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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1450 on: March 15, 2018, 09:09:56 AM »
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1451 on: March 15, 2018, 05:19:39 PM »
Also, be prepared for your boss to be taken off guard and possibly hurt by your decision.  I viewed my boss as completely unflappable in any situation, so I was not prepared for his clearly unpleasantly surprised reaction to my announcement.

This is what I'm afraid will happen when I give notice. My bosses are going to be pissed! They all think I will be there for another 15+ years. My boss's boss was angry at my coworker when she announced she was retiring--even though she was over 60 and gave 6 months notice.

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« Reply #1452 on: March 15, 2018, 05:26:03 PM »
So earlier in the thread I mentioned how I was feeling bad about leaving because the head of my department was leaving, plus they offered me a possibly good opportunity to head a big committee.

Just when I convinced myself to refuse this offer, I found out over the weekend that another person in my department gave her two weeksí notice. So now I was REALLY feeling guilty about leaving, since theyíll be even more shorthanded.

Well, no more.

We got our bonuses today. Iíve been a little disappointed with my bonuses in the past, so this year I really tried to step up. I was asked to take on more duties, and I did. I worked more Saturdays during our busy season than I have in the past. I thought for sure that would get me at least something more.

I got a LOWER bonus than I did last year.

Meanwhile, while my bonus was lower than last year, the share price for the companyís stockholders (officers/bigwigs only) went up.

So I am DONE feeling guilty.

Part of me wants to march in there tomorrow morning and give two weeksí notice.

But I am too nice, and I donít believe in burning bridges, and Iíd like a good reference in the future. So I will stick to my plan and give notice when busy season is over so as not to overly stress them now and tell them I will stay until the end of the summer to give them time to replace me.

My husband kept telling me not to feel guiltyóitís just business. Today I saw he was right.

NO MORE GUILT.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1453 on: March 15, 2018, 06:23:38 PM »
We got our bonuses today. Iíve been a little disappointed with my bonuses in the past, so this year I really tried to step up... I thought for sure that would get me at least something more.

I got a LOWER bonus than I did last year.

How long did it take you to figure this out?  I've only been working ten years, but it was in year three that I finally figured out that my job performance was in no way related to my pay, promotions, or reputation in the eyes of my superiors in the chain of command.  By year five I was already a burned out has-been, but I was a burned out has-been who needed the money. 

Every time I have taken on additional responsibilities, or stepped up to answer a challenge, or volunteered for something important, I have universally and without exception been punished for it in one way or another.  I am an interchangeable cog in a vast bureaucratic machine, and the only thing that matters is how effectively I perform my cog-function.  I hate it.

It doesn't help that in my ten years of working, my female boss has hired eleven female employees and no male ones, in a profession that is approximately 70% male.  I'm all for gender equality, but not if you have to be blatantly discriminatory about it.  60% of our senior staff is female, too.   Sometimes I wonder if the difficulties I've faced at work are shared by everyone in my organization, or if I just have a sexist work environment.  Not that it really matters, because I hate it either way.

I will feel absolutely no guilt when I bail.  I'm currently leading a high-pressure project on a short deadline, and I've been telling them for a month now that we need more money, more time, and more people if we're going to deliver anything resembling what was promised to the customer.  If they listen to me they'll bring on enough help to ride it out when I submit my notice, but knowing how they operate they'll just dump and dump on me until I get fed up and slam the door on my way out for the last time.

Today was not a good day at work.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1454 on: March 15, 2018, 07:59:19 PM »
Also, be prepared for your boss to be taken off guard and possibly hurt by your decision.  I viewed my boss as completely unflappable in any situation, so I was not prepared for his clearly unpleasantly surprised reaction to my announcement.

This is what I'm afraid will happen when I give notice. My bosses are going to be pissed! They all think I will be there for another 15+ years. My boss's boss was angry at my coworker when she announced she was retiring--even though she was over 60 and gave 6 months notice.

