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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #400 on: May 26, 2019, 02:50:33 PM »


  All those years staring at a computer at work, I dreamed of getting my fill in the garden every day. 



When my sister retires she wants to spend lots of time in her garden.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #401 on: May 26, 2019, 06:33:00 PM »
Time in the garden can not be considered a petty thing!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #402 on: May 26, 2019, 07:07:17 PM »
I don't really like wearing pants.

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« Reply #403 on: May 26, 2019, 08:49:45 PM »
Time in the garden can not be considered a petty thing!

I think of gardening as a relaxing pastime for those who like it  and one of FIRE's rewards for having long endured the stress and sundry aggravations of working. 

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #404 on: May 26, 2019, 08:51:23 PM »
If I chose to FIRE solely so I could win this thread, would that be considered petty enough?

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #405 on: May 27, 2019, 04:19:32 AM »
I love taking a nap.  When I retire I plan to take one every day.  Can’t do that right now with work.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #406 on: May 27, 2019, 10:22:45 AM »
there are a couple guys in the office that have nasty throat clearing noises.   

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #407 on: May 27, 2019, 07:40:14 PM »
I imagine my pettiest reasons involve not wanting to be around my loud co-workers, my cackling co-workers, those with deep coughs, and so on. I would like to be able to ditch the 90-day password rule, but my bank requires it too.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #408 on: May 27, 2019, 09:46:14 PM »
My boss is a heavy smoker and smells appallingly like an old ash tray after a smoke break. I can barely stand to be in his presence during these times.

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« Reply #409 on: May 28, 2019, 10:29:05 AM »
If I chose to FIRE solely so I could win this thread, would that be considered petty enough?

Sounds pretty petty to me. 

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #410 on: May 28, 2019, 02:52:56 PM »
I am surprised no one has mentioned office radio yet. Having to listen to the radio at work is probably my least favourite part of being employed.

Where I worked there would often be someone listening to the constant venom spewed by right-wing talking heads.  So very glad I never have to listen to that hate-filled, ignorant clap-trap ever again.

Or Fox "infotainment" masquerading as news. 

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Never having to listen to someone go on and on about some sports ball team in agonizing detail.   Over and over again, one game after another.   

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #411 on: June 02, 2019, 07:38:06 PM »
Time in the garden can not be considered a petty thing!

Especially since the best time to be in the garden is when you are at work :(

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #412 on: June 02, 2019, 10:59:41 PM »
My boss is a heavy smoker and smells appallingly like an old ash tray after a smoke break. I can barely stand to be in his presence during these times.
OMG, this is the opposite of petty, especially for a pregnant woman. How do you stand it???

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #413 on: June 03, 2019, 04:55:02 AM »
I thought of a good one.  I'm the youngest sibling by 7 and 9 years, and I want to retire earlier than either of them and with more money.

To be fair I do egg both of them on to save more, but I still want to win!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #414 on: June 03, 2019, 05:13:09 AM »
Not sure whether I mentioned this before, but I want to experience some years of freedom in relative good health before more and more bodily decay that comes with old age sets in.

I have heard the same argument for people who lives as adventurers (with some sponsor money). They want to live out their adventures, while they are still young and healthy.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #415 on: June 03, 2019, 10:07:32 AM »
Not sure whether I mentioned this before, but I want to experience some years of freedom in relative good health before more and more bodily decay that comes with old age sets in.

I have heard the same argument for people who lives as adventurers (with some sponsor money). They want to live out their adventures, while they are still young and healthy.
This isn’t petty at all in my mind but a fairly fundamental reason we should all want to seek FI.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #416 on: June 03, 2019, 10:11:38 AM »
My boss is a heavy smoker and smells appallingly like an old ash tray after a smoke break. I can barely stand to be in his presence during these times.
OMG, this is the opposite of petty, especially for a pregnant woman. How do you stand it???
It is slightly less awful now that I am last the stage of most scent sensitivity, but it is really tough. The weird thing for me is that I expect smoking to be treated with a bit of shame in our society and for smokers to not hide, but not flaunt their habit. My boss comes recently from a different country with a much higher smoking rate and he doesn’t seem to have picked up on this. The admittedly few people I have known who did smoke went to great lengths to hide their habits whereas my boss talks merrily on a revisit basis about smoke breaks.

I find myself wondering if there is a non-rude way to give him a JUUL ecig as a gift. 

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #417 on: June 10, 2019, 04:19:13 AM »
Open floor plan offices with low cubicle walls. Whoever invented them can eat a dick and die. They’re noisy, distracting, and awkward.

