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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1250 on: February 05, 2018, 05:32:03 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.

Well, look at this way, you've gotten that out of the way, so nothing but up from here!  Congrats on FIRE'ing!

I was wondering if the recent slide has impacted any of the 2018 cohort.  It's really just back to where it was a month ago, but psychologically it certainly could have an effect.

I am indifferent to slightly happy about the market drop, but I have two chunks of money coming in equal to about 5% of my net worth to invest.  That and I was able to deploy some money into REITs that pay 6% and 7.6%.  Its not a bunch, but I'd like to have those at a decent allocation of my portfolio.  I figure if I need 3.5% to retire and I have some stuff that I'm buying with a 6% and 7.6% yield and 5ish% annual increases, I'll probably be okay.  It also pays out monthly and buffers against the need to sell assets
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1251 on: February 05, 2018, 06:03:58 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.

Well, look at this way, you've gotten that out of the way, so nothing but up from here!  Congrats on FIRE'ing!

I was wondering if the recent slide has impacted any of the 2018 cohort.  It's really just back to where it was a month ago, but psychologically it certainly could have an effect.

Iím mildly pleased about it since Iím trying to max out at least one retirement account before I quit, and I donít plan to touch my investments for at least a couple years. I donít think anything short of another 2008 would lead me to change my plans dramatically.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1252 on: February 05, 2018, 06:13:43 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1253 on: February 05, 2018, 06:20:40 PM »
Sure has been a bunch of panic on the MMM-related threads on Facebook.   I don't think a lot of the Facebook readers ever actually read MMM.

We have 7 more months of paychecks coming in, so I'm happy the stock market is down for a bit.  We're putting in about $9000 in my 401K and and $16,000 in my wife's.   (She has paychecks thru the end of August, I just go thru mid-May.)

We're still committed to retiring in May.

If we sell our old home we'll carry on with renovating the flip-house.   If we can't get it to sell and the market stays up we'll sell stock to fund the renovations.  If the market drops, we'll postpone the renovations.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1254 on: February 05, 2018, 06:22:50 PM »
If the market takes a really bad nosedive you have all kinds of strategies in place, cutting expenses, a side gig of income, renting out a room, etc.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1255 on: February 05, 2018, 07:39:44 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.

Congrats Mrbeardedbigbucks!  I am 100% in agreement with you on your last point. (I am looking forward to pulling the cord in June). Since it is no secret at work that I am leaving soon, folks ask me every day "What are you going to do?"  I wonder if this is the refrain because they cannot decide what they would do or if they just want to live vicariously through me.  Anyway, I think others do not clamor to do what I am doing because they are not willing to endure a little risk.  To me the risk is that I stay in my job and die in my office. 
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« Reply #1256 on: February 06, 2018, 06:59:47 AM »
I'm also happy with the market drop, assuming it stays low enough for me to make a few purchases.  I have increased 401k contributions to hit the 2018 max via paychecks and severance, which end in April.  If the market continues to drop and stays low through that time, I'll make some sizable purchases at a discount right before I stop accumulating shares.  Delaying the date at which I leave this job is not an option!

I have committed to investing certain amounts at certain times to maximize the employer match.  I can't control what the market does, so I'll just watch and smile.  If it turns into a serious bear market, I could either continue with my planned year or two off, then earn enough to cover expenses doing fun jobs (not selling investments), or I could look for a (probably not fun) job which allows me to buy more through a down market, then take my time off.  I don't think we're headed for a bear market, and even if we are, I expect I need the time off now and I'll have the cash buffer to still do it.  But I guess I don't really know what I'll do until I get there.  Short term market gyrations won't change anything.  If this is the start of something longer, probably still won't change anything.

Life is more fun with a little risk.

Agreed.

