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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1600 on: April 26, 2018, 11:33:52 AM »
Oh, and the icing on the cake.  I just found out last night that I might be able to take a business trip to Australia on June 4th.  I've never been and it's tempting to delay just to get a last good trip in.  On the other hand, if I FIRE I can just use some of my 250K+ points and go have actual fun in Australia instead of business meetings.

Or go on their nickel, but take a week or two of vacation while you are there.  That way, you get free airfare and a bit of free hotel/meal time as well.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1601 on: April 26, 2018, 09:34:16 PM »
Standing on my chair cheering for all of you. Nice to see so many positive reports!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1602 on: April 27, 2018, 06:10:32 AM »
Oh, and the icing on the cake.  I just found out last night that I might be able to take a business trip to Australia on June 4th.  I've never been and it's tempting to delay just to get a last good trip in.  On the other hand, if I FIRE I can just use some of my 250K+ points and go have actual fun in Australia instead of business meetings.

Or go on their nickel, but take a week or two of vacation while you are there.  That way, you get free airfare and a bit of free hotel/meal time as well.

+1    Depending on the scheduling, you could take the vacation before or after the business meetings.   I've done post-work vacations and it is a great way to decompress after a stressful time.   Fernfree's Significant Other (if any) would probably like going along.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1603 on: April 27, 2018, 06:43:44 AM »
I have not worked a day in April.  It is my highest income month ever in my history of working (I got my severance).  I think this is an outlier, that I'll not be able to repeat this "stop working, income skyrockets" in May...

I had lunch with 2 former co-workers yesterday.  They said I looked so happy and relaxed.  I told them that's because I am!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1604 on: April 27, 2018, 08:13:01 AM »

04/27/18  andkar

Last day of work is finished. The boss said goodbye at the workplace meeting. My Vmware workstation is deleted. A great weight is lifted off of my shoulders.

I turn 42 May 3rd, so technically I'm retired at 41.

On my way to celebrate with some lingering coworkers at my favourite corner bar, which happens to also be the cheapest :)

Cheers!


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1605 on: April 27, 2018, 08:27:15 AM »

04/27/18  andkar

Last day of work is finished. The boss said goodbye at the workplace meeting. My Vmware workstation is deleted. A great weight is lifted off of my shoulders.

I turn 42 May 3rd, so technically I'm retired at 41.

On my way to celebrate with some lingering coworkers at my favourite corner bar, which happens to also be the cheapest :)

Cheers!

Woohoo!!! Big congrats to you. After the corner bar celebration, what's on the horizon for you?

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1606 on: April 27, 2018, 08:47:30 AM »
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog CONFIRMED!

Woo hoo - party time!!!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1607 on: April 27, 2018, 09:10:53 AM »
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog CONFIRMED!

Woo hoo - party time!!!

Excellent! Congrats to you both!! There are so many recent announcements - it's very energizing to see.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1608 on: May 01, 2018, 04:30:18 AM »
Okay starting anew month here !! Congrats to all who have FIRE'd so far this year, hope you are all having a blast!  I had a decent April and am definitely looking forward to the next couple of months and my eventual FIRE !!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1609 on: May 01, 2018, 10:59:16 AM »

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
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36) CONFIRMED
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 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  Target2018 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  homestead neohio (at 39) CONFIRMED
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58) CONFIRMED
03/31/18  msilenus (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/03/18  lostformars (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  NinetyFour (at 56) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW CONFIRMED
04/27/18  andkar CONFIRMED
04/??/18  PKate and DH
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  HappyMargo
04/??/18  Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/03/18  Modernaimend (at 35)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/25/18  CodeZed
05/25/18  Acastus
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
06/01/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
06/01/18  step_away
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/28/18  CHF (at 51)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
06/??/18  HenryDavid
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)
08/31/18  JerseyGrrrl
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  Mogadishu
08/07/18  RunningWithScissors
09/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
09/21/18  Ottawa
09/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache
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
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 53) (Won't renew my office lease)
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Badblackgirl
??/??/18  Sofa King
??/??/19  RetireAbroadAt35  05/??/18, now OMY.
??/??/20  Gooki   2MY or 3MY


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1610 on: May 01, 2018, 11:11:51 AM »
My position got advertised on Monday, and I am looking at only 18 working days until I'm out of here.  So inspiring to see that string of Confirmed names scrolling closer and closer to mine.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1611 on: May 01, 2018, 05:54:08 PM »
Well, today was our last day. It doesn't feel real yet, largely because we will give notice partially through our maternity/paternity leave, but it's starting to sink in a little this afternoon.

