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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1200 on: February 01, 2018, 08:59:09 AM »
I resent the time it takes away from useful things(like sleeping with a dog curled up next to me or cleaning out the house).

I admit to being slightly uncomfortable with this realization.  I went to a bunch of fancy schools and got a bunch of fancy degrees so that people would listen to me when I'm acting all fancy smart, and now my life's one true desire is to mow my lawn and take my dog to the park?  These days I'm genuinely more interested in staying home to clean my bathroom than I am going to work to answer email, and some part of me finds that realizations upsetting.  Is it a betrayal of my life's work to just abandon it so easily?

I think I'm going to need to find an alternative venue for acting all fancy smart, after I retire.
Perhaps where we made the mistake was thinking that this is our life's work.  When I'm home, surrounded by the fella's that love me, that is when I am truly happy.  Not when I make a good TPS report, or put together a good SOW for a future construction project.  Some day, I may drive onto this installation and look again at all the large metal objects that are still standing that I had a hand in.  Or maybe I won't, and I'll focus on the bush beans, the chickens, and my love. 

It is sad but my "life's work" doesn't really feel like something that no-one else could have done.  In fact, there are several someone's in line to replace me in my work of erecting large metal objects. 

I think I'd like to refocus my life's work on something that is uniquely mine.  Let the young kids have their turn at the fun, and get out of the way.



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1201 on: February 01, 2018, 09:42:35 AM »
Congratulations MomCPA!

Thanks @homestead neohio for the nice words.


01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42)
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
03/??/18  MiserlyMiser
03/??/18  Acastus
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
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~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
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05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/04/18  step_away
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  Gyosho
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Cheddar Stacker
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
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07/??/18  ChasesFish
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08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
10/25/18 PhilB (at 52)
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1202 on: February 01, 2018, 09:44:04 AM »
I don't view it as a betrayal of my life's work, I view it as having worked my butt off to reach a point where I can focus on what I want to, where I can pick out my new challenges.

I feel invested in my career path.  I've suffered and toiled for years, built something worthwhile, and now I'm casting it all aside.  Part of me feels the incipient loss.

But I expressed these feelings to my spouse this morning, and she gleefully reminded me that I suffered and toiled for precisely this reason.  I've paid the price to have this option today, so that I can walk away from it all.  The bill is paid, so maybe it's time to claim the prize.

And honestly that journey was worthwhile along the way, too.  Life has to be about the moment, not the future ends, right?  We're all going to die and leave it all behind, so all that matters is what you do along the way.  At each crossroads, I chose the path that most appealled to me, and I'm fitfully trying to mentally reframe this next step as another choice towards another path instead of an abdication of the journey thus far.  I'm not quite there yet.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1203 on: February 01, 2018, 09:58:44 AM »
I don't view it as a betrayal of my life's work, I view it as having worked my butt off to reach a point where I can focus on what I want to, where I can pick out my new challenges.

I feel invested in my career path.  I've suffered and toiled for years, built something worthwhile, and now I'm casting it all aside.  Part of me feels the incipient loss.

But I expressed these feelings to my spouse this morning, and she gleefully reminded me that I suffered and toiled for precisely this reason.  I've paid the price to have this option today, so that I can walk away from it all.  The bill is paid, so maybe it's time to claim the prize.

And honestly that journey was worthwhile along the way, too.  Life has to be about the moment, not the future ends, right?  We're all going to die and leave it all behind, so all that matters is what you do along the way.  At each crossroads, I chose the path that most appealled to me, and I'm fitfully trying to mentally reframe this next step as another choice towards another path instead of an abdication of the journey thus far.  I'm not quite there yet.

Sol, quick question for you- what happened to your plans to continue working past FIRE and subsequently donate your large earnings to charity. I apologize if you have addressed this change of heart- I don't login all too frequently these days. But I do recall you used to frequently make the case that you continuing to work was able to do so much good that it was immoral for you not to continue to work (paraphrased fairly, I hope). '1 man works a tolerable job to save 1000 lives a year' type argument. Have you changed your mind?

