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Old 12-04-2018, 05:18 AM   #1
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The last day in the office...

It was the perfect day for it, the boss was WFH (Working From Home)and colleague #1 left about 4:30, anxious to start a 3 day hunting trip. Colleague #2 left about 4:40 to pick up her sons - I was left alone. I swiped a garbage bag liner from one of the bins in an empty cubicle and put my few personal effects in the sack. I wasnít much at all- after 36 years several jobs and locations - you adopt a kind of minimalism. During the day I had discreetly cleaned out what little remained in my drawers and discarded a few remaining papers and some acrylic momentous telling the world what a great employee I was. I made sure to wipe out a coffee stained drawer with the office cleaning spray can some distracted evening cleaning crew left long ago- I left the cubicle cleaner than I found it- no trace that I was ever there. All the while the left leg with the funny residual cramp reminded me that it was long past time to go. I grabbed my backpack and sack, took one last look around and left.

Iíll catch the Boss with a phone call in the morning and let him know that he will receive my official notification on Thursday, my last day will be the first Thursday in January and of course finish all my projects. -I have 4 weeks vacation coming.

I am reminded of an experience I had surf fishing one day at Jones beach inlet. The God Awful, buzzy jet skiers had mad a mess of fishing and I hated them for it. I hadnt conceded defeat and was still throwing when a very large sail boat, under full sail nearly silently swung by. The contrast was striking- how something so large, could be so elegant, graceful, leave not trace and do no harm.

No, I am no where near as graceful sailboat but it is something to aspire to - At least I can leave no trace.
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:49 AM   #2
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Congrats!

Are you leaving on vacation for a month and giving your notice at the start of vacation? So you will not be in the office at all after giving your notice?
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:08 AM   #3
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Beautiful! Exciting to have a new start of a new life. Good luck in retirement.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:20 AM   #4
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No, I am no where near as graceful sailboat but it is something to aspire to - At least I can leave no trace.
Your kids are doing really well if I remember correctly. Ray, you are leaving a trace in life and on this board. Just maybe not at that soon to be long gone jay oh bee.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:22 AM   #5
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A serene exit. Very nice!

I take it you hadn't given prior notice? Wow. Good job being stealthy. I was very openly cleaning up and wrapping up loose ends in various projects for months.

One thing I totally forgot was my plastic name plate. For some reason, back in the day there was a media-graphics department which made these for all new employees. They slid into the little holders on office doors or sat in a special base on desks. Whoever used to make them was long gone, and fewer and fewer of us still had one.

I left mine up until the last minute, since prior co-workers I hadn't seen in a while kept swinging by to look me up. In the last-minute hustle and bustle, I'd managed to forget to grab it.

The guy who moved into my office almost immediately never admitted to tossing it, but when I called the next day to see if a co-worker could retrieve it, it was already gone.
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Congratulations! What a lovely picture you painted of leaving without a trace....
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Congrats Ray! A great exit.
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Congrats!

Are you leaving on vacation for a month and giving your notice at the start of vacation? So you will not be in the office at all after giving your notice?

Vac was scheduled now Ill work until I finish the remaining projects...
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Very nice. 36 years is a nice run - great that you have earned this position. Not many people can do this (well, most folks here apparently, but not the population at large). Congratulations.
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I was the opposite of stealthy but I hung around the office to collect my 43" television for 15 years at my company and $1,500 gift certificate to a golf shop to buy new everything for my golfing in retirement
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A week before I left I gave away all my pictures, lamp, etc. I didn’t need them at home. Anything not taken went to the thrift store. Congratulations Ray!
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Congratulations, Ray!
Look forward to your continued stories in retirement
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That's great Ray! Congratulations!

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Fantastic and congrats! I am sure you will revisit this thread in the future (I often re-read my "That's It!" thread) and revel in how great it felt to walk out of there the last time.
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Iíll catch the Boss with a phone call in the morning and let him know that he will receive my official notification on Thursday, my last day will be the first Thursday in January and of course finish all my projects. -I have 4 weeks vacation coming.
Just curious why you choose to do it that way, rather than talk to your boss face-to-face?
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:58 PM   #16
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The last day in the office...

Silly really... Once i decided to leave I relished the thought that I never have to go into Wilmington Delaware ever again. I do not like that city - no place is safe but i find it depressing. Boss was great about it.

Funny thing a few people got angry when they learned I was leaving ... why ill never know. ďOne lady pinged me I am over the anger now... we can have lunch when I return from vacation.Ē
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Congratulations Ray! Best wishes for your retirement!!
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Congratuations RayinPenn - Wishing you the best!
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congrats Ray. Stay in the "no wake zone" until your time is done. Then crank it up and don't worry about the waves!!!
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congrats Ray. Stay in the "no wake zone" until your time is done. Then crank it up and don't worry about the waves!!!

Thanks I intend on laying low. There is no doubt that an effort will be made to suck me back there.. i have no intention of going.
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