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Old 10-08-2010, 01:19 PM   #21
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I know I had retirement party, and I know I gave a speech. I am actually a pretty decent public speaker, so I am sure I had few laugh lines in it. But I just realized something 10 years later not only can't I remember a single retirement speech that anyone else ever gave, I can't remember anything I said at my own.
This leads me to a couple of possibilities, either retirement speeches aren't important, or FIRE leads to Alzheimers
The only thing I remember about my retirement BBQ party, other than the camaraderie & laughter, was starting the affair by being invited to walk through a variation of the eight sideboys who are present for most military ceremonies.

This BBQ was hosted by Damage Control Division, who spends a lot of time with firefighting equipment. Instead of salutes or a sword arch, as I entered the gauntlet the sideboys presented their CO2 extinguisher discharge cones and began blasting. It was like walking through a blizzard while holding your breath, and I looked like Frosty the Snowman when I got to the other side.

Yeah, yeah, I know, your tax dollars at work, fraud/waste/abuse. It didn't even make a ripple in that month's student consumption, but it was a huge improvement in the "always wanted to do that" morale category...
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Instead of salutes or a sword arch, as I entered the gauntlet the sideboys presented their CO2 extinguisher discharge cones and began blasting. It was like walking through a blizzard while holding your breath, and I looked like Frosty the Snowman when I got to the other side.
Now there is an idea for my party.
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Well, it's a done deal. The party came off as scheduled and I used one of those "boomer song title" lists as my opener. You know: Splish Splash, I was Havin' a Flash; Mrs. Brown, you've got a Lovely Walker; Heard it Through the Grape Nuts, etc. Huge laughter.

I rambled for about three minutes on a Lombardi quote -- something like "the harder you work at something the harder it is to surrender." Under 5 minutes tip to tail.

It got a little sappy after that but the reception was a big success overall.

Ending the party was like watching the mother ship sail off into the distance. Bitter-sweet for sure, but I was more than ever ready to finalize and move on.

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Congrats on getting this event behind you Rich. The ship-sailing analogy is spot on. Now all you have to do is bail like hell and hope your dingy doesn't sink...
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Whew. Pressure's off, and now you can get back to worrying about what you'll do all day...
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Glad it went well. Enjoy each day and don't forget to take your daily med's.
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Glad it went well. Enjoy each day and don't forget to take your daily med's.
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Oh...and congrats Rich...I'm glad everything went so well.
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Congrats Rich!

I'll be slipping out quietly. I won't be "retiring" from my main job. I'll be "quitting" to go elsewhere. Just won't be an elsewhere...

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Congratulations Rich, the final strings to the old life have now been cut - enjoy.
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I'll be slipping out quietly. I won't be "retiring" from my main job. I'll be "quitting" to go elsewhere. Just won't be an elsewhere...
Thanks.

Yeah that's what I was hoping for. No such luck, but it was fairly painless. Keep us posted.
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Congratulations Rich ! Another step forward !
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Congrats! Glad to hear that it went well.
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I dreaded my retirement party, because I was going to get a plaque of appreciation from a boss who had been mad at me for months. And I was worried about the break-down factor, too. Fortunately, it was in the middle of the Christmas-New Years week so attendance was low. I thanked people for their attendance, said I enjoyed the past 20 years, the community and the people, and thanked my family re: the birthdays and anniversaries I called and said I didn't know when I'd be home because there was an emergency. Took about 4 minutes. What most attendees remembered was how freakishly fake my boss was.

Talking about the community and bigger picture kept me from getting too specific about things that would have made me teary-eyed.

I thanked individuals for support during hard times, what they meant to me, etc. in the thank-you notes I sent, written in the privacy of my home, so I could sniffle all I wanted. Got my sincere appreciation across without a public emotional display.
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