Originally Posted by bclover
So basically Monday morning everybody was talking about it and saying whether of not they were going to apply.
I'm simply suggesting that instead of "everybody was talking about it and saying whether or not they were going to apply," it should have been "everybody except bclover..........."
I went through pretty much the same thing you did except I did NOT talk about whether I would apply or not (except to two close friends/confidants and my DW). With others, I simply discussed general pros and cons of the package without any reference to my personal situation or decision.
In the end, I did not apply for the voluntary buy-out package but did receive a very fair severance/benefits-continuation package when I was laid off several years later at age 58.
After the layoff, I did utilize the placement services MegaCorp was providing for a couple of months. I never mentioned to anyone that my job search was optional and that I didn't need to work. When no really appealing opportunities appeared and I decided to call "fired" "FIRE'd," I did tell friends that I was done with my working life. I wanted to step out of the networking stream and not have friends waste their time since I was no longer interested in receiving any tips, references, introductions, etc.....
So, yes, if you don't want your personal situation to be an open book and talked about (sometimes inappropriately) I'd suggest you censor your participation in conversations to non-personal observations about the whole situation with your company.
Good luck! And enjoy FIRE!
Edit: I'll add that even after I pulled the plug on job hunting and backed out of the networking stream, I still helped friends, who for whatever reason needed to continue working, with resume editing, practice interviews, references and access to any of my lingering connections in the industry. Now nine years+ FIRE'd, it's only recently that requests for this type of help have diminished to near zero.