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I'm doing a newsletter to announce this in a few days but I thought I'd post here first. 

Now that I have just one house, I *think* I can afford to retire.

So by 1 January 2018, I hope to be an unemployed bum and a drain on society.


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Never thought I'd call you that [biggrin]

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Congratulations! Now we need a roast.

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I'm always happy to hear that someone can retire.  Just make sure that it doesn't adversely affect your social security.  I took mine at 62 out of necessity.  One of my brothers says that he is going to wait until 70.  I think that he's totally nuts.
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Retire..................   I don't know the meaning of the word.............. and if it means going in a new direction or turning around from a course that one has been on for a very long time then it is not a cessation of activity, but a reinvention of one's passion.   

Nevertheless, it is an ending.  For some, we get tired of a force trying to mold us into something we do not want to be.  And so we turn around and follow that direction that our mind, heart and conscience tell us we must follow.  But this does not mean that you will be forgotten. Only that you will be known in a different context................ and those who know you will see you in a new light.

And yes Mark, This from the top of my head.

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I'm always happy to hear that someone can retire.  Just make sure that it doesn't adversely affect your social security.  I took mine at 62 out of necessity.  One of my brothers says that he is going to wait until 70.  I think that he's totally nuts.


You know, everybody says that but it's not like it's calculus.

You just say, "okay, I'm going to die at age X."  Then pull the you-get-this-if-you-retire-at-age-X numbers from SSA -- you can go to their site and they'll cook it all up for you.

Then the only thing you need to add is whatever you see as an effective rate of return -- yes, you lose Y dollars every year if you retire at 62, but assume a value-of-money rate and normalize it.

In the end analysis it really doesn't change things all that much unless you're planning to live to 95.  And if you think they're still going to be handing out Social Security payments thirty years from now... [smile] 

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Retire..................   I don't know the meaning of the word.............. and if it means going in a new direction or turning around from a course that one has been on for a very long time then it is not a cessation of activity, but a reinvention of one's passion.   

Nevertheless, it is an ending.  For some, we get tired of a force trying to mold us into something we do not want to be.  And so we turn around and follow that direction that our mind, heart and conscience tell us we must follow.  But this does not mean that you will be forgotten. Only that you will be known in a different context................ and those who know you will see you in a new light.

And yes Mark, This from the top of my head.


In my case, it's easier, Curt.  I worked all the time so I had more hours of input to my production function and so a bit more money came out the other end.  I was only briefly married and I didn't get scalped too badly when I got out.  I never had kids so I never incurred that expense.  And now I have just one house and as I'm in Florida, they can't jack up my property taxes by very much.

What investments I have WILL take a hit when they impeach Trump and Wall Street will temporarily fill their pants, but we'll recover.  

And not having to take thousands of dollars out of my pocket every year to attend conferences and such will save a bundle.

I'll still be writing and tweeting.  I just won't be making any money doing it.  

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Mark,

Congratulations. Glad things worked to your benefit to give you the opportunity to retire.

Are you still going to write IT stuff? Or are you going to go the Mark Russinovich route (not that he's retired) and Ed Wilson and write novels and such?

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You just say, "okay, I'm going to die at age X."


I wasn't saying that you shouldn't take it a 62. although it may have sounded that way.  I was saying that you might want to continue to work until you are 62. 
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Thanks for everything Mark!

Stay safe and enjoy... [smile]



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I'm glad for you Mark, if you are ok with it.
But for myself I feel it's a sad day. I have a lot to thank this forum and thus Mark for. It feels like something in my IT life is stopping.
Years ago I subscribed to a course on Win2000. The teacher used the book "Mastering Win2000" written by Mark Minasi, didn't know Mark at that moment but I subscribed to his forum. And I stayed here ever since.
I always appreciated the professionalism and the courtesy/civility (don't know the correct word) on his forum.
Even during the year the forum was offline, I still had it as my startpage, hoping it would come back online. Boy, was I glad when it did.

Thank you Mark for everything.


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Thanks Pieter!  I'll still be blogging and doing the occasional podcast.  I just won't be spending months shining lights into the dark corners of Windows -- still some computer stuff but don't be surprised if more and more of it's about Florida wildlife.  Stay well!
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Mark,

Congratulations. Glad things worked to your benefit to give you the opportunity to retire.

Are you still going to write IT stuff? Or are you going to go the Mark Russinovich route (not that he's retired) and Ed Wilson and write novels and such?



I've still got a few things to say about IT.  [smile]  But I want to enjoy a few years traveling around seeing things and getting as many photos of those things as I can.  (I hope you're making a little headway with the screenwriting... life is short!) I'll still be around, just not selling classes and such.

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Thanks for everything Mark!

Stay safe and enjoy... [smile]


And thanks to you, Glenn, for all your support over the years.  Stay well, sir.

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I hope your retired life will be good for you. For me it is also with sadness as I have followed you since you where in Denmark. I still get points for your jokes like outlook should be lookout. XP is Fisher Price interface. And my favorite: Windows has 2 very good tools, restart and reinstall.
Thanks for all the newsletters they are much appreciated.
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