I really want to retire

MikeyTheCat

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I've been in my line of work (the mid-80s) to see it go from young geeks building programs from the ground up to a nice profession of 30 and 40 somethings where we really did produce some good things, to a total shit show where being a senior lead that almost every project I've joined has been fixing some company's code because they hired chimpanzees that worked cheap, or the code is several decades old and can't pass a security scan.

To be honest I'm done dealing with this and just need a few more years to retire and then do something else.
Maybe become a geriatric male stripper or gigalo.
 

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For me it's just a few years, but I never thought I'd get to the point where I'd be dreaming about it.
I've already hit the "I-no-longer-give-a-crap" stage and just kind of just do the job and collect the check.
I did just hear from an old employer who wants to talk, so maybe that will spice things up.
 

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I retired almost ten years ago.

Went out the door at age 54. I could have hung out for eight more years easily enough, waiting to be eligible for Social Security... but I already had a state pension going, didn't really need the extra money I'd have made if I remained employed... plus the thought of eight more years of working for the county (after 30 years!) was much too much.

So, I retired. Been drawing a state pension since, and SSN kicked in last year so I am now what one might call a "double dipper".

The whole thing about retirement being akin to death or any of the other negative clichés we hear from people who are-- curiously enough-- not themselves retired is freakin' Bullshit Plus.

There's nothing like 365 days a year of free time, plus a do-nothing income, to make a guy happy. And as it turned out, I have so much stuff to do-- stuff that I actually enjoy doing-- that I wish I didn't have to sleep because it seems like such a huge waste of time.

--R
 
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For me I actually love what I do, but I just hate what it's become. In the past us computer guys were ignored or were viewed as those guys who made sure payroll worked. I loved the 1990s and early 2000s, we were doing some damn cool stuff that gave us a higher profile, there weren't many of us and the pay was good. I could go to a company and see code that was done by guys I knew. But at some point every idiot CEO started thinking their toilet paper company was a tech company and started hiring lowest cost clowns to come in and make their dream app. Or at least try. The better situation was they would try, fail and move on, but some were successful enough with the Board and other C-Suiters and they kept dumping cash into it. Then they started failing and me and other senior developers get the call, a nice check and step into a total shit show.
At a certain point the money is just not worth it.
 

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Mikey, I was wire-wrapping & etching boards to do things like controllers that made backup storage of portable cassette tape recorders. Before there was such a thing as a PC. I made a career of Systems, and am just now stepping into semi-retirement. It's been a trip! The technology that exists today is absolutely astonishing!

Being a gigolo working the FL beaches would be a great gig, unfortunately nature didn't prepare me for such a career.
 

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Mikey, I was wire-wrapping & etching boards to do things like controllers that made backup storage of portable cassette tape recorders. Before there was such a thing as a PC. I made a career of Systems, and am just now stepping into semi-retirement. It's been a trip! The technology that exists today is absolutely astonishing!

Being a gigolo working the FL beaches would be a great gig, unfortunately nature didn't prepare me for such a career.
I do look back and have to say that I got to do some really cool computer science stuff which most younger programmers will never get to do. But, there is a lot of complexity in todays systems, sometimes too much, that we didn't need to worry about.
I'm hoping to collect some paychecks and then go into semi-retirement. One of the things I've realized is that coming in as a consultant or contractor is less stressful as all office politics and stupid decisions are kept at arms length.
 

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"retirement".. lol.

I threw my towel in the ring at the Water Dept. 3 years ago.

I've never been so friggin' busy.

yep, nothing but umbrella drinks and lawn chairs. Is that what we imagine?

Oh bull-friggin' shit.
 

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"retirement".. lol.

I threw my towel in the ring at the Water Dept. 3 years ago.

I've never been so friggin' busy.

yep, nothing but umbrella drinks and lawn chairs. Is that what we imagine?

Oh bull-friggin' shit.
Seriously, I retired almost 2 years ago and while I don't carry a pager anymore, I've never been so busy in my whole life. I don't know how I ever got anything done when I was "working" full time.:run:
 

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I think the absolute best part of retirement is that you can just not give a flying fuck about things that you do not care about any longer. For me, it was work.

The thing is this, I always hated work. OK, sure... I took some pleasure from what I did, of course. But, in the end it was always, and only, a vehicle to make the money that I needed to enjoy life. Work was NEVER life. It was a distraction from life.

Retirement is freedom. We do what we want, when we want to do it. And, if we don't want to do anything, we don't do anything. We have no obligations to anyone. We are not encumbered by work. The only limitations are the ones that we set for ourselves.

