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Old 07-09-2010, 10:33 PM   #161
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I joined the ER ranks May 28, 2010. I'm 59. This is my first full summer off in 43 years and it's great!
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:59 PM   #162
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Congratulations, hogtied! Even in this heat, I too love having my first summer off as a retiree this year.

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Old 07-10-2010, 03:34 AM   #163
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congratulations hogtied and rascal

The last summer I had off was 38 years ago and I am really enjoying this one.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:25 PM   #164
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I'm adding myself, I've been FI for a while and on the fence. Minicorp added the RE, thanks to an elimination of everyone doing my particular job, a few weeks ago. So I get the benefits of ER along with a severance package.

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Old 07-30-2010, 11:20 PM   #166
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At age 55, I gave 10 weeks' notice some three weeks ago. This was so my employer could advertise for a replacement, allow some time for that replacement to give his/her notice, and spend two weeks or so getting some training from me before I move on. Funny thing is, my employer offered me another job with similar pay--but I already decided I wanted to have a "soft retirement" as the Bogleheads call it. Meaning, I do want to take A LOT of time off, indefinitely. Maybe down the road I'll take on some contract work, volunteer, get a Christmas seasonal job doing something completely out of character, or go back to work full-time for a few months or up to a year--whatever suits my fancy at the time.

I am just not interested anymore in going to work each and every day. I have spent the past 38 years getting up every day to go to college, study in the evening, get up and go to law school every morning, study in the evening, then get and go to work every day since--with only a six-week break some 20 years ago. Enough already! It is time that I reward myself for a job-well-done--studying and working hard, and gradually building a respected reputation in my field of work (from what folks tell me).

I want to just take it easy for awhile. Read a bunch of books I have accumulated over the years. ...
Thanks for this - I have been putting off ER because I am only 52 and thought I needed to have something else lined up before I left my long-term Megacorp employer. What I realized a few weeks ago is that I really would enjoy a few months NOT getting up every day to "go do". So we are working out the final financial details to see if ER on 10/1 is a go. It is hard for me to "reward myself" this way so I really appreciate tha post!!! Thanks!!!
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:17 PM   #167
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Yeah, MBAustin. Although I would have continued on in the rut of my "chosen field" for another few years, and racked up quite a few more dollars toward my ideal "retirement number," this past year of work was just too miserable to bear. That misery was the push off the cliff I needed to decide to early retire. And to take a fresh look around me without having to worry about w**k-related crap.

I decided that I did not want to look back some ten years or more in the future and regret that I did not take this time, THIS TIME--while I still have good health, some more relatively youthful years, brains and dollars--to do what I am NOW doing. Enjoying life!
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:11 AM   #168
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Final day today.....yay!

After 41 years on the hamster-wheel.....all projects finished, all farewells said, all ID's & 'corporate accoutrements' handed in, all loose-ends tied up, all pigs fully fuelled and lined up on the air-strip ready to fly

Man, I'm already seriously considering what I'll do all day (after a nap)!

And as they say in the the classics.......whoooooo.....hoooooo!

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Old 08-26-2010, 07:21 PM   #170
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:49 PM   #171
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:38 PM   #172
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I was uncertain at the start of the year, but unless something changes in the next month it looks like I'm going to hang in til 2011. I've been told I'm going to have to go back to full-time, but not given a time frame yet. It would be nice to bank a bit more money, make some 2011 income to put into a 401K and Roth, and defer cashing out the last of my stock options til next year.
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Hmm, might have spoken too soon, just had a chat with my manager today and he's getting pressure to make it happen now. He's going to try to get me a package. If he can't, I guess I will let them pay me full time and they can decide whether I'm working hard enough to keep me employed.
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I was uncertain at the start of the year, but unless something changes in the next month it looks like I'm going to hang in til 2011. I've been told I'm going to have to go back to full-time, but not given a time frame yet. It would be nice to bank a bit more money, make some 2011 income to put into a 401K and Roth, and defer cashing out the last of my stock options til next year.
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Hmm, might have spoken too soon, just had a chat with my manager today and he's getting pressure to make it happen now. He's going to try to get me a package. If he can't, I guess I will let them pay me full time and they can decide whether I'm working hard enough to keep me employed.
The uncertainty would drive me to distraction. But it sounds like it is going to happen within the next 6 - 12 months. All the best to you. If your job has any safety aspect to it, try and keep focused
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #175
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Impressive class. Almost makes me wish I had waited till 2010.

Seriously the forum may get even better now that all these great posters have more time to post!


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Old 09-10-2010, 10:30 PM   #176
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Glad to be in this list - retired on 1st Sept 2010. Just got back from a holiday and I've yet to fall into the routine I planned. Don't know what to do with my work clothes and high heels. The best thing about not working is that I don't feel trapped in an office when there are so many better things I want to do with my life.



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Added myself to the list. Today is officially my last day at work (but my vacation started 5 days ago). I'm at my daughter's house watching her brand new baby (5 days old) while she gets some sleep. If I hadn't pulled the trigger, I'd be on a plane from DC to Chicago.

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One more! ER'd today

Happily ER'd after 31+ years (details in Hi, I am...). Added myself to the list!

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