Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

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Miriam2
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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:12 pm

TravelGeek wrote: Please add me. Done as of yesterday. :beer

My eternal thanks go to Jack Bogle and whoever first told me about Vanguard, index funds and Bogleheads concepts (long before I found this site). And my parents for putting me on the right track many years ago and my wife for supporting me on this journey.
Next stop: My first Bogleheads conference, next week. Galawdawg - see you there! :sharebeer
Nice tribute to those who meant the most to you as you worked hard all these years and prepared for your retirement. You can thank Jack Bogle personally at the Bogleheads Conference this week :happy

You will also meet Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig, who was the opening night speaker and wrote the first article on the Bogleheads Conference (back when we were called Vanguard Diehards) for Money Magazine in Sept. 2001.

http://jasonzweig.com/a-golden-oldie/
http://jasonzweig.com/a-golden-oldie/9-01bogleheads1/
http://jasonzweig.com/a-golden-oldie/9-01bogleheads2/

Best wishes TravelGeek for a long and happy retirement!

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:53 am

OK, where do I pick up my diploma?

After years and years of planning and more than nine-months notice to my organization, finally, Friday was my last day at work! Wow. And as cool as Friday was, on Saturday I noticed I wasn't getting that vague tight feeling in my gut and shoulders, anticipating Monday was just around the corner. Sunday, same thing. And here I am on Monday, a full-on, in-your-face retiree!

But...I will have to work on the whole waking up thing at 0530 (this morning without the stinkin' alarm). My decompression phase may take a few weeks. This I know: the nap will be glorious.

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There are stars in the Southern sky | And if ever you decide | You should go | There is a taste of time sweetened honey | Down the Seven Bridges Road

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by WestUniversity » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:38 pm

Notified all last week of my intention to retire in December. All in all it went better than I expected. Lots of congratulations mixed with shocked reactions. We will see what the next two months hold as I hand off responsibilities...

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by bayview » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:17 am

I did it!

Retired from FT federal employment yesterday (technically today per pay period.)

This no doubt triggered the hiccups in stocks this week, so I apologize to all who were unsettled, temporarily or otherwise. :D
The continuous execution of a sound strategy gives you the benefit of the strategy. That's what it's all about. --Rick Ferri

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by bayview » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:18 am

SevenBridgesRoad wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:53 am
OK, where do I pick up my diploma?

After years and years of planning and more than nine-months notice to my organization, finally, Friday was my last day at work! Wow. And as cool as Friday was, on Saturday I noticed I wasn't getting that vague tight feeling in my gut and shoulders, anticipating Monday was just around the corner. Sunday, same thing. And here I am on Monday, a full-on, in-your-face retiree!

But...I will have to work on the whole waking up thing at 0530 (this morning without the stinkin' alarm). My decompression phase may take a few weeks. This I know: the nap will be glorious.

SBR
I know, right?? I woke up at 6:30 today and got up at 7. boooooo!

I did delete all my alarms last night, so I'm on the path.
The continuous execution of a sound strategy gives you the benefit of the strategy. That's what it's all about. --Rick Ferri

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by WestUniversity » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:23 am

It’s been an interesting week. Lots of congratulations and folks with questions. Comments like, “you’re too young to retire”. Others curious how we can afford it. Also subtle digs about being a short timer.

Senior management offered congratulations while at the same time subtly encouraging me to stay.

I have been disinvited from a lot of meetings related to long range planning and ongoing operations. Have yet to meet with anyone regarding handing off my duties. I guess we’ll see what happens next week...

Miriam2
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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:21 pm

SevenBridgesRoad wrote:After years and years of planning and more than nine-months notice to my organization, finally, Friday was my last day at work! Wow. And as cool as Friday was, on Saturday I noticed I wasn't getting that vague tight feeling in my gut and shoulders, anticipating Monday was just around the corner. Sunday, same thing. And here I am on Monday, a full-on, in-your-face retiree!
We have one very happy "full-on, in-your-face retiree" :D As our friend cfs says, "Welcome to the sunny side of the street!"
SevenBridgesRoad wrote: OK, where do I pick up my diploma?
Well, we don't have Retirement Roll Call diplomas yet, but here - this diploma will do, in fact, may give you something productive to do in retirement :wink: and moreover, it's personally signed by the Dean of Elfery:

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Post by when i'm 64 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:33 am

Greetings All ! I'm joining the Retirement Class of 2018 as of 10/15/2018 at 64 years young. DW (62) will retire 6/2020 and I will spend some time now preparing to downsize from the big home we know longer need as all children are out of the house and married. Our vacation home that we used so little over the years will now be renovated/updated and used the way we always intended when we bought it; to be enjoyed by all family and friends.

I'm taking it a day at a time but it feels good. Decision to retire was mine; I just felt it was time after 41 years of corp. life, travel, etc.