I closed out of all my projects, so spent most of today talking with co-workers and finishing training my replacement. As I disengaged, it was a bit surreal seeing my co-workers so stressed and running around in circles to mitigate invented crises, so emotionally invested in the outcomes. Up until a few days ago, that was me. In fact, I hadn't chatted with co-workers in awhile because I was constantly in meetings, responding to the fire drill of the hour, etc. At just a small remove, the idea of spending one's waking hours in that state seems somewhat ridiculous and sad. Though I expect to work again in some capacity, I don't want to go back to being that.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1612 on: May 01, 2018, 06:04:47 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
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36) CONFIRMED
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 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  Target2018 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  homestead neohio (at 39) CONFIRMED
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58) CONFIRMED
03/31/18  msilenus (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/03/18  lostformars (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  NinetyFour (at 56) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW CONFIRMED
04/27/18  andkar CONFIRMED
04/??/18  PKate and DH
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  HappyMargo
04/??/18  Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36) CONFIRMED
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/03/18  Modernaimend (at 35)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/25/18  CodeZed
05/25/18  Acastus
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
06/01/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
06/01/18  step_away
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/28/18  CHF (at 51)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
06/??/18  HenryDavid
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)
08/31/18  JerseyGrrrl
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  Mogadishu
08/07/18  RunningWithScissors
09/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
09/21/18  Ottawa
09/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache
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
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 53) (Won't renew my office lease)
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Badblackgirl
??/??/18  Sofa King
??/??/19  RetireAbroadAt35  05/??/18, now OMY.
??/??/20  Gooki   2MY or 3MY


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1613 on: May 01, 2018, 06:16:22 PM »
Well, today was our last day. It doesn't feel real yet, largely because we will give notice partially through our maternity/paternity leave, but it's starting to sink in a little this afternoon.

I closed out of all my projects, so spent most of today talking with co-workers and finishing training my replacement. As I disengaged, it was a bit surreal seeing my co-workers so stressed and running around in circles to mitigate invented crises, so emotionally invested in the outcomes. Up until a few days ago, that was me. In fact, I hadn't chatted with co-workers in awhile because I was constantly in meetings, responding to the fire drill of the hour, etc. At just a small remove, the idea of spending one's waking hours in that state seems somewhat ridiculous and sad. Though I expect to work again in some capacity, I don't want to go back to being that.

In a few months, you'll wonder how you ever did it.  I'm coming up on four months FIREd now, and the thought of ever being part of the office shit circus again is totally foreign to me.  Yesterday I got an email from a former colleague who wanted to see if I was interested in coming back to the agency as a temporary fill-in for a staff group manager position very similar to the one I left.  Although I was cordial, that was the easiest "no" I've ever given!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1614 on: May 02, 2018, 05:28:22 AM »
My actual end date (show up after vacation and touch my desk day) is June 1st.   My last two days in the office are May 9th and 22nd.   I have vacation plus floating holidays etc.   If anybody is updating the list they can change it, but I don't think it's important enough to warrant a list update by itself.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1615 on: May 03, 2018, 06:31:12 AM »
Updated Markbike528CBX


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
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36) CONFIRMED
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 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  Target2018 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  homestead neohio (at 39) CONFIRMED
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58) CONFIRMED
03/31/18  msilenus (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/03/18  lostformars (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  NinetyFour (at 56) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW CONFIRMED
04/27/18  andkar CONFIRMED
04/??/18  PKate and DH
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  HappyMargo
04/??/18  Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36) CONFIRMED
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/03/18  Modernaimend (at 35)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/25/18  CodeZed
05/25/18  Acastus
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
06/01/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
06/01/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
06/01/18  step_away
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/28/18  CHF (at 51)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
06/??/18  HenryDavid
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)
08/31/18  JerseyGrrrl
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  Mogadishu
08/07/18  RunningWithScissors
09/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
09/21/18  Ottawa
09/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache
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
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 53) (Won't renew my office lease)
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Badblackgirl
??/??/18  Sofa King
??/??/19  RetireAbroadAt35  05/??/18, now OMY.
??/??/20  Gooki   2MY or 3MY


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1616 on: May 04, 2018, 07:56:46 AM »
Just got word that my replacement accepted the job offer.