The worst thing I did is give six months notice.   Your bosses are soon to be ex-bosses. 
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While I have a good boss, and understand his pressures, not my problem.

Two of my other coworkers are retiring early this year ( so 3 of 13 ). See boss pressures above.

While I feel better about giving 6 months ( unusual in the US), it has been tough on me, with the anticipation, and time to doubt, I would have given 1 month, except I didn't want to retire in winter.





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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1455 on: March 15, 2018, 08:21:14 PM »
@sol and @jerseygirl its so interesting to hear about discretionary bonuses...

15 years with the same company and I've never been subjected to a discretionary bonus, all in sales-related fields with mathematical calculations around produce X receive $$s.

Interestingly 2018 (payment of March 2019) is the first year of a big discretionary component.  Nice time to say peace-out
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1456 on: March 15, 2018, 09:48:40 PM »
Also, be prepared for your boss to be taken off guard and possibly hurt by your decision.  I viewed my boss as completely unflappable in any situation, so I was not prepared for his clearly unpleasantly surprised reaction to my announcement.

This is what I'm afraid will happen when I give notice. My bosses are going to be pissed! They all think I will be there for another 15+ years. My boss's boss was angry at my coworker when she announced she was retiring--even though she was over 60 and gave 6 months notice.

The worst thing I did is give six months notice.   Your bosses are soon to be ex-bosses. 
https://markmanson.net/not-giving-a-fuck

While I have a good boss, and understand his pressures, not my problem.

Two of my other coworkers are retiring early this year ( so 3 of 13 ). See boss pressures above.

While I feel better about giving 6 months ( unusual in the US), it has been tough on me, with the anticipation, and time to doubt, I would have given 1 month, except I didn't want to retire in winter.

There is no way I am letting on 6 months out. Unfortunately my contract requires 3 months, otherwise it would be 4 weeks notice from me. In my past experience, being on death row for a month is plenty long enough.

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« Reply #1457 on: March 16, 2018, 03:55:32 PM »
It's done!  Training presentation went well yesterday; it was a good chance to say goodbye to people I only see once per year.  Today I drove home, returned the car, sent out farewell emails, and filed for my travel reimbursement. 

Various extended family members have contacted me today with congratulations.  My parents were not among them, even though I spoke with my mother this morning. 


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1458 on: March 16, 2018, 04:24:43 PM »
Congrats Cherry Lane!
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« Reply #1459 on: March 16, 2018, 05:31:55 PM »
My boss is in total denial. Yesterday, with panic in his eyes, he mentioned he wanted to hire someone to shadow me for the next 6 months.

My last day is May 25. I just smiled at him.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1460 on: March 16, 2018, 05:48:01 PM »
Congrats Cherry Lane!  Loved the picture of your empty desk a few days ago. Enjoy your freedom!!!



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1461 on: March 16, 2018, 07:55:53 PM »
Congrats Cherry Lane.

Gyosho - I remember smiling that smile when I left the corporate world a few years ago. Your face will start aching by May, ha ha.

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« Reply #1462 on: March 17, 2018, 07:35:55 PM »
This is my first day back on the forum since FIRE'ing on 2/9. I'm only 5 weeks in; I'm sure the stressful detox period will hit me eventually, but so far, I just feel at peace.

We spent 2 weeks in Florida in February visiting family on both sides. It was great to be able to have extended time with them, rather than having to rush through visits to try and see everyone. Right now, I'm writing from sunny Hawaii, where we're halfway through a 3-week trip to cat-sit for a friend. (I'm allergic to cats, but for a free place to stay on Oahu, I invested in some Allegra and packed my bags.) We have plans to visit friends in April, plus a trip to Tennessee for some springtime hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

Since retiring, I've been sleeping beautifully, reading a lot, going for long walks every day, and cooking delicious food. Without really trying, I'm in better shape than I've been in in years. Oh, and I haven't had a migraine since I left work. Quite a coincidence, eh?

