won't last very long". I said "Yes it will - I'll make sure it does".

Several posters here have posted how great it is be retired and I never really understood just how right they were until I retired myself.

Congrats to all Class of 2014 members!
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:24 AM   #508
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Down to 50 work days left. My preference is to go part time for a while after that, although it's not necessary financially, and I've been talking to management since February of this year. I'm getting some push back about me leaving now (it's complicated), and they're dragging their feet. So, it looks like I'm going to have to be more insistent. But, I want to do it in a professional way, it's a good company, and also not burn any part time work bridges. It's going to be an interesting summer.
Looks like things are falling into place. No more management push back, my replacement is here, the formal announcement is imminent, and I've arranged some part time work (way less than half time but enough to be interesting).

Looks like my official retirement date will remain 30 June 2014 but, I'll use vacation for the last few weeks of that. So, I have about 12 working days left. I have to admit that after 30+ yrs working and all this time planning, my feelings are mixed; anticipation, excitement, and a little anxiety. I'm sure that's not unusual, and I plan to just take it one day and one issue at a time....or, Fore! issues at a time.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:53 AM   #509
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I signed the final HR paper work this past week (submitted my letter of resignation 2 weeks ago). My July 2 retirement at end of day is now written in stone.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:59 AM   #510
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52 days remaining. Of those, 12 are weekend days, 1 is a federal holiday, and at least 4 are sick leave days I need to burn up or else give them back to the employer. That leaves me with just 35 working days!

Hang on.....I just did a re-count, and there are actually 14 weekend days, instead of 12....woohoo! 33 work days to go...!!!
24 more days left for me excluding weekends and memorial day.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:43 AM   #511
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Looks like things are falling into place. No more management push back, my replacement is here, the formal announcement is imminent, and I've arranged some part time work (way less than half time but enough to be interesting).

Looks like my official retirement date will remain 30 June 2014 but, I'll use vacation for the last few weeks of that. So, I have about 12 working days left. I have to admit that after 30+ yrs working and all this time planning, my feelings are mixed; anticipation, excitement, and a little anxiety. I'm sure that's not unusual, and I plan to just take it one day and one issue at a time....or, Fore! issues at a time.
Congrats Huston! Don't ya just love it when a plan comes together?? Enjoy!
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:46 AM   #512
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I'm still thrilled to be part of this group. Currently enjoying a margarita and Mexican lunch at 11:45 am on a breezy shaded patio at a Houston restaurant. Amazing how quickly I've found peace of mind in 3 short weeks.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:18 PM   #513
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Forgot that next Monday is a holiday, after today I only have 7 more office days left

It really is going by quickly now.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:18 PM   #514
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I am just hanging out here to get inspired.

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Old 05-20-2014, 07:27 PM   #515
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:05 AM   #516
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Aye, the final countdown seems fast in some ways; slow in others. Having HR schedule one's exit interview, and having a farewell party slotted on one's last afternoon, seems a bit surreal. "Is that really me they're talking about?"

Twelve calendar days, seven work days, to go...
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #517
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Here's another update:

