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Old 01-30-2018, 10:25 AM
 
Location: RVA
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Congrats. Hope for many great years ahead of peace and happiness.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Congratulations! Hope your move out west goes smoothly. i'm looking forward to hearing about your new home.
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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After an intense week of totally unexpected heartfelt goodbyes and well wishes and food and gifts and and... I am retired. Forty-nine years of working and no more. It's surreal and most welcome.

I didn't realize what a fixture I've been all over my hospital, working on different units every night for so many years and so many nights. The outpouring of well wishes and everything has really bowled me over. I think I'm the first "floater" to work so many years (usually people float briefly and then quit or go to one unit) and I've gotten to know so many people because of this. One coworker told me tonight that I already look ten years younger- it must be anticipatory relaxation. One night of real sleep gets rid of that night shift pallor that we all have.

I drove down the hill for the last time after turning in my keys and badge, following pizza and brownies from a coworker and an offer from the supervisor to go home early if I wanted to because I'd had enough good byes. It seemed fitting not to see the chattering day shift dashing in, but to leave in the quiet night. To those who say they are envious, I point out that "all you have to do is keep coming to work and get old, like me," (if they are people in the pension plan) and for those younger ones, especially the underpaid ancillary staff, I just thank them for their work and hear their dreams for better work or "if I didn't have to work, I'd join___/do____." I hear everyone's daydreams when I explain how I'm moving to Colorado. I think people are more intrigued by that move than interested in the retirement!

I have never felt so well regarded in my life. I certainly didn't expect most of this. People say they want to get together before I leave for Colorado in April, and I say, "You're the one with the schedule. Let me know when, because I don't have to be anywhere or do anything for the next two to three months!" Not that I had much requirements, with my solitary life with dogs, but working nights took everything out of me.Work feed dogs, veg. That's about it and it gets harder as you get older, as we've all noticed.

I'm retired! It's finally over!
Congratulations on your retirement!!!
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:00 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Congratulations! Western CO IS beautiful..... we got a speeding ticket in Ouray! Grand Junction was one of my favorite places until it got discovered....

I am 36 weeks until my 65th birthday and I will be walking out the door as well....... and we will be moving as well further west. It will be bittersweet but wherewe are going is where we have dreamed to be as well.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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Congratulations! Western CO IS beautiful..... we got a speeding ticket in Ouray! ...

Best of luck to you!
Thank you and back at you in your move.

I think Ouray/Ridgway rise and fall on speeding tickets. The police reports are full of them. They're very serious about the speed limits there!
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:48 PM
mlb
 
Location: North Monterey County
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Thank you and back at you in your move.

I think Ouray/Ridgway rise and fall on speeding tickets. The police reports are full of them. They're very serious about the speed limits there!
We were on our way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. And there was little or no traffic.

We also passed through Durango and Pagosa Springs on our way to Santa Fe/Taos one Thanksgiving holiday. I would love to go back there and explore.......Perhaps in an RV in retirement.
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