Thanks.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1204 on: February 01, 2018, 10:10:36 AM »
Sol, quick question for you- what happened to your plans to continue working past FIRE and subsequently donate your large earnings to charity.

My plan was to continue working past my March 30th target date and give away half of my gross salary. 

The new tax law motivated me to give early, before losing the deductibility of charitable donations, so in December I donated $25k to a DAF.  That would require working an extra six months, to earn that much money at a 50% donation rate, since I make about 100k/yr, or working 3 more months if I donate 100% of it (which means paying taxes and insurance and such out of pocket). I then updated my retirement date in this thread to move it forward from March to August.

So it's done before it's done.  The money is already gone, before I am retired, and I have committed myself to working longer to earn it back.  It's a convoluted sort of reasoning, I admit, but the changing tax laws mean I can donate approximately $7k more to charity by doing it this way instead of as originally planned.  Plus there's no backing out now, on the donation side.  The only question is whether I can stick with my plan to continue working, or whether I just decide to give it away without clocking the time at my desk.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1205 on: February 01, 2018, 10:58:23 AM »
Is it a betrayal of my life's work to just abandon it so easily?

In my case, it was a betrayal of my nonambition ever to have pursued fancy professional credentials in the first place.  Now that I'm retiring, I'm answering my true calling (to become a gentleman of leisure).

Exactly this. When the institute finally stops asking me to renew my subscriptions, and throws me out for non-payment,  I am actually looking to being able to described myself as a 'lapsed Chartered Accountant'.  None of the professional and well-regarded work I did today gave me anything like the feeling of achievement and well-being that the half hour's carpentry at lunchtime did.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1206 on: February 01, 2018, 11:04:36 AM »

We have 5 folks in March with undecided dates. 

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03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
03/??/18  MiserlyMiser
03/??/18  Acastus

March is getting pretty close to remain undecided.... 

Any updates @Badblackgirl , @Clean Shaven , @Sofa King , @MiserlyMiser and @Acastus ?

My job pays out its 401k-type plan at year end, in a roughly 70/30 split.  I received the 70% part and am waiting on the 30% to post.  In past years, it's posted in early February, so hoping it hits soon.

Then I give notice -- probably 30 days.

I'm willing to stay attached to the job on a very very part time basis -- basically project type work -- but I don't think they typically do that, so I doubt it'll be offered.  That's fine by me.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1207 on: February 01, 2018, 11:10:56 AM »
None of the professional and well-regarded work I did today gave me anything like the feeling of achievement and well-being that the half hour's carpentry at lunchtime did.
This is beautiful....



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1208 on: February 01, 2018, 11:20:46 AM »
My job pays out its 401k-type plan at year end, in a roughly 70/30 split.  I received the 70% part and am waiting on the 30% to post.  In past years, it's posted in early February, so hoping it hits soon.

Then I give notice -- probably 30 days.

I'm willing to stay attached to the job on a very very part time basis -- basically project type work -- but I don't think they typically do that, so I doubt it'll be offered.  That's fine by me.

Thanks for the update @Clean Shaven .  If I were you I'd be checking that account every day so I could turn in that notice.  Always good to have the money in the account so they don't try to prevent you from receiving your benefit.  Some employers will thank you for a job well done and others will turn on you as soon as you announce your intent to leave. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1209 on: February 01, 2018, 12:05:00 PM »
Thanks for all the encouragement my people. However I want you all to know I've made a terrible mistake.  Retirement is awful.  I need to find a job... Haaaaaa...

Last day at work was a whirlwind and then I was clearly over-served last night.

Hang in there with your plans Sol.  Unless of course you don't want to...

