|Forum topic by Lenny||posted 07-31-2010 01:42 AM||1652 views||0 times favorited||42 replies|
07-31-2010 01:42 AM
Hello LJ friends. Today, after 33+ years of federal service, I am retired! While today was my last day of work, my official retirement date is tomorrow, my 55th birthday. It has been a long haul for me as for 13 of those years, including the past 6 1/2, I had three hours of commuting round trip.
I feel blessed to have had a secure job with decent pay, good benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, a thrift saving plan (equates to 401K), another “community” of fine people and the opportunity (with at least 30 years of service) to retire at the young age of 55. My wife and I were able to put our two children through college. In my co-workers, I met wonderful people and made many good friends. I enjoyed nearly all the jobs I held for at least awhile. I got to learn and/or develop a host of skills as I worked in Human Resources, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity, field office management and public contact positions. I garnered management skills, training skills, interviewing skills, listening skills, labor and management negotiation skills, etc. I didn’t always like my job, but I always DID my job and cared enough to give it my best. I resolved when I started to never become the proverbial “typical bureaucrat”. When you work in government services there is much not in your control but how you treat and serve others always is and that’s where I sought to care most and do all I could to assist others and resolve issues/problems or, if you prefer, challenges.
Anyway, I am just feeling on a high and thought I would share with my friends at Lumberjocks, another favorite community, my joy and happiness in this chapter of my life coming to a close. Of course, this means I can begin a new chapter and it involves turning what has been my hobby for the past 30+ years into some means of supplemental income. If I have my druthers it will be in making custom furniture. If not that, then perhaps making a product(s) and marketing/selling it. We shall see.
As we speak, my now 8’X18’ dedicated shop (attached to back of garage) is under renovation. A side wall will be knocked down and the finished shop will become 21’X 18’. That’s still small by many standards but more than double the current size. This too contributes to my natural high today. I think I will start a series blog on the construction to keep you informed.
Thanks for allowing me to share my feelings today and I look forward to my continued activity on this great site.
I just thought to add that through the generosity of dear friends and co-workers, I have over $300 in Woodcraft gift certificates and a similar amount to Home Depot. Coupled with the overtime money I earned in the last few weeks, I have a “pretty penny” to do some serious shopping. While buying a tool at HD is my inclination, I am going to force myself to hold onto the certificates for interior supplies once the exterior construction is complete. As for Woodcraft I have at least one tool in mind and several other possibilities.
Here’s my current shop. A bit crowded, no? The wall with the door is the one that will come down.
Outdoor shot of current shop (There’s my cupola in the background):
Thanks for looking.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI