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Old 02-01-2013, 03:14 PM   #11681
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Well, today was supposed to be my first official day of retirement. However, I was asked to work one more day... which I gladly did. The one extra day extended my paid benefits for one more month and gave me 2 more days of additional vacation pay. I win!
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #11682
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Congratulations, Rickochet!
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Well, today was supposed to be my first official day of retirement. However, I was asked to work one more day... which I gladly did. The one extra day extended my paid benefits for one more month and gave me 2 more days of additional vacation pay. I win!

Where I work, mostly everyone retires on the first of the month as health insurance is fully covered by my government employer for the month that way. Retiree health insurance is one-half the group plan cost. We get paid for unused sick leave (earned at a rate of 1.5 days a month) but only up to a certain number of days. I believe they expect us to use all of our vacation days as we cannot carry them over more that 3 months past our date of hire anniversary.

Congrats on your retirement Rickochet!
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Some years we just leave the area during Mardi Gras, and some years we don't. Living here, we do realize and appreciate that some people would kill for the opportunity to enjoy it just steps from the comforts of home. We try to remember that and enjoy the fun, even though for us it also can be a little tedious at times.
Wow, do I ever hear you!
When I lived in Rio de Janeiro, I couldn't wait the first year to get down to the Sambadrome for the Carnival parades. The funniest thing was having to push my way through the hordes of international passengers who had just debarked from all the cruise ships to get to the same place.

Exhilarating, exciting, exhausting, and occasionally dangerous, it was more than worth the effort. The first time. In subsequent years, I was more than happy to just watch the parades on TV and avoid the crazy crowds. I would imagine Mardi Gras is very similar for those who live there.
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Wow, do I ever hear you!
When I lived in Rio de Janeiro, I couldn't wait the first year to get down to the Sambadrome for the Carnival parades. The funniest thing was having to push my way through the hordes of international passengers who had just debarked from all the cruise ships to get to the same place.

Exhilarating, exciting, exhausting, and occasionally dangerous, it was more than worth the effort. The first time. In subsequent years, I was more than happy to just watch the parades on TV and avoid the crazy crowds. I would imagine Mardi Gras is very similar for those who live there.
Yes, I think most of the native New Orleanians we know leave the area during the worst of it for the reasons you expressed. We leave about half the time but just didn't get around to leaving this year. I don't plan to go out tonight, that's for sure.

Around this time of year I just resign myself to the fact that trying to drive anywhere is a losing proposition.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:06 PM   #11686
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Got taken out at the dog park today...I hear it was hilarious looking.

I was throwing the ball for my dog when a lightning fast border collie chasing another dog, suddenly turned and hit me just below the knees head on. I went @ss over tea kettle. In the 5 seconds that I was on the ground trying to figure out why I was on the ground I was descended on by the pack so got a thorough face licking. My husband got to me and helped me up.

I'm not really hurt, more stiff right now. Tomorrow will be interesting.
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Got taken out at the dog park today...I hear it was hilarious looking.

I was throwing the ball for my dog when a lightning fast border collie chasing another dog, suddenly turned and hit me just below the knees head on. I went @ss over tea kettle. In the 5 seconds that I was on the ground trying to figure out why I was on the ground I was descended on by the pack so got a thorough face licking. My husband got to me and helped me up.

I'm not really hurt, more stiff right now. Tomorrow will be interesting.
That is so funny. Hopefully tomorrow the most painful part is the memory.
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As a longtime border collie rescue person, I have an excellent visual of your situation, Lisa! You have my sympathy for sure, as that has happened to me at least a couple of times!
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Got taken out at the dog park today...I hear it was hilarious looking.

I was throwing the ball for my dog when a lightning fast border collie chasing another dog, suddenly turned and hit me just below the knees head on. I went @ss over tea kettle. In the 5 seconds that I was on the ground trying to figure out why I was on the ground I was descended on by the pack so got a thorough face licking. My husband got to me and helped me up.

I'm not really hurt, more stiff right now. Tomorrow will be interesting.
.....especially when it goes up on YouTube!
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So it was "yesterday"...but a very lucky day...

1. Went to "The Closet" our local resale store. Bought an almost new pair of Nike's... my size... $1... and then a great pair of $60 Haggar khaki's, also my size...$1.... and a still-in-the package, Black and Decker undercounter can opener... for $2.

