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This is a blog about early retirement.

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Retirement golf - 6 months result

It has been exactly 6 months after I retired.   Here's what happened to my golf after I have retired.  I have been playing 5 - 6 times a week.  However, a simple majority of the rounds have been less than 18 holes.   I simply quit when I get too tired, get hungry, etc..    Being able to play everyday, I don't feel I need to finish around. With more time, I thought I'd get warm up before a round but I don't.   I feel I can learn more by playing.  Instead, I go to range practice when




My golf schedule/plan in retirement

Before retirement: Practiced on weekdays for average of 60 - 90 minutes at home, and range. Did golf specific workout on Mon, Tue, Thur, and Friday. Played 2 rounds on weekend.  Played about 125 rounds in 2015. In retirement: Practice 3 times on weekdays for average of of 90 - 180 minutes at home, range, and/or in field. Do golf specific workout for




Saying goodbye to peers & employees - the last days at work

24+ years in the same company and I apparently made some friends.   At least 4 different farewell lunches were done or coming up.  A few more to be scheduled before 12/24/15, my last day at work.   Who said there are no free lunch in life ? At least two people have shed tears.  I simply don't know how to act when I see tears in people's eyes.   I become speechless ... and deeply touched.   There have been a stream of people coming to my of




Left workforce for good - hardest thing I ever did

Well, today, I walked up to my boss and told him that I am retiring at the end of the year.   I turned in my resignation but it was more than that.   I kissed goodbye to work, period.  For many reasons, that was one of the hardest thing I had to do in recent memory.  It took a lot of convincing on my part. I worked since I was 14 for 29+ straight years.  I studied hard, got into a good school, majored in Computer Science, and worked my butt off for many years to c




Retiring early - why, how, who, when

After working 39 years since I was 14 years old, I am about to leave the work force for good.  The org. I work for has been always a politically toxic place led by a sociopath and his equally bad underlings (my peers).   For the last 2 years, I have been conning myself that I need to put up with the BS to pad my retirement fund to travel the world, play the best golf courses, eat the best food, i.e., live in style.   But the BS bucket is now full.  I can't stand another day of work.  I am mental



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    • @bkuehn1952, great post.  Yeah, that kinda cognitive dissonance affects most golfers to a varying degree. Some blame, some explain away and then there are some that blatantly deny any ownership of a particularly poor day on the course. A good friend of mine is fairly streaky - I guess you can say that about most weekenders like myself but his worst is 20+ shots than his best. He always says something at the end of a bad (for him) round, shooting let's say 104 - "yeah tough day, but we
    • Good point about the mental game and one of the many ways in which we con ourselves related to that.
    • You are correct, sir! Although, the first time I ever broke 80, I made a hole in one on the 5th and shot 78. I always kind of felt like I still hadn't broken 80. After all, without that 1 in a million shot I SHOULD have carded at least an 80, possibly higher being as the hole in one came on a hole that was particularly difficult for me. (To that point, I'd never even birdied it.)  I ended up braking 80 again a couple weeks later. I felt that was more legitimate, if that makes any sense
    • I don't know, I've told myself I should have shot worse than I did many times. But then, I tend to be hard on myself.
    • I agree completely.  The funny thing is, we never look back and say "I had no right to make that 50-footer on the second hole", or "I'll never chip one in from THERE again!"  I know I've never said "I shot 75, but it really should have been 80".  We take those for granted as well-deserved good results from improbable locations.

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