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14-08-2004, 07:55 PM
Its official! After more than 5 years of depression and medication and living like a troll from time to time, I got notice today that my employers have agreed to my retiral on the grounds of ill health. This includes an index- linked pension that I would call decent and a lump sum (slightly less so). This forum has contributed much to my ability to sustain an interest in life so I wanted to thank all who have (unwittingly) made a solid contribution to my mental health. :Beer: :Bow: :D
ps. now for some real 'work'. I fancy a loooong ride.
14-08-2004, 09:26 PM
Congratulations! I retired from a job that was stressing me to death (my fault as much as the job's) at 62, and after a brief unsuccessful marriage I now find myself (age 64) with a wonderful new R1150RS and a whole world to explore. Before I retired, everyone I knew who had already retired told me not to wait -- to retire as soon as I was able. I took their advice, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
This forum has benefitted me in much the same way that it has you.
Ride safe, and ride happy.
14-08-2004, 11:07 PM
:Beer: That's great Dicky. Statistics show the earlier you retire, the longer you live. I got out of the rat race at age 60, and am enjoying life to fullest. Hope to see you around.
Well done - I wish you all the best and a great, entertaining, fun time!
15-08-2004, 10:56 PM
I fancy a loooong ride.
So will I once young Skye is back at school.
Good news to hear things are sorted out Ricky. Time to get on and just enjoy life. I must say that yourself and this Forum have given me a boost and extra enjoyment out of my R1100RS.
I have also retired, unfortunately I just retired myself so no pension or lump sum, but the mental relief is reward enough. Still got 17 years before I get a pension of the state though. I do plenty voluntary work and paid plenty taxes so don't feel guilty about not working. Mind you I reckon being a single parent with a 5 year old keeps me busier than most full time workers. Have to admit that despite being skint most of the time I am far happier these days and my ambition is to live to see Skye's grandchildren ;)
P.S. If that tyre/wheel of yours is still at Coopers do you want me to pick it up this week when I am over getting my tyres done ?
16-08-2004, 12:55 AM
Now you should have time for lots of motorcycle therapy. Congrats:Beer:
I have only a mere 15 years to go to retirement. :bawl:
26-08-2004, 06:34 PM
Dicky enjoy it :yo:
I'm jealous :(, probably another 20 to go before I can look forward to riding my RS at will, at least I beleive it will last that long, and who knows I might get lucky and get early retirement as well .
27-08-2004, 02:44 AM
Thanks MikeT- I am enjoying it :D . Spent all day 'helping' Skyenet with his brakes :bawl: so that I can get out with someone else from time to time. (Mis)fitted a Starcom the other day so that I can have a conversation with mt daughter who LOVES the bike. Gettng my wife to talk to me after every long run is going to cost me a fortune in flowers :eek: ;) .
27-08-2004, 01:18 PM
Spent all day 'helping' Skyenet with his brakes :bawl: so that I can get out with someone else from time to time. (.
Glad I was of assistance in getting you out of the house :rolleyes:
Have spent more time working on them this morning and they are at least working now. A leak appeared at the handlebars but I reckon it was spilt brake fluid that had found a wee space to hide before re-appearing as a drip onto my fairing while out on a test ride. Got stung by a bee as well while out on my test ride :bawl: . Hopefully I'll make the BMW run this Sunday on the R1100RS, but if not I'll take the F650. Really dissappointed you'll not make it.
Cheers again Iain
27-08-2004, 04:42 PM
Enjoy the days off.
I'm looking a little more forward to the end of my "career", now that my employer, the city, has decided it's too risky for me to ride my bike around town doing inspections. (I love the insurance industry:bang: .) Only 30 or so years to go!:(
05-09-2004, 11:03 PM
I retired 5 years ago at the age of 47 after getting MS, but after a year or so of being the house mouse, with occasional bouts of extreme boredom...and depression, mixed with the occasional MS relapse, I felt I had to stop treading water and get busy doing something.
So I decided to try un-retiring.
I went back to school, learned a new trade, and got a job, which I lost after 6 months. But I am back working again, and though I am concerned that my health may not cooperate, I am planning to hang in there till I just can't do it anymore.
I advise you to find something you are passionate about and pursue it. Having something to do and places to go will keep you from going batshit, and can help mitigate any tendency to getting the blues.
Good luck and don't forget to go for a ride everyday.:)
06-09-2004, 08:04 PM
Thanks Jim. I intend to get busy as soon as volition allows. Challenged in that area right now. Managing to sort out the basics and looking for a new challenge. My last job was as director of a mental health not for profit organisation and I have expended my passion dealing with the petty corruption of local government in Scotland. I fancy a more practical career in future, like plumbing, electrician, Van driver, driving instructor. I want to work with people, who, when asked how they feel, reply 'hot or cold'.
07-09-2004, 03:43 AM
" I fancy a more practical career in future, like plumbing, electrician, Van driver, driving instructor. I want to work with people, who, when asked how they feel, reply 'hot or cold'."
Yeah! I did something like that, I studied network/telecommunications and computer support , so I am now doing exactly that.
It's a nice feeling at the end of the day, to know you helped someone to resolve a problem or that at least you gave it a good try.
I am currently the Tech Coordinator at a public high school , so I get some points for giving something back as well. Kind of cool.
I was in sales for many years before and it was all about what we could get and nothing about what we could give, so this is a welcome change.
I wish you all the luck in your new endeavors. And don't forget to get out on the bike as much as you can.
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