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    2 Months and Counting

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    This coming Tuesday I'm telling my boss that I'm retiring on November 1st. I'm on the far, far side of 50 and I've come to the realization that 47+ years of gainful(?) employment is enough. As a pure coincidence I appear to have fallen into a part time gig consulting for someone who worked for me in what is soon to be my past life. I can't wait to do more cycling

    There are no mixed reviews among our retired cycling brethren so I am really looking forward to having more days off and leaving big corporation process and inertia in my rear view mirror.
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    Retirement rocks! You'll soon wonder how you ever had the time to work! Congrats!

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    Retired 18 years and still lovin' it!
    An now 80 and looking forward to more time with my wife and putting more miles on our tandem.
    Just came back from a 3 month stay in northern Utah where we got in some great and cool rides!

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    Lucky guy. I've still got to pay off the mortgage before I can retire....But congrats.
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    Congratulations. Retirement is great and doing it while still keeping you hand in your profession part-time is an excellent way to do it IMO.

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    I too worked 47 years for a large corp after getting out the the Navy.

    You will find that retirement is great. It means freedom, the freedom of a teenager in the summertime when out of school.

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    Congratulations!

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    Good for you, now enjoy the extra time for cycling you have worked hard to earn. Best wishes on the new adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    Warning: Tangential bicycle content
    This coming Tuesday I'm telling my boss that I'm retiring on November 1st. I'm on the far, far side of 50 and I've come to the realization that 47+ years of gainful(?) employment is enough. As a pure coincidence I appear to have fallen into a part time gig consulting for someone who worked for me in what is soon to be my past life. I can't wait to do more cycling

    There are no mixed reviews among our retired cycling brethren so I am really looking forward to having more days off and leaving big corporation process and inertia in my rear view mirror.
    Congrats on the upcoming retirement.
    Now, lets clear up the math. Far side of 50 is what? 59? When you subtract "working 47+ years" from 59 you get 12. You started working when you were 12? What happened to the child labor laws?
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    Senior Member rdtompki's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Congrats on the upcoming retirement.
    Now, lets clear up the math. Far side of 50 is what? 59? When you subtract "working 47+ years" from 59 you get 12. You started working when you were 12? What happened to the child labor laws?
    We're talking the far, far side of 50 which in a polite way of saying the far side of 60, but 60 being the new 50 I figure I've got plenty of tread left to enjoy retirement.
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    Congrats and best of luck. Can't wait for the day I retire and have the free time to get out and ride a bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    We're talking the far, far side of 50 which in a polite way of saying the far side of 60, but 60 being the new 50 I figure I've got plenty of tread left to enjoy retirement.
    Thanks for clearing that up. You're almost as old as I am.
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    I worked with a couple of guys who retired with 50 years service. They started work setting pins at the company bowling alley, were in WWII and got credit for service, then worked in corporate engineering as draftsmen until they were 65. I don't think they were cyclists though. Their loss.
    "It could be anything. Scrap booking, high-stakes poker, or the Santa Fe lifestyle. Just pick a dead-end and chill out 'till you die."

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    One morning post retirement, you'll wake up and take care of your bladder and realize you can crawl back in and snuggle up to your beautiful bride and go back to sleep and not worry about the alarm clock. Then the benefits of being retired will really kick in to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    Warning: Tangential bicycle content
    This coming Tuesday I'm telling my boss that I'm retiring on November 1st. I'm on the far, far side of 50 and I've come to the realization that 47+ years of gainful(?) employment is enough. As a pure coincidence I appear to have fallen into a part time gig consulting for someone who worked for me in what is soon to be my past life. I can't wait to do more cycling

    There are no mixed reviews among our retired cycling brethren so I am really looking forward to having more days off and leaving big corporation process and inertia in my rear view mirror.
    I HATE YOU!!!!!

    Not really, but at 52, with a 2 year old toddler, I figure I will be unable to retire, until she is done college.....

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    Wogster, talk her into taking up a trade or joining the military, then you can retire sooner.

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    The bi-weekly paycheck. The Blue Cross Dental, Extended Health, 90% Drug Coverage. The PAID vacation. The PAID sick days. Hitting the gym on my lunch break. Biking to work. Looking at a crisp sunny Fall morning from the cab of my truck, steaming McD's coffee at hand, sports talk radio chattering, all is right with the world. Lifting and loading, bending and stretching, feeling the muscles work, strong back like a twenty-year-old. I tell ya, four more years of this corporate oppression I'll be 70 and then I'm OUTTA here!

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    Congratulations on your retirement. May you live many more decades and find every day a blessing.
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    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement.

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