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Old 10-03-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
harleyrider
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Retired on wednesday

My last day of work was wednesday.Took off to Florida on thursday morning early.Arrived at my camp ground in Summerfield,FL around 1 pm on friday.Left philly it was 39 degrees,arived in florida to a balmy 86.I`am loving this already.Its saturday and this is the first saturday I haven`t had to work in a few years.It feels awesome.

The company had a real nice retirement party/dinner for me on tuesday night.It was very special.Not a dry eye in the house including me.37 years with the same company will do that to you.I`ve left a lot of good friends for my new beginnings.I am so lucky to be able to do this at 56 years old.I count my blessings every day.

I visited the "Villages"OMG this place is not to be beleived.Just georgous.30 golf courses and every one I saw the fairways looked like astro truf.Just beautiful.This retirement life is the best and I`am only 3 days into it.

The truck and Montana did great on the drive down-no problems.I was worn out though.And my lab was good also,he just layed his head on my knee and slept just about the whole trip(good doggy)
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:31 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good start. Enjoy, you deserve it.
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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Welcome to the life of seven day weekends!!! Enjoy!!
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:14 AM   #4
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Congratulations on the milestone. I made it a year and half ago. Didn't take long to settle into the new lifestyle.
BUT. Now the weekends and holidays just don't seem the same.
And paid vacations? You are paying your own.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:05 PM   #5
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John,

We are so happy for you. Wow, long time to work at one place! Congratulations on your early retirement. Life is just too short to waste it working. I'm sure you are gonna love it, we do!! We'll be heading to Texas this year, but maybe Florida will be in our future. It would be nice seeing you again! Al says to say hi to the Lab. Sounds like he's being a very good doggy!!

Al and Nita
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #6
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Good luck in your retirement!
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:47 PM   #7
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Congratulations on your new lifestyle!
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:25 PM   #8
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Does that mean after 42 yrs that its time for me to retire? Its getting close and I am getting very excited about it. Working on trains and braving the weather has been very trying the last few yrs. So looking forward to the house selling and everything gone, and full timing here we come.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:14 PM   #9
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I cut the ties to my company back in December, after 30 years. I'm only 60, and so far it is the best "job" I've ever had! Of course we already live in Florida, and can't wait to get out!! Been here most of my life, but summers are just too much any more, as are taxes and homeowners insurance. Harleyrider mentioned The Villages...do yourselves a favor; unless you want a cookie cutter, "Stepford" like existence, stay away from there! Wall to wall homes and one of the highest rates of STD's in the entire nation! (Some old folks are very active!)
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:18 PM   #10
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congradlations on your retirement now enjoy every minute of it, you earned it.
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:08 AM   #11
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I joined the same club on Wednesday 9/30! However, I am 65. Both hubby and I planned on retiring the same day but due to some health concerns we "thought" he had, we pushed his date back to January 7, 2010. That time will fly.

Enjoy this time.

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Old 10-05-2009, 03:17 AM   #12
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I retired in February and since then I haven't had a day off. Enjoy.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:28 AM   #13
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Congratulations on your retirement, 10 more months for me.....
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #14
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Congratulations and best of luck. Enjoy your well deserved retirement.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:36 PM   #15
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47 weeks for me But who is counting
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:23 PM   #16
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Congratulations on the retirement! You wore me out just thinking about that 970 mile drive in two days! You're retired now and can take it slower, you know! Good luck and enjoy that retirement!
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:44 AM   #17
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Welcome to the club. Every day is Friday. But I think I'm busier now than when working.
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