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Old 03-27-12, 11:32 AM   #1
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Don't want to work any longer---So I won't.

Supposed to retire on Friday but I was not paid for holidays not taken in my final pay Cheque. Mentioned to the manager and he said I would get it next month----After I have left the company.

Decided to make it easy for him and told him I will take the 4 days I am owed as Annual leave---Today and the next 3 days.

Went home and got the bike in the van and did what I always said I was going to do and rode home for my last ever commute to or from work. Only 30 miles and it was taken at a very relaxed pace as that was exactly how I felt. No Thinking or worrying about the customers and no worrying about the Company that I have worked hard for- For the last 29 years.

I may have upset a few people at work by leaving them in the lurch- but I don't care. From now on it is going to be Numero Uno----Whenever the wife allows.
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Old 03-27-12, 11:37 AM   #2
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Supposed to retire on Friday but I was not paid for holidays not taken in my final pay Cheque. Mentioned to the manager and he said I would get it next month----After I have left the company.

Decided to make it easy for him and told him I will take the 4 days I am owed as Annual leave---Today and the next 3 days.

Went home and got the bike in the van and did what I always said I was going to do and rode home for my last ever commute to or from work. Only 30 miles and it was taken at a very relaxed pace as that was exactly how I felt. No Thinking or worrying about the customers and no worrying about the Company that I have worked hard for- For the last 29 years.

I may have upset a few people at work by leaving them in the lurch- but I don't care. From now on it is going to be Numero Uno----Whenever the wife allows.
The last bit made me... well let's just say I have to clean the coffee off my keyboard. Enjoy it Stapfam. You've been waiting for it and it's finally here.
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Old 03-27-12, 11:50 AM   #3
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Congrats to you. Enjoy the retirement.
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Supposed to retire on Friday but I was not paid for holidays not taken in my final pay Cheque. Mentioned to the manager and he said I would get it next month----After I have left the company.

Decided to make it easy for him and told him I will take the 4 days I am owed as Annual leave---Today and the next 3 days.

Went home and got the bike in the van and did what I always said I was going to do and rode home for my last ever commute to or from work. Only 30 miles and it was taken at a very relaxed pace as that was exactly how I felt. No Thinking or worrying about the customers and no worrying about the Company that I have worked hard for- For the last 29 years.

I may have upset a few people at work by leaving them in the lurch- but I don't care. From now on it is going to be Numero Uno----Whenever the wife allows.
What I have in bold is GOSPEL!

My wife mentioned to me the other day, that I should retire.. 72 years old.

However, I got a couple good things going on at my job.

First, I like what I am doing, everybody on the job gives the old man super respect, I have a super-perk-job, if anybody knows what that means (I am typing this at work), also, I like spending the change I get on my hobbies. I also enjoy the health benifits, but lately that is starting to suck! Can't do anything about that. I ride to work on two wheels everyday. Either motorcycle or bicycle. Nobody keeps tabs on the old man, so I am really free to do what I want. I do my job well. I make sure there are no complaints, and go from there.

Will see..

In the meantime, wishing you the super best on your retirement. Live it up man, and do it all!!



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I can't wait for every day to be Saturday...

Congrats, bro, 'sounds like you earned your endless weekend.
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Old 03-27-12, 12:07 PM   #7
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Congratulations, man...I'm envious.
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Congrats. Hope you didn't miss out on a nice cake that would have come your way on Friday. If not, enjoy that freedom (when the missus allows).
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to retirement! As long as you don't spend your time sitting on the couch watching TV or watching the grass grow, this is where life really gets better. It's great to know that every day is a Saturday and you don't have to worry about what is going on at the office (or company) any longer. They did fine before you went to work for them, they'll continue to do fine now that you are gone. Besides, that Pinnie really needs a lot more love and affection. That is, if your wife let's you share.
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Congratulations! I'm three months behind you. Take notes.
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I may have upset a few people at work by leaving them in the lurch- but I don't care. From now on it is going to be Numero Uno----Whenever the wife allows.
Good one, Mate!

