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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2750 on: July 29, 2019, 03:05:30 PM »
Congratulations eveyone, welcome to freedom!

Rough first day... signed my release paperwork at 8AM, followed sailing with friends, free ice cream, replacing a backpack with a larger, nicer and higher quality one at the exact same price, and then biking back home.

Left home at 0730, returned at 1445. 2h30 of biking.

Not something I could have done in a day if I had to work!

Yep, the biggest problem I've had so far in an increase in my consumption of sunscreen. My skin is now a shade of brown I haven't seen in years of office work. I need to pay more attention to that big yellow orb in the sky, I'd forgotten it's power.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2751 on: July 29, 2019, 04:30:32 PM »
Woot!  I love that the team keeps growing and more people keep pulling the cord.  Yah!!
Happy dances for all!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2752 on: July 29, 2019, 06:45:44 PM »
Hi, please add me to the list. Ill be giving notice on 9/20 and my last day may be 10/4 or worst-case 12/06. Any time I stay beyond 10/4 will be on my terms, such as 2-3 days per week, etc.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2753 on: July 30, 2019, 02:51:01 AM »
Welcome @iluvzbeach !  Got you added. 

By the way y'all -- in addition to being by far the coolest FIRE cohort, we are the second biggest as well.  So far this year we are running just a bit behind 2018's numbers of FIRE-ees.  If a few more folks add their name to the list we can stand forever at the top of the FIREy mountain with our hands raised in exultant victory haha!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2754 on: July 30, 2019, 09:43:20 AM »
Welcome @iluvzbeach !  Got you added. 

By the way y'all -- in addition to being by far the coolest FIRE cohort, we are the second biggest as well.  So far this year we are running just a bit behind 2018's numbers of FIRE-ees.  If a few more folks add their name to the list we can stand forever at the top of the FIREy mountain with our hands raised in exultant victory haha!!

There are days I think about jumping back into 2019.  Good luck to you all and congratulations to the class of 2019.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2755 on: July 30, 2019, 03:06:24 PM »
Welcome @iluvzbeach !  Got you added. 

By the way y'all -- in addition to being by far the coolest FIRE cohort, we are the second biggest as well.  So far this year we are running just a bit behind 2018's numbers of FIRE-ees.  If a few more folks add their name to the list we can stand forever at the top of the FIREy mountain with our hands raised in exultant victory haha!!

So we need to start recruiting.  Hmm....

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2756 on: July 30, 2019, 09:32:30 PM »
@DirtDiva and @couponvan  - you are both real reminders for all of us that we may not in fact have 30, 40, or 50 years ahead of us post-FIRE.  I'm sorry that you are both going through that right now!  I had a little scare earlier this year that turned out okay, but if it went the other way, I certainly would have left work immediately to focus on spending as much time with my family and doing the things I wanted to do while I could (progression and treatment allowing of course).


That's the bitch of it.  Now I finally have the time, but treatment is going to make it impossible to do the things I want, at least for a few months as I recover from surgery.

At least I have plenty of time to spend with family and friends. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2757 on: July 31, 2019, 08:32:32 AM »
@DirtDiva and @couponvan  - you are both real reminders for all of us that we may not in fact have 30, 40, or 50 years ahead of us post-FIRE.  I'm sorry that you are both going through that right now!  I had a little scare earlier this year that turned out okay, but if it went the other way, I certainly would have left work immediately to focus on spending as much time with my family and doing the things I wanted to do while I could (progression and treatment allowing of course).


That's the bitch of it.  Now I finally have the time, but treatment is going to make it impossible to do the things I want, at least for a few months as I recover from surgery.

At least I have plenty of time to spend with family and friends.
At a year out from first surgery/start of treatment, this is the summer of FUN....MMM meets YOLO. I figure if I am alive next year (planning on it!) I will go back to conservative spending me. For now, I am living the best life, and its good. Spain for Spring Break, new house in May, California in June, Alaska/Seattle cruise in July, Illinois lake cottage in August, and then California again in September. Not working makes all of this travel and fun possible. I thank my past self a lot for her frugal ways!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2758 on: August 02, 2019, 11:31:17 AM »
Just turned in my badge, laptop, finished my exit interview and picked up my last check. Time for lunch a few drinks with some ex-co-workers. I can't even begin to describe how amazing and surreal this feels. I knew I was going to FIRE today for a while, but it never seemed real until now. But today, I am free. My face is locked into what feels like a permanent smile.

