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Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus
Old 12-06-2003, 10:56 AM   #1
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Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus

Who said miracles never happen?

I have been marching towards a planned early retirement in May 2004. Just before Thanksgiving I was offered the opportunity to leave now. Offer would be to cover my salary for the next 6 months.

I'm gone.

Who would have predicted it? Still hasn't sunk in. I've been planning ER for 20 years, then all of a sudden I'm there. Wow, I think I've died and gone to heaven.

Moguls
(170 days and counting) - Whoa that's ZERO days and no longer counting.

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Re: Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus
Old 12-06-2003, 08:21 PM   #2
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Congratulations. Have much fun.
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Old 12-07-2003, 09:34 AM   #3
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Love those FMP options! Congrats and enjoy

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Old 12-07-2003, 10:55 AM   #4
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FMP That's a new one on me?

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Old 12-07-2003, 12:16 PM   #5
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The biggest adjustment that I had to make when I first retired was looking forward to Mondays. Traffic is light (excluding rush hour), stores are open and there are no crowds. It's great.

Welcome aboard and have fun.

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Old 12-07-2003, 12:45 PM   #6
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I guess I was in acronym land too long - AT&T/Lucent/Avaya.... where everything was an acronym. Anyway, they had a number of "FMP's" at all 3 places - it stands for "Force Management Plan" and can cover layoffs and incentive based downsizing such as you mentioned.

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Moguls,

Congratulations !!! - I guess the company did not want you around any more with that **** eating Grin on your Face!
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:28 AM   #8
 
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Hi Moguls! My wish for you is that you enjoy being retired as much I I do.

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Old 12-08-2003, 01:38 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the well wishes.

Well my first Monday was interesting. Slept a little late (6:00 am) - normally got up at 5:00. Went to the gym, had a nice workout, then spent the day doing a little rearranging of my study, since I'll be making more use of it in retirement.

Didn't miss work a bit. They did email me several times asking miscellaneous questions. I'll help them as long as it doesn't become an inconvenience or go on for too long.

Then around 3:00 I was contacted by an acquaintance at another company asking if I want to do a little consulting for them! Told him politely "No". Holy #$%#, I've only been retired for 7 working hours.

Moguls
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:01 AM   #10
 
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Hey Moguls! I went from complete workaholism
to a lazy slug almost overnight with no angst
whatsoever. I may be unusual in that respect
as I required no period of adjustment.

I was coaxed out of my semiretirement about
four (4) months into it. It helped me a lot financially.
I had another very nice job offer pending when I hung
it up for good in 1998. Turned it down flat. No regrets!

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