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Old 07-03-2014, 09:33 AM   #601
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5/2014 is my official date since that is when I became fully invested in retirement. However, i've been technically retired since 2013 but was drawing unemployment for a long time.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:11 PM   #602
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1. HeatherB - 2013
2. Retire2013 - 2013
3. Ronstar - 04/02/2014
4. akck - 01/01/2014 - Age 60
5. Redbugdave - 01/10/2014
6. AnnieK - 07/30/2014- Age 55
7. debster747 - Jan-2014
8. Coaster - 08/07/2014 - Age 54
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 - 06/05/2014 Last day - 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 - Age 59
37. Grainiac - Aug-2014
38. ER Eddie - Sep-2014
39. hakuna matata - Oct-2014 - Age 55
40. FLD3C - Oct-2014
41. SecondCor521 - Nov-2014
42. hakuna matata - W - Dec-2014 - Age 55
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 - ? - Age 44
53. In-control - Jun-2014 ?
54. Kaufmanrider - 01/11/2014 - Age 49
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 - age 56
74. Dcharles - 12/31/2013
75. aim-high - -2014
76. Corporateburnout - Jun-2014
77. Buck2520 - Jan-2014
78. cinman2000 - 08/01/2014
79. ragabnh - 07/11/2014
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 - Age 52
97. moester - 07/01/2014
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
114. EastWestGal - 09/15/2014
115. pjm-7 - 06/06/2014 - Age 56
116. jim747 - 05/01/2014
117. Cat-tirement - Sep-2014
118. fidler4 - 06/02/2014
119. timmar - June-2014
120. rodi - 06/19/2014 - age 52
121. jjquantz - 08/27/2014 - Age 55
122. sgfgrover15 - 08/22/2014 - Age 45
123. sgfgrover15 - H - 10/24/2014 - Age 46
124. Lakewood90712 - 07/14/2014
125. WinterHaven - 6/30/14 ESR - Age 44
126. heey_joe - 12/31/2014
127. ajs56 - Jul-Aug-2014 - Age 57
128. FlyBoy5 - 12/31/2014 - Age 40
129. Sea Kayaker - 09/15/2014 - Age 42
130. bobafett - 05/2014 -

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Old 07-03-2014, 05:02 PM   #603
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Ta Da........!!! That's all she wrote! My last day at work is now history.... The farewell luncheon went well, I collected my plaques, certificates, thank you letters, coins, medals, tie tacks, hat pins....hugs from my boss (female) handshakes, pats on the back & attaboys. Also questions about what I'm gonna do all day...lol! I've been retired 1 1/2 hours so far, and I'm not bored yet! Time to live it up!
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:06 PM   #604
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Congrats, Marty!
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:27 PM   #605
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The Class of 2014

Congrats Marty! It's been fun watching you go thru the process at the same time I have.

It's a sweet time of life to take this step.



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Old 07-03-2014, 06:54 PM   #606
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Congrats, Marty, from one who preceded you (by one day). Yesterday was a strain with the luncheon and all the farewells, but I made it through. Co-workers have been texting and emailing me all day, wondering what I am doing. Well....it was busy after I had my leisurely breakfast: post office, gas station, bank, grocery, hairdresser, mall, a walk before dinner.

