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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1100 on: July 04, 2017, 05:37:56 AM »
We have flipped three houses, two since I retired in january.  Currently looking for rental property but this is my new hobby.  Just trying to learn real estate investing to teach my sons.  My father-in-law is my mentor.  He has flipped 40 houses and has rental property.  I do the demolition and my wife is the designer.  The rest is performed by the professionals.
We have taken multiple vacations, we take care of our parents and are living off our investments.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1101 on: July 04, 2017, 06:21:47 PM »
Fidreamer and Charlie Foxtrot how is it going? Did you FIRE? How did it all go?



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1102 on: July 04, 2017, 07:58:50 PM »
Are your retirement and post - FIRE plans going well? I'm so glad I took the plunge.  I often felt I was taking a huge risk, that I'd miss work and my profession, that I'd be bored and lonely but at this stage, still loving every day I don't have to go to work. So far, no boredom or loneliness. Some weird feelings, I think relating to de-stressing after working in a high stress job, including unusual dreams. I'm taking the first six months (at least) as a transition phase to de-stress and get healthy, so far, so good.

My partner, retiring next month at 54, is getting a lot of questions from his colleagues who didn't think it possible to retire before superannuation preservation age (in Australia the age that you can access your superannuation, 58 for my partner, I'm younger so 60 for me).  There are almost daily stories of conversations about mortgages, spending patterns, and "what will you do all day" questions.  I'm very pleased as his workplace is not pleasant so many people are only staying because they think they can't afford to leave. He's referring people to the MMM site, of coarse!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1103 on: July 05, 2017, 01:54:00 PM »
i'm giving 4 weeks notice.

on wednesday!!!!

only need 2 but there are some things that need transitioning and i'll do that because of the people i work with. if it was just about the company then it'd be 2 weeks...

Sweet! Wednesday is my plan too.

Did either of you give notice today?? I really wish I could do it today and have it over with...just one more week (and then two more weeks).
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1104 on: July 05, 2017, 02:09:02 PM »
We're starting to get more questions from friends and family whom we've told about "taking a break from work to take care of the baby" and "living off our savings." Now that the baby is almost a year old, they're beginning to question exactly *how much savings* we have to still not be working.

We've absolutely loved being able to spend every day with our little baboo, seeing all the milestones and spending lots of family time together doing picnics and playing. This week is a sad week because a family member is in the hospital close to the end. The good side is that since neither one of us has a job, we can drive the 8 hours to go see them before they pass and spend time supporting the rest of the family.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1105 on: July 05, 2017, 03:11:19 PM »
We're starting to get more questions from friends and family whom we've told about "taking a break from work to take care of the baby" and "living off our savings." Now that the baby is almost a year old, they're beginning to question exactly *how much savings* we have to still not be working.

We've absolutely loved being able to spend every day with our little baboo, seeing all the milestones and spending lots of family time together doing picnics and playing. This week is a sad week because a family member is in the hospital close to the end. The good side is that since neither one of us has a job, we can drive the 8 hours to go see them before they pass and spend time supporting the rest of the family.

I'm sorry to hear about your sad news, but it's great you have the time to spend with them.

Regarding telling people about early retirement, I've come to realize that in 99% of cases it's a bad idea. Better to say that you've picked up some consulting work. The few people who've been really happy for me are people who are on the path to early retirement themselves and are very independent thinkers, but for the vast majority I think it's too hard to process especially if they have struggle or frustration in their own lives.



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1106 on: July 05, 2017, 05:11:37 PM »
i'm giving 4 weeks notice.

on wednesday!!!!

only need 2 but there are some things that need transitioning and i'll do that because of the people i work with. if it was just about the company then it'd be 2 weeks...

Sweet! Wednesday is my plan too.

Did either of you give notice today?? I really wish I could do it today and have it over with...just one more week (and then two more weeks).

I did it! My supervisor seemed genuinely happy for me. And they were okay with two weeks. I told a few other people. I was expecting people to be coming into my office but I guess either they don't know yet or maybe don't care. Anyway I'm done in a couple of weeks! It helps to have a transition plan ready to discuss.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1107 on: July 05, 2017, 05:55:51 PM »
Congrats!


