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Today I Quit

Posted by $ Abaco 11 months, 3 weeks ago to Business
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After 31 years of slogging away at a full-time career, at times working two jobs, I am walking out of my engineering "day-job" office for the last time - even getting something called "a pension". I know those are rare. Once I get resettled in my "Gulch" home I'll divulge what I've been doing here. While doing this work I started out as a neocon and ended up being an Objectivst-Minarchist. When I explain it will be clear as to why. The two generations of men in my family before me retired at 55. I'm 54. But, I plan to continue to do some work (I enjoy working...sick, I know). But, I'll also be coaching high school golf, may run for the school board, and I may work in the shadows to help ensure that liberalism doesn't ruin the government where I'm landing. I'm very excited about this transition. Driving a desk is a death sentence, really. Oh! And, I'm going to get to read more...which I'm excited about. My work in the C19 pandemic was so heavy I actually experienced some burnout, which was interesting. Mending well now, though. All the best to my fellow Gulchers here. I also may take some steps to organizing a gathering of us somewhere...


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    Posted by freedomforall 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Congrats on leaving the chains behind.
    "(I enjoy working...sick, I know)."
    Laudable, and healthy, and productive, and likely to extend your life. Nothing sick about it, in fact, the opposite.
    (Of course, I feel a similar way about productive work. ;^)
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  • Posted by term2 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    It makes no sense to work when typically half of it just goes to thieves like biden and the left. Time to work for your own life.
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  • Posted by Arthgallo 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    You didn’t land in Nevada! We’re now the most socialist state in the US.
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    • Posted by Flootus5 11 months, 3 weeks ago
      Having sort of mentally catalogued how many Gulchers post some comments that are knowledgeable of Nevada or who actually live here (note I said here), I am curious as to how many came here originally to seek the relative and demonstrable amount of libertarian freedom it used to have. And is now apparently completely overrun and Californized in the two major urban areas. And of course completely federalized to a second class status in the rurals.

      Remember when Nevada (with New Hampshire) was in the top two states for consideration for the Free State movement? Boy, is that a sad joke now. Maybe this inquiry should be a whole post on its own?
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      • Posted by Flootus5 11 months, 3 weeks ago
        I first came through Nevada in 1980. From Arizona, over the dam and past Las Vegas on the way to Pahrump and Death Valley. That was when you could actually go past Vegas in the same Valley. You could actually leave Henderson heading north and be back in the wide open desert and see this tiny little city way down there in the bottom of the Valley. Forget that, now. Did the same thing with my future wife in 1981. But kept going to Reno. And stayed in a motel for the first time in my life in Tonopah, Nevada. In December, the ankle brush desert was freezing! 6000' elevation! And ripping winds tore out my camper shell window.

        I worked for the first time in Nevada in 1982 out of Elko looking for barite and gold. Did some drinking in the bar in Lamoille. I was impressed by a poster on the wall while playing pool that said "Sierra Clubbers, Kiss my axe!" I was sold. Today, the poster is gone.
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        • Posted by $ 11 months, 3 weeks ago
          Haha...sounds about right. Thanks for sharing.

          One of my earliest memories is walking up the hill to Virginia City under a massive lightening storm. That high desert region can be entertaining and harsh.
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  • Posted by $ Ben_C 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Good for you! Sadly I am a workaholic but really enjoy what i do. I am lucky in that respect but at some point my brain and body will tell me to hang it up. In the meantime sign me up for the gathering!
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    • Posted by term2 11 months, 3 weeks ago
      I will still do engineering projects, but wont commercialize them anymore. That way I get the fun of working, without knowing its going to make the left stronger
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  • Posted by VetteGuy 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Congrats Abaco. I too left a 'desk job' with a large corp in 2009, and continued to work contract jobs where I could spend my time doing real work rather than the administrative BS that had consumed my corporate career.

    Enjoy your 'new life' and I look forward to hearing about your new exploits!
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    • Posted by term2 11 months, 3 weeks ago
      and they wonder why there is so much difficulty in getting people to take the jobs that are out there. People are tired of spending their lives on shit jobs when so much of what they make goes to the government.
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    I very much laugh when I see my State’s pleas for people to enter the skilled trades. 5 years ago their licensing records showed that 50% of the electricians would retire in 10 years. TheVID only accelerated that. They can’t train us as fast as we are quitting. I’ve made more money than I ever had in the last 2 year. I’ve also been taxed more than I ever have. Funny how that works.
    Myself, I’ll be leaving the employment rolls 10 years earlier than expected so I don’t have to deal with the restrictions of COVID 29 or whatever comes down the pipe. Joke’s on you Whitmer.
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  • Posted by UncleAlbert 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Good on ya!
    After 29 years of doing Enviromental Remediation projects (which I loved doing and was very fulfilling for me), I pulled the trigger and retired at 65 years young. Retirement for me included travel in our brand-new motorhome, getting some quality time with my best friends in California. Arizona and Texas and the ability to contribute to my county, here in Georgia.
    I co-founded a chapter of the Libertarian Party in my county and remain active in it.
    So retirement has been berry, berry good to me and my spouse.
    Sign me up for any gathering of Gulchers either in person or remotely.
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  • Posted by gcarl615 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Congrats. Time to live for you, the way you want. If I may be so bold as to suggest that you rekindle that skill you really loved when you were very young and never really got to enjoy.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Congrats. My BFF, we drank from the same baby bottle, . Retired early like you and he Consulted for two oil companies. Petroleum Engineer. He had a ball. Bounced his grandkids on his knee and he and his wife were young enough to have a really good time.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    I may be retired, ut have done more research and writing since this pandemic than I did, because it matters. we will be happy for any information you sned out way. Be it the UN Agenda 21 gobus climate change and call for depopulaiton or the lies about what is in the so-call, unreal covid19, or what is the real goal of the vaccine, Lives matter, babies matter, our country matters, just not to those in charge.
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  • Posted by $ rainman0720 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Agree with others here; congrats on being able to walk away. For me, it'll happen in less than three weeks. Friday 12/31 is a holiday for our company, and it's also my retirement date.