I had an unexpected spur of the moment invitation today to visit some friends at their beach house in Bethany Beach, DE and I am leaving on Sunday. Couldn't just up and go when I was working! I think I am going to like this lady-of-leisure gig...
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:42 PM   #607
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So far, I've received invitations to visit friends in Panama & Hawaii! Both are longtime friends & former co-workers that I have a lot of history with. Yeah, I think I'm gonna like this retirement thing!
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:20 AM   #608
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Marty...You worked for it and earned it. I have discovered that life does not slow down when you retire. It's the other way around. I was planning on doing volunteer work, but don't have the time for that so far...
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:52 AM   #609
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On my last day, I as offered another job at our agency (w-h-a-t). I politely declined. It is a non-union job with lots of aggravation that nobody wants or stays in long. If I wanted to keep working, I would have stayed where I was. In any case, I can't earn more than $15,000 a year in W-2 income or my SS survivor benefits are reduced. I was button-holed a second time and agreed to volunteer in late October at our agency's annual health fair. That is, if I am not traveling in late October.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:11 AM   #610
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Ta Da........!!! That's all she wrote! My last day at work is now history.... The farewell luncheon went well, I collected my plaques, certificates, thank you letters, coins, medals, tie tacks, hat pins....hugs from my boss (female) handshakes, pats on the back & attaboys. Also questions about what I'm gonna do all day...lol! I've been retired 1 1/2 hours so far, and I'm not bored yet! Time to live it up!
CONGRATS! I am very glad for you.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:17 AM   #611
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You can "officially" take me off of this list. I've committed to the Class of 2015. MegaCorp may still tap me in the next round of layoffs sometime this year (which wouldn't bother me at all), but my management has enticed me enough to stay for now. We'll see what 2015 brings.

"Farewell", and congrats to all in the class of 2014!
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:39 AM   #612
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My wife and I are going on holidays soon - upon my return to work I will give notice. I am giving notice July 15, with the intention of being done with the company on Sept. 15. I have a feeling they are not going to see 2 months notice as enough. It will be an interesting conversation. There are many who will be blindsided by this.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:51 AM   #613
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So far, I've received invitations to visit friends in Panama & Hawaii! Both are longtime friends & former co-workers that I have a lot of history with. Yeah, I think I'm gonna like this retirement thing!
Congrats Marty! Trips to Panama and Hawaii would be a great start to retirement.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:06 AM   #614
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Congrats as well Marty. Enjoy the freedom FIRE brings.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:31 AM   #615
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Ta Da........!!! That's all she wrote! My last day at work is now history.... The farewell luncheon went well, I collected my plaques, certificates, thank you letters, coins, medals, tie tacks, hat pins....hugs from my boss (female) handshakes, pats on the back & attaboys. Also questions about what I'm gonna do all day...lol! I've been retired 1 1/2 hours so far, and I'm not bored yet! Time to live it up!
Congrats Marty!

Now, go to your profile and fix it...still shows you're gainfully wo#rking. Of course, you're retired, so take your sweet time!

My countdown is officially on and I can't wait! The weather was beautiful this AM and sitting on my deck enjoying my coffee and listening to nature makes me that more excited for MY Independence Day!

Oh yeah, Happy Independence Day everyone!!!

Sent From My Motorola Startac. Please excuse grammatical errors.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:03 PM   #616
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Well folks.....all I can say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! While I don't feel any different just yet (Friday, holiday) I expect that once it really sinks in I'll wonder how I ever found the time to work! lol
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:52 PM   #617
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Congratulations Marty - well deserved.

I gave my resignation notice on Wednesday, 7/2. I'm on vacation from 7/3 - 7/13 and will then have three weeks of work left with my last day on 8/1.

Although I've run the numbers ad nauseam, it will still take some adjusting to not earning an income - I've been working since I was 16.

I have a long bucket list and am ready to get started!!!!
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:33 PM   #618
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There are days I don't think DH is not ready for us to RE-nothing to do with finances. He puts on a mean act. And then there are moments like this...I was recalling an annual work thing (that did not go as good as it should have gone) and said what I think should happen next year to make it better. Without a missed beat, DH said, "What do you care? You are not going to be there." Hallelujah this is really going to happen. And it stills look we are done during 2014.
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I've been looking at these ER lists for a few years with a fair amount of envy.

To finally see my name on on it is kind of surreal. These next several months are going to crawl by.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #620
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I've been looking at these ER lists for a few years with a fair amount of envy.

To finally see my name on on it is kind of surreal. These next several months are going to crawl by.
Kayak...For me looking back, the time just flew by. I hope it will for you, too. You will be making plans and getting things in order at work and it will be here in the blink of an eye.

Marty...Can you get the free space available hops? You could save a ton doing that.
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