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Mrs. Pomodoro

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #950 on: April 11, 2017, 10:03:50 PM »
If I give notice and leave with vacation they pay me out but only salary not stock. If I take the vacation I get salary and my stock vests as well. The problem is that I'm leaving the US so I'm not going to fly back after vacation and stay in a hotel for 2 weeks just to be a nice guy.

Their selfish policy has bitten them in the ass.

So it's like throwing the golden handcuff into the Pacific/Indian Ocean. :)

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #951 on: April 12, 2017, 08:43:51 AM »
This community is so awesome! Thanks all for the personal inspiration toward pulling the trigger and also the sharing of the personal doubts and hurdles so many of us seem to have in common. I find it so helpful to communicate with people who either have only recently overcome them or are somewhere on the path of overcoming them. I find myself fearing that I am making a huge mistake by letting go of such a high paying, relatively stress free job. I have worked very hard to get to where I am in a position where so much is on autopilot and quite carefree. I grew up as a poor farm kid, so I am constantly challenged to view the world with an abundance mindset instead of a scarcity mindset. It's why my financial numbers indicate I can already RE; yet, I still carry on.

Change is scary. So, I end up procrastinating on the necessary next steps of setting a FIRE date and selling my house to reduce my expenses and expand my post-FIRE options. I try to get myself on track by repeating the mantra: sacrifice the good for the sake of the great. It has helped; however, I feel that finally reaching out to these forums by posting in a few threads and starting a journal are helping so much more. I think the pieces are finally lining up to execute this plan of FIRE, and quite frankly, I'm starting to feel a bit excited and impatient. I think it's a good sign. Spring is a hopeful time in the midwest!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #952 on: April 12, 2017, 11:54:07 PM »
I think that the key to not having any regrets leaving what seems like it would be a dream job for many is to be very explicit regarding what you are getting from it.  Are you learning skills that will make you a better person?  Perfect!  Just write down what skills you want to gain and get out as soon as you stop learning.  Are you adding a bit of margin of safety to your stache?  Perfect!  Just write down what your target withdrawal rate should be and get out as soon as you can accommodate it.  Are you funding a new project that you previously thought was unachievable?  Perfect!  Just write down how much it would cost to get bring the project to 75% chance of success and get out of your day job as soon as you can.  This is the only way you can truly dedicate yourself to the things in life that are the most important to you.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #953 on: April 13, 2017, 09:11:21 AM »
I think that the key to not having any regrets leaving what seems like it would be a dream job for many is to be very explicit regarding what you are getting from it.  Are you learning skills that will make you a better person?  Perfect!  Just write down what skills you want to gain and get out as soon as you stop learning.  Are you adding a bit of margin of safety to your stache?  Perfect!  Just write down what your target withdrawal rate should be and get out as soon as you can accommodate it.  Are you funding a new project that you previously thought was unachievable?  Perfect!  Just write down how much it would cost to get bring the project to 75% chance of success and get out of your day job as soon as you can.  This is the only way you can truly dedicate yourself to the things in life that are the most important to you.

Good thoughts. I'm evaluating my job in a similar way right now. There are still some specific things I'd like to get out of it, but then, yeah. Time to go. Or at least take a leave of absence.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #954 on: April 13, 2017, 09:25:48 AM »
Even a nice vacation can be a good way to reenergize.



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #955 on: April 13, 2017, 12:11:39 PM »
What Dividendman said. My attitude is that no matter how chill a job is, its still an anchor on life and as soon as its not needed get rid of it! The decision was made easier for me as my job has become really unpleasant this year (I've also noticed the closer to FI I get the less tolerance I have for BS.)

Also, while saving more $ is great, once the snowball is rolling each month/year worked matters less and less.
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #956 on: April 13, 2017, 12:53:34 PM »
Here goes nothing... or everything. Just put myself down for Sep 1, a few days before my birthday. I have a house to prep and sell first.


Threshkin                October 31, 2016  Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
Myhotrs          (at 38) March 31, 2017   
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
oneyearfromnow           April 28, 2017
freedom47                April 28, 2017
MandyM           (at 38) May 1, 2017       Part time
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) May 1, 2017       Part time
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
RedmondStash             May 31, 2017
Fairviewite      (at 27) June 1, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to full FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) September 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) September 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017 (three more months)
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #957 on: April 17, 2017, 10:45:06 AM »
Hi all,

I spent two hours prepping and about nine hours running a promotional event for my startup (#2) on Sat... no pay, in fact I spent money to be there, and yet it was an amazing day. It went a long way toward reminding me what it's like to be passionate about the things you do.

