...post on the Forum during a work day! I have 2 hours and 12 minutes to go before I'm officially retired as a New York State public school teacher (they're letting me leave early so I can wash and polish the '14, which I will bring to our Commencement Exercises tonight for the use of, and photo ops for, the class of '14). My room, desk, files, cupboards, and drawers are all empty, grades are in, proctor sheets signed, and keys turned in, so I've absolutely nothing to do though I still had to report as usual. They've even unblocked my classroom computer!
You'd better knock it off or they'll fire you!
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Congrats RV, having educators in the family, I appreciate your service. Enjoy retirement, and you will soon wonder how you could ever fit a job into your day. Tim
Nice...oh how I envy you. They tell me I can take an early retirement in 4 years. I hope I am able to take them up on it.
I hope you are able to goof off all day on your last day, RV!
Tim is exactly right. Three years ago I thought I'd retire for six months or so and get caught up on everything I had to do at home, then look for something else to do. I still haven't started looking.
Congratulations on your retirement. If you need an interesting read to occupy your time, I just posted the below 4 year old thread in the "Who was Henry Ford" thread. I just found it a few minutes ago while looking for something else and just spent the last 30 minutes reading it (I couldn't stop). To me, it is by far the most informative thread ever posted on the forum regarding Henry Ford and the relationship he had with his son and other leaders of the day.
Good luck in your retirement.
I can't help but think of the wonderful influence you have had on students. Not only your love of old cars but the ability to build the electrical components to such a high degree of quality should capture the imagination of some young folks that would never have exposure to that kind of magic. I hope you can enjoy your retirement as much as many of us have.
Congratulations R.V. ! You will find yourself way too busy !
Well done RV, with all of that school work, how have you found time to do all of that other great work... you certainly are and have been a very busy man... Congratulations SIR, l guess NOW you'll be busier than ever..... Retirement ... Hmmm, just means the easy part has finished...
Congratulations!! Happy day! That's exciting. Now you'll REALLY have time to fool with some T's. =) Hope you have a great day and that this is just an auspicious start to a further grand adventure.
From one retired educator to another: thanks for your dedication to kids. Your years in the classroom have touched more lives and positively impacted the future than most other folks have the opportunity to do in a lifetime. Something tells me as a teacher, you'll find some way to keep contributing. It's in our blood...and you just can't walk away from that. But it will be at your own time and choosing. Most of all, you will thoroughly enjoy a daily schedule that is no longer dictated by ringing class bells and announcements. Well done!
It seems you've been talking about this day for years. I know you've been looking forward to it for quite some time. Glad you could share it with us. Congratulations!
It seems you've been talking about this day for years. I know you've been looking forward to it for quite some time. Glad you could share it with us. Congratulations! Now you can get busy!
In line with Kevin's remarks, if you're like me you may occasionally be amazed by remarks from former students. I always felt that I was struggling to achieve my aspirations to adequacy, so when I'm told "best teacher I ever had" or "wish you could have stayed with our class all the way through high school", I'm just a step from thunderstruck. Who, me? We never know what impact we may be having on somebody else without even suspecting it. Come to think of it, that goes for life in general, not just teaching.
You will find that your morning wake up will stay the same for a long time------ten years later I still cant sleep in! Happy retirement!
I'm still teaching summer school so envious congratulations to you.
What a neat confluence of your retirement , graduation year, and the centennial of your T. You planned that well! If that is the standard, I get to retire in 2020! Maybe I can buy an earlier T! Haha
Congratulations R.V. and I hope you enjoy your retirement!
Congrats, time for you to come back to Loves Park with a big shopping cart, Bob
Congratulation R.V. Now you can get busy on that new clutch.
Congrats!!! How many years in? I have eight more to put in before I have thirty years in, but have to wait an additional eleven before I can pull out my retirement.
I am sure you will put your time to good use.
Congratulations and enjoy.
Congratulations, RV! You'll find the best part of retirement is the vacation plan. You get six months off with pay - twice a year.
Congratulations on your retirement. As with most who retire, you will find that you will have less free time than when you were working !!!
I wish you a long and busy retirement
Be_Zero_Be (93 WEEKS TO GO)
You'll wonder how you ever had time to work.....
The wife said she knew it was time to retire when she started calling her students by their parents names.
Best wishes for a long, enjoyable retirement. Hope you find plenty of time for the T pursuits you never had time for.
Congratulations on your retirement Mr Anderson. I retired in March 2013 and don't miss the work-a-day grind one bit.
On a side note, when I'd posted my 1 year anniversary of retirement this past March I think the first 3 posters were all doom and gloom. I was either going to contract something serious, the wife was going to leave me, or I was going to be broke. I would never wish those thoughts on anyone.
Welcome to retar'd life.