2. Next... trip to Aldi, which is undergoing some changes to display area, and needs to clear out some of the frozen goods... 5lbs of 80/20 hamburg for $6. Then.. Spiral Hams... 11lb at $.75/lb... (bought 2)... and next... the 12 grain bread which is usually $1.89, nearing "'sell date", on sale for $.49. We freeze the bread anyway, so buying 6 loaves is no big deal... and the avocados @ $.49 for a super bowl dip.

3. Finally... the BIG ONE... Home again... tried on the pants... Perfect. Reached into right hand pocket... hmmm??
... something there. A handkerchief?... nope!... a rubber band around a roll of bills... Yeah...
$114.00.

One regret... It was a wind chill of -18 degrees, so DW decided it was too cold to go out and buy a lottery ticket.
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So it was "yesterday"...but a very lucky day...

1. Went to "The Closet" our local resale store. Bought an almost new pair of Nike's... my size... $1... and then a great pair of $60 Haggar khaki's, also my size...$1.... and a still-in-the package, Black and Decker undercounter can opener... for $2.

2. Next... trip to Aldi, which is undergoing some changes to display area, and needs to clear out some of the frozen goods... 5lbs of 80/20 hamburg for $6. Then.. Spiral Hams... 11lb at $.75/lb... (bought 2)... and next... the 12 grain bread which is usually $1.89, nearing "'sell date", on sale for $.49. We freeze the bread anyway, so buying 6 loaves is no big deal... and the avocados @ $.49 for a super bowl dip.

3. Finally... the BIG ONE... Home again... tried on the pants... Perfect. Reached into right hand pocket... hmmm??
... something there. A handkerchief?... nope!... a rubber band around a roll of bills... Yeah...
$114.00.

One regret... It was a wind chill of -18 degrees, so DW decided it was too cold to go out and buy a lottery ticket.
DH frequents thrift stores and gets a big thrill out of finding a nice pair of pants like that. He doesn't try them on in the store, just when he gets home, so it's a bit of a gamble. If they don't fit he just donates them back and gets a 20% off coupon for the donation.

But what a find for you!!!

I would pass on your story but that would only encourage him......

I was at Aldi yesterday and found a quarter in the parking lot, so I guess I was lucky, too.
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Went to the landfill for recycle day - dropped off 3 old computers, a water softener, my old treadmill, old stereo and tv stuff, and a sat dish.
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In the 5 seconds that I was on the ground trying to figure out why I was on the ground I was descended on by the pack so got a thorough face licking. My husband got to me and helped me up.

I'm not really hurt, more stiff right now. Tomorrow will be interesting.
That is so cool! Hope you're not stiff and sore following.

Did the grocery run, DW had to sign off on yet another form for the pending house sale - the potential buyer wants a structural engineer to look at some cracks in the cinder block foundation wall. Can't blame the buyer for being cautious on that but we don't expect any problem.

We are not seeing some snow flurries outside and I'm in for the day.

Contemplating the future purchase of a Nikon R1 macro flash lighting system to go with the D7000 camera and 85mm macro lens.
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Up at 6 am and had breakfast with 2 friends and then we left of a 200 mile motorcycle cruise through the Florida countryside under sunny skies. FYI - 40 degrees when we left... Glad for heat seat and grips!
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Did not go to the clinic today. Stayed home, went to the gym for my new routine, ate, posted a couple of times here, and watched sports on TV. For once I feel like I am having a normal, restful Saturday.
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Surprise!!!!

My family surprised me with a retirement party! I had no clue that they had planned this either. I am not a huge party goer, but I really enjoyed this one. Our four children & their spouses, my wife's parents and two couples that are very close friends we all in cahoots!

We arrived at a The Gas House, a very nice restaurant in Fort Wayne, IN with me expecting a quiet evening with my lovely bride and a few friends. Man was I surprised when we walked into to a private room and all of my family was there!!

It was a very special time as they spoke of how I had been a good dad, husband, boss, etc.... I was extremely touched by my kids as they talked about the sacrifices I made to provide a comfortable childhood for them. They also thanked me for providing a good work ethic for them to model.

Of course they had to give the usual retirement gifts of Depends, walking cane, Viagra, etc. Each of them took great pride at roasting the ol' man as they presented their gifts.

So my first official day as an ERee, was one that I will fondly remember for the rest of my life!!! Thanks to my loving family & friends, I know I am truly blessed!!!


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That is super cool, Rickochet! What an awesome surprise that they were able to plan for you, all without you knowing. Congrats!
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Very nice, Rick, very nice.
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Fun times and sweet memories, Rick.

Your family loves/admires you and you can savor this forever.. Thanks for sharing!
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