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Gimesalot

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1300 on: February 14, 2018, 11:01:38 PM »


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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
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
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  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
??/??/18  Mogadishu


Today was the last day of work for my DH.  He is really excited for early retirement. FINALLY!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1301 on: February 15, 2018, 02:53:36 AM »
Short version:  I'm not retiring.

Man down!

We're dropping like flies out here.  A little bit of market volatility, and the mustachians flee for the safety of their cubicles?  What happened to all that optimism from two months ago, when everyone was moving their date up.

We appear to have the normal amount of drop outs judging from previous cohorts. Especially when you consider this is probably the largest cohort yet. Most people won't drop out until we get close to their original goal month even if they were already well aware they weren't going to make it. I personally am impressed at how many successful graduates we already have.
Come back Clean Shaven!

Seriously, can't we please keep him/her in the list but marked as 'Part Time' rather than 'Confirmed' as previous cohorts have done?   They've cut themselves a sweet deal which deserves celebration, not banishment by the IRP!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1302 on: February 15, 2018, 07:23:01 AM »

Come back Clean Shaven!

Seriously, can't we please keep him/her in the list but marked as 'Part Time' rather than 'Confirmed' as previous cohorts have done?   They've cut themselves a sweet deal which deserves celebration, not banishment by the IRP!

Lol @PhilB ,  did not expect to be called IRP!

If the group agrees, we can create a section called partially-FIRE'ed and add him there.

@Clean Shaven, what do you think about it?

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1303 on: February 15, 2018, 08:44:59 AM »

Come back Clean Shaven!

Seriously, can't we please keep him/her in the list but marked as 'Part Time' rather than 'Confirmed' as previous cohorts have done?   They've cut themselves a sweet deal which deserves celebration, not banishment by the IRP!

Lol @PhilB ,  did not expect to be called IRP!

If the group agrees, we can create a section called partially-FIRE'ed and add him there.

@Clean Shaven, what do you think about it?
Doesn't matter to me - I'm OK with a "downshifted into part time" section, or just being left off the 2018 list.  The MMM site and forum definitely helped me focus on finances and be able to pull this off.

I'm going to about 1/4-time status in an industry where this rarely is allowed. I pretty much expected the company management to respond to me with "sorry, we can't do that, guess you're resigning" - but they didn't.

It's also entirely possible that I flake off so much this year that they just fire me. That's OK too. I'll have health insurance until then!  Just going to let the stash grow, maybe even be able to contribute to it a little.

Going skiing in Utah next week, and then (conditions dependent) in Colorado for 10 days in early March. I live near Tahoe and we have crap for snow this season. Time to go chase some powder!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1304 on: February 15, 2018, 09:18:57 AM »
It's interesting to see what previous cohorts have done:
  • 2015 only shows those who fully fired so I guessing any part timers were cast into the outer darkness.
  • 2016 included them on the list, but only gave them a title case 'Going Part Time' against full caps for the righteous ranks of the 'CONFIRMED'.
  • 2017 gave both groups the same prominence with 'Confirmed' vs 'Part time' and even kept the OMY people on the bottom of the list - though whether this is out of a desire to be inclusive or to name and shame I don't know...

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1305 on: February 15, 2018, 09:22:18 AM »
Happy Valentine's Day Gimesalot !!! Congrats to DH !!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1306 on: February 15, 2018, 09:22:58 AM »
I know I am late to this party but it looks like my DH and I will be FIREd in a couple of weeks.  It will be the end of this month or sometime in March depending on when his current project at work wraps up. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1307 on: February 15, 2018, 10:04:35 AM »
My $.02 on the Clean-Shaven predicament: we should err on the side of not becoming Internet Retirement Police.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1308 on: February 15, 2018, 11:55:12 AM »
CowboyandIndian,  do you mind removing me from the list please?  See post #1038, Iíve reclassified to 2019, but it looks like Iím still showing up on the lists.   Good luck to all 18íers that remain!!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1309 on: February 15, 2018, 11:58:23 AM »
I agree that part-timers should stay on the list! I am going to retire from my real job but I plan to find something part-time after a few months off. It's not any different from have a side hustle IMO. Right?

I still haven't told my manager because I'm waiting until I get my bonus at the beginning of March. I am probably going to offer to stay until mid-April because I just found out that 2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch. I'll update my date when I know for sure.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1310 on: February 15, 2018, 12:18:54 PM »
2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch.

