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Old 01-11-2006, 08:09 AM   #41
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Have you ever known anyone that had a REAL midlife crisis?
You mean a “REAL” midlife crisis as opposed to an “unreal” one?

Our company CFO, married with two children and in his mid 40’s, began an affair with a 20-something at work. They did a very poor job of keeping their personal business private, and their little fling was “the” subject of conversation around the water cooler. For example, returning from lunch one day I pulled in to the parking garage the same time they did. We arrived at the elevator at the same time, and as I rode up with them it was all I could do to not laugh out loud since her hair was all mussed and they were still breathing heavily. He didn’t pull out of his crisis before crashing, getting a divorce, and destroying his finances to the point of having his Mercedes repossessed from the parking garage. In a desperate effort to save face, he reported it stolen and was really humiliated when the truth came out. He “left the company to seek other opportunities” within a week of that incident.

Growing up is a painful experience....

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Re: Trade Offs & "Being Responsible'
Old 01-11-2006, 08:17 AM   #42
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Real, unreal, whatever you want to call it this man is like that CFO. I don't think he's had the affair yet but he contemplated divorce, that is until I had asked him how much it was going to cost. At first he didn't understand, he was thinking lawyer fees LOL. I then ran down a list of things he would have to divide, sell or just plain give to her, on top of alimoney since she's never worked AND his children hating him the rest of their lives. When we sat down and ran the numbers he paled a little and then announced he was going to buy a motorcycle. This was last year, he didn't divorce but he's still not happy, he can't seem to "find himself", I'm just hoping he doesn't do something to make an ass of himself like your CFO.
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Real, unreal, whatever you want to call it this man is like that CFO.* I don't think he's had the affair yet but he contemplated divorce, that is until I had asked him how much it was going to cost.* At first he didn't understand, he was thinking lawyer fees LOL.* I then ran down a list of things he would have to divide, sell or just plain give to her, on top of alimoney since she's never worked AND his children hating him the rest of their lives.* *When we sat down and ran the numbers he paled a little and then announced he was going to buy a motorcycle.* This was last year, he didn't divorce but he's still not happy, he can't seem to "find himself", I'm just hoping he doesn't do something to make an ass of himself like your CFO.
Sometimes living a lie is worse than getting the divorce; been there, done that and have the T-Shirt to prove it. Making a clean break and starting over with a clean slate open up a whole new world sometimes. At least it did for me.

I am 53 and have not had what I would call a Mid Life Crisis. I don't know if I jumped over it or if it has yet to hit me. It for real or is it just a good excuse to indulge yourself while waiting to retire?
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