Arrse and the work/life balance

#61
This is a boon.
Wedding the ever young Mrs.B&B 42 years ago, was
the best part of my retirement plan.
33 years for me. You don't get that for murder! She's 4 and a bit years younger than me and you might well imagine how thoroughly delighted, (one might even dare to venture "over the moon"), she is to have to carry on working whilst I retire :twisted::twisted:
 

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#62
Are you my bruvva from another muvva?

Like you, I tend to spend large parts of my day calculating retirement scenarios. For now until then, I work purely to finance my weekends and holidays. And similarly, I rarely post during my leisure time.

Not sure how old you are, but if you're not already aware, they're changing the private pension rules for drawdown in 2026 from 55 years old to 57 years old (minimum age).

That was a kick in my spooge-sacks I tell you.

If I'm still alive, I may still bang out at 55 anyway, since that's when the Army pension jumps up.

I'm also way behind on blue pins vs pink pins battle too on our world map canvas (yes I'm a sad ****) so travel has become a priority as I approach middle-age.

...who'd have thunk it - having been to all the shitholes the Army sent me to, in amongst the lads holidays, taking my nipper abroad, work trips etc, I'd be "out-travelled" by my civvy girlfriend? And she's off again in September too.

That reminds me, anyone fancy a long weekend to somewhere cheap and grotty in September? I'm 3 pins behind and fucked if I'm gonna let her win.
See Wakefield thread. :)
 
#63
As moon-howlingly vote-losing as that is, there is some point to it unfortunately. With the increased use of automation and thus the reduced requirement for staff at many places of work, a short working week might be the only way coming generations can actually get a paying job in the first place. Look at the way bank and many office-based jobs have declined over recent years. Even supermarkets are cutting staff numbers as automated tills are put in place.

Quite how people would then manage to live on such a greatly reduced income is another matter that I'm sure those riding the Westminster gravy train will accidentally forget to consider.

Just cutting the working week/salaries to save the planet though is an insane suggestion that only those totally devoid of any grip on reality could propose.

Oh.

Yes.

Right.
 
#64
33 years for me. You don't get that for murder! She's 4 and a bit years younger than me and you might well imagine how thoroughly delighted, (one might even dare to venture "over the moon"), she is to have to carry on working whilst I retire :twisted::twisted:

Never had that dilemma, Mrs Sig is 5 years younger than me, and stoped working the day we married, 41 years ago, so now we are coining it, my 3 pensions, and her private one, plus a rather big inheritance that we received a few years ago, which helped pay for a raft of home improvements, with a big bit left over, and now the Last sprog has naffed off, peace, and tranquillity now encompasses the family pile. Which leaves me to post reams of wibble on Arrse,........ happy days!
 
#65
Are you my bruvva from another muvva?

Like you, I tend to spend large parts of my day calculating retirement scenarios. For now until then, I work purely to finance my weekends and holidays. And similarly, I rarely post during my leisure time.

Not sure how old you are, but if you're not already aware, they're changing the private pension rules for drawdown in 2026 from 55 years old to 57 years old (minimum age).

That was a kick in my spooge-sacks I tell you.

If I'm still alive, I may still bang out at 55 anyway, since that's when the Army pension jumps up.

I'm also way behind on blue pins vs pink pins battle too on our world map canvas (yes I'm a sad ****) so travel has become a priority as I approach middle-age.

...who'd have thunk it - having been to all the shitholes the Army sent me to, in amongst the lads holidays, taking my nipper abroad, work trips etc, I'd be "out-travelled" by my civvy girlfriend? And she's off again in September too.

That reminds me, anyone fancy a long weekend to somewhere cheap and grotty in September? I'm 3 pins behind and fucked if I'm gonna let her win.
I’m 56, the writing is on the wall, I am preparing to eject/be ejected although I wouldn’t mind an extra year. No great shakes if I get the push tomorrow.

As for travel, not interested as I’ve spent much of my 16 years as a civvy in various departure lounges. Gave that up a year ago and would be quite happy not to get on another plane ever.
 
#66
I went back to work after jacking it in at 55 mainly because I was bored after 3 years of doing all the things I promised myself ...alone...because none of my mates were retired and the wifey still works and who wants to spend all day, everyday with the Doris anyway. New employer was a bit surprised when I opted to put 30% into the pension fund. I think he assumed I had gone back to work because I was broke.
Nearly 61 now, I might do another 2 or 3 years depending on how the knees hold up.
 
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#67
I’m 56, the writing is on the wall, I am preparing to eject/be ejected although I wouldn’t mind an extra year. No great shakes if I get the push tomorrow.

As for travel, not interested as I’ve spent much of my 16 years as a civvy in various departure lounges. Gave that up a year ago and would be quite happy not to get on another plane ever.
Jeez I'd be hanging up my boots already. Depending of course, on how much you've smashed into your private pension since leaving?

I blame my urge to travel on my military "career" being back to front. By that I mean I joined up to travel and spent the first 12 years doing the odd NI tour / Bos tour - if I was lucky. So I bought a house and next thing you know, I spend my last 12 - 13 years hopping between Cyprus, Afghan, Oman, San Diego, Phoenix, El Centro, NI etc...