This is Stockholm syndrome at its finest, right?

If you are so invaluable to your employer at a key time, they should be paying you more. 

Do you think they would consider your suddenly dire family situation if they were doing layoffs?  Why should you consider their suddenly dire business situation when you're retiring?  This is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they give you money and you give them work and everyone benefits from the trade..  The amount of money should scale with the importance of the work. 

I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1311 on: February 15, 2018, 12:26:33 PM »
2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch.

This is Stockholm syndrome at its finest, right?

If you are so invaluable to your employer at a key time, they should be paying you more. 

Do you think they would consider your suddenly dire family situation if they were doing layoffs?  Why should you consider their suddenly dire business situation when you're retiring?  This is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they give you money and you give them work and everyone benefits from the trade..  The amount of money should scale with the importance of the work. 

I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing.

Sol, Moxie says they don't want to leave their team in the lurch not the company. That's a different kettle of fish.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1312 on: February 15, 2018, 12:34:10 PM »
2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch.

This is Stockholm syndrome at its finest, right?

If you are so invaluable to your employer at a key time, they should be paying you more. 

Do you think they would consider your suddenly dire family situation if they were doing layoffs?  Why should you consider their suddenly dire business situation when you're retiring?  This is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they give you money and you give them work and everyone benefits from the trade..  The amount of money should scale with the importance of the work. 

I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing.

Sol, Moxie says they don't want to leave their team in the lurch not the company. That's a different kettle of fish.

Exactly. I have been laid off before and it was right in the middle of a project. I don't know (or care) how they managed. But I don't want my teammates to be collateral damage because of me. On the other hand, if my manager tries to make my life difficult, I'll walk away with no guilt because my teammates would understand my position.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1313 on: February 15, 2018, 12:47:06 PM »
Best of luck with 2019 cohort @Pylortes.

Welcome @PKate  (and DH).

Welcome back @Clean Shaven. Do you have a specific date?


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
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
02/28/18  PKate and DH
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  Sofa King
03/??/18  Clean Shaven Going Part Time
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
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  Mogadishu

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1314 on: February 15, 2018, 12:52:49 PM »
3-1-18 - going part time (age 45).

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1315 on: February 15, 2018, 03:15:08 PM »
Word is getting around the organization quickly but not why...so when I hear " I heard you're leaving!"  my standard response is that "my husband and I are taking a sabbatical from adulting and going to take the RV around the country for a spin."

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1316 on: February 15, 2018, 03:19:19 PM »
Going skiing in Utah next week, and then (conditions dependent) in Colorado for 10 days in early March. I live near Tahoe and we have crap for snow this season. Time to go chase some powder!
My granddaughter and her mommy flew in to SFO from Aspen yesterday, ahead of a big storm. Today is a complete whiteout, ergo a school snow day. She hopes she can get back the vacation day for future use. Not sure where you're planning on skiing in CO, but the Magic 8 Ball says things are looking good for your proposed early March pilgrimage.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1317 on: February 15, 2018, 04:00:48 PM »
I just submitted my paperwork for 6 months long service leave from 22nd October, which I am declaring my FIRE date at this point.

It is, however quite rubbery and I may have to enrol in 2019 year. I have been downshifted to 3 days a week for 23 years now, so I don't feel I can claim that I am FIRED until I am either full FIRE, or I drop another day, or like Ozbeach I go back and only work a few weeks.

Reasons for this rubberiness are :
1. due to a resignation, my boss has said I can only take 3 months if that position is not recruited by then. If this is the case I will ask for the other 3 months ( or maybe longer) once the position is filled.
2.Last year I moved and bought a new PPOR: in order to retire I am subdividing and flipping the main house and subdividing a couple of blocks of land off to sell. This will leave me with my life dream of a few acres for retirement. I can't retire until these are sold/on the market. I hope this will be nearly complete this year, but everyone says it always takes longer than you think

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1318 on: February 15, 2018, 08:35:25 PM »
I just submitted my paperwork for 6 months long service leave from 22nd October, which I am declaring my FIRE date at this point.

Congrats on getting that paperwork in!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1319 on: February 16, 2018, 08:20:24 AM »
I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing.

I agree.  It probably means I'm a jerk, but I did my time and I am ready to move on to freedom.