To me the risk (to avoid) is that I stay in my job and die in my office. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1257 on: February 06, 2018, 07:51:30 AM »
Life is more fun with a little risk.
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To me the risk (to avoid) is that I stay in my job and die in my office. 
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In a weird way, I'm grateful for the recent dip/drop we are experiencing.  It gave DH and me a chance to ask hard questions about strategy, should we adjust course, extend our working life, etc, with a real crisis looming (instead of with the confidence of a bounding market).  In the end, the answer is still no.  We know what we have in reserve and we know what adjustments to make to our spend to survive a down market.  We had that conversation in a healthy way (as the reduced spend items mainly impact things that are important to him) and it gave us the chance to get there together instead of me deciding for us. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1258 on: February 06, 2018, 08:42:44 AM »
I was wondering if the recent slide has impacted any of the 2018 cohort.  It's really just back to where it was a month ago, but psychologically it certainly could have an effect.

I've known this was a very real possibility, what with the market being so hot over the past year or two. So I over-saved, I have several back-up plans in place, and a fair amount of cash reserves. Consequently I'm not too worried (no more than my normal level of anxiety about life). I just feel the specific timing of the drop, coinciding pretty much EXACTLY with my last day of work, was a big 'ol FUCK YOU from the universe. Very rude :)

On the other hand, maybe we can hurry up and get the next recession out of the way so I don't have to keep worrying about it.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1259 on: February 06, 2018, 11:17:49 AM »
Congrats to the class of 2018 confirmed retirees!  Especially to momCPA, patches, and Wintergreen78 who helped us finish strong in January. 

I have 2 more months and every time a new responsibility shows up I roll my eyes and groan, even though I have plenty of time to do it.  Good thing I'm remote so people don't have to see me doing this.  I really should take my own advice and savor the entire experience, enjoying the anticipation and relishing the expectation of not having to do this kind of work again.  I will practice that today as I slog through all the work I've been putting off.  I can get caught up and then reply to the boss about status.

Also, a big thanks to @CowboyAndIndian for keeping us all up to date.  I'm saying thanks because otherwise it would be a thankless job.

We have 5 folks in March with undecided dates. 

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I'm no longer March.  I'm still planning for 2018, but I don't know when. 

The reason is, I have a work project that I find really interesting, and I want to see it through to a certain stage at least. 
A sub-reason within just the past few days is the stock market.  I'm still above my number, but it was so nice to see that extra margin of safety (it made me nervous, though--I'm always waiting for the other shoe), and it's going to take me a while to get used to the dip (assuming it sticks).  And if it's the harbinger of a larger negative turn, then I'd like to wait at least a little while to see how far it goes down.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1260 on: February 06, 2018, 11:22:52 AM »
I have now got to see this reaction with 2 people leaving, but my manager gives them the silent treatment once they give there notice. She won't talk to them or acknowledge them. We will see if it holds true for me.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1261 on: February 06, 2018, 01:58:45 PM »
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I was wondering if the recent slide has impacted any of the 2018 cohort.  It's really just back to where it was a month ago, but psychologically it certainly could have an effect.
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If you're going to be a retired person invested in stocks, you're at times going to have to sell at less than all-time highs. I'd suggest you come to terms with this prior to retirement. If you haven't yet come to terms with it, I'd suggest continuing to work and save.

Note: I'm one week into retirement and am in full-blown vacation mode. No cares beyond recreation, food and drink.

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« Reply #1262 on: February 06, 2018, 02:11:49 PM »
I'll be honest, I am a little mad for not having the paycheck to buy in while stocks are on sale, but overall not very worried.  I am grateful that I have been working part time for a few weeks as I have earned enough to cover a few months of living expenses.  Plus, I am really busy getting our house ready for our move. 

DH did get an offer for work while we are in the PNW, and at the time I didn't like the idea, but now I am considering it.  There's a few reasons why, but the stock market drop is only one of them.

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« Reply #1263 on: February 06, 2018, 04:19:30 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.

Congrats Mrbeardedbigbucks!  I am 100% in agreement with you on your last point. (I am looking forward to pulling the cord in June). Since it is no secret at work that I am leaving soon, folks ask me every day "What are you going to do?" I wonder if this is the refrain because they cannot decide what they would do or if they just want to live vicariously through me.  Anyway, I think others do not clamor to do what I am doing because they are not willing to endure a little risk.  To me the risk is that I stay in my job and die in my office.

