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Old 05-26-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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This was a holiday weekend ??
From your location I can say to you congrats retirement can be a permanent beach vacation. We loved yesterday as folks left and while we enjoyed the crowded beach the empty one this morning was priceless.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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"Do you miss working at all"?

OH hell no!
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I can honestly say I do not miss working and no one is more surprised about that than I am. I absolutely loved teaching and it was truly my calling and joy for 32 years. Unfortunately, with the advent of No Child Left Behind, aka No Child Goes Untested, teaching changed a good deal and not for the better. Then Common Core came in and I'm thankful I don't have to spend my days teaching to a test, using scripted lessons, shortchanging the students, and making testing companies richer.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Absolutely I miss work. To this day I can not believe that I was actually paid to do things that I liked so much.

But there comes a time when one must finally retire.
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Absolutely I miss work. To this day I can not believe that I was actually paid to do things that I liked so much.

But there comes a time when one must finally retire.
I kept waiting for you in this thread. Not you specifically but someone who was going to say that, unequivocally, he missed work. Good for you. You were blessed with enormous good fortune. Just look how rare your answer is here.
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:22 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Do you miss working at all?

Absolutely NOT!

In everything you do in life, make a contribution to others, greater than what you take away ($$$, goods, or time).

You will find 'retirement' very delightful. (as well as work).

You may miss your friends, or your paycheck! In some 'classified / scientist roles' the daily contribution may be tough to replicate in retirement, but there are options (usually teaching / mentoring / contracting).

Miss the timeclock, meetings, yearly evaluations, petty complaining co-workers... ? Not me. (I left that gig at age 49)

In USA... you may miss the eligibility for healthcare that often came with a job. If you get terribly ill / injured in early retirement, prepare to die, or go broke attempting to live.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:07 PM
 
Location: CT
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At one time, I would have said retirement was going to be bittersweet, but since 2008 my current employer's byline has been, "do more with less". Raises, when we get them, are a percent or two, our work load has doubled and approaching 3X, when someone leaves we are expected to pick up the slack. I'm completely aware of those who can't find any job, good or bad, so I appreciate being employed, but glad I only have two years to go. Even though the OP was asking retirees, I can promise, I'm not going to miss my job.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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I do not miss working. The petty office politics, the need to "kiss up" to management - I am glad to be gone.

At the same time, I think retirement would be boring if I had nothing to do each day. But - I have a largish house (2000+ square feet) to maintain, a garden, firewood to split, church and community activities. So I have reasons to wake up each day. I think that is important.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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At one time, I would have said retirement was going to be bittersweet, but since 2008 my current employer's byline has been, "do more with less". Raises, when we get them, are a percent or two, our work load has doubled and approaching 3X, when someone leaves we are expected to pick up the slack. I'm completely aware of those who can't find any job, good or bad, so I appreciate being employed, but glad I only have two years to go. Even though the OP was asking retirees, I can promise, I'm not going to miss my job.
Yes, and particularly true with my IT job. We had a head honcho a while back that made us give up a productivity tool because it cost the company too much. Probably was cutting into his golden parachute or taking away a corporate lunch from some fat cat at the top. "We" had to work smarter.

Also, a big project is coming in and we are pretty much supposed to support it with little to no training.
Had enough focal point reviews, mid year reviews, endless meetings, deadlines and guidelines.

Counting the business days until I retire next year in May 2016.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:27 AM
 
Location: AZ
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"Do you miss working at all"?

OH hell no!
I retired on May 8th and at age 61 1/2 and yesterday met up with some old work friends for Happy Hour. (Actually, when I say "old" work friends, that's not really accurate...I'm older than all of them). In any case, when we met in the bar it dawned upon me that they were coming from WORK...while I was coming from HOME. I was sitting there in shorts and tee shirt while they were wearing "work" clothes...okay, it was casual Friday attire, but still.

To listen to them complain about all of the stuff I was complaining about as recently as two weeks ago made me realize that I made the right decision. Do I miss work? Hmmm...let me think about that...

NOPE!
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