I am still dialed in on 9/30/17 (+/- 4wks) for leaving civil service and PT self-employment thereafter. If it snowballs into a FT job, I'm OK with it for a while... my goal has never been to quit work, just to be able to focus as much time and energy as I want on things I care about. But I'll be honest... it's not very real yet, and I can foresee myself developing a real case of OMY syndrome, or at least dragging my feet into early 2018 for various reasons. Wish me luck!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #958 on: April 20, 2017, 05:53:53 PM »
Hey guys,

I've enjoyed lurking and reading what everyone has to say as they approach and reach their fire date. My last day at work will be now be April 24th instead of June 1st.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #959 on: April 21, 2017, 04:25:59 PM »
Hey guys,

I've enjoyed lurking and reading what everyone has to say as they approach and reach their fire date. My last day at work will be now be April 24th instead of June 1st.

That's next Monday! Exciting! Please let us know how it goes.

As for me, my boss and I both have been wishy washy about setting my last day. I finally got my act together earlier this week and put down 6/16 as my last day. I'm trying to use up my vacation and sick days so won't have to work much until then, probably 2 or 3 days a week in addition to a 2-week vacation. It's strange that I feel even more anxious once I have a last day, like I just want to get out of the door immediately even though there's not that many workdays left. Maybe I'm more burnt out than I think. Surely I can last another 12 to 18 workdays!


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Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017
oneyearfromnow           April 28, 2017
freedom47                April 28, 2017
MandyM           (at 38) May 1, 2017       Part time
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 15, 2017   
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
RedmondStash             May 31, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to full FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) September 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) September 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017   (three more months)
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #960 on: April 28, 2017, 06:41:04 AM »
Today is the day!

This is my last day of full-time employment.  I am very excited to be joining the retirement ranks. :)
The husband and I are FIRE'd as of April 28, 2017.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #961 on: April 28, 2017, 06:55:56 AM »
nice!!
i may have to do more time.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #962 on: April 28, 2017, 08:49:13 AM »
Today is the day!

This is my last day of full-time employment.  I am very excited to be joining the retirement ranks. :)

Congratulations!!

I may actually be on track for the end of May, or possibly June 2, the Friday of the week in which May ends. I might delay a week or two to help out my manager, who does not yet know of my plans, because a) he's awesome, and b) he is traveling most of next month. Haven't decided yet. I'm still aiming for end of May-ish.

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Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017
oneyearfromnow           April 28, 2017    Confirmed
freedom47                April 28, 2017
MandyM           (at 38) May 1, 2017       Part time
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 15, 2017   
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
RedmondStash             June 2, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to full FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) September 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) September 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017   (three more months)
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #963 on: April 28, 2017, 08:54:39 AM »
Well done to all of us so far! And a particular shout out to Fairviewite who has become work-optional at only 27. Wow!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #964 on: April 28, 2017, 03:53:10 PM »
Threshkin                October 31, 2016  Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017    Confirmed
oneyearfromnow           April 28, 2017    Confirmed
freedom47                April 28, 2017    Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 1, 2017       Part time
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 15, 2017   
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
RedmondStash             June 2, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time

« Last Edit: April 28, 2017, 03:59:44 PM by Freedom17 »



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #965 on: April 28, 2017, 11:44:39 PM »
Today is the day!

This is my last day of full-time employment.  I am very excited to be joining the retirement ranks. :)
NICE!  Last day feels weird, but the next week makes up for it.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #966 on: April 29, 2017, 06:40:21 AM »

Just putting our ages on our confirm date :)  I hope I picked the most up to date list !



Threshkin                October 31, 2016  Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017    Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 1, 2017       Part time
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 15, 2017   
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
RedmondStash             June 2, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time



The husband and I are FIRE'd as of April 28, 2017.

MandyM

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #967 on: May 03, 2017, 06:57:21 AM »
I'm slightly behind schedule, but I will officially start my PT schedule on May 15. I will probably start by cutting to 4 days/week, then 3 days soon after. I would REALLY like to quit outright, but I'm not ready for that. The original plan was to stay on at PT for a year, but I don't know if I'll make it that long. I am pushing to have my pre-FIRE ducks in a row by Sept when my 401k employer contribution hits my account. I'll re-examine my schedule then.


