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Old 03-13-2006, 08:03 AM   #41
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Funny thing, they know I am ready to make the exit, recently raises were about 2% but mine was over 5.*
At the end of last year, my boss (knowing I am headed for the door) gave me a smaller-than-normal raise, but a bigger-than-normal bonus. I thought that was pretty nice of her. There is no pension involved, so I made out pretty well on that one. Bonus goes in the bank, it will be my "salary" after May 1.

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Re: The flurry of ERs
Old 03-13-2006, 08:42 AM   #42
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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.

Congrats on the retirement and best wishes. Share what you learn here.
Not a bad idea, especially if you don't have to do much prep before hand.

I have testified as an expert witness in a few trials and it was kind of fun.
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So Martha....

What does your timetable look like these days?
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flip flop flip flop. I hope early summer. Or I just fade slowly away so that no one really knows when I am done. My work hours are steadily decreasing and our new president wants to talk compensation with me.

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Early summer is soon. Maybe the conversations with the new President will help you decide.
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The world needs more flowers, but likely won't miss one lawyer...
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Wear your flip flops to the meeting with the new president. Tell him you want to work half as much and get paid twice as much.

When he says no, tell him to go %$@# himself.

All your problems solved, in one swell foop.
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Well I met with our President. He basically doesn't care how much I work as my compensation is tied to my hours and revenues. He was concerned about whether it is working for me and my clients. He was also concerned about succession for when I leave. So no excuse to march off in a huff.

I think I'll go home.
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Martha,

Guess you'll have to make the call youself. Let me tell you, I am the most indecisive person, maybe, there is and my decision to leave was quick, painless and the easiest choice I've ever made. And, I haven't looked back once. Or, you could try CFB's approach.

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Well I met with our President. He basically doesn't care how much I work as my compensation is tied to my hours and revenues. He was concerned about whether it is working for me and my clients. He was also concerned about succession for when I leave. So no excuse to march off in a huff. I think I'll go home.
Sounds like a good President - sensitive to you while putting clients' interest first, perhaps as he should in this context. And it sounds like they are appreciative of some good work and loyalty you must have provided over the years.

Curious - do you feel like a bit "marginalized?" Not that it matters...
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Sounds like a good President - sensitive to you while putting clients' interest first, perhaps as he should in this context. And it sounds like they are appreciative of some good work and loyalty you must have provided over the years.

Curious - do you feel like a bit "marginalized?" Not that it matters...
It feels a little odd because I am the past president. I still have quite a bit of the political capital which got me the part time arrangement in the first place. So, not marginalized.

Now I am off to the library to get a library card! Big step for me.



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So no excuse to march off in a huff.
I can give you a couple.
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I am taking early retirement this year. I told my boss that my anticipated retirement date is 09/01/06. I can leave anytime between now and 09/01/06. I have had quite a few people tell me that I should retire and enjoy summer. I have not quite made up my mind yet, but it will probably be 09/01/06.

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Congratulations, Dreamer. I'll bet your're very excited. It must be nice to have a choice as to when your last day will be. It will be very tempting to leave before September 1st.
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Dreamer,
Thats wonderful news. Take the summer off. It's the very best time of year to start your retirement. Is your husband retired also? The very first project I did to jump start my retirement was to clean out my closets. I filled 7 large garbage bags with work clothes and donated them to the Goodwill store.

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I've got 8 working days left now. I hedged my bets a tad with a possible part time job starting July. My concept was 3 months to decompress and see if I even want to entertain the idea. If I do, my current employer hires me at 1/4 time extra help. Just salary, no benefits. I would show up an average of one day per week. 10 hours total per week split between home research stuff (yah I can get them to pay for that, way-cool, huh?) and roughly 7-8 hours on-site on that one day per week. Or if we were going to be gone somewhere traveling, I just skip it completely.

It seems doable, I could stay connected, choose my job duties pretty much at will, basically be an Advisor to my old unit, and Management seems receptive. I won't "need" the money, but it would be a way to sock some more away for those long-term trips to Europe we'd like to do in a few years.

We'll see whether I just get to darn happy in ER to even want to, I'm seeing as about 50/50 right now. Enough of you have indicated a strong aversion to going back AT ALL, that I find myself thinking, I may well fall into that category. I'm basically default to lazy good for nothing given a chance.

It's been quite strange the last few days, many people stopping by to ask "How are you able to DO that", plus the expected, "What are you going to do all day?"

I can just taste it. It is going to be very interesting to share the experience of the right after, and near right after with this large graduationg class.
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JonnyM:

I suspect that you can only do the 1 day per week thing for a couple of years. After that the company will have moved on. After the next round of budget cuts you'll be line-item vetoed.

Still that may not be too bad of a way to ease on in to ER.

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I told my boss that my anticipated retirement date is 09/01/06.
Do you normally get Labor Day off on Monday 4 Sep?

Maybe you should enjoy the three-day weekend (get paid for it too!) and retire on Tuesday the 5th?

I guess that would make it a 15,000-day weekend...
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JohnnyM,

One of the guys who went out with me two weeks ago went back in for one day. He couldn't stand it and told him that was it. Food for thought and congratulations. It's great out here.

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