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Retired Today WooHoo!!

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  1. zitotczito

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    Well I am now retired as of today and can finally start enjoying the cellar. Oh where to start, what should I have, that is the question.

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    Congratulations! I working toward my third retirement and maybe I can afford it when I get through.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
    I plan on another few years, mainly so I can accumulate more toys..

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    What a happy phrase. "I retire today"

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    Congrats!!!

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    Outstanding! Congrats!

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    Ain't it sweet being able to say those words! Welcome to the club. Now you should just pace yourself.

    Stan
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    Enjoy, friend !!!

    I celebrated mine with a commemorative BST (Todd Bannard) commission.

    Any plans for one on your end ?

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  9. mackeson

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    Congrats
    Hope you enjoy every moment

    "Once you go down the Lakeland path, forever will it dominate your destiny."
    -Apologies to Master Yoda
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    Outstanding! Congratulations.
    I retired 2 years ago & have not looked back...too much to do. Took my watch off & have not worn a tie since (except at my son's wedding).
    Enjoy your freedom & have a great time!

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
    Specialization is for insects!" - Robert Heinlein
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    Congrats. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do; and I really, really enjoy it.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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  12. cosmicfolklore

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    Congratulations!!!

    When working for myself, I don't have retirement to look forward to. I just told my kids to shove my dead body off of my workbench and finish all of the pending jobs. I'd hate to die knowing that my customer's work didn't get finished. Just unshackle me from this bench and start the pyre, don't forget to pile on all of my tobaccos and pipes.

    Michael
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    May you be content with not getting up and going to work, not wondering what to do for weekend as all the days are weekends, starting to have hearing problems as you tell your wife it must be ageing problems, selective hearing we call it. No plans, they are for working people, just do what you want. Read, Smoke, shoot the shit with people in town who interest you, time of no consequence, that's what it's all about. ENJOY!

    The Old Cajun
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    Enjoy!

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    Congratulations!

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    CONGRATULATIONS! A co-worker of mine had a retirement ceremony yesterday. While I'm still half-a-career away from retirement, I love seeing and hearing about others reaching this "promised land" milestone.

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    Excellent!!! Congratulations to you Sir! What a great feeling it must be.

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    Sweet freedom!

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

    The Metal Mixtures
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    Yes indeed, welcome to the club! It took me several months to find my retirement groove. I hope it goes easier for you.

    I retired last September but accepted an offer to come back and help with some pharmacy regulatory issues. I agreed as long as I could set my own days to come in and my own hours. So far it's been working well. I spend most of my time walking around the hospital campus with a clipboard in one hand and a coffee cup in the other. Keeps me in pipes and tobacco. Beats mall walking.

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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    As the old saying goes, now that I'm retired I don't know how I ever had time to work. I feel like the pace of life picked up a lot, probably because there is more variety and more choices to be made in the course of a day, rather than a more regular schedule and agenda. Congratulations! Somehow I think Forums members are self selected to not be people who sit around twiddling their thumbs. Enjoy.

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    Smoke the blend you value the most and celebrate the beginning of your less fettered existence.
    Congratulations.
    I'd been retired a year before I found pipes and pipe tobacco and it has been three years in about a week.
    This hobby, forum, and community have provided me hours of pleasure, enjoyment, and camaraderie.
    You should transition very smoothly having already made those discoveries.

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    Congrats on your retirement!

    Oh where to start, what should I have, that is the question.

    Pick out an old friend and get reacquainted.

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    Wow HUGE news!! Congrats!! I've been "retired" since 2005, but mine wasn't voluntary. I'm sure yours will be far more enjoyable!

    Nate @ Moody AL
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    Congrats! When I retired, people told me I wouldn't know what to do with myself. That was 5 years ago, and it hasn't been a problem yet. Enjoy yourself...

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    Congrats! I can't wait till I can, if I ever can. I only have around 41 years left I think...Any day now...

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    I I retired six years ago and I'm loving every minute of it.

    Eric
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    Congratulations..ENJOY

    Life's most valuable treasure is..Love
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    CONGRATS!!!!!

    I have 7 years, 5 months and 29 days to go, not that I am counting...

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    Congrats!

    Procrastinate Later. - I'll say this one day!
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    Wow, kick back and enjoy!

