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Old 07-24-2016, 08:39 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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My daughter, who has been married for ten years, told us yesterday that we will become grandparents in January. Woo-hoo!
Congratulations!

 
Old 07-25-2016, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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School years are still regulating my life at age 72:

In 1950, when I was six years old, I started kindergarten and thus began a pattern of measuring out my life by school years. I had no choice in the matter for the first 13 years, but then I chose to go to college and the pattern continued. Ditto when I chose to go to graduate school, and again when I chose to get a job as a high school teacher. After 34 years as a high school teacher I retired and for one single time, i did not salivate when the bell rang (so to speak) and a new school year started without my participation. But towards the end of that year I was asked back to run the standardized testing and I resumed running the chess club at that school. From then on, I have started my volunteer work, even when it was just two days a week at lunch time, with the start of a new school year. And now, eleven years after retirement, I find myself looking forward eagerly to the beginning of a new school year on August 15. It is completely and enthusiastically my choice. I am up to three days a week and four schools, which is my self-imposed limit. Plus I teach in an enrichment summer school for five weeks for pay every summer - just completed my twelfth year in a row.

Undoubtedly some people will take this as prima facie evidence of insanity on my part, but I know what energizes me and what I find meaningful and gratifying and worthwhile. I consider myself immensely fortunate to have found my place in this way.

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Old 07-25-2016, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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School years are still regulating my life at age 72:

In 1950, when I was six years old, I started kindergarten and thus began a pattern of measuring out my life by school years. I had no choice in the matter for the first 13 years, but then I chose to go to college and the pattern continued. Ditto when I chose to go to graduate school, and again when I chose to get a job as a high school teacher. After 34 years as a high school teacher I retired and for one single time, i did not salivate when the bell rang (so to speak) and a new school year started without my participation. But towards the end of that year I was asked back to run the standardized testing and I resumed running the chess club at that school. From then on, I have started my volunteer work, even when it was just two days a week at lunch time, with the start of a new school year. And now, eleven years after retirement, I find myself looking forward eagerly to the beginning of a new school year on August 15. It is completely and enthusiastically my choice. I am up to three days a week and four schools, which is my self-imposed limit. Plus I teach in an enrichment summer school for five weeks for pay every summer - just completed my twelfth year in a row.

Undoubtedly some people will take this as prima facie evidence of insanity on my part, but I know what energizes me and what I find meaningful and gratifying and worthwhile. I consider myself immensely fortunate to have found my place in this way.

You managed to find your "thing", something some never find, and you're not just benefiting yourself but others as well. You will likely be remembered by many.
 
Old 07-25-2016, 07:51 AM
 
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"I know what energizes me and what I find meaningful and gratifying and worthwhile. I consider myself immensely fortunate..."

Yes, you are fortunate, as are those around you.
 
Old 07-25-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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For anyone who is interested, (I doubt there are many ) I was never using 2 accounts at the same time. I could not get back into my boogie'smom account when I bought my laptop so I opened a new account and became "newcomputer". I sometimes sign myself "AKA boogie'smom" or b's mom.

I should have asked for help. I believe the situation has been or is in the process of being remedied. Sorry for the confusion.
 
Old 07-26-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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My daughter, who has been married for ten years, told us yesterday that we will become grandparents in January. Woo-hoo!
so happy for you!
 
Old 07-26-2016, 08:18 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Officer Clark has been super busy with the convention in town.

Yesterday a group of people (protestors? they were pretty quiet and docile) inflated one of those Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons - but it wasn't Spiderman or Dora The Explorer - it was a gigantic joint (marijuana cigarette)!!!! - and marched it around City Hall !!!! I guess they were advocating for marijuana legalization.

Did it give the mayor, city council members and their staffs the munchies???????
 
Old 07-28-2016, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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The guys on the vanpool are starting to give me a bad time. A dumb, ongoing joke is after we get across the mountain and back to the vanpool lot, someone usually says, "Another successful crossing. How many more do we have?" And, someone else will pipe up and say, "About 1,486,394,249", or something along those lines.

The other day before anyone could answer, I said, "Oh, about 145." Got grief for that. "You don't have to rub it in", the guy next to me said.

I really don't know how many more, so I sat down and just figured it out. I have 134 more work days, not counting the 15 weekend days I need to come for a few hours to schedule a satellite instrument operation.

- - -

I remember back a few years lamenting to you all here about having three more years to go before I retire and that the time is dragging by so slowly. Many of you answered back saying the time will fly by so fast I won't know where it went or what hit me. I'd like to report back that you were absolutely correct! Where has the time gone? Which now leads to the question of...how am I ever going to get done what needs to be done before I bail?
 
Old 07-28-2016, 06:38 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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The other day before anyone could answer, I said, "Oh, about 145." Got grief for that. "You don't have to rub it in", the guy next to me said.

I really don't know how many more, so I sat down and just figured it out. I have 134 more work days, not counting the 15 weekend days I need to come for a few hours to schedule a satellite instrument operation.
Wow ... you really are counting down the days aren't you?!

I actually have two likely dates I'll retire: June 1, 2017 or June 1, 2018. It is not impossible that I can retire as early as Jan. 1st of next year ... or even as late as Sept. 1, 2018. It's the last lap for you and the last two laps for me.

Anyway: Congratulations!!!
 
Old 07-30-2016, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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It just dawned on me, I've been retired for 7 years this month. Wow.
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