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Blog entry by Woodwrecker posted 05-01-2010 03:49 PM 1708 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last night, after a little over 32 years as a street cop just outside Chicago, I finally retired.
I start some very welcomed vacation to get my house ready for sale up here and then we are moving down to our place in Kissimmee Florida.
I can’t wait to get my small shop organized and dusty.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 03:57 PM

Congratulations on your retirement. You will love it!!!!! When I retired two years ago, I put a new shop in my garage. I really enjoy working in the shop and making things for my family. Good luck! Hope to see your shop when you get to Florida.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 05-01-2010 03:57 PM

Good for you happy retirement. Watch out for the gators, and do leave out your dog..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 03:58 PM

Eric, CONGRATS on achieving a major milestone! Now you and your wife can enjoy the good life. And thanks much for the years of service on the streets.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 03:59 PM

wow!!! very cool!!!!! well deserved!!!! i am in year 12…of teaching with 20 to go…enjoy every moment!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 05-01-2010 04:05 PM

Congratulations Eric. Enjoy the FL weather next winter.

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

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#6 posted 05-01-2010 04:15 PM

I hope everything works out better there in FL.

What a coincedence….if you notice the no. of my post, 12345 ….I’ll try to keep it as it is as long as I can.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 05-01-2010 04:24 PM

Congrats I don’t live in Chicago but I very vry thankful for dedicated people like you for your years of service. THANK YOU. Now go enjoy your retirement and make lots of thing to post on Lumberjocks. Sincerely FordMike

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#8 posted 05-01-2010 04:44 PM

Eric- THANK YOU for your service in IL. I hope you have many years of joy in your retirement. 32 “cop years” is a long time to keep your head on a swivel and stay alive on the streets everyday. My hat is off to you, Sir. Congratulations!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 05-01-2010 05:17 PM

Congratulations Eric,
Now you can do some really serious woodworking!!!!
Enjoy yourself…

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 05-01-2010 05:34 PM

enjoy your retirement with your wife
looking forward to see some serius dustclaud around your shop


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#11 posted 05-01-2010 05:37 PM

How exciting! don’t forget us with pictures of your new shop so we can envy you to the fullest.


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#12 posted 05-01-2010 05:41 PM

well done !

now all the things that have stumped you,
in woodworking ,

will be easy for you !

just follow the yellow brick road !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 05-01-2010 07:29 PM

A retired policeman moving to Florida- reminds me of the movie “Running Scared”. Hope you have as much fun there as they did!!



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

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#14 posted 05-01-2010 08:24 PM

Congrats on your retirement and thank you for your years of service to the public. I’m sure you will enjoy your new life in FL.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#15 posted 05-01-2010 08:26 PM

Great, engoy your retierment.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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