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  1. justinp61

    justinp61 Well-Known Member

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    Sorta off topic, but not really either. I'm retiring, well sort of. I'm leaving the chemical plant I've been working at for over 14 years. My last day at work is next Saturday and my official retirement date is 5/1. No more swing shifts, working weekends or being forced to work! I'll be sleeping in my bed every night, be able to shoot with my buddies on Wednesday nights and go to church with my wife on Sundays. I'm ready!

    At 61 I can't draw SS yet, so my plan is to do a little carpenter work along to pay my insurance. I will be doing more racing, just not sure I want to bracket race.
     
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    • Professor Fate

      Professor Fate Push the button, Max...

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      You won't regret it.
      I went at 60, it was time- the way things were going, there would have been bloodshed if I had tried to stick it out.
      You learn to make it work without SS, then when you do get it you'll feel like you're swimming in money!
       
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      • sabre67

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        Congrats:thumbsup: I went in January this year,you will enjoy it Take care
         
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        • K.O. SWINGER

          K.O. SWINGER Meeting in the alley since 1976

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          Congratulations! I'm hoping to retire in November of this year 62 and I'm really looking forward to it.
           
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          • A56

            A56 MoPar Affliction FABO Gold Member

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            Congratulations. I left the chemical division of a pharmaceutical company after 23 years. Same deal, three different shifts with odd days off, working holidays. Afforded me a comfortable lifestyle but the cost is ugh. There is life after that bs, it's all in what you make it.
             
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            • HemiSSDart

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              I was retired at 48 from my longtime job. Worked for a car collector for 5 years, then was retired again. Went back to my old job as a contractor on and off until 2019 when I hit the road on my own transporting cars, I am 64 today and looking to completely retire at 66 and 6 months when my SS kicks in full boat. Good luck and have fun!
               
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              • justinp61

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                That's kind of where I'm at, with all the lying and fuc*ery from my manager I've about reached the point that I want to lay hands on him. This is the best way for me to handle it, no point in complicating my life at this point.

                Thanks, guys, Justin
                 
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                • A56

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                  Yep, way too late in the game to have cinder blocks and metal bars decor.
                   
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                  • pittsburghracer

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                    Congratulations. I just passed my 12 year retired anniversary in January. It will probably take awhile to totally sink in for you. I sleep in way past my old 5am wake up time and enjoy doing so. Sunday’s and Monday’s used to be my hell days because the department was shutdown for maintenance so at 6am I was in two paper suits and knee deep in grease fixing something. Many times Sunday’s were 12-16 hour days after racing all day Saturday and not getting home till sometimes 2am. For months I would wake up staring at the ceiling fan after retiring and saying to myself, not today boys. Lol. I hope you enjoy many years of retired life.
                     
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                    • 72Dart6pack

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                      I'll be 62 in August. I'm retiring in Oct. They have no idea yet. I'll give them a 72 hr notice.
                       
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                      • jos51700

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                        You guys are going shooting? Where was my invite?
                         
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                        • missing linc

                          missing linc Loose nut behind the wheel

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                          Wow, sounds almost exactly like my situation, I've been completely stressed out the last two months or so, not sleeping properly, angry all the time, generally very unhappy. I will be 59 in a couple of months, definitely have thoughts of retirement on my mind, but still have mortgage payments and such. My wife has been on disability for over three years, it runs out next year when she turns 65, so the unknowns add to the stress and anxiety. Then there are the issues at work that just never seem to get any better, old worn out equipment that breaks down frequently, and the company hired a millennial know-it-all last fall for a position that I had been told would be mine. I took yesterday off after leaving early Thursday following yet another equipment failure that I am certain could have been avoided if they would listen to me when I tell them that something is wrong. I was far too pissed to go in and deal with the bullshit again. I have begun to look for other employment, not an easy decision after being there five years, I like most of the people that I work with, but just so tired of the same old shitshow day after day.
                           
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                            I retired in 2009 at 64 1/2. Will be 13 years in June already. My last day I left the parking lot and never looked back. I was ready. I tell people I'm busier now than when I was working. Finished up a lot of projects around the homestead. I retired without any debt. Sure made things a lot easier. Enjoy it.
                             
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                              Congrats Justin. Cool deal!
                               
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                              • Ironracer

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                                Understandable!
                                 
                              • 440outlawdart

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                                im 61 will be 62 in august.will be retiring at the end of the year
                                 
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                                • dusterbing the peace

                                  dusterbing the peace FABO pyrite member

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                                  do it, do it, do it:steering::steering::steering:
                                   
                                • B3422w5

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                                  Gonna take lots of wallet to never, ever lift( heads up stuff)
                                  In the meantime, bracket or index racing, i dont lift in time trials, or 80% of the time in eliminations either… so really, keeping your foot to the floor and having fun is all its about most of the time.
                                   
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                                  • azaustin

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                                    I used to think that as you got older you would be able to handle stress and stressful situations better because you were more mature. I said that to a woman I knew who was a counselor for my ex and she said that most people think that but it’s exactly the reverse. Your ability to deal with stress diminishes as you get older. The company I retired from had a great retirement plan and I had planned to retire at 60, then 62, then 63. Every year something happened that made me stay. I had always promised myself that I wouldn’t work past 65. On the last hour of my last day when I was 63 my boss walked in holding a piece of paper that had just come in on the fax. It was a major promotion - if I would stay 2 more years. It was worth a solid 25% add-on to my retirement. Mentally I was already out the door. I thought about it and told my boss I’d stay until I was 65, which was in about 21 months. He took it. I was lucky in that I had a great job and a great boss, and, 8 years later the extra money is nice. But, I have to say, if I hadn’t taken the deal, I still would have been okay and would have a little more time in my retirement. In reality, I did it mostly because my boss had been so good to me and was also a good friend. He was quite a bit younger and had plans to retire at 55. His job was incredibly stressful and involved a lot of politics in a large public utility. He committed suicide a couple of years after I retired when he was 53. He could have retired at 50. Money can’t buy time or happiness.
                                     
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                                      Something else to think about. I started collecting social security at 62 years old. At 62 I qualified for 70%. If I had waited I could have gotten 100% in six more months. So as of now I’ve gotten 48 monthly checks and 54 checks before I would have gotten my first. How many people do you know that won’t make it to 66.6 years old and how many months does it take to make up the money I’ve already collected.
                                       
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                                        You never catch up in ss if you wait to retire and money can’t buy time. Anyways what does an old man that can hardly move and even think straight need money for.
                                         
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                                        • Ironracer

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                                          Get it while Ya Can!
                                           
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                                          • justinp61

                                            justinp61 Well-Known Member

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                                            John, I did the math, if I wait until I’m of SS retirement age (67) to start drawing I’ll be over 75 to catch up to what I’ve drawn if I start at 62.
                                             
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                                            • justinp61

                                              justinp61 Well-Known Member

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                                              The street car shootout stuff is still going pretty good around here and my car does well if they have a n/a class. If they run power adders and n/a together it’s a different story.
                                               
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                                              • Ironracer

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                                                There isn't nearly as many tracks here as there was. Lakeland closed, Plant City has been closed, there is a place in Pinellas, I've never been to, but Bradenton is about it... sucks man
                                                 
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