Threshkin                October 31, 2016  Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017    Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 15, 2017   
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
RedmondStash             June 2, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time

« Last Edit: May 03, 2017, 07:00:40 AM by MandyM »
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

myhotrs

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #968 on: May 03, 2017, 12:40:41 PM »
Could someone who knows how to maintain the formatting of the table set me to 5/12/17 and confirmed please?

Thanks!
I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

MandyM

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #969 on: May 03, 2017, 12:51:53 PM »
Congrats, myhotrs!


Threshkin                October 31, 2016  Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017    Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
RedmondStash             June 2, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time

"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #970 on: May 03, 2017, 01:37:28 PM »

Threshkin                October 31, 2016  Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017   Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017   Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017  Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017  Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017  Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017 Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017     Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017    Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017    Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017    Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017    Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017    Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017    Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017    Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
RedmondStash             June 2, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman    (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time



Hi Folks! I'm moving up from the 2018 cohort to this one! Woo. So happy I'm doing it earlier (but still frustrated I have a few months to go!).

Cookie78

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #971 on: May 03, 2017, 02:27:47 PM »


Hi Folks! I'm moving up from the 2018 cohort to this one! Woo. So happy I'm doing it earlier (but still frustrated I have a few months to go!).

Welcome to the club!

And also the smaller more exclusive August 2017 club!!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #972 on: May 04, 2017, 09:28:38 AM »
Well, I did it. Sort of. I started conversations with my manager, who's being very supportive, as I expected. We're now talking about the finer details.

I hate those kinds of stressful conversations, but I'm very glad that it's out in the open now, at least with my immediate boss. Pulling the trigger is such a relief.

Financial Ascensionist

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #973 on: May 04, 2017, 10:00:05 PM »
My notice has been given, everything on track for June 1st.

For the curious, the conversation went really well and my boss conceded that I had a valid case for moving one.  We didn't spent any time arguing and immediately started working on prioritizing the activities to be done during my transition.  I was prepared for some drama and the whole things felt a little anti-climactic, but I am super excited nonetheless.  I feel great!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #974 on: May 04, 2017, 10:37:15 PM »
Thanks MarciaB!

I completely agree with your work-optional viewpoint.

I've worked remotely in a camp setting since I was 18 with a week in, week out schedule. Through a bit of hard work, sacrifice, and luck I was able to work my way into a high paying position and save money quite quickly. Helped a great deal the fiance was also on board with the plan.

The fiance has went part time and I'm going to help my Grandpa (late 70's) on the farm. Whether the farm work will be paid or not hasn't been discussed. Work has now shifted to being on our terms and what we find appealing.

On April 24th, 2017:

- House mortgage: $0
- Investments: $753, 305 ($2,500/month cashflow)
- One Rental Property: Once finished renovations estimated $500/month cashflow.
- Couple niche websites: Generating $1,000 month cashflow (Combined).
- Fiance part time work: $2,000-$3,000/month cashflow

Our expenses average between $2,500 to $3,000 a month.

I'll keep you everyone posted how it turns out. All the best to those who've achieved FIRE and those working towards it.

Cheers!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #975 on: May 08, 2017, 08:00:36 PM »
I did it! Sort of. I'm taking a leave of absence starting next week for a few months, which lets me take the summer off to relax and go back to work in the fall. This works out better for me because a) I like my job, b) I need a break, and c) with all the political & health-cost upheaval, we may be a wee bit further from FIRE than we thought.

A week and two days to go. :)


Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman    (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time


BNgarden

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #976 on: May 08, 2017, 08:32:54 PM »
Cleaning out the office, e-files, file folders; ending on lunch w co-workers this Friday.  Woohoo!


Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017      Confirmed Last workday May 12th
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman    (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time

Remote_Landlord

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #977 on: May 09, 2017, 09:47:56 AM »

Adding myself as confirmed - official final day was yesterday, but haven't had to be in the office for two weeks.

The process of leaving the corporation was awkward; the people there are very much wired into the "Matrix" and found it hard to understand that I was leaving but not going straight into another job (telling them the full/true story would probably have resulted in even more confusion and disbelief).