Thank you! You're absolutely right Aperture. Get busy living or get busy dying.

I came to a realization that the movie Shawshank Redemption is a metaphor for working in corporate America. After a while people get institutionalized. All they know is the safety and security of the same routine everyday. Their company and career gives them a sense of purpose and identity. They have a boss that they like to complain about but in reality they need that authority in their lives to provide direction. Most of their friends are at the company. Many of them eat two meals a day there. They don't want to leave all that behind because who will they gossip with and what will they complain about? How would they explain to other people on the outside what they do for a living?  Corporate walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized.'


The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer over a period of 19 years (16 years for me). In four weeks I'll finally crawl out of a tunnel of shit into the free world. If the stock market decide to take a serious dump....I'll take what's left of my stash, pack up the Subaru and drive down to Mexico or another low cost of living country. Maybe open a backpackers hostel and fix up an old boat on a beach.

When you guys retire..do me a favor. There's this big hayfield up near Buxton. You know where Buxton is?

Ok, ok, this is getting out of hand. Good luck to everyone. Don't hesitate to retire in 2018 no matter what this stock market does and for the love of god, don't go back and "consult". Go carve a chess board out of soapstone or fix up an old boat instead.

MrBeardedBigBucks out.

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« Reply #1264 on: February 07, 2018, 07:45:14 AM »
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.

Congrats Mrbeardedbigbucks!  I am 100% in agreement with you on your last point. (I am looking forward to pulling the cord in June). Since it is no secret at work that I am leaving soon, folks ask me every day "What are you going to do?" I wonder if this is the refrain because they cannot decide what they would do or if they just want to live vicariously through me.  Anyway, I think others do not clamor to do what I am doing because they are not willing to endure a little risk.  To me the risk is that I stay in my job and die in my office.

Thank you! You're absolutely right Aperture. Get busy living or get busy dying.

I came to a realization that the movie Shawshank Redemption is a metaphor for working in corporate America. After a while people get institutionalized. All they know is the safety and security of the same routine everyday. Their company and career gives them a sense of purpose and identity. They have a boss that they like to complain about but in reality they need that authority in their lives to provide direction. Most of their friends are at the company. Many of them eat two meals a day there. They don't want to leave all that behind because who will they gossip with and what will they complain about? How would they explain to other people on the outside what they do for a living?  Corporate walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized.'


The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer over a period of 19 years (16 years for me). In four weeks I'll finally crawl out of a tunnel of shit into the free world. If the stock market decide to take a serious dump....I'll take what's left of my stash, pack up the Subaru and drive down to Mexico or another low cost of living country. Maybe open a backpackers hostel and fix up an old boat on a beach.

When you guys retire..do me a favor. There's this big hayfield up near Buxton. You know where Buxton is?

Ok, ok, this is getting out of hand. Good luck to everyone. Don't hesitate to retire in 2018 no matter what this stock market does and for the love of god, don't go back and "consult". Go carve a chess board out of soapstone or fix up an old boat instead.

MrBeardedBigBucks out.

Love this, Mr.BeardedBigBucks.  Agree completely.  And great minds think alike -- I posted this on the 2019 Cohort Thread last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN7tVwiwGUc

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1265 on: February 07, 2018, 10:43:21 AM »
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.

Congrats Mrbeardedbigbucks!  I am 100% in agreement with you on your last point. (I am looking forward to pulling the cord in June). Since it is no secret at work that I am leaving soon, folks ask me every day "What are you going to do?" I wonder if this is the refrain because they cannot decide what they would do or if they just want to live vicariously through me.  Anyway, I think others do not clamor to do what I am doing because they are not willing to endure a little risk.  To me the risk is that I stay in my job and die in my office.

Thank you! You're absolutely right Aperture. Get busy living or get busy dying.