Congratulations to all you people giving notice. Pretty exciting stuff.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1210 on: February 01, 2018, 12:10:19 PM »
Thanks for the update @Clean Shaven .  If I were you I'd be checking that account every day so I could turn in that notice.  Always good to have the money in the account so they don't try to prevent you from receiving your benefit.  Some employers will thank you for a job well done and others will turn on you as soon as you announce your intent to leave.

I'm checking it every day, for sure.  Our policy manual says that in order to receive payment, you have to be employed on the date of payment (or words to that effect).  While I don't think this employer would pull an "___ days notice? Nope, you can leave today" on me, and cut me out of that remaining payment, I'm not taking that chance.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1211 on: February 01, 2018, 08:31:16 PM »

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

No contractual obligation for me, but itís the norm in my field to give at least a monthís notice, and more like 2-4 if youíre in a leadership position like mine. Giving 2 weeksí notice would be bridge-burningly short and many colleagues would assume I was fired for some kind of gross mismanagement. So my proposed timeframe was pretty average. Waiting until June would be more than generous, but I might do it.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1212 on: February 01, 2018, 08:43:00 PM »
I resent the time it takes away from useful things(like sleeping with a dog curled up next to me or cleaning out the house).

I admit to being slightly uncomfortable with this realization.  I went to a bunch of fancy schools and got a bunch of fancy degrees so that people would listen to me when I'm acting all fancy smart, and now my life's one true desire is to mow my lawn and take my dog to the park?  These days I'm genuinely more interested in staying home to clean my bathroom than I am going to work to answer email, and some part of me finds that realizations upsetting.  Is it a betrayal of my life's work to just abandon it so easily?

I think I'm going to need to find an alternative venue for acting all fancy smart, after I retire.

I struggle with this quite a bit as well. Itís a big part of the reason I feel like I should do consulting work or start some kind of hifalutiní business after I FIRE. Itís like I canít get past the sunk costs of education and still feel like I MUST USE THESE GRADUATE DEGREES or Iím wasting all that money and effort.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1213 on: February 01, 2018, 08:50:06 PM »
I AM FIRED!!

Had my exit interview, security debriefing, met with payroll, turned in the phone, the car, the laptops, the multiple ID badges and security devices, and have signed NUMEROUS documents.

Today was just so surreal. I declined the usual BBQ lunch our group normally does for people leaving (I'm an oddball like that), but acquiesced to morning bagels and fruit. We had a monthly meeting already scheduled for today so they had a little moment for me there, I got a nice card and they thoughtfully skipped the usual plaque (not my sort of thing) and made a donation to a local charity I've been involved with instead. I didn't really expect to feel so emotional on my last day, but damn it I worked with some good people. In my "goodbye" email (sort of a tradition), I closed with a link to The Who's "I'm Free" on youTube :)

Tomorrow, we're getting up early and going hiking. I'll probably take a nap when we get home. Gotta have goals, yo.

Congrats to everyone else who has pulled the plug so far, I am ecstatic to join your ranks! To everyone else, just keep your heads down, YOU GOT THIS!

Oh and @CowboyAndIndian if you'd like to add my age to the list, I am squeaking in at 40, just a few months to spare :) Thank you for keeping the list up to date and neatly formatted!
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1214 on: February 01, 2018, 08:55:15 PM »
Niiiice! Welcome!!  Kinda trippy the emotions, right? And strangely exhausting. I was horizontal most of the day today. Hiking (more like snowshoeing here) starts this weekend.

Cowboyandindian, if you wanna add my age at the same time, I'm 33.  Thanks.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1215 on: February 01, 2018, 11:32:12 PM »
Dtaggart, sounds like you didn't have time for a bbq with all that form filling and badge handing overing. Congrats!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1216 on: February 02, 2018, 04:34:37 AM »
YAY Dtaggart!!!  Very happy for you!  Enjoy your hike and afternoon nap!  :)
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1217 on: February 02, 2018, 05:12:56 AM »
Congrats DTaggart, so awesome to hear!
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1218 on: February 02, 2018, 05:46:00 AM »
Congrats Dtaggart!!
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1219 on: February 02, 2018, 07:37:06 AM »
Congratulations DTaggart!


