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Old 11-13-2007, 01:47 PM   #21
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I shredded several piles of work related memos and papers I had at my home. It felt like taking a good shower after being dirty for a long time.
With each major job change at work I piled up important papers in a box or two. If I didn't dig into those boxes before the next change I dumped them. I did the same thing when I retired -- kept some "important" stuff I might need for consulting or whatever. The above post reminded me that almost 3 years in that box is still sitting on top of the fridge in the garage. Time to burn that stuff
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:24 PM   #22
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How long did that last? Or is that still the deal?
it is more art than science. i am still working out the kinks.

i'd offer incentive but i'm too lazy. instead here's a link for ya: The Idler Forum

enjoy (but only if that doesn't entail too much effort)
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:28 PM   #23
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With each major job change at work I piled up important papers in a box or two. If I didn't dig into those boxes before the next change I dumped them. I did the same thing when I retired -- kept some "important" stuff I might need for consulting or whatever. The above post reminded me that almost 3 years in that box is still sitting on top of the fridge in the garage. Time to burn that stuff
Since I plan to retire in less than two years, and never to work or even consult again, I have already started paring down on the personal scientific files. I am making headway in reducing the amount of my old journals, papers, and notes. I only throw out what I can bear to part with. But then a few months later, I wonder why I kept what I did! So, the downsizing continues.

Naturally, I will leave all that belongs to or directly relates to the government in my cubicle, plus notes on how I did various things. I plan to tell my supervisor that if I am called with questions after ER, I won't remember. So, they had better find out what they need before I go.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:48 PM   #24
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18-24 months to go, but I'm going to sleep until I wake-up naturally every morning for a while. Treat every day like it was a saturday, take care of projects around the house, but only a few hours at a time...they'll still be there tomorrow, and there are lots of them. Sometimes I'll get up in the morning and decide I want to go on a trip, and then just throw a couple pairs of jeans and shirts in a bag...and go. Come back when I'm ready. Most of all, spend quality time with my wife. Her dream? Make quilts a little at a time, bring lemonade out to me for a break when I'm puttering around on the tractor or some project...sounds like Mayberry...No

Oh, we'll probably do some volunteering as well, after some of the projects start to taper off...that'll be several years.

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Old 11-14-2007, 07:52 PM   #25
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I intend to retire in 547 days and a wakeup. That should be about May 15, 2009. I intend to stay up late and watch late night tv and sleep in until whenever I wake up. I will drink coffee in the morning while I am surfing on the net, get my jogging in and then in the afternoon do one home project that takes several hours. Other than that, I just want to take it easy and never think about how mega corp polluted my mind with all the details. This past year has been a grind at times and I'm looking forward to retirement.
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:12 PM   #26
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I plan to tell my supervisor that if I am called with questions after ER, I won't remember. So, they had better find out what they need before I go.
Or, you might remember if they compensate you appropriately...

There is a story (no doubt an urban legend) - after 40 years with the company, an engineer retired. Some time later, a critical machine broke down. No one in the company could fix it, nor could any of the consultants that were brought in.

Finally, the engineer's old boss called him. 'Please come in and get this machine fixed!'

The engineer agreed. He came to the plant. He looked. He smelled. He touched. He listened.

Finally he took a piece of chalk out of his pocket, marked an 'X' on one part of the machine, and said, 'Replace this'.

The part was replaced and the machine worked!

Later, the boss got the retired engineer's bill: $50,000.

The boss balked, and demanded a detailed breakdown of the expenses!

The engineer provided a breakdown:

1. One chalk mark $1
2. Knowing where to put it $49,999

The boss paid the bill.
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