Wednesday, March 27, 2013


    Maybe it's something about turning 60 this year, or maybe it just feels like I've had enough of the salt mines, but I've given notice at work that I'm retiring.  Financial advisers seem to be pretty unanimous in feeling that my paltry 401k, or whatever it is, will not put me anywhere Millionaire Acres in the game of life, but as I noted in a Christmas letter a couple years back, what I need more than money right now is more time.

    I was hoping to make a low key exit.  Though I've worked at my place of employment for over 30 years and of course have made friends there, I just wanted to be the fellow to just ride off quietly into the sunset.  Just my style.

    Alas, I was asked to give a two-month notice and as soon as I did that, they posted my job--with my name next to it.  I wasn't expecting that.  So every day since, and I mean EVERY DAY SINCE, at least one person has come up to me with congratulations and the inevitable questions.  When is your last day?  Is Wendy retiring too?  What are you going to do?

     OK, my last day is April 30th.  Wendy is NOT retiring, despite having worked longer at the same place of employment (we actually commute to work together).  She's still younger than I am by about three years.

     And I don't know exactly what I'm going to do other than having promised to watch grandson number one for one day a week after grandson number two arrives.  And number two is due any day now.  I do have a to-do list at home that would easily carry me into the next century.  And I'm still young enough, I think, to try something else in life.  My bucket list includes publishing something in the fiction category.  Maybe I still can wax creative in my golden years.

     Anyway, I say goodbye to my work area pictured below.

  That's actually my desk on the right.  I share the office with a colleague who does much the same work I do.  He's just a little less neat.

  Though I won't be earning a steady paycheck anymore, I'm using the last few checks I'm getting to amass a little travel fund for the wife and myself.  Now to figure out where to go.  Maybe out to Washington DC to visit son number 2?  Or maybe eventually take another trip overseas, possibly to Ireland this time.  After our difficulties in Paris I kind of want to stay some place where they speak a reasonably recognizable version of English.

   Or maybe we'll just find that sunset when Wendy retires and ride off together.


Blogger Lee said...

Good on you, Dave! I wish you all the happiness in the world! Enjoy your retirement...a whole new adventure lies ahead. Take your time...consider your options. It's your right to do've earned it!

You could always do a trip Down Under!

All the best to you...and have a safe and Happy Easter! :)

12:42 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LEE-Happy Easter! We might finally see a hint of warmth in the weather this weekend. The Aussies are such nice people; wouldn't mind going there some day, and/or New Zealand. Long plane ride though.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

You've had it pretty cold up that way! You've copped the snow and we've had so much rain this year...I hope it does warm up for you now.

We're just getting showers off and on, now...hardly a day goes by without a shower or two. Everything is so lush and green. Don't believe it when people say you can't see grass growing...this year, here, we can! ;)

4:22 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

I guess congratulations are in order Dave! You've earned it and I really hope it turns out to be just what you want it to be!

And yes, put the travel money away and use it in good health and happiness!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LEE--I was able to take a bike ride last night, only my second this year. And I saw a robin rustling some leaves looking for worms. Signs of spring.

CARINE--I'm hoping too. Retirement is often a big unknown. I had a couple dreams where I jumped off a cliff with no idea of where or how I was going to land. That pretty much sums it up.

3:15 AM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

Happy for you Dave.. Hope you will LOVE retirement. I'd say 30 years in that little corner is PLENTY.. need to get out and see the world now..well at least new things everyday. Have a great retirement..Wendy can join you in a few and you can be off to explore new sights.. CONGRATS!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CAROLDEE--I'd like to travel to where that picture was taken. What a beautiful sunset. Thanks for the congratulations. I'm counting down the days now--less than 30 to go!

9:06 AM  

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