I hate always having someone in my line of sight especially when they are only 3 feet away. I managed to create a visual barrier so I’m not staring at the person on the other side of the cubicle wall all the time, but it doesn’t help with the noise.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #418 on: June 10, 2019, 04:59:13 AM »
Open floor plan offices with low cubicle walls. Whoever invented them can eat a dick and die. They’re noisy, distracting, and awkward.

I hate always having someone in my line of sight especially when they are only 3 feet away. I managed to create a visual barrier so I’m not staring at the person on the other side of the cubicle wall all the time, but it doesn’t help with the noise.
On that same line, the terrible hissing noise that the ventilation is designed to produce all day every day as a noise barrier.  I just hate that noise so much!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #419 on: June 10, 2019, 06:18:21 AM »
Open floor plan offices with low cubicle walls. Whoever invented them can eat a dick and die. They’re noisy, distracting, and awkward.

I hate always having someone in my line of sight especially when they are only 3 feet away. I managed to create a visual barrier so I’m not staring at the person on the other side of the cubicle wall all the time, but it doesn’t help with the noise.
On that same line, the terrible hissing noise that the ventilation is designed to produce all day every day as a noise barrier.  I just hate that noise so much!

I could probably deal with the white noise. For me it’s the conversations and doors opening and closing. Those are Harder for me to ignore. Those little annoyances add up though. I get it.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #420 on: June 10, 2019, 06:42:40 AM »
I just received notes to clear for an audit that I did the work for three months ago. Apparently, my manager waited three months to go over my work and somehow thinks I'll be able to recall information from then. She's wanting notes on things that are irrelevant to the purpose of the audit.

Also, our busy season just started, so I have a plethora of other things to work on.
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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #421 on: June 10, 2019, 08:31:37 AM »
WTF, if your system remembers 13 old passwords, that has gotta be hackable.

If they're hashed properly it's not insecure to store X number of previous passwords, although 13 is excessive.  However, checking to see if a password is SIMILAR to a previous one means that the passwords are not hashed, and are retrievable by the system/a user, which is a BIG no-no in password security (password hashing is one way, even the system itself can't get a password back from it's hash).  That's a way worse security violation than reusing a password, or using a similar password.

Huh? Weird that I'd never thought about this before.

This is kind of frightening as it seems like every government system I have to log into check against around 10 of your last passwords. Not surprising I guess that my data has been stolen by the Chinese like a dozen times at this point.

Anyway, for another petty reason:

Had my mid-year performance review, and I'm tired of having to lie about what "professional development" I'm going to pursue. Or that I care whatsoever about doing "training." It's getting tiresome.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #422 on: June 11, 2019, 12:23:04 AM »
Anyway, for another petty reason:

Had my mid-year performance review, and I'm tired of having to lie about what "professional development" I'm going to pursue. Or that I care whatsoever about doing "training." It's getting tiresome.

I recently had a performance review, but didn't get this question. We obviously don't have many career options, just a job.

My problem is that I often get excellent reviews, but am told that there is almost no money to give to those with the highest reviews. Luckily I don't need it anymore to FIRE next year.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #423 on: June 11, 2019, 05:48:04 AM »
I just received notes to clear for an audit that I did the work for three months ago. Apparently, my manager waited three months to go over my work and somehow thinks I'll be able to recall information from then. She's wanting notes on things that are irrelevant to the purpose of the audit.

Also, our busy season just started, so I have a plethora of other things to work on.
You just brought back daymares for me. Why does anyone think this is OK for the manager to do? Two weeks is the max it should ever be-or they should bring in another manager. But I am not doing busy season this year!!! I may go to the pool today just because I can. Happy FIRE....

Petty reason 1,001....so I don’t have to clear any more petty and stupid review notes.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #424 on: June 11, 2019, 07:46:10 AM »
My petty reason:

I want to say what I want to say about politics, religion, culture etc without having to be confined by a work place policy or normal.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #425 on: June 11, 2019, 11:57:15 AM »
My petty reason:

I want to say what I want to say about politics, religion, culture etc without having to be confined by a work place policy or normal.

Good one! As a realtor, I don't say anything political because people on both sides of the aisle need houses and I don't want to alienate anybody. But after FIREing in July, I could even volunteer for a campaign!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #426 on: June 11, 2019, 06:11:09 PM »
So I don't have to pretend to care about some of the stupid stuff and things I'm expected to. No, I don't need your opinion or random thoughts about nothing of importance beyond this minuscule place and time in the grand scheme of everything.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #427 on: June 11, 2019, 08:49:34 PM »
I love this thread so much. I actually like my job, but there are so many things I'm looking forward to filling my day with instead. Even just being able to sip my coffee at a leisurely pace instead of gulping it down and then scrambling to get a kid off to school and myself to work.

