Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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Halfway to the Rocking Chair

As one gets older the number of milestones become fewer and fewer. When we're young we have so many big life changes to look forward to as we progress from grade school to middle school to high school to college. It seems that turning 21 is one of the biggest events because you're legal for just about everything. You're fully an adult. Then there is the first professional job, the first car and first apartment. Maybe throw in a first spouse in there somewhere. About the only milestone you cross as you get older, however, seems to be around 35. Woohoo! You can now run for president of the United States!

Today is an anniversary of such for me. Even though I hired on full time with the gov't in March of 1993 I had worked a few Summers as a temp. The gov't lumps that time into your full time pot and you are given what is called a "service computation date." This is your official start date used for calculating retirement. Mine ended up being August 16, 1991, so today marks my 15th year in federal service. In gross terms that means that I am officially halfway to retirement. I'm not sure what the retirement age will be in 2021. If it's 60, then I'll have to work a few more years since I will only be 56.

This 15 year anniversary has much greater significance to me, however, in that I now have an increased benefit that will have most of you drooling. I now get 5 1/2 weeks of PAID vacation every year. That's right! 26 days off every year! Add those to the 10 federal holidays and I get 36 days off PAID every year! *does happy bear dance* So make all of your comments about lazy federal workers all you want. I will be enjoying my martini on all of my days off.
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