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Old 02-18-2006, 11:49 AM   #1
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I've been away from this board for the last few months since work was just about as stressful as it could be ...my manager called it 'tightening the thumb screws' - about 5 separate tasks where each is easily a full time job... the irony is that on my last 2 years performance appraisals where they need to define your 'improvements' - I get dinged for not saying no to new tasks. But - nobody ever asks ... I usually just get an email that states "so and so left so your responsible for this new task" and 'here's all the info you need to do it'* in one email. Never an opportunity to say 'no more'... until now.

I'm at the right place at the right time - I met (exceeded) my FIRE goals a few months back and had that in my back pocket. When the last task came last week on top of all the others which included something I abhor 'customer political sensitive* presentation' as a program manager of a program that doesn't exist (just one of my many tasks) - I had to show my hand. I think I gained enough wisdom from this board to not burn my bridges - so after a week of very little sleep and the burning desire to give my 2 weeks notice, I gave them a better notice friday afternoon* (2/17/06), I'll take my 2 months vacation in 3 weeks (saved up over the last 2 years) and add another 1 month leave of absence for the spring season off and see them in June* :P .

This is perhaps the best transition for me into FIRE ... let's see how it goes. I have a lot of living to catch up on. This transition time will allow me to do all my doctor's/dentists check-ups and use my other benefits. In any case, my next three weeks I am short and the stress is over - am I in heaven.

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Old 02-18-2006, 11:53 AM   #2
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This transition time will allow me to do all my doctor's/dentists check-ups and use my other benefits.
Congratulations, but it's a shame to have to waste valuable vacation days sitting in a doctor's office!

Is there a way to do all those medical visits while you're "at work"? That'll certainly give a more accurate presentation of the state of your health...
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Its always a good idea to part ways with employers who use torture device analogies when describing your work load.
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Congratulations, but it's a shame to have to waste valuable vacation days sitting in a doctor's office!

Is there a way to do all those medical visits while you're "at work"?* That'll certainly give a more accurate presentation of the state of your health...
Well, I guess that advice excludes you from ever having to experience the "indignities" of having to "meet payroll". Must be a generational thing.

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Old 02-18-2006, 08:19 PM   #5
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I actually did get most of my doctor/dentist stuff done when I hit my FIRE goals starting with minor surgery with a couple weeks off from work, got my blood test results (HDL=67, LDL=103) and general check-up, eye health checked out, dental exam/cleaning, knees checked out, and skin cancer screening - just still wanted to get a new set of glasses and maybe some dental bridgework done.

Getting a clean bill of health is no gaurantee of anything - but it sure does add to the confidence of FIRE.

By the way - what's the general policy of notice for vacation? My company requires 2 weeks (I'm giving 3) but there appears to be no conditions, such as what happens if you take the vacation at a critical time (such as a major review), can you get canned for that? ...not that I'm doing that.
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Well, I guess that advice excludes you from ever having to experience the "indignities" of having to "meet payroll". Must be a generational thing.
More like a "never had a real job thing"...

Come to think of it, the one & only "real" job I had before I joined the Navy was golf course starter & groundskeeper.
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By the way - what's the general policy of notice for vacation? My company requires 2 weeks (I'm giving 3) but there appears to be no conditions, such as what happens if you take the vacation at a critical time (such as a major review), can you get canned for that? ...not that I'm doing that.
I think it depends on the company .. where I work, I have to put in a request for the time I want. My department has limits on the number of folks who can be off at a time. Where my DH works, vacations aren't allowed at certain times....
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