If you are nervous or on the fence about FIRING, just do it!  You deserve it!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2759 on: August 02, 2019, 11:56:03 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS @xbdb!  Yeah, the perma-grin lasts for a good while.  I still have mine, six months in.  Have a fabulous first FIRE weekend!

Waiting to hear from @DireWolf, have moved him/her to TBD til we hear back. 


2019 FIRE Cohort:

01/01/19     Bingeworker (52)          CONFIRMED
01/11/19     Avrex (53)                    CONFIRMED
01/31/19     Trifele (51)                   CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Socmonkey (37)           CONFIRMED
02/01/19     August (54)                  CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Keeks (42)                   CONFIRMED
02/01/19     TheShinyHorse             CONFIRMED   
02/13/19     SeanTash (48)              CONFIRMED
02/28/19     nowwhat? (56)             CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Half Stached  (47)        CONFIRMED
03/15/19     FireHazard                   CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Luck12  (41)                CONFIRMED       
03/18/19     chasesfish (36)             CONFIRMED
03/18/19     Cycling Stache (43)       CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Loren Ver (36)              CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Mr. Ver (39)                  CONFIRMED
04/01/19     Ryder (39)                    CONFIRMED
04/04/19     PowerStache (43)          CONFIRMED
04/05/19     MissNancyPryor (50)      CONFIRMED SWAMI
04/06/19     Caroline PF                    CONFIRMED SEMI-FIRE
04/07/19     BTDRetire (64)              CONFIRMED 
04/19/19     Eric (42)                       CONFIRMED
04/26/19     FIRE 20/20  (42)           CONFIRMED
05/02/19     couponvan                    CONFIRMED
05/14/19     anonprof                       CONFIRMED
05/16/19     dude (53)                      CONFIRMED
05/17/19     MaybeBabyMustache      CONFIRMED SABBATICAL
05/17/19     Mowine (58)                  CONFIRMED                   
05/24/19     Prairie Stash (38)           CONFIRMED
05/30/19     Livingthedream55 (59)   CONFIRMED
05/30/19     MoMan  (54)                  CONFIRMED
05/31/19     Odiedog859  (62)           CONFIRMED
06/10/19     tooqk4u22                     CONFIRMED             
06/14/19     Dibdab (56)                   CONFIRMED
06/18/19     RichMoose (29)              CONFIRMED
06/19/19     Waffles  (52)                  CONFIRMED
06/20/19     Parizade  (62)                CONFIRMED
06/21/19     Okonumiyaki (49)          CONFIRMED
06/21/19     Home Stretch (31)         CONFIRMED
07/02/19     DirtDiva                        CONFIRMED
07/03/19     Miss Piggy                     CONFIRMED         
07/05/19     StoaX (58)                    CONFIRMED
07/07/19     Batljunk   (57)               CONFIRMED
07/12/19     5OClocksomewhere        CONFIRMED
07/19/19     Polish_Hammer (51)       CONFIRMED
07/29/19     Lews Therin (29)            CONFIRMED
08/02/19     xbdb                             CONFIRMED
08/08/19     seattlecyclone
08/09/19     Jfer_rose (41)
08/31/19     Gerard
08/31/19     Oldtoyota
08/??/19     Omy
09/02/19     Cornbread OMalley  (42)  Date Confirmed
09/13/19     dayzero
09/14/19     Classical_Liberal
09/??/19     RetirementDreaming
10/01/19     SnakesInTheGrass (55)
10/04/19     iluvzbeach
10/??/19     VoteCthulu  (39)
10/??/19     Trix76  (43)
10/??/19     JumboShrimp
12/??/19     HBFI  (38)
12/??/19     luckyme13  (45)
12/19/19     Itchyfeet  (47)
12/27/19     moxie
12/31/19     texxan1  (47)
12/31/19     Nifty (31)

2019 Cohort with date TBD:
Lowerbills (40)
getoutsoon (52)
IPlawyer
MustacheAnxiety
forward
BlindSquirrel
I'm Fred (51)
JoJo (45)
Edgema
Gerardc  (35)
Pylortes  (42)
DreamFire
2Birds1Stone  (32)
SHO (37)
snowdog (57)
SugarMountain
Thedividebyzero  (45)
Mathieu
DireWolf

