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Old 11-05-2009, 10:46 PM   #2641
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Oh, please. Just how close to the Maury Library IS your division?!? I've heard (literally) what goes on there...

Well, after Monday I guess you won't be anywhere near it-- congratulations again!
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:04 AM   #2642
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Oh, please. Just how close to the Maury Library IS your division?!? I've heard (literally) what goes on there...
so true. And, I am impressed that you know about the Maury Library. I know you are Navy retired, but I am still impressed! About 40 miles I think. I suspect that in Springfield there will be conversations like this:

Springfield person: "What do you do for a living?"
Me: "I am a retired oceanographer."
Springfield person: "You are a retired WHUT? HUH?"

It won't matter to me, and physical oceanographic modeling really is more of a library/computer based occupation than sea-based anyway, and besides I am retiring so who cares.
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Well, after Monday I guess you won't be anywhere near it-- congratulations again!
Thank you!!!

I can hardly believe it but I am essentially done.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:17 AM   #2643
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I can hardly believe it but I am essentially done.
Congratulations on your impending retirement and last day of w*rk today!

And don't forget to be missing after lunch....
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:21 AM   #2644
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Thank you, Walt!

My last day of work isn't until Monday, though. Today is my usual every-other-Friday-off. All I really have to do on Monday is sign in and enter+verify my time on the electronic timekeeping system, write my broadcast "farewell e-mail" to everyone, wash off my whiteboard, and turn in my badge, parking permit, and exit clearance. Then I will just read until lunchtime.

My supervisor said (shhh!) that she won't notice if I disappear at lunchtime on Monday. She says my timekeeper might not like it if she knew, but that she will cover for me and just say that I forgot to sign out. I really don't think the timekeeper cares either, but I will just slip out anyway.
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Congratulations W2R...your worklife is almost behind you. After that nice goodbye, you might want to stay. I'm looking forward to your new/next life as a retiree.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:27 AM   #2646
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so true. And, I am impressed that you know about the Maury Library. I know you are Navy retired, but I am still impressed! About 40 miles I think.
Its reputation is so legendary among METOC officers that even their spouses have heard about it... my spouse's two career goals were (1) no Pentagon duty and (2) no Camp Swampy duty, not necessarily in that priority order.

As for sneaking away early on Monday: what are they going to do, make you drag that short-timer's bad attitude back to the office on Tuesday so that they can yell at you?

Nah. If they were really mad at you they'd dock you a half-day's pay and submit the paperwork so late in December that you'd get six corrected W-2s the following year... after you'd filed your tax returns.

Not that they're likely to do any of that in your case!
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Its reputation is so legendary among METOC officers that even their spouses have heard about it... my spouse's two career goals were (1) no Pentagon duty and (2) no Camp Swampy duty, not necessarily in that priority order.

As for sneaking away early on Monday: what are they going to do, make you drag that short-timer's bad attitude back to the office on Tuesday so that they can yell at you?

Nah. If they were really mad at you they'd dock you a half-day's pay and submit the paperwork so late in December that you'd get six corrected W-2s the following year... after you'd filed your tax returns.

Not that they're likely to do any of that in your case!
I hope not! My HR contact told me that she always submits the paperwork the day after someone retires. I suppose that believing HR is sort of like believing in the tooth fairy, but one can hope.
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Write down all your feelings, sensations, details...of your last day at the job. YouŽll want to flash back to that date in the future and reminisce about Liberation Day.
I ddnŽt do it and I regret not having done it. I barely remember what happened that day. A real pity.
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Write down all your feelings, sensations, details...of your last day at the job. YouŽll want to flash back to that date in the future and reminisce about Liberation Day.
I ddnŽt do it and I regret not having done it. I barely remember what happened that day. A real pity.
That's the nice thing about participating on a message board. I have an excuse to write everything down, in my posts here (where they will doubtless be recorded until the entire earth crumbles into dust).
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Congratulations W2R! You must be psyched. Do you already know what you are going to do next week with all that new-found freedom?
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yes, congrats W2R!!! I'm right behind you. That is, in 8 more years. Can't wait to hear how it's everything you imagined it to be.
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Congratulations W2R! You must be psyched. Do you already know what you are going to do next week with all that new-found freedom?
Sleep in - - and then Frank (who is still working second shift) wants me to babysit some workmen who are going to be repairing/replacing some of the plumbing at his house and tearing up his driveway. Life goes on! But that can't last forever. And yes, I am thrilled beyond belief that my retirement day is finally almost here.

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yes, congrats W2R!!! I'm right behind you. That is, in 8 more years. Can't wait to hear how it's everything you imagined it to be.
I think it may be better than I have imagined it to be! We shall see. When I started counting the days there were more than 2400 left, so I guess that was between 6.5 and 7.0 years out. I devoted a sheet in my Excel file to that count and every morning would update the days left in that month, which would then allow computation of the total days left. I finally stopped doing that today. You'll get there, with determination.
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Better duck!!! Wouldn't want you to get all covered by the fallout of body parts, blood and guts, etc.
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Springfield person: "What do you do for a living?"
Me: "I am a retired oceanographer."
Springfield person: "You are a retired WHUT? HUH?"
I'd gladly trade you...rewind back to my college days...

Hometown person: "So you're going to college now?"
Me: "Yes, I'm majoring in Physics"
Hometown person: "You gonna be a gym teacher?"
Me:

Oh, what I would give to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain what oceanographers do (did).
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Oh, what I would give to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain what oceanographers do (did).
It's tough even within an educated group. Most non-oceanographers think I probably spend my time out on a ship petting dolphins and killer whales. (hint: physical oceanography is similar to ocean physics and does not generally involve marine mammals).
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Oh, what I would give to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain what oceanographers do (did).
They graph the ocean of course.
Simplify: draw pretty pictures of the ocean and what it does. Artists too.

When I worked in Seismology, one day in in upstate NY, a fellow in hunting suit wanted to know what I was doing when he saw me in the woods fixing a seismic station. I said working on a seismic station.

He: hell we don't need none of that! Then went of into the hills.
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Have you PM'ed her?
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Yes, careful driving away from that place, Want2! Surreal?

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