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Forum: FIRE and Money 03-24-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,517
Posted By Sand Pounder
A few factors converged that made the decision...

A few factors converged that made the decision easy.

1. Once achieving FI, it was just a matter of time.
2. Work had become more and more like work over the previous 10 years. The pace of high...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-14-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,338
Posted By Sand Pounder
As long as you're crossing the threshold in the...

As long as you're crossing the threshold in the right direction! :laugh:
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-13-2017, 05:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,561
Posted By Sand Pounder
I notified my boss seven months before my ER date...

I notified my boss seven months before my ER date so he would have time to plan. After that, word gradually got around, and my co-workers asked if it was true. I just said yes. Mostly they...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-25-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,637
Posted By Sand Pounder
Started delivering newspapers in 1968 and will...

Started delivering newspapers in 1968 and will retire from my full-time career later this year. If you include all of that, then 48 years.

Earned enough working after school to pay FICA starting...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-23-2016, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1,588
Views: 485,504
Posted By Sand Pounder
My boss and I have been discussing my retirement...

My boss and I have been discussing my retirement for a few months now, and this week we agreed on a date: June 1, 2016. Megacorp is doing some re-organizing and they may be able to avoid laying off...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-22-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,756
Posted By Sand Pounder
That was pretty much my rationale 14 years ago...

That was pretty much my rationale 14 years ago when we bought some farmland. We wanted a way to balance out the stock options I had in my high-tech company, while getting a hedge against inflation. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-02-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,042
Posted By Sand Pounder
"Asymptotically" is hyperbolic. Ooh,...

"Asymptotically" is hyperbolic.



Ooh, good point. Perhaps I'll keep my ear to the ground and go back to full if it gets dicey.
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-02-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,042
Posted By Sand Pounder
Asymptotically approaching retirement

Like a lot of people on this board, I'm struggling with deciding precisely when to pull the trigger on RE. I really enjoy time off, but I also want to stay involved with a new product line we...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-11-2012, 08:23 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,892
Posted By Sand Pounder
Thanks, Hamlet. That clears it up. Rather...

Thanks, Hamlet. That clears it up.

Rather than implement a whole new tax with all its unintended consequences, why not simply close that particular loophole in the tax code?
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-18-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,487
Posted By Sand Pounder
Yes, I started at 80% time and pay last year, and...

Yes, I started at 80% time and pay last year, and it's working out extremely well, thanks to a very accommodating MegaCorp and no benefit reductions. Cutting back on hours has dropped my stress level...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-05-2011, 09:02 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,316
Posted By Sand Pounder
It does seem that way. Remember what Willie...

It does seem that way. Remember what Willie Sutton supposedly said when asked why he robs banks, "because that's where the money is." The gov will not get much $ by taxing the poor.

But that's a...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-25-2009, 10:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,758
Posted By Sand Pounder
Wow, that reflects my thinking exactly. The best...

Wow, that reflects my thinking exactly. The best argument against retirement (and the main reason I continue to work) is to keep my skills current. They can take away my wealth, but not my...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-02-2009, 02:16 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 12,142
Posted By Sand Pounder
NW -14%. Would have been -19% if not for the...

NW -14%. Would have been -19% if not for the fact I'm still working and contributed heavily into investments in 2008. AA is now 30% equities, 40% cash/bonds, and 30% real property (real estate,...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-12-2008, 04:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,236
Posted By Sand Pounder
MegaCorp A offered a buyout last year. After...

MegaCorp A offered a buyout last year. After checking around, I was able to get an offer for a similar position in MegaCorp B before I had to decide on whether to accept the buyout. So accepting...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-01-2008, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,665
Posted By Sand Pounder
I was offered an early retirement buyout with...

I was offered an early retirement buyout with heath benefits last year. Incredible deal. Before I accepted I had already landed a job in a spinoff of my old company, so the decision was really...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-14-2007, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,480
Posted By Sand Pounder
Welcome to town, Jake. I'm sure you'll enjoy...

Welcome to town, Jake. I'm sure you'll enjoy living here.

BTW, I'm taking a temporary retirement myself. My employer offered a very generous retirement buy-out that I couldn't refuse. I'm using...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-15-2007, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,918
Posted By Sand Pounder
Re: Ft. Collins

"Spring Creek guys"? Never heard of them. I usually ride by myself or with a few friends. There is a Spring Creek Bike Trail in town, maybe that's what they're named after.
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-13-2007, 04:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,208
Posted By Sand Pounder
Re: Poll: Why do you LBYM?

B) for both DW and me. My parents made me deliver papers and mow lawns as a kid, so I learned the value of a dollar. Plus in the high-tech industry there is a lot of uncertainty.
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-10-2007, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,918
Posted By Sand Pounder
Re: Ft. Collins

In the downtown area there are a lot of solid, older houses you can renovate. Nearby Old Town is very nice, fun for shopping, eating, or just hanging out in the warmer months.

No hurricanes, no...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-10-2007, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,918
Posted By Sand Pounder
Re: Ft. Collins

I've lived in Fort Collins for 28 years after growing up in the Midwest. It's still a college town, although it's growing into more of a high-tech center with companies such as Intel, AMD, and HP...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 01-30-2007, 06:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,900
Posted By Sand Pounder
Re: How Many Know Someone Who Retired Then Became Seriously Ill Or Died?

My best friend's father was ready to retire at 65, but his boss begged him to stay another year. A year later, he was again ready to retire, but his boss begged him to stay yet another year. He...
Forum: Hi, I am... 01-28-2007, 04:24 PM
Replies: 735
Views: 94,870
Posted By Sand Pounder
Re: Introduce yourself here!

Hello everyone,

After lurking for a few weeks, I decided to join in the fray...

I'm really impressed with the discussions here, and with the materials available. I don't know how anyone would...
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