1. HeatherB - 2013
2. Retire2013 - 2013
3. Ronstar - 04/02/2014
4. akck - 01/01/2014
5. Redbugdave - 01/10/2014
6. sbwitte - Jan-2014
7. debster747 - Jan-2014
8. Coaster - Aug-2014
9. rodi - H - Jan-2014 - DONE!!!
10. Ozstache - 2013
11. Unpaintedhuffhines - Jan-2014
12. Cassie - 01/03/2014
13. gozer - 01/31/2014
14. BizzyC - Apr-2014 OMM
15. foxfirev5 - Feb-2014 ?
16. Meadbh - Mar-2014
17. nun - Mar-2014
18. brewer12345 - Jan-2014
19. Lagniappe - Apr-2014
20. Hawk50s - Oct-2014
21. jimbee - 04/03/2014
22. Dakotah - 05/02/2014
23. christian_n - Jun-2014
24. fh2000 - Jun-2014
25. FreeAtLast - Jun-2014
26. scrinch - Jun-2014
27. 02camp - Jun-2014
28. Huston55 - 06/30/2014 Official day
29. FIREd - W - Jun-2014
30. jollystomper - 2015?
31. photoguy -03/04/2014
32. linny727 - Jun-2014
33. obgyn65 - Jun-2014
34. Nomad4hire - Jun-2014
35. powlusr - Jun-2014
36. WhoDaresWins - 07/02/2014
37. Grainiac - Aug-2014
38. ER Eddie - Sep-2014
39. hakuna matata - Oct-2014
40. FLD3C - Oct-2014
41. SecondCor521 - Nov-2014
42. hakuna matata - W - Dec-2014
43. Turn_the_Page - Dec-2014 Maybe earlier in the year
44. sengsational - 01/24/2014
45. Amethyst - Jan-2014
46. Masquernom - Jun 2014 possible 2013
47. Difficultrun - 04/30/2014
48. pinejake May-2014
49. bjorn2bwild - Apr-2014
50. howdidigetthisold - Dec-2014
51. Grigori - Apr-2014
52. Andre1969 - ?
53. In-control - Jun-2014 ?
54. Kaufmanrider - 01/11/2014
55. Theseus - Jul-2014
56. annienz - Feb-2014 for sure
57. Nomad4hire - Jan or May-2014
58. Rena - 2014
59. Sittingduck - Mar-2014
60. poorcarver - 02/28/2014
61. palomalou - 05/12/2014
62. CherylGrrl - 01/31/2014
63. Snowcat - Jun-2014
64. ChaseIt - Jan-2014
65. Tailgate - Jan-2014
66. Vudu Beer - Apr-2014
67. Vudu Beer - W - Apr-2014
68. Wds0410 - Feb-2014
69. Wds0410 - W - Feb-2014
70. Singletrack - Jan-2014
71. PRSC - Jan-2014
72. dawdmorgan - Jan-2014
73. martyb - Jul-2014
74. Dcharles - 12/31/2013
75. aim-high - -2014
76. Corporateburnout - Jun-2014
77. Buck2520 - Jan-2014
78. cinman2000 - July 2014
79. ragabnh - Jul-2014
80. Jackanory - Jan-2014
81. Cassie - Jan-2014
82. Doxiemama - October 14, 2014
83. Chris M - Jan-2014
84. Dog - Apr, Jun or Dec-2014
85. 6miths - 05/02/2014
86. jimbo14 - 01/30/2014
87. mschipa - 01/05/2014
88. meperki - 01/01/2014
89. campcrew - 03/14/2014
90. Jgot - H - 03/01/2014
91. PERSonalTime - 01/01/2014
92. tbilltubbs - 04/01/2014
93. ER2CR - Aug-2014
94. ktmissouri - 01/17/2014
95. Tom52 - 02/28/2014
96. Jaded salami - 03/31/2014
97. moester - Summer-2014
98. just me - 02/28/2014
99. Dave in VA - 04/11/2014
100. trouthog - 04/04/2014
101. chris66 - 03/31/2014
102. LaVieQ - 03/31/2014
103. springr - 01/01/2014
104. nerkdawg - 04/01/2014
105. EllisWyatt - 04/30/2014
106. Jager - 06/02/2014
107. Dixie19 - 04/30/2014
108. Ally - H - 04/30/2014
109. Looking4Ward - 06/02/2014
110. Pastorm1 - 05/23/2014
111. Debinnov a - Jun-Jul-2014
112. Marinauser - 12/31/2014
113. Athena53 - 05/09/2014



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Old 05-22-2014, 06:11 PM   #518
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Gave tentative notice as a matter of courtesy a few months back, and wondered how much of it would be squandered before my departure - somewhat of a niche skill set in a not so common field, so it can take time to seek out candidates. Luckily, my manager and I agreed on a potential in-house successor, who has been receptive to taking on my role. Getting him started soon would offer a great opportunity for me to do some mentoring on the multitude of regulatory, code compliance, and outside resource details before I'm gone.

But, the Megacorp bureaucracy has got a stranglehold on things, or so my manger seems to think (these days, I'm even more inclined to just buck the system and do what it takes to get the job done), as he says HR won't post my position and allow recruiting to begin until I give official written notice, which they told me "just stop back in about 2-3 weeks before you plan on retiring" when I gave them the same advance courtesy notice. So, just to play nice, I tried going through corporate HR instead of locally, and they said I'd have to wait until at least 60 calendar days before, which will be during the first week of June. And of course, I'm not really all that comfortable in doing so to begin with, for all the usual Megacorp trust issues.

