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Old 01-22-2018, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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This is great news. I wish you only the best. It sounds like you have some interesting ideas for your well-deserved retirement.

Congratulations!
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Thanks so much for the kind response. And JanND, thank you for mentioning my writing. I do have some hope of doing copyediting from home although it is hard to find the right situation. For me, editing and proofing is like breathing well. I love it.
I've been ruined by working on PBS news programs. I don't want to work on technical or business stuff, which is the bulk of available work. I do hope to look around and see if I can find some kind of editing from home that would be of interest. I won't be able to edit my coworkers college papers anymore (I work with a lot of people for whom English is a second language and they will ask me to go over their work. I love editing).
Back to employment. Shift almost over.

editing shmediting
technical be gone

Your writing skill is more creative. Find a local newspaper, magazine or something. Google Mt Home magazine and you'll see what I mean. That's specific to this area but there's bound to be one similar out there.


As I mentioned, find a new you. NEW New NEW!! lol
Got it?
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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wow - loved your post.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:36 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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wow - loved your post.
me, too. and I look forward to hearing about your life ahead.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Congratulations! Yippee! You won't find it hard to put on those brakes to slow your life down. It will just come naturally
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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leave a note for the new person of what their work life will be like
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:09 AM
 
Location: equator
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Congratulations, BDL! You've had the count-down for quite awhile now. Getting off night shifts will be a huge improvement. I tried doing them, and it's a killer. Even after 18 months of retirement, I am still on my former schedule (2nd shift) going to bed at 1 or 2 a.m. and getting up at 9:00 or 10:00. I hoped that would change automatically but so far, nope. Maybe we are just night owls.


I especially admire the way you are able to built your dream home from afar. What an undertaking!


Since you enjoy words and writing, as I do, let me recommend the series we just finished:


"Unibomber". Strangely enough, this long-running case was the first time linguistics were used to catch a criminal. Unique turn-of-phrase; unique spelling of certain words; repetition of certain themes. It was fascinating.


You'll have lots of time for movies now!
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Congrats to you. Your new motivator will be walking along the Uncompahgre River looking at Bald Eagles and deer. Sitting in Hartwell Park under a 150 year old cottonwood tree listening to a concert, or riding a horse down Cow Creek.

Congrats to you!
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Congrats!

But be aware that for some/many retirement can be a bit of adjustment. Sometimes smooth, sometimes not.

May yours be smooth!
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:45 AM
 
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Congratulations, BDL! You've had the count-down for quite awhile now. Getting off night shifts will be a huge improvement. I tried doing them, and it's a killer. Even after 18 months of retirement, I am still on my former schedule (2nd shift) going to bed at 1 or 2 a.m. and getting up at 9:00 or 10:00. I hoped that would change automatically but so far, nope. Maybe we are just night owls.

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My natural rhythm is to go to bed around 2a, get up around ten or 11 in the morning. I've always been a night person. I might try to adjust it to take advantage of sunlight or early coolness but I will never be a morning person. My experience in being home from night shifts for 5 months due to injury is it takes several weeks of heavy long sleeping to sort of detox.
I do look forward to evenings at home awake. I was home with flu last week and started listening to music (again) and watching PBS. Am making a list of movies, too. With a view out the window and my mutts sleeping, I have no problem staying home!
I really do expect a big improvement in mood and energy getting off nights. Also plan to return to swimming and weight/Nautilus work,swimming first. I mean, no one can get away without moving around for too long and I think I might have maxed out my luck.
My pension job never had straight second shifts. You either worked a mix of first/second with little control over the schedule, or straight nights. I could never be in at 7a. It makes me feel ill. I chose the constant low-grade lousy feeling of third shift and gave up on having a life. And it worked out!

NO ONE stays awake all night naturally. We are all meant to be asleep at 4a, whether we go to bed at sunset or at 3a. I am convinced of this.

No more near-death feelings at 4am at work, where you cannot stay awake but must, get chilled to the bone for an hour, ache all over. Night workers talk about sleep the way hungry people talk about eating.

I'm off for two nights, have to go in for my retirement breakfast, which I find very touching and hope that people do show up, and then four nights and done.
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