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Old 11-09-2009, 11:26 AM   #41
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BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!

I've been watching your countdown and reading your plans. I'm so happy for you.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:45 AM   #42
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Good for you! Congrats!
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:46 AM   #43
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W2R, let me add my congratulations!

Enjoy this next wonderful phase of your life.

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Old 11-09-2009, 11:49 AM   #44
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:55 AM   #45
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Great news! Congrats W2R!
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:56 AM   #46
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WTR,
Yahoo and Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your countdown with us all. It has been an inspiration to me (and others too).
I know you are well prepared, but I REALLY lookforward to reading your thoughts and comments about your experiences as you start the next chapter.
Best Regards!
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:05 PM   #47
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CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement!
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:15 PM   #48
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W2R,
I am very happy for you. Now you can sleep in, get up, stretch, yawn, have some coffee in peace, and plan to stroll into your day(s).
Many Autumn Blessings,
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:20 PM   #49
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I have to add my congrats! Breathe deep and enjoy the moment...it only happens once ....well, once for most of us that is!
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:28 PM   #50
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Congratulations! I too have enjoyed watching your countdown over the years. Time really does go fast! Enjoy the living!
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:51 PM   #51
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Thank you so much, everybody!! I can't answer each post individually, but send my hugs and/or warm fuzzies and thanks to each and every one of you.

Still, these posts I just HAVE to address:

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Congrats!

Now maybe you need to change the avatar from that "dreamy, looking to the future" impression it gives to a "celebrate today!" look?

Although we *do* love that avatar

Enjoy! And don't let anyone tell you to wipe that ear-to-ear smile off your face!

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Thank you!! Maybe this avatar would be more appropriate for a novice retiree:


Retirement is at least as awesome and exciting as the Emerald City...


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Congratulations. I've really enjoyed your level headed and always useful comments to the great variety of questions/comments that come up. Now that you'll have more time I expect you'll have so much fun in ER we may not see you as much around these parts.
Thank you, and don't worry - - I'll be here. A neophyte retiree like me needs all the tips and pointers that the experienced retirees on this forum can provide! And in turn, maybe I can help by providing my experiences and points of view to those close on my heels.

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Wow - W2R - you have some pull! Even the DOW is celebrating this day for you with a new 2009 high! (knock on wood so no jinxing)

Audrey
OMG, thank you and I *LOVE* it!! Dare I say it?

Whee!!!

Another ride upwards on the Dow rollercoaster, and on my ER day. Can't get any better than that, even though it will surely go down in a day or two. I can't wait to see the results, to see what my nestegg on Retirement Day ends up being, and consequently what my SWR will apply to!

Frank just took me to lunch, to celebrate. It was hard to turn in my badge (after wearing it every day) and I didn't expect that, but now it is kind of cool to know that even if I wanted to go to work (which I don't), I couldn't!
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:01 PM   #52
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W2R --
Congratulations on a well deserved (and obviously well planned) transition to "the other side!"
And, despite all your planning, you really cannot imagine how wonderful retirement is until you actually experience it for yourself. So, relax, unwind, and let the new adventures begin!
Very happy for you!
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:26 PM   #53
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Congratulations, W2R!!

Let us know how your first few days in retirement are; I'm sure they will be truly wonderful.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:13 PM   #54
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #55
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Congratulations and good luck. Don't get too busy like my parents are.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:29 PM   #56
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Hey - it's after lunch now! Maybe W2R is really retired now! But then again, maybe she really was retired at 8:20 this morning when she posted. I guess it took her 20 minutes to turn in her badge.

Now, W2R - if you made that 8:20 AM post from work, it didn't count. You actually have to leave the building!!!!

LOL!!!!

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Old 11-09-2009, 02:38 PM   #57
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Congratulations! I am getting closer each day.

Enjoy yourself....
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:57 PM   #58
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Hey - it's after lunch now! Maybe W2R is really retired now! But then again, maybe she really was retired at 8:20 this morning when she posted. I guess it took her 20 minutes to turn in her badge.

Now, W2R - if you made that 8:20 AM post from work, it didn't count. You actually have to leave the building!!!!

LOL!!!!

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I began this thread just as soon as my username was changed, to explain what was going on. Wouldn't you have done that? All I did after that was eat a very leisurely breakfast in the snack bar at work, talk to friends for a little while, shut down my computer, use the restroom, and check out. Anyway, you will be happy to know that I left work forever (exited the building) at exactly 11:00 AM, two hours 36 minutes after beginning the thread, and then went straight to celebrate over lunch with Frank from 11:01 AM to 12:51 PM, when I posted #51 above.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:15 PM   #59
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Congratulations!

Does this mean you'll have more time to read my posts and send me warnings?

November is a beautiful month in central Missouri. Check it out!
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Let me add my congratulations. I know you have been planning this moment for a long time. I hope your retirement is filled with happiness and excitement. Keep us poor w*rking folks updated on your new life so we have something to look forward to.
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