I'm also going to love never having to hear the corporate jargon that's particularly prevalent in my company. For some reason people like to say "planful," meaning "let's be thoughtful as we plan this new project/initiative out." It drives me NUTS.

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« Reply #428 on: June 12, 2019, 12:58:03 AM »
I love this thread so much. I actually like my job, but there are so many things I'm looking forward to filling my day with instead. Even just being able to sip my coffee at a leisurely pace instead of gulping it down and then scrambling to get a kid off to school and myself to work.

I'm also going to love never having to hear the corporate jargon that's particularly prevalent in my company. For some reason people like to say "planful," meaning "let's be thoughtful as we plan this new project/initiative out." It drives me NUTS.

Planful? That’s just jibberish :D

I also won’t miss corporate word salad. One saying that really grates on me is when managers say “I have a big ask”, or “here’s my ask”. Damn it just use the word request like a normal person. Nobody would ever say stuff like that in real life if management wasn’t saying it.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #429 on: June 12, 2019, 06:02:37 AM »
I actually enjoy my job, but not at the expense of having to actually spend time doing it, if that makes sense. Plus I find pretending to be enthusiastic and caring about stupid ideas and co-workers exhausting. I'm always "on". I just wanna read a fucking book in quiet with a nice cup of tea in my garden thanks.

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« Reply #430 on: June 12, 2019, 06:43:36 AM »
I actually enjoy don't really mind my job, but not at the expense of having to actually spend time doing it, if that makes sense. Plus I find pretending to be enthusiastic and caring about stupid ideas and co-workers exhausting. I'm always "on". I just wanna read a fucking book in quiet with a nice cup of tea in my garden thanks.

:-)

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« Reply #431 on: June 12, 2019, 06:52:51 AM »
Plus I find pretending to be enthusiastic and caring about stupid ideas and co-workers exhausting. I'm always "on".

One of my sisters told me she "hates having to be on."

She'll be a FIREee within a few years.
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« Reply #432 on: June 12, 2019, 07:00:23 AM »
Yesterday, while I was at my desk web-surfing at 4pm, I was going to write: "Having to be at my desk until 4:30, even though I will accomplish nothing else but surfing the web for the rest of the day."  And then I suddenly remembered I already gave notice that I was retiring. So instead, I just left. 

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« Reply #433 on: June 12, 2019, 07:14:05 AM »
Yesterday, while I was at my desk web-surfing at 4pm, I was going to write: "Having to be at my desk until 4:30, even though I will accomplish nothing else but surfing the web for the rest of the day."  And then I suddenly remembered I already gave notice that I was retiring. So instead, I just left.
Good on you! When is your last day?

I just remembered, in a horrible flash, something else I don't miss. Call reports. OMG, I hated them! In sales, the numbers tell the story. If my numbers are good and my customers are happy, leave me the fuck alone! Expense reports are a close, but distant, second. I hated keeping track of all those paper receipts, but I was happy to drive a company car and have my cell phone paid for, so at least there was value for the time spent, unlike call reports. And banking those reimbursement checks was always mitigating fun.
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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #434 on: June 12, 2019, 11:01:51 AM »
Yesterday, while I was at my desk web-surfing at 4pm, I was going to write: "Having to be at my desk until 4:30, even though I will accomplish nothing else but surfing the web for the rest of the day."  And then I suddenly remembered I already gave notice that I was retiring. So instead, I just left.

I love this.  :)

For roughly the last year I was working, I just left work when I was done.  I probably averaged somewhere around 35-37 hours a week, and no one said anything.  I did have to burn down my PTO balance, but I valued those extra hours a lot more than I would have valued the PTO payout as part of my last paycheck. 

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #435 on: June 12, 2019, 12:05:17 PM »
@Dicey - After my last day on July 5th, I will no longer be annoyed by that one sneaky co-worker who never cleans up after themselves and simply leaves their dirty dishes in the communal kitchen sink.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #436 on: June 12, 2019, 05:23:52 PM »
@Dicey - After my last day on July 5th, I will no longer be annoyed by that one sneaky co-worker who never cleans up after themselves and simply leaves their dirty dishes in the communal kitchen sink.
I'm about ready to start just throwing all that crap in the trash.

