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13 hours ago, Go-Bucks! said:

OK.....it finally happened....I retired today!!! 

 

It still feels like a dream.  My coworkers gave me a surprise retirement party and some nice gifts.  Had a great potluck lunch and took lots of pictures.  Many hugs and tears.  When I walked out of the building it was hard to believe that I won't be going back.

 

But....in 3 weeks I'll be boarding the ship and sailing around the world for the next 6 months.  I'm very excited for this new chapter in life.  :classic_biggrin:

Congratulations, retirement really is the best job ever.

 

Enjoy your cruise.

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3 hours ago, Heidi13 said:

Congratulations, retirement really is the best job ever.

 

 

Indeed it is.. I've been enjoying this 'new job' now for the last 2 years and haven't looked back! :classic_biggrin:

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On 1/3/2019 at 12:25 AM, Go-Bucks! said:

OK.....it finally happened....I retired today!!! 

 

It still feels like a dream.  My coworkers gave me a surprise retirement party and some nice gifts.  Had a great potluck lunch and took lots of pictures.  Many hugs and tears.  When I walked out of the building it was hard to believe that I won't be going back.

 

But....in 3 weeks I'll be boarding the ship and sailing around the world for the next 6 months.  I'm very excited for this new chapter in life.  :classic_biggrin:

Good for you on both your retirement and upcoming cruise!!! 

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15 hours ago, Nightengale31 said:

Good for you on both your retirement and upcoming cruise!!! 

 

Thx....🤩

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I am glad you retired!  Go and have fun!  I am still working the part time job I returned after my "2 week retirement" but have dropped down to "sick call/vacation coverage"  I am enjoying this part time employment, and gives me a bit to put away in the cruise fund!

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I am just turned 60 and last week I notified my manager that I want to go on a 4 day week for 6 months then a 3 day week for the final 6 months and then look to retire next April.  

So far he has made no comment but I don’t expect any issues with that as the alternative is I leave now, and we can’t afford to lose more people.  

My tentative leaving date is now 31st March 2020 ie 437 days but, I have emphasized that between now and then if I get really really hacked off, then I will throw in the towel now as I am getting increasingly fed up and losing interest in my work due to ever increasing admin requirements (I am an Engineer).  We might find that a 3-day week suits me fine and yes the extra money would be handy but,…we will see.

 We had a sharp reminder earlier this week when my SIL had a stroke at the age of 65 just when she and her hubby are beginning to enjoy their retirement together. She is now recovering but it will be a long road.  It was another reminder that we never know what is round the corner and don’t leave it until it is too late and miss out on those things that we wanted to do but keep putting them off.

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On 1/3/2019 at 12:25 AM, Go-Bucks! said:

OK.....it finally happened....I retired today!!! 

 

It still feels like a dream.  My coworkers gave me a surprise retirement party and some nice gifts.  Had a great potluck lunch and took lots of pictures.  Many hugs and tears.  When I walked out of the building it was hard to believe that I won't be going back.

 

But....in 3 weeks I'll be boarding the ship and sailing around the world for the next 6 months.  I'm very excited for this new chapter in life.  :classic_biggrin:

 

Congrats on your retirement and your upcoming  world cruise. Are you going to do a review?

 

 

On 10/31/2018 at 4:48 PM, tomworldwidewaftage said:

Six years ago today I retired.

We got rid of everything home, autos, etc… no storage. I retired on Halloween 2012 left MN that day left the USA Jan. 3, 2013. Been traveling the world renting vacation/holiday homes.

 

Upcoming Itinerary - June 21, 2018 to March 1, 2021

 

http://www.worldwidewaftage.com/2018/06/our-new-itinerarywith-few-gapsin-time.html

 

 

Started to read your blog. Looks like you 2 are having the time of your life.

 

 

On 7/11/2018 at 3:58 PM, AF-1 said:

Today, I retired today 11 July. Thanks

I picked this date because yesterday 10 July marked 45 years of flying; so by having my retirement date a day later I made the 45 year mark

 

Congrats. 45 years flying with a company is a long time.  