He'll meet with the client next week and if the client accepts him, he'll start two weeks later. 

Looks like it won't take a full 2 months, which is just fine by me.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1617 on: May 04, 2018, 11:26:03 AM »
And I'm done! I've been wrapping up projects for awhile, so yesterday ended up being a very short day, there was simply nothing left to do.  It feels a bit surreal.  My DH and I are having a mismatch of energy levels at the moment - I'm bouncing off the walls excited since he FIREd last week and even more so now that I'm done, and he seems to be decompressing by being really tired and needing quiet time.  Funny to react so differently at first! I'm sure we'll both get back to normal at some point.

Great to see so many people confirmed in the last while!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1618 on: May 04, 2018, 11:49:46 AM »


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
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36) CONFIRMED
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 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  Target2018 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  homestead neohio (at 39) CONFIRMED
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58) CONFIRMED
03/31/18  msilenus (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/03/18  lostformars (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  NinetyFour (at 56) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW CONFIRMED
04/27/18  andkar CONFIRMED
04/??/18  PKate and DH
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  HappyMargo
04/??/18  Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36) CONFIRMED
05/03/18  Modernaimend (at 35) CONFIRMED
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/25/18  CodeZed
05/25/18  Acastus
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
06/01/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
06/01/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
06/01/18  step_away
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/28/18  CHF (at 51)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
06/??/18  HenryDavid
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)
08/31/18  JerseyGrrrl
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  Mogadishu
08/07/18  RunningWithScissors
09/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
09/21/18  Ottawa
09/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache
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
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 53) (Won't renew my office lease)
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Badblackgirl
??/??/18  Sofa King
??/??/19  RetireAbroadAt35  05/??/18, now OMY.
??/??/20  Gooki   2MY or 3MY

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« Reply #1619 on: May 04, 2018, 04:21:32 PM »
Just stopping by to say hi.  I have been planning on FIREing in early 2019, but today I came this close to quitting . . . [holds finger and thumb a millimeter apart].   I may yet be joining you as a 2018 club member.

Very inspired by all of you!!

 
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« Reply #1620 on: May 04, 2018, 06:03:05 PM »
... it was a bit surreal seeing my co-workers so stressed and running around in circles to mitigate invented crises, so emotionally invested in the outcomes. Up until a few days ago, that was me. In fact, I hadn't chatted with co-workers in awhile because I was constantly in meetings, responding to the fire drill of the hour, etc. At just a small remove, the idea of spending one's waking hours in that state seems somewhat ridiculous and sad. Though I expect to work again in some capacity, I don't want to go back to being that.

Loved reading this.  I spent my day today trying to finish a report that goes to the X+X committee so that they can make a decision on adding Y and Z to the alphabet soup.  The committee can decide without my report, but will not make a decision if the report is flawed - will just ask me to redo the report... "invented crisis"

It is surreal to know that in 8 short weeks I will no longer live this circus life, and some months after that I will no longer understand how I lived it for years.  I am raising my glass to the weekend, to all of us that will go back and do it all on Monday and to all of you that have escaped.  Best wishes, aperture.

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« Reply #1621 on: May 04, 2018, 06:36:18 PM »
... it was a bit surreal seeing my co-workers so stressed and running around in circles to mitigate invented crises, so emotionally invested in the outcomes. Up until a few days ago, that was me. In fact, I hadn't chatted with co-workers in awhile because I was constantly in meetings, responding to the fire drill of the hour, etc. At just a small remove, the idea of spending one's waking hours in that state seems somewhat ridiculous and sad. Though I expect to work again in some capacity, I don't want to go back to being that.

Loved reading this.  I spent my day today trying to finish a report that goes to the X+X committee so that they can make a decision on adding Y and Z to the alphabet soup.  The committee can decide without my report, but will not make a decision if the report is flawed - will just ask me to redo the report... "invented crisis"

It is surreal to know that in 8 short weeks I will no longer live this circus life, and some months after that I will no longer understand how I lived it for years.  I am raising my glass to the weekend, to all of us that will go back and do it all on Monday and to all of you that have escaped.  Best wishes, aperture.