March 28 cannot come soon enough!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1320 on: February 16, 2018, 02:38:42 PM »
I'm having one of those days today where I'm seriously considering giving notice.  5 weeks until bonus day...

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1321 on: February 16, 2018, 03:26:53 PM »
I'm having one of those days today where I'm seriously considering giving notice.  5 weeks until bonus day...

Hold on. Wait till the bonus hits the bank and then give notice!!!!

Some places will not give the bonus when you resign before it, ask me how I know ;-).

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1322 on: February 16, 2018, 03:42:59 PM »
I'll be downsizing to part-time on my date cause I'm self-employed.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1323 on: February 17, 2018, 01:22:06 AM »
I just submitted my paperwork for 6 months long service leave from 22nd October, which I am declaring my FIRE date at this point.

Congrats on getting that paperwork in!

Haha, I've submitted it but its not approved. I just thought I'd put the ball in their court and let them know I'm serious.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1324 on: February 17, 2018, 07:58:25 AM »
I am giving notice on the date of my annual review; Feb. 22. Retirement date is April 6. 
The bonuses are paid on March 17 but they are now set in the system so it is too late for Megacorp to cut mine out.  Mrs HF has already given notice for March 30.  Things are happening!! 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1325 on: February 17, 2018, 11:42:38 AM »
Fixed Honeyfill,  Mrs Honefill and Clean Shaven dates.

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
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
02/28/18  PKate and DH
03/01/18  Clean Shaven (at 45) Going Part Time
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/30/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
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  Sofa King
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
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  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
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  Mogadishu

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1326 on: February 21, 2018, 11:54:05 AM »
Hi, Iím a long-time lurker, but I just had to share with people who definitely wonít react negatively: my husband and I are joining the 2018 cohort!  Weíve been planning for several years to retire in 2020, but a windfall from my husbandís grandfatherís estate several months ago has let us go two years early.

My husbandís last day will be April 25, so he can retire at 39 (itís just before his birthday ;) ) He's already given notice since he works with only 2 others.
My last day will be May 10, a few weeks before my due date with our second baby. Iíll be 35. I'll have to file my maternity leave plans soon, but will hold off on actually quitting until a month ahead.

Weíre pretty excited to be able to both be home for our newborn and almost-2 year old, and to spend more time outside with them Ė we live in Cranbrook BC and love hiking and camping all around the east kootenays.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1327 on: February 21, 2018, 11:57:49 AM »
Added modernaimend and husband :)

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
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
02/28/18  PKate and DH
03/01/18  Clean Shaven (at 45) Going Part Time
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/30/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
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  Sofa King
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
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05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/10/18  Modernaimend (at 35)
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05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
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05/??/18  msilenus
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06/29/18  aperture
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07/??/18  ChasesFish
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11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1328 on: February 21, 2018, 12:23:13 PM »
Hi, Iím a long-time lurker, but I just had to share with people who definitely wonít react negatively: my husband and I are joining the 2018 cohort!  Weíve been planning for several years to retire in 2020, but a windfall from my husbandís grandfatherís estate several months ago has let us go two years early.

My husbandís last day will be April 25, so he can retire at 39 (itís just before his birthday ;) ) He's already given notice since he works with only 2 others.
My last day will be May 10, a few weeks before my due date with our second baby. Iíll be 35. I'll have to file my maternity leave plans soon, but will hold off on actually quitting until a month ahead.

Weíre pretty excited to be able to both be home for our newborn and almost-2 year old, and to spend more time outside with them Ė we live in Cranbrook BC and love hiking and camping all around the east kootenays.

Congrats! And, stick around to post more!

We're in eerily similar situations. We have a two-year-old and a baby due in May, which will prompt our co-FIREing on May 4th. We're also somewhat similar ages. Unfortunately, we don't live in lovely BC.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1329 on: February 22, 2018, 05:59:24 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

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« Reply #1330 on: February 22, 2018, 06:30:03 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!

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« Reply #1331 on: February 22, 2018, 07:59:37 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

Today is the day I tell my boss about my plans to retire. However. I'm getting a bad case of the jitters.  My date is April 6 but I'm afraid I will weaken and let him talk me into staying longer. The meeting is in two hours. Wish me luck!  I'll report back later today on how it went. 