OMY/2MY/Etc:
Freedomin5 (38)
Roboturner  (30)
Bateaux (51)
Linea_Norway (45)
CryingInThePool  (44)
Albireo13  (61)
Cookie78
Enigma
exit2019  (40)
powersuitrecall  (47)
SamIAm38  (30)

OLY
markbike528cbx  (55)      OLY -- CONFIRMED 6/1/18; checking in as OP
MoneyStacher  (50)         OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
PhilB  (52)                      OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/24/18
sui generis  (41)              OLY -- CONFIRMED 8/17/18
TartanTallulah  (55)          OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/2018
cerat0n1a                       OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018 
Chairman                        OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
Bognish (43)                   OLY -- CONFIRMED 11/16/18   
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2760 on: August 02, 2019, 06:55:58 PM »
Hey, can I be retroactively added to this cohort?

I quit/retired on May 17, I didn't have an exact date planned much in advance. A couple of weeks before I did the deed I felt a very strong persistent urge to leave and never take up paid work again-was just sick of the commute and repetitive work. So I did it, and now spend my time with my daughters, my dog, and on the many trails in the neighborhood.

Life is good!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2761 on: August 02, 2019, 07:26:46 PM »
Congrats @xbdb that is wonderful.  I hope your ex-co-workers sent you off right!!

Welcome to the cohort @mowine, we are always happy to bring in more FIRE-achievers, as we are the coolest and most welcoming cohort ;).

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2762 on: August 02, 2019, 07:49:29 PM »
Congrats @xbdb that is wonderful.  I hope your ex-co-workers sent you off right!!

Welcome to the cohort @mowine, we are always happy to bring in more FIRE-achievers, as we are the coolest and most welcoming cohort ;).

Thanks Loren Ver. Agreed, we is the coolest kids!
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2763 on: August 02, 2019, 09:08:28 PM »
Hey, can I be retroactively added to this cohort?

I quit/retired on May 17, I didn't have an exact date planned much in advance. A couple of weeks before I did the deed I felt a very strong persistent urge to leave and never take up paid work again -was just sick of the commute and repetitive work. So I did it, and now spend my time with my daughters, my dog, and on the many trails in the neighborhood.

Life is good!

Just short of an EPIC FU
https://www.theonion.com/health-experts-recommend-standing-up-at-desk-leaving-o-1819577456
, but way above the retroactive limit to join the coolest cohort to date.

edit to change bolding.
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2764 on: August 03, 2019, 03:59:22 AM »
Welcome @mowine!  Got you added^.  Sounds like you are having one fine summer.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2765 on: August 04, 2019, 10:06:48 AM »
Congratulations to all our recent FIREees.  Life after work is indeed wonderful :)
2019 was my original cohort and my original planned date of late July 2019 has just gone by.  We are 10 days into a 5 and a half week holiday in France and Spain, currently in the beautiful little Cathar town of Saissac in the South of France.  Being able to take the kids away for the whole school holidays was a key driver for FIRE.  Since pulling the plug last October we have been away every half term for a week and for 2 weeks at Easter.  Such a privilege to be able to have these fun times with the kids.

In other news, I have just agreed to extend my one-day-a-week, term-time-only gig with my old employer out to 1 July 2020.  Does this mean that I am both OLY and OMY I wonder?

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2766 on: August 04, 2019, 10:15:31 AM »
In other news, I have just agreed to extend my one-day-a-week, term-time-only gig with my old employer out to 1 July 2020.  Does this mean that I am both OLY and OMY I wonder?

Here in the 2019 cohort we decided that having a FIRE police force was too expensive, so no one is monitoring whether or not your FIRE is fully certified or legitimate. If you are looking for opinions, I think your life sounds perfectly wonderful as is.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2767 on: August 04, 2019, 03:15:50 PM »
And bat signal out to the rest of our July potentials:

07/??/19     @Thedividebyzero  (45)
07/??/19     @Mathieu
07/??/19     @Miss Piggy

Any updates?

I am confirmed 7/3/2019.


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2768 on: August 04, 2019, 06:53:16 PM »
And bat signal out to the rest of our July potentials:

07/??/19     @Thedividebyzero  (45)
07/??/19     @Mathieu
07/??/19     @Miss Piggy

Any updates?


I am confirmed 7/3/2019.

