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Old 08-07-2014, 07:41 AM   #661
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:03 AM   #662
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Wahoooo for you. That's great. I bet you feel like a door opened to a whole new world! This is my last Full Time week. Starting to easy out of work tomorrow with 4 day weekends and working from home on Fridays.

SO and I are still in shocked mode that we can do this.

Happy day!!!
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:49 PM   #663
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After hanging around this website for over 7 years, I am finally retiring on September 1st. As you can see by my information, I have been an infrequent poster. On the other hand I have read other posts almost on a daily basis. I will be spending the next 3 weeks turning over my files and updating my replacement on my accounts. I will get on a plane one last time in another week and then my travel for business will be over.

Since I am 64, I can hardly call myself an early retiree. But since I am retiring on my own terms before full retirement age, that probably puts me in the minority. The exception are people on this site. I feel like I have been in the One More Year syndrome forever. To celebrate, I just purchased a new vehicle for the first time in 12 years. My wife and I will be able to enjoy Fall travel in the RV for the first time ever, since I am no longer committed to attend an October trade show.

After over 30 years of obsessive planning and saving, I know things will be fine but now I am just in a daze.

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Congratulations, Milkman! On your own terms is a good thing!
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Another update and two added. welcome wishin&hopin and Milkman, who was added at #26 (bolded for now):

1. HeatherB - 2013
2. Retire2013 - 2013
3. Ronstar - 04/02/2014
4. akck - 01/01/2014 - Age 60
5. Redbugdave - 01/10/2014 - Age 56
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
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13. gozer - 01/31/2014
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28. Huston55 - 06/30/2014 - Age 58
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41. SecondCor521 - Nov-2014
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43. Turn_the_Page - Dec-2014 Maybe earlier in the year
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59. Sittingduck - Mar-2014
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76. Corporateburnout - Jun-2014
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78. cinman2000 - 08/01/2014 - Age 54
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82. Doxiemama - October 14, 2014
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85. 6miths - 05/02/2014
86. jimbo14 - 01/30/2014
87. mschipa - 01/05/2014
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91. PERSonalTime - 01/01/2014
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97. moester - 07/01/2014
98. just me - 02/28/2014
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103. springr - 01/01/2014
104. nerkdawg - 04/01/2014
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109. Looking4Ward - 06/02/2014
110. Pastorm1 - 05/23/2014
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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
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128. FlyBoy5 - 12/31/2014 - Age 40
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:55 AM   #666
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Feeling a bit giddy...both DH and I gave notice this morning. Both discussions went better than expected. DH will work through the end of September and I will work through early/mid October to wrap up one final project. What a wonderful feeling...second only to retiring, I suppose.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:10 PM   #667
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Congratulations!

Wishing you a speedy completion of your final weeks of work!
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:37 PM   #668
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The Class of 2014

I try to be careful about posting to this thread, because it's not my club. I was Class of 2011.

But I want to comment that, as you round third and head to home plate, it seems odd thinking about not going to work. A year or two out, though, you'll have a new life and interests!

It's nice to read your posts.

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Old 09-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #669
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Well 'that' was anti-climactic!

But I think I am done. I had set Sept 30th as my last day consulting and had given the firm I was working with like 6 months notice, and about 3 weeks ago they hired my replacement (a guy I recommended btw), and so we just had a big push to finish one phase which we finished on Monday, and essentially he has taken over my position for the next phase. No calls all week nor any emails. Fingers crossed.

Thus I am done! I might get an occasional call, etc. but for all intents and purposes methinks I am retired as of today. My app says I still have 17 work days but unless someone calls me or emails me--I am done.

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Well 'that' was anti-climactic!

But I think I am done. I had set Sept 30th as my last day consulting and had given the firm I was working with like 6 months notice, and about 3 weeks ago they hired my replacement (a guy I recommended btw), and so we just had a big push to finish one phase which we finished on Monday, and essentially he has taken over my position for the next phase. No calls all week nor any emails. Fingers crossed.

Thus I am done! I might get an occasional call, etc. but for all intents and purposes methinks I am retired as of today. My app says I still have 17 work days but unless someone calls me or emails me--I am done.

Congratulations!!!

I'm hoping you don't have the same experience my husband did.... He retired in January. About 8 weeks ago he got a series of panicked messages... The architect that had replaced him had quit with no notice. The firm is based in another state - so they had no-one local for the California jobs. He agreed to help them out till they either found someone else or the projects wound down. (They're in construction management phase).