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« Reply #1332 on: February 22, 2018, 08:02:44 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

Iím working on it! Six more days in the office (over then next three weeks).  I see there are still several folks on the list in front of me, so I look forward to seeing some celebrations before my time comes.


Today is the day I tell my boss about my plans to retire. However. I'm getting a bad case of the jitters.  My date is April 6 but I'm afraid I will weaken and let him talk me into staying longer. The meeting is in two hours. Wish me luck!  I'll report back later today on how it went. 

Good luck! Be strong!

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« Reply #1333 on: February 22, 2018, 08:20:58 AM »
I'm in the same position.

We had a team meeting yesterday and my supervisor kept looking at me and saying "Gyosho needs to stay around to work on Project X for a LONG TIME". I just smiled.

Help me to stay strong!

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« Reply #1334 on: February 22, 2018, 10:02:06 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!

FIRE is really wonderful. I sleep deeply and am never sleep deprived. I have read more books in Jan (approx 20) than I did in the previous year. I am walking about 3 miles each day (thanks to DW). I am watching a movie a week on date night with DW (thanks Moviepass for $10/month unlimited movies!).  I am working on some small tasks around the house, but I do not have the motivation to get into high gear and complete my honey-do list. I am working thru my detox and am gradually becoming motivated in doing some stuff that I am interested in.

Only wish was I had FIRE'ed when the weather is warmer/sunnier. NJ in winter is dark, gloomy with occasional rain/snow, so am stuck in the house.

If you have not already done so, go ahead and find out what you want to do when you are FIRE'ed. I always recommend Dr Dooms post exploration of what you would do https://livingafi.com/2015/03/09/building-a-vision-of-life-without-work/.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1335 on: February 22, 2018, 10:42:29 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

I cannot provide an update on FIRE yet. My last day is scheduled for 4/3. I gave notice on 2/8. I have been in my position for 12 years and wanted to give them time to fill the position and work on transitioning knowledge and processes.

Someone may find this helpful. Over the last year I found it both relaxing and productive to work on documenting my daily tasks, personal/experiential knowledge and transition plans. It gave me something productive to do when I found it hard to focus on actual work. It also helped to make the ever distant FIRE event seem real. I provided this documentation to my manager when I gave notice. I think this has reduced the level of panic for my manager, director and coworker (that will takeover most of my responsibilities).

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1336 on: February 22, 2018, 10:59:55 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!
Okay, I'll play. I hit FIRE in 2012, a year for which there is no cohort, alas. It's almost 10 am. After a couple of weeks of busy busy (of course it is the good kind of busy busy - my own), today is a blissfully unscheduled day, so I'm still in bed, reading on my not-an-ipad thingy.

I promise it's every bit as good as you hope it will be. Having a cohort makes it that much easier. Go, Class of 2018!

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« Reply #1337 on: February 22, 2018, 11:11:27 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Someone may find this helpful. Over the last year I found it both relaxing and productive to work on documenting my daily tasks, personal/experiential knowledge and transition plans. It gave me something productive to do when I found it hard to focus on actual work. It also helped to make the ever distant FIRE event seem real. I provided this documentation to my manager when I gave notice. I think this has reduced the level of panic for my manager, director and coworker (that will takeover most of my responsibilities).

Thanks, LostForMars -- this is great.  I am in my last year (targeting an early 2019 exit) and am stressed and finding it hard to focus.  This will give me something concrete to work on that will help everyone.

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« Reply #1338 on: February 22, 2018, 01:46:23 PM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!

I go for walks in the middle of the day.  I've taken a few mid-afternoon naps.  I can keep up with my normal household/yard chores without feeling rushed and stressed.  Spent some time working on the old truck.  I've managed a couple of short hikes, but the weather has been pretty shitty (first cold and snowy, now warm and rainy).  I'm looking forward to April and May, when I'm planning on doing some wildflower hikes and birding.

I'm still in detox phase, although I am starting to feel a little restless about the need to find something meaningful that will fill a little time, but not too much time.  This being such a critical mid-term election year, I might volunteer for a political campaign.  I did go to DC last week to lobby my representatives and senators on an issue that is important to me.  That was good, but also felt a little odd because it was very closely tied to what I used to do for my career.

Just when I was starting to feel like I'm not getting enough rainbows and unicorns out of my FIRE experience, I spent about an hour and a half talking to the person who took over my job.  She's already ready to quit because of all the impossibly insane bullshit.  Nothing like a little vicarious dose of reality to make me grateful that I'm FIREd!

