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Old 01-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #21
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For me it wasn't really a sabbatical. I was contracting and my contact ended about the time I had mentally targeted for ER (12/2008). Unfortunately, the economy tanked and I was a nervous wreck watching my portfolio taking a dive. DH was still working, but I have always been the primary wage earner. After 9 months, I went back to work and am still working. Now ER goal is 2016. DH and I will retire together. I totally enjoyed my 9 months off and now refer to it as my sabbatical. It was an opportunity to test the ER waters.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:23 AM   #22
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We had not set a date for ER, but were contemplating moving 5000 miles away once we did. Rather than a sabbatical, we took the last 4 weeks of one year's vacation with 4 weeks of the next year's vacation for an 8 week trial run. This allowed us one last chance to see if our choice was a good one. It allowed us to get the lay of the land AND get at least some idea of the cost of living in our proposed adoptive home.

That couple of months cemented our plan, encouraging us that we COULD make it there. Several months later, the j*b took a turn for the worse and we bailed out into FIRE - with more confidence based on our trial run. YMMV
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:57 AM   #23
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I retired at the end of July 2011 and in late December former co-workers recruited me to contract with another firm. I did this because I had some short term major expenditures coming up and the money I had set aside for that was spent on extended family emergent issues.

I thoroughly enjoyed my 5 months off and never got bored. I did a few home repair projects and learned that I no longer have the energy or desire to do many of the undone projects. I see the contracting work as a means to pay for those things.

As for going back to work, I hate it! I think it was too soon. My tolerance for incompetence and bullshit is now very low. I expect this job to last a few weeks, a few months or longer than I care to work.

I eagerly look forward to not working again. I like the Dory saying with the buckets. It is so true, except for me, I have a short term monetary goal bucket and a BS bucket. The BS bucket is 3/4 full already after 3 weeks. YMMV
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:54 PM   #24
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Anyhoo, I learned later that--wouldn't ya know it?-- his lifelong dream was to go to Brazil. Because I had done what he hadn't or couldn't, and without any provocation from me whatsoever, that filthy, drunken, worthless, gutless excuse for a man tortured me for it.
Yes. Turning down a big promotion can do the same thing. The boss took larger pay and prestige and some stock grants; you take good pay and flexible hours and leaving at 5.
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Anyhoo, I learned later that--wouldn't ya know it?-- his lifelong dream was to go to Brazil. Because I had done what he hadn't or couldn't, and without any provocation from me whatsoever, that filthy, drunken, worthless, gutless excuse for a man tortured me for it.
What is it with people and things like this. I had a long-term boyfriend who told me he didn't want to hear about my travel plans for Africa, because he couldn't go with me. So, when those plans fell through and I decided to go to Tahiti instead, I didn't bother to tell him. I did send him a postcard.

He was FURIOUS! He didn't talk to me for a month - all because it had been his dream to go to Tahiti and now I had "ruined it". He never did go - I've been 4 times, so I guess the poor country is really spoiled now. My apologies to all the future tourists.
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:42 AM   #26
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What is it with people and things like this.
Thoreau said most people lead lives of "quiet desperation." He was an optimist.

I think that just below the thin, contented veneer of our culture is a deep bitterness and jealousy toward anyone who manages to climb above the rat race and get a breath of fresh air.
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I think that just below the thin, contented veneer of our culture is a deep bitterness and jealousy toward anyone who manages to climb above the rat race and get a breath of fresh air.
I'd like to think they're the minority...
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I'd like to think they're the minority...
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