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Old 08-30-2018, 06:34 PM   #641
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Congrats JoeWras and Sumday. You will love the other side.
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:33 PM   #642
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Congrats JoeWras and Sumday. You will love the other side.
6 hours in and I'm thinking it's going to be just fine.

JoeWras, FYI, I am 61.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:03 PM   #643
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I announce my retirement in one month. Lots of conflicting feelings. There is a slight pull to go OMY but NO WAY. Just having the end in sight has made things soooo much better. Have begun repairing relationship with DW. I feel like Im on the downhill side of this thing...
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:54 PM   #644
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Pulled the pin on May 15 and vacationing out until my actual retirement date of October 6, 2018.
Started my first real job, a paper route when I was 9 years old.
I worked in a service station and the hay fields when I was in high school and started my career in the paper mill six days after high school graduation in June of 1974.
I took one year off to go to college and decided it wasnt for me so continued on at the paper mill for an additional 42 years.
Not the most glamorous career, lots of physical labor, long hours and shift work but it got me to where I am today.
Congratulations on a well deserved retirement.
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Old 08-31-2018, 04:15 AM   #645
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It is nice when things go generally to plan.

I started this thread with a 5 year horizon. Although I had a few false ends this year, today was the day. WOO HOO!

I still have a few things to do to really feel like I am there. I have to get this medical stuff sewed up and get on another plan, as I explained 5 years ago.

Megacorp never offered anything. So it goes. I walked out proudly on my own terms, and that's just fine.

Today was great. No more commute. Sleeping in tomorrow, and then starting the journey. It has to sink in a bit. I'm slightly at a loss for words, although I was able to drop a few thoughts in the Surprisingly Emotional Today thread.

I'm looking forward to posting from the other side. See you soon!


Congratulations! Its been a long road but you made it! I will see you on the other side in December...
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Old 09-01-2018, 04:40 PM   #646
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I started this thread with a 5 year horizon. Although I had a few false ends this year, today was the day. WOO HOO!
Congratulations!!
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:58 PM   #647
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My last day was Friday, August 31st. I’m now looking forward to a brief staycation then following up with mine and DW’s projects – which will take years!
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:19 AM   #648
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My last day was Friday, August 31st. Im now looking forward to a brief staycation then following up with mine and DWs projects which will take years!
Welcome, HondoBob. I'm sorry there was a less than smooth handoff at your agency - seems to vary quite a bit - and apparently the transitions in private industry are similar. Welcome to the class, and to your projects, which you seem to be looking forward to!
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Old 09-03-2018, 05:52 AM   #649
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I think it's time for an update -

This was the most recent update I could find, done by Joe Wras back in June. There have been changes and additions, so update if you can!
Jerry1 - retired 1/17/2018 @56. I was actually fired (volunteered to be let go) and received a severance . Been a good start this past seven months. Nothing spectacular, but feeling much better, more free, and less stressed. Things are getting done around the house and a couple small trips thrown in for good measure. Spent good time with the grandchildren this summer and will miss them a bit as they start school tomorrow. Biggest disappointment is that Ive not gotten motivated to exercise as I had planned. At least I have been moving around, playing some golf and not watching too much TV.
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Old 09-03-2018, 07:15 AM   #650
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Congratulations Jerry1 and HondoBob!

Our updated class list:

2018 (date unknown)
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Grumpyretirement
trapperjohn
datuck
Snoopy (55)
Lovetoski (46)

January
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chief04010 1/2
JeffinSeattle 1/2
Boilerman 1/2 (57)
OldPhd 1/4
Uncle Lumpy 1/5 (60)
ikubak 1/10 (55)
Jerry1 1/17
Coolrich59 1/31 (58)

February
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GrandmaHoo feb1 62.5

March
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Nunyaa
elainejtm

April
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whatnot 4/1
Mr. and Mrs. Honeyfill 4/2
ears20 (57)
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog 4/27 (63/59)
Tdv2 4/27 (54)
tmm2good 4/4 (58)
ILikeStarTrek (55)
4aboard 4/27 (42)
BeachOrCity 4/30 (53)

May
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Hilltopper 5/4 (55)
Mcbraemer 5/15 (63)
DrBrisket 5/15 (49)
OnIslandTime and Mr. OIT 5/31 (59)
ears20 5/31 (57)
Ed B 5/31 (58)

