Retired after 36 years all full time.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mannbrown, May 14, 2015.

  1. mannbrown

    mannbrown he shoots he scores!!!!!!

    I finally did it. I walked away with 36 years in officially May 1. The last 6 years were living hell, Union steward Safety cochairman and a full route. The pain in my knees was not going away. About 3 months ago I filed workers comp on the left knee and continued to work. filed retirement paperwork then scheduled a scope of the knee. I'm healing up nicely. I sleep like a baby ,no more nightmares. This job is so difficult I feel for all of you. I am soo glad to be out of there. I will say the same thing I said my last day I don't have any regrets. I helped both my kids through college and created a nice living for my family. I don't think I would have stayed at that job had I been single when I started in 1979. I made a conscious decision I would walk away before I was crippled. Its so hard to walk away from an $85,000 a year job but I did it. My wife is working now after taking care of the home all these years so our rolls are reversed. I'm enjoying cooking meals and even housework. As soon as the knee heals I will find a very low stress job, and it looks like between my retirement her income and my income we will be making close to what I was making at UPS. I'm only in my late 50s so I still have a few working years left. You all take care and get outta there before you are to crippled to enjoy life!!!!(PEACE TO YOU ALL)
     
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  2. theslinger

    theslinger Member

    Congratulations.
    Hope the knee heals up real good.
     
  3. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    Congrats fellow man in brown!
     
  4. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Congrats!
    Finally get to enjoy life!
     
  5. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Congrats.
     
  6. Way to go! Hopefully I can join you in a few more years.
     
  7. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Welcome to the club!
     
  8. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    Congratulations
    :thumbup:
     
  9. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Welcome to retirement. The only flaw in your story is that you worked 6 years longer than you had to. That was a good trick getting your wife to go to work----how did you do that you lucky dog?
     
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  10. mannbrown

    mannbrown he shoots he scores!!!!!!

    I only stayed because both my kids were still in college> as far as my wife is concerned she is a wonderful woman. I told her we couldn't afford her scrapbooking addiction anymore SOOO she went to work at a place that sells scrapbooking supplies.HEY it worked(THANKS for all the GREAT feedback)
     
  11. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Enjoy your retirement. You earned it. When you get over 30 years in and are getting older the wear and tear adds up. I got out after 34 and if I had waited a couple of more years I probably would have barely been able to walk.
     
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  12. rod

    rod retired and happy


    My wife is a wonderful women also but no way in hell is she going back to work------even when the pension pukes on us. I found her two jobs yesterday and she just laughs.
     
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  13. retired2000

    retired2000 Active Member

    Congrats enjoy
     
  14. She just wants to be around you. Sexy old man.
     
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  15. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    our paths are similar. (I put in 38) My knees are shot (I use a cane) My wife is still working, though her job with an oilfield service company is tenuous at best right now. I waited till my daughter completed her studies in college, nursing school and got married. I cook 3 or 4 times a week. I don't do a lot of housework. We have people come in and clean once a month. It works out well. The folks at Kroger know me by name. Remember the crock pot is your friend! lol. Congrats. Best decision by far!:chef:
     
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  16. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Try a rollator.
    You can more easily take pressure off knees by pushing down on handles and when you stop to talk to someone or wait in line, sit down and take the load off your knees.
    Mine was more from 40+ years of competitive tennis than UPS but I imagine the hurt is the same.
     
  17. Not trying to be a jerk here. You can't even imagine the hurt on your body,from being in package.
     
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  18. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    You don't have to try.
    You can't imagine the hurt on your body from being an athlete.
     
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    Last edited: May 14, 2015
  19. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    you may have something there. I don't mind going to the store a lot since I can use the shopping cart to lean on. Standing in line is the worst. I'll look into it.
     
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  20. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Many times I have used a shopping cart as a walker.
     
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