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Old 05-31-2014, 04:47 PM   #21
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Exactly. Now weekends are ruined since they are no different from weekdays. Nothing to look forward to.
I agree that retirement ruined weekends, but for a different reason. Now I don't want to leave the house except during the week - between rush hours.

But I've learned to live with it...
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:44 PM   #22
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In July it will be 12 years since I retired and we moved to WV. Still get a kick out of watching the traffic in the DC area on TV. That will probably never get old.
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Old 05-31-2014, 06:20 PM   #23
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And "Wow". All I can say is the folks I work(ed) for/with really made me want to stay - a wonderful luncheon at a fancy restaurant with close friends and colleagues followed by drinks with even closer friends and collegues.......

But today WAS my last day. I am so looking forward to tomorrow morning when I wake up and realize I can go back to sleep if I want to.

I want to thank this board for the knowledge, wisdom, advice, and experience those members have provided over the years that led me to the decision I made to ER today.

What a wonderful feeling. Life is good. I'll be okay. Stay the course........
Congrats classmate!

I'm not too far behind you. My Semi-FIRE is next month; going to work part time for a bit.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:13 PM   #24
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Congrats! Sounds like you had a good send off from your colleagues. I plan to be joining you by FIREing within a few months.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #25
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:44 PM   #26
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Congratulations Looking4ward!
You retired after how many years at work and at what age? Would love to hear how you planned your retirement.
Cheers!
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:05 AM   #27
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I too say congratulations, and welcome to the other side!
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:48 AM   #28
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:55 PM   #29
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Today is my one month anniversary. It's been great...no, make that awesome. The first week I didn't have to get up at 3 am to drive 350 miles to the office felt like I had just started summer vacation. Now, I can't believe I did it for so long. And I'm finally getting projects I've delayed for years accomplished.

Life is good- enjoy!
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:39 PM   #31
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Congratulations!!!! I hope you enjoy your retirement to the fullest!
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:54 PM   #32
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Uh oh.. you know what that means?
I am guessing that it means that Looking4Ward was a full-time employee of early-retirement.org!

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Old 06-02-2014, 08:36 PM   #33
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Congratulations. What a wonderful way to say goodbye to your colleagues.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #34
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Congrats! You'll really know you're into being ER'd when you can't remember the day of the week. LOL :-)
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:29 PM   #35
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Having been retired for 5 1/2 years after working full-time for 16 years and part-time for 7 more years, I can echo the sentiments mentioend by the others. I began to enjoy some of the benefits of retirement starting in my PT years such as being able to do my errands on the weekdays I was not working. Nothing like going to the bank or a supermarket on a Wednesday morning at 11 AM and seeing in those places more employees than customers, making it a quick and easy time getting in and out.

I also enjoy watching the local traffic and transit reports (especially the transit; I used the trains to get to work for 23 years) and saying to myself over and over, especially when there was trouble, "I am sooooooooo glad I don't have to deal with THAT CRAP any more!" The commute, even in the part-time years, was by far the worst part of my day.

Never having to set the alarm clock any more, except for the very rare time I had to actually BE somewhere early (relating to my volunteer work), was another great part of ER.

And simply being able to come and go as I please is a nice perk. For example, I decided the other day (as I mentioned in another thread) to join my ladyfriend in her upcoming visit from NY to Kentucky to visit her family. No need to get my boss's approval to take 2 weeks off. I can just......GO!
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:39 PM   #36
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I look forward to weekdays more than weekends now actually. During the weekdays everyone is at work, and I have the whole town to myself. I can drive around without traffic, shop without crowds, and enjoy some peace and quiet.

All the crazy people come downtown during the weekends, and I tend to stay in more and look forward to Mondays when peace and quiet returns to the town.
I do agree with you! I love Monday mornings now and look forward to the week. I rarely go out on weekends, I save my home chores for those days.
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Congratulations Looking4ward! You retired after how many years at work and at what age? Would love to hear how you planned your retirement. Cheers!

Congratulations!! Yeah, I'm curious, too. Maybe you don't mind sharing?
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:40 PM   #38
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Sure - I'll be 54 next month. I've been saving aggressively and investing wisely for 20 years. I explained to my closest friends that I traded a six figure income for time.

I've always been frugal and think that frame of mind is only going to grow going forward. My needs are minimal and I have no debt, so withdrawing less than 4% of my investments each year will provide me with more money than I've ever spent before, not to mention in 16 years I'll be doubling my monthly available funds when I start SS at 70.

It took me a couple of years to get comfortable with the amount of savings I thought I needed, but I'm sure it will be okay.

I'm still planning on staying plugged-in, I serve on a national board and just got back tonight from a 5 day board meeting. Not too mention that my employer wanted me to stay on the payroll as an advisor, and the amount they are continuing to pay covers my expenses each month.

So I'm really happy with the current arrangement.
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Wow, that really sounds great! Congrats!
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:29 PM   #40
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But Monday mornings are still rough for retired people that have Monday morning garbage pickup. You still have to get up to get the garbage cans to the street.

My advice would be to take them out Sunday night.
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