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1108 on: July 05, 2017, 09:39:32 PM »
Thanks Freedom17!  I'm so so so happy!!! My husband noticed a distinct change in my demeanor today. I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my chest. I got the feeling that my manager wants to quit too. And it sounds like she might be able to, maybe I will inspire her. Over the past week I've been running through all sorts of scenarios in my head about what I would say of they said _____. I would wake up at 2 in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep until 4. I'd spend the time reading articles on the internet about how to resign and reading this forum. My hair has been falling out a rapid rate because of the stress. I feel so relieved now from having just ripped off the bandaid and gone through with it. I think I'm gonna sleep good tonight.

mandyM and unleashhell, I'd love to hear your stories if you've taken the plunge!! If not, don't be afraid, just do it! And be free.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1109 on: July 05, 2017, 09:54:04 PM »
Thanks Freedom17!  I'm so so so happy!!! My husband noticed a distinct change in my demeanor today. I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my chest. I got the feeling that my manager wants to quit too. And it sounds like she might be able to, maybe I will inspire her. Over the past week I've been running through all sorts of scenarios in my head about what I would say of they said _____. I would wake up at 2 in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep until 4. I'd spend the time reading articles on the internet about how to resign and reading this forum. My hair has been falling out a rapid rate because of the stress. I feel so relieved now from having just ripped off the bandaid and gone through with it. I think I'm gonna sleep good tonight.

mandyM and unleashhell, I'd love to hear your stories if you've taken the plunge!! If not, don't be afraid, just do it! And be free.

I know how you feel Sacha! A team at work offered to let me work from overseas for something their project urgently needs and something that I'm quite interested in provided there is no BS involved. Unfortunately we are only a few days into discussions about me getting involved and the BS has started already. What a pain. I'm so glad I'm going to be leaving this behind.



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1110 on: July 06, 2017, 12:17:42 AM »
Life is so good I'm thinking about giving notice AGAIN

MandyM

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1111 on: July 06, 2017, 06:24:22 AM »
Thanks Freedom17!  I'm so so so happy!!! My husband noticed a distinct change in my demeanor today. I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my chest. I got the feeling that my manager wants to quit too. And it sounds like she might be able to, maybe I will inspire her. Over the past week I've been running through all sorts of scenarios in my head about what I would say of they said _____. I would wake up at 2 in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep until 4. I'd spend the time reading articles on the internet about how to resign and reading this forum. My hair has been falling out a rapid rate because of the stress. I feel so relieved now from having just ripped off the bandaid and gone through with it. I think I'm gonna sleep good tonight.

mandyM and unleashhell, I'd love to hear your stories if you've taken the plunge!! If not, don't be afraid, just do it! And be free.

Congrats!!! I was planning to talk to my boss next Thurs (the 13th), but I saw on his calendar that he goes on vacation the next day. Made me realize that there is no good time to do this, so I may as well bump it up. He's out of the office most of today, I'm hoping he will be back tomorrow and I will do it then. !!!
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1112 on: July 06, 2017, 07:56:38 AM »
i'm giving 4 weeks notice.

on wednesday!!!!

only need 2 but there are some things that need transitioning and i'll do that because of the people i work with. if it was just about the company then it'd be 2 weeks...

Sweet! Wednesday is my plan too.

Did either of you give notice today?? I really wish I could do it today and have it over with...just one more week (and then two more weeks).

nope. i only need to give 2 weeks so i can wait. Changed my mind to leave it until Monday - i'm fully vested in the pension plan then.

after i made that decision my boss announced he's off to visit a sick family member on another continent - starting monday!!

so i may have to do it today - or wait until he gets back on the exact day i have 2 weeks left..
sigh.
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1113 on: July 06, 2017, 10:08:39 AM »
Thanks Freedom17!  I'm so so so happy!!! My husband noticed a distinct change in my demeanor today. I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my chest. I got the feeling that my manager wants to quit too. And it sounds like she might be able to, maybe I will inspire her. Over the past week I've been running through all sorts of scenarios in my head about what I would say of they said _____. I would wake up at 2 in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep until 4. I'd spend the time reading articles on the internet about how to resign and reading this forum. My hair has been falling out a rapid rate because of the stress. I feel so relieved now from having just ripped off the bandaid and gone through with it. I think I'm gonna sleep good tonight.

mandyM and unleashhell, I'd love to hear your stories if you've taken the plunge!! If not, don't be afraid, just do it! And be free.

Congratulations, Sacha!  I'm happy for you!  I tried to inspire my 63-year old manager to retire too, but he says he's going to work five more years.  I don't get it, but I hope he's happy with his decision. 


