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Forum topic by snowdog posted 03-31-2009 02:34 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2009 02:34 PM

I have talked about it for a few years now and it is time. This is my last week working for the MAN (every night and day :)

It is bitter sweet and scary but more sweet than bitter. Now you will all have to put up with more of my sardonic comments and conservative (libertarian really) rants <grin>.

The one good thing is that my wife supports my leaving.

Say hello to the new joe :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 03-31-2009 04:06 PM

Good luck snowdog!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 03-31-2009 04:08 PM

Free at last, Free at last- thank God Almighty- Free at last!

Hope they gave you a decent early retirement package.

Looking forward to lost of projects!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-31-2009 04:17 PM

good luck snowdog! we will live through you,

-- Evelinda, Mission TX

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#4 posted 03-31-2009 04:35 PM

Nice to hear you are participating in the recession. I can’t wait for early retirement!

-- He said wood...

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 05:21 PM

Wish I was doing that too! Oh well if I retire I can not buy the new lathe I have my eye on. Darn!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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Charles Mullins

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 05:30 PM

Hey Snowdog.
There is life after Inoperative Business Machine Company and a good one. I too am a survivor and have been for 25 years or so.
I really value my experience there but the job pressure was fabricated by management not by real world necessity. It has been real good afterward.

I’m now retired and felling fine but broke! Ha!

Charlie M.

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#7 posted 03-31-2009 05:38 PM

Good luck to you Snowdog, from another IBMer…........... I retired in 2000 after 35 yrs….

Retirement is great, but the shock of a fixed income isn’t, just make sure you are prepared!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Dan Lyke

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#8 posted 03-31-2009 07:05 PM

There used to be an online community that referred to work as an addiction, and the state of being unemployed as “in recovery”.

Congratulations on your recovery. Hope you don’t find yourself needing to relapse.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#9 posted 03-31-2009 07:30 PM

Can’t believe it snowdog, I thought that I was the only one who might have decided to finally retire! Last Friday was my last day with “the man”. I truly know what you mean when you say “bitter sweet & scary). I too, have been waiting for this for a long time. I started working for the other guy at least part time when I was 14 years old and for me, that was a half century ago. It’s going to take me a long time to get used to this… least until tomorrow morning!!


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#10 posted 04-01-2009 12:41 AM

Happy for you my friend. Now you can spend more time in the shop. Good luck.

-- Guy Kroll

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 03:34 AM

I have been retired for 1 year and 5 months now, and I’m busier than when I worked! ;)

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 03:52 AM

Best of luck, I keep thinking about this step myself. Keep making chips!

-- Chris

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#13 posted 04-01-2009 05:54 AM

This is my 13th year of retirement. In my case I have never missed the job, but I do miss the people. Some of my workmates have now passed on. What is it they say… youth you attend weddings, in retirement you attend funerals.

-- Lee

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#14 posted 04-01-2009 06:34 AM

Good luck on your retirement. I worked for the other big boy (or Gal) Ma bell or some of it’s affiliates for about 40 years. But the retirements suck because i got vested pensions fpr each of the companies. I’m getting by.

I hope you have a great joy in the freedom of doing what you want and not what someone else wants.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 04-01-2009 01:59 PM

I love the line from Dan “work as an addiction, and the state of being unemployed as “in recovery”.

And Charles, it is too true the “job pressure was fabricated by management not by real world necessity. ” IBM is not a great company as far as management goes but the $$ was pretty good so I put up with it for a long time.

Well I am to young to retire but I am going to give it my best try <grin>

Thank you all for the good wishes and support

Fixed income? That is really going to suck :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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