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    Hi, guys.

    How are you dealing with the Covid pandemic?

    We may have a little light at the end of the tunnel
    but our UK daily death toll is now nearing the 1000
    mark. One bit of happy news, it looks as though
    our Prime Minister may be improving.

    Stay safe, stay well.

    Ken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Hi, guys.

    How are you dealing with the Covid pandemic?

    We may have a little light at the end of the tunnel
    but our UK daily death toll is now nearing the 1000
    mark. One bit of happy news, it looks as though
    our Prime Minister may be improving.

    Stay safe, stay well.

    Ken.

    A guy on my crew got it right before he retired and gave it to another crew member who just got out of the Hospital. Work has slowed down to the point one line is shut down, another is reduced and one has plenty of work but anybody with a cough is sent home. We have about 380 employees at my plant and even I have had my hours cut by 20%. I'm #4 in seniority so I'll work until I retire or they close the plant. There are a lot of For Sale signs in the parking lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    A guy on my crew got it right before he retired and gave it to another crew member who just got out of the Hospital. Work has slowed down to the point one line is shut down, another is reduced and one has plenty of work but anybody with a cough is sent home. We have about 380 employees at my plant and even I have had my hours cut by 20%. I'm #4 in seniority so I'll work until I retire or they close the plant. There are a lot of For Sale signs in the parking lot.
    My wife and I are long retired and so the stress and hardship that many are suffering,
    in the main, are passing us by. Our pensions are sufficient for our needs and, as long
    as the pension providers stay solvent, we are OK.

    My bro' who is self employed in the automotive sector, has had no work now for weeks.
    being a prudent guy has has some reserves to fall back on but I guess he was not
    expecting four to six months - minimum - disruption to his cash flow. The government
    are allocating funds for the self employed - based on earnings over the last three years -
    but these won't be available until around June.

    Stay safe, stay well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    My wife and I are long retired and so the stress and hardship that many are suffering,
    in the main, are passing us by. Our pensions are sufficient for our needs and, as long
    as the pension providers stay solvent, we are OK.

    My bro' who is self employed in the automotive sector, has had no work now for weeks.
    being a prudent guy has has some reserves to fall back on but I guess he was not
    expecting four to six months - minimum - disruption to his cash flow. The government
    are allocating funds for the self employed - based on earnings over the last three years -
    but these won't be available until around June.

    Stay safe, stay well.

    Ken.

    I planned to retire at the end of September. However, due to the hit my retirement savings took with the recent crash along with both my company and government pension timing, it may be after the first of the year. I'm in better shape than a lot of people though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    I planned to retire at the end of September. However, due to the hit my retirement savings took with the recent crash along with both my company and government pension timing, it may be after the first of the year. I'm in better shape than a lot of people though.
    We are lucky having both been able to retire early, 26 years for me and
    21 years for Diane. I can remember when life expectancy after retirement
    was a mere five to ten years.

    Looks like we are starting to relax some of the Covid-19 restrictions. In
    some areas I think it is a bit too early - time will tell.

    Currently there have been 219,183 confirmed cases and 31,855 deaths
    giving a fatality rate of 14.53%. That is a pretty high percentage for
    any illness although many of those who died had underlying problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    We are lucky having both been able to retire early, 26 years for me and
    21 years for Diane. I can remember when life expectancy after retirement
    was a mere five to ten years.

    Looks like we are starting to relax some of the Covid-19 restrictions. In
    some areas I think it is a bit too early - time will tell.

    Currently there have been 219,183 confirmed cases and 31,855 deaths
    giving a fatality rate of 14.53%. That is a pretty high percentage for
    any illness although many of those who died had underlying problems.

    Ken.

    It's looking like the first of March for me. I'm limited on what I can make once I retire. For every $3 I make over a certain amount, I lose $1 in social security. The longer I work the more I can make. On February 27, I'll be with the company 45 years. I figure that close I might as well get past my Anniversary. We also get a bonus for the last year around then. Plus, the first year of retirement, I am not limited on earnings.

    I'm hoping to get a job writing, either literature or in TV/Movies. While I am done with factory work, I don't really want to quit working altogether. All my life I've worked, often two or three jobs. I just want to get away from getting up at 4:30 in the morning and an hour commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    It's looking like the first of March for me. I'm limited on what I can make once I retire. For every $3 I make over a certain amount, I lose $1 in social security. The longer I work the more I can make. On February 27, I'll be with the company 45 years. I figure that close I might as well get past my Anniversary. We also get a bonus for the last year around then. Plus, the first year of retirement, I am not limited on earnings.

    I'm hoping to get a job writing, either literature or in TV/Movies. While I am done with factory work, I don't really want to quit working altogether. All my life I've worked, often two or three jobs. I just want to get away from getting up at 4:30 in the morning and an hour commute.
    Fingers crossed for you on the March 1 date, Grouch.

    One of the first joys of retirement is waking up, looking at the clock
    and thinking 'Don't need to get up now.' Another hour? or two? or
    three? it doesn't matter any more. I can still get up, with no bother,
    at any any time - my earliest now is about 0630 on shopping day - it
    is nice to go into a shop and find only one or two people there. My
    usual time is about 0930 - bedtime is usually around midnight to one
    o'clock irrespective of what time I might need to get up. I guess it is
    the remnants of my service life discipline still hanging on, almost
    permanent guard duties, two hours on four hours off for a month at
    a time in the middle east.

    Ken.
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    I've told people I plan to get up in the morning and drive slow during rush hour with my turn signal on. With some places starting back up, my commutes are getting busier. There were times I'd be the only car on a mile of roadway. I'm going to miss that part of the shut down.
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    Originally Posted by grouch
    I'm limited on what I can make once I retire. For every $3 I make over a certain amount, I lose $1 in social security.



    Aha!, taxes, it is amazing how much the gubbmints can screw out of us. Let's take £20 of my hard earned pension.

    Income tax is 20% or £4 leaving me with £16. 10 Litres of petrol is £11.70 of which
    £5.80 is tax. I now have £4.30
    left. A pint of beer at £3.10, of which 54p is tax
    leaves me with £1.20. I can get a pack of chips for £1.20 of which 21p
    is tax. I
    have now spent all my money. Gross earnings £20, gross tax £10.55 gross benefit
    to me £9.45 or 47.5% of my
    gross earnings. But, of course, that is not the end
    of the tax on my paltry £20 - each of the retailers from whom I bought
    the above
    mentioned goods will be taxed on the profit they made - the only people that don't
    pay any tax are the vampires
    who have just sucked £10.55 of my money off me.

    Ken.
    Last edited by Ken; 05-13-2020 at 01:54 PM.
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    In case anyone is wondering how I managed to
    edit my previous post - it is a bit convoluted.

    Copy the post you wish to edit. Right click the
    Edit button and select 'Open link in a new window'.
    If the new window is blank, 'Paste' the copied
    text into the 'Edit' window. Edit as required and
    Save. Then exit back to original window, right
    click a blank area, select 'Reload' and reload.
    The edited text should now be shown. It works
    for me.

    Ken.
    Last edited by Ken; 05-15-2020 at 06:47 AM.
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