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Old 11-07-2012
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Default Next Year is going to be a VERY Good Year!

My DW and I have decided to pull the trigger and enter full time retirement. February 22nd, 2013 will be my last day of work.

Now, I have been a full-timer since May of 2011. That was the last night I spent in my S&B. But I have still been employed and thus unable to travel, sight-see, and enjoy the freedom typical of those in the Full-timer status. But Next year, NO MORE!!

Tentative plan is to amble over to Truth Or Consequences NM and spend a month there, sight seeing, hiking, bathing in the hot springs, etc, then on to Colorado where we plan to spend the summer. Then amble down to Tucson to spend the winter.

So much to do..... learn to play guitar, a life long dream of mine. Learn a lot more about our bus. Learn Spanish, hike, lose weight.... I am excited and can't wait!

Just saying......
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"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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congratulations Lee. Glad to see you are taking the big plunge. Hope to see you on the road.
And your list is in the right order, Losing weight is at the end of my list tooo.
We are not full time. but we are taking a few months to travel, been out two months so far.

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Good for you Lee!

I may be following in your footsteps...though not willingly. The company that I work for is on VERY thin ice and I may be unemployed by years end.
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Thanks guys!

And Dan, I think most of us have been there. I lost a job in 2008. Found another in a different town. Lost my house. Then in Feb 2011, lost my "new" job. Sold my house, but had to come up with $31k from savings, to get out of it. Took a contract in North Dakota for 3 months, then went to Atlanta, bought our bus, went to relatives in Alabama, and registered bus and car, got Alabama driver's licenses. Then next day got the call that led to this job in Austin.

Life has it's ups and downs, you just gotta roll with them, as they saying goes, if it hands you lemons, make lemonade. That's what my honey and I try to do.

So, not making light of your situation, just saying if it happens, figure your options and make the best choices you can. None of us get out of here alive, right?
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Congrats, you can't retire too quickly, hurry up!
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Thanks for the words of encouragement Lee. I've been through this before. Company shut the doors...that time, we moved on our boat and went cruising for a year. We're considering our options. My wife is still working so we're not destitute but we're "technically" not retirement age yet, got a few more years. We're discussing keeping our condo but next summer try living in the SP for a month or to to see how it works out. That will give us a chance to figure out what works and what doesn't. I figure if we can make it a couple of month, we're set for full time.

On an unrelated topic, how's the Honda Element search going? Keep me in the loop as to how it tows.

Dan
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Lee... congrats... its a great feeling to know you can go when and where you want to... my company bought me out 6 months before I was going to retire anyway... of course I said nothing untill the papers were signed and the direct deposits were arranged... then I signed... actually got on the road 1 day short of 6 months of fully retiring (that was 3 years ago)... thats when I told them I was retiring anyway... go for it Lee... enjoy the road, but personally Mac and I found the drive in the coach thru T or C NM to be rough... maybe they have some smoother roads some where in the town
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Congrats. Three years in our bus and never a regret.
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Congrats. Three years in our bus and never a regret.
Hummer, you got the best bus in town, what else would I expect!
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Still looking for an Element, still trying to sell our Jeep Wrangler. Will likely trade it in in December, when we get back from Big Bend National Park.
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