So now I want to see the world, but on my terms. No gay deployment instructions, having to deal with SAC mongs on the Brize check-in desk calling me "mate", no South Cerney, no bug bombs being sprayed in my face before take off. Hearing "Bing...bong...booooo!" before announcement instead of fucking "listen in". Smashing the free alcohol and food in the VIP lounge while the cattle class mong it in the main terminal fighting over charging sockets and cursing the shit Wi-Fi. Having a pool that's used for stuff other than faeces. Knifes, forks and plates which don't instantly splinter / bend on contact and being able to drink out of an actual glass. Being able to get home afterwards and know exactly what I've spent, instead of desperately sifting through receipts ready to present for the Audit Nazis in preparation for the inevitable arse-raping over having the audacity to feed myself during a week long trip I never wanted to go on in the first fecking place...

See Wakefield thread. :)
I said "cheap and grotty". As in I'm prepared to drop my usual 5 star platinum all-inclusive holidays down to a 4 star gold if I absolutely must.

Even saying the name "Wakefield" in my head, makes me feel poor.
 
#68
Think I've mentioned it on here before but...

Since I went part time 3 years ago I've done very little on a weekly basis at work. I didn't do a great deal when I was full time for that matter but that's what being in a specialist niche gets you I suppose - busy bursts of activity for a very few days, then just pottering around until the next burst of activity.

I get into the office at 7 on a Tuesday, fire up the PC to find about 10 or so emails waiting for me. All but 2 or 3 are corporate nonsense/spam and get deleted without reading. The remainder either require no action or a reply. Said reply being either a quick "thank you" or something that requires a minor amount of effort. If I'm not done by 8:30 to 9-ish I'm having a busy week. I've recently discovered that I can access my work email account from home via Outlook 365, so I can check what awaits me before I get to the office, forewarned is forearmed.

The rest of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are spent waiting for something to come in and looking busy. I'm EXTREMELY good at looking busy. It's a regular occurrence on many days for me to do no work at all. The blokes I work for are often out at meetings or working from home, so most weeks for one or often two of the three days I'm Billy-no-mates. I still need to look busy for the other folks wandering about the office but just spend my time surfing or chatting via email with a lad I used to work with a few years ago - another one well developed in the art of being a wastrel, just like me.

No one ever asks me what work I've got on or what I'm doing. Yes, it can be boring but I'm getting paid for it and they all seem happy with me, so why worry.
This sounds much like my own current gig, except I'm 'full time'.

The army taught me well, and skive to survive is something I'm exceptionally good at.

People apologise for interrupting my 'busy schedule' and are grateful for the time I've 'lost' on my own shit.

I'm planning on semi retirement soon to ease the pressure and draw my pension before they move the goalposts again.

Cheers, easy.
 
#69
'forcibly retired' aged 52, heart burst, which was a bugger as i just got my 'job for life' doing community service for a brewery delivering their products, good wage, great pension, good outfit to work for (Marstons actually) - heart popped 4 weeks prior to taking up post......

2 years of financial ruin till ESA and army+plod pension got sorted (took early, cos the govt said i could),

Very quickly bored, so took up an OU History degreee, Brain working, enjoyable. planning mine and other half's future of holidays and much relaxing, HA!

3.5 years ago Granddaughter(4.5 yrs) came to live with us (Complicated,now permanent)

Life turned on head, parent again, in all but name, school run to do, bloody homework.

Discovered ARRSE in 2016, spend far too much time on here, mostly laughing, it certainly passes any quiet time

60 soon, but feel younger than ever - just need to take medication, keep heart pumping, and retirement should be quite lengthy
 
#70
'forcibly retired' aged 52, heart burst, which was a bugger as i just got my 'job for life' doing community service for a brewery delivering their products, good wage, great pension, good outfit to work for (Marstons actually) - heart popped 4 weeks prior to taking up post......

2 years of financial ruin till ESA and army+plod pension got sorted (took early, cos the govt said i could),

Very quickly bored, so took up an OU History degreee, Brain working, enjoyable. planning mine and other half's future of holidays and much relaxing, HA!

3.5 years ago Granddaughter(4.5 yrs) came to live with us (Complicated,now permanent)

Life turned on head, parent again, in all but name, school run to do, bloody homework.

Discovered ARRSE in 2016, spend far too much time on here, mostly laughing, it certainly passes any quiet time

60 soon, but feel younger than ever - just need to take medication, keep heart pumping, and retirement should be quite lengthy


Dam good show old boy, Arrse encompasses the noble art of laughing at the absurd, strange, wierd and understanding the military mind-set, that is so alien to the average civvie, joining in is half the fun, and reading the responses from the educated, not so educated and just plain ignorant, is a joy. The best is yet to come.
 
#72
Snigger

Your ticker has already had an amber caption. I'd say you were a shoe-in for next year's Deadpool thread.

On the subject of shoes, bagsy your size 9s when you roll a seven.
Chuff me, i know my persec is not good, but how the hoody do you know my shoe size !!!!!

Medication, ICD, and a will to live should keep me going, anyway, the 8 year old says i will live to 100, so there!
 
#73
I retired at 37, come to one of my talks and buy my book for £100 so you can learn how to retire early.
Early retirement and a book deal. Sounds fantastic. Clearly you haven't put a foot wrong.
 
#74
Snigger

Your ticker has already had an amber caption. I'd say you were a shoe-in for next year's Deadpool thread.

On the subject of shoes, bagsy your size 9s when you roll a seven.

Inspire confidence why don't you! FFS, the blokes survived this long, give him a break,..... But....if it all goes tits up can I have your power tools?
 
#75
Calling all old arrse-farrts. It don't matter where the money comes from as long as it does and wibble on you crazy diamonds. A comforting fact is that alcohol can be made from almost anything (once made Vimto wine).
 

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