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Old 01-24-2007, 05:21 AM   #41
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I appreciate both the serious discusssion and the feedback from the lucky escapees.

A few catch-up thoughts before I head off to you-know-where.

135 pay checks is bi-monthly. I turn 50 this year and the 55 early retirement option is my goal. Yeah, I know - save your sympathy.

I can empathize with the people that hated their jobs, especially the nurse. I spent 24 years in nuclear power on 12 shifts with constant stress and the feeling of being trapped wore on me constantly. I actually had a manager tell me that they blocked a promotion because my NRC license was too valuable to the plant. That was the last straw. Of course I worked a night shift on my last day - although my Hawaiian shirt in the super formal control room wrinkled a few brows.

My new job in the Pharma industry is much better and my frame of reference helps maintain my perspective. Travel, while it has it's down side, is new & different and the company treats me well on the road.

Oh well, time to make the doughnuts....
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Re: What do you miss?
Old 01-24-2007, 11:57 AM   #42
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Hmm. Think i have a bit different perspective. Was self employed for maybe 7 years as a VW mechanic (small shop owner). During that time my gal and i bought sad little abused houses and apartments, plugged all our $$ and labor into them, folded rent money back in, bought more... Think it's been about 15 years since i had any wages - the maintenance and management of our 53 units is all gratis on my part. I know that 'cause the tax man says that the rental income is all "unearned income". 'Course that means my SSI amounts to doodly squawt. Most days i'm sitting in my slippers and doing bookwork and management chores and don't make it out of the house till afternoon to do maintenance.
No pension, no 401k, no employer covered healthplan. No pointy haired boss, no commute, no inter-office bickering. Have to take my own self out to lunch.
But i'm looking to divest of these properties - I'm tired of the tenants bickering with one another, destruction of units by people i give a break too, going to court and cooling my heels so the judge can give a non-paying tenant an extra month or so to find a new home. I'm tired of getting out of bed to drive 15 miles to let someone into their apartment because they lost their key. I'm tired of being available 24/7. One of the things that was really cool and really sucky was being on the beach in Sayulita - literally on the sand - and having a tenant call with drain problems and being able to reach the right plumber and get the problem resolved. Now i want to be on the beach and NOT have anyone reach me - or feel that i have to have a cell phone with the right kind of service so they can reach me.
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Old 01-24-2007, 12:02 PM   #43
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Wow! You know the people I have met since retiring have been way more interesting than the people I worked with. This might have something to do with the fact that I meet these people when I am at play!
Or is it just that you meet a lot of interesting people while traveling?
Maybe it's because now you have a choice over who you have to meet!

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I can empathize with the people that hated their jobs, especially the nurse. I spent 24 years in nuclear power on 12 shifts with constant stress and the feeling of being trapped wore on me constantly. I actually had a manager tell me that they blocked a promotion because my NRC license was too valuable to the plant. That was the last straw. Of course I worked a night shift on my last day - although my Hawaiian shirt in the super formal control room wrinkled a few brows.
Reminds me of about three-quarters of the submarine veterans who separated before they were eligible to retire...
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After I read this post Sunday night, I pondered it a little. And over the last couple of days I started a mental list of what I'll most likely miss when I bail out in about 10 weeks.

In no certain order:

Free use of the arc-welder.
Free use of the oxy-acetylene torch.
Free paper-clips.
Not much else.

When I went to pick up shop supplies today (for w*rk), I priced a new oxy-acetylene set, It will be in my garage before I ER.

I had already priced a generator/welder combo not too long ago. It will be in my garage around that same time.

I picked up some perty colored, plastic-coated paper-clips (500/ct) yesterday (on sale at a local discount office supply house). That should last me for a while after ER...maybe 28 years or so, then I'll have to buy more. Maybe I'll go back tomorrow and grab another pack of 'em just to be on the safe side!!
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:46 PM   #45
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Absolutely nothing! Currently employed folks often ask me --- how do you fill your day? Do you think you should work a little? Oh, what a fallacy. I have been ER since July 05 and I wish I had ER earlier. My days --- family, friends, reading, fishing, yoga, pilates, movies in the daytime, walking/jogging, travel, etc. And I agreed (on my terms) to teach one class at a local university this semester.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:46 PM   #46
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Sounds like a solvable problem. Hire a property manager. Then try to sell the units off, or not.


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Hmm. Think i have a bit different perspective. Was self employed for maybe 7 years as a VW mechanic (small shop owner). During that time my gal and i bought sad little abused houses and apartments, plugged all our $$ and labor into them, folded rent money back in, bought more... Think it's been about 15 years since i had any wages - the maintenance and management of our 53 units is all gratis on my part. I know that 'cause the tax man says that the rental income is all "unearned income". 'Course that means my SSI amounts to doodly squawt. Most days i'm sitting in my slippers and doing bookwork and management chores and don't make it out of the house till afternoon to do maintenance.
No pension, no 401k, no employer covered healthplan. No pointy haired boss, no commute, no inter-office bickering. Have to take my own self out to lunch.
But i'm looking to divest of these properties - I'm tired of the tenants bickering with one another, destruction of units by people i give a break too, going to court and cooling my heels so the judge can give a non-paying tenant an extra month or so to find a new home. I'm tired of getting out of bed to drive 15 miles to let someone into their apartment because they lost their key. I'm tired of being available 24/7. One of the things that was really cool and really sucky was being on the beach in Sayulita - literally on the sand - and having a tenant call with drain problems and being able to reach the right plumber and get the problem resolved. Now i want to be on the beach and NOT have anyone reach me - or feel that i have to have a cell phone with the right kind of service so they can reach me.
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Old 01-30-2007, 04:20 AM   #48
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what will i miss....
since i have type A personality, my line of work suites me. i do fear i will go nutz...
anyone have that fear before ER?
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:36 AM   #49
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what will i miss....
since i have type A personality, my line of work suites me. i do fear i will go nutz...
anyone have that fear before ER?
Well, usually you can volunteer and keep busy. That works for my wife who retired from teaching last year. She "works" for a local college placing student teachers in classrooms. Not much time and definitely not much pay (I regard it as volunteer work for the pittance it pays) but she loves it. Most people with skills can find a good organization to work with.
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