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Old 03-10-2006, 11:49 AM   #21
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Yeah, sure! Drop him off here in NW Wa on your way north. With about 300 lbs of dog food.


Where do I leave the food? You are close she eats 2.5 to 3.0 pounds a day plus several large treats. My cousins Lab eats more though. Actually I have two neighbors to look after her here if need be.

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Re: The flurry of ERs
Old 03-10-2006, 11:59 AM   #22
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Wow...I have three dogs that average about 100lbs each and it takes the three of them a month to eat a 30lb bag of dog food, with one 14oz can a day also split between them.

Oh yeah, and the biscuits, chicken jerky (aka 'crack for dogs') and table scraps. And the stuff Gabe feeds Ted.
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:18 PM   #23
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Has anyone had this same head trip? I know that I could comfortably economically walk away from the job -- DH is retired, has a good pension, we have savings, IRAs, deferred comp, Roths, stocks up the kazoo, house paid for, covered health insurance but I just can't bring myself to give it up. It this a long process to go through until you feel confident enough to throw in the towel?

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Take a month off, then see if you want to go back.

If they wont give you the month off, use that as an excuse to quit.

Either way, there you go!
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Where do I leave the food?* You are close she eats 2.5 to 3.0 pounds a day plus several large treats.* *My cousins Lab eats more though.* Actually I have two neighbors to look after her here if need be.
If I wasn't working all day,* I'd love to have a St. B. visit for the summer.* I have a crazy weakness for big shaggy dogs.* *Always wanted a Newfie.* * *My dog is about 55 lbs. and averages about 1/2 pound a day.* But that doesn't count whatever he steals off the counter when we're at work.* Yesterday two stale muffins.* Tuesday half a birthday cake....* *:

Martha - Re the original topic, my SO is tentatively scheduled for ER in July, but he's starting to waffle already.* *I keep printing out FIREcalc reports with 100% success, but he just won't listen.* *
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First of all, congrats to you all!* I'm very jealous with many more years of corporate malaise in front of me!

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Has anyone had this same head trip?* *I know that I could comfortably economically walk away from the job -- DH is retired, has a good pension, we have savings, IRAs, deferred comp, Roths, stocks up the kazoo, house paid for, covered health insurance but I just can't bring myself to give it up.* It this a long process to go through until you feel confident enough to throw in the towel?
I suppose it depends on whether your hesitation is the "do we have enough?" or the "am I ready to retire?" variety.* I had a coworker who claimed he just wasn't ready to be done working (stated several times over the last few years).* He was at normal retirement age.* He had extended time off with hip surgery, which forced him to be away from the office.* He discovered he really liked it and retired a few months later.* * If it's for financial reasons, I expect that's a tough call.* You could always stay longer and have that much bigger of a nest egg, but you're also missing out on that free time.* From what you said, it sounds like you're set, though. Give yourself time, take a trial vacation and see how you like it.
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Old 03-10-2006, 02:52 PM   #27
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Wife and I "check-out" July 31, 2006

The count down is on.... though it is still moving along waaay to slow for me.

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I gave my notice the first week in January, went to a 3 day part time schedule on Monday of this week, and will retire altogether in ~2 months.

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And about the Australia Trip, have any of you all travelled with OAT (Overseas Adventure Travel)?* This will be our first try with them.* Any experiences??
I know 2 couples who went on the OAT trip to Australia--they all loved it. One couple went on the extension to Fiji as well--loved that, too. Another friend has been on something like 8 OAT trips--loved them all. DH & I went on the OAT trip to India--enjoyed it very much, especially the extension to Kerala, although we're a bit more comfortable traveling on our own--and I have no other travel group company experiences to compare to OAT.

ASIDE--we visited the temple that was bombed in Varanasi the other day, but perhaps that wasn't so unexpected. There was heavy security and we were searched before we entered the temple--the only place that happened to us on our whole India trip, other than airports.
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So setab is just retired and for shorttimers we have: Retire Soon, Johnny M, CJ, Dex, Alta Red, Rustic23, Wallygator, yaker's wife, StarryNight, cb, gReeNy, Sherly's DH, and Bruce1. Ginger and I are waffling.
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MMMM...I love waffles.

