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Back in the Saddle Again.....

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Anyone remember that song? Gene Autrey? Roy Rogers?

Although traffic and such will not get back to its usual congested mess until next Monday, I am back at it at work!

The big news is that I sent off my retirement letter today. With not a single regret. You may not know, but there is no longer an "official" retirement age in Canada. You can work till you drop, if you wish. Me. I'm working until I'm 65.

I am the lead hand at my agency for developing and sending in a submission for a certification in quality and the healthy workplace to an independent certification organization. What a mouthful. That is just some of what I do, but it now looms large as we are ready to go for mid-February. I was updating some of the evidence that proves we have done this, that, and the other thing today, and it is exacting, painstaking work. Leaves me really tired in the evening.

The way I see it, preparing for retirement while still working full time at a demanding, responsible job is really challenging. But, it is the only rational choice I really have. Can you imagine, I could have gone on almost 100 pounds heavier than I am now until I retired. and not play the guitar, as I was too darn large to hold it properly. I think if I had continued that way I would have hit a brick wall the day after my retirement and gone splat.

Now, with any luck (and hard work and fitbit and Sparkpeople and so on) I will retire probably more fit than I have ever been, with some guitar skills, and volunteer work to segue into as I search for other interesting things to do.

And now I will go to bed, because this double life of working/retirement prep means I am up at 4:30 AM every weekday morning to workout.

Good night! Have a good one!
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  • ANDY_54
    LOL, I remember that song and now it's replaying in my head thankyouverymuch! Hey, great news about retiring! Kind of interesting Canada doesn't have a retirement age anymore. Sounds like you'll be balanced with fun and activity and that's the way to go in my book!
    1361 days ago
    That was really lovely to learn about - you inspired me... I could do that too as I am five years younger than you! It is "just" about losing that weight...
    1363 days ago
    good for you to put in the retirement letter....i love being retired. I am lucky and got to retire at age 53 so young for most people. Being retired let's me work out more and do more with sparks as my hobby. I think you will love it and will continue to be in good shape as you too will have more time to devote to it.
    Have a terrific night.
    1365 days ago
    Woohooooo! More time for your emoticon !

    More time for your emoticon !

    More time for your emoticon !

    How exciting!
    1365 days ago
    I was thinking more along the lines of Aerosmith when I saw the title, but Autry works for me, too. Have fun with retirement!
    1365 days ago
    My father used to sing that song so I do remember it. good luck on the retirement!
    1365 days ago
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