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« Reply #437 on: June 21, 2019, 05:54:12 PM »
Today I was getting a rather deep cavity drilled and filled at the dentist. I was also having an unusually stressful day at work. I was trying to decide if I would rather have my teeth drilled Over and over again or keep going through these very stressful days. Which would be worse? I decided that the teeth drilling wasn’t all that bad, at least they numb your mouth first, and the dentist is nice enough.

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« Reply #438 on: June 23, 2019, 01:00:40 AM »
Driving 200km a day
Missing all sunshine (at least in winter months)
Missing sundowner drinks at home
Grafting for other people's profit
Red tape

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« Reply #439 on: June 24, 2019, 12:43:51 AM »
This time of the year: not having a/c in the office, in an office on the top floor, right under the roof, with large windows. I don't have a/c at home either but it's maybe 25C when it's 35C outside. At work it's 30+ and that's just too uncomfortable to work. I don't want to be a sweaty mess at work.

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« Reply #440 on: June 24, 2019, 04:45:47 AM »
Right now my partner and I miss out on every tax concession there is, because we are on above-average income. Once I retire and our passive income falls down to the 'average' range, we will suddenly be eligible for a huge raft of middle class welfare. Concessions left right and centre! It will be so nice to be able to be a sponger for once! I'm really looking forward to that.

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« Reply #441 on: June 24, 2019, 05:49:39 AM »
I never want to have to organise a software fix release ever again. Today we were told to make the next fix for our new release. Goodbye quiet summer period.
What I hate even more with summer time fix releases, is that others are planning this fix and the test periods in the weeks that I have protested against. It doesn't matter what I say, they don't take it into them.

I have experienced this before, coming back from a 4 week vacation and right into an FAT. Too much chaos and stress for me.
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« Reply #442 on: June 24, 2019, 06:01:19 AM »
And another one. That I never again have to deal with company Skype meetings. It always takes at least 10 minutes before the sound works properly. Today, I tried to connect with the modern sound system in the meeting room. It sort of worked in the beginning and the customers who joined by skype heard us and we heard them, although they sometimes breathed a bit loudly. But during the meeting, many times the system complained about my network connection being too bad. I had to rejoin the skype meeting and after that it failed several times again. Until I gave up and plugged in a Jabra thing. At least, that worked. Never again I want to use bluetooth sound systems on a shitty network. And why does my PC have a shitty network connect in the first place? At my home all works fine, including wireless music systems.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #443 on: June 24, 2019, 09:25:31 AM »
I never want to have to organise a software fix release ever again. Today we were told to make the next fix for our new release. Goodbye quiet summer period.

I work on cloud stuff so no concept of fixed release times anymore - we are always releasing stuff. But I share your feelings about this. I have come to absolutely hate my daily 9:45am scrum - this is one of my main reasons for wanting to quit :-)

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« Reply #444 on: June 24, 2019, 09:55:14 AM »
I love not answering the phone.  For decades, I had to answer after the third ring if staff didn't get the phone first.

Now I might glance over to see who is calling. 

So nice not be interrupted all the time!

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« Reply #445 on: June 24, 2019, 10:43:23 AM »
Wow, this thread is awesome.  I would like to say though, some of these reasons are not petty at all and should be the main drivers for retiring early!

I thought of a petty reason today:  My closet is about 2/3 work clothes and 1/3 "civilian" clothes.  I want my whole closet back.

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« Reply #446 on: June 24, 2019, 12:13:07 PM »
I would like to eat lunch at home and not have to rush through breakfast.

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« Reply #447 on: June 24, 2019, 12:20:38 PM »
I just want to see some really big numbers on a spreadsheet.

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« Reply #448 on: June 24, 2019, 11:33:47 PM »
I never want to have to organise a software fix release ever again. Today we were told to make the next fix for our new release. Goodbye quiet summer period.

I work on cloud stuff so no concept of fixed release times anymore - we are always releasing stuff. But I share your feelings about this. I have come to absolutely hate my daily 9:45am scrum - this is one of my main reasons for wanting to quit :-)

I work with a safety critical system, so lots of official procedures to follow and meetings to have, thick test plans and test reports to produce, customers present at our tests and running a couple of days with live data and pretending real world usage. So a fix release is a couple of weeks extra work, even if we have the software fixed in an hour.

I hate my 12 o'clock scrum too. It is like having someone looking over your shoulder all day to see how much you work.

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« Reply #449 on: June 25, 2019, 02:24:55 AM »
I hate my 12 o'clock scrum too. It is like having someone looking over your shoulder all day to see how much you work.

Same :-) This feeling of having someone watching over your shoulder really grates on me!