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Old 06-30-2014, 07:23 AM   #57
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Today's the DAY! I clean up a few loose ends, clean my desk off, visit the retirement office to ask a few final questions and turn in a final signed form.
Last meeting with my supervisor and team mates to go over what I have been doing.
Then this old dog goes out the door for the final time! The stress level is suddenly greatly reduced.

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm eligible in 536 days! (but who's counting)

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Old 06-30-2014, 02:53 PM   #58
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I have put in over 36 years both as an Army officer and as a Department of the Army civilian. I will retire from all of it in August 2014. I still do not know how I will feel on that last day but it is a good problem to have.

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Old 07-04-2014, 06:36 AM   #59
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Did 26 years in the Coast Guard and thoroughly enjoyed the first 25. When it was no longer fun I put my retirement letter in. Retired 2 years ago at the ripe old age of 45. Can't beat the price of insurance. We pay $500 a year for the both of us. My wife still works and I am trying to convince her to retire in 3 years, but she really loves her job, so it will probably be longer. Funny thing is I don't miss the Coast Guard one bit, but I do miss the great people I worked with. I keep myself busy through yard work, working on the MH, cleaning house, etc. A lot less stress and no deadlines. During football season I am on the road five days a week going to all the University of Florida games. May get a part time job eventually, but it will be on my terms, and something I enjoy.

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Old 07-04-2014, 07:05 AM   #60
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Originally Posted by BA-in-Mich View Post
Out of all of you folks that have retired, besides living off your pensions do all of you have health insurance? including your spouse? I can retire in 3.5 years but the major stepping stone is I'll have insurance but she won't. So with out paying out a boatload every month for her insurance I'll have to continue to work for at least 7 years till she becomes 62. I want to be gone in 3.5 years.
We were lucky enough to have health insurance. Mostly due to being unionized. I had enough time to leave with insurance but DW (we worked and retired same day, same company) was a couple of years short. Fortunately I could carry her on my policy. If we could not have I think we or at least she would have had to wait.

This was a cash buy out but with 32 years I received full pension also. The options were an annuity from the company or cash and find your own investments. We both opted for cash and already had a financial guy. We did not trust the company and have seen other companies screw there retirees after bankruptcy and other weaselly ways to not pay the money they were supposed to be saving/investing for their employees future.

End of rant part.

Have you looked into Affordable Health Care Act A.K.A. Obama care? Lets not get into politics here but I know of people that it has benefited.

Oh and congrats!
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:17 AM   #61
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I remember my last working day very well.. It was one of the best days of my life. I worked for the State of Missouri and was givin a giant chocolate chip cookie with a yellow motorcycle on it that was suppose to resemble our Honda Goldwing. I did no work that day, made the rounds to many cubicles, had my meeting with the HR person and turned in my keys, ID card and security card that unlocked all the doors in the building. I was head of Maintenance. That was at 2pm.. I asked if I could go home now and she said sure.. I was suppose to work till 6 as normal.. what were they going to do? Fire me.. hahahahaha... I headed out to my truck, took off my watch and headed home without looking back.. that was 3.5 years ago.. Spent the last two winters in Tucson and this year bought our 04 Holiday Rambler Endevour DST and a Toyota Celica GT convertible.. So we have our midlife crisis car, motorhome and motorcycle.. The wife retired the same day but she had to work till 5pm..Life is good..
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:53 AM   #62
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Title is wrong "last day OF work" should say '''last day OF going in to work" You never stop working . You must have a reason to get up each morning. You always MUST have something to do. I retired at 48, and my bucket list is stll full of things to do.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:19 PM   #63
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:07 AM   #64
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What a great tread!

Being around 14 to 16 months from retiring this subject greatly interest me.

I can see that all of you are enjoying your retirement and the last day of work. I expect to feel the same. If they were to offer a buy out I would go today. Unfortunately to going to happen.

Insurance is why I am still working. I think that we will see more and more companies who eliminate insurance for retirees because of the cost, and it will extend working for many of our younger people when their time comes. I never had the option and have always co-paid for mine,

It's coming though and I intend to enjoy it. Lynne
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:49 AM   #65
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Once you do retire, it takes a long time before you can really relax and feel good about it. It took me until about 830 the next morning.
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:09 AM   #66
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Just the decision to call it quits (finally!) made a big grin that wouldn't go away, before I even put the word out.....
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:55 AM   #67
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I'd been with a major aerospace company for 25 years when they merged with another one. The new partner got its people into the fiance department. At the time, I was working with a number of airplane operators in the Islamic world and travelling a lot, mainly across the Atlantic from Seattle then on to the Middle East. My final year, I was overseas for 29 weeks, and none of the trips was longer than 10 days. I had accrued over 600,000 frequent flier miles!

After a year or so, Finance came out with a new rule - no more overseas business class tickets. I asked for a reassignment to a non-travelling job and was refused. My response was "If you think I'm going to ride in the back of the bus on 28-hour two-airline rides, then going straight to work when I get there - think again." They still refused, so I called DW and said "I'm retiring today". She said "thank goodness".

I left that day, three weeks short of my 58th birthday. After a year or so of increasing boredom, I went to work as a transit bus driver with our County system. Stayed with them for almost three years, then bagged it. Now 74, living in a beautiful small seaside town and just loving it, I can look back and say "well done".
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:21 PM   #68
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My last day at work was the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. It didn't really hit me until that next Tuesday morning when I realized I didn't have to go to work and I wasn't on vacation. Felt really weird
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:40 PM   #69
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A very good friend of mine who is very intelligent told me that you really cannot retire until your need for professional recognition is done.

My take on retirement the day you retire is the last day you get paid. Pension does not count as income, you are only getting back part of what you paid in. I am doing more work now than when I was working. And getting paid a lot less.
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:00 PM   #70
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I just flew from Detroit back home to Melbourne on the carrier I worked for, for a long time. After 10 years since retiring, I still get a kick out of 'how these damn things get off the ground' and how a mass array of moving parts can move in such a precise, orchestrated manner.

I, however, do not miss going to work though...last day was bitter sweet. Maybe not as prepared financially as I'd liked, but I was more than ready to give this new chapter my best shot. My first day of retirement was kinda bitter sweet as well...woke up in a fit of laughter that lasted 15 minutes... until I barfed a little in my mouth. It's been great ever since though - no regrets.

BTW, I remembered why I don't like flying non rev . The writing was on the wall that I wasn't getting out of DTW for at least 2 days so I padded my own retirement by buying a last minute ticket to the tune of nine hundred and change...holy crap!

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