I came to a realization that the movie Shawshank Redemption is a metaphor for working in corporate America. After a while people get institutionalized. All they know is the safety and security of the same routine everyday. Their company and career gives them a sense of purpose and identity. They have a boss that they like to complain about but in reality they need that authority in their lives to provide direction. Most of their friends are at the company. Many of them eat two meals a day there. They don't want to leave all that behind because who will they gossip with and what will they complain about? How would they explain to other people on the outside what they do for a living?  Corporate walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized.'


The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer over a period of 19 years (16 years for me). In four weeks I'll finally crawl out of a tunnel of shit into the free world. If the stock market decide to take a serious dump....I'll take what's left of my stash, pack up the Subaru and drive down to Mexico or another low cost of living country. Maybe open a backpackers hostel and fix up an old boat on a beach.

When you guys retire..do me a favor. There's this big hayfield up near Buxton. You know where Buxton is?

Ok, ok, this is getting out of hand. Good luck to everyone. Don't hesitate to retire in 2018 no matter what this stock market does and for the love of god, don't go back and "consult". Go carve a chess board out of soapstone or fix up an old boat instead.

MrBeardedBigBucks out.

Amazing. This really hit me (and I love that movie too). I recently joined the 2022, but am begin to dream or more fittingly hope ('Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.) that I may be able to FIRE this year. Thanks Mr.BeardedBigBucks for giving me hope.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1266 on: February 07, 2018, 12:11:49 PM »
I set a tentative date as June 3 - my birthday :) It may come earlier if I really feel fed up... In a solid financial condition so I can do it anytime... At minimal, get my bonus at the end of Feb ;-)

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« Reply #1267 on: February 07, 2018, 05:35:13 PM »
I've now set an official departure date with my firm to finish out my final week on Friday, March 2nd.  Iím updating the list to reflect that change and the other updates posted since CowboyAndIndian's last revision (C&I, I second the others in thanking you for your yeoman's service in keeping the list up-to-date!).  But Iíll hold off on slapping a "CONFIRMED" label onto my date until it arrives (to avoid counting that chicken before it actually hatches).


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02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
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« Reply #1268 on: February 07, 2018, 06:42:01 PM »
We have early 2018 planned for down-shifting and mid to late 2018 for full RE. 

As someone else mentioned, I also am trying to wrap my head around the switch from saving to withdrawing.

Yeah, me, too. We're planning to move abroad, as well.  So I go between feeling pretty okay and "on top" of things, to freaking out completely.  So much to think about: How to "scaffold" our different savings/investment accounts, how to access them, tax implications, thinking about residency, etc.  It can get so incredibly overwhelming to think about.

Thanks for sharing your feelings! I feel the same way! Mixed feelings can be confusing and overwhelming sometimes.

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« Reply #1269 on: February 08, 2018, 07:30:06 AM »
As it gets closer to FIRE for me, I have two competing emotions. The first is 'Holy Shit, am I really doing this? Am I really quitting and not going back to work somewhere else?' the second it 'Holy shit, I can't believe I put up with this crap for as long as I have'.
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« Reply #1270 on: February 08, 2018, 07:44:45 AM »
As it gets closer to FIRE for me, I have two competing emotions. The first is 'Holy Shit, am I really doing this? Am I really quitting and not going back to work somewhere else?' the second it 'Holy shit, I can't believe I put up with this crap for as long as I have'.
I'm there too.

It's been 20 years for me in a tough occupation, which has caused two 500+ mile relocations, ended a five year relationship, and was directly responsible for one carpal tunnel surgery. And lots of teeth grinding while sleeping, according to my wife.  OTOH, it was well compensated enough, since I am going to FIRE shortly.

The last year or so has been a lot of thinking along the lines of "I am literally trading the remainder of my life for money, for each day or week or month I keep doing this." I knew people in my field who died at their desks. I knew others who kept working and working and died at 60, 65, etc, due to poor health caused by being shackled to a desk 60-70 hours a week. I know others right now - even in my office - who so merged their identity with their work that they continue to come to the office at age 70 or 80 because they can't think of anything else to do.