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« Reply #1463 on: March 17, 2018, 07:42:15 PM »
Since retiring, I've been sleeping beautifully, reading a lot, going for long walks every day, and cooking delicious food. Without really trying, I'm in better shape than I've been in in years. Oh, and I haven't had a migraine since I left work. Quite a coincidence, eh?

Thanks for the update!  And I really, really, really hope that bolded part holds true for me.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1464 on: March 18, 2018, 03:40:39 AM »
Many congratulation Cherry Lane and JLT.

6 more weeks for me and Mrs PD! 

I love this forum thread, itís full of positivity and encouragement.

PD

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1465 on: March 18, 2018, 04:07:34 AM »
I have agreed on the departure schedule at work:  will work through the last week of April, with the last day somewhere between April 25-27.  I have also asked the group head to keep it really low key in terms of goodbye parties or gifts.  Hopefully she will do as I asked, but I expect it will be hard to break with a longstanding tradition :-)



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1466 on: March 18, 2018, 07:15:20 AM »
Congrats ZiziPB.  For me, it was a load off to have the details ironed out. I hope you find the same.

I have one more week before my spring vacation.  When I come back to work in April, I will have exactly 60 work days remaining. While I am feeling pretty worn out by work, I no longer have that sisyphean dread that dogged me in September last year.  Back then I was surprised to find that rather than easier, my last year was the hardest year I had ever worked. As previously covered, it was several factors that combined to make it a tough period.  Now on a scale of 0 to -10 where 0 is neutral and -10 is the suckiest work could ever be, I find my job seldom dives below a -4.  That is 100% doable for a few short months. 

Today I rose before the sun and listed about 15 items in my eBay store. I love turning other people's waste stream into income.  My goal for the store is to produce ~$2k/month in sales starting in September. 
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« Reply #1467 on: March 18, 2018, 07:50:41 AM »
Layoff request has officially been made...

I'm sure the first response will be no, but I'm out there and on a list if a cost savings is needed.  Immediate boss is generally supportive since my reasons are medical issues for my spouse and my area of responsibility could be collapsed into others and solve some problems.  Challenge is, as he put it, "70% of me is better than 100% of most people".

If this doesn't come through, I may be bowing out and part of the 2019 coherts for February 2019
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1468 on: March 19, 2018, 06:56:26 AM »
Great news. I just managed to land a 'free' OMY without changing my FIRE date. With only a few months to go before I was planning to pull the rip cord, Megacorp announced my entire division is being sold lock, stock and barrel. A deal has been on the cards for over a year, but now its all signed.

Just had my official meeting with the lovely people from HR and they confirmed that I will be one of the ones 'forced' to get involuntary redundancy. Because of my many years service, the deal is pretty awesome - over a years salary as a cash lump sum, plus 3 months notice period paid out in lieu (just not yet, the deal doesn't get activated for payroll purposes until end July). Still have to pay tax on it, but while I knew there was a chance of getting a deal, am naturally very happy to get it confirmed. I was expecting to have to simply resign and thus get no package at all.

So there's no turning back now. Solidly on track for mid August FIRE. And now with a lovely top up to the 'stache. Will be popping a bottle of prosecco to celebrate with DW tonight. Woohoo!

(Albeit tinged with sadness for some of my younger colleagues who will also get canned but with a lot less payout, due to having fewer years and nowhere near FI.)

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« Reply #1469 on: March 19, 2018, 07:00:01 AM »
Congratulations Mr Mark!  That is absolutely fantastic.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1470 on: March 19, 2018, 07:27:49 AM »
JLT - Loved hearing the update !!! Congrats to everyone so far !!!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1471 on: March 19, 2018, 08:05:45 AM »
This is what I'm afraid will happen when I give notice. My bosses are going to be pissed! They all think I will be there for another 15+ years. My boss's boss was angry at my coworker when she announced she was retiring--even though she was over 60 and gave 6 months notice.

Your 60+ year old coworker was supposed to die on the job.  How dare she retire! 

