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Old 03-20-2013, 08:00 PM   #81
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Just curious, but will you be rebalancing your portfolio once you retire to lock in any of the recent gains? If not, should we have another crash, will it cause you to reconsider your ER date?

No we wouldn't reconsider. I am comfortable with retiring right now to be honest but her pension isn't huge but big enough to be a consideration. I also plan on doing some projects after I retire which would bring income in. I am just retiring from feeling 'obligated' to bring money in. As an Architect I can consult and/or just do small project that interest me when I want/need to. The gains are just icing on the cake is how I look at it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:38 AM   #82
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June 16, 2014! The day after my 55th!
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:00 PM   #83
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June 16, 2014! The day after my 55th!
Congrats on making your decision. Now that the finish line is in sight, I hope the last few months at work will go well for you. Wishing you the best!
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:36 PM   #84
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I've been in the 2017 class mentally for awhile, as DW can get early SS then. Some health news recently has us really looking at 2014. We can do it, but it's scary. Amazing how a health scare can readjust your priorities.
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The way things are going, I may as well be part of the 2014 class. Had a good day today.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:48 PM   #86
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May 1, 2014 is my tentative date. I've finally felt comfortable telling my partners this is my plan.
I've found out that the idea of ER is sort of a disease that consumes you once you start thinking abut it.
I am starting to get a creeping short-timers syndrome at work and I'm not entirely sure it is healthy.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:12 PM   #87
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I would like to join the class of 2014. My targeted last working day is April 30, 2014.

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Old 04-19-2013, 10:45 PM   #88
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:02 AM   #89
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Hi everyone! After some new number crunching and considering the great input here, we are now ER 2014 members, if nothing changes. We want see what changes there will be to HI and how that will impact us. --Nomad
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:13 AM   #90
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Tentatively planning ER on January 1, 2014. Recently and my "Development Review" with my boss, asking me what I want to do over the next 3-5 years. My response: "um, I really don't want to be here!"
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:33 AM   #91
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Awww...All you new 2014 guys will turncoat and become Just One More Year Guys...
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #92
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Awww...All you new 2014 guys will turncoat and become Just One More Year Guys...
Ha ha....for me, I hope not!! But you could be right! --Nomad
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #93
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I think I'll be backing out of the class of 2014, or at least backing out of my commitment to retiring in 2014. Here's why, in a nutshell. I made the decision to retire at 53 (2014) because I was really pissed at some things/people in my workplace. I chose that date not because it was the best time for me, but because it was the earliest possible exit. I was pissed, and I wanted to get out as soon as I could.

Well, I've cooled off (only took 6 weeks!), and now I'm seeing less "red." I see things in a more balanced perspective. I know better than to make big, life changing decisions when I'm angry, but it took a while for me to remember that and restore a little balance. So now I'm not angry anymore, my workplace is looking a lot more friendly and tolerable (even enjoyable), and I'm not in such a hurry to find the nearest exit.

I may stick around "one more year," maybe even two. I don't feel in a hurry to get out anymore. Turns out, things looked a lot different when I cooled off. I want to pick my retirement date based on what feels right from a balanced perspective, not have that decision made in anger.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #94
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January 3, 2014 is my retirement date, after 38 years as a Federal employee. I'll be 63, so it's not exactly ER. Woo hoo!
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As of market close today I exceeded my target number by 10k. Since the plan is to bail April 1 and DW and I will toss in another 85k between now and that date, the market can take a medium-sized dump and I will still be there. If the market keeps cruising, perhaps I can move the date up to 1/1, but not counting any chickens just yet.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:41 PM   #96
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I think I'll be backing out of the class of 2014, ....
Scratch that. It didn't take long for me to get fed up with my job again and change my mind. I may change it again later, who knows, but at this point, I'm back in the class of 2014.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #97
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I will retire Jan 2nd or 3rd of 2014. My last day of work is really the end of 2013, but I didn't want to make anybody come into work on New Years Eve just for me to turn in my laptop. So my official departure will be the first day or so of the new year.

Much of the programming staff like myself are out the last week or two or three at the end of the year. Just depends on how much vacation we had to put off to get every thing out during the year.
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I will retire Jan 2nd or 3rd of 2014. My last day of work is really the end of 2013, but I didn't want to make anybody come into work on New Years Eve just for me to turn in my laptop. So my official departure will be the first day or so of the new year.

Much of the programming staff like myself are out the last week or two or three at the end of the year. Just depends on how much vacation we had to put off to get every thing out during the year.
Congratulations! It will not be long now!
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I have been wallowing through some self doubt lately, but last night provided a moment of clarity. My 8YO daughter fell and hit he head ice skating last night and I took her and her sister to the ER (DW was at choir practice and could not be reached). It was a rough night and she had to be sedated to get a CT scan, a process that required me and 4 other adults to hold her down while absorbing punches and kicks. The damage seems to be limited to a concussion only and they tell me she will make a full recovery (she does not remember the wrestling match and wanted to go to school this morning). If this had been a week where I was on the road for business I would have been distraught to say the least.

Self doubt about whether I can do this takes a serious backseat to being there for my kids.
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Something like that can really snap things into clarity, can't it. Money ain't everything. I'm glad she's okay.
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