01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42)
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
03/??/18  MiserlyMiser
03/??/18  Acastus
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
~04/??/18 Agent Rosenflower
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/04/18  step_away
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  Gyosho
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Cheddar Stacker
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
~06/??/18 Pylortes
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
10/25/18 PhilB (at 52)
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  OzBeach -- WIGLO (When I Get Laid Off)
??/??/18  thriftycanadian
??/??/18  pecunia
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1220 on: February 02, 2018, 07:46:09 AM »
Way to go  Dtaggart!
I especially liked the inclusion of the link to "I'm Free"  in your good bye letter.



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1221 on: February 02, 2018, 08:25:05 AM »
I struggle with this quite a bit as well. Itís a big part of the reason I feel like I should do consulting work or start some kind of hifalutiní business after I FIRE. Itís like I canít get past the sunk costs of education and still feel like I MUST USE THESE GRADUATE DEGREES or Iím wasting all that money and effort.

It's been interesting watching this conversation unfold. I feel somewhat the same, however I don't feel like I ever obtained a degree based on what I thought was important to bring to the world, but rather obtained a degree solely to make myself money. I intend on consulting on and off after FIRE but that's because I'm a busy-brain and would like to save extra money to go back to school to earn degrees of my choosing, with no career strings attached.

Also, PTF, as I'm in the 2020 cohort and am living vicariously through this thread. Congratulations to all of you! I love reading the stories!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1222 on: February 02, 2018, 09:14:21 AM »
Congrats DTaggart !!!!! Yeah !!!!!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1223 on: February 02, 2018, 09:15:12 AM »
Welcome to FIRE @momcpa , @DTaggart , and @Wintergreen78 .  I hope you all got to sleep in and have fun on your first day off!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1224 on: February 02, 2018, 12:20:41 PM »
Quote from: DTaggart
 In my "goodbye" email (sort of a tradition), I closed with a link to The Who's "I'm Free" on youTube :)

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Classic! My cousin sent me a mystery song to play on my drive home on my last day.  It was both annoying and celebratory... But as is my norm when teaching myself to enjoy new music I just cranked it up on repeat the whole way home.  And now I just hum it all the time...  enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G-7P6-FLLM

Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1225 on: February 02, 2018, 02:25:28 PM »
Another "I'm Free" - from a later era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVGf3ePIO04

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1226 on: February 02, 2018, 02:29:54 PM »
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Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1227 on: February 02, 2018, 03:28:14 PM »
I'm moving to this group from the 2019 group. It's just time. I turn 58 this month, so not super early, but we're ready - my husband already retired last year. I'll get a part-time/fun job in a few months.

I'm giving notice in early March after I get last year's bonus. I'll give a month-ish, so planning on my last day being March 30. The last day of that pay period is April 1st. :-)


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1228 on: February 02, 2018, 04:33:07 PM »
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Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

https://youtu.be/vA06__bqar0

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1229 on: February 02, 2018, 04:48:59 PM »
I love the idea of singing The Who's "I'm Free" on my last day!

I met with our Fidelity rep today to go over the details. Everything looks good! I am on track to FIRE 5/25 (I will be 55).

Can't wait! I am literally counting down the number of work days left. Every morning before I start working I write the day's number down on a piece of paper. Today was day 78. 77 working days to go.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1230 on: February 02, 2018, 05:35:12 PM »
Another "I'm Free" - from a later era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVGf3ePIO04

I went to see The Soup Dragons at Brixton Academy when I was about 16! Blur were an almost unknown support act, ha ha.