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« Reply #1472 on: March 19, 2018, 01:12:39 PM »
Great news. I just managed to land a 'free' OMY without changing my FIRE date. With only a few months to go before I was planning to pull the rip cord, Megacorp announced my entire division is being sold lock, stock and barrel. A deal has been on the cards for over a year, but now its all signed.

Just had my official meeting with the lovely people from HR and they confirmed that I will be one of the ones 'forced' to get involuntary redundancy. Because of my many years service, the deal is pretty awesome - over a years salary as a cash lump sum, plus 3 months notice period paid out in lieu (just not yet, the deal doesn't get activated for payroll purposes until end July). Still have to pay tax on it, but while I knew there was a chance of getting a deal, am naturally very happy to get it confirmed. I was expecting to have to simply resign and thus get no package at all.

So there's no turning back now. Solidly on track for mid August FIRE. And now with a lovely top up to the 'stache. Will be popping a bottle of prosecco to celebrate with DW tonight. Woohoo!

(Albeit tinged with sadness for some of my younger colleagues who will also get canned but with a lot less payout, due to having fewer years and nowhere near FI.)

Damn, that's a sweet deal!  Congratulations!
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« Reply #1473 on: March 19, 2018, 02:31:20 PM »
I'm planning on giving notice in one week, now that my colleague's promotion to manager is nearly official.  The two of us are a very tight team and wanted to give our boss time to deal with one change at a time.  Given the long hiring process around here (6 months, in my case), my FIRE date is still end of August but I'll have three weeks vacation to use up before then.

OMY syndrome is rearing its ugly head, but I'm doing my best to beat it into submission.

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« Reply #1474 on: March 20, 2018, 06:19:51 PM »
... the announcements are out, resignation paperwork filed, and we're transitioning the few things that need transitioning.  Next week is my last in the office.  My boss was really cool, and I get to stay on benefits via accrued vacation through early May.  My guesstimate last year was late May.  That's closer than I would have expected.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1475 on: March 21, 2018, 04:46:50 AM »
Damn, that's a sweet deal!  Congratulations!
Congratulations Mr Mark!  That is absolutely fantastic.

Thanks guys. Sometimes Megacorp's rigid HR procedures and SOPs actually work out in your favour.  Also shows why delaying giving notice until legal minimum may be the best 'default' position. It may sound harsh, but business is business. If I had already requested to retire early, pretty sure HR would not now be giving me a severance package!

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« Reply #1476 on: March 21, 2018, 04:11:06 PM »
Congratulations Mr. Mark

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« Reply #1477 on: March 21, 2018, 05:13:25 PM »
Will be popping a bottle of prosecco to celebrate with DW tonight. Woohoo!

Prosecco in Italy?  With some salty, deep-fried veggies?  You might want to take some of that bonus stache and splurge!  For some reason prosecco taste better in Italia.

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« Reply #1478 on: March 22, 2018, 05:54:23 AM »
Great news. I just managed to land a 'free' OMY without changing my FIRE date. With only a few months to go before I was planning to pull the rip cord, Megacorp announced my entire division is being sold lock, stock and barrel. A deal has been on the cards for over a year, but now its all signed.

Just had my official meeting with the lovely people from HR and they confirmed that I will be one of the ones 'forced' to get involuntary redundancy.

Just found out that my current company is being bought by MegaCorp, and they are aiming to close the deal in the fall.  I'm currently in the 2019 FIRE Cohort (planned last day was 4/1/19) but depending on how this goes, I may be knocking on the door here and asking if I can join your 2018 party.

I've never been through an acquisition situation.  I fully expect half the people in my department to be laid off, and I'm not sure how ruthless MegaCorp is about these things, whether they offer severance, etc.  Hopefully it works out even half as well for me as it did for you Mr. Mark! 

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« Reply #1479 on: March 22, 2018, 06:14:47 AM »
Great news. I just managed to land a 'free' OMY without changing my FIRE date. With only a few months to go before I was planning to pull the rip cord, Megacorp announced my entire division is being sold lock, stock and barrel. A deal has been on the cards for over a year, but now its all signed.

