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Buzzard's picture
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At 3 pm this evening I walked out of my Powerhouse after 27 years and retired. I am dedicating this retirement day to all of my friends here in remembrance that even though I have cancer, I also have made it to retirement, something I wished for for a long time...now, my next goal is to see both kids graduate from High School.....Gonna happen too !!!...Love to all of you.........

DX --March 25th 2008.....and like the energizer bunny....still going and going and going and going..................buzz

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Amid all the other turmoil in your life glad to hear something is going your way! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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Congratulations Buzz! I am so happy for you. Enjoy and stock up on tissues. Cause graduations make you cry.
Love to ya,

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Congratulations! This means you decide each day what you will do. Enjoy.

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Now you have time for all the stuff you really want to do..

Smiling for you,

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So happy for you. You look to young for retirement. I wish good days ahead for you!!!!


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but........,congrats to you!

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Congratulations Buzz! :-)

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You have been thru quite a lot and now the rest from that stress will be good! I am semi- retired - laid off right after my DX, was on unemployment for 2 yrs and then last Nov was hired PT for REI. I am loving it! Miss the big bucks sometimes but my little ole PT job has the best benefits and supports my outdoors habits. LOL

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Congratulations Buzz! :-)

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You're that old???? Just kidding!!! Enjoy your freeeeee time. We all know soon you'll some projects on the go, any ideas yet???

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I started work when I was thirteen and still at it .Even worked thru chemo.It would be nice to get some time off for good behaviour. I will probably still be working when I die, preferrably sometime after I get back from fishing. I hope your health lets you enjoy the good times.Ron.

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After 27 years you deserve to have your days free for what you need and want to do.

May you have as many years of retirement as you did of work!

Marie who loves kitties

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Hello dear Buzz! I haven't been posting very much in the past several months but I saw this post and just wanted to give you my very best wishes for a great retirement. I retired a year ago I guess, seeing as how I am jobless. Although I am FAR too young to retire...LOL...I have really enjoyed this time I've had to do things that I like doing as well as using the energy to get my health & head back together.

I'll mark this day...Sept.8th,2011. Buzzard retired and Jaylo got her scan results. 2 yrs. with no evidence of disease. That's enuff to make us both shout halleluyah!

Best always,
JayLo aka Pat

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Thanks everyone.....and Jaylo...sooooooooo good to see you....and yes, 2 years free is a great thing.........please stay in touch...all of you...love ya.......buzz

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What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. Now spend the next 50 enjoying your kids, your wife, and living life. I know you will make it and get through this as I also hope to. I'll be hanging in there with you! ENJOY!!


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Congratulations Buzz!...I wish to you another 27+ of smooth sailing and full of enjoying times!


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Congrats on the retirement...enjoy everyday.

Brenda Bricco
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So happy for you! I wish you many, many happy years to come. :)

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Congratulations . . . . my wish for you is that your retirement is long, happy and full of sunshine! Graduation will be great - but then there is college/university graduation and then weddings to look forward to!!

Hope tomorrow is a fabulous day for you.
yoga jo

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I hope that you enjoy your retirement.

I know you wont let then med issues slow you down.

Go gettum, Buzzzard...


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A lot to be said for that Energizer Bunny..... "Another" toast at CP9!!


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That's wonderful! Congrats! Enjoy it -- you deserve it.

So looking forward to meeting you in Chicago!!

peace, emily

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Ahhhhhhhh deep breath and get ready to enjoy! Praying that you have many, many, many years of happy retirement. You are a fighter.


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Congratulations on reaching this milestone -- enjoy! enjoy! -- and may it be loooong


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Buzz, Congratulations!!!! I wish you many years of peaceful retirement. Lisa

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I am so happy for you, you going fishing now???? Any big plans? Cant wait till CP9 we will for sure toast to your retirement and then we will toast to your kids graduations...



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Congrats Buzz!!! You have such an amazing outlook!! Hopes and Prayers. Kim

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on reaching a milestone for you. Enjoy the heck out of your going and going and going :-)

all the best, Leslie

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(and with a pension, a paid holiday at that)!!!steve

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yahhooo and good for you!
Enjoy your fishing dddays!

Fight for my love
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Congrats!Buzz,what an achievement!

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That's great news !! 27 years of hard work what a milestone Buzz!! -Melissa

tabur's picture
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Could use more topics like this. Congratulations Buzz.


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You've worked hard for this day and earned it. Enjoy it.


son of hal
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Congrats Buzz. I wish the same for all of us. I've got 23 years in but no retirement in my future, no plans & no money. You deserve it,work or not you'll always be an inspiration to many here.
Take care.

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That is great Buzz and enjoy it. I fear for the fishes!

Like Beth says, we WILL toast you in Chi-town!!!

See you soon.

Lisa P.

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Although I try not to tell people what they are going to like, think, or do... I think I'm going to be safe in saying, YOU are going to LOVE retirement!! :)

I have "officially" been retired after 36 years in a government job since Feb 1, 2010. That was the magical day! Now granted, I was on LTD for three years before that, so the suddenly being free from working didn't quite have the same affect because the time on Long Term Disability was my practice run . But there's something to be said about retirement that takes away the feelings of "guilt" that I found I had while being on LTD. Although it is a benefit, and I was approved and all that stuff, there were so many days that I felt just fine and was feeling guilty that I was getting paid for not being at work.

When it came time to make the decision (even though I had the years in, the earliest I could retire was at age 55), the decision was a no-brainer :D For starters, the economics of the decision.. I would be getting $1000/month MORE being on my company pension than staying on LTD :) Of course, taking myself off LTD meant I'd be responsible for my own medical insurance... but as a retiree with full years service, I got a retiree discount, so instead of paying $55/month for my full medical insurance, I pay $22/month. I figured I could swallow that bill and still come out $1000 ahead of the game :D

So now, I get to live my life "guilt free" for not working! :) Oh sure, we still have the medical crap to put up with and all the stress and tension that that can bring us... but for the most part, I feel physically just fine and my days and nights are my own to decide what I want to get involved with. I have yet to ever get to the point where I say "I'm bored. I think I better find a part time job to relieve my boredom!" :) And something tells me that you won't have any time filling up your days/hours either!

Enjoy the time that is now truly your own to spend how you want to spend it... and not having to listen to others tell you what you have to do, because that is what you are being paid to do. Hahaha... of course, it might mean your family is now going to tell you what you have to do ... beware of that!! :)


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CONGRATULATION!!!!! Hope you enjoy each and every moment of it. Does that mean you'll be on here 24/7 to calm us down when we need it LOL! You are so important to us newbies!!!! Thanks BUZZ

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Enjoy your retirement!!!!

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I'm so glad you made it to retirement! I'm praying that you enjoy it. Keep on pushing to that next goal!


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Congrats, Clift!! You deserve it!!!!!!!


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