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1114 on: July 06, 2017, 12:24:51 PM »
Done. Verbally.
In writing will be next week when I confirm that the vesting in complete.
August 1st baby!
(and now the market goes down!! FREAK OUT!!!)
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1115 on: July 06, 2017, 12:38:10 PM »
Done. Verbally.
In writing will be next week when I confirm that the vesting in complete.
August 1st baby!
(and now the market goes down!! FREAK OUT!!!)
Got a theme song for you...

Aaahh freak out!
Le freak, see'est Chic..... http://www.metrolyrics.com/le-freak-lyrics-chic.html

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1116 on: July 06, 2017, 12:46:41 PM »
Congrats! It's so great to see so many of our cohort graduating! I can't wait to join you!


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Freedom17

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1117 on: July 06, 2017, 01:01:11 PM »
Seeing you all makes me like




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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1118 on: July 06, 2017, 03:49:06 PM »
I'm still loving retirement, 6.5 weeks in.  No regrets at all, and vast amounts of relief.  I'm getting more exercise and more sleep, and those two things alone make a world of difference in my mental state.






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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1119 on: July 06, 2017, 05:44:23 PM »
Done. Verbally.
In writing will be next week when I confirm that the vesting in complete.
August 1st baby!
(and now the market goes down!! FREAK OUT!!!)

Woohoo!!!!! Awwww yeah!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1120 on: July 07, 2017, 05:44:22 AM »
ITS DONE. I'm so glad that conversation is over, although it went really well. My boss has always been supportive and today was no different.
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1121 on: July 07, 2017, 05:56:55 AM »
ITS DONE. I'm so glad that conversation is over, although it went really well. My boss has always been supportive and today was no different.

welcome to the club!!!
i'm feeling nervous and relaxed at the same time right now. not sure when this will ease off
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1122 on: July 07, 2017, 07:49:32 AM »
I'm still loving retirement, 6.5 weeks in.  No regrets at all, and vast amounts of relief.  I'm getting more exercise and more sleep, and those two things alone make a world of difference in my mental state.

It's been only a week for me, and I too am getting more sleep and exercise. I'm watching my eating better too.


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1123 on: July 07, 2017, 08:13:32 AM »
ITS DONE. I'm so glad that conversation is over, although it went really well. My boss has always been supportive and today was no different.

Awesome! I'm happy it went so smoothly for you :-) Now we just have to get through the next couple weeks and we're free from the chains of corporate wage slavery!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1124 on: July 07, 2017, 03:09:19 PM »
Just pop in to say today's my last day of employment, for real! No more part-time, leave of absence, whatever strings attached! I'll catch up with y'all after taking my dog to the vet for a post-surgery (!) check-up and turning in my badge this afternoon. Yipee!!!


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Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
ks135ks          (at 34) August 3, 2017
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
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MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY
fidreamer                                   MIA
Charlie Foxtrot                             MIA
Cache Stash      (at 54)                    WIGLO


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dividendman

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1125 on: July 07, 2017, 03:38:35 PM »
30 more workdays to go! woo!

I had a thought of just not giving any notice and not showing up and seeing what happened. :)

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1126 on: July 07, 2017, 05:15:55 PM »
ITS DONE. I'm so glad that conversation is over, although it went really well. My boss has always been supportive and today was no different.

Congrats Mandy!

When is your FIRE date?



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1127 on: July 07, 2017, 09:03:42 PM »
ITS DONE. I'm so glad that conversation is over, although it went really well. My boss has always been supportive and today was no different.

Congrats Mandy!

When is your FIRE date?

Thank you!

We didn't set a date yet. Between a conference next week and my boss on vacation the following week, it will just depend on when I can transition everything. I would like to be done on the 21st, but I foresee working at least a few hours the following week when my boss is back.
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1128 on: July 11, 2017, 07:32:07 AM »
Almost six weeks in, and I've been busy!  We moved to Orlando on 6/15, our Richmond condo went on the market 6/22 and went under contract three days later, closing in August and adding to the stash!  Mr. Mandalay has a couple of job interviews lined up and I've been doing a little freelance writing.  We walk for three-plus miles every day and we've been eating very healthy--I've lost ten pounds so far.  Right now I'm surfing the net, enjoying my tea, listening to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack and watching the cat play on the lanai.  FIRE life is pretty damn good!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1129 on: July 11, 2017, 08:16:43 AM »
Hat is over the fence - I haven't set my date officially, but I'm leaving the country with DW and five family members on 12/18, and I will not be back for almost a month. I can't take enough leave to cover it, so I'm committed. I have, as they say, burned my ships. I came pretty close to OMY, but knowing I'd have to tell this group helped keep me from doing it.