Just had my official meeting with the lovely people from HR and they confirmed that I will be one of the ones 'forced' to get involuntary redundancy.

Just found out that my current company is being bought by MegaCorp, and they are aiming to close the deal in the fall.  I'm currently in the 2019 FIRE Cohort (planned last day was 4/1/19) but depending on how this goes, I may be knocking on the door here and asking if I can join your 2018 party.

I've never been through an acquisition situation.  I fully expect half the people in my department to be laid off, and I'm not sure how ruthless MegaCorp is about these things, whether they offer severance, etc.  Hopefully it works out even half as well for me as it did for you Mr. Mark!

Every situation is different, but once the acquisition is complete, ask HR if there is a change of control agreement between megacorp and purchased corp and get a copy.  This will spell out minimum obligations for severance should they term anyone within a certain timeframe of acquisition.

I'm using a post-acquisition site closure to catapult me into Semi-FIRE.  They took over one full year before announcing my site would close, and my last day (3/28/18!) is 17 month after they announced the site would close.  So it could take so long (30+ months for me) that it is just a distraction and not worth delaying FIRE.  You can always volunteer for a layoff with HR, saying if there will be layoffs as a result of the acquisition you'd accept one given reasonable severance.  You might make someone's job of choosing who to lay off easier and keep someone else from being involuntarily laid off.

I had never been through an acquisition and it was painful, but worth it to me in the end.  GOOD LUCK @Trifele !
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« Reply #1480 on: March 22, 2018, 06:33:42 AM »
Thanks for the wisdom @homestead neohio  !  Great points.  You are right that the sale could be dragged out longer than what they are predicting, and then it might not impact my plans much.  (I just looked up the stats on MegaCorp's last three acquisitions.  Looks like one of them was delayed a few months; the other two closed on the announced schedule.).  And right -- even after the sale closes, big changes like division closures, layoffs, etc. might not happen immediately. 


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« Reply #1481 on: March 22, 2018, 02:28:44 PM »
Just dropped the bomb on my boss.  It was more of a heads-up about my intention and approximate timing, rather than a formal resignation.  I didn't get into details about early retirement, as I presented it more as a move to another province situation. 

I need to give 3 months notice due to our hiring practices and current 'fiscal restraint' status, exclusive of holiday time.  So, my last day will be mid-August-ish. 

No regrets or qualms - it's just hard keeping this inane grin off my face.

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« Reply #1482 on: March 22, 2018, 02:56:55 PM »
Just dropped the bomb on my boss.  It was more of a heads-up about my intention and approximate timing, rather than a formal resignation.  I didn't get into details about early retirement, as I presented it more as a move to another province situation. 

I need to give 3 months notice due to our hiring practices and current 'fiscal restraint' status, exclusive of holiday time.  So, my last day will be mid-August-ish. 

No regrets or qualms - it's just hard keeping this inane grin off my face.

Happy day!  Enjoy the grinning!

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« Reply #1483 on: March 26, 2018, 07:45:20 AM »
Announced today my resignment in the office: Oh god, it is so relieving!
Thank you MMM, that you opened my eyes 5 years ago!!!
My gf will retire 2 weeks later, mid July.
The house is sold, the boat is bought. Next year we will cruise the baltic sea. And after that - who knows...



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03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
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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
04/27/18  andkar
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
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05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
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06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
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10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
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« Reply #1484 on: March 26, 2018, 06:20:00 PM »
Congrats and welcome, CHF!
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« Reply #1485 on: March 26, 2018, 09:36:12 PM »
Looks like a big week for FIREs!  I see:
Mrs. @honeyfill
@Target2018
@homestead neohio
@moxie
@DavidAnnArbor
are all on the list for this week.  Then there are the "sometime in March-ish" folks:
@Acastus
@Badblackgirl
@Sofa King
Are any of these happening in this last week of March?