Soon to be free from it all!


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1271 on: February 08, 2018, 08:02:10 AM »
As it gets closer to FIRE for me, I have two competing emotions. The first is 'Holy Shit, am I really doing this? Am I really quitting and not going back to work somewhere else?' the second it 'Holy shit, I can't believe I put up with this crap for as long as I have'.

I can totally relate to this.  Good for you!



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« Reply #1272 on: February 08, 2018, 10:00:13 AM »
I'm still on the fence about making 2018 the year of ER.  I went to part time on Jan 1, 2017.  This is pretty good because I still have a nice income and I get to take several extended vacations per year. 

Yesterday I got my first '3' rating in my career (always 4 or 5 before) and was basically told it would be difficult to get above a 3 due to my part time status.  This year the 3 is costing me about 8K in bonus. 

This is making me lean more towards making 2018 the year.  I will have a new boss in the next month and this also might sway my timing.

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« Reply #1273 on: February 08, 2018, 10:19:19 AM »
I might regret this but I'm going to push through until June instead of leaving in April, per my boss's request. My rationale is that a couple more months will let me max out both my retirement accounts, or come very close. I also have a vacancy on my team that I'd really like to get filled before  I leave.

Updating as follows:

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
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42)
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
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
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18 Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  Cheddar Stacker
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
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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
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
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  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  OzBeach -- WIGLO (When I Get Laid Off)
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  thriftycanadian

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1274 on: February 08, 2018, 12:01:56 PM »
I had a meeting with my manager today and gave my notice. It looks like they have accepted my last day as 4/3. But, it's not quite official yet. I wanted to provide a little more than 2 weeks notice to help with the transition. But, I was prepared to walk out of the door if necessary. I definitely feel relieved. I don't have to be so paranoid about getting pulled into long term projects.

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« Reply #1275 on: February 08, 2018, 03:15:57 PM »
Was at lunch today with five colleages and my boss.  One of them brings up the topic of "Do you know so and so.  I called him up to discuss some changes and asked his opinion, he said he didn't care and was retiring.  He's 49!!"

Wow, did I ever have to bite my tongue.  I may literally be telling my boss tomorrow to elevate that I would be willing to take a severance if they want to remove my layer of management as part of any needs to prove "cost reductions".  I don't know if I should go as far to say "I'm considering retiring either five months from now or a year from now"
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1276 on: February 08, 2018, 05:20:36 PM »
I had a meeting with my manager today and gave my notice. It looks like they have accepted my last day as 4/3. But, it's not quite official yet. I wanted to provide a little more than 2 weeks notice to help with the transition. But, I was prepared to walk out of the door if necessary. I definitely feel relieved. I don't have to be so paranoid about getting pulled into long term projects.

Well done! I had kind of the opposite experience today talking about kicking off a project in July that Iíve been working towards for years and would really like to be involved with. I guess itís a fair trade for all the ridiculous time-wasting things I donít have to care about anymore.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1277 on: February 08, 2018, 08:32:34 PM »
I'm no longer stressing about WIGLO - I was told today that the paperwork making me officially "excess" had been signed off and that my agreed termination date would be the 4th April. There is one more delegation to get signed, but it's all over bar the shouting!  The handy thing is that I can update this list with my date written in as 04/04, and its correct for both Aussies and Americans :)

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
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42)
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
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
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
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
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
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  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  thriftycanadian
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1278 on: February 09, 2018, 03:24:44 AM »
I'm in one of the busiest times of year for my current position.  My wife had ankle surgery a couple weeks ago and can't bear weight yet, so that has added to my workload a bit.

Yesterday morning, I was working on some photography processing, trying to learn some new photoshop skills and realized the time had gotten away from me and it was time to get ready for work.  I was annoyed, but then had the great thought that in 4 months, I will have all the time I want to learn and improve my craft.  Made me happy!
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1279 on: February 09, 2018, 10:16:35 AM »
As word gets out that I am retiring next month, I am amazed at the number of people who feel the need to tell me things like how expensive health insurance is, or how the market is tanking, or how bored I will be.  Even my DW looked at me the other night when the stock market was in the news and asked, "Are we going to be OK"?  All you really need to say people is, "Congratulations'".  Come on March 28th!



