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Celebrating the day you retired

Post by bfizz » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:40 am

How did you celebrate the day you retired? My father will retire at the end of the month from his executive post but will continue to consult on the side in the future. What did you do when it came to celebrating your retirement and what do you wish you had done? My father has been successful in the business world and I want to recognize him for those achievements and thank him for the opportunities his success has created for me in my personal and professional life (i already acknowledge this to him somewhat frequently). I'm a little lost as to what would be the best way to celebrate.

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Post by jebmke » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:52 am

Nothing. I popped my head into a few offices to remind some people I would not be back but gave them my personal card with email and phone number in case they needed to reach me on any residual matters, and left. I forgot to leave my office key - I still have it.
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Post by oldcomputerguy » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:56 am

My original plan was to punch out on Friday December 16 of 2016. I had a flight to Las Vegas and a room at Bally's already booked for that date.

About two weeks before that date, the GM informed me that, if I was on payroll after January 1, I would be eligible for a bonus. So I took the trip, came back, had a nice holiday season, came back to work on January 3, signed all the necessary paperwork, and went to the house.

So that was my celebration.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by cheese_breath » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:04 am

I slept in late, got up when I wanted, made some coffee, and reviewed the latest Boglehead posts.

edit: Actually the last part is fiction because I didn't even know about Bogleheads then, but I thought it added a nice touch to the story. I really watched some morning TV shows.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by taojaxx » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:06 am

Found a new job :D
Still working part time 7 years into it. Don't need the money, just for fun.

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Post by renue74 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:16 am

taojaxx wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:06 am
Found a new job :D
Still working part time 7 years into it. Don't need the money, just for fun.
What is your PT gig now?

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Post by truenorth418 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:26 am

I slept in, had a big breakfast, went to the gym. Then I went to the movies and treated myself to dinner at my favorite restaurant.

On the second day of my retirement I planned out a 2 month backpacking trip by train across Europe.

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Post by The Wizard » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:26 am

Friday, March 8, 2013 was my last day after a few decades of work. It was more sad than celebratory, I think.
Part of the month prior I spent throwing out junk in my office, taking home personal stuff and dropping in on certain co-workers late afternoons to tell them I'm leaving.

The following Monday the 11th we went out for a mid morning breakfast to celebrate the first normal workday that didn't apply to me anymore...
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Post by Dottie57 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:33 am

Nocelebration that day. The following week I had a nice dinner with good friends.

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Post by bob60014 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:36 am

Woke up the next morning at my usual go to work time, realized I could sleep in, so I did. What a comfort. It took me about 2 months to completely decompress, purging all worries about projects, schedules and other work related things.

To celebrate, we booked a trip to Hawaii when WE wanted to go, not having to worry about any work scheduling issues!

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Naismith » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:47 am

bfizz wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:40 am
How did you celebrate the day you retired? My father will retire at the end of the month from his executive post but will continue to consult on the side in the future.
I had to smile at this, because a lot of us are doing that kind of not-quite-fully retiring, and it makes it hard to know when the day actually is.

When I left my job to serve a mission for my church, my boss could not quite accept that I was retiring. He asked me to check back when I am done with this commitment.

As a volunteer missionary, I earn no income but work very hard, six days a week. It does not feel like retirement at all.

Celebrating change is always fun, but I think that in 10 years, I will have a difficult time pin-pointing when retirement happened.

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Post by KSOC » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:58 am

I really didn't celebrate because at 58 I didn't think I was done (my facility was closed down). Over a year now & we seem to be doing ok on my wifes salary. Finally the other day I told someone I was retired. Maybe I am, but always keeping my eye open for the perfect part-time gig. I do celebrate though everyday because I do not miss my job.

My last day though was kind of sad as The Wizard stated earlier. I was the one overseeing the tearing down racks, selling furniture, repairing the building, notifying vendors, removing signage, etc. It was a two month ordeal. I was with with the company almost 27 years, 14 here in Florida. I handed the keys over to the realtor that day, walked out & reminisced about about my very first day. Thought about how blessed I was to find this job as I was just starting a family, and how the job provided good benefits, good pay & we were able to see my kids through college. But it was time & it was almost like I was granted my wish, of being paid to go away.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Jazztonight » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:02 am

Great question, and it brought back a good memory.