That, along with the corporation's tendancy for a myopic focus on (it's own) processes at a departmental level resulted in a drawn out, confusing, slightly broken process, with the highlight being them shutting down my work email account before my official end of employment, and so preventing me from sending the farewell email message that I had intended to send to colleagues (and that the corporation had reviewed and agreed to).

The annoying admin and hassle are almost over, with just the final paycheck to come.

I feel lighter, liberated, and just generally awesome!



Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
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Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017      Confirmed Last workday May 12th
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman    (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
homestead neohio (at 39) Dec 29, 2017      Part time
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #978 on: May 09, 2017, 11:32:03 AM »
Remote landlord -- good for you.  Nearly there!

After being off work since March 10th, one bit of advice -- keep connected (outside of work) with one person from your work, and make a point to go and have coffee with them in person, just because.  I finally did that and it was super awesome to realize that ending work is not like stepping into another dimension and you are barred from contact with your previous life.


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #979 on: May 10, 2017, 09:41:39 PM »
Today is my 39th Birthday! I haven't been this excited about a birthday in many many years.

I JUST HIT MY RETIREMENT AGE!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #980 on: May 11, 2017, 12:57:26 AM »
I did it! Sort of. I'm taking a leave of absence starting next week for a few months, which lets me take the summer off to relax and go back to work in the fall. This works out better for me because a) I like my job, b) I need a break, and c) with all the political & health-cost upheaval, we may be a wee bit further from FIRE than we thought.

You seemed on track to FIRE until you talked to your boss. Are you sure they didn't get in your head? Put another way, if you like your job why did you put down a FIRE date in the first place?



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #981 on: May 11, 2017, 09:11:50 AM »
I did it! Sort of. I'm taking a leave of absence starting next week for a few months, which lets me take the summer off to relax and go back to work in the fall. This works out better for me because a) I like my job, b) I need a break, and c) with all the political & health-cost upheaval, we may be a wee bit further from FIRE than we thought.

You seemed on track to FIRE until you talked to your boss. Are you sure they didn't get in your head? Put another way, if you like your job why did you put down a FIRE date in the first place?

Thanks for checking, but I'm sure. I got in my own head about health-care expenses long before I talked to him.

Part of why I put down a FIRE date is to spend time with newly retired spouse, and because I needed a break from work. Now I get to have both of those, enjoy the summer, and have a place to go back to and earn some $$ when it starts getting cold again. With all the recent political upheaval, I'd just be more comfortable with a bigger stache, and this way, we get uninterrupted health-insurance benefits for the rest of the year.

So it's sort of a modified OMY. The reason I'm not removing myself from the list is that HR made it clear that there is no guarantee that the job will still be there in September; things change. So it is possible that I won't end up back at this job, and it's possible that I will end up FIREd this year. We'll see. I figure I've bought myself a few months to figure things out.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #982 on: May 11, 2017, 09:22:06 AM »
Today is my 39th Birthday! I haven't been this excited about a birthday in many many years.

I JUST HIT MY RETIREMENT AGE!

Nice. The class of Aug/17 is getting ready! :)

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #983 on: May 12, 2017, 01:44:40 PM »
Last day/first day today and its sort of hitting me. I have this amazing free-fall/giddy feeling all day. Had drinks yesterday with the office and today is my first day of freedom. Morning was normal until I realized I didn't need to check my email, at... all... No more voice mails, corporate announcements (Who left their IPhone in the NY office kitchen?), no more planning meetings...

Anyways, if this is post-fire, this is fucking amazing!




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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #984 on: May 12, 2017, 09:01:39 PM »
Last day/first day today and its sort of hitting me. I have this amazing free-fall/giddy feeling all day. Had drinks yesterday with the office and today is my first day of freedom. Morning was normal until I realized I didn't need to check my email, at... all... No more voice mails, corporate announcements (Who left their IPhone in the NY office kitchen?), no more planning meetings...

Anyways, if this is post-fire, this is fucking amazing!

I takes some time to decompress.  For a long time it just felt wrong not checking my work email or doing my old recurring projects.  I didn't want to do them but not doing them just felt wrong somehow. 

