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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    I have only got 100 more days until I retire.
    Wonderful isn't it?

    I remember the delight of walking to work every morning watching the last few months count down.
    There was absolutely no stupid change to the way we worked that they could throw at me now that hurt.
    Just smile and cooperate.

    The only scary thing is when I look at the company website they are still selling the product I wrote as the prime offering.
    What have they been doing all those years since I left?

    But then...
    Why should I care?
    Helium, because I'm worth it.
    Waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay sounded like a radical holiday opportunity until I looked it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    I have only got 100 more days until I retire.
    It should be a bit longer but I am not bothering to work the last 3 weeks and I am taking all of November off as my annual leave.
    Wonderful. Like Nigel H said the last few months are probably the most enjoyable. I'd had major surgery in 2013 and told work I'd be taking earlier retirement in October 2014. I immediately handed over some of the more strenuous jobs, as I didn't feel fit enough to do much climbing or riding elevators (I didn't feel inclined, either). They put me in the NEC checking lifting tackle. There were thousands of items so we had a team in there full time. This gave me the added bonus of working with real people, instead of on my own, which I think I'd have struggled with.
    Five years have flown by and occasionally, I still have weird dreams where I'm at work but know I shouldn't be there. Dunno what that means.
    "...are we human, or are we diver?"

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    Retirement

    I have been retired for just over a year. It has been the second best decision I have ever made*. While we had been building up the funds over many years the decision to retire came extremely abruptly when my big boss at the time insisted he was right about a certain issue, and me with my thirty years of experience on the matter concerned was hopelessly wrong. Two days later I was proved right. After a Team meeting that my wife sat in on, (unbeknown to my big boss), I turned round to her and said that I didn't want to do this anymore. My beloved said, said "Great, let's go for it". We checked the numbers with an IFA and two weeks later I quit giving four weeks notice. Maximum inconvenience to my bosses and sweet FA they could do about it.

    I have done loads of diving...By the end of August I will have done four trips to Scapa in a year, Isles of Scilly, Shetland, Farnes, St Abbs and taken up with a local dive club as one of their instructors. Fitter than ever with cycling, brewed loads of wine, stress level is soo much lower.

    Afternoon naps are highly recommended

    * Top decision was who I married.

    So I hope that you have a long and highly enjoyable retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    I have only got 100 more days until I retire.
    It should be a bit longer but I am not bothering to work the last 3 weeks and I am taking all of November off as my annual leave.
    I wish I had been given the option! Was made redundant last September being the longest serving person in a niche highly specialised research job! I was also the lowest paid being part time on a lower grade than my younger colleagues.............
    A fully paid up member of the CRAFT Club

    I failed to dive in Antartica
    I used to have a handle on life but it broke

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    I made a mad decision today and booked a flight to the Maldives for feb 2022, Where should I consider staying bearing in mind non diving oh? What should i consider diving if i never go back?

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    My experience with work was similar. The prevailing management style had become management by terror - deliver or else with a very heavy emphasis on the 'or else'. At least 12 hour days were the norm. The new 'tigers', who to use the Tony o'Reilly phrase were unencumbered by knowledge and experience, were constantly mocking the older senior managers as dinosaurs.I had one meeting where I was thrown out for asking how their brilliant new approach to scheduling was going to a achieve a productivity level which was in excess of the workload. When the company had a major reorganisation and the job I was offered would have meant a daily 130 mile commute around the M25, I had to think for a couple of milliseconds before deciding to take the redundancy package. On my last day at work, I sent my boss a copy of a presentation I did 22 years earlier identifying exactly the same approach which had been proposed as a universal solution but detailing the criteria needed for it to work - such as high density workload areas.

    Fortunately at the time of leaving, the company had an excellent pension scheme which they revised to much less favourable terms a few months after i left. Had I not left when I did, I would have been worse off in retirement.

    My wife had to take early retirement on health grounds a couple of years later. She also had a very high stress job as a senior manager in Children's Social Care - very political environment as well.

    Since we have retired, we have fulfilled our dream of travelling. I did a huge amount on business and saw very littlle and have now had the chance to rectify that. In the last 12 years we have visited 50 different countries and all seven continents. We've dived in 27 different countries on these trips including many of every divers dream destinations such as Socorro, Truk, Galapagos. I know we will be accused of contributing to climate change through flying but one thing we have learned is just how much many of the developing countries depend on tourism and the dreadful ecoolgical impact shutting it down would have on the environment through habitat destruction. A friend said that giving aid instead would solve that problem but a visit to Chu'uk dispelled that. The place survives on US aid, mainly the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the locals have no sense of self respect. Travel has been quite an eye-opener.

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    My Father kept working until earlier this year when ill health forced his hand, he is 84.
    He watched too many run screaming out the door at 65, and head first into the local crem, six months later.
    As my kids are 9 and 3, I will be working until at least 70, just to pay the university fees.

    If I make it.

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    Thanks for the kind words people.
    Unfortunately I am not as well provided, financially, as I could be. Marriage / partnership breakdowns with the associated settlements and maintenance payments has made a dent in the bank balance and ability to invest.
    Ho hum, I will just have to make the most of it.
    Carry on as usual with more spare time and less spare cash.
    I have got my campervan, and as long as I can visit places (maybe people) in the UK, life will be enjoyable. Quality rather than quantity has always been my option.
    One pint of good real ale is preferable to three pints of Watney's Red Barrel. (Do they still make that?)
    Paul.
    If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    As someone who is self-employed, retirement is unlikely to happen. I might slow down a bit in my final few years.
    There are four varieties in society: the lovers, the ambitious, observers and fools. The fools are the happiest.
    Hippolyte Taine French critic and historian (1828-93)

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    I decided I wasn't ready to take early retirement but was ready to slow down a little so I've just dropped to a 4-day week. It's a drop in income, but not anywhere near what early retirement would be, but I don't ever have to work Mondays again. *


    * actually I do 4 times a year to attend conferences - international, on Zoom with all the anti-social hours that entails...


 

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