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  • Robo
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    Congratulations on your retirement!!!! I often wonder when I get to the day if it will be a good day or a bad day. I do however wish for it everyday as my job and BS associated with it are almost to much to handle. Anyway enjoy it I am sure just like the rest of life it passes to quickly.

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  • George Hodge
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    That's a great story! I retired 11 yrs ago and the next day came down with a contagious disease.It's called 'The Retirement Grin'.Can't seem to get rid of it,but an occasional nap helps. I've noticed my fingernails and nose hairs grow longer and the memories grow fonder since retireing.Hope you enjoy yours as much as the wife and I do! George

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  • oil mac
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    Axel, That was an uplifting &most happy outcome for you After many years of harmonious employment, Managing to be employed with a company which is run by good people, & also has folks in it who were similarly minded in their loyalty across the board Is nowadays refreshing to hear in this world of backbiting, closures, rip offs & a culture of downsizing for the sake of downsizing motivated by greed You have indeed been blessed and will always have happy memories of these special souls, who were your extended family, I get the feeling, that atleast once a year you will go back to a get together After the horrors of that ghastly war, I feel you deserved your good fortune, you gave a considerable sacrifice for your country.
    Now Axel, is a time for another and golden chapter, when you will have more time to pursue your interests &your workshop activities
    I retired at 58 years of age 12 years ago, My management were very poor &uncaring, & this dispirited the workforce, So i never returned to my workplace ever again, Until earlier on this year when a new trio of managers were engaged --really nice people, and now i go back on odd occasions to help in any technical matters This plus playing in my workshop, doing a little work in the church &community makes my life whizz past
    You look after yourself, Being a "recycled teenager" has got a lot of good points-- Wife keeps you busy!

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  • Falcon67
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    I think I see the real spirit of Christmas right there in your story - the spirit of which is really good for the other 364 days too. Merry Christmas and a well deserved retirement.

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  • lynnl
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    Yeah that is a heartwarming story. I'm glad to hear that, and wish you the best in your retirement, fencepost.

    I'm sure there are a lot of good companies still around, but they're no doubt becoming fewer all the time.

    I remember a few years back, some pretty large company, I think maybe in the Boston or Mass. area, had a huge fire shortly before Christmas. The owner (family owned) immediately announced that he'd continue to pay everbody's wages, even tho the operation was totally shut down.
    I think he continued paying til they were back up and running nearly a year later.

    Another, more recent, in the Great Lakes area as I recall, when the company founder died he left every employee a large amount. A few were up in the 7 figures.

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  • madman
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    Good For You Axel

    Nice bunch you worked with. Not many like that around. Consulting work ? well you are retired and I think you will become busier than before with so many things. Congradulations Enjoy it Mike

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  • KIMFAB
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    Congratulations. Welcome to the geezer club.
    I retired from a similar workplace 3 years ago.
    If you have something to do planned its a piece of cake.
    When I'm asked what's it like I tell them "the first couple of hours is sheer hell but you get used to it.
    One thing I haven't gotten used to is the need for a secretary with all the paperwork that used to be taken care of by others.

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  • gr8life
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    Axel,
    Gr8 story. I am 65 sold my business at 55 and retired because I could not find anyone like you. Where were you when I needed you. My wife and I were just discussing some of the horrible employees we had. Treated them like family and got pooped on time & time again.
    Enjoy your retirement.
    Best of luck.
    ed

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  • spkrman15
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    Congrats. Enjoy it! You have earned it. Your employers were/are class acts. I tip my hat to them as well

    Rob

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  • Your Old Dog
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    Let me say this about that!

    As a former Union President I had to represent a lot of duds and a lot of solid people. But the companies only do your kind of jestures for truly great human beings. Congratulations on making such a serious mark in your dealings.

    Don't spend a lot of time lamenting the fact that you're gone now. Now is the time to do something you always wanted to do but couldn't because you were working. All the best to you and yours.

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  • dockrat
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    What a great retirement story!!!! I retired 3 years ago and now I don't know how I ever found time to go to work. The trick is to keep busy with things that hold your interest

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  • randyjaco
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    Axel,

    You Suck!
    Good on you. That was a great story and I wish you the best. I retired at 59 and have never regretted it. Keep busy and have fun.

    Randy

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  • BobWarfield
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    That's one special company you worked for. I hope those of us still working have a story just as good when we get there, but not many companies will be that generous.

    Best,

    BW

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  • OLD MAN
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    I retired at 56 after working for a major chemicla co. for 32 years. You will not need as much money during retirement. You will have time to shop for good deals and take advantage of the barter system.

    Health is an issue with everyone. It will get worse.

    I find that I save more money now than I did while working. I put two kids through college and that took some of it.

    Whatever you want to do, do it. I travelled for about 5 years and got bored.
    Now I am in my shop about 6 hours a day.

    Whatever you do, don't set down. Nap a little and get back to it. Jerry

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  • bjmh46
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    Axel,

    Your history reads a lot like mine--VN '67-'68, engineering degree on the GI bill, 35 year career, the last 30 of which were spent with a great family owned company doing work that I enjoyed. I retired a year ago, and never looked back!

    Like everybody has said, stay active--both physically and mentally, and you will love it! Best part of being retired for me is that I can take my dog walking whenever I want! Second best is I get unlimited shop time to make all the little "improvements" I've thought about for years and never had the time to actually do.

    Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I do! I wish you all the best.

    Regards
    Bob

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