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Old 11-09-2009, 05:30 PM   #81
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As promised...



To say I'm happy for you would be the biggest understatement of the century.
Soooooooo...did some champagne get uncorked? Confetti tossed skyward?

Any Snoopy dances ?
Well, I don't drink (and neither does Frank). If I tossed confetti, I'd have to sweep it up. And it's hard to do Snoopy dances with my feet up vegging out in the middle of the day. I didn't even scream in victory on my way out the door (though I whispered "Yes!" softly to myself once my hands were on the steering wheel, before turning the key in the ignition).

I am still on Cloud Nine! And, I may just stay there.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:32 PM   #82
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In fact, here are some fireworks!

ta,
mew
Those were some spectacular fireworks!! Wow! They really know how to design a fireworks display in Hong Kong.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:56 PM   #83
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Congrats! You made it - that countdown must have been brutal. I hope you have a long and happy retirement!
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:59 PM   #84
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W2R,

Congratulations on your retirement. It sounds like a celebration dinner at Commanders Palace might be a good way to start the next phase of your life.

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Old 11-09-2009, 06:03 PM   #85
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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

Great watching a plan come together!!!!!!!


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Old 11-09-2009, 06:04 PM   #86
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Well, it's hard to add anything to all that.

Enjoy it. You've worked hard for it.

We've been following your "days until retirement" counter for months! So... have you started your "days of retirement" counter yet?
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:06 PM   #87
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How wonderful!~ Congrats to you! Another great role model for the young dreamers....
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:39 PM   #89
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WOW, W2R, I am soooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you!!!!!

I too have been watching your countdown since joining...great to see FIRE become a reality for you!
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:47 PM   #90
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Congratulations! I am still still working; have been vicariously watching your countdown.. So when is the next trip to Missouri?

Time goes by so quickly, doen't it- it seemed like just last week you still had 7 days to go...

All the Best!
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:50 PM   #91
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For you W2R - You're free to do what you want any old time :-)



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Old 11-09-2009, 06:50 PM   #92
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W2R,

Congratulations on your retirement. It sounds like a celebration dinner at Commanders Palace might be a good way to start the next phase of your life.

2soon2tell
Or maybe my fave....Coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde!!! And you don't even have to worry about getting covered with powdered sugar, 'cause ya ain't gonna be on your way to 'work'. And then continue the sugar-buzz with a few yummy pralines from one of the nearby shops.

(ya can't figure out where I used to like to hide out when I used to come down there to my sister's for a visit!!! Well, those and Emeril's NOLA...had cedar-planked salmon the last time I was there for lunch! Yum!....that was after the beignets, but before pralines! )
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We had tomato basil chicken, on angelhair pasta at Copelands for a celebration lunch - - I think I gained a pound but it was worth it! Frank is at work but we will keep your Commander's, Emeril's, and Cafe du Monde suggestions in mind.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Welcome to the rest of your life...the part where REAL LIVING begins!!! Welcome to Endless Days of Play!!!
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:04 PM   #94
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Congratulations to you W2R. I have just recently joined your group but I already have learned so much. I have followed your postings since finding this site because of your picture. You are too young to retire.
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W2R - work called - they want to know where the synopsis of that upcoming project is - and there are just a few other items they'd like to spitball by you if you wouldn't mind doing a little conference call tomorrow around 8:15.. shouldn't take more than a few hours...



or not - think you can manage to sleep in?
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:36 PM   #96
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W2R--Congratulations on your retirement! If you think it feels good now, it only gets better with time!
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:56 PM   #97
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:10 PM   #98
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Dear W2R.....Congratulations, and may ER be everything you have hoped for, for so long!!!!!
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:22 PM   #99
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W2R,

One thing you might want to think about is health insurance...

And from me:

Thanks for the help you've given me here on the boards and via PM's. I've really appreciated it.

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Old 11-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #100
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Fantastic - well done.

Wow, I'm at post 100 - I think a few folks here are REALLY REALLY HAPPY for you !!!!!!!


P.S. - Please keep the avatar - new name is good, but let's take things easy, too much change too quickly might be not be good....
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