I call it mental muscle memory.  It was pretty intense for a while.  I was even temped to call/email my old coworkers to discuss work.  I didn't but I could easily see it happening.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #985 on: May 14, 2017, 10:41:40 PM »
DAY 1 of retirement is today.  The weather is foul but I don't care. Feeling restless but I'll get over that. Thanks again MMM and community, without you I never would have done it. Stand by for irregular updates about me enjoying myself.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #986 on: May 15, 2017, 08:17:46 AM »
I did it! Sort of. I'm taking a leave of absence starting next week for a few months, which lets me take the summer off to relax and go back to work in the fall. This works out better for me because a) I like my job, b) I need a break, and c) with all the political & health-cost upheaval, we may be a wee bit further from FIRE than we thought.

You seemed on track to FIRE until you talked to your boss. Are you sure they didn't get in your head? Put another way, if you like your job why did you put down a FIRE date in the first place?

Thanks for checking, but I'm sure. I got in my own head about health-care expenses long before I talked to him.

Part of why I put down a FIRE date is to spend time with newly retired spouse, and because I needed a break from work. Now I get to have both of those, enjoy the summer, and have a place to go back to and earn some $$ when it starts getting cold again. With all the recent political upheaval, I'd just be more comfortable with a bigger stache, and this way, we get uninterrupted health-insurance benefits for the rest of the year.

So it's sort of a modified OMY. The reason I'm not removing myself from the list is that HR made it clear that there is no guarantee that the job will still be there in September; things change. So it is possible that I won't end up back at this job, and it's possible that I will end up FIREd this year. We'll see. I figure I've bought myself a few months to figure things out.

Super smart of you!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #987 on: May 15, 2017, 08:54:26 AM »
I did it! Sort of. I'm taking a leave of absence starting next week for a few months, which lets me take the summer off to relax and go back to work in the fall. This works out better for me because a) I like my job, b) I need a break, and c) with all the political & health-cost upheaval, we may be a wee bit further from FIRE than we thought.

You seemed on track to FIRE until you talked to your boss. Are you sure they didn't get in your head? Put another way, if you like your job why did you put down a FIRE date in the first place?

Thanks for checking, but I'm sure. I got in my own head about health-care expenses long before I talked to him.

Part of why I put down a FIRE date is to spend time with newly retired spouse, and because I needed a break from work. Now I get to have both of those, enjoy the summer, and have a place to go back to and earn some $$ when it starts getting cold again. With all the recent political upheaval, I'd just be more comfortable with a bigger stache, and this way, we get uninterrupted health-insurance benefits for the rest of the year.

So it's sort of a modified OMY. The reason I'm not removing myself from the list is that HR made it clear that there is no guarantee that the job will still be there in September; things change. So it is possible that I won't end up back at this job, and it's possible that I will end up FIREd this year. We'll see. I figure I've bought myself a few months to figure things out.

Super smart of you!

Yeah, I'm pretty pleased to have this option. :) My manager & company get a chunk of the credit for offering it. Just three more days....

Last day/first day today and its sort of hitting me. I have this amazing free-fall/giddy feeling all day. Had drinks yesterday with the office and today is my first day of freedom. Morning was normal until I realized I didn't need to check my email, at... all... No more voice mails, corporate announcements (Who left their IPhone in the NY office kitchen?), no more planning meetings...

Anyways, if this is post-fire, this is fucking amazing!


Congrats!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #988 on: May 15, 2017, 12:13:10 PM »
In the time since I turned in my retirement notice, another person at my work has given notice that they are going to quit. 

My boss talked me into going part-time instead of retiring.  No additional money, just slightly better assignments (hopefully).

Someone please update the list showing me as "part time".  Thanks.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #989 on: May 15, 2017, 12:22:15 PM »
Unfortunately I'll be postponing to 2018.  Employer offered another 3 months before I am laid off including an additional financial incentive.  This will give me some 401k match in 2018 and keep health care costs lower for 3 months.  It will help provide additional buffer before I go part-time.  I did not want to do OMY, but here I go.  It helps that 9 months ago my target date was 2022, so I'll still be ahead of schedule.

Congrats to all who are making it happen this year.


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MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017
Penguin159               May 12, 2017
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time, confirmed
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017      Confirmed Last workday May 12th
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017     Part time to FIRE
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman    (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                   OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                   OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                              OMY
Noble_goal                                 OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                   OMY - 70% part time
homestead neohio (at 39)                   OMY

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #990 on: May 15, 2017, 01:00:24 PM »
Gave my boss my notice today.  He was happy for me and a little envious - he's in his mid 60's.  I tried to convince him that he could go too, but he's too worried about his medical expenses and mortgage. 

