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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1600 on: April 25, 2018, 11:57:51 AM »
Speaking about COBRA for the rest of 2018.  Someone told me that ACA only looks at your income after the change of coverage event , not at the income you made earlier in the year.  This does not sound right to me.  I understand that they look at the entire years income.  Does anyone know for sure?
 I've already made too much this year to qualify for any subsidies. However,  I could adjust my income for the rest of the year to stay below the number required for subsidies.

ACA uses modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). The AGI is the tally on form 1040 p. 1. Add in SS, unemployment, and a couple others. You keep the deduction for tIRA and 401k, as they are subtracted out of the AGI. You estimate your income for the calendar year, the Marketplace applies a credit, then have an accounting at tax time if you were wrong.

I plan to use a combination of low capital gains taxable accounts, rule of 55 on my 401k, and IRA in a few years to manage my official AGI. My spending will be about double my income.

Acastus,Thanks for clearly laying out the calculations and rules.  Since it's too late for me to fix 2018 for the subsidies, I will definitely go on COBRA.  What I will do is front load some withdrawals and expenses to this year so it will be easier to meet the subsidy income levels for 2019.  But then I have to be careful to not move into higher tax brackets so my 2018 taxes stay as low as possible.  Calculating the optimums and executing the withdrawals will keep me busy for the rest of the year.



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1601 on: April 25, 2018, 01:18:19 PM »
I gave my official notice yesterday! And because I'll be taking a couple weeks of vacation, my last day is May 3. So close!

My husband is now CONFIRMED, today was his last day.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1602 on: April 25, 2018, 01:33:50 PM »
I gave my official notice yesterday! And because I'll be taking a couple weeks of vacation, my last day is May 3. So close!

My husband is now CONFIRMED, today was his last day.

Wow, congrats!! So exciting to see the recent FIRErs. :-)

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1603 on: April 25, 2018, 06:05:58 PM »
I've attempted to update this chart with all the posts since the last time it was updated.   Feel encouraged to double-check your data! :)

Thursday, 4/26, is my last day of fulltime employment.   I have 1-2 months of 8 workdays each and then I'll be done.


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
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/27/18  andkar
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 #1604 on: April 26, 2018, 01:44:56 AM »
*any experience someone has on signing up for ACA when returning to USA after a long spell overseas would be highly appreciated!

If your state does expanded Medicaid then make an appointment with a Healthcare Navigator.  If you have no current income you will be qualified for Medicaid (and they can help you switch to an ACA plan if you do end up with a regular stream of income). If you already have a regular stream of income set up then do some research in advance about what plan you want.  Either way, they have on the spot access to the system and can get you signed up immediately.  Your return to the US /loss of other coverage is your qualifying event.

I strongly advise that you DO NOT try to sign up on your own unless you have to.  I botched my original signup and lost several thousand dollars because of it.  Don't be me.  Use a navigator if they are available in your state.  They are paid to navigate the system.

Also, I know it varies state by state but I have found Medicaid to be great here in WA.  Try to put aside any prejudices you might have about it if you qualify.  Yes, there are hoops you have to jump through (mostly getting referrals for specialist care), but most managed care plans require that now, too.  The only issue we have run into is that there are limited providers for periodontal care in our area.  Other than that, we've been able to get good care for all issues, including two cataract surgeries for me.

Thanks ihamo.

Yeah we'll be heading to Michigan which seems to have expanded Medicaid. If they can only sign up after moving back,  I think best to have some tourist-type cover for the first month and then see about ACA vs Medicaid.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1605 on: April 26, 2018, 03:53:31 AM »
Today is my last day at work, although Iím on the payroll through the end of the month. Iím turning in my badge and my computer and walking out that door for the last time at 5 pm :-)



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1606 on: April 26, 2018, 06:05:57 AM »
Today is my last day at work, although Iím on the payroll through the end of the month. Iím turning in my badge and my computer and walking out that door for the last time at 5 pm :-)

It's been awesome to follow the last few years of your journey!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1607 on: April 26, 2018, 06:08:00 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
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39) CONFIRMED
04/25/18  ZiziPB (at 50) CONFIRMED
04/26/18  SwordGuy (at 60) PART TIME. (Just 1-2 months.)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/27/18  andkar
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 #1608 on: April 26, 2018, 06:14:49 AM »
I taught my last class on April 19.  This week, I have been giving and grading exams.  If all goes according to plan, I will finish grading today and submit the last batch of grades.  I might attend graduation this Saturday, but I doubt it.  I have too much to get done in preparation for a week of camping and backpacking in Utah.  :-)

I will still be getting paid through June 30, and probably won't vacate my office until mid-June.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1609 on: April 26, 2018, 06:32:06 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
04/27/18  andkar
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: April 26, 2018, 06:51:37 AM »

04/26/18  NinetyFour (at 56) CONFIRMED


Woo hoo!!!  Seeing that makes it all a bit more real!  Thanks, Sword Guy!  :D

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1611 on: April 26, 2018, 09:21:44 AM »
Well, I banked my March bonus and I hit my number last year.  Now I find myself with cold feet, scared that I'm really going to regret this but also so burnt out that I pretty much need to take at  least a year off anyway.  I hit 20 years at Megacorp in August and I'm ready to go!!!!! :)

Tentative plan is to tell my boss next Friday when he returns from a business trip.  I think I owe him an in-person chat, but I'm really dreading it.  He's going to freak out and I'm liable to cave and give him months of transition time.  I'd like to give him 1 month notice plus my 3 weeks of vacation, so 7 weeks total.  My earliest date therefore is around 6/22/18. 

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.

I was planning to wait until Fall so I would only have ~3 months of unsubsidized ACA or COBRA healthcare, thinking it would be around $1000/mo.  I did some more research and it looks like ACA for my daughter and myself will be around $550/month and if I work until June I would have more than made up that extra expense via the additional salary (compared to my original plan to FIRE in April).


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« Reply #1612 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 #1613 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 #1614 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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« Reply #1615 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 #1616 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 #1617 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 #1618 on: April 27, 2018, 08:47:30 AM »
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog CONFIRMED!

Woo hoo - party time!!!

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« Reply #1619 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 #1620 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 #1621 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 #1622 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 #1623 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 #1624 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 #1625 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!
Took that job and shoved it - January 6, 2018

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1626 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 #1627 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 #1628 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 #1629 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 #1630 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1631 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!!

 
« Last Edit: May 05, 2018, 06:09:46 AM by Trifele »

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1632 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1633 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.
Took that job and shoved it - January 6, 2018

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1634 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1635 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 #1636 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1637 on: May 06, 2018, 08:42:01 PM »
Hi!  I'm new here.  52 years old, giving notice tomorrow. 

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« Reply #1638 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 #1639 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 #1640 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1641 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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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1642 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 #1643 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 #1644 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 #1645 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 #1646 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 #1647 on: May 09, 2018, 08:55:35 AM »
Last Navy Physical Readiness Test is done and in the books. 
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« Reply #1648 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 #1649 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.