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We’re sitting in the AA Admiral’s Club waiting for our flight to Miami.  We have 2 appointments (tomorrow, (Friday) and Monday) to do our new build “options and upgrades”.  I have a headache already knowing that we have to make so many ($$) decisions. Then we get to cool our jets for 11 months and wait for it to be built. Ugh.

Believe it or not, there has been yet another curve ball in the “will-she-or-won’t-she” employment saga. It seems that my colleague, to whom I had willed sole control of my previous DoD project, is leaving her position to go over to the dark side (leaving the contractor world to become a Fed...<shudder>).  This leaves the contract out of compliance with the “critical personnel” requirement. I received a frantic text from another colleague on Tuesday afternoon asking what it would take to get me to come back - even part time.  CRAP !  We chatted yesterday on the phone. I explained that I was up to my a** in moving boxes and am headed south, permanently.  “Not a problem”, he exclaimed !  “We don’t care where you live, we just need your credentials....errr...I mean...we miss you so much” !  I said, “I have 101 cruise nights booked in 2021” !  “We’ll work around that.  Work whenever you want, if you don’t want to travel, we will hire someone to do that for you.” Oh sh*t.

I told him that we were heading out of town for 6 days and that I would think about it.  The secret truth is, the part of the job that I truly miss is the awesome travel that we did.  Having sites all over the world, we got to do some really fun things. So if I DO decide to do this, no way am I gonna let anyone else do the fun trips !  The ones coming up next would be back to Bahrain and over to Australia. So....maybe.

I guess I will be a mercenary and let $$ do the talking. If the money’s good enough and they don’t care where I live or how often I’m around, can I really say “no” ? But then, we’ve been THERE before, right ?  A job too good to refuse ?  This is different though. These are my peeps.  I know the players, the clients, I created the entire program from nothing, worked it for 17 years... Anyone out there willing to guess how this will go ?

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

We’re sitting in the AA Admiral’s Club waiting for our flight to Miami.  We have 2 appointments (tomorrow, (Friday) and Monday) to do our new build “options and upgrades”.  I have a headache already knowing that we have to make so many ($$) decisions. Then we get to cool our jets for 11 months and wait for it to be built. Ugh.

Believe it or not, there has been yet another curve ball in the “will-she-or-won’t-she” employment saga. It seems that my colleague, to whom I had willed sole control of my previous DoD project, is leaving her position to go over to the dark side (leaving the contractor world to become a Fed...<shudder>).  This leaves the contract out of compliance with the “critical personnel” requirement. I received a frantic text from another colleague on Tuesday afternoon asking what it would take to get me to come back - even part time.  CRAP !  We chatted yesterday on the phone. I explained that I was up to my a** in moving boxes and am headed south, permanently.  “Not a problem”, he exclaimed !  “We don’t care where you live, we just need your credentials....errr...I mean...we miss you so much” !  I said, “I have 101 cruise nights booked in 2021” !  “We’ll work around that.  Work whenever you want, if you don’t want to travel, we will hire someone to do that for you.” Oh sh*t.

I told him that we were heading out of town for 6 days and that I would think about it.  The secret truth is, the part of the job that I truly miss is the awesome travel that we did.  Having sites all over the world, we got to do some really fun things. So if I DO decide to do this, no way am I gonna let anyone else do the fun trips !  The ones coming up next would be back to Bahrain and over to Australia. So....maybe.

I guess I will be a mercenary and let $$ do the talking. If the money’s good enough and they don’t care where I live or how often I’m around, can I really say “no” ? But then, we’ve been THERE before, right ?  A job too good to refuse ?  This is different though. These are my peeps.  I know the players, the clients, I created the entire program from nothing, worked it for 17 years... Anyone out there willing to guess how this will go ?

OK so there are frequent flyer and hotel points still in play too.  That's the only thing I miss about business travel are the points, but I don't fondly appreciate what it did to my neck back after 3 million miles.

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6 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Anyone out there willing to guess how this will go ?

I know nothing of what your job is or pays...but your hesitations just seem to indicate you still have some part of you not willing to end it all for full retirement status.  So...my guess is you will stay connected to your work...in some capacity.  My opinion: if there is no real stressors and you truly love the work (and perks) and you have nothing else keeping you from the dedication of the job, then keep doing it!  But perhaps you could at least set a goal to determine exactly when you would like to truly and fully RETIRE and stick to it.  I feel as though you will know when it is the time...

No one can make that important decision other than you (with helpful input from your husband, of course).  Best of luck!!

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11 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

 “We don’t care where you live, we just need your credentials....errr...I mean...we miss you so much” !  

Please be careful 'your credentials' are not being used by someone less capable.... It sounds like you have a good reputation so do no not jeopardize it....Though I think you are a smart cookie and trust your colleagues sometimes the almighty buck can tempt people off the path...Good luck whatever you decide

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7 hours ago, Big Tule said:

Please be careful 'your credentials' are not being used by someone less capable.... 

To be honest, I am confident that this would be mentoring situation. They are trying to prepare for the future and that’s smart.  Frankly, while my credentials are important, it’s the longevity aspect that is the show stopper.  There’s really no substitute for that except to get someone in there to learn and put in the time so that they will eventually have longevity, too.  I’m happy to help.  

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6 minutes ago, Yesiamthere said:

Just finished reading all of this in one sitting.  I now feel “invested” in your decisions so please keep us updated on job or no job....move now or move later.  Thank you for such a “fun” read!

