The Gunslinger said, "My advice to you is to get yourself a Holy Book, then learn how to pray."
The Preacherman said, "My advice to you is to get yourself a gun, then learn how to shoot."
The Politician said, "My advice to you is to get yourself free of superstitions and weapons, then learn how to trust in me."


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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Archive from May 19, 2007

Entry for May 19, 2007

So it will soon begin, yet another chapter. July will capture my 55th birthday, and an "early" retirement shortly thereafter. It would seem that with 34 years in the same business, with 30 consecutive years with the same employer, the word "early" would not apply. Since retirement age is usually thought of as "60 something,” most would consider my situation a true early retirement. I often felt it would not be early enough. My Social Security records have me paying benefits since I was 15; 40 years in the work force. I had been working since age 12 but paid nothing to Social Security before age 15. Not a bad sum, 43 working years out of 55.

Financially retirement should work out. I have always felt credit card debt to be one of the great obstacles to financial security. To me a credit card is a tool, a free loan that must be paid in full at the end of each month. Instead of me paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to card companies, they pay me at least a few hundred dollars each year in rebates. My pension should be adequate. Hopefully the savings and investments will not be needed for living expenses.

The official moment I leave my employer will be August 3, 2007. The last page of this chapter will turn at the end of that day. Hoping for many crisp new empty pages to fill. The website is up; the horizon holds enough freelance work to keep me sane, my health is not too bad. Life is what it is, and the time to move on is near.

Thanks for listening.

James A. Zachary Jr.

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