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1280 on: February 09, 2018, 10:33:08 AM »
We have a cleaner one morning a week (I know, but it was a non-negotiable condition of DW returning to PT work after having the kids).  It felt really weird telling him that we wouldn't need him after October as we would be retiring.  I'm 51.  He's 76.

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« Reply #1281 on: February 09, 2018, 03:46:35 PM »
We have a cleaner one morning a week (I know, but it was a non-negotiable condition of DW returning to PT work after having the kids).  It felt really weird telling him that we wouldn't need him after October as we would be retiring.  I'm 51.  He's 76.

Being a house cleaner at 76 is a helluva hard job. :-(

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1282 on: February 09, 2018, 03:52:43 PM »
Confirmed!!! Handed in my PC and badge at noon today. Amazing feeling.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1283 on: February 09, 2018, 04:28:41 PM »
We have a cleaner one morning a week (I know, but it was a non-negotiable condition of DW returning to PT work after having the kids).  It felt really weird telling him that we wouldn't need him after October as we would be retiring.  I'm 51.  He's 76.

Being a house cleaner at 76 is a helluva hard job. :-(

We had a cleaner growing up, an old lady supplementing her pension with a bit of cash in hand for a few hours a week. I think she liked cleaning and it got her out and about. She probably spent it all on her grandkids and I think she even bought us Xmas presents. Maybe he's like her?!

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« Reply #1284 on: February 09, 2018, 05:09:20 PM »
We have a cleaner one morning a week (I know, but it was a non-negotiable condition of DW returning to PT work after having the kids).  It felt really weird telling him that we wouldn't need him after October as we would be retiring.  I'm 51.  He's 76.

Being a house cleaner at 76 is a helluva hard job. :-(

We had a cleaner growing up, an old lady supplementing her pension with a bit of cash in hand for a few hours a week. I think she liked cleaning and it got her out and about. She probably spent it all on her grandkids and I think she even bought us Xmas presents. Maybe he's like her?!

To each their own, and if you enjoy house cleaning, sounds fine. However, I'd imagine that it's a hard job on the body of an average 76 year old. I hope he's not doing it because it's either that or cat food. Doing it because you enjoy it & your body can handle it is something else altogether.

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« Reply #1285 on: February 09, 2018, 05:17:52 PM »
We have a cleaner one morning a week (I know, but it was a non-negotiable condition of DW returning to PT work after having the kids).  It felt really weird telling him that we wouldn't need him after October as we would be retiring.  I'm 51.  He's 76.

Being a house cleaner at 76 is a helluva hard job. :-(

We had a cleaner growing up, an old lady supplementing her pension with a bit of cash in hand for a few hours a week. I think she liked cleaning and it got her out and about. She probably spent it all on her grandkids and I think she even bought us Xmas presents. Maybe he's like her?!

To each their own, and if you enjoy house cleaning, sounds fine. However, I'd imagine that it's a hard job on the body of an average 76 year old. I hope he's not doing it because it's either that or cat food. Doing it because you enjoy it & your body can handle it is something else altogether.

Quite. We don't have a cleaner at the moment but I have a line item in my projected expenses for one. Because I'm retiring and cleaning is work that I hate! We'll see how it plays out as part of our plan is moving into a smaller place and obviously I'll have more time, maybe we won't end up getting  one. I like doing laundry and cooking so I'm ok there!

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« Reply #1286 on: February 09, 2018, 06:14:55 PM »
Confirmed!!! Handed in my PC and badge at noon today. Amazing feeling.

Congrats, JLT!  Welcome to the merry band of confirmed 2018 FIREees!
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« Reply #1287 on: February 09, 2018, 09:21:44 PM »
We're still on target for May.

