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Old 12-24-2014, 10:49 AM
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Congratulations!

I too am retiring on 12/31, after 45 years of working in EDP / MIS / IT. I have found the same thing about saying goodbye. It's in bits and pieces with the holidays and vacations. Some are rather emotional.

Around here, the joke is how many projects are being assigned to me for 2015. For once in my life, I won't be worrying about it!

See you around The Villages!
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Congratulations on your retirement Quirky.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:55 AM
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Thank you, and congratulations to my fellow retirees!

I also worked in IT, and saw so much change in technology over the years. (The following is said in an old lady voice)...."When I was young", they only had punch cards; no personal computers, email, word processing, or any of that.
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Thank you, and congratulations to my fellow retirees!

I also worked in IT, and saw so much change in technology over the years. (The following is said in an old lady voice)...."When I was young", they only had punch cards; no personal computers, email, word processing, or any of that.
I agree with you! I think my staff is tired of my stories of the "dark ages".
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:06 AM
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Congratulations Quirky! Retirement is pretty great once you get the hang of it.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:15 AM
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Congratulations Quirky! Yes it is emotional saying goodbye to Co workers and I even cried when hugging some goodbye. It was just as hard leaving our home and I cried when the front door shut for the last time. So many emotions arose when saying goodbye to family and friends before moving to TV. I was not expecting retiring, and the big move to be that hard so I do understand.

I can tell you it won't take long for you to adjust to your new life. What your feeling now is temporary. You'll be so busy doing things you've dreamed of you won't have time to think of what you left behind.

I find Skype invaluable for keeping in touch with family and friends. Good luck to you in your new adventure in life.
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Congratulations! I found that it took me 6 months to realize I was retired and not just on vacation. I think you will find that if you only had work in common with your work friends those relationships will slowly end. Enjoy yourself.
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How was it pulling the emotional plug moving away from kids and grand kids?
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How was it pulling the emotional plug moving away from kids and grand kids?
I have always lived more than an 8 hour drive from family members, and we would visit as often as possible by flying. WHen I moved to Florida, my closest relatives were in upstate NY, PA and MD, and they were happy to visit me, especially in the winter.

I have used Skype, facebook, texting, and phone to keep in touch regularly. Also tools like Shutterfly for photo albums.

I know a lot of people are in a different situation, and moving would change their face to face frequency with family members.
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I have been looking forward to this for 42 years. And I have made all of the preparations, planning, had the farewell celebrations and 12/31 is my last day. I am SO ready!!

I also have a good vision of what I will do with my time post-retirement. The one thing that caught me off-guard was the moment of saying goodbye to individual co-workers.

We have spent all day together for many years, and many people are taking vacation, so I am saying goodbye in bits and pieces. But it seems so surreal to say goodbye and really mean "Have a nice life", even though we can all stay in touch via email, facebook and Linkedin. NOT that I regret my decision in any way!
I know what you mean about saying goodbye to co-workers. It is very hard. They had a big luncheon for me (55 people), gave a speech, asked me to say a few words and I was tongue-tied. Then my workers from my old office had another luncheon (45 people), I had to say goodbye to all of them. Then my boss wanted to take me to lunch. We said goodbye. Then he wanted to take my husband and I to dinner so we did that saying goodbye again. Then on the day we were packing our pod on our last day in Ohio my boss came to the house and watched us load up. It was so hard to say goodbye. I loved all of my co-workers but once all of that was done I was so ready to get on the road to come down here for our new life. It has been great. 6 years so far and we still know it was the best decision we've ever made.
 

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