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post #1 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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A new look at...retirement.

I'm planning on retirement in about 2 years. I now have a new outlook on it.
My last Captain came in last week after retiring 15 months ago, and had me sit down in the Battalion Chiefs office. He looked me straight in the eye and told me he had just been diagnosed with ALS.
They give him 3 to 5 years.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. Retire out, and 15 months later, you're given a death sentence.

I'm the senior guy around here now and have four probationary firefighters on my shift with me. They are looking at 20 or 30 year careers and hear about this stuff. I only hope I can teach some of them how to an old firefighter, and then enjoy retirement.

But this? When he came in the other day, he had the "deer in the headlight" look so bad. He's lost, and I don't blame him.

I have changed some of my retirement plans as of now. And moved a couple of things up on the list by a few years.

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 07:03 AM
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I'm 68. Retired at 62. WISH I'd gone at 58.
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 10:21 AM
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If I had had to live in a carboard box in the park, I'd still have retired at 55.

No one, on their death bed, ever uttered the last words "I wish I had spent more time working and less time doing the things that really make me happy."

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post #4 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 12:21 PM
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Go For It!!!!!!
Were (wifey and me) less than 2 years out. Jan 2017 Can't wait. Will be 57 at that time.
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post #5 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 02:56 PM
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Retired at 55, 9 years ago and never looked back. Life is VERY short! Live all you can now!!!
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post #6 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 03:44 PM
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I've seen this happen too many times and said that I wasn't going to let it happen to me. Where I worked some time ago retirement notices were usually followed by an obituary notice two years later.

The financial industry would have you believe that you need $$million+ to retire. It just isn't so, assuming you have your debt in order, secure investments, and don't live beyond your means.

I was laid off when I was 53 when the plant I worked in shut down. It was winter and I thought I would wait until spring to look for work. I never did. My wife's part time income was enough to support us and still allow us vacations etc. We never felt like we were holding ourselves back from doing what we wanted. We didn't owe anything and the kids are out of the nest. I never did look for that job. Picked up odd work here and there for some extra cash but only work that I could do on my terms.

My wife has since retired and we're doing just fine. Work isn't all they make it out to be and dying with a few extra bucks in the bank don't mean a whole lot.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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post #7 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 05:27 PM
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I guess I'm the oddball around here. I enjoy my job and the unique mix of different folks I work with. I think I would actually go downhill and become an old curmudgeon if I did retire early.

I'm 52 and could fully retire in 7 more years but seriously doubt I will as long as I'm physically and mentally able to function there. I really have no plans to retire until I'm at least 65 or so.

I can't think of anything I'm missing out on by working 8 hours a day 5 days a week, especially when I earn about 6 weeks of vacation a year and never have to use it when I'm sick because I've got about 10 months of sick leave on the books. I don't make a lot of money, but do get a lot of paid time off.

Guess it depends on where you work, how much you work, how stressful it is and whether or not it keeps you from doing what you want.



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There is truth to what you say. The plant closure was a blind side for me. I would have stayed another 5 years with no problem but no longer than age 60. Loved the place and the job.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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post #9 of 21 Old 03-26-2015, 09:17 PM
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56 yrs young here, retired at 54, not even close to being a millionaire. No regrets at all!
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-27-2015, 10:06 AM
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Out at 55. Ironworker is a young man's game. Health issues forced retirement.
I can still fish, camp with guns(I call it hunting) and ride a little.
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