Transition, another word for RETIREMENT #1: Where is all the free time

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Blog entry by PASs posted 01-17-2011 04:04 PM 2367 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I pulled the plug after 28 years, 3 months, and 19 days…
Effective at midnight of 31st of January I will be RETIRED from the United States Navy.
I started my retirement leave (Navy term for vacation) in the middle of December.
Home for the holidays was great. I got into the shop about 6 hours in 2 weeks.
Ended up with a head and chest cold that made breathing sawdust, even through a mask, too uncomfortable.
Started the new year with longing glances out to the garage, while in the house playing with grand-kids and harassing the wife.
Finally got into the garage yesterday, a month after starting the retired life, to work on a consignment project.
And today I get to go in to finish that, and work on a couple of other promised pieces.
Maybe when I get caught up I’ll get more garage time.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 04:11 PM

I’ve been retired for over 20 years now, & I still haven’t caught up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 04:16 PM

Congrats on the retirement. To match your time served, I need to put in roughly another 21+ years. I hope you career was prosperous and enjoy that free time whenever you see it.

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 04:27 PM

Thanks to all who serve from myself and my family. After 28 years, 3 months, and 19 days you deserve to relax a little, unfortunatly when you retire you become the taxi driver for the grandkids, the emergency contact for the same ones when they get sick at school and need to be picked up. The wife has errands that you need to run, items at the house that need to be fixed. Then your buddies come by to shoot the bull for awhile, then and only then will you have time to go to the shop. It seems like I had more time in the shop when I was working. LOL Enjoy your retirement it is well earned.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 04:32 PM

Thanks for your service, I agree it is time for retirement. I did the same thing retired in June from 31 years at the phone company, and was never so busy in my life. But it does settle down. Be careful though, your family willget used to you being there, and as stated above you will be everything to everybody. But it is the greatest feeling in the world too. Congrats

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 05:22 PM

Congratulations on your retirement, did the same in September. Sam Maloof said it best, “Family and friends come first and the woodworking fits in where it can”. I have to remind myself of this quite often.
Best regards,

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 05:38 PM

Congratulations Pete. May your shop time increase ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 05:44 PM

Thanks for your service! Were you stationed on a vessel?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 05:53 PM

make your retirement schedule from day one monday to friday 0800 – 1600 shoptime
and becourse its a hobby 2-3 hours in the evening as well
saturday and sunday you need to be in the mancave …....Oh yyaah its the same place …LOL
and if others need you they have to make an apointment over the phone
so you have time to make a consult with your kalender …. :-)

thats how you deal with it ….they will soon know you still tread your day as if it was a normal
working day at the office

good luck with the retirement

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 05:55 PM

Congrats on your retirement. Did you get the memo ? When you are retired people put all those extra jobs on you (Because now you have time) At the end of day you have less time than when you worked . (Joking)
I went back to work part time just so I have time to do my projects ! Now when someone wants me to help I have excuse, “no I work that day”, when the 1 hour job is over I can head to my shop ! WHOOPS my secret is out !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 07:34 PM

Thank you for your service! Time to enjoy.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Paul Pomerleau

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#11 posted 01-17-2011 08:09 PM

Congrats on the retirement.
I can’t wait for 4 years 7 months and 14 days to go by so I can start mine.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 12:48 AM

Where is all the free time? If you are married, just wait…she has plans for nearly all of it….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 12:49 AM

Thanks for you service. I to retired but from the “Other Branch, Army”, it’s all good. All the other bloggers are spot on, you have to make the time for yourself because others will do it for you if you are not careful. I got out in 2005 (35 yrs 20 days) and my shop is still not set up, but someday soon it will be and a lock on the door soon after (lock will be on the inside I might add ;-)

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 03:04 AM

You’ll be heading for the work shop and she says- “what do you have planned for today”? Just turn around and come back because your itinerary has been “adjusted” ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 01-18-2011 03:53 AM

Pete, Congrats and thanks for your service to our great country!! I know you are looking forward to spending time in the “shop”. Give me a call sometime and we’ll catch lunch at Lone Star.

Don’t forget the words “yes dear”, and you’ll do just fine!

-- Bob from Virginia

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