We appreciate all the warm welcomes!!
Donna - I hope the forced early retirement was a gift!! Sounds like it was and that's great - congratulations!! We only live once. I read all the post from people who say "why didn't I do this 10 years earlier?" It makes us dream...
On the flip side, I don't want to be laid off yet, a lot to lose. My wife and I both work at the same place. Its a HUGE company (think Thomas Edison). I have just over 25 years here and I work in an Engineering position without an Engineering degree.
I was hired as a "draftsman" back when we had drawing boards and there were ad's on the back of matchbook covers that said "make big money in drafting" haha. All my experience is on the job, and I try to hold my own here.
BUT. The last round of layoffs were mostly people in their upper 50's. I'm an expensive employee due to being grandfathered in the pension plan. They like to purge those and replace with younger cheaper. I'm not blind to the target on my back, but I try to work hard and keep my head down to make it thru till 60. Rumor is more go next year.
My wife has 3 years here. She hired in well after the pension stopped. She has informed me that "my last day is her last day".....haha! Smart gal!!! We hope whenever the time comes we are prepared and can do what Donna D is - and enjoy early retirement!
James Gang - SWEET car!!! I loved mine and still love the hobby, but honestly I don't miss the car as much as I thought I would. I'm ready for the simple life! We want to sell our home. Its just an average home, but it has a lot of yard to maintain. We decided we are better off in a small (1200 sq ft ish) home and an ez yard to maintain. A "lock-n-go" home. All we want is a small home, our truck, and the 5.0TA. THAT'S IT!! haha!
So that's the reason considering 5.0TA now. We don't want to get a pink slip and say "ok - time to go" and have a 1 year wait for a 5.0TA. But in reality, as long as we are working, our EggCamper is fine and EZ to store and zip around in!
Thanks all for the welcomes! Hope to meet more of you in our travels!