For example, we tend to NOT go anywhere on weekends any longer. Why? Because that is when all the working peple are out, running their errands, dining out, playing golf, at the beach, in the stores, etc. Why do I want to be part of that "rat race". Fuck that.

We went to dinner tonight. It was a wonderful meal, in an uncrowded restaurant. No screaming fucking kids were there. No millennial assholes sitting across from each other, playing on their phones. No line for the valet. The service was great and unrushed. The meal was excellent.

It was Wednesday... and all the working people were home eating whatever they brought home for dinner, out of the fast food bag, or what they microwaved from leftovers. Their kids were probably eating mac & cheese before doing their homework. And ultimately, mom & dad were still working, because for most working people - the workday never ends.

We shared a slice of cheesecake and a glass of Grand Mariner after dinner. Then, took a stroll around town on a lovely spring evening.

This is our weekend. We get five day weekends. We leave Saturday and Sunday for the 9-5ers and stay home around the house doing chores and relaxing.

Retirement is freedom.
 

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retired since JAnuary 29th ,,I. Work two days a week because my company didn't want. me to to retire , I am on a Month to Month Basis ..I expect to get cut loose once they find my replacement . But getting a qualified Replacement isn’t easy In this economy . Being able to pass Drug test and a backGround Check seems to be a challenge these days so. I “think” I will Be There. thru the summer . .... I think ... Heck If not I‘M retired . I took a Week Vacation this week to Visit a brother in Tampa because ,,,, I can I love being retired .
 

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Maybe new surrounds would be good for you.

I can't wait. Everyone I know who is retired says the same thing, "every day feels like a Saturday".

Well I love Saturdays, and not having to work and still having an income is pretty damned appealing.
as a newly retired guy i can say this is true.going back to bed in a few minutes and will be headed for the beach before first light.
 

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I retired almost ten years ago.

Went out the door at age 54. I could have hung out for eight more years easily enough, waiting to be eligible for Social Security... but I already had a state pension going, didn't really need the extra money I'd have made if I remained employed... plus the thought of eight more years of working for the county (after 30 years!) was much too much.

So, I retired. Been drawing a state pension since, and SSN kicked in last year so I am now what one might call a "double dipper".

The whole thing about retirement being akin to death or any of the other negative clichés we hear from people who are-- curiously enough-- not themselves retired is freakin' Bullshit Plus.

There's nothing like 365 days a year of free time plus a do-nothing income to make a guy happy. And as it turned out, I have so much stuff to do-- stuff that I actually enjoy doing-- that I wish I didn't have to sleep because it seems like such a huge waste of time.

--R
i agree with most of this.but sometimes an afternoon or morning nap is wonderful...
 

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I've had 9 years of stress free retirement so far. Hopefully I get at least 10 more.


I don't do much of anything, just ride my Harley, cruising around the Phoenix area.

Just sold a couple of my high end guitars, raised $7,000. Still have 26 more. Ah yes, I was made to be lazy.
 

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Jerry Lewis said people don't retire from doing something they love, they retire from things they were doing under duress. I believe that is true. People who are fortunate enough fo make a living doing what they love are blessed indeed.

I wasn't one of them.

I retired a little early, partly as a result of some health issues, and I can't recommend it highly enough, for those who can. I remember during my working years hearing about retirees who almost lost their minds from missing getting up and going to work - and I mean laborers and people who had jobs most people would not consider glamorous. I always thought, how difficult can it be to find something worthwhile and fun to occupy one's time? It must be a failure of imagination, or a lack of curiosity. Maybe, oddly, a kind of laziness.

But then we have our guitars to study and toy with. For those who don't play, and who don't feel like taking it up late in life (though why not?) there are still the great books to read, or charitable activities to get involved in that working people don't have the time for. I have older relatives who have come to depend on me for assistance and I'm glad I'm in a position to offer it.

We never really stop growing. Or at least we shouldnt.
 
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I've been retired for 9 years, I was built for this.
it'll be 6 years for me next week and I feel exactly the same

And I had quite the same reasons to leave 6 years ago the TO has to be unhappy. Idiots. Not my co-workers, but on the client side. When I started 36 years ago, they were highly educated specialists, people with a good amount of intelligence, experience and professionality. That changed and it changed the worst way possible. Then the HR quality on the side of my production partners followed south and every project was prone to fail, at least in details and I had to limit the damage I had absolutely no responsibility for. Happened in 95% of each and every project and even though I was always very resiliant, I didn't want to deal with this kind of monkey bunch any longer
 


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