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Old 01-10-2021, 07:21 AM   #1
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No Fuss Retirement Day in Rocket City

Hi, I am 54 yrs old, married with two daughters.

This is my first post ever. Like many of you, I have been
lurking for quite some time and do appreciate all of those
that do post. It's been very helpful in my effort to close
the deal with early retirement.

I just wanted to share with everyone my retirement day experience:

Friday morning started like so many mornings during this pandemic.
I fixed my coffee, read my daily Bible readings, read my favorite blogs,
etc... However, this day was different in that I actually had to drive
to the office. So, I gathered my company laptop, badges, papers and
headed to Huntsville for my 9am meeting with my Manager.

I arrived about 15 minutes early. As I was walking into the conference room,
my Manager noticed that I didn't have a mask on. He mentioned that the
new rules required everyone to have a mask. So, I said, "...well let's have
this meeting outside." It made for a quick meeting. We were done
by 9am. Sweet!

But, I had a 10am meeting scheduled with HR for a final exit/debrief.
I called the HR lady to see if I could do it earlier. I actually thought it
was going to be a face-to-face meeting. Nope. We talked for exactly 7 minutes on the phone.

At 9:29 am, I walked into the lobby of HQ and simply said ... "My name is ____ and today is my last day". I showed my badge and she handed me
an envelope full of paperwork to sign. Due to the mask policy, I stepped
outside of the building so I could sign all of the paperwork and then I returned it to her. I smiled at her and wished her a great day.


So here's my question:
For those of you that retired during this pandemic, what was your last day like?
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:09 AM   #2
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Were you trying to make a statement by not wearing a mask, or did you forget uours?
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:35 AM   #3
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I would have had a special song playing in the car as I left. Congrats! It must feel good to know you are finally done.
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:51 AM   #4
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I wasn't necessarily trying to make a statement, but maybe it came off that way.
Anyway, my Manager fully understood and was more than willing to meet outside.

I guess my main point in my post was the lack of any "Retirement Party Farewell".
I had actually participated in a few retirement parties for fellow coworkers who
retired prior to the start of the pandemic. These were fun farewells. I was simply curious as to how others' retirement day experiences went.
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:52 AM   #5
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Yes it does. Thanks so much.
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About 8:45AM, said goodbye to my w*rk group. Then I talked to our plant manager for maybe 25 minutes - what are you going to do, where are you going to live, etc. etc. Handed in my employee ID to HR and walked out for the last time. No fuss, no muss, no mask (this was 15 years ago.) YMMV
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Old 01-10-2021, 04:29 PM   #7
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At about 2 PM I went into the conference room for my retirement party. My old boss actually came to the party. After the usual speeches and such, I filed my final papers with HR.
I packed up the remaining cake to share with DW, picked up my briefcase, and caught the train home for the last time.
Two days later DW and I were on a plane for a 2 week tour of South America
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I would have loved a no-fuss retirement day, but in the military it's just not possible. They insist on having a little ceremony where they bring in a couple of high rankers to say what a fine fellow you are, pin another medal on you, and make jokes about how much you'll miss military life.

Then I had to go back in the next morning to get photographed for my retired ID card. That was actually kind of fun, because the photographer talked about how much he enjoyed doing it.
"Guys getting their gray card always have enormous smiles on their face, and I just love seeing them."

And you know, he was absolutely right!
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Were you trying to make a statement by not wearing a mask, or did you forget uours?
Hate to say that I thought the same thing, but nevertheless congrats on your retirement.
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Hate to say that I thought the same thing, but nevertheless congrats on your retirement.
+1. It seems pretty clear that the OP didn't forget a mask but was trying to make a statement by not wearing a mask.

I wonder if he even had a mask on his person or in his car? If so, then why not just go to the car and get it?

To me, wearing a mask isn't a political statement, but rather just a common social courtesy. Click it or ticket. Mask it or casket.
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My last day was last Wednesday and was pretty much a carbon copy of yours. Quick in and out and a few formalities. Fine with me, I've never been big on the retirement "parties" at work so was glad to avoid that. I'm sure at some point there will be a get together of some old work mates outside of work, but in the meantime, every day is mine :-)
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I gave notice my first night of an 8 day stretch after day 3 I developed a fever of 102.2 and spent half the night in the ER getting Covid tested. I am a nurse. Covid was negative but CT scan was suspicious. ER doc said quarantine for 10 days. That’s how I ended my career. Not the way I planned.

Out sick my last 5 nights.
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I had a very extended exit. Last day of work was just before Christmas and last day on payroll was Feb 15. During that time I was "on vacation" and I was only expected to take calls and emails on past projects and quick one-offs but not start anything new. They flew me and DW to NY and my practice hosted a nice retirement party of open bar and appetizers at a local watering hole with my work colleagues that went well into the night. Over the course of the night about 100 people came and went.

