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History It's official. First day of retirement!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by WB69, Dec 1, 2021.

  1. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 2,234


    Bah, humbug. Retired from my fulltime job, 9:00 PM until 8:00 or 10:00 AM 6 years ago. Took a few days to get used to daylight hours but finally got to waking up at 5:00 AM. Thought to myself, "This is great", while sitting at the table drinking coffee with no one around to bother me. Next thing I know, the wife starts getting up about the same time to make sure I'm getting the stuff done she thinks is important. Remodeling the bathroom, re-painting the inside of the house, changing all the doorknobs and locks, planting more stuff in the yard and bitching when I mow it down. My telling her that if she wanted it to stay in the yard, it ought to be in beds so I know it's a flower and not a weed didn't go over well. After making sure I'm not just goofing off and actually doing something she feels is important, she takes herself back to bed.

    I've also found out that if I take my phone with me to the shop, she's going to call me at least 7 or 8 times while I'm there, usually just about the time I've gotten in position for an overhead weld or anything I'm doing involving a creeper. I don't know if she's actually worried that something might happen to me or she's just checking to see if it's time for her to call the insurance company. My blood pressure goes up every time the phone rings so maybe there is a plan behind these calls. All I want to do is be able to finish one of MY projects. :(:rolleyes:
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  2. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,894

    from Michigan

    You're gonna work more and harder now than you ever did.
    Enjoy it.
  3. Did it 25 years ago; best decision ever. Not much pay, but the lack of stress more than made up for it. Still plenty of things to do, but most of them can wait; but I am still busy enough.
  4. connielu
    Joined: Apr 21, 2019
    Posts: 167

    1. A-D Truckers

    I'm looking at a few more years, but a shoulder and hip might cut that a little short. 40 years of wrenching on trucks has taken its toll...

    Congrats WB69
  5. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,409


    I had a boss once that always said "better to be half retired on full pay than full retired on half pay"
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  6. At 58, the offer wasn't THAT good. I'd have to find another crappy job, why do that when I had one already? The overall plan was to retire at 62, take the reduced SS, switch the medical to my wife's plan and do a machine shop gig a few days a week.

    By late in 2013, my wife had a serious cancer going on and was gone in 2014. So there went that plan.

    Medical is the killer and our check-engine lights come on more often as we age. Like an idiot, I kept my company plan under COBRA due to the virus, just in case. I had it for 5 months and it caused lots of issues with who paid what for doctor visits. Them or Medicare. I got a type N supplement plan that has been great, which was $190 a month, going up to $205 in 2022. I had to get a new rx plan for 2022 through Cigna, not bad at $69 a month and better coverage. My Emblem plan was discontinued for 2022.
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  7. pnevells
    Joined: Sep 5, 2008
    Posts: 515


    Congrats, Retirement is everything it is cracked up to be ......
  8. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 594


    You're never really retired until you don't know what day it is on a daily basis.
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  9. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,490


    I'm definitely retired then.
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  10. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 2,503

    from Brooks Ky

    When you go to the doctor and they ask that series of simple questions to determine if you still have your cognitive ability.............When they ask you what day of the week it is, just say "It's Saturday"..........."I'm retired now and everyday is Saturday". :p They figure if you can be a smartass you must still be cognitive............
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  11. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 22,516


    4 years, 11 months and 10 days........but whose counting?
  12. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,518


    Wow, 40 years is a long time. Good for you.
  13. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,003

    from landis n c

    I have been retired 12 years and enjoy it!!!!! My health is good and thank the good Lord I have enough money to let someone else mow our yard and take the daily driver to the full service car wash. I drove my hotrod more when I was working than I do now. I don't understand it................
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