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Old 10-04-2016, 05:02 AM   #99
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When I decided to retire. I had 7 weeks of vacation coming. Planned for 2 weeks. Took all 7 weeks vacation and never returned to work except for a company party. I do not remember my last day. Because it was the last day before starting a vacation. I miss the people and problem solving job I had. But do not miss the constant interruption of my personal life that a field tech job requires.
I have been retired 12 years October 1.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:37 AM   #100
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On my last day, I spent the morning trying work with one of my replacements to finish a couple of project items. This particular replacement had been too busy the past few months to spend any quality time learning the job. After lunch, let it all go. Went to my retirement party and said my goodbyes. They still expect me to come back to town and go to happy hour with them. Maybe next year. Enjoying the reduced stress and life on the road.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:15 AM   #101
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Adonh started a thread about receiving notice for the last paycheck and it made me curious about how people feel on that last day of "work." I remember taking my last college final (Business Law) and walking to my car and having to sit down and think about all that had happened. And I had a lot to think about because I went on the very extended college plan. But with retirement projected at April/May 2016, I'm wondering how that last day will feel. I'll have 20+ years with a governmental entity and about 2 years of law enforcement and my wife is already retired.

So, if you're up to sharing, do you remember the last "work" day?

So with this in mind, what are you doing to occupy yourself? Did you change careers? Just start relaxing? RV full-time? Begin volunteering a lot more? Take on an interesting hobby?

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Soooo - how's it going??????

How was your last day and what have you been doing...........?

I worked for a government agency in the Feds and had many years in the military.

My last day at work (31 March 2011 - 60 years old) was like every other, except I had to brief my replacement as to all the work I had going on (I was an HR Specialist - the guy that got your resume after you pushed the button and wondered where it went and why no one was contacting you!! - LOL) This briefing was done after my retirement lunch, in the office BTW. I worked for a real "winner" who thought if I briefed anyone before my last "hour" at work I would sit around and do nothing.........

It was surreal a little, the day after, knowing I was "done" after my lifetime of toil.......

I became a professional volunteer. Helped at the local elementary school......what a riot! I had sooo much fun and actually learned a lot from these young Americans. I also learned teachers work very hard in a thankless job.....but it is also rewarding seeing these youngsters grow and learn. I did this for 4 years about 4 part-time days per week and was probably a little too organized and authorative for some of the teachers.........All the classes I was involved with the kids knew exactly what to do when I said "At-ease". (The kids loved it)

I volunteered at the local airport USO, coffee, tea, me, and became a trainer. Then I ran for and won a seat on my town of 23K Town Council. All I can say is, I am not a politician - go back to authoritive. What I learned here was people really don't want the facts or truth - they want to hear what they want to hear........nope- not me............!!!!! Hahahahaha I had a short, very short political career......

Now I do nothing and it is great. All the worry I HAD to do something or I would die.........I'm still kickin'

Good luck to you as you begin your next chapter in life. Now you can do exactly what you want.........enjoy, you worked a lifetime to get here.

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Old 10-04-2016, 09:22 AM   #102
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I am pleased to announce that after having started this thread almost 3 years ago, that I am now retired, for now anyway. Friday, Sept 30th was my last day and it was a bit of a surprise. A few weeks ago, I submitted a final evaluation request based on eligibility as of the end of October but when they replied, they told me I was eligible as of the end of September, a change from 6 months earlier. It was like a punch in the gut when I saw the email. I kicked it into high gear and got my papers submitted in time for the Sept 30th retirement.

As far as my last day, it was a whirlwind. In at 7am, archiving my files, and lots of people wanting my help before I left. We had a party lunch for me and another retiree, then more requests for assistance, then out the door an hour early. It was over before I knew it and I'm now adjusting to having time of my own.

I know it's been 3 years, but we still haven't decided on rv'ing. A lot has changed in our personal lives over the last year and they need our attention first. We were looking to move and even that has been put off for now. But when I look at houses, I do look for the ability to keep an RV on property.

Thanks for all of the responses over the years.
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I am pleased to announce that after having started this thread almost 3 years ago, that I am now retired, for now anyway.

