Monday, April 21, 2008

The "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed!

With a strike over our local agreement looming tomorrow, I received my retirement papers in the mail on Thursday and spent that afternoon and evening, along with Friday filling them out, taking care of the documentation, copying them and getting them mailed on Friday afternoon before work.

Another "curveball" arose in this 2nd set of papers that involved me having to get a notarized statement signed by my wife that she knew I was taking the "lump-sum" buyout; she had to meet me on her lunch at Kinko's and then go back to work. I guess in the earlier rounds of this there was some ruckus kicked up by spouses who didn't know what they're partners were up to!

So, no matter what happens tomorrow, come July 1st I am a retiree!

If we walk, there is good reason for it; they want to take away seniority rights to transfer to a better job, instead having management place who they want to where they want to. Meaning if you are stupid like I was and take the worst job in a team and do it, you'll be there forever because why would they move you?

I think I'm glad I won't be around to see what other iterations this will take in years to come!

Many think me a fool for the cut in income I'm taking to go out the door; others say what if they do to the retireess what's been done to the airline employees (some of them are now collecting $1 on 4 of what they were guaranteed).

I tell them that if I wait for a "good" time to go, I will never leave, as have some that are still there, including some with 1949 time, and one with 1946! Somehow, some way this is going to work out!

The weekend flew by in a blur of family party on Saturday and errands and company on Sunday. Now it's a few minutes after 3 and I'm heading for the shower early today so I can go out the door early so I don't take quite so many chances on getting to work on time!

More later!

May the week be kind to each of you!

alan

15 comments:

ZILLA said...

It WILL work out.

There's never a "good" time to go, just like there is never a "good" time to call the mother of three children under the age of four :-)

You're ready, and that's what counts.

Worse comes to worst, you might find that absent the daily grind, you only truly need twenty-five cents on the dollar to live, because you'll be living HAPPY.

Time to work at something that's fun and interesting, rather than working at something that pays the bills...

and time to take those beautiful grandkids fishing...

You're an enviable man, Alan, doing what you want and deserve to do...

Nothin' but adventures ahead of you...

What could be better than that?

Calamity Jen said...

Hear hear!

fineartist said...

I hear ya buddy, see, I could work fourteen more years, and then retire if I wanted to. That would put me in with thirty teaching years, but I'm going to do the eighty and out, that's my age plus my years of experience equaling eighty and that will happen in nine more years, when I'm 56, and honey I'm outa there. It will mean retiring on much less a month, but what the heck, I'll be happy to do it.

I'll miss the kids, cause I really do love hanging with them, but there are a lot of political things I wont miss at all.

It almost feels too good to be true doesn't it? You've worked hard Alan, you deserve to enjoy life and mellow out some. xx

robin andrea said...

I retired early (at 52). I have never regretted not staying three more years and getting a bigger pension. It is truly liberating, to walk away and not look back.

CrackerLilo said...

Thank the Gods! I'm so, so, so glad you got things taken care of, and it looks like you did it just in time!!!

*big squeeze*

HAR said...

Alan,
I can't say it enough.You will never regret retiring early. A new chapter in your life is all.

KellyNerd said...

I have faith it will work out for you. You and your wife ooze good spirit and kindness so it just has to work out the way you want and need it to!!!

Hugs from blogland!

jlb said...

thank-you for the comments alan. each one does give to me, and nourishes me...
many smiles.
j.

Josephine said...

I share these views my friend. There's never a 'right' time... always a whole bunch of reasons to not do what instinctively you think you must do. Now you can get on with the rest of your life eh hon?

Thanks for all your kind words as ever :-)

I tagged you by the way...

kath said...

timing is everything! It looks like your timing is darn good...
I am so happy for you!

MB said...

Yay! :-)

Sassy said...

Awesome! Wish I could retire...at 30! lol

Green tea said...

Good for you Alan..more time for fishing..
More time for you and Dottie to travel.
She is a lucky lady..

Deb said...

I know you will enjoy this next chapter.

Chandira said...

Do what you've got to do to get out of there! Your health is worth more than all the money in the world. Having lost mine (and now thankfully being ok), I appreciate that! You don't know what a blessing it is until you lose it!
I don't think with how things are at the moment, many of us can bank on the future (quite literally) being what we thought it might be.
I have a 401k that I don't have all that much confidence in.