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by PaHumbug » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:18 am

Add me as another graduate with this being my first week of full-blown retirement. Saving and planning and waiting for this day my whole career, but leaving the security of a regular paycheck and a major shift in routine is a bit uncomfortable, to say the least.

Anyway, full speed ahead, let the adventure begin! I keep this posted on my refrigerator to remind me of what's important in life and that our time is finite.
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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:44 pm

wwhan wrote: Retired at age 64.
Now, everyday is Saturday.
I used to look forward to the weekend, now I look forward to the weekday when everything is open and less crowded.
wwhan wrote: Put my R-date as January 15, 2018, since that is my first day of not working at a job.
wwhan - I sent you a PM back in Sept. but you haven't opened it yet - just want to make sure you received it (it answered your question) :happy

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:11 pm

bayview wrote: I did it!
Retired from FT federal employment yesterday (technically today per pay period.)
This no doubt triggered the hiccups in stocks this week, so I apologize to all who were unsettled, temporarily or otherwise. :D
Congratulations Bayview! Looks like you punched out several months earlier than expected! That's great, now you'll have more time to UNWIND and get that retirement going. Don't worry about triggering stock market hiccups - we only worry about Sequence of Returns :mrgreen:

What are you planning to do?

Some advice from Charlie Munger at age 93: "If you've got anything you really want to do, don't wait until you're 93."

Best wishes for a long happy retirement :D

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Post by Miriam2 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:34 pm

when i'm 64 wrote: Greetings All ! I'm joining the Retirement Class of 2018 as of 10/15/2018 at 64 years young. DW (62) will retire 6/2020 . . . I'm taking it a day at a time but it feels good. Decision to retire was mine; I just felt it was time after 41 years of corp. life, travel, etc.
Congratulations "When i'm 64!" and welcome to the Bogleheads! Your first post and what a great post it is!

After 41 years working at the corp, it truly feels good to settle into a well-deserved retirement. Good work and now a good retirement.
when i'm 64 wrote:I will spend some time now preparing to downsize from the big home we know longer need as all children are out of the house and married.
Ooh - downsizing from the big home, yikes, decluttering - those "D" words. Please share your secrets for discarding memories :annoyed Also secrets on how to get children married :wink:
when i'm 64 wrote:Our vacation home that we used so little over the years will now be renovated/updated and used the way we always intended when we bought it; to be enjoyed by all family and friends.
Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your milestone with us and best wishes for all your retirement pursuits :happy

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by TravelforFun » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:14 pm

Miriam2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:34 pm
Please share your secrets for discarding memories :annoyed Also secrets on how to get children married :wink:
Boomers' problem: Our kids won't marry.

TravelforFun

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:04 pm

PaHumbug wrote: Add me as another graduate with this being my first week of full-blown retirement. Saving and planning and waiting for this day my whole career, but leaving the security of a regular paycheck and a major shift in routine is a bit uncomfortable, to say the least.

Anyway, full speed ahead, let the adventure begin! I keep this posted on my refrigerator to remind me of what's important in life and that our time is finite.
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Hi PaHumbug! Welcome to this Retirement Roll Call Class! You're on the list. How does the R-date of Oct. 12 sound?

"Full speed ahead, let the adventure begin!" - What an energetic beginning to this next phase of your life! Thanks for sharing your cartoon - better keep it on your refrigerator, you never know, you were such a fabulous employee - your boss may want you back at work :annoyed

". . . leaving the security of a regular paycheck and a major shift in routine is a bit uncomfortable, to say the least." - Perhaps this thought from Taylor will be of help:
Taylor Larimore wrote:I retired in June of 1982 at the age of 57. We had about a $1 million dollar portfolio to last us the rest of our lives. I didn't know about safe withdrawal rates (the Trinity Study wasn't published until 1998). We had no computers, Internet, Monte Carlo, or sophisticated calculators. We only knew that we had to be careful to make our money last ($1M at 4% = $40,000/year before tax).

So what happened? We simply withdrew what we needed and kept an eye on our portfolio balance. Most years our balance went up and we spent the money on vacations, luxuries and charity. When our balance went down we tightened our belt and economized.

This is what most people do and it works.
Safe Withdrawal Rate? Complexity vs. Simplicity

:D

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:42 pm

Here is the Autumn update for the Retirement Roll Call for the Great Class of 2018 :D

We now have 47 lucky graduates :beer and many who are itching to PUNCH OUT!

