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Author: TMFBreakerRob Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Home Fool Supernova Phoenix 1
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Subject: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 2:36 PM
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Hi guys! I just recently found out about this board....perhaps too late (since its now "after the fact"). But anyway....today is a special day for me....

Today...I retired. :D

I'm 57. Not an impressively early age by the targets some of you have, but it's a great (and strange) feeling to be retired finally and I just wanted to encourage you guys to keep it up and not "grow weary".

I've been an investor for about 45 years, which would suggest that I "should" have been able to retire earlier, but I've been clawing my way back since '93 from a failed business that almost bankrupted me. Seventeen years later....it's time to celebrate! And your day will come as well. :)

Rob
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Author: mazske Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 4935 of 5068
Subject: Re: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 2:54 PM
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Hey Rob,

Glad you found the board. It's never too late to find any board as you can read all of the posts from day one. I did hear a rumor on some board though that TMF is considering shutting down the boards. I do hope it's only a rumor.

So, you are retired. Where did you retire from? Isn't TMF a job for you since you are TMFBreakerRob?

I hope to keep in touch with you, Home Fool Rob. :-)

FIRE Wannabee mazske signing off for now. :-)

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Subject: Re: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 3:14 PM
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Isn't TMF a job for you since you are TMFBreakerRob? -- mazske

Investing is sorta my business, I suppose. One from which I will not retire as long as I'm still sufficiently lucid. So, in a sense, I'm not retired from investing. The TMF is not really a job in my mind because I'm not doing anything that I wouldn't otherwise be doing in my investing "job". My job duties only consist in being on the boards over at Rule Breakers.....which I would do anyway.

It's one of those "nice job if you can get it" sort of thing. LOL

Anyway..... to answer your question..... until today, my most recent job has been as a Vehicle Architect at Ford Motor. It was a position that required me to interact with the engineers designing the parts and systems, the Studio guys putting the shapes to the inside/outside, and the various attribute teams (safety, handling, aerodynamics, NVH, etc).....and lead the resolution of inherent conflicts by balancing the various tradeoffs involved.....and keeping in mind the various cost, weight and investment targets. All this given certain platform and timing constraints. A very interesting job..... :) I was responsible for the team putting together the Fusion, for example.

Rob
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Subject: Re: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 4:03 PM
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Anyway..... to answer your question..... until today, my most recent job has been as a Vehicle Architect at Ford Motor. It was a position that required me to interact with the engineers designing the parts and systems, the Studio guys putting the shapes to the inside/outside, and the various attribute teams (safety, handling, aerodynamics, NVH, etc).....and lead the resolution of inherent conflicts by balancing the various tradeoffs involved.....and keeping in mind the various cost, weight and investment targets. All this given certain platform and timing constraints. A very interesting job..... :) I was responsible for the team putting together the Fusion, for example.




"It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law."

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Author: TMFBreakerRob Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Home Fool Supernova Phoenix 1
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Subject: Re: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 4:29 PM
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...That form ever follows function. This is the law."

Not necessarily... :)

Rob
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Subject: Re: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 7:40 PM
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...That form ever follows function. This is the law."

Not necessarily... :)




..I can imagine the arguments you've had through the years!..

..never a dull moment I'd bet!..

..as an aside, I'm wondering if you've ever seen the 'mythbusters show'?..

..they did a great show where the dimpled a car, like the dimples on a golfball....seriously increased gas milage..

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/22/mythbusters-golf-ball-lik...

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Subject: Re: Finally! :) Date: 12/23/2010 10:54 PM
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..I can imagine the arguments you've had through the years!.. -- huibs

The best approach is to marshall people over to your position before a meeting, in my opinion. If there is no opportunity to do that, present your position, then work individuals in the crowd. There were not a lot of arguments though because the battle would be mostly decided before it was fought. :)

The only big confrontations I remember was if I decided somebody wasn't being a team player. Then there would be trouble....sometimes with that person being taken off the program. You can't just be a road block, you've got to be open to ideas and offer alternatives.

And, I remember being chewed out on occasion. The most memorable one is where a group of upper management ripped me apart in a meeting....for telling them the truth. In time, they came to see I was right, but I never got an apology.

I'm not sure how many of them are still with Ford though. There were a lot of cutbacks over the last few years.

Rob
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