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Old 03-04-2014, 08:56 PM   #111
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:00 PM   #112
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No commute for me. I've been down here for 15 years mostly gas drilling but the Eagle Ford shale took off in 2009 so now it's pretty much all oil drilling. We have crews in the Permian though.
We're in the process though of moving to San Antonio. The company I work for wants me to move there and be a manager at the new yard.They gave me a complete move package so what the heck. It just screws up our spring travel plans though.
Good luck to you in your new location and job.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:05 PM   #113
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:19 PM   #114
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I think we have paid into your retirement plan - Frito-Lay are about the only chips/dips we buy.
I'm close to the last retires to get a pension and insurance. New hires get saving programs for their retirement if they want to save for it.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:21 PM   #115
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I have a degree in Pulp and Paper Engineering , and have been with the same company for 38 years - through 5 name changes due to mergers and buy-outs - that is a major equipment supplier to the Pulp and Paper Industry.

I started as a Technical Service Engineer, and have held positions of Sales Engineer, Product Manager, Project Engineer, Senior Project Manager (Major Projects), Manager of Projects, and Senior Process Engineer.

Currently I am the Facilities Manager of our Pilot Plant and R&D Laboratory where we conduct in-house and client trials/studies in various pulping process and equipment trains on softwoods and hardwoods, and other fiberous materials such as bagasse, kenaf, reeds, etc. from around the world. We are also doing a considerable amount of work on BioFuels.

In this position, I do everything from changing light bulbs, process control programming and troubleshooting, mechanical, electrical, and piping repairs, to designing, installing and commissioning equipment. I also handle IT for our location.

Thus - Jack of All Trades, Master of None.

Oh yea, I have at least 5 years until I'm free (retirement)!

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Old 03-04-2014, 09:33 PM   #116
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I'm close to the last retires to get a pension and insurance. New hires get saving programs for their retirement if they want to save for it.
That's the way it's going today regarding defined pensions. The age of the traditional pension is soon to be a thing of the past.

Even in the Federal government which was long thought to offer a great pension has changed. For the longest time, federal employees were under what was called the Civil Service Retirement System in which we paid 7% of our salary into instead of paying Social Security taxes. That has now changed into the Federal Employee Retirement System into which Feds now pay SS plus are expected to contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan and manage their own plan.

The two plans are vastly different and the vast majority of Feds under FERS wish they were under the Civil Service Retirement System. I was offered the option to go into the FERS and am glad I didn't.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:58 PM   #117
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:20 PM   #119
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Every day is Saturday.....reitred, DW retires in 4 1/2 weeks....more Saturdays

*note - We use Passport America as much as possible

Like you, CSMRetired, every night is Friday night and every day is Saturday! I cant believe i have been retired for two years on march 9. DH just retired in January! We both retired from AT&T!
Congrats to your DW! She must be thrilled to know she is almost done!!
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:26 PM   #120
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...I cant believe i have been retired for two years on march 9...
But you were only 39 when you retired!
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