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The day has come.....
« on: February 06, 2002, 12:19:02 PM »
After 33 1/2 years working at the Blue Zoo (IBM Corp), I've decided to retire. My last day here will be on March 8th and then I'm thinking of becoming a full time mill offloader. I've got 2 days of experience at it so it shouldn't be too hard to find a job. Especially since I work (?) cheap.
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Re: The day has come.....
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2002, 12:58:41 PM »
Way to go Charlie! We'll all start putting up extra peas ;D.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2002, 02:51:51 PM »
Charlie, all I can say is Woopy!  And you better upgrade that home computer before you go. Don't be cheap. Everybody here should know that Tom is not the only cheap one in the family.

Ya'll ever hear the Johnny cash song where he gets a cadillac by bringing home one piece at a time from the plant over 20 years?  Well, picture an IBM computer in Charlies living room that he started putting together from back in the day. It has vacuum tubes, and everything. His modem is a tin can hooked to the harddrive with a tight string. Charlie, before ya leave, please get an upgrade so you can keep up with us here. Don't be cheap, even the cow computer place don't take peas as payment.
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Re: The day has come.....
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2002, 03:19:51 PM »
My little brother is retiring.   My goodness that makes me feel old.  

I remember when I would have to hire a new computer operator and their application reported their birthday  as 1965.  I would would be stunned and wonder, "why in the world isn't this kid in school?"  Then I would realize that he was 25 years old and I would begin to wonder where all MY years went.

Charles, you have spent two Educational cycles with IBM.  33 years would get you from first grade through a 4 year college education twice !

I can still picture Charlie in diapers, and playing cowboys and indians in the street, and proudly wearing his yellow Lions Club Little League uniform where he was a catcher and his Cadet Private uniform on his first day at Georgia Military College, and his skinned up knuckles and face when he ran an off-side kick back as the tackle on the GMC Bulldogs (gotta tell that story),  and his souped up Mercury Comet that was identical to his friends 6 cylinder (they would sandbag drags) and then he was hired onto the railroad as the youngest conductor on the Fl. East Coast Railroad, and then to IBM where I was so proud of him for having succeeded to the point of being hired by such a huge organization.

Now, he is retiring...........I'm so proud of him I could bust.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2002, 03:27:00 PM »
Adda boy Chucky.
I`m looking forward to that day too, you lucky son of a gun.
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2002, 04:15:30 PM »
  Charlie, don';t let them get your goat.    They asre just full of envy or something;)  ;).   You will enjoy your time.  I doknow tht for sure.  I retired three years ago from teaching 7th graders for 30 years.  I do miss working with the children, :'( but not the beaurocratic "stuff".   8)  You too, may find the same sort of senario in your world upon this retirement.  However, becareful of friends, relatives, and strangers offering payment of the form of a "can of peas". :D  
  In all seriousness, congradulations on staying with a profession for that amount of time.  It is becomeing a very uncommon part of much of our society, today to find that sort of alligience to most anything for such a duration.  The very best of good fortune to you in this new mode of life.  Again is is a very fun time of Being. ;)
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Re: The day has come.....
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2002, 04:55:48 PM »
Right behind you Charlie!  

I just past my 30 year mark with one of the big companies.  But at 51, I’ve got a looooooong way to go until even early retirement.  :'(  I just hope I can live, stand, or last the few more years until I can take early retirement.   ::)

It’s about a joke around the office that if you are male, of European ancestry and between 52 and 54 -  it’s like you’ve got a bull’s-eye on your back for getting a tap on the shoulder for the last walk down to HR when they are “downsizing”.  Especially if you are our spouse has a chronic health problem (THE 8!@#%^&*!).   For some,  the transition has been difficult to a disaster.  Others have gone on to start their own business or get involved in things they’ve always wanted to do and are much happier.   ;)

Sorry for the venting…  >:(

We are all happy for you.  Congratulations!  But now you won’t have nearly as much time to add to the Forum!

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2002, 06:54:43 PM »
   Probably not last, certainly not least- may your company and your own common sense have arranged a GOOD retirement package- no Enron in there, buddy!   lw
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2002, 11:21:39 PM »
Sell the gold watch they give ya (It probably won't be real anyway) and follow a passion.  Good Luck!!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2002, 06:28:54 AM »
Congratulations, Charlie!!! 8) 8)

33 years is a long time. I know, because, come next week, I'll have 32 years in with these greedy 8!@#%^&*.  I'm mighty proud of anybody that gets out without a toe tag.
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Re: The day has come.....
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2002, 07:16:33 AM »
Congratulations Charlie,  I have been working for someone or another for 36 years and no end in sight, but am happy for you. :) :) :)

Perhaps, you should consider purchasing a sawmill, so you can be as happy as we are.  Then you could get Tom to offbear for you.