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« Reply #1231 on: February 02, 2018, 05:35:38 PM »
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« Reply #1232 on: February 02, 2018, 06:25:22 PM »
Another "I'm Free" - from a later era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVGf3ePIO04

On my playlist.  Thanks!   

On a side note, new FIRE activity --- go through the entire "What are you listening to Now" thread.

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« Reply #1233 on: February 02, 2018, 09:03:34 PM »
Another mixtape submission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gemNU9mTsig

And markets drop 2.5% the day after I leave work. I've been joking this exact thing would happen for months. I know I'll be fine, but seriously, not funny! :)
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« Reply #1234 on: February 02, 2018, 09:06:39 PM »
And markets drop 2.5% the day after I leave work. I've been joking this exact thing would happen for months. I know I'll be fine, but seriously, not funny! :)

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« Reply #1235 on: February 02, 2018, 09:16:40 PM »
DTaggart.....my thoughts exactly.  Feels like the market had it's eye on us!  Told a long time friend who I enjoy talking finances with that I'd see him at the coffee shop. I'd be the waitress working for tips after this sudden downturn.    Just kidding.

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« Reply #1236 on: February 02, 2018, 10:46:01 PM »
And markets drop 2.5% the day after I leave work. I've been joking this exact thing would happen for months. I know I'll be fine, but seriously, not funny! :)

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Just a preview.

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« Reply #1237 on: February 03, 2018, 01:03:18 AM »
Congratulations to all the recent retirees - I love this forum and this cohort.

Mrs PD and me are into our last three months now.  Sheís really busy at work (small employer and sheís a ďbig fishĒ within it.)  Iím a manager in a European based global megacorp and theyíll have forgotten about about a week after Iím gone.  Iím not complaining though, Iíll have forgotten them even quicker.

In contrast to DW, Iím getting bored at work.  Iíve been signposting my retirement for a year now.  My successor has been selected from within my team so Iíve been training him up and slowly handing over my tasks for some time.  Feels great, but the time is dragging a little.

Best wishes to all.

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« Reply #1238 on: February 03, 2018, 01:36:34 AM »
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Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

https://youtu.be/vA06__bqar0
Love it!
I'm going with this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8
This was also my exit song from high school when I got my Uni offer so will bookend my career nicely!

Edited as quoted wrong message!
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« Reply #1239 on: February 03, 2018, 05:59:06 AM »
Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

@Patches   I was about to tease you about revealing an advanced age with your use of the word mixtape.  I then saw your age and was surprised that you even know that tape was once used to record audio.

mixtape. - cassette tape -1980's
CDmix 90's
playlist 2000's

Of course I could be chronologically miscalibrated.

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« Reply #1240 on: February 03, 2018, 08:44:07 AM »
Haha no way I'll ever give up the term! :)

So many fond memories making a tape by sitting next to the radio, waiting for the dj to play Aerosmith or LL Cool J or some such thing until the tape was completed.

Regardless, according to the internet 'mixtape' can still correctly be used to describe a playlist.


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« Reply #1241 on: February 03, 2018, 12:40:48 PM »
Quote
Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

https://youtu.be/vA06__bqar0
Love it!
I'm going with this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8
This was also my exit song from high school when I got my Uni offer so will bookend my career nicely!

Adding my personal favorite, and keeping with the eclectic theme by adding a different genre.  I will be blasting this on the stock stereo of my tiny hatchback after turning in my badge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HNCw3VLB0

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« Reply #1242 on: February 04, 2018, 05:01:26 AM »
Quote
Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

https://youtu.be/vA06__bqar0
Love it!
I'm going with this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8
This was also my exit song from high school when I got my Uni offer so will bookend my career nicely!