 

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I haven't worked in about 6 years so I guess you can say that I'm retired. :classic_biggrin:   Mike retired from the Navy after 27 years (active and reserve) and now flies for AA. He might retire in 3 years when he turns 60 and will have 21 years in or stay till he is 65 and have an FAA mandatory retirement at that age.

 

So we have a ways to go, but look forward to being able to take longer cruises and an around the world cruise. I have enjoyed meeting many retired people and listening to all their great travel stories.

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7 hours ago, ReneeFLL said:

 

Congrats on your retirement and your upcoming  world cruise. Are you going to do a review?

 

 

 

Started to read your blog. Looks like you 2 are having the time of your life.

 

 

 

Congrats. 45 years flying with a company is a long time.  

 

Thanks,  I am living the dream.  Head out in a few weeks for a relaxing cruise thru the Caribbean

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Well, I still am not ready to retire.  I am going year by year.  I am a teacher.  Presently, my granddaughter attends my school and is in second grade.  Next year my grandson will be in kindergarten.  I still enjoy teaching.  Just finished 31 years in this school.  

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On 9/24/2018 at 1:10 AM, cruisefun27 said:

I have 10 months 2 days until retirement. Have been at my job for 44 years, will have 45 years in when I leave in July. So ready!!

 

 

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Congratulations!  Enjoy good health and be happy.  I retired the first time in 2001 after 31.5 years and went to work 3 months later for a staffing agency for 14 more years.  Finally had enough and this time retirement has "stuck"!!!

Live everyday to its fullest and on Sunday night's just smile to yourself because you can "sleep in" on Monday!

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On ‎1‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 5:45 AM, ReneeFLL said:

 Started to read your blog. Looks like you 2 are having the time of your life.

 

 

Hello ReneeFLL

 

We are indeed having the time of our lives

So happy you are reading our blob.

It's hard to believe just this week we had our 2500 post.

 

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I had a whole excel spreadsheet I put together a year before I planned to retire... vacation days, sick days, holidays, etc.  I was constantly updating that sheet... created a internet count-down... couldn't retire fast enough once I made the decision.  The last 3 months went soooooooo slowwwwwwww !

I've been retired for 10 months now...  so very happy.  We have a 10 Alaskan cruise and a 16 day Hawaiian cruise booked... wanted to book a 17 day Panama Canal cruise, but my wife is telling me to slow down there.  😂  

 

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15 hours ago, VentureMan_2000 said:

I had a whole excel spreadsheet I put together a year before I planned to retire... vacation days, sick days, holidays, etc.  I was constantly updating that sheet... created a internet count-down... couldn't retire fast enough once I made the decision.  The last 3 months went soooooooo slowwwwwwww !

I've been retired for 10 months now...  so very happy.  We have a 10 Alaskan cruise and a 16 day Hawaiian cruise booked... wanted to book a 17 day Panama Canal cruise, but my wife is telling me to slow down there.  😂  

 

I did the same cruises 6 years ago when i retired and now going on my 2nd European cruise next year on the Mardi Gras. My wife said almost the same until we boarded the ship so excited was she.

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Six months from today, will be my husband's last day of work (Dec30, as he would have Dec31, NYE, off anyway). Seven months from tomorrow we leave on a 28-day cruise of the South Pacific! 

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1033 days to go. Will leave earlier if there's an incentive or package.

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271 days for me. We have booked a 10 night on Ovation from Vancouver to Hawaii and then 19 nights Hawaii to Sydney in Sep 2020.

We can’t wait.

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On 11/3/2016 at 1:21 PM, storm1507 said:

Triple digit dance today....999 days (about 2 yrs & 9 months) to go. I'll retire from my full time job and will go down to just a couple of days/week.

I've been counting for a good while now.   But, down to 10, yes 10 days!

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On 6/30/2019 at 3:42 PM, crystalspin said:

Six months from today, will be my husband's last day of work (Dec30, as he would have Dec31, NYE, off anyway). Seven months from tomorrow we leave on a 28-day cruise of the South Pacific! 

 

You will love the South Pacific. We did a SP cruise in 2017 and then again in 2018.

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Well, we cancelled the February So.Pac on Princess in favor of Mar-Apr on Holland America. Also 28-day but two more ports/fewer sea days (still 16 seadays!). Some ports are different. All except for three Hawaii are new, and it's been twenty years since we were in those HI ports on the since sold-off Statendam. 

