It’s Official

Well, I sealed the deal on my retirement yesterday. My last day of work will be March 31, 2010. Beginning next week, I will work only three days a week until I pack my boxes in 3 ½ months. And here’s the best part: I work three-day weeks and get paid for five. Is that cool or what? Of course, I’m retiring from the corporate grind but not from my writing. I have much to do, including fulfilling my commitment to write a sequel. I’m anxious to begin, but not without an ever-so-slight pang of fear. 

I can’t quite grasp that after over four decades of working in every field from construction to sales & marketing to the utility industry, I’m actually pulling the plug on a traditional career. It’s surreal to say the least. 

Walking away from the job is easy; leaving the people on the other hand is going to be tough. Many of the folks I work with are not only colleagues, they’re friends; dear friends. It’s not that we can’t keep in touch and meet for coffee or lunch once in a while. It’s just that once retired I will likely fade to a distant memory. We get so caught up with the busyness of living our lives that we tend to forget about family, friends and the human factor. 

I guess it’s up to each of us, no? We can choose to let our relationships fade to oblivion, or we can make an earnest effort to nurture and cultivate them.



Filed under Uncategorized

8 responses to “It’s Official


    Glad to hear you finalized your retirement.Thats some of your stress out of the way. A three day work week will at least give you some time to start writing.
    I know what you mean about leaving good friends. Steve and I both tried to keep in touch with our friends when we retired. We did for a while, but now its been at least a year since we talked. Your right, it is up to us to keep up the friendship.
    I think this weekend I will make some calls.

  2. Ken

    Man I am soooo excited and envious at the same time. What a friggin’s adventure you are about to embark on. Don’t go gettin’ all Tiger Woods on us now! 😀

  3. poolagirl

    Actually, now I will get to see you MORE!

  4. Are you moving to New York really quick? Or will you stay for a bit?

  5. dmannechino

    If all goes well, April of 2010.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s