:!: Already Graduated - CONGRATULATIONS!!
01 Jan - BigOldBear
02 Jan - Billionaire
12 Jan - RubyTuesday (51)
15 Jan - wwhan (64) <<== Welcome to the Class!!
31 Jan - Earl Lemongrab
__ Jan - Emilyjane (61)
09 Feb - marcopolo (51)
28 Feb - Cash is King (57)
03 Mar - Seqfish (62)
03 Mar - Dottie57
03 Mar - Jazzysoon
29 Mar - rkhusky
31 Mar - MichDad (62)
02 Apr - Larry2623
13 Apr - telemark
18 May - remomnyc (52)
25 May - Barefoot
31 May - NCPE
01 Jun - Greywolf
01 Jun - noobogle (late 30's)
01 Jun - not_slow_n_steady (60)
15 Jun - MulesFan
25 Jun - TheQuietMan
29 Jun - Roadmaster
29 Jun - snathanb
30 Jun - incowtown (55)
30 Jun - nguy44 (60)
__ Jun - Longdog (53)
__ Jun - KenG
13 Jul - amp (47)
__ Jul - Golfview
03 Aug - Sparky1500
31 Aug - Groundhog (56)
__ Aug - federal dinosaur (62)
14 Sep - Griffkat (56) <<== Welcome to the Class!!
21 Sep - FireHorse (52)
28 Sep - Stinky (65)
28 Sep - SevenBridgesRoad (61)
28 Sep - TravelGeek <<== Welcome to the Class!!
28 Sep - galawdawg <<== Welcome to the Class!!
30 Sep - nova1968
__ Sep - dennisswal (65)
__ Sep - kjsammy
01 Oct - retirementbound
12 Oct - bayview (64) <<== Welcome to the Class!!
12 Oct - PaHumbug <<== Welcome to the Class!!
15 Oct - when i'm 64 (64) <<== Welcome to the Class!!


:D Graduating soon - Counting the Days!!
01 Nov - 2pedals (59) <<== Welcome to the Class!!
01 Nov - Ikigai (56)
21 Nov - busdriver (65)
30 Nov - MnD
30 Nov - WPauley (55)
01 Dec - BarbBrooklyn <<== Welcome to the Class!!
21 Dec - blgaarder (69)
21 Dec - Blanket Fort (51) <<== Welcome to the Class!!
28 Dec - WestUniversity
28 Dec - NoMad18 (56)
31 Dec - Derby (59)
31 Dec - trirod (51)
31 Dec - 45591 (57)
31 Dec - Rudedog
31 Dec - jazman12 <<== Welcome to the Class!!
__ Dec - Metalworking
__ ___ TinyTim (70)
__ ___ Big Dog
__ ___ J295 (58)

On Retirement Permahold 8-)
TheTimeLord (class of 2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 . . to infinity and beyond! . . )

Happy Halloween everyone! Don't get spooked :wink:

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by treadingwater » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:32 pm

Please add me. Last day was Friday.

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Post by WestUniversity » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:34 pm

I moved my last day up two weeks. That date was going to jam up Christmas plans. Now my departure is 12/14...

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Ikigai » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:54 pm

Count me in - today is my first day of retirement bliss! I have lots of plans, but the first one is just to relax and unwind.

Many thanks to all the Bogleheads who have been so kind and generous answering my questions and helped me prepare for my second life!

:sharebeer

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Post by Derby » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:44 pm

So, unforeseen circumstances arose, and I ended up taking a Leave of Absence 6 months ago, and here it is, 6 months later, and nope, don't miss it a bit. So as of today (my 59th birthday), I am retired!

I've lost 30 (excess) lbs in the last 6 months, to give you an idea how I feel about it, and I have 4 international trips planned for 2019 already! (Around the World, Turkey, Central Europe & Antarctica...in case you were wondering :D)

Thanks, Bogleheads, for all the education and support that has made this possible. :sharebeer
Carpe Diem.

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Post by 2pedals » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:16 pm

I just started my journey. This is my first weekend without having to think about going back to work on Monday (maybe forever). I always dreaded Monday. Now I don't have a good reason to dread Monday any more than Friday. :mrgreen:

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Post by Miriam2 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:16 pm

treadingwater wrote: Please add me. Last day was Friday.
My pleasure, I added you to this Awesome list with a R-date of October 26 :happy
I guess you're no longer just "treadingwater," now you're out in full swim 8-)

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Post by Miriam2 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:27 pm

Ikigai wrote: Count me in - today is my first day of retirement bliss! I have lots of plans, but the first one is just to relax and unwind.

Many thanks to all the Bogleheads who have been so kind and generous answering my questions and helped me prepare for my second life!

:sharebeer
Ah! Retirement bliss! Congratulations on reaching this important time of your life :D
Relaxing and unwinding sounds wonderful - and then what? 8-)

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Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2018!

Post by Miriam2 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:29 pm

2pedals wrote: I just started my journey. This is my first weekend without having to think about going back to work on Monday (maybe forever). I always dreaded Monday. Now I don't have a good reason to dread Monday any more than Friday. :mrgreen:
We're delighted you successfully made it to R-date :happy What a load off your shoulders to not have to plan your Monday work schedule. Best wishes for many wonderful weekends and retirement cheer. Now as our friend cfs says: "Get on that bike and ride!"

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