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At 62 I have been retired for about five years now - however, only one offically. The rest, my family advise me, were in denial. For those who are familiar with the IT industry it has been going through rapid change for years now, and after three redundancies I decided to call it quits. That was five years ago. My denial comes from the fact that I did not touch my supperannuation ( US pension) until 12 months ago.

I enlisted in the Australian Air Force and did 6 years as an electronics technician working on ASW equuipment in Neptunes, then on to ECM equipment in F111s.

Discharged in 1970 and entered the IT industry with Honeywell Information Systems. Then on to Digital Equipment Corporation, Prime Computer, Marcam, and a local company called CPS. Except for the last company, all the others have gone!

I now spend approximately 6 months each year at home in Sydney spoiling my 4 grandchildren and "working" in the shop. the other 6 months we hitch up our caravan (trailer) and head to a warmer climate. We don't stay still, spending only a couple of weeks at each location before moving up the road. If we are near the coast, then this becomes a 6 months fishing trip :)

So that's a thumb nail sketch of my life to date.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 2587 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you here. Enjoy the site.

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#2 posted 2587 days ago

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 2587 days ago

Howdy Mate.
Welcome to our fold.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 2586 days ago

A big hardy welcome from the best place on earth to be…LumberJocks website. Thanks for joining us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 2584 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! Show us what you make out of wood.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 2584 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2583 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#8 posted 2583 days ago

Gday Mate, Welcome to LJs if you need anything just ask anyone, especially Don, a fellow Aussie. jockmike

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Welcome to LumberJocks!


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#10 posted 2582 days ago

Hey, welcome aboard!

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#11 posted 2582 days ago

Glad to have you at here at LJ. Looking forward to seeing your work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 1858 days ago

Congratulations on being a Lumber Jock for 2 years. Thanks for helping to make this a great site!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#13 posted 1495 days ago

Well, another year has rolled by. It must have been a really fun year because it seems like yesterday when I congratulated you on being a LJ for 2 years. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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