I'm still on track for June 30th.  :-)


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #991 on: May 15, 2017, 01:03:07 PM »

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Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017       Confirmed
Penguin159               May 12, 2017       Part time
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman    (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                    OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY




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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #992 on: May 16, 2017, 08:34:56 AM »
I am 3 - 1/2 months in to retirement at this point, and it was only just yesterday that I finally felt like I had "arrived" at a good place. The last 3+ months I've felt unsettled, adrift, unhappy about not having enough structure, unproductive...you get the point. Very uneasy. The "coming down" phase (withdrawal?) has been unexpectedly rough.

Which I think is typical when you get off a merry-go-round. It takes a while for everything to stop spinning.

And yesterday it finally did. After enjoying some exercise and a good breakfast I binge-read an entire book. Then strolled over to the store for groceries and did some cooking...all things I really enjoy. Without guilt. Without any Type-A bullshit swirling around it.

At this point I'm satisfied with the slower and more sane pace. I want to maintain this (so peaceful!) until I'm good and ready to work on the next chapter, whatever that is. But with no guilt, no hurry, no frantic need for speed.  Aaaahhhhhh. Finally!

And today? It's $2 Taco Tuesday at a favorite spot...I've got big plans!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #993 on: May 16, 2017, 09:06:29 AM »
I am 3 - 1/2 months in to retirement at this point, and it was only just yesterday that I finally felt like I had "arrived" at a good place. The last 3+ months I've felt unsettled, adrift, unhappy about not having enough structure, unproductive...you get the point. Very uneasy. The "coming down" phase (withdrawal?) has been unexpectedly rough.

Which I think is typical when you get off a merry-go-round. It takes a while for everything to stop spinning.

And yesterday it finally did. After enjoying some exercise and a good breakfast I binge-read an entire book. Then strolled over to the store for groceries and did some cooking...all things I really enjoy. Without guilt. Without any Type-A bullshit swirling around it.

At this point I'm satisfied with the slower and more sane pace. I want to maintain this (so peaceful!) until I'm good and ready to work on the next chapter, whatever that is. But with no guilt, no hurry, no frantic need for speed.  Aaaahhhhhh. Finally!

And today? It's $2 Taco Tuesday at a favorite spot...I've got big plans!

Yeah, I think it's easy to expect that first day to be blissful, and only to get better from there. But the reality is that for most people, it's an adjustment with ups and downs. Even good change isn't necessarily easy. I'm glad you're finally settling into your new life.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #994 on: May 16, 2017, 10:30:22 AM »
I am 3 - 1/2 months in to retirement at this point, and it was only just yesterday that I finally felt like I had "arrived" at a good place. The last 3+ months I've felt unsettled, adrift, unhappy about not having enough structure, unproductive...you get the point. Very uneasy. The "coming down" phase (withdrawal?) has been unexpectedly rough.

Which I think is typical when you get off a merry-go-round. It takes a while for everything to stop spinning.

And yesterday it finally did. After enjoying some exercise and a good breakfast I binge-read an entire book. Then strolled over to the store for groceries and did some cooking...all things I really enjoy. Without guilt. Without any Type-A bullshit swirling around it.

At this point I'm satisfied with the slower and more sane pace. I want to maintain this (so peaceful!) until I'm good and ready to work on the next chapter, whatever that is. But with no guilt, no hurry, no frantic need for speed.  Aaaahhhhhh. Finally!

And today? It's $2 Taco Tuesday at a favorite spot...I've got big plans!
TWO DOLLARS!?!? You run right back home and make your own for a buck or less! ;)
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #995 on: May 16, 2017, 10:51:19 AM »
I am 3 - 1/2 months in to retirement at this point, and it was only just yesterday that I finally felt like I had "arrived" at a good place. The last 3+ months I've felt unsettled, adrift, unhappy about not having enough structure, unproductive...you get the point. Very uneasy. The "coming down" phase (withdrawal?) has been unexpectedly rough.

Which I think is typical when you get off a merry-go-round. It takes a while for everything to stop spinning.

And yesterday it finally did. After enjoying some exercise and a good breakfast I binge-read an entire book. Then strolled over to the store for groceries and did some cooking...all things I really enjoy. Without guilt. Without any Type-A bullshit swirling around it.