I finally retired from my day gig after 37 years, but was also performing as a musician with my band at a local restaurant every week at the time. I talked to the restaurant owner and we worked out a deal to reserve about 25 or 30 seats at several tables for the night. I hired a sub to play piano for me, and we just had a great dinner party with live music. It felt good and everyone seemed to have a good time, especially me!
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by cheese_breath » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:12 am

bob60014 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:36 am
...It took me about 2 months to completely decompress, purging all worries about projects, schedules and other work related things.
Completely? I've been retired 21 years, and I still have occasional bad dreams.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Sheepdog » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:22 am

On that day at 7 am, 10/2/1998, I went to work as normal, went to the production office, looked at the day's manufacturing schedule, talked with the person taking over for me about that day's work, listened to my fellow employees all asking "What are you doing here? It's over...its over." I just had to have the factory be the best it could be as I left. I walked thru the office building, shaking hands, getting hugs.

Then I went thru the factory and warehouse to shake everyone's hand and accepted wonderful well wishes. The Union President and Union officers presented me with a special engraved plaque thanking me which said "Congratulations On Your Retirement, presented to Jim Wood, From Local 1123, September 30, 1998". (I have it on my wall next to me.) As I walked around, a warehouse worker came up to shake my hand and asked "What will we do without you, Mr. Wood". That was my signature moment at retirement....not the retirement party with company officers from the home office attending, but my employee's best wishes.

As I drove home about 5 pm and passed my bank, there on their electronic bill board was a running message "Have a Happy Retirement James Wood"...another surprise. At home, I hugged my wife and she said, "How am I going to stand having you around all day." We went out for dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town and talked of our day.
I could really smile when I went to bed.

That was how I celebrated the day I retired. I am still celebrating although the factory has since closed. Thank God, I wasn't there when it happened.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Wenonah » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:38 am

I thought I wanted to sneak out the back door and just retire under the radar, but closure was nagging in the back of my mind. I had wonderful colleagues and was going to miss them tremendously. I discussed with my colleague a party at a local restaurant with a huge table and she planned it. I had a great party and several people gave me gifts that had to do with my hobbies and dreams (and cards) and it was a superb ending! I am SO glad I had a party.

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Post by Faith20879 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:44 am

Classic! Sheepdog brings us some of the best stories on this board, always.

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Post by Sheepdog » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:19 am

Faith20879 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:44 am
Classic! Sheepdog brings us some of the best stories on this board, always.
Thanks for the very kind words. God Bless.
Jim
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Post by invst65 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:28 am

I got involuntarily retired about one year before I planned, but with severance pay the paychecks stopped only six months earlier.

Due to the suddenness of it, it was more of a psychological jolt than I had anticipated.

As for the first day, as I recall it, I pissed off my wife by re-arranging everything in the kitchen.

I still do a lot of re-arranging but I'm taking it slower.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by taojaxx » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:38 am

renue74 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:16 am
taojaxx wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:06 am
Found a new job :D
Still working part time 7 years into it. Don't need the money, just for fun.
What is your PT gig now?
Believe it or not: selling used cars!

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by bob60014 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:02 pm

cheese_breath wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:12 am
bob60014 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:36 am
...It took me about 2 months to completely decompress, purging all worries about projects, schedules and other work related things.
Completely? I've been retired 21 years, and I still have occasional bad dreams.
Once in great while, but nothing like those first 2 months! :happy

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by TravelforFun » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:09 pm

Sheepdog wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:19 am
Faith20879 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:44 am
Classic! Sheepdog brings us some of the best stories on this board, always.
Thanks for the very kind words. God Bless.
Jim
I'm surprised Mr. Wood's company didn't throw him a big party and present him a big old gold watch.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Murgatroyd » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:19 pm

I was fired on my last day 🙃. Knew it was coming and was ready. Had already cleaned up my PC and only a few personal items remained to be packed. I refused to do something unethical about a month earlier and recognized all the signs.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Toons » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:25 pm

First 2 things that morning
Coffee,,,Bogleheads
Not much has changed


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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:39 pm

Nothing special on the final day. The celebration lunch was several days earlier. The boss and I had to go over a bit of paperwork. After that, I walked around and shook a few hands, then he walked me out and I turned over my ID to him.
This week's fortune cookie: "Your financial life will be secure and beneficial." So I got that going for me, which is nice.

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Post by andypanda » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:44 pm

I left the office at 3 p.m. and told everyone I was buying drinks and appetizers at a Mexican place. The usual agency thing was for everyone to chip in and buy the old retiree lunch. Pfui, they all had kids and bills and stuff and needed free drinks after work. After the Mexican joint, one of my former coworkers took me out barhopping. She decided I hadn't had enough to drink yet.