June
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Pullin 6/1
GaryT 6/1
Seabourne 6/1 (39)
sayhey24 6/7
Redduc 6/8
Lagniappe 6/11 (53) <graduate degree>
willatl 6/15
neihn 6/30
Jollystomper 6/29
akidagain2018 6/30 (56)

July
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Dan4495 (60)
68Bucks
MRC758 7/13

August
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Pellice 8/1 (62)
JoeWras 8/30 (55)
SumDay 8/30 (61)
HondoBob 8/31

September
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Steeler75 9/28

October
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FIREmenow
RoyDornoch (60)
68bucks

November
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Erbragg1 11/1

December
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Magwitch & Mrs. MagWitch 12/21 (39)
cnocmmz 12/18 (59)
tmitchell (50)
WestUniversity 12/28
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:40 AM   #651
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I pulled the trigger in March. After helping a popular motorcycle company get a plant set up in Asia, I decided to make the call and ER. We flew home from our part of the plant setup in January and I began winding things down. I turned 53 yesterday. I had always been planning on 55 being the ER point, so I am a bit early.

5 months in and things are good. Here's some highlights.
  • Health care is stupid expensive.
  • Some days more relaxed, some days stressed. Need to worry less. Getting there....
  • Exercising more. Feeling physically great.
  • More present in the moment. Not just racing to the next thing. Meditating. Just noticing more. Finding beauty in areas unnoticed before.
  • Learning and trying new things.
  • Can only blame myself if I had a bad day--double edged sword! I have total control. Freedom is a very different feeling.
  • Having Fun.

So far, it is very good, but different than what I had pictured before I started.

That is my 5 month story.
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:18 PM   #652
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I pulled the trigger in March. After helping a popular motorcycle company get a plant set up in Asia, I decided to make the call and ER. We flew home from our part of the plant setup in January and I began winding things down. I turned 53 yesterday. I had always been planning on 55 being the ER point, so I am a bit early.



5 months in and things are good. Here's some highlights.


  • Health care is stupid expensive.
  • Some days more relaxed, some days stressed. Need to worry less. Getting there....
  • Exercising more. Feeling physically great.
  • More present in the moment. Not just racing to the next thing. Meditating. Just noticing more. Finding beauty in areas unnoticed before.
  • Learning and trying new things.
  • Can only blame myself if I had a bad day--double edged sword! I have total control. Freedom is a very different feeling.
  • Having Fun.



So far, it is very good, but different than what I had pictured before I started.



That is my 5 month story.


Congratulations! It sounds like you are starting to decompress...
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:47 AM   #653
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Adding Jimmy65 to the list

Our updated class list:

2018 (date unknown)
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Grumpyretirement
trapperjohn
datuck
Snoopy (55)
Lovetoski (46)

January
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chief04010 1/2
JeffinSeattle 1/2
Boilerman 1/2 (57)
OldPhd 1/4
Uncle Lumpy 1/5 (60)
ikubak 1/10 (55)
Jerry1 1/17
Coolrich59 1/31 (58)

February
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GrandmaHoo feb1 62.5

March
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Nunyaa
elainejtm

JimmyV65 (55)

April
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whatnot 4/1
Mr. and Mrs. Honeyfill 4/2
ears20 (57)
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog 4/27 (63/59)
Tdv2 4/27 (54)
tmm2good 4/4 (58)
ILikeStarTrek (55)
4aboard 4/27 (42)
BeachOrCity 4/30 (53)

May
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Hilltopper 5/4 (55)
Mcbraemer 5/15 (63)
DrBrisket 5/15 (49)
OnIslandTime and Mr. OIT 5/31 (59)
ears20 5/31 (57)
Ed B 5/31 (58)

June
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Pullin 6/1
GaryT 6/1
Seabourne 6/1 (39)
sayhey24 6/7
Redduc 6/8
Lagniappe 6/11 (53) <graduate degree>
willatl 6/15
neihn 6/30
Jollystomper 6/29
akidagain2018 6/30 (56)

July
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Dan4495 (60)
68Bucks
MRC758 7/13

August
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Pellice 8/1 (62)
JoeWras 8/30 (55)
SumDay 8/30 (61)
HondoBob 8/31

September
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Steeler75 9/28

October
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FIREmenow
RoyDornoch (60)
68bucks

November
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Erbragg1 11/1

December
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Magwitch & Mrs. MagWitch 12/21 (39)
cnocmmz 12/18 (59)
tmitchell (50)
WestUniversity 12/28
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:17 AM   #654
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Just joining the group after pulling the trigger on 1/1/18 @55. Life goal to retire after 35 years in the race. Last months since then have been great with a lot of adjustment. Decompressing from high stress job, learning to be more flexible with my plans, trying to get better at staying in touch with friends, trying new things that time now allows.

