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Old 01-21-2012, 08:12 AM   #15
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You won't be sorry! I pulled the plug last April and have not looked back. To quote McD's " I'm lovin' it"
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:47 AM   #16
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:52 PM   #17
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Calculate, plan, enjoy

When my wife was getting close to retirement, we calculated our retirement income (pensions, Social Security, investments, etc.) and started to plan for our dream retirement. That was to buy a new DP and see the U.S.A. up close and personal on our schedule.

Doing the math we discovered that we could retire and enjoy our dream life style. Since September 2010 we've been in 33 states, have 17K on the DP, another 15,000 on the toad (side trips).

For those of you in your mid 40's or youngeer, decide what you want out of your retirement years. Plan for the future so you're not stuck welcoming people to WM. The ads on TV are fairly accurate when the ask the question "What is your $$$$$ number?" (How much do you need for surviving the rest of your life.

CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement. Do not look back. Remember your leaving your indispensible job can be compared to the following visual. Fill a bucket with water, clinch your fist and put it in the bucket. Remove your fist and look at the hole in the water that you left behind. That's how much you'll be missed when you leave your desk at work.

Like Dinah Shore sang "See the USA".
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:22 PM   #18
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Congralutations, and the very best in the future--

You might look at Workamper News. Subscribe to their online daily postings. Work for a season someplace, stay free and many places will pay you too, and then move around.

Cindy and I are going back for our 8th year to work the summer in Maine. We spend our winters on the Gulf coast in Mississippi with the great Casinos and their buffet lunches (for next to nothing in cost- $12.84, for two). We still have the home in NC- why, I'm not sure.

Again, Enjoy- I can see the smile on your face from here-
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:42 PM   #19
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Fantastic. *I am envious. *Like others I have to wait. *Started a family in my mid 40s and Ii have some time before my daughter goes to college. *I cant wait to join the rest of you in retirement, but dont want her to grow up too fast. *
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:22 PM   #21
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Gave my notice at work tody. I'll be retiring on Feb 3. I had planned to work until the weather broke, but decided this morning that enough is enough. Turned in my notice right after lunch. We will be ready to hit the road as soon as we can de-winterize our Motor Home. Can't wait.
I beat you by three months. Retired on Nov. 1st; last day of work was Oct 31st and got out of Spokane on Nov. 10th or so (dates and time mean nothing to me anymore), just before the first snow. We have been playing golf almost every day since.

Come on down to Yuma, lots of Washington people down here, and several from Spokane in our RV park.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #22
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Good for you!

I did the same thing in '08' except they talked me into staying because I was 'irreplaceable'. Then they laid me off in early '09'. LOL!

For me it was like winning the lottery. I was credited with an extra year of service (bigger pension) and got 11 months worth of severance pay, and medical coverage for life.

Being retireded (spelled that way on purpose-say it!) is way too cool.
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Congrats Charlie. Sounds like you made a snap decision. I envy you. Good luck and safe travels...
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:55 PM   #24
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It was September 2005 for me and all I can say is it sure beats working.................
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Congrats on your retirement.......wishing you many happy journeys....
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:35 PM   #27
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I was eligible to retire with full pension on Nov 15, 2010. I worked until the end of the month. I regret that I worked the 2 extra weeks instead of having 2 more weeks of retirement.

Retirement is everything I always wanted it to be. Don't wait, do it now.
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Aw man, I am envious. I get weaned off the corporate teat in Jan 2014,we can hardly wait.
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