At this point I'm satisfied with the slower and more sane pace. I want to maintain this (so peaceful!) until I'm good and ready to work on the next chapter, whatever that is. But with no guilt, no hurry, no frantic need for speed.  Aaaahhhhhh. Finally!

And today? It's $2 Taco Tuesday at a favorite spot...I've got big plans!

I'm happy for you!  This is my concern also.  I'm hoping that by moving my retirement day up to June 30th, I'll have 3 or 4 months of good weather for outdoor activities during the adjustment period.


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #996 on: May 16, 2017, 12:45:37 PM »
Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017       Confirmed
Penguin159               May 12, 2017       Part time
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
WannaGoOutside   (at 45) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017
UnleashHell              July 28, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) July 31, 2017
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                    OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY




I am moving up from the Class of 2018 to June 30, 2017!  Our house (in our working state) sold in days and closed crazy fast, so my DH has already retired and moved to our retirement house in a neighboring state.  I was going to work the rest of this year, surfing in friends' and family's guest rooms, but I've become motivated to move up to June 30!  32 more working days!!!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #997 on: May 16, 2017, 01:39:42 PM »
Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017       Confirmed
Penguin159               May 12, 2017       Part time
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017       Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) May 15, 2017       Part time
RedmondStash             May 18, 2017       Leave of absence
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017
Romag                    June 1, 2017
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017
fidreamer                June 16, 2017
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) June 16, 2017
Rahby1us                 June, 2017
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017
WannaGoOutside   (at 45) June 30, 2017
Charlie Foxtrot  (at 41) July 1, 2017
Daisy            (at 48) July 17, 2017
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
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017
MadBikePoet      (at 44) Sep 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Sep 30, 2017
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) Fall 2017
SachaFiscal      (at 41) Dec 1, 2017   
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Late 2017
Mf3333           (at 56)                    OMY
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY



I moved - added 2 work days to my career in order to get an extra month of health care!!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #998 on: May 17, 2017, 04:49:10 AM »
I've gone back to work after a leave of absence of 2.5 months. It was sort of a way to try out RE to see how I liked it. I decided to return to work  at 32 hours instead of 40 and I'm trying that out to see if it is sustainable for me. 

On my LOA I did some spring cleaning in my house. I also cooked more, and healthier food. I exercised a little more. I lost about 10lbs which was nice because I fit into my clothes better (I was getting to a point where I might need a new wardrobe before I took leave). 

I felt a bit aimless though. I ended up watching a lot of TV/Streaming. I think I've gotten so used to the structure and motivation that working for someone else provides that it was difficult for me to self motivate myself to do the things I had always pictured myself doing in RE (playing/creating music, software projects, volunteer work, making a difference in the world). Also I realized that a lot of my identity and self worth is wrapped up in my career. It is more difficult than I thought to let that go. It will take some serious self reflection and personal growth before I'm ready to do that.

So now I am trying a reduced hour schedule to ease into RE. I'd like to use the extra day off to try and do some of my planned RE activities. If I can do that and feel like I could fill the rest of my days with those activities and feel fulfilled, then I will leave work. But until then I think I will be part time for a while. As my planned RE date (December 1) gets closer I'll evaluate if I'm really ready to pull the plug.

As I've started working, I'm observing some of my usual stress patterns come back (e.g. drinking too much caffeine during the day so not sleeping at night). I'm realizing that a lot of the stress I feel is self induced. It's a something I do to motivate myself to be good/better at my job. I set certain expectations of myself and I'm constantly stressed when I don't meet my self induced goals. I create this state of fear that causes me to work harder. Even though I could get fired tomorrow and just be fine, these fear of losing my job mental patterns are so deeply ingrained that they are not easy to just drop with only the knowledge that I would be fine financially if I didn't have the job.

I'm trying to change some of these patterns and develop new ones slowly with mindfulness. I'd like to be able to be more present and exoerience my life moment to moment instead of fearing and planning the future all the time. Just take one challenge at a time and enjoy solving the problem without the extra worry of "what happens if I don't figure this out soon enough, or ever".

My sabbatical made me realize that I also don't have much of a life outside of work and I really want to develop that more. I'm looking for some ways to meet more like minded folks who want to help others and work towards positive change.  Also looking for some creative outlets.

Overall the past few months have been a transformational experience for me.


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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #999 on: May 17, 2017, 06:56:02 AM »
What is "OMY"?