At four months in, I can no longer conceive of ever doing the full-time professional career thing again.  If things go to hell in a handbasket, I'll find some way to make money, but it will not involve a full schedule of meetings, phone calls, emails, and hair-on-fire crises.

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« Reply #1622 on: May 05, 2018, 11:23:41 PM »
I gave notice this week.

It was stressful, before I did it.  It was a little scary, after it was over, but I'm feeling more relieved now.  I'm still processing.

All in all I don't think I handled it very well.  Going back to work on Monday could be weird, we'll have to see.  I don't think they can fire me without cause, but they could certainly try to make my remaining time very unpleasant.  I guess if that happens, I can always walk immediately instead of wrapping up my current projects and transitioning out smoothly later in the year.
 
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« Reply #1623 on: May 06, 2018, 06:54:55 AM »
I would think they would have some sorrow about not promoting you and therefore would not purposefully treat you badly in your remaining time.

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« Reply #1624 on: May 06, 2018, 08:49:31 AM »
No matter how you did it, the cat is out of the bag. Let the celebrating begin! So happy for you @sol!

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« Reply #1625 on: May 06, 2018, 08:42:01 PM »
Hi!  I'm new here.  52 years old, giving notice tomorrow. 

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« Reply #1626 on: May 06, 2018, 08:55:00 PM »
All in all I don't think I handled it very well.  Going back to work on Monday could be weird, we'll have to see.  I don't think they can fire me without cause, but they could certainly try to make my remaining time very unpleasant.  I guess if that happens, I can always walk immediately instead of wrapping up my current projects and transitioning out smoothly later in the year.
Is there any real reason why they'd go out of their way to be hostile to you, or is it just your lizard brain talking? From what you've said, it sounds like you conducted the whole thing pretty professionally. I could see things being a bit awkward for the next 3.5 months as they try and transition someone else in, but as long as you have work to do, I would hope they'd just let you do it?

Anyway, congrats on taking the big step.

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« Reply #1627 on: May 06, 2018, 09:52:42 PM »
Good luck Sol.  Don't leave us.  We want details about how it goes. 

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« Reply #1628 on: May 07, 2018, 05:13:15 AM »
Hi!  I'm new here.  52 years old, giving notice tomorrow.

Welcome and congrats!

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« Reply #1629 on: May 07, 2018, 04:56:12 PM »
Mrs SwordGuy is now retired, and added Desert for sometime in May (assuming a 2 week notice).
(Edited to correct Desert's 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
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36) CONFIRMED
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 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  Target2018 CONFIRMED
03/28/18  homestead neohio (at 39) CONFIRMED
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58) CONFIRMED
03/31/18  msilenus (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/03/18  lostformars (at 38) CONFIRMED
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  NinetyFour (at 56) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW CONFIRMED
04/27/18  andkar CONFIRMED
04/??/18  PKate and DH
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  HappyMargo
04/??/18  Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36) CONFIRMED
05/03/18  Modernaimend (at 35) CONFIRMED
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.) CONFIRMED
05/18/18  Desert
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/25/18  CodeZed
05/25/18  Acastus
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
06/01/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
06/01/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
06/01/18  step_away
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/28/18  CHF (at 51)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
06/??/18  HenryDavid
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)
08/31/18  JerseyGrrrl
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  Mogadishu
08/07/18  RunningWithScissors
09/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
09/21/18  Ottawa
09/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache
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
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 53) (Won't renew my office lease)
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Badblackgirl
??/??/18  Sofa King
??/??/19  RetireAbroadAt35  05/??/18, now OMY.
??/??/20  Gooki   2MY or 3MY

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« Reply #1630 on: May 07, 2018, 07:48:06 PM »
Hi!  I'm new here.  52 years old, giving notice tomorrow.

Welcome and congrats!

Thanks!  Looks like May 18 is my last day.  I am ready!