On the day before my last day I sent a good-bye email to my colleagues and thanked a handful of people that were key to my great experience with the firm. The next day I drove into the local office and left off my laptop and firm ids and that was it.
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Congratulations on your last work day. Enjoy the new retirement stage in life.

My last day was pretty quick, out of work by 11:00. No big retirement party, but prior week had a nice lunch with coworkers and couple mgrs. Received a gift card, paid by donations from coworkers. Megacorp didn't give anything.

Funny add-on, I left the state as well on that last work day. Moved and never looked back.
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No party for me. No badges, no id. No papers to sign.
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I had a nice party on my last w*rk day, to which my dear wife was invited (as a surprise). She is a poet and so read a poem she wrote especially for the occasion about how we would spend our retirement years together. It was beautiful and touching.

Here is the poem, if you care to read it. We spent some part of each summer on a Dutch island in the North Sea, just off the mainland. She envisioned more of these days in retirement:

The North Sea

We will walk
on a beach
by the North
Sea

wrapped in wool
and reflection

baring ourselves
to the chilly
sand

sharing
one voice

singing
with the sea
of other
incarnations.

We will not mind
the whipping
wind
for it will be
behind us

and we will only
stop
to marvel
as the sun
sinks
on the horizon.

(From her book, which I won't identify here.)

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At my company, people who have had more than a few years of tenure and then leave are usually given a party in the big conference room, but it's a small company with well under 500 employees, maybe even half that now, so you usually recognize more people than you don't. It also just depends on the company culture. Some companies are social/party environments, and some aren't.
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I guess my main point in my post was the lack of any "Retirement Party Farewell".
I had actually participated in a few retirement parties for fellow coworkers who
retired prior to the start of the pandemic. These were fun farewells. I was simply curious as to how others' retirement day experiences went.
As you might know, retirement from the military almost ALWAYS means a big deal. Lunches, ceremony, etc. I personally wasn't interested in any of that, and decided there would be no ceremony. My boss (who I rarely dealt with since he was a non-flier and was a few miles away) wasn't too thrilled and tried very hard to convince me otherwise. Nonetheless, I was able to avoid putting on a ceremony and made my last day @ w*rk such that no one really knew it was my last day except my direct supervisor, who agreed with my plan.

The timing was pretty perfect...as I walked across the aircraft ramp for the last time (you had to go across the ramp to get to the parking lot) my supervisor was walking towards me with a box 'o goodies...which happened to be my retirement flag, certificates, etc. He simply handed it to me, gave me a salute and he wished me well. It was the best ending to a great Air Force career and the ride home was exceptional.

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I would have loved a no-fuss retirement day, but in the military it's just not possible.
Oh, it is possible...but it's a pain. It doesn't hurt that the regulation clearly states that the retirement ceremony is in accordance with the RETIREES wishes, not his/her blowhard commander.
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In 2008, MegaCorp overreacted the economic conditions and "retired" everyone over 55 years of age.

I was out of town on company business and got a phone call saying tomorrow was my last day. Had I been working in the office, two security officers would have simply have shown up to escort me out the door with 10 minutes to empty my desk.

No thank you for 36 years of service. No gold watch. No good bye lunch.

But I could have bought a few gold Rolex watches with what that termination package cost them.

It was nothing personal. Just their way of doing impersonal business. But today, the good bye package is no where as good as what it was 12 years ago.
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Hi, I am 54 yrs old, married with two daughters.

I just wanted to share with everyone my retirement day experience:

Friday morning started like so many mornings during this pandemic.
I fixed my coffee, read my daily Bible readings, read my favorite blogs,
etc... However, this day was different in that I actually had to drive
to the office. So, I gathered my company laptop, badges, papers and
headed to Huntsville for my 9am meeting with my Manager.

I arrived about 15 minutes early. As I was walking into the conference room,
my Manager noticed that I didn't have a mask on. He mentioned that the
new rules required everyone to have a mask. So, I said, "...well let's have
this meeting outside." It made for a quick meeting. We were done
by 9am. Sweet!

But, I had a 10am meeting scheduled with HR for a final exit/debrief.
I called the HR lady to see if I could do it earlier. I actually thought it
was going to be a face-to-face meeting. Nope. We talked for exactly 7 minutes on the phone.

At 9:29 am, I walked into the lobby of HQ and simply said ... "My name is ____ and today is my last day". I showed my badge and she handed me
an envelope full of paperwork to sign. Due to the mask policy, I stepped
outside of the building so I could sign all of the paperwork and then I returned it to her. I smiled at her and wished her a great day.

So here's my question:
For those of you that retired during this pandemic, what was your last day like?
I live about 20 miles NE of you, and go through Athens just about every day. It's an especially beautiful town, and somewhat of a secret to those out of the area.

I too am very thankful to live in an ultra low cost of living area that's allowed me to maintain the same quality of life as when working. Hope you're in the same position in your Early Retirement.

Congratulations on your retirement. With the snow today, tomorrow looks like a good day to sleep in.
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