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Old 11-01-07, 08:56 AM   #1
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New bike for those golden years

I finally pulled the trigger last week, announced my retirement, and walked out of the office. Wish I had a camera to record their reaction...

...first stop was to get a new bike, then its time to head for the cottage before the snow finds us.

...my big bikes' new little brother
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Old 11-01-07, 09:09 AM   #2
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May I be the first to offer CONGRATULATIONS! Pretty ride too.
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Old 11-01-07, 09:10 AM   #3
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It's a great feeling to do that wasn't it but also a little scary at the same time.Anyhow welcome to the welfare rolls of retirement.Now you'll just have to find time to ride while doing all the other things that your spouse will come up with for you to do now that you're retired!
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Old 11-01-07, 09:12 AM   #4
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The next stage of your life appears to be opening in grand style. Enjoy the ride!
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Old 11-01-07, 09:13 AM   #5
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Wow, big change and the bike is lovely!
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Old 11-01-07, 09:14 AM   #6
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Waayyyyy cooollll, JM!
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Old 11-01-07, 09:59 AM   #7
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Wow! What a day!

Resign, pack up and leave, stop to buy a great bike on the way home.

Sounds like a Perfect 10 to me!
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Old 11-01-07, 11:11 AM   #10
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Another set of congratulations and best wishes from this corner of the world.

If the snow starts to bother, feel free to bring some of those high-value Canadian dollars down to your struggling neighbors to the south. I hear that if you ride south long enough you find something like springtime.
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Old 11-01-07, 12:12 PM   #11
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You've got a great start for your retirement, good luck and have fun with your new ride.
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Old 11-01-07, 12:29 PM   #12
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Very nice, I am partial to Scott's
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Welcome to the world of freedom and congratulations on the new bike.
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What a super way to start your retirement. Happy riding.
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<<<Anyhow welcome to the welfare rolls of retirement.Now you'll just have <<to find time to ride while doing all the other things that your spouse will <<come up with
The negative cash flow is the hardest thing (for me at least) is the hardest thing to deal with.almost 10 years, and still not used to it...
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Old 11-02-07, 05:49 AM   #17
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The negative cash flow is the hardest thing (for me at least) is the hardest thing to deal with.almost 10 years, and still not used to it...
That is what is going to bug me. Walked out of the office recently. been away for a couple of months and now on half pay. I have enough to see me through till body gives up if I live the simple life. But am tempted to go back because of the loss of money that I don't realy need and for the company of workmates. Except the 24 year old new graduate boss which was the reason I walked out. Plenty to do at home, cycling and jobs around the house. Except I am crap at D.I.Y jobs and cost of so called professionals is ridiculous. How do others manage. The lonley thing etc. The wife and daughter return each night full of their day but mine seems pretty empty. Maybe it's a learning curve.
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But am tempted to go back because of the loss of money that I don't realy need and for the company of workmates. Except the 24 year old new graduate boss which was the reason I walked out.
Who says you have to go back to the place you left? You can sample other jobs, other industries, take something part-time somewhere, there are many choices.

I'm a former IT worker. I work now 16 hours/week at the circulation desk of the neighborhood branch of the public library. Who knew it would be so much fun? And it's union scale! Makes me wonder why I bothered with my former career in the first place.

Edit: And did I mention the secure, indoor bike parking for staff?

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Who says you have to go back to the place you left? You can sample other jobs, other industries, take something part-time somewhere, there are many choices.
I don't know what it is like in the states but over here if you are past 45 they think you are ready for your coffin and are no use in the workplace. Hence my new boss. I think your confidence takes a knock when you are overlooked because you are considered too old. Getting something else is also not so easy if you have just walked out of your last job. Know what you mean about other jobs though as I have had about 30 different ones over the years. I thing self employment beckons once again. thanks for the advice.

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Warning! Retirement means getting up in the morning with nothing to do, and going to bed at night with half of it still undone!
I don't remember where I stole that line from, but I hope it wasn't this forum.
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[ Plenty to do at home, cycling and jobs around the house. Except I am crap at D.I.Y jobs and cost of so called professionals is ridiculous. How do others manage. The lonley thing etc. The wife and daughter return each night full of their day but mine seems pretty empty. Maybe it's a learning curve.
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I have more to do than I need.I build cabinets and furniture etc. and am redoing parts of house, so that keeps DW happy and me outta the bars. Also do some Amateur Radio to keep the ether stirred up.
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What a great way to start retirement! The bike is a beauty. Enjoy it.
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Good luck in your retirement, jm01. Perhaps I'll see you on your Scott at the next Blue Water Ramble ride in October '08. Wear a 50+ jersey, and I'll keep an eye on you if I provide sag support.
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Old 11-05-07, 03:26 PM   #25
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Good luck in your retirement, jm01. Perhaps I'll see you on your Scott at the next Blue Water Ramble ride in October '08. Wear a 50+ jersey, and I'll keep an eye on you if I provide sag support.
Thanks all for your best wishes...first week off and just got back from the cottage...

..this is the bike today...did about 100km yesterday to dial her in

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