CONGRATULATIONS!! Happy FIRE One month anniversary!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2769 on: August 04, 2019, 06:57:50 PM »
And bat signal out to the rest of our July potentials:

07/??/19     @Thedividebyzero  (45)
07/??/19     @Mathieu
07/??/19     @Miss Piggy

Any updates?

I am confirmed 7/3/2019.

WOOHOO!! Congrats @MissPiggy

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2770 on: August 05, 2019, 03:37:25 AM »
Congrats @Miss Piggy !  Got you CONFIRMED.^  How was your first month? 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2771 on: August 06, 2019, 03:47:39 PM »
Congrats @Miss Piggy !  Got you CONFIRMED.^  How was your first month?

Thanks! Awesome so far. But why am I still so busy??!!

Ironically, on a trip to Florida to celebrate, I was banned from the forum, presumably due to an IP address issue at the hotel. So my first month included NO reading/posting on the forum. I got to a point that I was okay with the withdrawal, but in all honesty, I really did miss y'all!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2772 on: August 06, 2019, 05:34:24 PM »
Congrats @Miss Piggy !  Got you CONFIRMED.^  How was your first month?

Thanks! Awesome so far. But why am I still so busy??!!

Ironically, on a trip to Florida to celebrate, I was banned from the forum, presumably due to an IP address issue at the hotel. So my first month included NO reading/posting on the forum. I got to a point that I was okay with the withdrawal, but in all honesty, I really did miss y'all!

Ha!  We forgive you for abandoning us during your time of celebration if you were banned.  But in the future if you are to be banned, you should do something more exciting than having an IP issue :).


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2773 on: August 06, 2019, 07:47:05 PM »
Congrats @Miss Piggy !  Got you CONFIRMED.^  How was your first month?

Thanks! Awesome so far. But why am I still so busy??!!

Ironically, on a trip to Florida to celebrate, I was banned from the forum, presumably due to an IP address issue at the hotel. So my first month included NO reading/posting on the forum. I got to a point that I was okay with the withdrawal, but in all honesty, I really did miss y'all!

Ha!  We forgive you for abandoning us during your time of celebration if you were banned.  But in the future if you are to be banned, you should do something more exciting than having an IP issue :).

Excellent point, @Loren Ver. And one I shall keep in mind for future banning opportunities!  ;)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2774 on: August 07, 2019, 04:00:00 PM »
Congrats @Miss Piggy !  Got you CONFIRMED.^  How was your first month?

Thanks! Awesome so far. But why am I still so busy??!!

Ironically, on a trip to Florida to celebrate, I was banned from the forum, presumably due to an IP address issue at the hotel. So my first month included NO reading/posting on the forum. I got to a point that I was okay with the withdrawal, but in all honesty, I really did miss y'all!

Ha!  We forgive you for abandoning us during your time of celebration if you were banned.  But in the future if you are to be banned, you should do something more exciting than having an IP issue :).

Excellent point, @Loren Ver. And one I shall keep in mind for future banning opportunities!  ;)

As one does, especially when they become a person of leisure :).

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2775 on: August 08, 2019, 03:43:55 AM »
Coming to the finish line today we have @seattlecyclone.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Shout out to @jfer_rose.  Are you still on track for tomorrow?  Last time you dropped by things were terrible in the office, and you were tentatively planning to FIRE August 9.  How are you doing? 

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« Reply #2776 on: August 08, 2019, 04:47:36 AM »

Shout out to @jfer_rose.  Are you still on track for tomorrow?  Last time you dropped by things were terrible in the office, and you were tentatively planning to FIRE August 9.  How are you doing?

I'm having trouble believing that when I walk out of work tomorrow, I won't need to go back on Monday! I was able to rectify my clumsy notice situation. I had my exit interview yesterday and my going away lunch is today. I felt quite a bit of guilt about leaving my job since it is one that attempts to make the world a better place, and I am passionate about what we do. But I have been blown away at how excited my coworkers and colleagues have been about my new plans! Almost everyone has expressed envy. I should explain, I haven't told anyone I am retiring, I have been saying that I am leaving to complete a full-time carpentry-related program at the local community college.

I have 3 weeks off before my classes start. It's a 1-year program and I couldn't be more excited. No idea what comes after that! Also, as a symbol of my escape from professionaldom I am dying my hair purple this weekend (something I had long wanted to do but lacked the guts to try).