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« Reply #1631 on: May 08, 2018, 09:03:30 AM »
Well, I finally did it.  Gave notice to my boss last Friday and am targeting last day of 6/22 with 3 weeks of vacation to fit in between then and now.  I'm so excited, but it is now exponentially harder to get out of bed in the morning and get any work done!  I'm gonna have to dig deep to finish up strong and leave with good relations with everyone just in case I get bored in a year and/or the market crashes and I get scared. ;)

I haven't told my co-workers yet.  Was discussing what to tell them with my daughter last night and she got mad at me.  I was wanting to tell them I was taking a sabbatical or a leave of absence to not get in the whole retirement conversation, but why should I lie to them?  I guess I'll just be honest and maybe it will spark interest in others so they can up their savings rate and do the same.

I've purposely not made a lot of plans for after.  I just want to chill out and decompress and I'll have plenty of time for planning after.  That's another weird conversation that people can't seem to grasp.  lol

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« Reply #1632 on: May 08, 2018, 09:57:30 AM »
@FernFree I feel your pain.  I've got 24 "working" days left until FIRE.  Officially Sept 1 but July 11 is actually my last day in the office.  I am dragging to get up and get to work and I'm only going in 3 days a week now but it's like torture!!

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« Reply #1633 on: May 08, 2018, 07:40:02 PM »
Hi!  I'm new here.  52 years old, giving notice tomorrow.

Welcome and congrats!

Thanks!  Looks like May 18 is my last day.  I am ready!

My date was changed to May 11.  3 more days to freedom. 

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« Reply #1634 on: May 09, 2018, 07:20:16 AM »
My date was changed to May 11.  3 more days to freedom.
Wooo!!


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« Reply #1635 on: May 09, 2018, 08:55:35 AM »
Last Navy Physical Readiness Test is done and in the books. 

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« Reply #1636 on: May 09, 2018, 09:51:42 AM »
Last Navy Physical Readiness Test is done and in the books.
I love that this is a milestone to track!  How did you do?  PT stud or preserving old joints?

My last PRT was my best score ever...because I'm an idiot who wanted to go out on a high note.  Stupid ego.

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« Reply #1637 on: May 09, 2018, 10:05:40 AM »
Had a call with my boss's boss trying to persuade me to stay on longer and my head is now in a real spin.  My original plan was July 2019, but I brought it forward to this October to avoid the lunacy accompanying a major project.  I've basically been offered the option to stay on a few months, just doing 9 to 5 from home so that they can have my input into calls.  They would also be up for any part time arrangement I suggested.  And would allow me to opt out of all corporate bullshit like performance management.

My stash is already calculated to give me a 25% increase on current spending or survive a significant downturn, so I don't need the money, but I can't deny that the thought of some extra is still attractive.  Against that, for tax efficiency I would need to stick all of it in the pension so wouldn't actually be able to touch any of it for over two years which makes it feel much less like real money.

If I was retiring in spring I'd definitely turn them down, but the months of November to March tend to be pretty grim weather wise so working through them would have less of a feeling of missing out (kids in school so can't follow the sun).  DW is definitely retiring in October though so I might get exceedingly jealous of her if I keep working.

I realise this is a very nice problem to have, but it's doing my head in when I thought I had this all settled.  Not expecting anyone to solve this for me - just wanted to vent to people who would understand.

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« Reply #1638 on: May 09, 2018, 03:10:41 PM »
.....My stash is already calculated to give me a 25% increase on current spending or survive a significant downturn, so I don't need the money.......

There's your answer...   

Unless you're going to be making (pulling home) 10%+ of your stash, then you're wasting your time at work.    Your passive investments are likely to outstrip any W-2 wage that you'd get.

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« Reply #1639 on: May 10, 2018, 03:15:04 AM »
Last Navy Physical Readiness Test is done and in the books.
I love that this is a milestone to track!  How did you do?  PT stud or preserving old joints?

My last PRT was my best score ever...because I'm an idiot who wanted to go out on a high note.  Stupid ego.
My goal was to pass.  I did!

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« Reply #1640 on: May 10, 2018, 03:57:49 AM »
.....My stash is already calculated to give me a 25% increase on current spending or survive a significant downturn, so I don't need the money.......

There's your answer...   

Unless you're going to be making (pulling home) 10%+ of your stash, then you're wasting your time at work.    Your passive investments are likely to outstrip any W-2 wage that you'd get.
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« Reply #1641 on: May 10, 2018, 03:59:34 AM »

My stash is already calculated to give me a 25% increase on current spending or survive a significant downturn, so I don't need the money, but I can't deny that the thought of some extra is still attractive.  Against that, for tax efficiency I would need to stick all of it in the pension so wouldn't actually be able to touch any of it for over two years which makes it feel much less like real money.