My wife mentioned that she's getting tired of the passive-aggressive "lucky" comments she's been getting at work. 

I'll feel more comfy if our old house sells before we retire.   That will provide us a very nice cash buffer.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1288 on: February 09, 2018, 09:42:23 PM »
Confirmed!!! Handed in my PC and badge at noon today. Amazing feeling.

Congrats and welcome to the club!!
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1289 on: February 10, 2018, 02:10:45 AM »
We have a cleaner one morning a week (I know, but it was a non-negotiable condition of DW returning to PT work after having the kids).  It felt really weird telling him that we wouldn't need him after October as we would be retiring.  I'm 51.  He's 76.

Being a house cleaner at 76 is a helluva hard job. :-(

We had a cleaner growing up, an old lady supplementing her pension with a bit of cash in hand for a few hours a week. I think she liked cleaning and it got her out and about. She probably spent it all on her grandkids and I think she even bought us Xmas presents. Maybe he's like her?!

To each their own, and if you enjoy house cleaning, sounds fine. However, I'd imagine that it's a hard job on the body of an average 76 year old. I hope he's not doing it because it's either that or cat food. Doing it because you enjoy it & your body can handle it is something else altogether.

Quite. We don't have a cleaner at the moment but I have a line item in my projected expenses for one. Because I'm retiring and cleaning is work that I hate! We'll see how it plays out as part of our plan is moving into a smaller place and obviously I'll have more time, maybe we won't end up getting  one. I like doing laundry and cooking so I'm ok there!
I certainly wouldn't fancy doing it at that age, but he seems to enjoy it.  Fortunately it's for extra pin money rather than avoiding cat food.  We've been without him for a few months whilst he recovered from a major heart attack and multiple bypass surgery, but he was determined to get back to it.  As he said, it's much more of a workout than the exercises the hospital gave him.  We're now his last client so I think he'll probably retire when we do - but I wouldn't bet on it. 

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« Reply #1290 on: February 10, 2018, 02:07:22 PM »
We're still on target for May.

My wife mentioned that she's getting tired of the passive-aggressive "lucky" comments she's been getting at work. 

Me too!

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« Reply #1291 on: February 12, 2018, 04:42:03 AM »
Congrats JLT !!!!!!!

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« Reply #1292 on: February 12, 2018, 06:14:05 AM »
Congratulations JLTinVA!!

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
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
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
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
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
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
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  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1293 on: February 12, 2018, 02:28:19 PM »
The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer...

Thanks Mrbeardedbigbucks, this is the best thing I have read on this forum in the last month. Literally laughed out loud.  It may strike me as so funny because I have been doing the same thing.  I opened a file cabinet last week and gleefully noted all the files I have collected over 15 years that I need to carry out to the big blue shredding box. There is a small measure of happiness in carrying home my photos, mementos, shredding unneeded paperwork and generally winding down small responsibilities. In my small homage to 'Office Space', I will leave one last item to carry home on my last day: the stapler I purchased with my own money because all the office staplers were shit.   
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1294 on: February 12, 2018, 03:16:01 PM »
The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer...

Thanks Mrbeardedbigbucks, this is the best thing I have read on this forum in the last month. Literally laughed out loud.  It may strike me as so funny because I have been doing the same thing.  I opened a file cabinet last week and gleefully noted all the files I have collected over 15 years that I need to carry out to the big blue shredding box. There is a small measure of happiness in carrying home my photos, mementos, shredding unneeded paperwork and generally winding down small responsibilities. In my small homage to 'Office Space', I will leave one last item to carry home on my last day: the stapler I purchased with my own money because all the office staplers were shit.   

This is great.  I am doing the same thing.  After working 35 years my office was full of pictures, memento's and just general crap.  I started taking out a little every day.  The only bad part was one the sr managers noticed my office looking pretty bare.  He put two and two together and asked me what my plans were.  I admitted that I was thinking about retiring and figured to be gone sometime in the next year.  I did not tell him that my planned date is April 6, but I did say that if anyone at work pissed me off, I wanted to be ready to leave at a moments notice.  I think he thought I was kidding but I have noticed my boss being a lot nicer to me lately!



