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Old 03-30-2011, 07:05 PM   #101
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I really don't understand why everything has to be written down so explicitely. I have everything documented but not enough detail in it. I'll make another attempt and I have a feeling that it will be good enough at that point because my body language will probably say that.
Get ready for the twice-daily calls because some of the people to whom you are passing your duties didn't pay attention to your verbal / written / pictures-on-the-board documentation. The first week will be kind of fun in that you like the fact they still need you. The second week you realize you're not getting paid to do that kind of work any more and you tell them to read the documentation. The third week you'll let the answering machine pick up and return the call several days later.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:20 PM   #102
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Thanks for all of the comments. Today I decided to attend the production meeting for the last time and say a few words of thanks there. Tomorrow I might not be there that long.
Today at 3:00 PM we had a retirement party with cokes, cake, ice cream, brownies, cookies and fruit. It was standing room only and others told me that they could not come in because of the crowd. Some waited outside to just come in for the food and a hand shake when they could get in.
The power point presentation went over well. It was on the lighter side with a twist of humor. I got a lot of good comments on it later.
I enjoyed it because it sorta provided "closure" for me. My wife attended and she felt the same way. On the way home we felt entirely different about the emotional side of ending my w**king years.
Tomorrow I go in early for a Team breakfast and make the rounds shaking hands until I am ready to leave.
Then I'll be "having dessert".
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:50 PM   #103
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Well, that's it. I'm done. Today was just as I imagined it. Went in early for breakfast, had a scheduled early meeting where we reminisced about old times and BSed for a while. Then spent the morning shaking hands and carrying the last of my junk out to my truck. I took a few pictures this morning and then stopped outside the gate and took a few pics of the site and then one more out the windshield as I drove off for the last time.
It feels good right now.
I spent the rest of the day relaxing and now tonight we go out for a nice dinner at an upscale restaurant with my Ex-manager and some other employees who all have to return to work tomorrow by the way.
But I don't have to......
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:54 PM   #104
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Congratulations!

Don't be surprised if you have lots of mixed feelings for a few days or more -- I did. Then again, I rather liked my job. Enjoy the rest of your life.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:58 PM   #105
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Congratulations!

Don't be surprised if you have lots of mixed feelings for a few days or more -- I did. Then again, I rather liked my job. Enjoy the rest of your life.
I know you're right Rich. As you can tell from prior posts, I liked my job as well. I know to expect that so I am prepared to look past it and focus on the future.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:57 PM   #106
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Congratulations!

It sounds like a wonderful ending and now you have a whole new beginning.
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You may have mixed feelings but it's nice to leave on a high note. Congrats again, sounds like you did everything right!
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:17 PM   #109
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Congratulations! Enjoy life, and don't forget to post here every once in a while.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:26 PM   #110
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Don't forget to sleep in tomorrow! I think I awakened an hour EARLY on my first full day of retirement. So dumb, but I just couldn't wait to experience it.

Anyway, it is time for the big ear-to-ear smile and the happy dance! Thanks for posting your wonderful news.
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Thanks for the supporting comments by everyone. Yes I did sleep in today and had a leisurely day just putsing around and doing small repairs and a little shopping for stuff to do more small repairs.
We went out to a high-end restaurant last night and I ate too much but figured since there was no budget and you only retire once, what the heck. Finished the leftovers tonight. Walked my usual 45 minutes listening to good blues music and enjoyed every step. It was a good day.
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Sounds like a great day, dessert!! We'll all just have to live vicariously through you. At least for another month.
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Congrats dessert!
Now THAT made me laugh!

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Don't forget to sleep in tomorrow! I think I awakened an hour EARLY on my first full day of retirement.
The first few days after my retirement I woke up, laughed, and went back to sleep. I really liked bad weather days knowing I didn't have to get out in it. Five years later I still have the silly grin!
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:46 AM   #114
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Congrats dessert!
bbbamI, this one deserves a personal comment for sure. Yes I can tell you're grinning and I do appreciate that . You're just sooo bad!
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Sounds like a great day, dessert!! We'll all just have to live vicariously through you. At least for another month.
I'm telling you, it will go by quickly. It did for me. Good luck.
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The first few days after my retirement I woke up, laughed, and went back to sleep. I really liked bad weather days knowing I didn't have to get out in it. Five years later I still have the silly grin!
The freedom grin -- "Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!
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