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Old 07-08-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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CONGRATS Desert Brat !!!!! When my stomach issues are cleared up, we should have a celebratory lunch ! Going to Phx Wednesday to find out what's what. Not happy with the medical community (as you know) up here. Enjoy your new life !!!!

Yes, we'll have to do that! Really enjoyed the one we did have and have been thinking about you lately. Hope all turns out well for you Wed..


You aren't the only one not happy with the medical community in Prescott. I have cousins who work at the hospital, and been there a long time, who complain about it too. When I lived in Prescott I never had occasion to go the hospital but did have one so called foot 'specialist' that never could find out what was wrong with my left foot. Half the time I simply couldn't walk on it because of the pain. The ER in Payson fixed it real quick. A bone infection. When I lived there I kept my doctor over here so never had to experience finding one.


PS...I'm hearing thunder out there! Maybe rain???? Hope so!

 
Old 07-08-2018, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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It's raining! Real actual measurable wet rain! Me and the doggie have been running around in circles playing in it. And it cooled down to 88 degrees!
 
Old 07-08-2018, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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Thanks! Don't get too "happy" for me though. It's not like I'm retiring or anything, just going into something different. I could take 7 or 8 months off and do okay but I don't plan on being unemployed that long!


Vacation will be one long road trip and I'm really looking forward to it. I've been saving and planning for it for two years. From here to So. Dakota to see my sisters kids, their kids and grandkids and have a family reunion. I didn't get to go to my sister's funeral so would like to visit her grave and put flowers on it. From there I'll head back west. I want to see Mt. Rushmore and all the other sites in that part of the state. Then to Wyoming, Utah and back home. I want to visit the Utah parks again.
Wow. I have enjoyed your stories of working at Walmart. Ol' Sam is probably turning over in his grave at how his vision has become a nightmare for the workers. Corporate has turned it into a money grab rather than bringing affordability to all? So sorry you were driven out, it is their loss!

Are you traveling/doing road trip alone? I am glad you have family to go and visit. What type of job do you anticipate getting in the future?
 
Old 07-08-2018, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Wow. I have enjoyed your stories of working at Walmart. Ol' Sam is probably turning over in his grave at how his vision has become a nightmare for the workers. Corporate has turned it into a money grab rather than bringing affordability to all? So sorry you were driven out, it is their loss!

Are you traveling/doing road trip alone? I am glad you have family to go and visit. What type of job do you anticipate getting in the future?

Right now corporate claims they are trying to make things better for our customers, and in some ways they are, but it puts more pressure on employees. I have to say that Walmart has always been really good to me, and everyone else I know, till recently. I would have never stuck it out as long as I did if they weren't. Also we have three new top managers in our store and they are out to make an impression. Good for the company maybe but not so good for the 'peons'. Two of them lurk around the employees and if they aren't doing such and such they get reported. Stupid. I just wanted to be left alone to do my job. Most of the time I was and my front end managers were super to me.


Yes, I'm doing my road trip alone. I love solo traveling. My pace, my wants/needs and if I want to stop and lollygag at something I can. lol To many times I've traveled with people who never seemed to want to see/do the same things I did. I've done a lot of lone road trips and seen a lot of things but still a lot of this country I haven't seen. Heck, I still find new places here in AZ to check out and I was born here! lol


As for a future job it will, hopefully, be one that is not nearly as physical and/or stressful. One of my friends, who left Walmart after 25 years, now works in HR at the local casino and has encouraged me to apply for Cash Cage clerk. Reading the requirements I know I could do that easy. I want something where I can spend most of my time on my butt in front of a computer. Maybe do reservations for one of our tourist venues again. Or go back to motel front desk. I can do any number of things so I'm not worried about finding a job.


Maybe NOW I should start buying lottery tickets??? LOL
 
Old 07-09-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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AZDesertBrat: I am sorry you lost your sister. Glad you will get to visit her children and grandkids. I remember when my middle sister was dying and I told her I never got to see mine she told me to enjoy hers. Very sad but very loving, too.

Your trip sounds like so much fun. Good for you. Traveling alone has a lot of advantages. Also, traveling on your own time table, stopping when you want to and "lollygagging" over something..... nice!

I need to learn to relax on road trips (almost always solo for me, too). You've certainly inspired me.

Take care and have a fun time.
 
Old 07-09-2018, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Hollyhock, I have been surprised that I don't feel it's too hot except for a few hours a day. I was thinking after I wrote about not staying in Minnesota that not only are the winters hard but the last summer was cloudy & gloomy most of the time.

I've always had a high heat tolerance, not so much cold. Even here, I rarely turn on ac, fans work fine for me.

The things I do miss are my friends, meeting one of my friends new grandson who was born after I left, having a Dr who knew my history-especially what I went through after the car accident, knowing the layout of the stores, just the things you're familiar with after having lived somewhere for over 60 years.

But I really enjoy not having to put up with crappy weather. I love the sunshine & am looking forward to the monsoon. The sunsets blow me away. Often I am just awed & hold my breath for a moment because of the beauty.

There's a spirituality here that is constant because of the stark beauty of the mountains, the sunrises & sunsets & the desert landscape. I am so glad I came here.

But having been surrounded by 10,000 lakes all my life, there is, at times, a pang of homesickness.
 
Old 07-09-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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I quit my job. Today was my last day. I didn't give two weeks notice but they said it was okay, I just have to turn in a written 'resignation' and I'll do that tomorrow when I go in to turn in all my uniform 'stuff'. I'm so tired and worn out and they were denying my vacation until a few days ago but then wanted me to take it when THEY wanted me to. No. Nice thing is I can now take my sweet time doing what I want to do on vacation and I'm, for sure, taking the whole month off. I really need it.
Congratulations! That was the number one reason that both my wife and I took early retirement when it was offered at the ages of 50 & 54 respectively. We were tired of having to try to coordinate our vacation time with work priorities and other employees' vacation requests and work schedules. It was also difficult to get more than a couple of weeks off at a time. As you noted, now we (and you) can take our sweet time doing what we want to do on vacation.

Congratulations once again!
 
Old 07-09-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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AZDesertBrat, Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful vacation/road-trip.

It sounds like you made a good decision. I'm happy for you!
 
Old 07-09-2018, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Congratulations! That was the number one reason that both my wife and I took early retirement when it was offered at the ages of 50 & 54 respectively. We were tired of having to try to coordinate our vacation time with work priorities and other employees' vacation requests and work schedules. It was also difficult to get more than a couple of weeks off at a time. As you noted, now we (and you) can take our sweet time doing what we want to do on vacation.

Congratulations once again!

Thanks! I just wish I could retire but we all know that's not in the cards. However, I am going to enjoy the heck out of my time and take advantage of not having my life scheduled by someone else. For a while, at least. lol Was thinking the other day about how my entire life has been structured around my JOB! It dictated what time I went to bed, got up, spent most of my days and even when I could eat and go to the bathroom. I might even end up taking more than a month off, depending how long it takes me to find another job. I'll be okay in any event. Good thing I've always been a saver!
 
Old 07-09-2018, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AZDesertBrat, Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful vacation/road-trip.

It sounds like you made a good decision. I'm happy for you!

Thanks! I know I'll have a great vacation and so looking forward to it. My "decision" makes me a tad nervous but not enough to worry. I'll miss a lot of things but maybe I'll get my sanity back.
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