So, I'm gonna make the next five months count - I do love my team and I want to be proud of the work I've done - and it will be easier with a firm endpoint.
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1130 on: July 11, 2017, 09:04:53 AM »
Hat is over the fence - I haven't set my date officially, but I'm leaving the country with DW and five family members on 12/18, and I will not be back for almost a month. I can't take enough leave to cover it, so I'm committed. I have, as they say, burned my ships. I came pretty close to OMY, but knowing I'd have to tell this group helped keep me from doing it.

So, I'm gonna make the next five months count - I do love my team and I want to be proud of the work I've done - and it will be easier with a firm endpoint.

Haha. I did a similar thing. First I did OLY because I could financially. Then I booked a bunch of trips (all on points that were virtually free of course) for right after my planned date of Aug. 18th. I have two cruises right after that back to back, then several other trips this year.

So... even if I wanted to chicken out at the last minute it would be tough. Hat is over the wall!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1131 on: July 11, 2017, 09:39:56 AM »
one way street here too.
just emailed the boss, grandboss and hr to confirm 1st august....


i'm off to hide in the corner so nobody questions me...
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1132 on: July 11, 2017, 09:41:49 AM »
Coworker asked me, "Did you win the lottery?" I replied, "I won the lottery a long time ago; I only recently realized it."

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1133 on: July 11, 2017, 09:48:52 AM »
That's funny!

Someone asked me what my wife does. I said she is a stay at home mum and they looked confused. I think they assumed she must be highly paid or something.



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1134 on: July 11, 2017, 11:11:57 AM »
one way street here too.
just emailed the boss, grandboss and hr to confirm 1st august....


i'm off to hide in the corner so nobody questions me...

nice work! also I love that term "grandboss" haha.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1135 on: July 11, 2017, 11:27:45 PM »
These last two weeks are going extremely slow.  I wish I was done already.  Upper managmeet is trying to negotiate with me to stay but I'm sick at the thought of it. Some co workers are more than pissed off. I will probably spend the last two weeks locked in my office hiding.  Some people are really nice and supportive though. I try to think about those folks and forget about the haters. I'm just counting down the days hours minutes seconds until my exit interview....

It's nice reading about folks who are enjoying FIRE already. It helps me chill and not be so stressed out.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1136 on: July 11, 2017, 11:53:44 PM »
These last two weeks are going extremely slow.  I wish I was done already.  Upper managmeet is trying to negotiate with me to stay but I'm sick at the thought of it. Some co workers are more than pissed off. I will probably spend the last two weeks locked in my office hiding.  Some people are really nice and supportive though. I try to think about those folks and forget about the haters. I'm just counting down the days hours minutes seconds until my exit interview....

It's nice reading about folks who are enjoying FIRE already. It helps me chill and not be so stressed out.

Why are they pissed? Jealousy? They feel betrayed? Too much work? I'm always amazed by people who focus so much on other people's lives and not their own.



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1137 on: July 12, 2017, 05:58:59 AM »
These last two weeks are going extremely slow.  I wish I was done already.  Upper managmeet is trying to negotiate with me to stay but I'm sick at the thought of it. Some co workers are more than pissed off. I will probably spend the last two weeks locked in my office hiding.  Some people are really nice and supportive though. I try to think about those folks and forget about the haters. I'm just counting down the days hours minutes seconds until my exit interview....

It's nice reading about folks who are enjoying FIRE already. It helps me chill and not be so stressed out.

Why are they pissed? Jealousy? They feel betrayed? Too much work? I'm always amazed by people who focus so much on other people's lives and not their own.

Some of my peers are upset because they will have more work now. Some in management are upset because schedules will slip. I think some people are jealous too. They don't want to be stuck there but they are.  I've been in their position before. People have left and I've had to step up and take over responsibilities  that I really didn't want to do. But I did them and just saved more, waiting until the day I can be free.  Now I'm free and I'm not going to let them convince me to stay in captivity.

I bet in a few months they'll forget all about me and move on with their lives.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1138 on: July 12, 2017, 06:23:43 AM »
These last two weeks are going extremely slow.  I wish I was done already.  Upper managmeet is trying to negotiate with me to stay but I'm sick at the thought of it. Some co workers are more than pissed off. I will probably spend the last two weeks locked in my office hiding.  Some people are really nice and supportive though. I try to think about those folks and forget about the haters. I'm just counting down the days hours minutes seconds until my exit interview....

