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Old 02-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #57
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How many days until you engineering "issues" are resolved? Wasn't the last count 442? So now, what? Sweatshop conditions for only 438 more days?
323 calendar days.
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In your office, Do you have a count-down clock like like SecDef Gates had?
No countdown clock. I recompute it whenever someone asks, otherwise I don't pay much attention to the remaining time until parole. It will pass soon enough and I'm trying to train myself to be less obsessive, i.e. less of an engineer.
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Do all your friends call you Protagonist? Or is "Pro" the more familiar name.
What friends? Seriously, my friends call me by my own name, which I'll tell you if we ever meet face-to-face. But if you want something simpler to type, "Pro" works as well as anything. But I also answer to "Hey, you!" just like most of us do.
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But that takes the Protagonist as hero to a different twist.
Heroes ought to be pros! Amateurs are the ones who keep making mistakes, like going with Plan A when everyone knows Plan A never works. That's why I make Plan A, then throw it away unused and go straight to Plan B instead. Saves a lot of time and grief.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:32 AM   #58
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:32 AM   #59
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Smile Get an advisor!

I haven't read all of the responses in this thread so this advise may have already been given. What made the most difference for me was getting a financial advisor I trusted to help plan retirement. I started well before I retired. I choose a fee-for-service advisor. in other words he was working for me at a fee and not dependent of commissions etc. He collected all of the necessary documents (drivers licenses, wills, 401k's, insurance policies, marriage licenses, etc) and put them in a digital "safe". All sources of income were balanced against expected expenditures and a budget was developed, which included our Airstream, tow vehicle and planned travel. Getting an advisor was the one best move I made.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:50 PM   #60
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And I think it's gonna be all right

I finally made the decision and retired again two weeks ago. Got my final paycheck yesterday. Reading the posts in this thread was a major contributor to my decision so you are all accountable if it goes south.
Actually I have never felt better about anything I have done. To quote an old song: And I think it's gonna be all right. Yeah, the worst is over now, the morning sun is shining like a red rubber ball.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:44 PM   #61
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I will reach the 65 milestone on May 7! My wife is taking early retirement May 8!

She has been working to keep me in health insurance. With my being able to get on Medicare, she doesn't need to keep up the insurance.

It is cheaper for her to go through the exchanges to get insurance. Even without a subsidy (we don't qualify) it is a good deal.

After the ATHS (American Truck Historical Society) national show in Springfield at the end of May, we are taking off in our Airstream.

We like Arizona and I want to go to Florida to see my 4 brothers who all live there.

Lots of work getting ready, what with medicine, taxes, etc. But we are looking forward to the trip.

Gonna do it now while we still can. Our neighbor down the street has a 34 Excella triple axle that hasn't been out of his driveway in at least 6 years. He is in his late 80s, his wife is almost an invalid. He tells me about the trips they used to take when their health was good. He thinks he's got maybe one more trip left in him.

He tells us to get while the gettings good!

And we shall!
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:35 PM   #62
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Ok well today personnel called with the magic date - 2 years 4mths away! I told you I was a few years behind you. I hope all is going well. Caulk was on sale at Cmpgwrld and I thought of you Adonh!
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:34 PM   #63
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Wow. I just got out of a meeting like that.... :-) time to retire :-)

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Thanks for the Kayak info.
You mentioned once, that your an engineer. The 2/2/14 Dilbert cartoon addresses that field.
Perhaps this will tickle your funny bone.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:46 PM   #64
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I am told an AS will accelerate my retirement date. With the acquisition of my new AS this month we are open to that revelation. Have a good feeling about this.
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Got my last official paycheck today!

Now I get to start doing whatever I want.
Just don't tell any of my relatives that I'm retired.
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Getting specific, does this Dilbert explain your position?

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Pretty much what I told my boss just before I retired. To my surprise he agreed totally and started asking me about advise for retiring. My immediate boss retired 2 weeks after me and the top boss retired shortly after. I do not think I had anything to do with that, but it does make me wonder. Both were asking me about what I was to do after retiring. Of course both of them retired very well off, not so much forme but we do get by very well. Jim
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:45 AM   #68
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Kind of like "Fishing is like having nothing to do and all day to do it"
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Pretty much what I told my boss just before I retired. To my surprise he agreed totally and started asking me about advise for retiring. My immediate boss retired 2 weeks after me and the top boss retired shortly after. I do not think I had anything to do with that, but it does make me wonder. Both were asking me about what I was to do after retiring. Of course both of them retired very well off, not so much forme but we do get by very well. Jim
I get that "what are you going to do now" question pretty much every time I tell someone i am retired / retiring. The first responses has been nothing, what I want to do, and smile a lot. Actually, I think I will be plenty busy for the immediate future.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:32 PM   #70
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I'm all for retirement. I retired from all professional work at age 44. I just turned 63. My only unsolicited advice to anyone who wants to hear it, is to not attempt to turn "retirement" into some sort of Disneyland, where all you think about is yourself and "having fun." I say this as guy with an Airstream and a second home. So, after several years of Airstreaming, golf, whatever, just look around and see what you can do to improve the lives of those around you, in addition to some traditional retirement activities.

If you make service part of your retirement, my argument is that you'll actually have more meaning and true joy in your life, than just thinking about yourself. For what it's worth, from a guy who been "retired" for a long time, with maybe a long time to go...
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