    Al

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    Congratulations, enjoy

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    Smoke What You Like, And Like What You Smoke...Regardless Of What Anyone Else Thinks...
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    Congratulations! I did so 11 years ago and it really took some getting used to the reality of it. For about three weeks I had this idea that I was simply on vacation until it finally sunk in and I didn't realize how hard I worked until I stopped doing so as I had one hell of a time falling asleep for about four months. Time to kick back and relax, but don't let yourself get too sedentary. When all is said and done, retirement is f'ingtastic!

    ~I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.~
    Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. Mark Twain
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    Welcome to the "Other club"! I retired 8+ years ago, spent first couple of months adjusting to the reality that it wasn't just vacation extended. After a while, my wife said, "You need to get back into the business world somehow, without going to work." She could tell I missed some of it. Ran into a couple of guys manning a SCORE booth at a local home show, ended up as a volunteer business counselor for the local Small Business Development Center, helping people on my own schedule. That was always my definition of retirement: doing what I want on my own schedule. Work? Don't have time for it!

    Enjoy, my friend, with a pipe as your companion!

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  35. puffdoggie

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    Congrats on retiring! I retired 12/31/09 and maintain it's the best thing I ever did! Ouch! The wife just smacked me again.

    You do need the quick training course.

    When asked "What do you do now that you are retired?" - you are required to reply "What ever I damn well please"!!

    Practice this phrase - "I do nothing better than anyone I know"!

    Now proceed into a brave new world!

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    Congrats! Let us all know what your smoking tomorrow an if we have we'll join you. Even if we don't we'll celebrate together.

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    Congratulations on your well earned achievement, time now to relax, chill & smoke more pipes!

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    Thanks guys for all the encouragement and best wishes, really appreciated. I have to say that I slept 8 hours the last two nights and have not done that in the last two years. I am waiting for Sunday night to see what happens, I have not slept well that night for years.

    My last official day was today but I took off to go to a cigar festival with friends and one of them asked since I am retire now if I wanted to come work for him and makes me an offer. Oh the pressure, I was not officially retired and already have a new job. I in a very solemn voice said I would think about it and let him know in 4 months. He said he will wait.

    Well I have picked the blend for tomorrow, my first official day and it is, wait for it NOT Penzance. It is a 9 year old tin for Ferndown "Yellow & Brown" to match my mental age, not my physical one.

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    30 months to go for me. Congratulations and enjoy!

    Mike S.

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    Far as I know, you only live once.
    You decide how within the parameters you help to make, and those imposed arbitrarily.
    I would still be working if I thought I could do it physically, but I had to acknowledge that I had hit the wall and now I'm glad I did.
    That first year ended with me having some seriously upsetting (painfully debilitating) few weeks to the point that I started smoking ryo cigs again after a 5 year quit. I have no idea why.
    Since then, I've discovered pipes and tobacco and my health has improved significantly, not only from enjoyment of the hobby, but maybe in harmony with appreciating MY time.

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    Congratulations on a milestone well reached! I know it's a cliche now, but the retired folks I know are busier now than when they worked.

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    Congrats! Time to take it easy and smell the flowers.

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    Congratulations!

    "The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess, and there is no chance of getting more."
    Bismark
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    We retired & sold our business in Nov. 2015.
    Some people told me it takes a year to relax.
    Just starting to appreciate it.
    Congrats & enjoy.

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    Congrats on retirement! Kick back and relax, you've earned it.

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    That's awesome. I'll probably die with my boots on.

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    Congratulations.Retirement has been the best part of my life.

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    Congrats Zito!
    I've got about 4 more years............ can't wait!

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
    Willy Wonka
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    Thanks guys and for you all waiting to get to retirement, with 3 days in so far it's GREAT. I have not slept this good in years.

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    Congratulations!!! Enjoy all your free time!
    I've only got 20 years to go.

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    Hey congrats on retiring! May you have many years to enjoy!

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    Congratulations! Enjoy it.

    Javan
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    Happy retirement. It's the best part of enjoying life and pipe smoking.

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    If you ever need advice on sitting around and accomplishing jack, you give me a call. I've turned laziness and apathy into an art form.

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    Thanks Nate for the offer, I seem to have the procrastinating thing down pretty well so far.

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