Whose job here is on borrowed time?

Discussion in 'General' started by motion, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. lightning97

    lightning97 Well-Known Member

    planning on 4+ more years of working which will put me at 72. 47 yrs in aviation with 94% of the time with helicopters. still fun except people issues sometimes. my partners are 74 and 49(his son) and we all get along. 2 of my sons work here also. for some reason we are swamped with work. hope to keep making good decisions! hang in there! oh yeah, turned in my 5 year notice on my birthday last year!
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  2. SuddenBraking

    SuddenBraking Tire collector

    Yeah, 55 is my "drop dead" date for retiring (41 now), no pun intended. Hoping some things at work can come to fruition to make it sooner than that, but not later than 55 unless I get divorced like seven times in the next decade :rolleyes:
  3. motion

    motion RockyMountainMotos.com

    I was 26 years old the last time I was employed by someone. It was a great job (teaching architects CADD and 3D), and was solid for 4 years. I was newly married, the wife popped a kid, bought a new condo in SoCal and had a new car with a payment. Then, BAM, laid off. It was a shock. I went out on my own and have been self-employed ever since. There have been times when I had $100K stuffed under my mattress, and there have been times when nearly everything was lost, but in the end, my life has been my own and I have pretty much done as I please since the age of 39. Bought a new Ferrari at age 40 for $220K cash, bought a couple million in real estate, had some fun, lost a lot in the markets.... but in the end, who cares? Sitting on the beach in a new country with my moto a few feet behind me is all I really need out of this life, besides the love and support of my family.

    The fun tickets are where its at :)
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  4. baconologist

    baconologist Well-Known Member

    Borrowed time? Hahahahaha, we traded in 40hr/wk corp gigs for a 168hr/wk gig
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  5. I don’t know how many times I have told the wife that.

    She works so hard and puts in so many hours. She loves her job and is great at it, but she just works too damn much.

    And it’s even worse now that she is working from home because it’s “right there”. All she has to do is get up and go over to her office. If she isn’t doing that, she’s answering emails and shit on her phone.

    I’ll get fed up and start bitching because I wanna do something, and she will be like “Ok just let me finish this...”

    I’m like “we’ve been together 6 years, and you have NEVER been ‘finished’. There is ALWAYS something, so at some point you have to just say fuck that shit and walk away”
  6. I know a lot of people who have made VERY good money for decades, got within 5-10 years of retirement age and realized they had blowed most of that shit.

    Most of those ended up retiring somewhere else.

    You can live great, in some really nice places, for pennies on the dollar, as long as you aren’t tied to the US.

    The chances of us retiring in the US are slim to none. I’m just waiting for the right opportunity (or the right package), and I’ll go where the job takes me.
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  7. SuddenBraking

    SuddenBraking Tire collector

    Isn't that more of a you problem? :Poke:
  8. :crackup:

  9. motion

    motion RockyMountainMotos.com

    Man, I'm with you there. We'll always keep our Montana house, but for 8 months of the year, its going to be out of the USA. I'm so done with $150 a night hotels, $12 for a glass of house wine, $5 for a baguette, $35 for an entree before tax and tip, $60 to mount a motorcycle tire, $100K for a 3/4 ton pickup. I have no idea how people can afford this rat race.
  10. sheepofblue

    sheepofblue Banned

    DoD time will tell but historically Democrats are bad for employment. Ran the numbers to see if I can retire if it comes to that.
  11. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    been with this privately owned corporate gig for 15 years now. owners take my word on things, the next gen did internships with me.

    am i dead set? heck no. every morning i wake up i think of plan B and C.

    my position is also somewhat glorified due to systemic faults in the company, but hey, i'm not complaining.

    as of now, the US and A is the perfect constellation for family/position/taxes/cost of living.

    over in the homeland i'd make 20-30% less and would also have min. 10-20% less at the end of the day thanks to taxes and outrageous mandatory health insurance, plus less buying power.

    as long as the owners keep calling me for stuff and i get to tell my boss how things run, i am keeping this job.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2021
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  12. motion

    motion RockyMountainMotos.com

    Hope that doesn't kill you.
  13. motion

    motion RockyMountainMotos.com

    You can say all you want about the USA, but if you put in the work, you do get the bennies.
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  14. pscook

    pscook Well-Known Member

    I work for Boeing in Commercial Aircraft production. Specifically the 777. The environment ain't great, but somehow they like me enough that they found me a job that aligns with my (limited) skills instead of getting laid off. (July 2nd I was called into boss's office): "Hey Phil, on July 10th you report to a new job. Have a great holiday weekend." Uh, wait? But the new job is kind of easy, and right now they still have budget for us (for now). I figure I've been on borrowed time for the last 12 months anyway, so I'll just keep going back until they tell me to go home.

    I'm pursuing another skillset and certification (Scrum Master) to position myself for what I think is the inevitable. If I get laid off, I'll jump in both feet, but for now I'm just getting schooled and looking for the perfect stepping off point (which will never come, unless I'm pushed).
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  15. Knotcher

    Knotcher Well-Known Member

    I don’t suppose you work in any of the Reno are systems.
  16. auminer

    auminer Renaissance Redneck

    ^^^So much this^^^

    I damn near killed myself making STOOPOID money for other people while being pretty damn well compensated for it.

    Now I play with dogs all day for less $$ every year than I've made in a day.... hell, in a few minutes... (for other people) in the past. I have enough that I really don't *have to* have to work, neither does the missus, but health insurance could be pricey without a company footing the bill, so we slave for the man & render unto Caesar.

    I've never been happier.

    As for the title question, as long as people are too damn lazy to pick up after their dogs, I'm employed.
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  17. Montoya

    Montoya Well-Known Member

    Had a colleague like that when it came time to retire. Built a gorgeous dream retirement cabin near the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Had everything paid off, respectable 401k, and an old school traditional pension. He worked the outage circuit though... so was used to more than doubling his base salary with OT. He kept going, one more 3-4 month outage... one more... wife eventually moved without him, thinking it would convince him to retire. When he finally was ready to step away from outage OT, he literally passed away (heart attack) before finishing the move. As someone who's naturally inclined to be a workaholic, it was quite the lesson. You just have to call it... you'll never be finished... make sure you devote time to family, friends, and living.
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  18. Jedb

    Jedb Professional Novice :-)

    What do you need in Reno?

    That area was originally ATT, then part of Nevada Bell, and now back to the smaller version of ATT.
    There's also a bunch of competitive players in there, like Zayo, Level3 (now Lumen), Sprint (wireline/fiber), and a couple of locals.
  19. Jed

    Jed mellifluous

    I'm looking into scrum product owner cert now. It seems to be the fancy name for what I've done that 20 years.
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  20. Rebel635

    Rebel635 Well-Known Member

    Not me, automation and robotics tech. Our field is starving for more people.
    And with everything being automated now, it’s not gonna slow down anytime soon. But covid been good. My employers been great, no loss of wages, paid us our Xmas and profit sharing bonuses and I’ve been working from home doing remote support. Very little traveling lately.
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