As an aside, my boss actually mentioned MMM to me since I gave notice. I think maybe he has been on to me since my boyfriend early-retired 2 years ago. I neither confirmed nor denied. Teehee!!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2777 on: August 08, 2019, 05:03:12 AM »

Shout out to @jfer_rose.  Are you still on track for tomorrow?  Last time you dropped by things were terrible in the office, and you were tentatively planning to FIRE August 9.  How are you doing?

I'm having trouble believing that when I walk out of work tomorrow, I won't need to go back on Monday! I was able to rectify my clumsy notice situation. I had my exit interview yesterday and my going away lunch is today. I felt quite a bit of guilt about leaving my job since it is one that attempts to make the world a better place, and I am passionate about what we do. But I have been blown away at how excited my coworkers and colleagues have been about my new plans! Almost everyone has expressed envy. I should explain, I haven't told anyone I am retiring, I have been saying that I am leaving to complete a full-time carpentry-related program at the local community college.

I have 3 weeks off before my classes start. It's a 1-year program and I couldn't be more excited. No idea what comes after that! Also, as a symbol of my escape from professionaldom I am dying my hair purple this weekend (something I had long wanted to do but lacked the guts to try).

As an aside, my boss actually mentioned MMM to me since I gave notice. I think maybe he has been on to me since my boyfriend early-retired 2 years ago. I neither confirmed nor denied. Teehee!!!

:)

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« Reply #2778 on: August 08, 2019, 07:21:51 AM »
Hey guys,
Sorry for abandoning you all.  Here's an update.  My wife and I quit on 4/19, but needed to get rid of all of our stuff besides what would fit in the car and be gone from our apartment by 4/30.  The main stressors were trying to make sure that all of our stuff ended up with people who would use it instead of in a landfill.  And we tried to balance that process with the fact that we were still living there during that time, so we still wanted a bed to sleep on and a TV to watch at the end of the day and things like that. That process was grueling and I'm soooo glad it's over. 

From there, we loaded up the car with our remaining belongings and went camping for about a month as we drove from California back to the Chicago area. Highlight was definitely the Moab Utah area, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  We planned to stay for 3 nights but stayed for a week instead. Thanks retirement!

Then we spent about a month visiting with friends and family in the Midwest before getting on a plane for Bangkok at the end of June. We just spent two weeks here in Bangkok and will be leaving for the Gulf of Thailand and Koh Phangan tomorrow for some island time.

I kind of thought the retirement thing would really hit me when we got on the plane for Thailand, but it's turning out to be more of a gradual change than a switch that flips.  This still kind of feels like a long vacation, although since we know it's long, we're taking our time getting over jetlag, will sit around for a day if needed, and am generally cooking at home still instead of eating out too much. We've seen some sights, but mostly are just going at it pretty slowly and not worrying too much about packing in a bunch of activities, figuring it will work itself out. And if we miss something, well, we'll be back at some point.

All in all, it's been going pretty good so far.  I'm happy to be in SE Asia and we've got the next ~2 months planned (2 weeks on Koh Phangan, 2 weeks on Koh Samui, 2 weeks in Phuket, 2 weeks in Siem Reap, Cambodia). So now we just get to enjoy amazing produce at ridiculously cheap prices, hot weather, and leisurely breakfasts.

Eric

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« Reply #2779 on: August 08, 2019, 07:30:01 AM »
Yooooooo, 2019 Cohort peeps! Figured I'd check in since I cast off the shackles 41 days ago. Retirement is fucking grand! Went to Hawaii for 2 weeks (week in Maui, week on the Big Island), now been back a couple weeks. Haven't set an alarm clock for well over a month now, and I love it. Getting ready for a 3-week intermountain west (CO/UT/WY) climbing trip in a few weeks, then coming home for a couple weeks before heading back out west for 3-4 weeks (WY/Vegas/SoCal) for some jiu jitsu and surfing. Beyond that, who knows? Been filling my days with lots of working out, running, climbing, and jiu jitsu. This FIRE deal is as good as I'd fantasized it would be! Git some!

Capped off a 3-week intermountain west roadtrip a little over a week ago. Posted a few pics in the Post-FIRE forum. Next roadtrip begins in a few days and will be nearly a month, covering WY, UT, NV and CA. Can't freakin' wait!

