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Old 10-25-2017, 12:35 AM
 
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Retirement papers, that is, today, Oct. 25. My accountant was studiously neutral when I asked him about the tax implications (although a financial adviser would like tell me to wait another year- I just... don't feel like waiting...)

Yes, I've begun a countdown. I think I started a few months ago, unlike some co-workers who honestly have started countdowns that number in the *years*. My last shift will be Jan. 27.

Fortunately, "my community" of co-workers, especially my night shifts, has been changing pretty rapidly, and in a way that I won't miss being around. There are a few people I hope to stay in touch with and that should be easy to do. I seem to communicate with my few friends by email/FB messages more than anything anyway.

I was sitting in a diner near my accountant's today and watching the massive traffic tieups and people rushing around and chasing the bus and just felt tired of it all. I know things usually change, and I'm glad that people are not out of work and broke and all, but my interesting eastern Mass. urban life is long gone to the the gods of technology/cost of living/housing/crowding. I wait for the old Greek diner to go away suddenly one day, as so many other modest place have gone away without warning. I fear for modest-living people (and elders) just getting run over by the flood of money and young workers and tens of thousands of students and all.

The foundation has been in for my Colorado small house. Framing should begin on Thursday and should be pretty quick, being a kit for the exterior. I expect to love my new little house and smaller property as much as I do my current property, which I feel I created from a tangled jungle and crumbling cottage. So in Colorado I'm paying other people to transform a small part of an abandoned pasture right in town. Have noticed three other building permits listed for the pasture lots (eight in total). We'll have our own little neighborhood right in the center of town.

It's all finally happening. Thanks for listening. Back to work.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Yep, your excitement and anticipation of a whole new life is evident. Getting close now!
It will be here before you know it!
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Congratulations!


Retired 2009. No regrets. Never a boring day. Not one. There's so much to do, so little time. The years leading to retirement seemed to drag on and the final day before retirement never seemed to get there. And the day of retirement is liberating. The weight taken off your shoulders was a relief.

And I'll tell you what. It seems the clock ticks so fast during retirement. The years went by so quickly. Now you wish it would slow down.

My new job became getting a level of physical fitness to reverse what years of work, stress, poor eating did while working. Didn't happen over night but includes running, lifting, yoga, stretching/flexibility, pilates.....and healthy eating now that I have the time. Stop the bad habits of fast food, diet soda.

For me, I spend more money on hobbies than I expected (Biking, kayaking, traveling, (small RV), golfing, tennis, fishing, etc etc etc- going to concerts, cultural experiences that I didn't have time to do when working). I think that this will end with time as I transition from the go-go, slow-go, then no-go phases of retirement.
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Old 10-25-2017, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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Congratulations!

If you work for a large company with an out-sourced Retirement & Benefits office, expect to be numbed by the repetitive phone calls and emails necessary to finally exit the company. You will get through it. The process becomes your #1 work priority. It was a great idea to make your decision early to allow the process to proceed at its snail's pace to be complete by your final day.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:06 AM
 
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Congrats from Michigan!

The days will go by faster than you think, and the ones that don't won't matter so much now that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I Hope you find some pleasant memories in this last phase of work, because once it is gone, these will be the last things you remember about work. And if you don't...the exit will be even sweeter.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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CONGRATS on the BEST decision you have ever made!! Retired almost 3 yrs now and LOVE it...would not change a thing!
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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Yay!!!! Congratulations!!! I really hope you LOVE, Love, LOVE -- retirement!!!

As for countdowns, mine started 10 years ago....and I've got 8 left!

Everyone I know who has retired is having the time of their life....I wish that for you, also.
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Retirement papers, that is, today, Oct. 25. My accountant was studiously neutral when I asked him about the tax implications (although a financial adviser would like tell me to wait another year- I just... don't feel like waiting...)

Yes, I've begun a countdown. I think I started a few months ago, unlike some co-workers who honestly have started countdowns that number in the *years*. My last shift will be Jan. 27.

Fortunately, "my community" of co-workers, especially my night shifts, has been changing pretty rapidly, and in a way that I won't miss being around. There are a few people I hope to stay in touch with and that should be easy to do. I seem to communicate with my few friends by email/FB messages more than anything anyway.

I was sitting in a diner near my accountant's today and watching the massive traffic tieups and people rushing around and chasing the bus and just felt tired of it all. I know things usually change, and I'm glad that people are not out of work and broke and all, but my interesting eastern Mass. urban life is long gone to the the gods of technology/cost of living/housing/crowding. I wait for the old Greek diner to go away suddenly one day, as so many other modest place have gone away without warning. I fear for modest-living people (and elders) just getting run over by the flood of money and young workers and tens of thousands of students and all.

The foundation has been in for my Colorado small house. Framing should begin on Thursday and should be pretty quick, being a kit for the exterior. I expect to love my new little house and smaller property as much as I do my current property, which I feel I created from a tangled jungle and crumbling cottage. So in Colorado I'm paying other people to transform a small part of an abandoned pasture right in town. Have noticed three other building permits listed for the pasture lots (eight in total). We'll have our own little neighborhood right in the center of town.

It's all finally happening. Thanks for listening. Back to work.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
This is me.
I work days, but so much is the same.
39 work days.
No regrets!
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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CONGRATULATIONS!!

I can't wait, I'm on a 2 year countdown. 9/1/2109.
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:43 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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CONGRATULATIONS!!

I can't wait, I'm on a 2 year countdown. 9/1/2109.
That's like 92 years from now. You are a dedicated worker.
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