What I Learned On Vacation

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This isn't Mexico. We didn't like Mexico. This is Jamaica, specifically the dock area of our resort back in 2010.

Just got back from Cancun, Mexico.  Went to a resort with some friends we’ve met over the years on our trips to Jamaica.  We had a good time, but we weren’t impressed with the resort or Cancun.  The chicken wings were easily the best food at the resort, but the enchiladas sucked.  In fact, they had hardly any Mexican food at all.  Who would’ve guessed?

We found Cancun to be similar to Jamaica.  Lots of really nice resorts surrounded by some real rundown, dilapidated areas.  The roads were nicer in Cancun.  However, we much prefer Jamaica. More

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I Got a Job…Sort Of

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A couple of months back I was contacted by an attorney from my old employer.  They aree being sued over a project I managed while I was there.  No big deal, no one died and I wasn’t named or anything.  They wanted me to fill in some gaps in their understanding of the project and wanted a few hours of my time.  I was leery at first, but after talking it over with some people, I decided to do it.

A couple of days ago, I finally talked with the attorney More

Downsizing the Fleet and Gaining Some Sanity

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In the ten months since I retired, I’ve learned a lot.  One of those lessons is still being drilled into my head by my late father-in-law.  Downsize and simplify.  He was a pack rat and we’re left to clean up his considerable mess.  Sheds full of junk, piles of woods and metal and old TVs and appliances just laying around his property.  Insane!!

We have determined we don’t wanna live like that or leave that kind of legacy for our kids. More

Retired!!

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Yesterday, June 30, 2010, was my last day at work.  I am not technically retired until July 4th, but I had to take a furlough day for the month of July and took another day of leave so I wouldn’t have to work in July.  I gotta tell you, its still surreal.  I know I never have to go back there, but I don’t really feel that way yet.  I also have this irrational feeling that someone is going to tell me it’s all a big mistake.  Overall, I feel pretty good.  Relaxed, happy and a little hungover.   We went to a bar after work and I had a few beers and shots of scotch.  It was fun though.

Now, I am taking six months to see what I want to do.  Since I have kids in school for the next six years, taking a part-time job seems like a good way to pass some time and make some extra money for traveling and projects.  My wife works part-time from home also, so it might make sense to do a little work also.  Or it may not and focus on projects of my own, some of which may bring in some money.  Either way, I won’t have to work as I have the bills covered and some extra left over.

So while I don’t have to work, we are not really free yet to do everything we would like (RVing, extended travel, etc.) due to the kids and her job.  Still, I have plenty to do.  Lots of household projects, rebuild my Jeep, fishing, golf, begin writing a book, etc.  I am excited to start the next phase of my life.

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