Lol.  You must be very bored.  🤩🤩

Will do.  I have some stuff to pass re: the trip, mask-wearing, airline policies, etc but just haven’t had time to sit down and do it.   

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Update:

Had the closing on our VA house this morning and headed south with a VERY full 26' U Haul truck !  I can't believe everything fit in there, but it did.  I was even able to fit a number of my favorite Hibiscus (or high biscuits, as I call them) in there.  YIIPPEE !!!

Florence, SC is about 1/3 of the way so that's where we are spending the night, tonite.  JAX will be the next stop tomorrow night and then on to Port St. Lucie on Thursday.

We were able to secure an adequate rental home for the next year.  As long as it's reasonably clean (and I am assured that it will be) I really don't care much about it.  It's just an interim place to sleep.  It's in one of the newer gated communities (The Cascades) so I'm sure we'll be very comfortable there until our house is ready (Sept/Oct 2021).

I have accepted the PT job for my old contract as an Independent Contractor.  I will not be doing any work on that contract until probably early Dec. as I have to get to the new house and get settled.  Looking forward to it, truly.  It will be nice to be back with the old team.

Anyway, on with the new adventure !  How exciting.

RELEASE THE KRAKKEN !!

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I just read this entire thread.  Congrats on buying/building in Florida, selling your home, semi retiring, etc!  I’m looking forward to hearing about your building journey. 
 

I have a few more years to retirement but recently learned I can continue to work remote indefinitely, as long as I’m willing to fly in to a main office a few times a year (the only good thing to come out of Covid). So, our plan is to sell the house (we’re in Michigan) right after the holidays and move to Florida.  We’re going to rent for a while, as we’re not sure where we want to land. Like you, we most likely will build.   

Thanks for sharing your experiences!  It’s nice to read good news.  

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New update.

Decided that JAX was too close so we drove another hour and ended up in Palm Coast.  A very cute community close to Flagler Beach and north of Daytona.  This will leave just a short 2.5 hour drive in to PSL for tomorrow.  Our FL realtor will give us the key to the rental and then bright and early on Thursday we will unload the truck and return it to the local U Haul.  Things seem to be going frightfully  well.  I'm sure there is some surprise waiting for us somewhere....

For now though, all is well.  Last leg tomorrow !!!

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6 hours ago, Ferramc said:

our plan is to sell the house (we’re in Michigan) right after the holidays and move to Florida.  We’re going to rent for a while, as we’re not sure where we want to land. Like you, we most likely will build

This is very exciting news !!  I think you're making the right decision.  My advice is.....don't wait any longer than you have to.  The price of our new build has already gone up $5K since we signed in Sept.  They simply cannot build them fast enough down here.  It's a balmy 75 degrees here today. My daughter (western MD) sent a video of a steady snow.  NO THANKS !!!  SOOOO glad to be down here where it's warm.

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14 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

This will leave just a short 2.5 hour drive in to PSL for tomorrow.

2.5 hour drive to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte?!?!? Now that's dedication!! 😁

 

Seriously, though, glad you were able to make extra time yesterday so that today is a nice leisurely trip. May all the remaining steps along the way be equally smooth!

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So we are completely moved into our temporary home for now.  Still plenty of unpacked boxes but they will remain that way until we move into the new house.  Every now and then I will have to go searching for something I need but we actually did a pretty good job of segregating everything we wanted to remain boxed. It makes me realize how much of this stuff I really do NOT need....even after we pared down substantially before we left.

We are in an over 55 development (as we will be, in the new house, too) and so there are some amenities here.  We stumbled upon a great deal for a golf cart (don't make fun !) and we've had a blast just puttering around.  Dan is going to the pool regularly and we are playing poker at the Clubhouse on Friday and Saturday nights.  Nothing very exciting.  The whole event is over by 9:00 but it's something to do.  They have bingo (yes, I love bingo) every Wednesday night but I haven't gotten up there yet.  I will try it this Wednesday.  I prefer playing bingo with electronic machines but I think the bingo here at the community is paper only.  UGH.  If they have one of those hand crank bingo barrels I will probably just pretend that I made a wrong turn and skeedaddle out of there.  LOL

So, we are very happy to be in Florida.  The weather has been incredible so far and we don't miss a single thing about northern Virginia.

The new/old job has been slow in getting started but that is just fine by me.  I have a call on Wednesday to make the final arrangements (I think) and should begin working soon. 

Our "office", which is really the breakfast nook, looks out onto a "lake" (really an irrigation pond) and Dan loves watching the birds.  There are all manner of storkish and craneish birds poking about all over the place.  They are, of course, completely used to people being around, so they are "tame" and will let you walk right up to them.  I'm sure they're also used to being fed !  They make an alarming sound when you're not expecting to hear it.  Dan loves talking to them.

Haven't seen a gator yet !  I think it's a myth.

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Oh, I forgot to mention....our rental house is haunted !!

The toilet water line makes a noise that is something like a cross between a banshee and a love-sick moose.  The freezer/ice maker makes a haunting groan that crescendos to a howl at all hours.  Dan has finally just turned the ice maker off at night.  It's terrifying to have that racket wake you up in the middle of the night.  Gases ?  Compressor ?  Nope.  Ghosts.

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Just catching up as I haven’t been around in the message boards much recently (sometimes feels like a hotel bar at closing time when the guy who’s been in sales for fifty years wants to tell you the sad story of his life) but congrats on the new locale. We’re working on doing the same, but a little further north into central Florida. 

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