Retirement Thoughts
June 30, 2004
Friday, February 11, 2005
 
I am a great uncle for the first time today. My nephew Robbie and his wife Pam had a baby girl today at app. 7 am. Robbie and Pam live in Maine. Boston was spared the latest snow storm (we had rain), but Maine got the brunt of it. It took Robbie and Pam about an hour and a half to make the ride to the hospital, which is normally about a 25 minute ride. Both Pam and the new baby are doing fine.
 
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
 
It is great being retired. After the recent January blizzard, I did not have to shovel the driveway because I did not need the car for work. I shoveled the walkway from my door to the sidewalk and a path in the sidewalk for people to walk. I did not shovel the driveway, nature can take care of that. If I needed to use the car today, I would have to shovel a little, but nowhere as much as I would have had to shovel immediately after the blizzard. Although Boston was very cold for the first week and a half after the blizzard, the past week has been relatively mild. Fortunately, a lot of the snow has melted during the past week.

As you know from prior postings, I do not use the car much since I have retired. I am out every day, but the local transit system (the T) is my preferred method of transport. I usually go to downtown Boston or Cambridge where parking is difficult and expensive. Also, Boston traffic can be horrendous. The Big Dig has helped, but it certainly has not totally eliminated the horrendous traffic that has plagued Boston for years.
 
I am 98% sure I will be retiring on June 30, 2004, the last day to qualify for the retirement incentive of an extra 5 years added to your age or years of service. Update - I did take the retirement on June 30, 2004. This will be my second retirement. I retired in November 1992, again taking advantage of a retirement incentive. This retirement will be different; I will be 57 and the do not anticipate being employed full time again.

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