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As many of you know, I reached retirement age back in November and have been thinking about hanging it up and enjoying life. Friday I finally told my boss that May 4th will be my last day of work as a building maintenance consultant at the IRS building in Covington.
However, in addition to collecting my retirement pay, I have accepted a temporary, full time job with a company that that is contracted by the US Government to help rebuild Iraq. I will be working with them as a consultant to design, build and maintain many new buildings that will replace the ones destroyed there during the last ten years. This job is expected to last about a year to eighteen months, so I will still be young enough to enjoy my retirement.
The pay is almost four times what I was making here so as far as earnings it would almost be as if I remained at my present job for four or five more years. The only drawback is I will need to spend the next six to eight months in Iraq to help assess the damages done and how best to begin the rebuilding. After that I will have to return every other month to evaluate the ongoing work.
I’m looking forward to this new “chapter” in my life. By the way Rosie is a bit hesitant, but she agrees it is a good way to end my working career with a little extra spending money. I will be leaving July 9th after a two week orientation to the company at their Gainesville Georgia office. Wish me luck, maybe we can have a party before I leave.
Good luck Bill, of course posting this on April 1st tends to make me think???????
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Hey Bill congratulations on your retirement. Good luck with this next endeavor.
Hey , do I see a trend that more of our Cubbers are working overseas?
Good luck in all you do. Keep safe.
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I think someone is playing a April Fools joke.
In my line of work
" EVERYBODY GOES HOME THE NEXT MORNING"
A guy with a brand new air compressor ain't goin anywhere.
Been working since November- not going to retire and sure ain't leaven those cubs, or I mean Rosie and the cubs and the dogs, and the new son-in-law, and the Barnyard Bash. So happy Aprils fools back atcha.
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if it is true congrats. but i am with the rest of em. april fools is about. dont think he would agree to missing cub tug...
I really want to take this serious Bill and welcome you the best, but this vision is forever burned into my memory
When I told my dad I've been misplacing things and doing stupid stuff----His reply---"It only gets better"
LOts of luck but I wonder about April 1st too/
"Life's tough.It's even tougher if you're stupid."
- John Wayne
" We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
Well okay, I am not retiring in May (but I could) and I am not taking a job with a government vender in Iraq. Yes it was all a mean and despicable April Fools joke. But there is a bit of truth in it. I really do work as a building maintenance consultant for the government (I’m on break right now. )
One of the companies that contracted with us does a lot of overseas maintenance work for the federal government. In talking to our current contractor I was told I could easily get a job in Iraq with them at a pay rate much greater than my current salary if I wanted (I don’t ever expect that to happen.) Their office is actually in southern Florida, not really in Gainesville. However, I am not allowed to work for any vendor for two years after I retire if I oversaw any work performed by that vendor as a federal employee. So, the company is real and is not one of those internet fraud outfits.
My daughter was in on the joke, but I sure did get a lot of calls from family and local friends. My niece, my daughter’s Maid of Honor in her upcoming wedding, was the most concerned. She believes just about everything I say (silly girl). Melissa finally let her in on it when she began to worry about me missing the wedding.
Maybe next year I will try something a bit more believable. I spent a whole five minutes on this story just to see it blow out of the water so quickly.
But we know you, Bill! How can we believe half of what you say? Ed
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You're right Ed! you must be refering to this statement:
Half? That's generous, Ed.
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