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Cali to ColoPerson was signed in when posted
05:27 PM ET (US)
Leebren, was it your husband's right knee? Stepping out of that LLV tens of thousands of times can sure be hard on that right knee. Did he use workman's comp. (o.k. if too personal to answer) on any of those surgeries? I have yet to meet someone with a total hand joint replacement . . . ouch!

But I just used a van yesterday, and maybe that can also be rough on joints (exiting that over the years), and I had some sore areas from turning and twisting differently in that.
Edited 10-22-2014 05:29 PM
leebrenPerson was signed in when posted
12:58 PM ET (US)
Cali, I encouraged my husband too, but I understood exactly what his job was like. He was 62 when he retired and had had knee surgery, two hernias, and a total joint replacement in his right hand from 36 years of carrying. I was thrilled when he decided to go, and he has never looked back. I do know some of my ex-coworkers who did not retire for whatever reason, many of them spouse related. I've said it many times, and I did hear it from the young people these days at the PO, when I started the older carriers were respected and no one would dream of trying to elbow them out for greed and seniority issues. Bunch of wannabes' these days. I literally had been carrying since before many of them had been born. Just laugh it off and tell them you carried in the rain for 30 years before they even got to the PO. Boss, some of those wives do exist. I have this vision of them holding the husband upside down shaking the money out of the pockets.
Cali to ColoPerson was signed in when posted
12:39 PM ET (US)
Boss, I really REALLY encouraged my husband to accept a cash bonus to retire at 56 yrs. old and apparently some of his co-workers were surprised that his wife encouraged him to go. Sad! I wanted him TO LIVE and I saw the high stress his section at a tech company was under. He exercises a lot, so I hope his heart is strong. He had a lot of responsibility (I found out at his retirement party), and the workload was continual. Tech people with projects due can work without stopping, and what I mean by that is that "there is something to be done ALL of the time". His adjustment to retirement (30 plus years in tech) could be harder than for most. But he is very happy right now. We aren't saving much on lunches out for him, because he frequently still meets a variety of friends for lunch. And now he is able to see the chiropractor, and attend other medical appointments without a stress conflict with work.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
12:19 PM ET (US)
/m53200 On troll, I must agree. After all, same guy argued that health coverage was only for the deserving 'right' people. I mean, who else pushes that Nazi crap but a troll?
postalvetPerson was signed in when posted
11:07 AM ET (US)
/m53197 calling people dinosaur's just because they will not retire when you believe they should shows you do not know these people at all.

and this statement "Just having some fun posting"

makes me believe you are trolling
Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
11:00 AM ET (US)
Another thing I've witnessed, that Stifles a Carrier's intention to retire at or near their MRA, is when a male Carrier marries (re-marries) a YOUNGER WIFE. She WON'T LET him retire. Invariably, this is true. And, knowing full well that I will have to fend off charges of being Chauvinistic - I have NEVER seen this happen, when the roles were reversed (female Carrier, marrying younger man - and he won't let her retire). Never.

I had to stand there and listen to it, from more than a dozen guys who bitched about their YOUNG wives 'Putting their foot down' - won't let their hubby retire, and he'd better "stay on the 12-hour O.T. list", or there will be Hell to pay. For them, I had no sympathy. If they didn't know this, going in, they were morons - or, just figured they'd be ruling the roost. They all worked as Carriers, 41 years AND LONGER. They worked, until they were all broke-down, really.

Some countries and societies feature a Patriarchal Household model, such as Ireland. Man is Head Of The Household, period. Then, there's the Matriarchal Household, like Germany. Woman's in charge, undisputed. America is a mix of the two, with the heavier half being toward the Matriarchal style of family. Most times, the woman's in charge of the household. She's the Gatekeeper, deciding who the family friends will be, where they're all going for Thanksgiving Dinner, etc. - so, make your plans accordingly, men.