So does Ted, but he prefers them when they're still frozen.

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Old 03-11-2006, 10:40 AM   #32
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Has anyone had this same head trip?* *I know that I could comfortably economically walk away from the job -- DH is retired, has a good pension, we have savings, IRAs, deferred comp, Roths, stocks up the kazoo, house paid for, covered health insurance but I just can't bring myself to give it up.* It this a long process to go through until you feel confident enough to throw in the towel?* *

I may pick something else up part time, but only if it fits one of the following two requirements: It has to be something I really want to do for fun, or it has to be enough (translate a lot) of money so that it justifies the use of my free time. You sound to be in a lot better shape than I am and I am convinced I will be fine. The real key is to quit comparing yourself to others and control your own spending. My pension will be about half of my salary and I haven't felt this financially secure in years. Run, do not walk, for the door!

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Add me to the list of ER's. My DW and I have been self employed computer consultants for the last 8 years and my last contract ended in January and my wife's contract ends next week. We're both in mid-50's. We've moved onto our boat and will put the house up for sale next month.
I'll work again, someday, maybe, but want to take a few years off first.
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I wish I could get my wife to move onto the boat. Maybe if we had a boat she'd be more interested Seriously, I'd like to sell the house, etc, buy a used RV and travel around for a few years, but I haven't convinced my wife yet. I think what you are doing sounds fabulous!
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Congratulations to all,

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So setab is just retired and for shorttimers we have: Retire Soon, Johnny M, CJ,* Dex,* Alta Red, Rustic23, Wallygator,* yaker's wife, StarryNight, cb, gReeNy, Sherly's DH, and Bruce1.* Ginger and I are waffling.
The April issue of Smart Money magazine has an article on retirement.* Nothing particularly new in it, just one of those articles they seem to recycle every couple of years, except that it had one little factoid that surprised me.* According to the article "about 20 percent of baby boomers . . . already consider themselves retired."* The source was a Merrill Lynch survey.* It looks like the folks on this forum may be driving the survey results

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Seriously, I'd like to sell the house, etc, buy a used RV and travel around for a few years, but I haven't convinced my wife yet.* I think what you are doing sounds fabulous!
I mentioned this possibility to my wife.* So far she seems to view selling the house and traveling for a few years with the same enthusiasm as living under a freeway and keeping your possessions in a grocery cart*

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I have already paid all my fees for this year, so I will keep my license at least through the end of 2006. I will probably keep it after that for a while just because, but I have no plans to practice at this point.
Setab,

Congratulation (he said with more than a little envy ). May I ask just what it is you used to "practice?" Law, medicine, accounting, the occult?

Just curious since, being of the medical persuasion, I love learning from the fresh experience of others who are making the transition.
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I have one foot out the door and the other on a banana peel.

No date yet but very close. Funny thing, they know I am ready to make the exit, recently raises were about 2% but mine was over 5.

Running the numbers once again.
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No date yet but very close.* Funny thing, they know I am ready to make the exit, recently raises were about 2% but mine was over 5.*
Five months before I retired I was awarded a 5.7% pay raise. That means my pension (and its COLA) was boosted by 5.7% for the rest of my life.

Your tax dollars at work. In my case I prefer to think of it as finally clearing the receivables for services rendered.

It wasn't perceived to be a retention bonus.
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Law, I guess, although the last 27 years I have worked for the Army so maybe it is more like variations on a bureacratic theme. That's one of the reasons I'm getting out, although not the main one. Before that I practiced a few years in a general practice, before that I was a journalist, before that...aw who cares. Anyway, I had someone just yesterday ask me if I wanted to handle a couple of cases for them and I said no thanks. On the other hand, a friend who is smoozing a would be client asked me to take them to a great local restaurant and wine and dine the guy for him. Now your talking, although I feel so cheap and used taking money for that!

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On the other hand, a friend who is smoozing a would be client asked me to take them to a great local restaurant and wine and dine the guy for him.* Now your talking, although I feel so cheap and used taking money for that!
Hope you got over it .

Someone on another board suggested to me that I do some expert witnessing in semi-retirement, maybe a case every couple of months. Sounds a lot like work to me, but maybe at that time it would be interesting and rewarding. All options open.

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