Found this group and really like the discussions from others who have or succeeded in similar plans. New life adventures await!
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:37 AM   #655
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My last day was Friday, August 31st. Im now looking forward to a brief staycation then following up with mine and DWs projects which will take years!

no doubt. DF and DM retired 2 and 4 years ago. At 66 they are still working on their retirement projects. I keep asking if they get paid by the hour now...as it seems to be dragging on.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:31 AM   #656
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Since I'm on the list thought I'd check in. My scheduled last day was 7/13. I'm not one for goodbye's so I paid one of my partners to work my last couple of days unknown to anyone. They still threw me a party a couple of weeks later that my DW made me go to and my siblings came in for it. Trying to adjust since it still just feels like an extended vacation. Just piddling around doing errands and playing on the computer trying to get a more conservative stance in my portfolio since I don't have a pension.
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:01 PM   #657
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I would love to be in the class of 2018, but we can't figure out how to deal with the health insurance elephant in the room, so I am going to keep working. I am hoping my husband will retire at the end of this year though. He will be 60 later this year.

So, I am no longer in the Class of 2018, and I don't know when I will be able to retire since we can't buy individual health insurance policies in our area that offer a decent network.

We are also spooked that many politicians want to allow insurance companies to exclude pre-existing conditions. My husband just had stage 1 melanoma this year. We may end up leaving the US for another country with a better health insurance situation. Or I may work until we have $1.5 million saved up just for health insurance.
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:23 PM   #658
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I punched out in June 2018 at age 54. No parties or fanfare. I walked out with a small folder of personnel items in hand and that was it.

I was in a 50 hour a week high stress and pressure job. No more. Loving this retirement lifestyle. My weight is coming down and regaining a level of health and fitness that I haven’t seen in decades. It’s awesome.

I was in line for a promotion but I just couldn’t see myself working another couple of years for 5 to 10 percent more money. Not worth the price on my health and family. So I promoted myself to retirement. Best decision I ever made.

Now if I can get my lovely wife to retire life would be perfect!
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:02 AM   #659
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Sorry, Dreaming, for your postponement. I think the health insurance issue is moving in a big way these days, and there will be major changes in the next few years.

1234, don't you love the better health - and that's worth both money and more than money.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:18 PM   #660
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I submitted my retirement letter today to my employer. My retirement date is 12/3/18. Hooray!

Our updated class list:

2018 (date unknown)
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Grumpyretirement
trapperjohn
datuck
Snoopy (55)
Lovetoski (46)

January
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chief04010 1/2
JeffinSeattle 1/2
Boilerman 1/2 (57)
OldPhd 1/4
Uncle Lumpy 1/5 (60)
ikubak 1/10 (55)
Jerry1 1/17
Coolrich59 1/31 (58)

February
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GrandmaHoo feb1 62.5

March
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Nunyaa
elainejtm

JimmyV65 (55)

April
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whatnot 4/1
Mr. and Mrs. Honeyfill 4/2
ears20 (57)
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog 4/27 (63/59)
Tdv2 4/27 (54)
tmm2good 4/4 (58)
ILikeStarTrek (55)
4aboard 4/27 (42)
BeachOrCity 4/30 (53)

May
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Hilltopper 5/4 (55)
Mcbraemer 5/15 (63)
DrBrisket 5/15 (49)
OnIslandTime and Mr. OIT 5/31 (59)
ears20 5/31 (57)
Ed B 5/31 (58)

June
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Pullin 6/1
GaryT 6/1
Seabourne 6/1 (39)
sayhey24 6/7
Redduc 6/8
Lagniappe 6/11 (53) <graduate degree>
willatl 6/15
neihn 6/30
Jollystomper 6/29
akidagain2018 6/30 (56)

July
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Dan4495 (60)
68Bucks
MRC758 7/13

August
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Pellice 8/1 (62)
JoeWras 8/30 (55)
SumDay 8/30 (61)
HondoBob 8/31

September
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Steeler75 9/28

October
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FIREmenow
RoyDornoch (60)
68bucks

November
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Erbragg1 11/1

December
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Al18 12/3 (56)

Magwitch & Mrs. MagWitch 12/21 (39)
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