A small gloat

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When, at the age of 52 I got my final position I really enjoyed what I was doing but things change, management changed, we were sold on a couple of times, the only decent guy in a senior position went a year early because he could no longer put up with the shit being piled on him from above or the way he was expected to treat those below him. There were redundancies after redundancies. I was expected to do the jobs of two people and was being bullied by my own line-manager for "underperforming".
When I got the job, I had visions of staying on after 60 (my retirement age) maybe part-time if they would accept it, because I wanted to spend more time with my hobbies. By the age of 58 I couldn't wait to get out.
I remember waking up that first morning of my retirement and then I realised just how much stress I'd been under. It was April 30th, it was spring and I just felt so happy and raring to get on with all the things I wanted to do. I'm still enjoying it. There are many things I want to do Sometimes I do drive myself a bit hard because I set myself deadlines but every day is a joy and if I don't make the deadline - what the hell - I set them, I can move them and does it matter anyway.
Sure make your plans but make sure your pension is adequate in case circumstances change and you retire fully much earlier.
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Stuart wrote:

Situations can always change beyond our control. One reason I like working for a small company is there are less chances of working for changed management. That would be me as I'm the management. My boss is the owner, a person I've known, worked with and trusted for 30 years (he's owned this place for 20+)
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Dave Balderstone wrote:

Congratulations
Gifts from employers here in Australia attract a tax ,(Fringe Benefits Tax) , you have to pay the Govt the tax at 40% of the value of the gift. If you have a company car that you are allowed to use for personal use it attracts the same tax.
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Kevin (Bluey)
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"Kevin(Bluey)" wrote:

Here in the USA the IRS considers personal use of a company vehicle as income and taxes it accordling.
Back in the mid 80's things were beginning to get out of hand when a company car had risen to about $10/week for tax purposes.<G>
Lew
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Back in the early to mid 80's I was paying $150 per month in additional income taxes for the privlidge of driving a company vehicle.
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"Leon" wrote:

Needed a different bean counter, maybe somebody like J Carson's "Raoul of Bayonne"<g>
Lew
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Well I did get a new car every 6,000 miles and that also included all gasoline, services, insurance AND a private parking spot. ;~)
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"Leon" wrote:

Pretty much standard except my turn around was 60,000 which was about 25,000 to much for the GM and/or FoMoCo crap were were furnished in those days.
Forget Chrysler.
Lew
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And did they come to fill your car up, come get it to wash it, and get it come to service it? ;~) Mine were demo's, my porters kept up with it. And because they were demo's we had to turn them in at 6,000 miles or before so that the customer had a full 12,000 or 12 month warranty when they bought it. Oldsmobile at that time had a 12 and 12 warranty but extended the warranty up to 18 and 18 for demo's.
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"Leon" wrote:

Matter of fact yes.
Had a deal with the corner gas station.
The first of every month, would work from home doing reports.
Gas station would come to house get car and do all req'd service, then return.
Was a good deal for everybody.
I got the work done and he had fill in work during the day.
Lew
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On Sat, 05 Dec 2009 20:03:55 +0930, the infamous "Kevin(Bluey)"

So if your boss gives you a $20k car to drive (dual-purpose), the gov't wants you to cough up $8k?
Damned socialist bastiges!
-- Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. -- Thomas J. Watson
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Do they give it back if you quit/lose the job/transfer etc?
Puckdropper
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On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 18:01:24 -0600, Dave Balderstone

I got one of these:
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&pb708&cat=1,42884
-Zz
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On Sat, 05 Dec 2009 07:41:51 -0800, the infamous Zz Yzx

What? Are you a _terrorist_? That's an Assault Saw, sir!
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wrote:

Man, and I was all primed to say "you both suck!"
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On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 18:01:24 -0600, the infamous Dave Balderstone

A sexy new media center with coopered doors, perhaps?
P.S: You Suck! and Congratulations!
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Heh. I was actually thinking about a pizza paddle...

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On Sun, 06 Dec 2009 15:53:15 -0600, Dave Balderstone

pizza peel?
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AKA!
Time to dig through the scrap pile. Wonder if there's any cherry left...
What colour should I paint it?
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On Sun, 06 Dec 2009 15:53:15 -0600, the infamous Dave Balderstone

Make it a DIET pizza paddle. It'll sell like hotcakes!
-- To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. -- Robert Louis Stevenson
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