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1295 on: February 12, 2018, 03:55:09 PM »
The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer...

Thanks Mrbeardedbigbucks, this is the best thing I have read on this forum in the last month. Literally laughed out loud.  It may strike me as so funny because I have been doing the same thing.  I opened a file cabinet last week and gleefully noted all the files I have collected over 15 years that I need to carry out to the big blue shredding box. There is a small measure of happiness in carrying home my photos, mementos, shredding unneeded paperwork and generally winding down small responsibilities. In my small homage to 'Office Space', I will leave one last item to carry home on my last day: the stapler I purchased with my own money because all the office staplers were shit.   




This is great.  I am doing the same thing.  After working 35 years my office was full of pictures, memento's and just general crap.  I started taking out a little every day.  The only bad part was one the sr managers noticed my office looking pretty bare.  He put two and two together and asked me what my plans were.  I admitted that I was thinking about retiring and figured to be gone sometime in the next year.  I did not tell him that my planned date is April 6, but I did say that if anyone at work pissed me off, I wanted to be ready to leave at a moments notice.  I think he thought I was kidding but I have noticed my boss being a lot nicer to me lately!


I just told DW this morning I am surprised I haven't had any comments as my desk is barren....
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1296 on: February 12, 2018, 04:15:35 PM »
The favorite part of my day over the last few months was slowly cleaning out my office. Everyday I would take something and shred it, recycling it, throw it out or take it home. I felt like Andy Dufresne in the prison courtyard, emptying his pockets full of the prison wall that he dug out with a rock hammer...

Thanks Mrbeardedbigbucks, this is the best thing I have read on this forum in the last month. Literally laughed out loud.  It may strike me as so funny because I have been doing the same thing.  I opened a file cabinet last week and gleefully noted all the files I have collected over 15 years that I need to carry out to the big blue shredding box. There is a small measure of happiness in carrying home my photos, mementos, shredding unneeded paperwork and generally winding down small responsibilities. In my small homage to 'Office Space', I will leave one last item to carry home on my last day: the stapler I purchased with my own money because all the office staplers were shit.   




This is great.  I am doing the same thing.  After working 35 years my office was full of pictures, memento's and just general crap.  I started taking out a little every day.  The only bad part was one the sr managers noticed my office looking pretty bare.  He put two and two together and asked me what my plans were.  I admitted that I was thinking about retiring and figured to be gone sometime in the next year.  I did not tell him that my planned date is April 6, but I did say that if anyone at work pissed me off, I wanted to be ready to leave at a moments notice.  I think he thought I was kidding but I have noticed my boss being a lot nicer to me lately!


I just told DW this morning I am surprised I haven't had any comments as my desk is barren....

I've been getting a lot of comments, but I also recently started office-sharing, so I'm just saying I'm trying to be considerate of the person I'm sharing my office with.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1297 on: February 12, 2018, 04:19:41 PM »
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
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
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
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
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
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
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  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia

Just removed myself off this copied list - not ready to pull the plug just yet.  Wont hit my invested goal and a couple other financial goals (around my kids) this year unless the market explodes back into a bull.  Congrats to those who are for 2018! 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1298 on: February 12, 2018, 07:30:32 PM »
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
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
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
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
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
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
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  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia

Just removed myself off this copied list - not ready to pull the plug just yet.  Wont hit my invested goal and a couple other financial goals (around my kids) this year unless the market explodes back into a bull.  Congrats to those who are for 2018!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1299 on: February 13, 2018, 05:23:30 AM »
I love the office cleanout comments...yesterday one of our admins noticed my shred bin *really* full.  He's always considerate and grabs the bin to empty it in his, I've got a locking office and he has to empty his every night.  Also pulled four books off the bookcase that'll make it into our "Free Library" in the neighborhood whenever its a pleasant enough day to go for a walk.

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