Don't get me wrong - I'm no Misogynist. I just believe in knowing what you're involved in, and not fooling yourself. My wife is totally supportive of my being retired, and she is sincere in that feeling. If that had not been clear to me beforehand, I would have thought twice about getting married. My FIRST wife....well, that was another story. But, that was over & done with, long ago.
Edited 10-22-2014 11:01 AM
Cali to ColoPerson was signed in when posted
09:48 AM ET (US)
As far as carriers go, our cases are set up in a way that it is very difficult to talk with each other. If anyone is negative, I can be about having a hard time with heavy volume days. But my case partner and I try to stop any negativity. She FINALLY got her worker's comp. case APPROVED after insisting on speaking to a supervisor at workman's comp. Now she can continue therapy. She is still only working and getting paid for 3 hours a day, WHY doesn't she receive FULL pay since it is a work related injury? Is this the part where she must sue the one who hit her for lost wages, or should workman's comp. be paying her full salary? Just asking, please don't chide me for not researching for myself right now.
HammsbonePerson was signed in when posted
09:36 AM ET (US)
Actually if some these dinosaur's hadn't caused other's any trouble I wouldn't make a comment like that. Not everyone was like that, but some complained all the time from their kids, wife, money, or other workers. They thought they owned the P.O. and how people should work there. Actually I think it's a good thing that they contribute to my retirement system and not draw anything out. If they want to be greedy and never retire that's Ok, just don't bother anyone else at work with your problems. I think it was mostly the people stuck in the building that had to put up with these old complaining dinasaur's. I don't have those problem's of a crabby wife at home, or not knowing what to do with myself when I retired. Just having some fun posting.
Edited 10-22-2014 09:44 AM
mulligan2Person was signed in when posted
08:21 AM ET (US)
Sometimes it's all about money. Worked with two in a plant, a MH and a Clerk, CSRS, both retired Military and over 65. They get Military retirement, SS and are rated 60% disabled by VA. Senior enough to have easy jobs and first pick on leave weeks. Neither fish or play golf and traveled enough while on active duty. Some people just enjoy working.
Cali to ColoPerson was signed in when posted
06:47 AM ET (US)
Hammsbone, I took your post /m53191 as a general statement, and we have someone or two like that here. They are still in really good shape to carry, and number two or so still works on the big list and his days off. Maybe this great workhorse knows his job keeps him more alive than if he retired.
HammsbonePerson was signed in when posted
04:40 AM ET (US)
It's not a statement directed at you Reality. I'm sorry if it sounded like it was, because of your post being close to mine. Not directed at any one individual. Just a general statement or opinion on a certain group of people at the PO. You know the one's that work for 45 years and then die without ever retiring. The no-lifers who come in everyday, usually complaining about something or someone, making everybody miserable. Who will never give up their position as king of the mountain, and wants everyone to acknowledge that they are number 1.
Edited 10-22-2014 04:58 AM
Reality checkPerson was signed in when posted
09:45 PM ET (US)
/m53191 Who are you talking to?
postalvetPerson was signed in when posted
09:43 PM ET (US)
/m53191 very mature!!!

good thing this is not rick owens (PEN) forum or your post would disappear.
HammsbonePerson was signed in when posted
09:08 PM ET (US)
Keep working at the post office until death, don't disappoint me and retire. Become old, unhealthy, and miserable. Keep contributing to the pension fund 7% csrs. You will have that status at the P.O. of being unero numero 1, and be forever cherished by your loving co-workers. Nobody will care when they plant you in the ground, except your relatives who will get your money.
Edited 10-21-2014 09:13 PM
Reality checkPerson was signed in when posted
07:55 AM ET (US)
Dazed, There's a whole new world outside the USPS! I was discussing that topic with a couple of my clerk friends yesterday. Plenty of gigs to be had, plenty of money making opportunities, they're all there for the taking. You already know the side gig that I have, and once I retire from the USPS, I'm going to explore many more. I will probably follow in your foot steps upon retirement, and do something else for at least a few years. You have charted your financial course very well indeed!
DazedandConfusedPerson was signed in when posted
07:22 AM ET (US)
/m leebren, I really don't think I could have made 2 more years in the PO.
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