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Old 06-04-2019, 12:29 PM   #241
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Turning 50 June 19th and only got 30 calendar days left. The excitement is real and also very nervous at the same time.
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:12 PM   #242
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Sounds like you should just be on PTO till its gone, and then give them a weeks notice ?
In a way I'm glad that my current employer has done nothing to justify any kind of loyalty or consideration toward them, since it leaves me free to make whatever decisions of this sort are best for my situation.
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Today is my last day...

I’ve packed up and taken all my stuff home...all that’s left is to turn in my keys and go to the end-of-the-year luncheon this afternoon, where I suspect they will be giving speeches about us four retirees. I am both anxious and happy at same time. It’s such a change, to go from having a job to not working; from being on the go every minute, wondering when you will ever get to the store or get other chores done, to having all the time in the world to do those things; from having a regular paycheck to having none for four months, then only a small pension for another 14 months and then finally getting to SS; from employer healthcare to Cobra and then Medicare; from answering the question “And what do you do?” by stating your job identity, to saying you are retired; and dealing with a complete change in your perception of who and what you are.
You here at the FIRE forum have made this journey so much easier. The generosity of everyone here in sharing their experiences and information, and the gentle compassion you show to all of us new, nervous pre- and beginner retirees as we navigate this rather scary new path of life has been such a gift. Thank you so much for everything, and I’ll raise a champagne toast to you all this evening!
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:52 AM   #244
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Iíll raise a champagne toast to you all this evening!
Congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself having accomplished what few can and will. All the changes are merely another learning opportunity. Work no longer will define us.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:11 AM   #245
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You here at the FIRE forum have made this journey so much easier. The generosity of everyone here in sharing their experiences and information, and the gentle compassion you show to all of us new, nervous pre- and beginner retirees as we navigate this rather scary new path of life has been such a gift. Thank you so much for everything, and Iíll raise a champagne toast to you all this evening!
If it was not for this site, my last day would not be this Friday (on leave till then) Thank you all!
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:51 AM   #246
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Iíve packed up and taken all my stuff home...all thatís left is to turn in my keys and go to the end-of-the-year luncheon this afternoon, where I suspect they will be giving speeches about us four retirees. I am both anxious and happy at same time. Itís such a change, to go from having a job to not working; from being on the go every minute, wondering when you will ever get to the store or get other chores done, to having all the time in the world to do those things; from having a regular paycheck to having none for four months, then only a small pension for another 14 months and then finally getting to SS; from employer healthcare to Cobra and then Medicare; from answering the question ďAnd what do you do?Ē by stating your job identity, to saying you are retired; and dealing with a complete change in your perception of who and what you are.
You here at the FIRE forum have made this journey so much easier. The generosity of everyone here in sharing their experiences and information, and the gentle compassion you show to all of us new, nervous pre- and beginner retirees as we navigate this rather scary new path of life has been such a gift. Thank you so much for everything, and Iíll raise a champagne toast to you all this evening!
Well said and well done! A big congratulations to you as you start the next stage of your life.
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:08 PM   #248
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I finally worked up the courage to tell Mr. Manager I am retiring effective Friday, July 5th after a 40 year I.T. career. Unbelievable. Let freedom ring!
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:12 PM   #249
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I finally worked up the courage to tell Mr. Manager I am retiring effective Friday, July 5th after a 40 year I.T. career. Unbelievable. Let freedom ring!
Congratulations! I know several people who also are planning to go on Independence Day or the next day. That was my original plan but next year and it kind of did not work out. And today is five weeks and two days and I've never once said "I wish I could go to work today."

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Congratulations! A true Independence Day for you!
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:11 AM   #251
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Congrats Carpediem! I retired couple months ago after 37 years in IT. Did a lot of reflection on History if IT during that last month on the job. It was quite a run from the early 80s to present. Birth of the PC, networks, internet, mobile, etc. quite a ride when I think back of what all I’ve experienced in 37 years, and in your case a couple years longer.
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Thank you for the congratulations. My IT career started as a Data Processing 'runner' in 1979 where I would deliver printouts and punched card decks to the Programmers. I'll never forget the day I accidentally dropped a deck and the cards went flying everywhere. They weren't numbered back then so I had no hope of getting them back in order. All I could do is tell the Programmer that I had dropped his deck and I was very sorry. Fortunately, he was a nice guy.

So my IT career went like this:

Data Processing flunkee -> Computer Operator (mainframes) -> Programmer (Cobol & Assembler) -> Project Manager -> IT Manager -> Asst Dir Infrastructure (job eliminated) -> Project Manager (bye bye management) -> RETIREMENT
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:51 PM   #253
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Our plan is being slightly modified. Originally we thought March of this year, then DH decided he wanted to extend it to July 1 in order to get a bonus for staying 1 year with the new company that bought out his old company.