 

So we'll have another seven weeks to settle into retirement before the big cruise! My husband chose Tahiti over the ABC Islands... so I booked them both!

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On ‎7‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 6:03 AM, crystalspin said:

Well, we cancelled the February So.Pac on Princess in favor of Mar-Apr on Holland America. Also 28-day but two more ports/fewer sea days (still 16 seadays!). Some ports are different. All except for three Hawaii are new, and it's been twenty years since we were in those HI ports on the since sold-off Statendam. 

 

So we'll have another seven weeks to settle into retirement before the big cruise! My husband chose Tahiti over the ABC Islands... so I booked them both!

 

Well done to you both. That sounds like an awesome trip.

We have also cancelled Ruby Princess from Sydney to LA in April 2020 and will now instead do Ovation from Seattle to Alaska then Hawaii then the Transpacific repositioning to Sydney via New Zealand.  We simply can’t wait. Although we have 2 cruises between now and then it is this Ovation trip that we are more excited about.  This change has made me adjust my retirement date from April to Sept but I will be on a 3 - day week during that time so it is no hardship and the extra few months will pay for the airfare.  “only” 317 days to go till I  clock out !

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20 hours ago, ronpes said:

...will now instead do Ovation from Seattle to Alaska then Hawaii then the Transpacific repositioning to Sydney via New Zealand.  We simply can’t wait. ...the extra few months will pay for the airfare.  “only” 317 days to go till I  clock out !

 

Wow, YOUR Ovation cruise sounds more than awesome! Circum-pacific or nearly. 

 

We have two "live-out-of-a-suitcase" 2-wk land-trips between now and the SoPac cruise (Central Europe leaving next week, and South America in January). Like you, I'm more excited about the long cruise (picking excursions) -- but I do have to get to packing for Europe where it is about 20 degrees (F) cooler than here!

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Good morning folks....well, I have officially put in for retirement and will be leaving my employer on Dec 31st:classic_biggrin:

After 29 years...it is TIME.    I was on a cruise last week and had a LARGE moment of clarity....and Epiphany....

Something, whatever you want to call it but I have had it.  I spoke with my boss on Tuesday morning (I had Monday

off)and so now, next week and then Nov and Dec and that is IT.

 

I booked a cruise for January (to the Caribbean)….that is the first one after retiring. My birthday is in March so

will do something for that...and the big cruise is in April...….TA crossing and another one behind it.

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3 hours ago, Lois R said:

Good morning folks....well, I have officially put in for retirement and will be leaving my employer on Dec 31st:classic_biggrin:

After 29 years...it is TIME.    I was on a cruise last week and had a LARGE moment of clarity....and Epiphany....

Something, whatever you want to call it but I have had it.  I spoke with my boss on Tuesday morning (I had Monday

off)and so now, next week and then Nov and Dec and that is IT.

 

I booked a cruise for January (to the Caribbean)….that is the first one after retiring. My birthday is in March so

will do something for that...and the big cruise is in April...….TA crossing and another one behind it.

Congratulations on your retirement.  I am retired but my husband isn't.  Bu-u-u-u-u-t!!!!  He is retiring in January.  We decided to wait until January so he would not have to take a minimum distribution from his 401K this year, which would cost us more in taxes.  He will be 71 in March and has been receiving Social Security since turning 70.  He has been with his company for 33 years. They keep asking if he is sure he is going to retire then since he didn't retire at 66.

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9 hours ago, luv2trvlnow said:

Congratulations on your retirement.  I am retired but my husband isn't.  Bu-u-u-u-u-t!!!!  He is retiring in January.  We decided to wait until January so he would not have to take a minimum distribution from his 401K this year, which would cost us more in taxes.  He will be 71 in March and has been receiving Social Security since turning 70.  He has been with his company for 33 years. They keep asking if he is sure he is going to retire then since he didn't retire at 66.

Thank you. I am 61 and will be working for this company since 1990...Dec will be 29 years.  I won't be collecting SS until after I turn 62 (March). I had originally planned to work until the end of March but

as I mentioned, I had a big moment of clarity and want to leave sooner.....2 more months and that is

it!

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