Here we are again; my gubbmint anniversary date. Hopefully I'll only have to make this post 2 more times. I've survived 28 years working for 3 different agencies over the years. 2 were short temporary stints. I've been with this agency for over 26 years. Yup. I'm ready to call it quits. Life is too short to just keep working if you don't really have to. I've become a simple bear. Just give me food and whiskey (preferably in new exotic locations) and I'll be happy. The age of materialism is over for me. Time-in-service is an important number, but age is the bigger factor. I should hit my minimum retirement age at about the same time I hit 30 years of service. I may take a 1% pay cut if I don't have my full 30 in, but I will forgo less than $100/month for the piece of mind of being responsible to no one.