That was 2012. I'm still celebrating.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Sheepdog » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:13 pm

TravelforFun wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:09 pm
I'm surprised Mr. Wood's company didn't throw him a big party and present him a big old gold watch.

TravelforFun
Actually they did have a big party (50 or more people with officers from the Philly headquarters) a week or more earlier, and a nice gift ( A brass global clock which I am looking at now, but it's not gold ). It is very nice, but what I received from my employees on the day of my retirement was worth much more to me.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by michaeljc70 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:26 pm

I threw a party for my Father's 60th birthday and retirement which happened in the same month. We had around 50 people. I think just taking the family out to dinner would also be a nice way to celebrate. Since it sounds like he will still work some, the later may be more appropriate.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by lthenderson » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:36 pm

I just pretty much said a few goodbyes and walked out the door. A few days later when I got my last paycheck, I had lunch with a few of my closer employee friends and picked up the tab. The most exciting part about the entire ordeal was receiving the first check from my ESOP account and investing it in this new to me way that had been created by a guy name Bogle.

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Post by Old Guy » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:37 pm

The next day we went to Aruba for two weeks.

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Post by Sheepdog » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 pm

Old Guy wrote:
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The next day we went to Aruba for two weeks.
That looks GREAT.
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Post by Slapshot » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:54 pm

This brings back some great memories. I was a high school teacher/coach at the same high school for 35 years. 5 of my best friends and I retired at the same time. Around noon on the last day of school, a limo provided gratis by one of our former students who owns a transportation company, picked us up in the school parking lot as a crowd of students cheered us on. What the kids didn't know was that a cooler full of cold beer was waiting for us in the limo. We started drinking as soon as we were out of sight, and proceeded to Foxwoods Casino for a day/night of drinking, eating and gambling. On our way home we made a detour to a "gentleman's club" in Providence for many laughs. In the wee hours of the next morning, the limo dropped us, now obviously basket cases, off at our respective doorsteps. (We gave the driver a huge tip, of course.) That was 14 years ago, and to this day, every time we get together, we remember that day with fondness.
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Post by VictoriaF » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:31 pm

On the night of my last day in the office I flew to the U.K., first to visit Windsor and then to London.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by KT785 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:42 pm

Slapshot wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:54 pm
. . . we remember that day with fondness.
Given the day's events, I'm surprised you could recall much at all :D

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Post by bac » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:53 pm

I retired on a Friday the 13th, so as I recall I didn't do anything to tempt fate (and I'm not really superstitious).

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Post by Watty » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 pm

I retired on a Thursday. Someone asked me why I choose Thursday and I told them I wanted to start out my retirement with a three day weekend. :D

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Post by VictoriaF » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:24 pm

Watty wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 pm
I retired on a Thursday. Someone asked me why I choose Thursday and I told them I wanted to start out my retirement with a three day weekend. :D
Tomorrow is a Friday, and I will be celebrating a three day weekend.
Today is a Thursday, and I am celebrating a four day weekend.
Yesterday was a Wednesday, and I was celebrating a five day weekend.
... And so it goes.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Mitchell777 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:29 pm

On the day of, I was shedding tears on the way to the car and the next morning I had a toothache that required a root canal. So, I may not be the best person to opine about a celebration.

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Post by squirm » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:40 pm

When my boss retired after 25 years, he just left. Didn't say a word to anyone not even a word to his entire crew, just got in his car and left. Didn't know he was gone until I noticed his car wasn't in the parking lot. Smart guy but very strange way of leaving.

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Post by neilpilot » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:53 pm

Sheepdog wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:22 am

That was how I celebrated the day I retired. I am still celebrating although the factory has since closed. Thank God, I wasn't there when it happened.
About 6 months after I retired, the company announced the closure of the manufacturing process I formerly managed. A few months later, they asked if I would come back as a consultant to plan the complex shutdown. After "consulting" for 10 months at 3 times my former pay, I finished that project. I celebrated that second retirement, or what I call my re-retirement, more than the first departure.

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Post by michaeljc70 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:01 pm

squirm wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:40 pm
When my boss retired after 25 years, he just left. Didn't say a word to anyone not even a word to his entire crew, just got in his car and left. Didn't know he was gone until I noticed his car wasn't in the parking lot. Smart guy but very strange way of leaving.
I had a very gregarious friend that would often just disappear from events, parties, etc. He called it the Irish exit. It is easy to get held up with so many people. Some people just don't know what to say (though that wasn't my friends personality). In your bosses case, he may have had a lot going on emotionally. Who knows. Maybe he hated the job and company and just wanted to get the heck out. Maybe he was pushed out and only the higher ups knew it.