Quitting work in October is fairly advantageous in terms of the UK tax year - you've only been earning for 6 months and end up with a lower percentage tax take. To play devil's advocate - an extra few months pay might make no difference to how much you need to live, but it would be a decent chunk of kids' deposit for a house in 15-20 years time?

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« Reply #1642 on: May 10, 2018, 06:59:38 AM »

My stash is already calculated to give me a 25% increase on current spending or survive a significant downturn, so I don't need the money, but I can't deny that the thought of some extra is still attractive.  Against that, for tax efficiency I would need to stick all of it in the pension so wouldn't actually be able to touch any of it for over two years which makes it feel much less like real money.

Quitting work in October is fairly advantageous in terms of the UK tax year - you've only been earning for 6 months and end up with a lower percentage tax take. To play devil's advocate - an extra few months pay might make no difference to how much you need to live, but it would be a decent chunk of kids' deposit for a house in 15-20 years time?
Quitting at the end of October makes an awful lot of sense for me tax-wise as it's when I will hit the child benefit clawback band which is effectively another 18% tax on the next 10k earned.  I could dodge that by increasing pension contributions, but that will still get 40% tax as I'm probably going to breach the LTA.  More importantly, anything extra I put into the pension just vanishes amongst the investment volatility so psychologically it would feel like working for nothing.
The only way it could make any sense for me would be if I can shift some of the salary to the next tax year (when I will have no taxable income). 

I think I have recovered from my wobble.  I have told my employer I still intend to go end Oct, but given them a huge list of conditions before I'd even consider staying on part time for a bit - the main one of which is having tiny contracted hours so that I can build up a huge TOIL balance to be paid off in April in the new tax year.  Part of me would quite like to do 1 day a week, term time only, for the social contact, for the extra cash that I would feel allowed to blow on toys and not least so I don't have the hassle of having to buy my own laptop!

Oh, and I already have a reasonable amount for kids' house deposits as a separate item in the budget, and 10k pa to help them through Uni, and my budget makes no allowance for their current running costs every going away, etc, etc.  I know, I know.  I should JFDI!

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« Reply #1643 on: May 10, 2018, 10:47:06 AM »
Anybody else having mild panic attacks as their date draws closer? I find myself having a lot of negative thoughts about it.  We have plenty of money (should be at about 3.6% WR by end of July assuming the market stays about where it is), but there are many unknowns.  Lots of known knowns and known unknowns, but what about unknown unknowns?

Probably the two biggest concerns are health insurance from age 50-65 (or slightly later when medicare eligibility moves out a few years) and whether past is truly prelude.  The 20th century is when most of the data for simulations and the Trinity study are from and it was the century of American exceptionalism.  I do not have optimistic feelings that this will be true in the 21st century.

I can definitely see where it's easy to get pulled in by the siren song of OMY.

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« Reply #1644 on: May 10, 2018, 10:59:48 AM »
By my unofficial count, subtracting weekends and holidays and scheduled vacations, I have 42 more cubicle days left.

I'm not having panic attacks about money, but I do have mild anxiety over having enough hours in those 42 days to finish the work I want to do before I leave.  I have projects to wrap up, science to do, and reports to write.  I'm afraid I'm going to have to leave some things hanging, which is not how I wanted to go out.  Suddenly, the sum total of my professional accomplishments has a sharply defined maximum limit.  That's the upsetting part for me, not any concerns about what comes next.

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« Reply #1645 on: May 10, 2018, 11:03:32 AM »
@Desert goes tomorrow? 

So excited because we're next!!!!!The panic over unfinished projects is subsiding...my co-workers are taking the reins, and coming to ask me questions when they need the support.  Basically perfect.

@PKate , @Calvin , @FernFree , @HappyMargo , @Mother Fussbudget , please check in and tell us how you are doing!

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« Reply #1646 on: May 10, 2018, 11:05:37 AM »
The 20th century is when most of the data for simulations and the Trinity study are from and it was the century of American exceptionalism.  I do not have optimistic feelings that this will be true in the 21st century.


