It's a rainy day, my first day of "early" early retirement. I had not planned it this way, but I saw it coming.
In the morning I joked with another about the news of an advertising sales person being walked out the door. "We are only numbers" the truth spoken too soon.
After a brief ceremony with HR and given my pack and coat I was walked to the parking deck. Unlocking my bike and strapping on my helmet I passed the security guard who waved and said "Are you leaving early?".
"I'm done here." I replied. "I've had enough."
Moving through daytime traffic was a little different feel, but I was also wearing my "work" clothes.
At home in the sunshine I read the severance agreement. All seemed legal (I'm sure it is, I know lawyers look over everything MG does). Announcing my "early" retirement, then settled down to be fed (you always eat in unusual situations) and watch some soap operas.
"This is Opal's boy, he's having a child with Caroline, but she is really Carla from before, when Sonny was married to her, then she changed characters and hair color...."
After an unusual trip to Kroger (manly because there were so many weird families and their wandering kids) we unpacked the groceries and ate some more.
Then an ordinary evening of PDS, Obama's review of the G-20, "This Old House", and the weeny end of "ER" moistened by silver bullets and comments from friends on Facebook.
Then off to sleep. No nightmares or dreams.
As the rain falls harder, I will start to decide my new path.
Will I retire and take the pension? Will I search for new employment, including freelance or contract work? Will I start or finish some projects? Music? Painting? School??
This is the first time since high school I have been "unemployed".
I've always said you have to get up and have something to do. Now it's time to find out what that is. A new adventure is starting.
So after 38 years with the Times-Dispatch, it's over. You treated me well, sometimes better than I expected. I survived some trying times and enjoyed some wonderful memories and friends.
So long. It's time to move on.