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    It's time I dusted off this verrry dusty account. Life went kinda sideways/downhill these past few years, lost brother in 17, dad in 18, mom at Christmas last year, difficult stories behind each of their passings. I'm finally at the doorstep to retirement. Just in time to not face ultimatums coming from on high. The tsp account has been pretty inactive these past few years, not enough emotional/mental energy to spare due to longdistance eldercare and subsequent estate resolution matters while still working. I have to say that being allowed/required to work from home has not been a bad thing for me, certainly helped with eldercare for 3 of the past 4 years, being able to have parent in my home or me in their home, depending on the year.

    time approaches in next few weeks of pulling some funds prior to retirement to ensure that any shutdowns or delays at OPM dont find me in a shortterm financial bind. Still searching for the right retirement property that I can actually afford given screaming real estate prices these past few years while I was trying to save for a 20% down, early retirement cushion and still max out tsp funding from paychecks, not to mention a few other out of the ordinary ongoing expenses that I consider investments in human capital now and future-family related.

    Meanwhile some food for thought to sample and possibly digest. https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?b...ket-Ticker-Nad
    "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards" - soren kierkegaard

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    Sorry for your losses.

    Quote Originally Posted by alevin View Post
    It's time I dusted off this verrry dusty account. Life went kinda sideways/downhill these past few years, lost brother in 17, dad in 18, mom at Christmas last year, difficult stories behind each of their passings. I'm finally at the doorstep to retirement. Just in time to not face ultimatums coming from on high. The tsp account has been pretty inactive these past few years, not enough emotional/mental energy to spare due to longdistance eldercare and subsequent estate resolution matters while still working. I have to say that being allowed/required to work from home has not been a bad thing for me, certainly helped with eldercare for 3 of the past 4 years, being able to have parent in my home or me in their home, depending on the year.

    time approaches in next few weeks of pulling some funds prior to retirement to ensure that any shutdowns or delays at OPM dont find me in a shortterm financial bind. Still searching for the right retirement property that I can actually afford given screaming real estate prices these past few years while I was trying to save for a 20% down, early retirement cushion and still max out tsp funding from paychecks, not to mention a few other out of the ordinary ongoing expenses that I consider investments in human capital now and future-family related.

    Meanwhile some food for thought to sample and possibly digest. https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?b...ket-Ticker-Nad
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    Sorry to hear about your brother and parents. I hope better times are ahead.
    May the force be with us.

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    Sorry for your losses! It is good to hear from you! Eldercare is no joke. Really stressful on all concerned! My wife and I spent most of the last 25 years taking care of our mothers. Even with sufficient financial resources it is extremely difficult to manage. Congratulations on the pending retirement!
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    thank you all for the condolences. There have been bright spots on this side of last December that were completely unexpected and are proving uplifting in terms of making new friends and reconnecting with a very longago college friend as a side benefit of providing eldercare for my mom during the times she was still able to be in her own home. Life had gotten kinda narrowed down there for awhile, not much time for more than family concerns. But even us introverts need time with friends. It's important to make that time, even if just an hour here and there by phone, even better when in person.
    "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards" - soren kierkegaard

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    Alevin, Congrats on your upcoming retirement!

    You might find this interesting. https://youtu.be/WFph7-6t34M?t=15608
    First half is Government, second half is Open Public Hearing Session at 4 Hrs 20 minutes there are 2 short presentations that were interesting, data from Israel and India as your link also showed are very interesting.


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    Hi ho and away I went! Been retired a whole whopping week now and so far absoluuuutely no regrets, no looking back whatsoever. Took me til now to know with inner certainty that I could leave without looking back, without guilt. Left tracks as best I could for the next person to fill my shoes, got a new guy started best I could, filled in the supervisor on work that others would need to pick up and finish (there's always something in the works that you can't quite get off the plate due to other high priority tasks competing for time remaining), connected the new guy with people he needs to work with external to our agency on shared interests, etc etc. The traditional retirement party wasn't happening, but we made do with an onlined video get together.

    My high 3 should have worked out as max 36 months, since I retired a month after the 3year aversary of my last step at grade, no further steps possible without a new grade, which would have meant moving into supervisory role and relocation, I had no interest therein at my age. Medicare Part B decision is the next step in a few months, FWIW. working on estate matters for the parents still, so no rest for the newly retired, just more time and attention available to finish the "other" job. cheers to everyone approachng the day, go when you know you are really really ready, if you can, no fear.
    "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards" - soren kierkegaard

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    Alevin CONGRATULATION on your Retirement!!! I Retired in 2010 and have enjoyed it, I hope you do the same!Happynewyear.gif
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    Congratulations on your retirement! So glad to hear you were able to leave your position in the best place possible. I see many who leave without a care for the mess they leave behind. Let us know how the transition goes.

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    Oh just had to wish you Congratulations on your retirement. Be happy and enjoy..it's your choice! I'm 6 yrs out now and very happy. I came out 2 yrs earlier than planned for caregiving for father and brother so 1st 3 yrs out were really just a different type of work which was hard and sad. After they both passed its that 3rd yr out when I say my real "retirement" began. No Regrets at all coming out early but I always tell my friends don't rush it and don't wait too long.

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    Congratulations to you and well played! I'm down to 21 days and can't wait!
    Scott Harrison
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerray View Post
    Congratulations to you and well played! I'm down to 21 days and can't wait!
    The days will pass in a flash, RR. trust me! Flalaw, yes, that was one of the several reasons I hung in as long as I did, was covering for another recently retired position as well as my own, this past year, and pitching in to extent possible for a 3d person who had more than they could handle as well. downsizing and slow replacement together really put a load on those who remain. Replacing me will be slow, I know, so, I felt it essential that I stay long enough to get the new guy reasonably started, especially considering he's coming in from outside the agency, even though familiar with some of our work.

    Nnuuut, I do recall your early retirement days at poolside! hope you and the pool are still spending great time together.

    Eldercare is not for the weak, is it Tonysista? I'm thankful I had a lot of SL saved prior to the past 4 years, an awful lot of it got used, along with most of my AL, providing care for dad, then mom, as well as early for myself after losing my brother without warning shortly before eldercare needs arose.

    Being able to do situational telework the past several years also was a major part of the coping strategy for me. Without that being possible and allowed, even before everything officewise shut down for other reasons, I'd have retired probably 3 years earlier, to provide the eldercare. I am grateful for the time I was able to be with them, considering we lived far apart under normal circumstances.
    "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards" - soren kierkegaard

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