I agree, but that's only a problem if you don't invest in international index funds and/or you believe that the entire human race is going to be less profitable/productive than the 20th century, right? 

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« Reply #1647 on: May 10, 2018, 12:53:46 PM »
Friendly public service announcement:  Be aware that Vanguard does not accept the funding of 401k rollovers via ACH transfer, despite assurances to the contrary (and erroneous bank routing instructions) given to me by a representative from Vanguard's "asset transfer specialist" department.  If you plan to roll over 401k funds to a Vanguard IRA, make sure to do so by instructing your 401k plan administrator to cut a physical check, even if they offer the option of ACH funding.

My entire 401k balance was transferred over two weeks ago per the erroneous instructions I received from Vanguard, and in that time neither Vanguard nor my 401k plan administrator has been able to locate the funds or provide any definitive answer as to when or if the funds will be returned to me.  I'm trying not to get overly stressed about the fact that a sizable portion of my portfolio is effectively missing, or the comparatively minor problem that I am missing out on any market gains in the meantime (which is precisely the risk I sought to minimize in the first place by conducting my rollover via ACH transfer instead of paper check and snail mail), but I figured I'd warn the cohort lest others find themselves in the same boat.

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« Reply #1648 on: May 10, 2018, 01:10:55 PM »
The 20th century is when most of the data for simulations and the Trinity study are from and it was the century of American exceptionalism.  I do not have optimistic feelings that this will be true in the 21st century.


I agree, but that's only a problem if you don't invest in international index funds and/or you believe that the entire human race is going to be less profitable/productive than the 20th century, right?

I do have some money in international funds and global corporations.  I don't think the entire human race is going to be less profitable/productive than in the 20th century, but the growth rate certainly could slow, and that's why 20th century US stock returns were ~7% annually in real terms. Productivity growth slows even a bit and that brings the rate of return over inflation down significantly.  The issue with "emerging market" stocks is they may increase returns but will also increase variance.

But, the point of my post was not to debate whether there will be growth in the market, it was more about worrying about retiring for 40+ years and general uncertaintanty in the lead up to ER and how others deal with it.  Maybe I'm the only one who is getting close to the edge of the cliff (2.5 months) and am not certain about making the leap, but I doubt it.

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« Reply #1649 on: May 10, 2018, 01:30:33 PM »
The 20th century is when most of the data for simulations and the Trinity study are from and it was the century of American exceptionalism.  I do not have optimistic feelings that this will be true in the 21st century.


I agree, but that's only a problem if you don't invest in international index funds and/or you believe that the entire human race is going to be less profitable/productive than the 20th century, right?

I do have some money in international funds and global corporations.  I don't think the entire human race is going to be less profitable/productive than in the 20th century, but the growth rate certainly could slow, and that's why 20th century US stock returns were ~7% annually in real terms. Productivity growth slows even a bit and that brings the rate of return over inflation down significantly.  The issue with "emerging market" stocks is they may increase returns but will also increase variance.

But, the point of my post was not to debate whether there will be growth in the market, it was more about worrying about retiring for 40+ years and general uncertaintanty in the lead up to ER and how others deal with it.  Maybe I'm the only one who is getting close to the edge of the cliff (2.5 months) and am not certain about making the leap, but I doubt it.
Well, I'll be almost 7 months behind you, so I'm probably not experiencing the uncertainty to the same degree you are, but just last night I did have a freak out about it.  I worry about my pension system collapsing (it's solid right now, but you know what they say about pension systems), healthcare (also an American, so a more unique worry), the stock market, and of course there are innumerable other uncertainties.  I don't pretend to have the right answer, but I made a value judgment about these things (including the unknown unknowns) several months ago when I decided I'd pull the plug on 2/15/19, after careful consideration.  No new information has come to light (although the unknown unknowns continue to be unknown) and there's no indication that I failed to consider important information, so I decided (or am still trying to decide by telling myself) there's no actual reason to change the judgment I made then.  It seems to me that unless one of those things is true, the uncertainty is a natural human emotion to deal with but not a reason to OMY or actually change any other plans.  For me, I'm trying to treat and accept the uncertainty and other emotions, but not in a way that will allow them to hijack my plans, until and unless I learn that my original decision may have been flawed in some way.