Adding my personal favorite, and keeping with the eclectic theme by adding a different genre.  I will be blasting this on the stock stereo of my tiny hatchback after turning in my badge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HNCw3VLB0
I'm starting to think we need to add a new column to the FIRE date list!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1243 on: February 04, 2018, 09:09:22 PM »
And here is a song that I post on behalf of the 2019 Cohort

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TRVuJxIRd9U


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« Reply #1244 on: February 05, 2018, 10:28:46 AM »
Most days I work from home and in recent years I have slowly reduced the frequency of trips to the office.  Now I run about once every 6-8 weeks. 
I had to go into the office last week for an annual kickoff meeting that the company does to recap last year and set goals for the new year.  Same stuff year after year but I do get to stay in a fancy hotel and have lunch with my co-workers.
On this trip I often thought about how this is the last time that I will have to do this.
I will miss the co-workers but not the job.  This was a company that was once always on those best places to work lists but over the past 7 years has become the place that only cares about the bottom line, that doesn't replace people when they leave or retire, and that doesn't really care about the workers at all.
I could feel all of this in the conversations with co-workers; there is just a general sadness about the office that they might not notice but it really seems obvious to me.  The sad thing is that so many of them are stuck there with no hope of early retirement or retirement at all.  Perhaps when I announce my retirement, they will reassess their priorities.  There is always hope.

So the countdown continues...



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1245 on: February 05, 2018, 10:58:06 AM »
Quote
Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

https://youtu.be/vA06__bqar0
Love it!
I'm going with this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8
This was also my exit song from high school when I got my Uni offer so will bookend my career nicely!

Adding my personal favorite, and keeping with the eclectic theme by adding a different genre.  I will be blasting this on the stock stereo of my tiny hatchback after turning in my badge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HNCw3VLB0
I'm starting to think we need to add a new column to the FIRE date list!

Is this to literal? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZclddLcOYYA

Getting a mixtape just right is hard...

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« Reply #1246 on: February 05, 2018, 02:08:48 PM »
Well, it's done. I just quit my job on the single worst intraday drop in the history of the Dow Jones. I'm 80% stock. My withdrawal rate will be roughly 3% annually. As of last week I had about 1.2M but it's bleeding by the day. My wife and I will rely on ACA for health care. Life is more fun with a little risk.



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« Reply #1247 on: February 05, 2018, 02:49:38 PM »
Well, it's done. I just quit my job on the single worst intraday drop in the history of the Dow Jones. I'm 80% stock. My withdrawal rate will be roughly 3% annually. As of last week I had about 1.2M but it's bleeding by the day. My wife and I will rely on ACA for health care. Life is more fun with a little risk.

It was only the worst day on a points basis, not percentage.   Congrats on quitting the job!

Remember, the market is up 40% in 15 months, this is not yyyyuuugggeeee in the scheme of things
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« Reply #1248 on: February 05, 2018, 03:16:55 PM »
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Makes me think we should get a 2018 cohort mix tape going!

My submission is from bakari's early days on the forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4

Let's just make this the most eclectic 4 songs to start a mixtape.

https://youtu.be/vA06__bqar0
Love it!
I'm going with this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8
This was also my exit song from high school when I got my Uni offer so will bookend my career nicely!

Adding my personal favorite, and keeping with the eclectic theme by adding a different genre.  I will be blasting this on the stock stereo of my tiny hatchback after turning in my badge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HNCw3VLB0
I'm starting to think we need to add a new column to the FIRE date list!

Is this to literal? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZclddLcOYYA

Getting a mixtape just right is hard...

This mixtape is shaping up nice! And I love the High Fidelity reference there at the end. I could get a Google drive thing going and share it... Or should we kick it old testament and do CDs??

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« Reply #1249 on: February 05, 2018, 04:07:40 PM »
Well, it's done. I just quit my job on the single worst intraday drop in the history of the Dow Jones. I'm 80% stock. My withdrawal rate will be roughly 3% annually. As of last week I had about 1.2M but it's bleeding by the day. My wife and I will rely on ACA for health care. Life is more fun with a little risk.

Looks like Mrbeardedbigbucks jumped the gun. Can we blame him for the market drop ;-)


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