Thanks for all of the responses over the years.
Well good for you and welcome to the retired club!!!!!!! Congratulations........

Take life a day at a time now..........you maybe still in the "Gotta a get it done now" mode.......

Good luck in your endevours - and we'll see you on the road someday soon I hope......

Take care,

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I am pleased to announce that after having started this thread almost 3 years ago, that I am now retired, for now anyway. Friday, Sept 30th was my last day and it was a bit of a surprise. A few weeks ago, I submitted a final evaluation request based on eligibility as of the end of October but when they replied, they told me I was eligible as of the end of September, a change from 6 months earlier. It was like a punch in the gut when I saw the email. I kicked it into high gear and got my papers submitted in time for the Sept 30th retirement.

As far as my last day, it was a whirlwind. In at 7am, archiving my files, and lots of people wanting my help before I left. We had a party lunch for me and another retiree, then more requests for assistance, then out the door an hour early. It was over before I knew it and I'm now adjusting to having time of my own.

I know it's been 3 years, but we still haven't decided on rv'ing. A lot has changed in our personal lives over the last year and they need our attention first. We were looking to move and even that has been put off for now. But when I look at houses, I do look for the ability to keep an RV on property.

Thanks for all of the responses over the years.
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Next month (November 13) will mark one year since I retired. I haven't regretted retiring one bit!
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Old 10-22-2016, 12:34 PM   #107
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I "retired" Jan 31 1998 at barely 51 yrs old with 30 years in. I was SO relieved to get out of there after what my boss and others did to me. Not supposed to happen in State government but it did anyway. Total conspiracy to promote the son in law of a big wig to department head over me.
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I am kinda getting used to the last day thing. In 1993 I retired from Delta Air Lines. After 5 months I got bored and went back to work. This time as a tech. for a RV dealer. In a few months I was service manager. I retired again at 65. I made it from march to June before the phone started ringing. Could I please come in and help with a coach they could not fix. I came in several times and then they begged me to work one day a week. Next thing I know it is two days a week. Then they wanted three days. I said no way. I worked two days a week for three years. I finally retired on Jan. 1 2009. In 2016 while checking on my daughters car at a garage, I made a mistake and gave some advice on a motorhome they were working on. I showed them a couple of things and now I am working for them, one or two days a week, on motorhomes. I guess I will have a fourth retirement one day. I am just thankful I can still do this at 76 years old.
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I "sort of" retired July 15th this year. Meaning I no longer work at a job. I am writing, thus the name RV-writer. The RV kind of relates to recreational vehicles but kind of not - Retired veteran, Retail Venues, Real Views etc... Thousands of topics

Anyway, my last day at my job was fun. I got into an argument with my boss spent the rest of the day saying goodbye to some great people. Wasn't happy at the company and just gave it up. I did give 3 weeks notice so I could write reviews on my technicians (22 direct reports) who I miss greatly.

Only 46 years old, but between the work aggravation and veteran disabilities I had had enough.

We are probably buying an RV next week and just accepted an offer on my pick up. Our target date for full time is May when the youngest child graduates high school. Been staying busy cleaning house and downsizing junk since July. We rent our home and lease ends May next year too

Wife is an RN who will work one or two travel contracts a year. She loves it and not ready to quit yet.

Happy trails!
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I am kinda getting used to the last day thing. In 1993 I retired from Delta Air Lines. After 5 months I got bored and went back to work. This time as a tech. for a RV dealer. In a few months I was service manager. I retired again at 65. I made it from march to June before the phone started ringing. Could I please come in and help with a coach they could not fix. I came in several times and then they begged me to work one day a week. Next thing I know it is two days a week. Then they wanted three days. I said no way. I worked two days a week for three years. I finally retired on Jan. 1 2009. In 2016 while checking on my daughters car at a garage, I made a mistake and gave some advice on a motorhome they were working on. I showed them a couple of things and now I am working for them, one or two days a week, on motorhomes. I guess I will have a fourth retirement one day. I am just thankful I can still do this at 76 years old.
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