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« Reply #1339 on: February 22, 2018, 02:00:24 PM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

Iím working on it! Six more days in the office (over then next three weeks).  I see there are still several folks on the list in front of me, so I look forward to seeing some celebrations before my time comes.


Today is the day I tell my boss about my plans to retire. However. I'm getting a bad case of the jitters.  My date is April 6 but I'm afraid I will weaken and let him talk me into staying longer. The meeting is in two hours. Wish me luck!  I'll report back later today on how it went. 

Good luck! Be strong!

Things went better than expected. I had dropped some hints that I was thinking about retirement this year.  My boss found out and gave me a smaller raise than expected.  However , he made up for it by giving me a much bigger bonus.  Since I am retiring this spring , the bonus is worth a lot more than the raise! That was nice of him, he had to pull a few strings to make it happen.
He did not complain about the April 6th date, He wished me well and congratulated me on being able to retire early.(Is 60 early?) Next step is to get the paper work to HR. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1340 on: February 22, 2018, 04:57:02 PM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!

Well, the first 3 weeks of being retired has been a delight. Snowshoeing trips, visiting family in Idaho, relaxing with my kids.  Looked at a couple of industrial properties with a partner here in Seattle.  The numbers haven't worked so we haven't bought any more yet.  Basically pretty amazing not having to be anywhere I don't want to be.  Indeed, what everyone on here said about ER seems true.

Jobs I've been offered or aggressively pushed to apply for:
- lumber trader in Seattle
- experimental forest manager at University of Idaho
- investing in and running a retail music store in Seattle
- purchasing and running a family friend's 1,000 acre farm in Idaho

It's as if people think I deep down actually want a job (or maybe they think I'm lying and was actually fired.. from my own company no less!) All those jobs are interesting. All would be a ton of work. I've taken risks in and worked my ass off in these fields already and I'm pleased to say, no thanks. I'm enjoying doing nothing and can't imagine working again.  But again.. I'm only three weeks in.

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« Reply #1341 on: February 23, 2018, 03:56:55 AM »
After their 3rd attempt to get me to agree to stay another year management have given up and we finally found my replacement and started planning the handover.

So it's happening. Still on track for August FIRE. And got a pay rise and another slug of shares that I'll get 30% of when I leave. A nice surprise.

Megacorp have also asked if I could come back to deliver a project in Q4. 1 week, all expenses, and $1500 a day. Couldn't turn it down.

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« Reply #1342 on: February 23, 2018, 06:24:41 AM »
I had my final performance evaluation yesterday.  I did enjoy hearing the boss drone on about the upcoming big project that I would be leading and how it was such a huge deal, etc.  Not going to happen.  Bonus check gets deposited on March 9th and I will give notice either same day or the following Monday and then on my 30th anniversary with the company (yes I am much older than most of you) March 28th, I will have my final day at age 54.  I'm also on my final on-call rotation which I will be glad never to have to do again.  Counting the days...

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« Reply #1343 on: February 23, 2018, 07:21:36 AM »
I really enjoy reading about your 2018 cohort!  It would appear DW and I are in the 2024 Cohort.

The ladies and gentlemen here have much action and celebration.

Thank you for allowing lurkers.


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« Reply #1344 on: February 23, 2018, 09:20:20 AM »
I love hearing how many new job offers people are getting, and how awesome it is to turn them down.  I'm downshifting, so I will need work eventually after taking a year or two off, but I have enjoyed turning down new opportunities also.  As part of the layoff, my employer has arranged the benefit of working with an employment agency who will can help me land my next job.  No thanks!  My employer also arranged late last year for a local employer in a related field to come to the work site to pitch their company and discuss upcoming positions as they scale up hiring in Q1 2018.  Honestly, it would have been great timing to make the switch to a new job doing the same thing.  But I'm done with work, so I didn't even go to the presentation.  Co-workers were asking, "Are you going to go?" and I was all "Nope."   There have been many similar moments where my present self thanks my past self for being so disciplined a saver and investor.

I do wonder how much of this related to the tight job market, and how much is that mustachians are amazing, resourceful, and capable people that employers are desperate to retain.