Now, unfortunately, hubby has developed severe back pain and has failed conservative treatment, so we are faced with him needing a lumbar fusion. We decided he should go ahead and get this done now since he is becoming very limited in his function AND because we have short-term disability and long term disability that he has paid into for years at work.

Soooooo....after he has surgery he will be on disability for a while and then the plan is for him to go ahead and retire when that ends.

It's not the way we wanted him to retire, but, we are thankful we have the ability to deal with this and he won't be forced to go back to work after surgery. Hopefully all will go well and he will have a great result. Fingers crossed!!!
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:19 PM   #254
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Congrats to everyone in the Class of 2019! Start enjoying yourselves and sharing all the new adventures that come with the early stages of retirement.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:30 PM   #255
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OK, so I missed that one...looking at summer 2019 or so. I'm laying out the condo sale, and almost two years of dive travel, as well as moving schedule. I'm getting excited...planning to go diving in many places I've been wanting to so since the 1990s!
Looks like I'm moving to the Class of 2020. Hopefully, by only a month. Trying to get one more company match on the 401(k), and save a little bit more for an eventual house.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:55 AM   #256
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My exit plan hinges on building of our new home in Florida. It now has status "Option Cut-off 3" whatever that means. I've pinned down three points in time that I'll give notice, either right after Independence Day, right after the structural walkthrough, or right after Labor Day. The latter is becoming much more unlikely, given that the construction coordinator is talking about the structural walkthrough taking place sometime in July. Word is that it's typically less than eight weeks from the structural walkthrough to the final walkthrough (really?) and we really want me to have at least two months post-work to deal with the move (realtor, mover, packing, etc.)
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:00 AM   #257
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One week left until I go on 'vacation' and never come back. Feel fortunate that mega allows PTO to be observed so I can collet a month of benefits. However, I have seen instances of after a retire letter is sent HR telling someone no thanks, we will sever ties on the last work day. Mega can be a cold mistress.


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- Changed my 401k contributions for the remaining paychecks to fully fund the 401k and catch up contribution for the year. Nice tax savings here. Have enough cash on hand to avoid the 22% tax bracket for several years.
- Changed my group auto insurance to withdrawal from checking instead of paycheck. Did not think I could keep group auto policy but pleasantly surprised at keeping the discounted rate.
- Also able to port group life term insurance to individual policy without underwriting. Nice perk, I will take advantage of some of that.
- Company phone - got authorization to keep my phone number ported to an individual plan, which is convenient because its been 'mine' for nearly 20 years.
- NUA - FIDO has helped me to solidify that strategy. Key point is after 59.5 there are no more 'trigger' events, so there is only one shot at rollover of 401k to an IRA and paying taxes on the cost basis. Any withdrawal from the 401k after that age and you lose the whole capital gains tax advantage.

After being 'buttoned down' for so long, I see shorts, sandals, beard and a ponytail in my near future..
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Old 06-26-2019, 05:45 AM   #258
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Only two wake-ups left!

I have been incredibly busy the start of this week, and have a lot more to get done today and tomorrow, but the badge and parking pass gets turned in on Friday then it is a wrap.... Looking forward to the summer!
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:38 AM   #259
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Congrats, ChiliPepr! The endless weekend is coming!
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:54 AM   #260
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I'm struggling to get through this week. The foundation of the home we're building in Florida is now complete. They're starting the framing. Eventually, it'll become impossible to do w*rk justice as I'll be invariably dragged into work associated with getting our home-for-sale up to standards and with arrangements for the move itself.



My tentative plan is to try to get my boss to agree to talk off-the-record on Friday. She deserves more advance notice even if megacorp doesn't. If I can't get her to agree to an off-the-record conversation though, she'll have to deal with whatever notice I choose to give the company.



When? I've had three dates in mind. (i) July 8, (ii) the day I get back from the structural walkthrough, and (iii) September 3.



September 3 is probably too late for two-weeks notice, so that was very unlikely from the start - a contingency in case it looked like construction was going to take a lot longer than anticipated. (It isn't.)



The day I get back to work after the structural walkthrough seemed the best date, but the problem is I'll need to take three days off for that walkthrough with relatively little notice. If I wait to give notice that I'm quitting until after I get back from the walkthrough, then I could find myself basically going AWOL for the walkthrough and then coming back and giving notice - that's a little messy.



Which leaves July 8, which has seemed a bit too early until now. For it to make sense, it would need to be a quid pro quo: You let me take off for the walkthrough in a few weeks and I can give you another two weeks after that. Otherwise, I'm giving you two-week notice now.
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