For some reason, the bureaucratic quagmire just makes me chuckle these days. After August 1, it will all become a distant memory. 41 working days left!
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:16 PM   #519
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Small update to add my actual date

1. HeatherB - 2013
2. Retire2013 - 2013
3. Ronstar - 04/02/2014
4. akck - 01/01/2014
5. Redbugdave - 01/10/2014
6. sbwitte - Jan-2014
7. debster747 - Jan-2014
8. Coaster - Aug-2014
9. rodi - H - Jan-2014 - DONE!!!
10. Ozstache - 2013
11. Unpaintedhuffhines - Jan-2014
12. Cassie - 01/03/2014
13. gozer - 01/31/2014
14. BizzyC - Apr-2014 OMM
15. foxfirev5 - Feb-2014 ?
16. Meadbh - Mar-2014
17. nun - Mar-2014
18. brewer12345 - Jan-2014
19. Lagniappe - Apr-2014
20. Hawk50s - Oct-2014
21. jimbee - 04/03/2014
22. Dakotah - 05/02/2014
23. christian_n - Jun-2014
24. fh2000 - Jun-2014
25. FreeAtLast - Jun-2014
26. scrinch - Jun-2014
27. 02camp - Jun-2014
28. Huston55 - 06/30/2014 Official day
29. FIREd - W - Jun-2014
30. jollystomper - 2015?
31. photoguy -03/04/2014
32. linny727 - Jun-2014
33. obgyn65 - Jun-2014
34. Nomad4hire - Jun-2014
35. powlusr - Jun-2014
36. WhoDaresWins - 07/02/2014
37. Grainiac - Aug-2014
38. ER Eddie - Sep-2014
39. hakuna matata - Oct-2014
40. FLD3C - Oct-2014
41. SecondCor521 - Nov-2014
42. hakuna matata - W - Dec-2014
43. Turn_the_Page - Dec-2014 Maybe earlier in the year
44. sengsational - 01/24/2014
45. Amethyst - Jan-2014
46. Masquernom - Jun 2014 possible 2013
47. Difficultrun - 04/30/2014
48. pinejake May-2014
49. bjorn2bwild - Apr-2014
50. howdidigetthisold - Dec-2014
51. Grigori - Apr-2014
52. Andre1969 - ?
53. In-control - Jun-2014 ?
54. Kaufmanrider - 01/11/2014
55. Theseus - Jul-2014
56. annienz - Feb-2014 for sure
57. Nomad4hire - Jan or May-2014
58. Rena - 2014
59. Sittingduck - Mar-2014
60. poorcarver - 02/28/2014
61. palomalou - 05/12/2014
62. CherylGrrl - 01/31/2014
63. Snowcat - Jun-2014
64. ChaseIt - Jan-2014
65. Tailgate - Jan-2014
66. Vudu Beer - Apr-2014
67. Vudu Beer - W - Apr-2014
68. Wds0410 - Feb-2014
69. Wds0410 - W - Feb-2014
70. Singletrack - Jan-2014
71. PRSC - Jan-2014
72. dawdmorgan - Jan-2014
73. martyb - July 3, 2014
74. Dcharles - 12/31/2013
75. aim-high - -2014
76. Corporateburnout - Jun-2014
77. Buck2520 - Jan-2014
78. cinman2000 - July 2014
79. ragabnh - Jul-2014
80. Jackanory - Jan-2014
81. Cassie - Jan-2014
82. Doxiemama - October 14, 2014
83. Chris M - Jan-2014
84. Dog - Apr, Jun or Dec-2014
85. 6miths - 05/02/2014
86. jimbo14 - 01/30/2014
87. mschipa - 01/05/2014
88. meperki - 01/01/2014
89. campcrew - 03/14/2014
90. Jgot - H - 03/01/2014
91. PERSonalTime - 01/01/2014
92. tbilltubbs - 04/01/2014
93. ER2CR - Aug-2014
94. ktmissouri - 01/17/2014
95. Tom52 - 02/28/2014
96. Jaded salami - 03/31/2014
97. moester - Summer-2014
98. just me - 02/28/2014
99. Dave in VA - 04/11/2014
100. trouthog - 04/04/2014
101. chris66 - 03/31/2014
102. LaVieQ - 03/31/2014
103. springr - 01/01/2014
104. nerkdawg - 04/01/2014
105. EllisWyatt - 04/30/2014
106. Jager - 06/02/2014
107. Dixie19 - 04/30/2014
108. Ally - H - 04/30/2014
109. Looking4Ward - 06/02/2014
110. Pastorm1 - 05/23/2014
111. Debinnov a - Jun-Jul-2014
112. Marinauser - 12/31/2014
113. Athena53 - 05/09/2014



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Old 05-23-2014, 07:13 PM   #520
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Class of 2014 - Count Me In!!

I gave my notice today. Boss was out of town when he got the e-mail. We will be talking on Tuesday, so my last day may be then or first week of June.

At age 56 I've been working for this for years. Being of a financial mind it's always been more of a hobby for me to keep "running the numbers". My time will mostly be adding to the volunteer hours that I do at a local animal shelter. Have to say that cleaning the poop there sure beats shoveling it in the cube farm. May do a bit of travel and just enjoy the Rocky Mountain summer.

Thanks to everyone for the continued support and inspiration to get to this point.
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