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    The campus is heated by the steam that is produced as a by-product of the production of electricity in the University's own power plant. Essentially heating the campus is "free". The plant and many of the utilidors through which the steam is distributed are old and in need of repairs that will cost close $100 million. In my 16 years on campus we had four major outages. A couple of times we got well into the evacuation process before things were repaired. Many homes use glycol in their heating systems, but it is not possible when using steam heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    The campus is heated by the steam that is produced as a by-product of the production of electricity in the University's own power plant. Essentially heating the campus is "free". The plant and many of the utilidors through which the steam is distributed are old and in need of repairs that will cost close $100 million. In my 16 years on campus we had four major outages. A couple of times we got well into the evacuation process before things were repaired. Many homes use glycol in their heating systems, but it is not possible when using steam heat.
    So, extensive water damage from burst pipes with each outage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    So, extensive water damage from burst pipes with each outage?
    Water damage is limited to the utilidors the pipes are in. In this case they have heat restored to all buildings, but a few remain closed due to damage caused by being filled with steam. Also temperatures are now around -45.
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    I was lucky enough to get retired at age 50. First thing I did was sail around the Atlantic singlehanded for a year, and it hasn't got much worse in the subsequent 18 years. Do it and enjoy it. You'll only regret the things you didn't do. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesevans View Post
    I was lucky enough to get retired at age 50. First thing I did was sail around the Atlantic singlehanded for a year, and it hasn't got much worse in the subsequent 18 years. Do it and enjoy it. You'll only regret the things you didn't do. Have fun!
    Good for you!

    I punched out of my career at age 53 (after 32+ yrs. in Law Enforcement/Dive Rescue/EMS) - best decision ever. Never looked back with regret - always looking forward with a sense of adventure.

    As for all that time invested, the benchmark of any fulfilling career is to be able to look back and say "If I could do it all over again, I'd do it all over again." I would.

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    Retired in 2002. Will turn 69 this year. Wish I could have retired earlier than 56, grateful that I could retire then.

    Yesterday I was sitting in our living room looking out the back door at 40 Canadian geese feeding in our lake. Suddenly they got very nervous and then a bald eagle strafed their formation. He then wheeled in the air for another chance. They huddled very close together and the eagle decided he wasn't having goose for lunch.

    Batching it while Nancy is on a mission trip to an orphanage/school in Haiti. Have a full riding calendar this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud View Post
    Have a full riding calendar this summer.
    Life is good.
    That does sound good. I will be retired two years on April 11, 2015. It took some getting used to. I felt a little guilty about not having to go into work, but I've gotten over that. I was 63 when I retired, so I put my years in. Hopefully my health will hold up. I am working out and taking care of myself, and plan on riding to Billings and surrounding areas for some bucket-list riding, and hopefully some other road trips as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud View Post
    Retired in 2002. Will turn 69 this year. Wish I could have retired earlier than 56, grateful that I could retire then.

    Yesterday I was sitting in our living room looking out the back door at 40 Canadian geese feeding in our lake. Suddenly they got very nervous and then a bald eagle strafed their formation. He then wheeled in the air for another chance. They huddled very close together and the eagle decided he wasn't having goose for lunch.

    Batching it while Nancy is on a mission trip to an orphanage/school in Haiti. Have a full riding calendar this summer.

    Life is good.
    Every day, even now with some ice on the river, the geese come in and land (sometimes with a bit of ice landing humor) in front of our house. Never see the eagles here. I think that they are somewhat wussy when it comes to getting live food. Geese fight back. Being retired affords me the time to watch all of this in a beautiful spot.

    Does your "riding calendar" have the SFFR included? If not then be sure and read the upcoming 2015 promo..... after Ride Report2014 (sigh). See you in Billings? Ha, retirement, all the time but carefully pinching the pennies. Like one fella quipped: I'm glad that I am now on a fixed income because the other one I had was broke. - Bob (66 and still taking nourishment)
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    A seasonal Bump

    Wondering status of recent retirees, those who were and are planning the change as well.And of course the seasoned folks.

    Been a fast 7 years this December...have not regretted the decision and have not gone back to visit and ask for any favors/swag as many before me often did.I keep in touch with a few still there...they say I left at a good time.

    Adjusted spending habits a little, being salaried I lost the OT extra cash about five years before I left,so wasn't a big adjustment.The once a month check instead of bi-weekly did take a bit.
    Definitely more active outdoors than I was right before retiring, and mentally/physically feel great...Dr thinks so too.
    Retirement doesn't mean sedentary or boring here
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Wondering status of recent retirees, those who were and are planning the change as well.And of course the seasoned folks.

    Been a fast 7 years this December...have not regretted the decision and have not gone back to visit and ask for any favors/swag as many before me often did.I keep in touch with a few still there...they say I left at a good time.

    Adjusted spending habits a little, being salaried I lost the OT extra cash about five years before I left,so wasn't a big adjustment.The once a month check instead of bi-weekly did take a bit.
    Definitely more active outdoors than I was right before retiring, and mentally/physically feel great...Dr thinks so too.
    Retirement doesn't mean sedentary or boring here
    Helped no doubt by you continuing to send H. out to work each day...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Helped no doubt by you continuing to send H. out to work each day...........
    She does that to get away from me 'cause it not for the $$. It pays the light bill at least and keeps her busy.
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    I have now been retired for just over a year... don't regret it one bit. I find myself pausing regularly to remind myself how lucky I am. For anyone who is on the ledge trying to decide when to retire, my opinion is to do it as soon as possible. One never knows when health or other outside influences will make you wish you did.
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    I retired from my 30 year corporate career 9 years ago, at age 52. I'm a firm believer that stress will shorten your life and I figured you can only extend retirement on the front end. I stayed retired for about 3 years, shot my first every 78 on the golf course, skied 60+ days a year and motorcycle toured extensively with my wife. While it was awesome to wake up in the morning with nothing I had to do, I started getting kinda bored.

    I now do some part time consulting, working from home and managing philanthropic giving for a non-profit. I control my hours, get paid for it and have found it's the perfect balance of freedom, responsibility and fulfillment. Bottom line...doing all the things you want to do is great, but so is helping others. As I'm sure many retirees have found, you do need to find volunteer work or some way to give back. I wouldn't return to the high stress corporate world for anything, but I do enjoy having a little structure to my life.

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    I've been retired 11 months now after working 40 years for the Federal Government and I'm loving it.
    It's great getting paid to do nothing
    I know, I know, some of you will say I was paid before to do nothing
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    Retirement

    Got up late because didn't sleep well. Putted around with a cuppa while preparing for a big day, and then got on the bike and headed for town the long way. Had a quiet lunch with the newspaper and no other sit down customers. Left lunch and aimed Westerly picking right or left turns as the decisions arose. I went by a reservoir I had never seen because the leaves or direction concealed it in the past. Passed two places to buy apple cider, that is in season, and didn't stop because the ride today is so nice, I will come back soon.
    I went by the place where my wife and I had our first vegetable garden 40 years ago. Passed the place where we saw our first eastern mountain lion around here. Very rare to witness personally.
    My right hand developed a cramp at the base of the right 3 fingers, on the technical 2nd and 3rd gear roads that brought me home.

    NONE of this would have happened had I been at work !
    I love riding and retirement.
    Charlie

    Congratulations "bogthebasher". (Previous post)
    May you have many more years of retirement.

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