Oh, also @msilenus finishing up work, while staying on the payroll until May.  Do you want to call your FIRE this week or later? (I, too, am being paid until May, but I counted my last day of work....)


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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
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02/28/18  PKate and DH
03/01/18  Clean Shaven (at 45) CONFIRMED Part Time
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37) CONFIRMED
03/07/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35) CONFIRMED
03/16/18  Cherry Lane (at 43) CONFIRMED
03/27/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
03/28/18  Target2018 Gave Notice
03/28/18  homestead neohio (at 39)
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
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/~25/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/27/18  andkar
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
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05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
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05/25/18  CodeZed
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05/??/18  msilenus
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10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
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« Reply #1486 on: March 27, 2018, 06:13:24 AM »
Looks like a big week for FIREs!  I see:
...
@homestead neohio
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I'm on track for tomorrow.  Today is my last real day of work, tomorrow is driving across town, turning in the company laptop and reviewing a document package over lunch.  Then it is time to celebrate!

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« Reply #1487 on: March 27, 2018, 08:38:18 AM »
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Looks like a big week for FIREs!  I see:
Mrs. @honeyfill

I am happy to say that Mrs. Honeyfill has joined the ranks of the retired.  Yesterday was her last day at work.  She cleaned out her office and is now happily at home enjoying our newly remodeled kitchen.  She will be staying on as a consultant but will only work when she wants to work so we consider this the best of both worlds.  She can stay involved with the non profit where she worked and enjoy retirement bliss at the same time.



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« Reply #1488 on: March 27, 2018, 11:10:10 AM »
Congrats to Homestead Neohio and Ms. Honeyfill !!!!!

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« Reply #1489 on: March 27, 2018, 11:17:00 AM »
I'm on track for tomorrow. 

Every time I read one of these posts, I die a little bit inside.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1490 on: March 27, 2018, 02:37:16 PM »
Looks like a big week for FIREs!  I see:
Mrs. @honeyfill
@Target2018
@homestead neohio
@moxie
@DavidAnnArbor
are all on the list for this week.  Then there are the "sometime in March-ish" folks:
@Acastus
@Badblackgirl
@Sofa King
Are any of these happening in this last week of March?

Friday is my last day!
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« Reply #1491 on: March 27, 2018, 03:15:47 PM »
I'm on track for tomorrow. 

Every time I read one of these posts, I die a little bit inside.

=D

I would wager you are in a more lucrative financial position to FIRE than most of these folks. I try to imagine how happy this person will feel, and then realize it's going to be a while as well.

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« Reply #1492 on: March 27, 2018, 04:01:49 PM »
I would wager you are in a more lucrative financial position to FIRE than most of these folks.

Sure, every day I make a few hundred extra dollars, but at what cost?  In return I give up one more day of my life, one more day that I didn't spend working on my little boat, or writing, or at home with my kids, or climbing, or hanging out with my dad at the dog park.  One day closer to death, one day I can never have back.

At some point, the extra few hundred dollars provides very little extra utility compared to the opportunity cost of all the things I didn't do instead.  For now, I'm not sure I would voluntarily trade away that amount of money for the chance to spend this one day doing things that I consider more important than whatever bullshit meeting I sat through this morning instead, but that day is rapidly approaching. 

In the meantime, I've decided I'm taking advantage of every inch of flexibility my employer offers in terms of reclaiming some semblance of work life balance in the cubicle time I have left.  I'm scaling back my work group contributions to better align with my proscribed duties, since it's become clear there is no extra credit here.  There is no promotion in my possible future, no rewards for a job well done, no gold watch for dutifully towing the company line, and certainly no attaboy bonus for exceeding expectations.  This has been a real challenge for me, since I've spent my life practicing ambitious overachievement in every facet of my life.  Professionally speaking, I have reached the end of this particular ladder.  There is no point in trying to climb any higher.

This makes me a bad employee. 