    Been in IT for 45 1/2 years (the vast majority of that time walking point for production support when programs and data don't play well together), and it's time for me to ride off into the sunset. My company is a huge government contractor, and even though the contractor mandate from the idiot in the White House has been stayed by the courts, my company is not walking their requirement back. And I agree with that decision. I really do. It's what I would do if (God help us all) I was in management. So it's retire at the end of the year, or face termination on January 5th for being in violation of company policy. (Edited to correct a mis-spelling.)

    While on the one hand it's scary as hell knowing that what has been my life 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, for the past 45+ years is about to be history, it's also incredibly liberating to know that the pressure and stress of what I do is about to end. I can't wait.
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    • Posted by ErikAZ 11 months, 3 weeks ago
      I hope you have some good hobbies. My retirement has been rough because it wasn't planned. While I'm financially comfortable it's tough to lose what was a part of my identity. I wish you the best.
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  • Posted by ErikAZ 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Congratulations Abaco. I'm a bit envious of people who were able to retire on their own terms. It sounds like you have some good hobbies and interests to fall back on.

    I had to retire last year at 55 for medical reasons. I had a pension and savings and ended up with a VA 100% P&T rating and receive SSDI. I started working in 1977 when I had cornered the paper route market in my neighborhood as 12 year old. I hired other kids to deliver papers and I did one route and "administered" the rest. I ended up joining the Navy and received a medical discharge after three years. I came out "damaged goods" due to the things I've seen yet I managed to get it together after awhile and made a career for myself in healthcare finance.

    Until last year I'd been working since then. Single, no kids, made to much money to deduct my six figure student loan interest, not a homeowner so no mortgage deduction. I was screwed every year at tax time paying for everyone else. I had a great job until I ended up in the hospital again and the doctor told me to stay at home.

    According to my last Social Security statement before retirement I and my employer had paid in over $220k. Assuming I live until 75 or 80 I'll get back more from SSDI than I paid in. But if I had that money to invest myself I'd have a bigger nest egg and I wouldn't need SSDI. I'd have done better than the 2% interest or whatever the "trust fund" makes. (Trust fund... yeah right).
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Congratulations!

    We are about the same place in life, but I'm still slogging away. Thought a lot about transitioning, but even though I had a strong consulting practice ~20 years ago, don't know if I want to do something like that again. BTW, I also have a pension from my time at General Dynamics. Not much, but may pay for my internet, which will be free for everyone else probably!
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  • Posted by shaifferg 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    To Abaco and others. Enjoy your retirement, be careful you don't get busier than ever. For reinforcement in your decision to become involved in local school board go to PatriotAcademy.com and register for their free zoom Biblical Citizenship for Modern America. New 8 week course starting in January. Meets on Zoom at 7 PM CT on Monday evenings. More about Citizenship and the Constitution than the Bible. Explanations of what we failed to do as instructed by our Founders and how we got to where we are. Shows what is required of Franklin's comment of :A Republic if you can keep it. There may be time to save it. I also would ask that the Convention of States site be checked out: Article V of the constitution supported.
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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Good for you, Abaco! Enjoy using your precious time as you choose and when that gathering is happening, we'll be there, in person or in zoom.!
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  • Posted by $ gharkness 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Glad you are going to be getting a pension! Can't wait to hear you are settled and share with us what you've been doing there. You are at a wonderful age to be doing something really good that is also satisfying to you!
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Right behind you Abaco.
    TMinus 3 years. And everything is paid for. I will at that time free lance and stop the corporate rat race. Maybe even enjoy some short order cooking in a local restaurant. I enjoy that.
    Question for you and the rest of the Gulch? When our income drops to the level that we are eligible to apply for “government assistance” is it disingenuous of us to do so? Or, does it further the cause of shrinking government’s access to wealth for use on other things like tyranny?
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    • Posted by VetteGuy 11 months, 3 weeks ago
      I'd say it depends on what you call "government assistance" It irritates me to hear Social Security and Medicare lumped in with medicaid and welfare. SS and Medicare are earned benefits, which we were charged for. The government managed those resources poorly, but that does not relieve them of their obligation. We were not allowed to opt out, and I'm not in favor of letting them off the hook.
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      • Posted by mccannon01 11 months, 3 weeks ago
        100%, VetteGuy!!! Comparing the return on my personal 401(k) investments to the SS Ponzi I realize all that Ponzi money taken from me could have been much better handled.
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  • Posted by DennisJeeves 11 months, 1 week ago
    Slightly tangential, but still related to the "Gultch" concept. Most people here are referring to their own little Gultch, where it's only they themselves and probably no one else (except perhaps family members) is involved. This is a great start but also has limited value in what one can achieve individually. Larger projects (whatever that might be) require more people who are philosophically aligned. I'm putting efforts in that direction which are outlined here at https://quberoot.wordpress.com/ . If you are interested please contact me after reading what I have put in the link. One thing that I can say unflinchingly is that it will take a lot of effort in building working relationships - something which novels like Atlas Shrugged do not capture.
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