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« Reply #1345 on: February 25, 2018, 08:10:06 AM »
I'm in finance in one of the best markets in the country, the number of job offers I'm turning down is crazy.  My biggest issue is my team is being poached and the Megacorp I'm working for has the corporate motto of "why do today what you can put off until next year?" to meet quarterly earnings.

I'm either a June 2018 of February/March 2019, but if people keep leaving my job becomes a bigger PITA....

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1346 on: February 25, 2018, 08:48:48 AM »
I have a spreadsheet at work that I have been using to countdown for the last 3 years.  Besides a countdown calendar with one cell for every day until my FIRE date, it has everything else on separate sheets that I have thought of over the years: a PTO accumulation sheet, a tax-deferred contribution sheet, a master plan calculator with years until I am 105, a pension future-value strategy calculator and etc.  It is a bit of a time-waster at work, and it is both my secret joy and secret suffering because no matter what, time at work keeps passing so ridiculously slowly.  (I do not recommend a countdown spreadsheet to anyone that has a significant amount of time left.  It is too painful.)

Anyway, today I have 125 days until FIRE.  Next week, we will put February 2018 to bed and I will have 4 months left.  I have been thinking lately about the decision to leave work.  I know lots of people at my job that could do what I am doing.  They have been working 20+ years and have been contributing to retirement funds and college savings plans and etc., but they are stuck on the notion that they should work tirelessly until the kids are out of college or until they are retirement age.  I don't think they have spent 1 hour of their lifetimes thinking about what else they might do if they were to stop working. 

I also think about the old people that I have encountered.  I mean the people at the end of their lives.  I work in medicine so I am seeing them often in the worst of circumstances.  Regardless of health status though, the thing that eats at me is that they seem so disengaged and uninterested.  They look like they have been watching television for too long and making the same tired conversations for decades.  I recognize that these are my subjective impressions and may not reflect anyone's reality but mine.

But here is why these two observations - even if only my own subjective impressions matter to me.  Work has shrunk my life to what fits around the edges of the 40+ hour workweek.  It is not a bad life, but I notice that weekends and week-long vacations are too short.  It is something I cannot put my finger on exactly, but I notice that because weekends are too short, there are things I don't do, and a sense that I must rush to accomplish what I can.  Because my life has this 40 hour week most weeks of the year, there may be thoughts I don't think (e.g. dreams I don't dream), and feelings I may not feel.  I want more.  I just turned 56 last month and I could work another 5 or 10 years, but I want more.  I want to invest my healthy weeks and months and years into growing my own life and my own interests.  I want to be an 80 year old with relationships to more than the television.

When people ask about my pending retirement "What are you going to do?" this is what I would like to tell them.  Instead, I tell them that I plan to be a SAHD and be present in the lives of my high school-age children while they are still home. That is true, but only partially true.  The truth is I want to live a life that spreads out over time, and flows into the container of a life without the walls of a work week.  I do not know what it will look like, but I feel like it is at once a fulfillment of this life that I have now and an investment in the life I have to come.

Best wishes to you all, aperture.   

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« Reply #1347 on: February 25, 2018, 08:52:27 AM »
I had my final performance evaluation yesterday.  I did enjoy hearing the boss drone on about the upcoming big project that I would be leading and how it was such a huge deal, etc.  Not going to happen.  Bonus check gets deposited on March 9th and I will give notice either same day or the following Monday and then on my 30th anniversary with the company (yes I am much older than most of you) March 28th, I will have my final day at age 54.  I'm also on my final on-call rotation which I will be glad never to have to do again.  Counting the days...
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« Reply #1348 on: February 25, 2018, 10:15:51 AM »
  I just turned 56 last month and I could work another 5 or 10 years, but I want more.  I want to invest my healthy weeks and months and years into growing my own life and my own interests.  I want to be an 80 year old with relationships to more than the television.

When people ask about my pending retirement "What are you going to do?" this is what I would like to tell them.  Instead, I tell them that I plan to be a SAHD and be present in the lives of my high school-age children while they are still home. That is true, but only partially true.  The truth is I want to live a life that spreads out over time, and flows into the container of a life without the walls of a work week.  I do not know what it will look like, but I feel like it is at once a fulfillment of this life that I have now and an investment in the life I have to come.

Best wishes to you all, aperture.

Beautifully written.

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« Reply #1349 on: February 25, 2018, 10:19:07 AM »
I have a spreadsheet at work that I have been using to countdown for the last 3 years.  Besides a countdown calendar with one cell for every day until my FIRE date, it has everything else on separate sheets that I have thought of over the years: a PTO accumulation sheet, a tax-deferred contribution sheet, a master plan calculator with years until I am 105, a pension future-value strategy calculator and etc.  It is a bit of a time-waster at work, and it is both my secret joy and secret suffering because no matter what, time at work keeps passing so ridiculously slowly.  (I do not recommend a countdown spreadsheet to anyone that has a significant amount of time left.  It is too painful.)

Anyway, today I have 125 days until FIRE.  Next week, we will put February 2018 to bed and I will have 4 months left.  I have been thinking lately about the decision to leave work.  I know lots of people at my job that could do what I am doing.  They have been working 20+ years and have been contributing to retirement funds and college savings plans and etc., but they are stuck on the notion that they should work tirelessly until the kids are out of college or until they are retirement age.  I don't think they have spent 1 hour of their lifetimes thinking about what else they might do if they were to stop working. 

I also think about the old people that I have encountered.  I mean the people at the end of their lives.  I work in medicine so I am seeing them often in the worst of circumstances.  Regardless of health status though, the thing that eats at me is that they seem so disengaged and uninterested.  They look like they have been watching television for too long and making the same tired conversations for decades.  I recognize that these are my subjective impressions and may not reflect anyone's reality but mine.

But here is why these two observations - even if only my own subjective impressions matter to me.  Work has shrunk my life to what fits around the edges of the 40+ hour workweek.  It is not a bad life, but I notice that weekends and week-long vacations are too short.  It is something I cannot put my finger on exactly, but I notice that because weekends are too short, there are things I don't do, and a sense that I must rush to accomplish what I can.  Because my life has this 40 hour week most weeks of the year, there may be thoughts I don't think (e.g. dreams I don't dream), and feelings I may not feel.  I want more.  I just turned 56 last month and I could work another 5 or 10 years, but I want more.  I want to invest my healthy weeks and months and years into growing my own life and my own interests.  I want to be an 80 year old with relationships to more than the television.

When people ask about my pending retirement "What are you going to do?" this is what I would like to tell them.  Instead, I tell them that I plan to be a SAHD and be present in the lives of my high school-age children while they are still home. That is true, but only partially true.  The truth is I want to live a life that spreads out over time, and flows into the container of a life without the walls of a work week.  I do not know what it will look like, but I feel like it is at once a fulfillment of this life that I have now and an investment in the life I have to come.

Best wishes to you all, aperture.

Hang in there, ap.  I know it seems like time is dragging right now, but those four months will be gone before you know it.  I gave notice at the three two month mark, and after that it seemed like I was finally able not care about anything other than tidying up a bit so my successor didn't have to walk into too much of a shit storm.  I noticed time passing a lot faster during those final three two months than during the preceding three two months.

And I know what you mean about wanting to let your life expand beyond the confines of the time that is left after you put in your time at work.  That was my main reason for FIREing also.  I'm only a little less than two months in right now, but the funny thing I'm discovering is that I still feel like I'm not able to get as much done as I want to do.  Only now the problem isn't my time, it's the fact that I'm waiting on the time of year to be right, waiting on the weather to improve, waiting on someone else to do some prerequisite activity, etc.  Paradoxically, I find myself with a lot of time on my hands, but I'm still not accomplishing everything I want to do.  I take solace in the fact that if I don't get it done today, I have tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and so on.  So I fill idle time with reading, going for walks, napping, etc., not to the point of sloth, but just with the understanding that whatever it is I need to do, it generally is no great emergency. 

I'm also thinking about taking up something (not sure what yet, maybe volunteering, maybe some hobby) that will get me out among people a couple of days a week.  But I'm not pushing too hard to establish a routine yet, given that spring hasn't arrived, and I anticipate ramping up the outdoor activities and short outings once that happens.  Don't want to commit to something that doesn't leave me enough time to do those activities.

So I guess my advice is to focus your last few months on getting your house in order, and don't worry about how slow the time seems to be going.  Before you know it, you'll have all the time in the world to do what you want to do, and all the time in the world to figure out exactly what it is you want to do.

(Edit: I gave two months notice, not three.  How quickly memories fade when we move on to a new phase of life.)
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