They seem to have underestimated the most powerful man in the room, the one with nothing to lose!
And they don't and won't understand that they best way to treat people; is to treat them like you like to be treated yourself.

Enjoy you retirement, you have earned it.

Does the bike shop open monday?
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Old 03-27-12, 12:46 PM   #13
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They seem to have underestimated the most powerful man in the room, the one with nothing to lose!
I worked with a guy who always seemed so easy going and nothing bothered him. I mentioned that to another person after leaving a long and tense meeting. He said about the other person "Oh you don't know his background? He once left the government, went to work for a small company, received lots of stock options over the years, and got paid several million dollars when he left." He went back to the government to a job he liked (doing R&D) and could levae any time he wanted. That's why he was so happy and easy going.
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Good to hear Stapfam,

Now you can ride whenever you want and where ever you want! It's all good!

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I'm sitting here with only this thought running through my mind... man I wish I was stapfam right now!!!

Congrats on enjoy your ever lasting Saturdays.. whenever the wife allows... of course...

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PS you can now unplug the alarm clock from the wall...
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Congrats stapfam!!! Enjoy the new beginning.
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Old 03-27-12, 01:47 PM   #17
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I was sorry to leave on such a sour note but all the staff came up to me while I was tidying up the odds and ends to say they agreed entirely with what I did. Unfortunately it has left the staff in trouble as someone- or several someones- has to cover the hole I have left. But I no longer care.

I can now get on with enjoying life instead of worrying about the customers or the job. But as I have an extra 3 days home this week-

The loft and I have to start clearing it tomorrow

Greenhouse needs clearing out so my wife can get her seeds sown

Neighbour came round and How soon can I start painting his gutters

Been lumbered with a ride on Saturday with a Casual rider that wants to get fit for a 50miler in May.

That is besides the more mundane things like gardening- Fitting extra seats in the Campavan-Landscaping daughter No.2's garden this summer as it is a mess. And the enjoyable bit of wearing the bikes out with the extra time I will have for riding. That is if I can find the time.

This retirement lark looks busier than a full time job.
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Congrats. As a business owner, I doubt I will ever get to "just retire". And, no the grass is not greener on this side of the employment thing. Add to worrying about customers: Will the business stay afloat? Employees. Paying bills(when you can). Will I be able to sell this business(as part of my retirement)? No sick days to take. No vacation pay. No 401K. If the business fails, my employees lose a job. None of the things people think a business owner has. They all think you are rich. Well, that is not the case.
But enjoy YOUR TIME. You deserve it!!
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I've been retired for almost 18 years now. The only thing I have missed about my work life are the jokes, pranks, and other shenanigans that we pulled. I have a trove of funny stories; but overall, I think the bad times outweighed the good.

Congratulations on your new freedom.
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Congrats Stepfam.
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Welcome to retirement, Doug

I'll soon be starting my fourth year of retirement and I've loved every minute or it. I only wish I had done it a little sooner.
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I worked for the same company for 37 years until Dec. 26, 2010 when I left at 56. Three months later my manager asked if I wanted to pick up a few days, which I did but, I told him I did not want to work weekends or past 4:00 pm. To my surprise he agreed so I now work three days a week doing jobs that are so easy that some days I feel guilty taking their money. Now I have 40 years in and I am adding to my pension, and I actually like my job and the people I work with so what the heck. I plan on walking away for good when SS kicks in, until then I will keep enjoying every weekend off.

Congrats Stepfam, enjoy every day you sir have earned it.
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I jumped into the abyss almost 3 years ago and found out there is a feather bed at the bottom.

Enjoy every day!
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Enjoy!!!
So they tried to con you for a couple days holiday pay?!
You owe those folks NOTHING!

Been reitred 17 years; 3 days before I retired they tried to fire me so they would not have to pay me a pension . . .
Laugh every time I get my monthly check!
Yup, still riding 100 miles a week and I'll only be 80 this year.
Been busier than ever and enjoying life.
You do the same!!!
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