Congrats to all those who've FIRE'd since I pulled the plug back in May!

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« Reply #2780 on: August 08, 2019, 06:02:21 PM »

Shout out to @jfer_rose.  Are you still on track for tomorrow?  Last time you dropped by things were terrible in the office, and you were tentatively planning to FIRE August 9.  How are you doing?

I'm having trouble believing that when I walk out of work tomorrow, I won't need to go back on Monday! I was able to rectify my clumsy notice situation. I had my exit interview yesterday and my going away lunch is today. I felt quite a bit of guilt about leaving my job since it is one that attempts to make the world a better place, and I am passionate about what we do. But I have been blown away at how excited my coworkers and colleagues have been about my new plans! Almost everyone has expressed envy. I should explain, I haven't told anyone I am retiring, I have been saying that I am leaving to complete a full-time carpentry-related program at the local community college.

I have 3 weeks off before my classes start. It's a 1-year program and I couldn't be more excited. No idea what comes after that! Also, as a symbol of my escape from professionaldom I am dying my hair purple this weekend (something I had long wanted to do but lacked the guts to try).

As an aside, my boss actually mentioned MMM to me since I gave notice. I think maybe he has been on to me since my boyfriend early-retired 2 years ago. I neither confirmed nor denied. Teehee!!!

Teehee indeed!!  Congrats.  Enjoy not going to work on Mondays!!!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2781 on: August 08, 2019, 08:46:41 PM »
Coming to the finish line today we have @seattlecyclone.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Put me down as CONFIRMED, and feel free to put down my age.

This morning I achieved my personal best on the office pinball machine. Then I went out to a nice farewell lunch with my team, packed up my personal belongings, turned in my laptop and badge, and came home a retired man.

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« Reply #2782 on: August 08, 2019, 09:05:07 PM »
Congrats!

(On th personal best on the pinball machine, of course) ;-)

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« Reply #2783 on: August 08, 2019, 09:57:57 PM »
Put me down as CONFIRMED, and feel free to put down my age.

This morning I achieved my personal best on the office pinball machine. Then I went out to a nice farewell lunch with my team, packed up my personal belongings, turned in my laptop and badge, and came home a retired man.

Nice. Congratulations SC!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2784 on: August 08, 2019, 10:07:10 PM »
Huge congrats, @seattlecyclone! What an amazing accomplishment and at 34, no less! Im just a few months behind you but am 15 years your senior at age 49. Had I been smarter, I would have handled my 20s and early 30s much differently and Id be done already. I love reading about folks who started out on the right foot and achieved FIRE at such a young age. Congrats again, enjoy every freaking moment of FUREd life.

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« Reply #2785 on: August 09, 2019, 06:10:25 AM »
Huge congrats, @seattlecyclone! What an amazing accomplishment and at 34, no less! Im just a few months behind you but am 15 years your senior at age 49. Had I been smarter, I would have handled my 20s and early 30s much differently and Id be done already. I love reading about folks who started out on the right foot and achieved FIRE at such a young age. Congrats again, enjoy every freaking moment of FUREd life.

+1.  Although I'm 48 and just a few months ahead of you.  If I'd only worked about 3 more years in early life, I'd have been completely completely done working.  Enjoy the FIRE life!  I love that you and your wife will be able to do it together.

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« Reply #2786 on: August 09, 2019, 07:06:50 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS @seattlecyclone

And happy last day of work @jfer_rose!