It's nice reading about folks who are enjoying FIRE already. It helps me chill and not be so stressed out.

Why are they pissed? Jealousy? They feel betrayed? Too much work? I'm always amazed by people who focus so much on other people's lives and not their own.

Some of my peers are upset because they will have more work now. Some in management are upset because schedules will slip. I think some people are jealous too. They don't want to be stuck there but they are.  I've been in their position before. People have left and I've had to step up and take over responsibilities  that I really didn't want to do. But I did them and just saved more, waiting until the day I can be free.  Now I'm free and I'm not going to let them convince me to stay in captivity.

I bet in a few months they'll forget all about me and move on with their lives.

Haven't they considered that management simply isn't hiring enough staff to do the work? It's sounds like Stockholm syndrome, they are identifying as their oppressors.

When stuff breaks at work and people ask me why and when it's going to me fixed I'm like I have no idea when it'll be fixed, this is what happens when you get rid of 90% of your work force. It's harsh but true. And sometimes people need to be reminded that they're responsible for creating this situation in the first place instead of just being able to complain and blame their workers.

When they pile work on me I joke with them and say 'be careful making me a single point of failure, what if I quit?'. They laugh nervously at my 'joke'.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2017, 06:28:20 AM by Freedom17 »



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1139 on: July 12, 2017, 10:01:43 AM »
Last day is likely July 25, still two weeks away, although I'm already down to 3-4 days per week so it should go quickly. I just got done with a four day conference and we were only telling select people prior to that. My coworkers and clients all know now, thank goodness. It should be fairly smooth sailing from here out.


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Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) July 7, 2017       Confirmed
MadBikePoet      (at 44) July 11, 2017      Confirmed
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) July 21, 2017      Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) July 25, 2017      Confirmed
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
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Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
UnleashHell      (at 49) August 1, 2017     Confirmed
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
ks135ks          (at 34) August 3, 2017
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY
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Charlie Foxtrot                             MIA
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1140 on: July 12, 2017, 10:17:14 AM »
Coworker asked me, "Did you win the lottery?" I replied, "I won the lottery a long time ago; I only recently realized it."
By being born in a place and time where it's possible to do this? Yeah...
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1141 on: July 12, 2017, 02:39:31 PM »
Edited for my final date. Feelsgoodman \m/


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Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
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Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
ks135ks          (at 34) August 3, 2017
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
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MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Dec 15, 2017       Confirmed
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY
fidreamer                                   MIA
Charlie Foxtrot                             MIA
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LOA: Leave of Absence
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« Last Edit: July 12, 2017, 02:50:35 PM by zephyr911 »
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1142 on: July 12, 2017, 04:56:03 PM »
Hat is over the fence - I haven't set my date officially, but I'm leaving the country with DW and five family members on 12/18, and I will not be back for almost a month. I can't take enough leave to cover it, so I'm committed. I have, as they say, burned my ships. I came pretty close to OMY, but knowing I'd have to tell this group helped keep me from doing it.

So, I'm gonna make the next five months count - I do love my team and I want to be proud of the work I've done - and it will be easier with a firm endpoint.

You sure your boss won't offer you a leave of absence so you can take your vacation without pay? It's surprising how flexible everyone suddenly gets when you tell them you're leaving.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2017, 04:58:22 PM by Freedom17 »



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1143 on: July 13, 2017, 01:54:33 PM »
Woo. Just got my first non-recurring meeting booked for after my FIRE date (Aug 18th). It felt SO good to look at in my inbox.

38 days to gooooooooooo

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1144 on: July 14, 2017, 06:26:10 PM »
I'm sorry cookie78; it looks like I have to abandon the August 3 date and push it a few weeks out.... but it's for a good reason.  Hubby and I are buying a house near my hometown to be closer to my parents and family in general.  As of this week, we have our current house under contract and the conditional approval for our new mortgage all signed and sent.  Everything is now on track for a late August, early September separation from the daily grind.  DH has an end date of Aug 18th and has already let his employer know that he'll be moving.  I'll wait until mortgage closes to announce separation.  Once we move, DH will probably look to find a job so that we have insurance coverage.  Aside from that, it's "fun" jobs for us from then on if and when we feel like we want (or need) them.... :-)

Can't wait to read how everything continues to go for everyone!

Congratulations to all!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1145 on: July 14, 2017, 06:46:07 PM »
How's it going Daisy? Are you excited?