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Post by prudent » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:23 pm

My father worked his job for 35 years and was well-liked by the others in his department and his manager. As the day of retirement approached his manager told my father they wanted to go out to lunch with the whole group to celebrate. My father, never one to be the center of attention, said absolutely not, don't make a fuss. The week before his last day his manager said "hey, can't we at least have a cake just with the group?" My father said no, but his manager convinced him that his co-workers really wanted to give him a nice sendoff and it would be rude to not allow that. The manager said, "Look, we just want to have a cake. Is that OK?" My father said OK.

On my father's last day, it was about 2 PM when they pulled out the cake and everyone gathered in the conference room. The manager went to get my father... nowhere to be found. He had gone home already.

The next day his manager called him at home asking why he went home when he had said it was OK to have a cake. My father said, "You said YOU wanted to have a cake. I didn't say I would be there."

I had to hear that story from the manager whom I met at a charity event a few years later.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by Sheepdog » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:02 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:53 pm
Sheepdog wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:22 am

That was how I celebrated the day I retired. I am still celebrating although the factory has since closed. Thank God, I wasn't there when it happened.


About 6 months after I retired, the company announced the closure of the manufacturing process I formerly managed. A few months later, they asked if I would come back as a consultant to plan the complex shutdown. After "consulting" for 10 months at 3 times my former pay, I finished that project. I celebrated that second retirement, or what I call my re-retirement, more than the first departure.
Just a new story, I should not tell. I am too emotional.Why am I telling this? I guess I am becoming nostalgic.
I am glad you could be involved with your closing, but I couldn't.
About a year or so after retiring, after my employees got the word, "The factory will close in the next year." I received a phone call from "John B.....". "Mr. Wood, they are closing the plant." I said "I'm coming down there." I did and my guys saw me and they came to the plant door. I saw the poor soul, a young engineer whom I had helped to learn the ins and outs, the one who had the duty to tell everyone.....not the higher ups, but a young engineer...."we are closing this place. We don't need you anymore." Yeah, I am paraphrasing, but that is what it was.
Well, this young engineer came up to me smiling "Hi, Jim, I am glad to see you." I said, sarcastically "Well, I'm not glad to see you." Poor kid. He was shocked. He thought we were friends. I said, "You are closing the wrong plant. This is the best, the most efficient one in the company. I told Mr,...... that a year ago. He knows it., but he knows nothing about manufacturing." That was terrible of me. I would like to take that back. Well, he was upset, obviously, I know how I would have felt in this case. He said, "Leave now".
In the meantime, a bunch of workers, 50..60, a big bunch,the ones who had just been told they were going to lose their jobs, started to come around...from all over...the word was getting around. I looked, and knew I should not be there. I said, "You're right. I shouldn't be here. Good bye, I am sorry, I will go." That was the last time I saw him.
I was very wrong, but I loved those people. The closing was wrong, but it wasn't my place anymore.
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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by MJS » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:24 pm

This year, give your dad a card (plus whatever you feel is appropriate.)

But next year, on the first anniversary, take Dad out for lunch. Celebrate! And ask what he's learned during his first year.

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Post by carolinaman » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:01 am

I retired as IT Director with a staff of 150. I had been in that position for 22 years. The staff gave me a nice retirement party with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cake, etc. My family attended which made it especially nice. My boss and other senior management attended and made some nice remarks. I received a few gifts. It was probably the typical retirement party but I enjoyed it very much.

For you personally to recognize him could be some form of retirement party/reception with family and a few close friends. This could be done at a nice restaurant or your home.

The format is not as important as taking the time to recognize your father, congratulating him on a successful career and thanking him.

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by carolinaman » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:28 am

taojaxx wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:38 am
renue74 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:16 am
taojaxx wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:06 am
Found a new job :D
Still working part time 7 years into it. Don't need the money, just for fun.
What is your PT gig now?
Believe it or not: selling used cars!
You may have a future as a financial adviser! Lol

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Re: Celebrating the day you retired

Post by cheese_breath » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:24 pm

carolinaman wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:28 am
taojaxx wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:38 am
renue74 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:16 am
taojaxx wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:06 am
Found a new job :D
Still working part time 7 years into it. Don't need the money, just for fun.
What is your PT gig now?
Believe it or not: selling used cars!
You may have a future as a financial adviser! Lol
Why would he want to step down to a less prestigious position?
The surest way to know the future is when it becomes the past.

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