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I have filed my Social Security, and my company pension papers, 28 plus years of wrenching, training others and supervising in a truck leasing shop is enough. Adding 11 years of driving them before that is plenty. My wife is slowly slipping away with Lupus and its complications, and myself with four back and neck surgeries, an intestinal disease, four bypass heart surgery, and artritis in all my joints, its gotten so hard to get up & go, I'm quitting the grind some where around Dec 31st. . Todays management is so stupid compared to when it was customer and people oriented, its almost impossible to keep from going as they say "postal" Now its all about numbers, and the more "educated" they are the stupider they are. When you are in a service related business, selling service, you cant cut cost by cutting servive and service personel while adding management personnel, it doesnt take a genious to to figure out that when you cut what you are selling, and what your whole company is based on, you are going in the wrong direction. enough of that.

I have enough in 401 to pay off the house and fix a few things on it and although kinda junky, it should last us on out. All the vehicles are paid for and all have well over 200,000 on them, but so do I. After insurance, I should draw enough to just about equal to what I brought home from work, so maybe, just maybe, it will be enough. But dammit, after working my whole life,(we married when I was 16, she 15) damaging my health, I feel I deserve something! As do lots of other people.

I'm trying to get my Thunderbird together as cheaply as I can to race some when I can and take my wife to the casino some as that is all she can do that she enjoys and cannot be in the sun very long, pysically it takes her about a month to get over the trip and its ony 250 mi round trip. Cost is about the same to go to either place as we dont spend much and if we win, good!

I'll still be here irritating all of you, so dont get all joyful.
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Bob,

Let me be the first here to give you a heartfelt congratulations for completing a respectable career.

More people should learn from guys like you and get out there and actually DO the work, not just micro manage and pillage.

Good luck in retirement,

Greg
 

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Sounds like a good decision!!

You have worked long enough, now enjoy it!!! Take it easy and spend some time tinkering and "working" on your hobby.

I feel for what your wife is going through, its real tough, spend some time with her.

Bill
 

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Happy retirement Bob:D Enjoy the rest of your life and I pray it's a long and enjoyable one for you and your wife. Get that car together and enjoy yourself.;)
 

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Happy retirement to you, some of us still have alot of bs to put up with........
 

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best of luck to you, good job going to work everday and doing what you do. i have friends that are so life--retarded but have some degree that got them a job keeping track of guys twice thier age, that make less, and actually are doing the work. stupid times have overcome the hard working guy that goes and does his job and comes home to his wife/gf...............sad-

glad to hear your retiring!, this is a b.s. time to live and work anyways, haha......you wont be missing much out there man-
 

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You deserve a CMH for what you have accomplished in your lifetime. You said "I do" and meant it forever, that is very impressive in my book. Keeping your nose to the grind all these years and doing your job is very commendable. I wish this mentality could be given to more, but it just doesn't happen very often. Life throws a little curve ball at you and rather than deal with stuff, most just run away and get a divorce or quit the job. Life is hell, and you survived, so the next time someone tells you to go to hell, tell them you've been there and came back to say "I've been there already".:D
 

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Bob,
I hope your retirement works out nicely for you. It sounds like you have "paid your dues" and deserve a break. You may want to keep your eyes open for more opportunities. There are transportation companies "out there" who have hired guys like us, with lots of experience in the trade, as part time "consultants" for decent money.
I am going on 30 years, and have another year...or so...to work before I can hang it up, like you just did.
Just stay in touch with some of your good contacts in the industry. I know of more than one retired wrench/supervisor/manager/driver that suppliment their retirement by selling their knowledge as consultants. Your experience is worth more than you may think.....
Good luck!
Have fun racing.
 

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Hey Bob, congrats on the retirement!

Sorry to hear about your wife's health. It is tough when your spouse gets ill, been there and doing that.

For what it is worth, do what you enjoy, be with the the ones you love and live life as you see it.

May the good Lord take care of you and your wife's needs.

Mike
 

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Sounds like my life!

Hey Bob, good luck to you and your wife! I went through a similar scenario starting in 1997. Had cancer surgery then 2 weeks later my wife died from kidney cancer. I recovered and went back to my job with an industy leading truck leasing company, and about that time seems like the company lost interest in customer service, and started on lip service. I went from a valued employee to a liability. I started drinking really hard, but finally pulled out when Dr. told me my bladder cancer was back, also had throat cancer. So I quit drinking and smoking, have been cancer free now for 7 years. I am disabled now with bad back and type 2 Diabetes. But I can putt around on my Mustangs. It is tough to make it on a fixed income but Lord willing you will! God Bless you and your wife! Take care man! Dale
 

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I want to give you all my sincere thanks for all your kind words and encouragement. It really means a lot to us. And to all those who are also going through trials and tribulations too, my heart is with you all also. Its good to remember we are not alone.
 
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