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Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017       Confirmed
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017       Confirmed
Rahby1us                 June 16, 2017      Confirmed
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017      Confirmed
WannaGoOutside   (at 45) June 30, 2017      Confirmed
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) July 7, 2017       Confirmed
MadBikePoet      (at 44) July 11, 2017      Confirmed
SachaFiscal      (at 41) July 21, 2017      Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) July 25, 2017      Confirmed
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
UnleashHell      (at 49) August 1, 2017     Confirmed
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
ks135ks          (at 34) August 18, 2017
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) October 20, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) November 30, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Dec 15, 2017       Confirmed
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Dec 31, 2017
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY
fidreamer                                   MIA
Charlie Foxtrot                             MIA
Cache Stash      (at 54)                    WIGLO


LOA: Leave of Absence
WIGLO: When I get laid off
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Daisy

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1146 on: July 14, 2017, 09:30:36 PM »
Hello Freedom17. Excited? No, rather more confused and in a holding pattern.

If you read my updates above, I took a stand at work. As of now, the management team hasn't even brought up that I went to HR, but I have noticed my direct manager's change of tone, and her manager's scared litte silly look of a bully brought to his knees when he greets me in the hallway.

Last I left it with HR, they suggested a one level demotion at the same pay. At first glance, it sounds like a great deal. Less work and same pay. But I am not the normal employee at this point and am trying to chart a path to FIRE, with a nice severence package. I told HR I would wait to hear back from my doctor on his advice. My doctor has not gotten back with me yet.

I am thinking at my next meeting with my direct manager, she may ask how I feel about the demotion. If I was planning on staying long term, I might accept. But I think my new angle is to say that it would be humiliating to accept a demotion and see her reaction. You know, some of this is kind of fun...having FU money and them not knowing about it.

I was also thinking of going to HR and telling them I have decided I don't want the demotion and see what they say. If they push it, I can say it is humiliating after 20+ years of service. I have had good reviews my whole career until I went on sick leave, and that I won't be bullied into accepting it. I may suggest "I'd rather take a voluntary severance package than accept a humiliating offer" and see what happens.

Otherwise, I am happily chugging along, doing my work at my best effort. I am actually meeting a lot of their arbitrary goals anyways, so there really is no need for a demotion talk. But I do hope they bring it up. Hee hee...

The thing is my department is undergoing a lot of attrition (surprise surprise with bully management), and there are currently 8 openings in my department which they are having trouble gathering interest on from people looking for work. This, while the rest of the company is downsizing. So I am not sure there is fertile ground for a severance package, but that is what I am working on now.

I really hope I can wrap this up by CMC 2017!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1147 on: July 14, 2017, 09:44:47 PM »
"Last I left it with HR, they suggested a one level demotion at the same pay."

Wait, they're suggesting you be demoted because of a disability? I think you should get that in writing, let them demote you, and then call up a lawyer and get a nice settlement!

By the way what is CMC?



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1148 on: July 14, 2017, 10:18:32 PM »
"Last I left it with HR, they suggested a one level demotion at the same pay."

Wait, they're suggesting you be demoted because of a disability? I think you should get that in writing, let them demote you, and then call up a lawyer and get a nice settlement!

By the way what is CMC?

Well I think it was HR's attempt at compromise after I told her my management suggested a 2 level demotion, which I labelled as "putting a knife in the wound", amid my tears at the HR office. I suppose after the poor review and my manager's bullying attitude, I almost suggested that due to my slower (but not really that bad, to be honest) thinking, maybe I can't perform at the same lead level as before. But they didn't put me in a lead role when I returned to work, they put me back on writing code which I haven't done in 10 years so it's like a new re-learning curve.

Regardless, I think this demotion talk is the kindle to my severance filled FIRE, so I am not going to discourage them bringing it up. I will just be humiliated when they do bring it up. :-)

CMC = Camp Mustache Canada in October 2017
« Last Edit: July 14, 2017, 10:32:53 PM by Daisy »

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1149 on: July 14, 2017, 10:42:52 PM »
I almost feel I'm in the opposite situation. My tolerance for BS at work has dropped a lot and, for better or worse, I've become more loose and started calling BS out when I see it and challenging all the terrible ideas and initiatives that are rife in our organization.

I'm not sure if I'll make the last two weeks or not. We have a cultural training course next week for 4 hours where we will define our organizations culture. This is their great new initiative after cutting 90% of the workforce. Anyway this may very well push me over the edge. Let's see how it goes :)