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Tom Poje

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Tom Poje last won the day on March 2 2022

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  1. from a part time lurker... my wife says I'm irrational and when speaking I go on and on and on... does that count?
  2. Andy - Yes, without having the pressures of a work schedule, I now attend morning Mass. And taught myself how to play the psaltery, so they even get a little extra music for the morning. Wonderful instrument, wish I had discovered it earlier. I seem to recall one of the questions I worked into the Nondiscrimination answer book went something like "Andy's Heart Nut Company..." May God grant you many years of wonderful retirement.
  3. Congrats Andy. Thanks for all the sharing of info. And putting up with my very dry humor over the years I only look in once and a rare while but at least I was inspired to look in at a good time. God bless on your retirement.
  4. my calculations (though I don't remember if I included it on the spreadsheet) for SOC Sec is a 3.2% increase and lo and behold the numbers match what I came up with using the formula from https://www.narfe.org/federal-benefits-institute/cola/ There will be a 3.2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuities, military retirement annuities and Social Security benefits; and a 2.2 percent COLA for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) annuities, applicable to payments provided in January 2024. Each year’s COLA is determined by comparing the change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from year to year, based on the average of the third-quarter months of July, August and September. The CPI-W figure for September 2023 was 302.257, .33 percent higher than the average CPI-W for the third quarter of 2023, which was 301.236 (1982-84 = 100). The annual COLA is determined by comparing the change in the CPI-W from year to year, based on the average of the third-quarter months of July, August, and September.
  5. my every once and a while peek in nice to see the spreadsheet is still being used at least I am remembered for something! God has been very kind to me the past year. still seem to be in good health. turned 66 last month and next month I put in my application for Soc Sec. what excitement, but I think my heart will hold out. Don't miss the rat race, able to get up every morning and get over to church without having the worries of testing and forms and deadliness God bless to all! Have a great day!
  6. this was the spreadsheet from many moon agos controlledgroup.xlsx
  7. Retired from pensions, but extremely active at church, and loving the time I can spend for God. No money, but what the heck...
  8. A Mexican magician was going through his routine, card tricks and pulling rabbits out of the hat, etc. His last act, was one in which he promised to vanish in front of everyone! All props were moved, there he was standing all alone in the middle of the stage. He claimed this trick was as easy as 1 - 2 -3 No smoke no mirrors. The audience tensed in anticipation. He began "UNO" the crowd leaned forward The magician staring at the audience, in a quite dramatic tone announced "DOS" A hush filled the auditorium. It was now all very quiet and still. All were on the edge of their seats Suddenly the magician disappeared without a ......."TRES".
  9. pop in my head once and awhile. Nice to see my spreadsheet still gets used. ha. I contributed something to the pension world. Soc sec will also jump sizably. Over 8.5%, for those of us that plan to start collecting within a year or so. Have almost taken out all of my pre-Roth 401k $, and no taxes. one Roth was permitted I deferred everything there. I remember the arguments presented regular deferral vs Roth, and the conclusion leaned towards regular 401k was better because you would most likely be in a lower income tax bracket. but I don't recall any of the arguments saying your soc sec incomes becomes taxable if you have over a certain amount of income, but all of a sudden that kicks in and the so called advantage disappears, at least in my opinion. anyway, as for me...in May 2021 my PSA count shot up to 16.6 (Anything below 4.0 is considered safe) MRI showed spots on the prostate, and the prognosis was probably cancerous. The doctor expected a "4", the biopsy came back a "1" which means everything is benign. The doctor simply shook his head and couldn't understand those results. Had a couple of priests lay hands on me before the biopsy, and many prayers. Results of my annual physical today was PSA of 3.08. Didn't change my diet, didn't take any medication. No real explanation given for such a dramatic drop in the last 15 months. But I believe it was the prayer. God gave me a wonderful gift.
  10. Is the 'keep on smiling' a hint for adapting American Pie in the spirit of my other songs? Long long time ago, I can still rememberHow that music used to make me smile.... Apply apply for the Medicare Pie....
  11. don't try this at home.... so, while I'm not collecting Soc Sec yet, June 1 I was within 3 months of my 65th calendar year birthday. And as such, that is the earliest date to start the application for Medicare. Supposedly, if you have set up an account on the soc sec website, you can apply there. tried that, the only thing that shows up asked for my medicare number which I don't have so that was no good. So I called Medicare and they set up an appointment, but that call would be late July. I then went to the Medicare site to try to apply on line, and...it gives a link to go through soc sec. When I clicked on that I was back to my soc sec acct, but this time there were a bunch of questions about filling out on line for Medicare. go and figure. A few days letter I received indicating the phone appointment was cancelled. then I received another letter indicating the medicare card would be sent in 2 weeks. And another letter checking to see if I was eligible for supplemental drug coverage. and today, my card arrived at my brothers address...My brother called them and they have no idea why the card was sent there. Seeing how I already received 3 pieces of mail from them, this is a great puzzle. well, at least I do have a number. Now I can get signed up with a health insurance company for supplemental coverage. At the rate I am going, I might just have everything in place by my 65th birthday. I guess word to the wise, start your application at the earliest possible date. good grief.
  12. Retired, pop in here once and a while. Sorry to hear the gripes, having done software support for years on Pentabs (1992 - 1997). Worked my 'butt off' to learn the system and provide the best support I could, because it made a difference to me. Switched jobs when Pentabs closed down, did some training when a member of the Southern User Group, used to give away a number of Crystal reports I created. Have fortunately 'forgotten' much of the pension tuff, so no more grief of ADP test deadlines and the like. Now spending much of the time at church. Today is an especially glorious day for me. New tabernacle will be unveiled today, from funds I donated, quite a story with that, God gets what He wants when He wants.
  13. you might be able to verify it from this spreadsheet. haven't looked at it in years, only look at this website once and awhile heck, I'm retired so I m not going any farther than that... ideal salary current.xls
  14. Humbug. The Grinch and Mr. Scrooge are not happy about posting this. Merry Christmas to all christmas puzzle - 130 protected with answers.xls
  15. good luck. simply print out the song list on the second page and enter the number of the song in the corresponding yellow box. It will tell you whether you made a good guess or not. Scrooge told me to wish you a Bah Humbug as well. christmas_puzzles__130_to_solve.xls
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