2019 FIRE Cohort:

01/01/19     Bingeworker (52)          CONFIRMED
01/11/19     Avrex (53)                    CONFIRMED
01/31/19     Trifele (51)                   CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Socmonkey (37)           CONFIRMED
02/01/19     August (54)                  CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Keeks (42)                   CONFIRMED
02/01/19     TheShinyHorse             CONFIRMED   
02/13/19     SeanTash (48)              CONFIRMED
02/28/19     nowwhat? (56)             CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Half Stached  (47)        CONFIRMED
03/15/19     FireHazard                   CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Luck12  (41)                CONFIRMED       
03/18/19     chasesfish (36)             CONFIRMED
03/18/19     Cycling Stache (43)       CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Loren Ver (36)              CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Mr. Ver (39)                  CONFIRMED
04/01/19     Ryder (39)                    CONFIRMED
04/04/19     PowerStache (43)          CONFIRMED
04/05/19     MissNancyPryor (50)      CONFIRMED SWAMI
04/06/19     Caroline PF                    CONFIRMED SEMI-FIRE
04/07/19     BTDRetire (64)              CONFIRMED 
04/19/19     Eric (42)                       CONFIRMED
04/26/19     FIRE 20/20  (42)           CONFIRMED
05/02/19     couponvan (48)             CONFIRMED
05/14/19     anonprof                       CONFIRMED
05/16/19     dude (53)                      CONFIRMED
05/17/19     MaybeBabyMustache      CONFIRMED SABBATICAL
05/17/19     Mowine (58)                  CONFIRMED                   
05/24/19     Prairie Stash (38)           CONFIRMED
05/30/19     Livingthedream55 (59)   CONFIRMED
05/31/19     Odiedog859  (62)           CONFIRMED
06/10/19     tooqk4u22                     CONFIRMED             
06/14/19     Dibdab (56)                   CONFIRMED
06/18/19     RichMoose (29)              CONFIRMED
06/19/19     Waffles  (52)                  CONFIRMED
06/20/19     Parizade  (62)                CONFIRMED
06/21/19     Okonumiyaki (49)          CONFIRMED
06/21/19     Home Stretch (31)         CONFIRMED
07/02/19     DirtDiva                        CONFIRMED
07/03/19     Miss Piggy                     CONFIRMED         
07/05/19     StoaX (58)                    CONFIRMED
07/07/19     Batljunk   (57)               CONFIRMED
07/12/19     5OClocksomewhere        CONFIRMED
07/19/19     Polish_Hammer (51)       CONFIRMED
07/29/19     Lews Therin (29)            CONFIRMED
08/02/19     xbdb                             CONFIRMED
08/08/19     seattlecyclone (34)         CONFIRMED       
08/09/19     Jfer_rose (41)                CONFIRMED
08/30/19     MoMan  (54)                 
08/31/19     Gerard
08/31/19     Oldtoyota
08/??/19     Omy
09/02/19     Cornbread OMalley  (42)  Date Confirmed
09/13/19     dayzero
09/14/19     Classical_Liberal
09/??/19     RetirementDreaming
10/01/19     SnakesInTheGrass (55)
10/04/19     iluvzbeach (49)
10/??/19     VoteCthulu  (39)
10/??/19     Trix76  (43)
10/??/19     JumboShrimp
11/21/19     Meatgrinder (39)
12/06/19     Sid Arthur (59)
12/??/19     HBFI  (38)
12/??/19     luckyme13  (45)
12/19/19     Itchyfeet  (47)
12/27/19     moxie
12/31/19     texxan1  (47)
12/31/19     Nifty (31)

2019 Cohort with date TBD:
Lowerbills (40)
getoutsoon (52)
IPlawyer
MustacheAnxiety
forward
BlindSquirrel
I'm Fred (51)
JoJo (45)
Edgema
Gerardc  (35)
Pylortes  (42)
DreamFire
2Birds1Stone  (32)
SHO (37)
snowdog (57)
SugarMountain
Thedividebyzero  (45)
Mathieu
DireWolf

OMY/2MY/Etc:
Freedomin5 (38)
Roboturner  (30)
Bateaux (51)
Linea_Norway (45)
CryingInThePool  (44)
Albireo13  (61)
Cookie78
Enigma
exit2019  (40)
powersuitrecall  (47)
SamIAm38  (30)

OLY
markbike528cbx  (55)      OLY -- CONFIRMED 6/1/18; checking in as OP
MoneyStacher  (50)         OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
PhilB  (52)                      OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/24/18
sui generis  (41)              OLY -- CONFIRMED 8/17/18
TartanTallulah  (55)          OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/2018
cerat0n1a                       OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018 
Chairman                        OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
Bognish (43)                   OLY -- CONFIRMED 11/16/18   
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2787 on: August 09, 2019, 02:11:07 PM »
Congrats @seattlecyclone!  I retired a week ago, and I am still smiling.

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« Reply #2788 on: August 09, 2019, 03:28:55 PM »
I am pleased to join the prestigious "CONFIRMED" ranks! I have left my office, turned in all that required it and now I'm ready to see what adventures await.