I told him he flunked retirement. I also told him (and had him tell his boss) that we need to manage his income to not affect his SS for this year or our ACA next year.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:27 PM   #671
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Congratulations!!!

I'm hoping you don't have the same experience my husband did.... He retired in January. About 8 weeks ago he got a series of panicked messages... The architect that had replaced him had quit with no notice. The firm is based in another state - so they had no-one local for the California jobs. He agreed to help them out till they either found someone else or the projects wound down. (They're in construction management phase).

I told him he flunked retirement. I also told him (and had him tell his boss) that we need to manage his income to not affect his SS for this year or our ACA next year.
Not too worried, the guy who replaced me is an old friend (known him for 25 years) and he was nervous about leaving his last position. So based on that I have a good 5 years before he leaves this position! Plus it is a very good project with a very good client. IF I wasn't so bent on retiring I would have enjoyed the project. So I am pretty confidant he won't be leaving anytime soon.

Hope your husband doesn't have too much work ahead of him. Flunked retirement--heh, I had a laugh at that!
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:42 PM   #672
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Wahoo, I'm Done!

As of today, I am officially retired!
(At age 55 for the list.)

Coworkers, past and present, had a nice gathering for me the evening before, and many good wishes. While performing various tasks during the last day, I kept thinking "this is the last time doing this". It was kind of an odd feeling packing up stuff in my cube and hauling it out.

Like some others have said here, it doesn't seem completely real yet, but I'm sure that will change in time. Next step in the plan is for DW to retire in about a year and a half.
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:59 PM   #673
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Well, one more week to go... Friday of next week at 3pm, I am ER'ed at 42.

The temptation to scream in exultation after my shift is over will be there I'm sure.

It is likely that I will post something epic on this forum - 24 years of back breaking, ultra high stress ( but high paying ) work is soon to be over. The emotions will be bubbling over as I enter a new phase in my life. I am not exaggerating when I consider this to be a rebirth of sorts.

First thing on the schedule after ER - a visit with the family doctor for a complete physical... I want a complete "state of my health" so that I can move forward with my new life without lingering worries about this or that. My job for the past 24 years has involved working outside in sometimes blistering heat and sun - there are some dangerous looking moles that have developed in the past few years, and more worrisome is that malignant melanoma have run rampant in my family. My family history is generally chock full of healthy, long lived individuals, but melanoma is the one red flag.

Anyway, getting to next Friday is likely to seem like an eternity.
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My retirement looms large but I too am flunking retirement.

My last day was supposed to be 9/15 but it has been moved up to 9/12 in officially because I'm desperately needed at our other hospital.

Fortunately it is 1/2 the work for more pay and two weeks off per month. I'll do it until the end of the year then I'm done. And I get away from the people that have been driving me nuts for years.

So one week from today I'm done with this work and before Christmas I'm done for good.


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Old 09-09-2014, 05:26 PM   #675
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THREE. MORE. DAYS.

Feels like my head is about to explode.
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THREE. MORE. DAYS.



Feels like my head is about to explode.

Me too, basically. Checked out the emergency gig that I'm doing until the end of the year. It looks like a cross between a walk in the park and a piece of chocolate cake. :-)


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THREE. MORE. DAYS.

Feels like my head is about to explode.
I feel your pain. I mentally checked out long ago, but I still have 39 w+rk days left. Although, since I really am not caring anymore, my hours are from about 10-2...so I'd say I'm semi retired now! Come on November 18th!!!

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Old 09-09-2014, 09:59 PM   #679
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I feel your pain. I mentally checked out long ago, but I still have 39 w+rk days left. Although, since I really am not caring anymore, my hours are from about 10-2...so I'd say I'm semi retired now! Come on November 18th!!!

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Everyday since I gave notice is a roller coaster ride. One moment everything is going well and the next I just want out. I am so done with the BS. I have less than 20 days. They can't go fast enough.


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Feels like my head is about to explode.

Hey congrats! Call in sick tomorrow and take a dry run at being ER'd. I'm beginning my ninth month and it's better than I ever dreamed!!! Sitting outside now and looking at the moon and stars. 10 months ago I didn't even know that the moon and stars existed. And to think, I don't even have to get up early in the morning tomorrow...WOW.


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