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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Roger that sir. On another note, as a former LEO I hope you would be proud of me. I got a “warning” from the Opp, AL PD Saturday on my bike coming back from the Pensacola dealership and club meeting. Sunday I found the police department and brought them pizza and soda. They acted like no one ever brought them dinner after being pulled over and let off with a warning.

    My son is moving to Seattle in a couple of weeks. I’m going to miss him terribly.
    Proud I am. Your act was a rare and much appreciated gesture of respect virtually absent from the interactive 'LEO-Citizen' matrix in today's society. Rest assured they're still talking about that Beemer-guy today yet at the station house.!

    Sad when offspring move light-years away. My son put down roots in Colorado Springs with a 4-bedroom home purchase this month. Daughter will be ordained in Berkeley this May and with my luck, will accept her first call to the Lutheran ministry in...….. Anchorage?!

    I've got enough frequent-flyer miles with Southwest for airfare to Neptune!

    Kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullet View Post
    So far so good. I plan on retiring from the Correctional Service here in Ontario in March 2020.
    $20,000 in debt at the bank should be paid off by about October and then I'll have 5 months to pad
    the bank account before I head out to pasture. Tentative plan A is to ride to the 4 corners of the
    USA with a good friend from Alberta and when we get to Blaine Washington, take the ferry to Alaska.
    Once Alaska is sufficiently explored we ride back to Edmonton and I then ride back to Ontario.
    That should do for starters.
    Just to be sure, "retiring from the Correctional Service" isn't a Canadian way of saying getting out on parole, is it?

    I met a Canadian Correctional Officer from Quebec a few years ago in Dawson City. She was on a Hayabusa, of all things, and had come through Alaska and across the Top of the World Highway. She was a small person and the Hayabusa was a handful on the slick TOW. She changed her plans to ride to Inuvik. She was a very competent rider but the bike was not suited to what she wanted to do. I saw her a few years later back in Dawson on a G650GS and she made it up the Dempster.
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    LOL. No, I assure you I was not a guest of her majesty the prime minister of Canada (I just thought of that
    - that's funny because Trudeau is such a pansy) but a faithful employee of the province of Ontario.
    Never had a job where the hours and days crawl by but the years seem to disappear in a flash. Maybe it's
    the job, maybe it's just the aging process, I don't know. One thing I do know is that I am soooo looking
    forward to not having to go to work anymore. I like Fitzer's idea: become a full-time rally rat.
    or what I like to call a professional vacationist. Never been to Alaska but I imagine the RT can handle it.


    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Just to be sure, "retiring from the Correctional Service" isn't a Canadian way of saying getting out on parole, is it?

    I met a Canadian Correctional Officer from Quebec a few years ago in Dawson City. She was on a Hayabusa, of all things, and had come through Alaska and across the Top of the World Highway. She was a small person and the Hayabusa was a handful on the slick TOW. She changed her plans to ride to Inuvik. She was a very competent rider but the bike was not suited to what she wanted to do. I saw her a few years later back in Dawson on a G650GS and she made it up the Dempster.
    It's a tough job but somebody's gotta do it.

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    Congrats on your retirement, keep having all that fun, I am loving reading about all who have retired, I was forced to retire at 50 due to three bad auto accidents and go on to disability. I tried to work laying on the floor but that did not work out. All of my hobby's have gone into business's and they were all bought out and I'm riding again after 30 years not being able to, the most fun besides playing piano, guitar, used to play drums for a living, I have had in some time, I for got just how addictive it is, watching the weather to see when it won't be raining. I'm in south Tx and we've had a very mild winter this year, I've got a 09 1200rt now, 30 years ago the bike was a Goldwing, but do thoroughly enjoy your retirement, my Dad and Mom did the second time around to.

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    Last week I had an awful week at work. Second time in a week we lost being able to use our large color production printer. First time it got fixed in 2 days after running the IT ticket up the food chain. Less than a week later we lost it again. This time it took 2.5 days just to get someone to escalate the IT ticket and then it was profound silence until it got run higher on the food chain. Finally got to have a conference call with Xerox service and IT and had them walk me thru all sorts of troubleshooting stuff. This was on Friday after hollering for help for almost the whole week. Finally got determined that they really did have a problem that needs a live Xerox tech in to look at it. They come in tomorrow. It's been over a week that we've been down and in the meantime we've killed a couple of the smaller printers and pissed off a lot people trying to keep up with production needs. At one point I said to my boss "In August I turn 62 and a half." She just looked at me and said "I understand your frustration." Not sure she does...... But the longer this idiocy goes on the better a poor retirement looks. At 62 y.o. I am almost out of patience with the working world.

