Believe it or not, the time has come for me to retire. After 23 + years with a manufacturer as a technical service rep and after working 25 years in the field for contractors, the time has come to “hang up the old tool belt” and “put away the meters” — 48 years in the field is more than enough.
A couple of the determining factors that has led me to this decision is that I have just become a first-time grandpa with a new little grand-daughter. My son and daughter in-law live in about 3 hours away and my wife and I want to be able to help as much as possible (spoil the baby rotten since this is our 1st grandchild) and be able to spend time with them. Also, one of my daughters will be graduating next year from Durham University in England with her PhD in Marine Mammal Environmental Behavior and we will probably be helping her relocate to wherever she ends up (somewhere on one of the coast). Family will be keeping me busy.
The past winter also taught me that I am not as “young” as I would like to think I am. Getting up and down on ladders and roofs, working in the very cold and snowy weather has proved that to me. Don’t get me wrong – I still love what I do — learning all the new controls and equipment – doing my training classes (I do plan to do some “guest training” at the local community colleges) — helping dealers – I will miss all the “hands-on” experiences, but do not fear ………….
I do plan to continue my BLOG and continue to help Tech’s via this medium.
My plan is to officially retire at the end of the year (12/31/14) but, since I have vacation days to “use or lose”; my last day is 12/12/14. The time has come to move on and pursue other things and enjoy new possibilities with my family.
Thank you all for your comments, support, guidance, suggestions and questions over the past 3+ years that I have been writing this blog. I would also request topics you might want presented or information on and I will try to write a post on that topic.
Wishing everyone the Best of this coming holiday season and a wonderful New Year!