Friday I will hit ten years in the workforce.  Friday was my original target retirement date, before DAF donations complicated my plan.  The stock market stubbornly refuses to crash away all of this surplus value above and beyond my target number, even after the donations.  Every day it gets harder and harder to decide going to work is a better use of my time than not going to work.  Every day my inevitable death inches one day closer, and the scale tips a little bit more.

Freedom awaits me, and all I have to do is reach out and grab it.  Today I balanced that decision scale and decided to go have a 3pm beer, then go back to my cube and tough it out.  Friday I hit the ten year mark, so Monday I plan to have some awkward conversations with my management group.
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« Reply #1493 on: March 27, 2018, 04:19:39 PM »
I'm awaiting MMM`s reply to this. (I assume he's tracking you like an animal now Sol.)

I can't imagine continuing past the time I could get out, I know that I'll make more money in the future with random tasks/short term jobs or deals with people to increase what I can do.

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« Reply #1494 on: March 27, 2018, 04:24:25 PM »
I would wager you are in a more lucrative financial position to FIRE than most of these folks.
Freedom awaits me, and all I have to do is reach out and grab it.  Today I balanced that decision scale and decided to go have a 3pm beer, then go back to my cube and tough it out.  Friday I hit the ten year mark, so Monday I plan to have some awkward conversations with my management group.
3pm beer sounds great!

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« Reply #1495 on: March 27, 2018, 04:41:17 PM »
I'm awaiting MMM`s reply to this. (I assume he's tracking you like an animal now Sol.)

I've been laying low.  One side effect is that I'm building up a backlog of unpublished forum posts, since it seems I can't just not write.  I think it's about time I started a blog.

But I also don't think I rate highly enough on MMM's radar to be trackable.  My entire forum post history is reviewable in my profile history, surely that is sufficient if someone wanted to investigate a rogue member?

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« Reply #1496 on: March 27, 2018, 04:42:50 PM »
6000+

Just seeing it makes my head hurt. No way anyone is going crawling through that.

If you want me to break your block: I've been thinking of buying a Vitamix. It's 20% off!  just kidding.

Cue the Sol Attack mode!




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« Reply #1497 on: March 27, 2018, 04:54:42 PM »
Looks like a big week for FIREs!  I see:...
@Target2018 ...
are all on the list for this week. 
I had my going away party and exit interview this week and even turned in all of my equipment.  I am working from home checking remote email on the 28th and at 3:30 pm Central Daylight Time US, I am free!



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« Reply #1498 on: March 27, 2018, 05:00:50 PM »
@sol your post reminds me of the lyrics to Time by Pink Floyd

@Mr Mark you are living the dream!! So happy for you.

Just wanted to put my 2 cents in about giving notice in case it helps anyone.  I retired last year and was planning on giving 4 weeks notice but on the advice of my cohort buddies gave 2 instead. Iím so glad I did. The last two weeks were kind of torturous with some of my coworkers very upset with me. So I was glad to have had only two weeks of that instead of 4. Also people were kind of in shock the first week after so they didnít really start asking me questions or trying to get me to stay longer until week two. I was out of there before they could convince me to stay.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1499 on: March 27, 2018, 06:28:48 PM »
I retired last year and was planning on giving 4 weeks notice but on the advice of my cohort buddies gave 2 instead. Iím so glad I did. The last two weeks were kind of torturous with some of my coworkers very upset with me. So I was glad to have had only two weeks of that instead of 4. Also people were kind of in shock the first week after so they didnít really start asking me questions or trying to get me to stay longer until week two. I was out of there before they could convince me to stay.
I'm still a year out, but this is something I think about.  In the past, people have left for other jobs with giving just two weeks notice, but the only retiree in my dept. gave many months notice.  The difference in my case compared to that employee or you is that I'm hoping they will be interested in keeping me on part time for a year, just 1 to 3 days each week.  Due to my skill position, I feel like the shorter notification would give me some leverage, but then it might piss them off I didn't let them know I was retiring sooner and not offer the part time hours.