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#4468436 - 04/01/19 02:23 PM Retired  
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Today I am officially retired. For a long time it felt like this day would never come. 30 years working a Honda plant. some good years, some not so good, various department, various roles. The best job I had was a leadership role for 8 years, 2006 to 2014. This was in the parts delivery/shipping dept. 2012 they told us this department was being outsourced. 2015, after training the new company associates for 2 years, I am put on the weld assembly line. 26 years of service, and I am treated like a day one associate, off the street. I plug away mindlessly online for my final 4 years, able to cope knowing the end is near. I am glad it is over, especially the shift work. I suppose I am thankful to be able to retire at age 51. But the shift work was difficult, especially as my kids grew up.


You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking
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#4468437 - 04/01/19 02:31 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Congratulations WT ,,Went through the same grind but in textile mills ,,For 25 years until new owners decided you needed a college degree to be a department manager,,I ran the department for 10 years,,Retired at 62 8 years ago and still truckin'


Russ
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#4468438 - 04/01/19 02:32 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Wow, congrats WT!!!! A very well deserved early retirement. I say early because the great majority of people can't or don't retire until 65 or even later.


I hope you have some nice vacation trips lined up!


“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
#4468440 - 04/01/19 02:39 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Nothing planned yet Panzer. My son has been a nightmare the last 2 years. He has himself in some big time legal trouble. He is trying to get his life back on track. Having me available to him at all times is a big plus.
My wife is 43, she works hard and really likes her job. If it wasn't for her, I'd likely have to find work. So glad I don't have to though.

rwatson, I worked in a textile plant for 2 years before becoming an autoworker. They made geo textiles. No air conditioning in the summer, it was brutal humid.

Last edited by WangoTango; 04/01/19 03:24 PM.

You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking
#4468456 - 04/01/19 05:13 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Congrats, WT. It's just short of a year since I retired (but at 64). It's nice not having to get up for someone else, be somewhere for someone else, do what someone else tells you to do when they tell you to do it.

Welcome to the club. bottles


SALUTE TO ALL!
#4468458 - 04/01/19 05:17 PM Re: Retired [Re: vonBaur]  
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Originally Posted by vonBaur
It's nice not having to get up for someone else, be somewhere for someone else, do what someone else tells you to do when they tell you to do it.

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Ah, I see you're also not married!

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“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
#4468460 - 04/01/19 05:21 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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I'll be retired 5 years this June. I've been single for around 15 years too. No-one tells Chucky what to do (except perhaps my mum).

Welcome to the club cheers


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#4468465 - 04/01/19 06:03 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Congratulations mate, and welcome to the club where we take things just a little easier. I retired a couple of weeks ago, having just turned 49. Now I spend my days motorcycling or planning holidays. Oh the pressures!!!!!!!!!

#4468477 - 04/01/19 07:42 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Ah, I see you're also not married!



Close. Widowed, actually. Eight years this past Valentine's Day. No apology needed, you didn't know and no need to drag down the thread.

On the other hand, she generally slept 'till nearly noon, so................ neaner


SALUTE TO ALL!
#4468480 - 04/01/19 08:14 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Thank you all. I knew I would not be alone here at SimHQ, when it came to being retired. I have plenty to do around my home. Piles of brush, fallen trees. I have 400 feet of ditch to care for. ( I live on a corner lot). I'll finally get things done. Doing shift work, half the month I was tired getting use to the new shift. I never got use to it.
Bought a new PC, and plan on focusing on one sim, Wings Over The Reich. I like the idea of an offline campaign. Waiting for my new HOTAS to show up.


You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking
#4468485 - 04/01/19 09:27 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Retired after 37 years at American Airlines. It's almost embarrassing, just how how much I enjoy not having to go to work. Almost! Don't sit around, though. Keep doin' stuff. Since retiring I've tried my hand at writing (got a short story published on Amazon). Bought an airplane. Sold an airplane. And now I 've gotten back into painting. The thing I went to school for in the first place!


"From our orbital vantage point, we observe an earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence, and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it, and strive to live as one in peace."
Astronaut William C. McCool RIP, January 29, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia

#4468486 - 04/01/19 09:31 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Just so you don't think I'm doing finger painting, or something!

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"From our orbital vantage point, we observe an earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence, and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it, and strive to live as one in peace."
Astronaut William C. McCool RIP, January 29, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia

#4468487 - 04/01/19 09:34 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Congrats WT on the early retirement and welcome to the club, still got a few years to go to get your senior rail card/bus pass but it will soon be there biggrin


I took early retirement at 50 (about 13 years ago) and the wife has managed to keep me busier than ever, but it has given me a lot of time to tour Europe with my wife, we are just waiting for her to be able to retire so we can spread our wings further.

Ps. got my rail and buss pass 4 years ago, on some it gives me free travel and others at a greatly reduced cost smile


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#4468490 - 04/01/19 09:51 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Congratulations Wango. You will love retirement.

If I knew how good it was I’d have done it 40 years sooner.


Everyday is Saturday !


Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Someday your life will flash in front of your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.
#4468499 - 04/01/19 10:35 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Funny, in my thirties I was doing fairly well and thought I might have a modest but do-able retirement, then my life went to such hell during my forties I doubt I'll ever be able to retire. If I lose the ability to work before I'm dead I'm going to be WISHING I were dead very quickly.

#4468507 - 04/01/19 11:55 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Retired 3 years ago after 2 careers lasting 44 years altogether.

Never been so busy in my life! Quite apart from all the home and yard projects, running two volunteer gigs and also took up a couple of new hobbies/sports. Just, not golf! (and this from someone born just 25 miles from St Andrews’..)

The really (_really_) important thing is to stay busy. In my RAF days we would see chaps retire at 55 (mandatory retirement age for British military), and not make it to 60. Had one very nice friend, a very fine Irish squadron leader, pass away at just 55 & 3 months.

I think there’s a kind of “stress decompression” thing that can do you in, if you’ve been busy busy busy your entire life then suddenly stop entirely. So, one should aim for a glider landing not a carrier landing! (am sure everyone here will get that wink

#4468509 - 04/02/19 12:11 AM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Congrats WT ! my wife has 3 more yrs & I have 2.2 to go.


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#4468523 - 04/02/19 01:56 AM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Thanks guys, it's a good feeling. I'll stay busy. I will find time for simming and gaming though as well.
As I said before, the biggest plus is the ability to help keep my 17 yr old son, on the straight and narrow. He's put us through a lot, but he has made very positive strides, that last few months.
He has a big court date tomorrow actually.


You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking
#4468531 - 04/02/19 04:38 AM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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Btw, forget about that "now I'll finally have time to..." stuff.

Hell, most days I wonder how I ever found the time to go to work.


The opinions of this poster are largely based on facts and portray a possible version of the actual events.

More dumb stuff at http://www.darts-page.com

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#4468569 - 04/02/19 01:32 PM Re: Retired [Re: WangoTango]  
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I went off the rails mid teens until my early twenties Wango. Court became just another part of my month for a long time. If i can come out the other side then anyone can, sending good thoughts your way for you and your son. Good luck mate and enjoy your retirement!


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