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THANKS for all the good wishes.
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2002, 09:47:16 AM »
DonP, no big plans yet. Immediate plans are woodworking in my workshop and come Spring, some fishing. I'm sure I'll get an easy part time job sometime down the road just to keep me busy.
Jeff, I'm thinking about upgrading my old slow home computer. I just might do that.  ::)
Tom, I'd forgotten about some of that stuff. Especially the cars. That was fun setting up a drag race and showing them that we were going to blow their doors off with a 6 cylinder, then switch to my car and blow their doors off. ;D I still need you to write some words of recommendations for me as an offloader.;D
Thanks Kevin and Frank.....I feel lucky and I'm going to do my best to enjoy myself.
Bibbyman and DanG, y'all know what it's like working for a big heartless corporation and know that I'm not going to miss the work. But there are a bunch of great people out here that I will miss.
LW, the new IBM has pretty much wrecked the pension plan, but I was fortunate and was able to keep the old pension plan. It's not a great one but is suffiecient and my 401K was not invested in Enron...so I'm OK there.
Bud_Man, they don't give us a gold watch here, just a boot in the butt. :o
PapaDave, I'll probably stick to my tablesaw and bandsaw in my shop. I've got arthritis a little too bad to be thinking about getting into being a sawyer. If Tom would write me some words of recommendations as an offloader, I might consider doing that though...if the brand of peas were right.   :)
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Re: The day has come.....
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2002, 03:53:47 PM »
Congrts Charlie, that long with I"ve been moved and you sure do deserve some rest time. ;)

I think you will find that you will be busier once you retire than you are now. So sit back enjoy and do what comes natural now that you won't be so tied down.

Yoga might be something fun to take up.  8) 8) 8)

Enjoy it
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2002, 05:22:50 PM »
I have this horrible picture in my mind now. Thanks a lot Gordo.
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2002, 05:59:48 PM »
Charlie,  Tell 'em it's gotta be home-grown peas fresh from the garden or you ain't liftin one single board.

Congratulations and enjoy the time you've earned.

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Re: The day has come.....
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2002, 06:11:22 PM »
Congratulations,  Charlie!!! 8) 8) Peas be with you!!! :)
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2002, 07:12:41 PM »
Thanks Jeff :D Now I got Charlie all contorted
A bumper sticker has just popped into my mind after that
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2002, 08:20:45 PM »
yes come up here and work, peas in july, home grown.  work much harder than fla. weather or not. :D not really work much harder than fla just feels like it with different trees.  better peas though :D
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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2002, 06:09:06 PM »
Jeff now that I think about it that is a scary picture, poor Charlie all bent up like a pretzel---Charlie maybe you should re-think the yoga idea. Maybe just some arobic workouts for a new hobby is a better idea.

That better Jeff? :D

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« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2002, 06:16:15 AM »
Charlie,

Congratulations! I hope all your ducks are in a row and that your retirement from the "Blue Zoo" will go swimmingly!

8)
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« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2002, 07:08:52 PM »
Thanks Gordon, I'll have to pass on the yoga 'cause I don't bend very well and aerobics? ???  As for being tied up and doing what comes naturally.....hmmmmmm 8) 8) 8)
Also thanks to Pyschotic1 and Timberbeast and DonP again, I've got my wooden spoon already so all I'll need is a can o' peas. Tom never gave me fresh garden peas.....I might 'Work' harder for them.

Well Ravioli, I did have my ducks in a row, but then I shot every DanG one of 'em. Hey everybody! I'm having a duck feed at my house. I'm hoping my retirement will go swimmingly....unless I'm fishing and then I want to stay in da boat....It's going to be all new. I'm going to have to learn to plan my own days now..... ::)
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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2002, 07:12:28 PM »
peas don't come in just cans ya know.  they could be frozen too. :D
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« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2002, 10:03:49 AM »
   OK, peas... I let this go by once, twice, but it is TIME- to take the peas and run with them...

  The best DanG peas, in my 'umble opinion, are Tall Telephone Pole, (aka Alderman according to some). We always grow them and also sugar snap. The TTP grow higher than my head in some cases- and the pods are 4-6" long- the peas are HUGE and we just feast.. :D :D   lw
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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2002, 10:14:44 AM »
LW, it sounds like someone just might work as little extra harder for some o' them telephone pole peas.
Hey Woodmills, that's what we grow in Minnesota during the wintertime......Frozen Peas and Iceberg Lettuce. :D :D :D
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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2002, 05:05:48 PM »
Congratulations Charlie, you made it to the top the hard way.  Now that you may have some free time on your hand what will you do besides go where the wind may blow you?
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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2002, 12:31:02 PM »
Bruce, I plan on keeping real busy.  Woodworking in my shop, fishing, some hunting in the Fall and might even find myself an easy part time job somewhere. I'm also considering doing some Offbearing for someone if they can provide me with the right brand of peas. I already have a spoon, so they won't have to provide that. :)
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