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« Reply #2789 on: August 09, 2019, 03:35:45 PM »
CONGRATS @jfer_rose !!!  You are CONFIRMED.^


                                                         

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2790 on: August 12, 2019, 08:17:05 PM »
Hi,

My first post here, I've been lurking for a while :)

I'm planning to FIRE on December 6, 2019. I was originally planning for June 2019 but delayed for an extra 6 months. Please add me to the 2019 cohort!

In December I will be 59 1/2 so eligible for withdrawals from my rollover IRA if it makes sense to take them.

I feel pretty good about the numbers but taxes and health insurance are the complicating factors. Still figuring out the exact plan for withdrawal strategy and possible ACA subsidies.



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« Reply #2791 on: August 13, 2019, 03:00:09 AM »
Fantastic @Sid Arthur!  Welcome to the cohort and the forum!  Got you added to the list.^

Sounds like you have a good plan and have it figured out -- as much as any of us do when it comes to the ACA.  And you'll be FIREing during open enrollment too, so your timing's good there.   
« Last Edit: August 13, 2019, 03:09:09 AM by Trifele »

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2792 on: August 13, 2019, 08:24:39 AM »
Congrates to the recent FIREes.  I am so excited for you.  Remember to take some active time to relax your smiling muscles over the next few weeks.  They wont be use to all this hard work :).

@seattlecyclone, good job on the personal high score before leaving.  Excellent send off :).

Welcome @Sid Arthur.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2793 on: August 13, 2019, 12:33:37 PM »
Hmmm ... My date on the list got moved to May 30th. Oh how I wish! 

I have 17 torturous calendar days left/ 14 work days left/ 10 commutes left until my last day (August 30).

I had informed my boss last April of my plan, and just yesterday turned in my official resignation letter. Despite giving MegaCorp 4 months (that's 17.5 weeks!) notice, they still have not moved forward with hiring a replacement. Looks like I'm not going to be missed after all!  But all my co-workers are supportive, if a bit jealous. I got to pick out my work retirement party location/details. That will happen the day before my last day, so I plan to come in to the office the next morning with a severe hangover, hand in my badge and laptop and make a 180 degree exit back to bed.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2794 on: August 13, 2019, 01:06:46 PM »
so I plan to come in to the office the next morning with a severe hangover, hand in my badge and laptop and make a 180 degree exit back to bed.

You got to admire a MoMan with a plan!  Congratulations...

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« Reply #2795 on: August 13, 2019, 01:36:49 PM »
Got you fixed @MoMan ^.   

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2796 on: August 13, 2019, 03:28:41 PM »
so I plan to come in to the office the next morning with a severe hangover, hand in my badge and laptop and make a 180 degree exit back to bed.

You got to admire a MoMan with a plan!  Congratulations...

It isn't a bad plan :).

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2797 on: August 13, 2019, 05:29:19 PM »
I'm bumping to 2019 from the 2020 group. My last day in the matrix is planned for 11/21 when my RSUs vest. From there it will be on to watching Jerry Springer reruns with Cheetos on the couch then straight to the nursing home! 

Looking forward to hearing all of the stories about ACA and commiserating on market performance. I'll be 39 and have a 3.3% withdraw rate due to a planned expiration year of 2080+.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2798 on: August 13, 2019, 06:21:48 PM »
I'm bumping to 2019 from the 2020 group. My last day in the matrix is planned for 11/21 when my RSUs vest. From there it will be on to watching Jerry Springer reruns with Cheetos on the couch then straight to the nursing home! 

Looking forward to hearing all of the stories about ACA and commiserating on market performance. I'll be 39 and have a 3.3% withdraw rate due to a planned expiration year of 2080+.

We are always on the lookout for OLY defectors from 2020.
Congratulations !  Don't get cold feet between now and then.  At 3.3% you're pretty well insulated from shocks and crashes.

Suggestion:
Jerry Springer Jerry Seinfeld
Cheetos, if you must have a Lay's product, Limn chips

It is good to see lots of OLY additions to the cohort as well as lurkers coming out of the woodwork to join 2019, the cool cohort.

When I started this thread it was kinda slow. I thought I'd have to go door-to-door to drum up converts, whew,avoided that.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2799 on: August 13, 2019, 06:55:03 PM »
My last day in the matrix is planned for 11/21

Congratulation on your FIRE date, @meatgrinder

Based on your user name, I'm guessing that you are quite happy to be leaving the job that you are in.  :)