    Louise

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglander View Post
    At 62 y.o. I am almost out of patience with the working world.
    Louise
    That's what drove me to retire at 62. Between the sales dept that promised products so incredibly niche that all potential profits were eaten up by changeover penalties on the production line, marketing that redesigned packaging but left out the registration marks that told the packaging line where one bag ended and the next began, to the CEO letting 660 hard working Vermonters go so he could buy an executive jet which became an enormous black money pit...I just got too tired to contribute to the madness.

    Coming up on my ninth month of retirement and have never enjoyed life more than now!

    Pete
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    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    That's what drove me to retire at 62. Between the sales dept that promised products so incredibly niche that all potential profits were eaten up by changeover penalties on the production line, marketing that redesigned packaging but left out the registration marks that told the packaging line where one bag ended and the next began, to the CEO letting 660 hard working Vermonters go so he could buy an executive jet which became an enormous black money pit...I just got too tired to contribute to the madness.

    Coming up on my ninth month of retirement and have never enjoyed life more than now!

    Pete


    One for each of your months!

    I could have retired at 50, but stayed to 53 to max out the LEO pension. Been out 13 years now, and loved every minute of it. Should have gone at 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    That's what drove me to retire at 62. Between the sales dept that promised products so incredibly niche that all potential profits were eaten up by changeover penalties on the production line, marketing that redesigned packaging but left out the registration marks that told the packaging line where one bag ended and the next began, to the CEO letting 660 hard working Vermonters go so he could buy an executive jet which became an enormous black money pit...I just got too tired to contribute to the madness.

    Coming up on my ninth month of retirement and have never enjoyed life more than now!

    Pete
    What about that new career in the body shop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    What about that new career in the body shop?
    Are you perchance referring to his $150,000 sidecar? That workmanship boggles my mind.

    Preparing for the Iron Butt Rally on my K75 I finished my Harley FLH trunk and enlarged fuel tank with Duplicolor truck bed liner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    What about that new career in the body shop?
    I was reflecting on that last night. That attention to detail was learned in the service, then honed at Green Mountain Coffee when we were an employee-owned family. It was a remarkable place to work and learn, with a focus on quality second to none. Then Keurig took over and everything changed to the ethics of greed. Quantity over quality. That's when I knew it was time to leave the workforce. But the gifts of those early years keep giving!

    Now if I can just remember how to put the darned thing back together!

    Pete
    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hlothery View Post
    I am 62 and have been working since age 14, but my first day of practice as a Physician Assistant was Feb 2nd, 1977. I retired from the Army in 1994, but continued in private practice. After almost 35 years of practice, I will retire on Jan 20th. I have 11 working days left (Holidays and one vacation day excepted)! My wife retired in June, and we have plans to travel (some on the bike, some not), and experience the freedom we have always desired. I plan to play a lot more golf, and I am considering getting back into sailing, which I did for many years. I am both excited and apprehensive, as has been the case anytime there was a major change in my life. Ain't life grand?
    Well, 8 years into it and how's it working out?

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    62 y.o. and counting....

    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    That's what drove me to retire at 62. Between the sales dept that promised products so incredibly niche that all potential profits were eaten up by changeover penalties on the production line, marketing that redesigned packaging but left out the registration marks that told the packaging line where one bag ended and the next began, to the CEO letting 660 hard working Vermonters go so he could buy an executive jet which became an enormous black money pit...I just got too tired to contribute to the madness.

    Coming up on my ninth month of retirement and have never enjoyed life more than now!

    Pete
    What burns my rump is that our CEO gets something like 59 (or is 79?) million a year. TO DO WHAT????? They outsource anything they can think of... plus some. No one local has access rights to the print server and the outsourced IT group take DAYS to get back to you. I work in publication production. Production means deadlines - you know, those deliverables to the paying clients? We had a major production machine go dead. I can't work if the machine is dead. 2 days after the initial shout out for help... nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Whatevah! We finally got back on line today - a week later. That is only the beginning of the gripe list. Like I said in my original post, I have less and less patience with the baloney that goes on in Corporate America. I don't earn enough to be able to afford to retire at 62. Besides, I want to stay busy and stay a contributing member of society. But I'm hankering for a ride first.

    Louise

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    I'm "retiring" on the 25th and we're moving back in western NC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will continue to work at something for a few years but whatever it is the job will end at 5 pm with no phones or laptops on vacations!
    "Have BMW. Will Travel"

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    I retired 8 months ago on my birthday at 62. I finally found out what I want to be in life !
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    Quote Originally Posted by CABNFVR View Post
    I'm "retiring" on the 25th and we're moving back in western NC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will continue to work at something for a few years but whatever it is the job will end at 5 pm with no phones or laptops on vacations!
    The two of you will really enjoy not being chained to the phone and laptops on trips.
    Lee
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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