14 years and counting
RV, Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy retirement!!
Years ago, as I recall, I was a student. And now I'm retired! It's nice that we have something in common. Congratulations RV.
Sounds like this group has plenty of retirement experience --- and advice. But I'd better share my two cents.
When I retired my company had me spend a session with a retirement counselor. The counselor warned me of all the pitfalls of retirement, such as missing the routine, missing the coworkers, missing the sense of accomplishment, etc. I thought it over and felt that I had all the bases covered.
But about six months after retiring I realized the counselor was right and I was wrong. I was driving to Kinko's for about the third time that week and realized that I missed the copying machine at work.
So the next day I bought a copying machine. It's been a lot of years now and I'm on my second copying machine.
That's great RV!!!! I hope some day I can afford to do the same.........you are a lucky man.
I retired from public school teaching in Texas in May 2008. In April 2009, I had to have quadruple bypass heart surgery, Because of mistakes made by the nurses caring for me in removing my drain tubes after surgery, other than the pain, I didn't know I was hemorrhaging internally. It was discovered two years later when I started having shortness of breath. The dried hemorrhaged blood had pooled around my left lung and in drying up, was constricting it. The same surgeon that did my bypass, removed about a quart of dried blood that had hemorrhaged over the bulk of the two year period. He said he had to literally scrape it off the outside of my lung. Fortunately after retiring from teaching, I worked for Walmart for five years which covered me with health insurance for both surgeries. Someone was watching out for me when I decided to retire from teaching. One more year, and my students might have gotten to see a teacher have a heart attack in the classroom with them.
I have 37 more years till retirement..........
All those projects you've set aside, waiting for retirement?
Mine are still waiting, as I figured out I really didn't want to do them in the first place.
Enjoy! I've worked and I've been retired and I know which one is better! Just don't think your going to have lots of time to play. Somehow I am busier now than when I worked. I'm not sure what I am doing but there never seems to be enough time to get it done!
Thatís great news! Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy retirement.
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Congratulations! I hope to meet you at Hershey.
Congratulations, R.V. I'm very happy for you and look forward to meeting you at Hershey.
RV, Congratulations, If your health is good, try to do as much of the bucket list" items you can. Health catches up to us sooner than we plan on. My dad always planned on doing a lot of his hobby type of things and traveling. He had 2 years after retirement before cancer got him. He told me to not wait and do it "now" I have listened to him. Ive have been retired for about 5 years. The wife and I try to go on a good vacation at least once a year to somewhere we always wanted to go. (somehow we always end up in Colorado) even if we go east from Arkansas. It has been well worth it. May you have a good and full retirement, as it appears from others comments, that you have had a full working life.
Congrats RV. Hershey is only a few months away!
R.V. - Now that you'll have more time , I have a suggestion for you. It sure would be nice if you could put a picture of your '14 on your Profile page. You refer to it often on the Forum, and knowing the excellent quality work you do with T parts, I'm sure that your '14 is very nice too.
Does this mean that we will finally see both you & your brother at Hershey this year ? All the best in your retirement.
I'm going on 24 years now and I agree that med.
problems will get you in the end, but before that happens "GRAB THE GUSTO (or brass T parts) AND ENJOY".
Congrats R.V., Enjoy the light at the end of the tunnel my friend!
Just returned from inaugurating my retirement with an extended trip to Albany with my wife to try to find a decent apartment in a decent neighborhood for our daughter for school. I think we did, if the landlady will forget the stereotypes and decide to rent to a couple of very studious college girls. Her roommate from Joisey couldn't make it this trip, so Rachel was constantly texting and sending photos of potential digs. Interesting trip.
Thanks a ton to each and every one of you! All of your posts really mean a lot!
My first move, which I will begin tomorrow since I have a routine doctor's visit today, will be to completely re-vamp R.V. Anderson Antique Auto Engineering to make it more efficient and deliver better customer service. It's been sort of catch-as-catch-can with a lot less "system" than I would like. I will now have regular shop hours, 8 to 5, and will be here to answer the phone 9-4, EST. (I have a part-time assistant but am still a one-man band in many ways, so I will have to be out of the building now and then, visiting suppliers, paying suppliers, pleading with suppliers, etc.) So I look forward to improving things, getting more things done, and still having a lot more time to actually work on and drive my own Ts! Woo-hoo!
When I made a website for my sign business fifteen years ago it was quite a chore for a computer-challenged elderly person, but once I got it working I had fun adding to it and keeping it going. I found that it really did help my sales. If you do that, my suggestion for a URL would be something very simple like nameofbusiness.com, using words rather than an acronym.
Good on ya RV! Bud.
Congratulations RV. Just remember retirees never get a day off!
You may also need to invest in a day clock.
Just how long is your HONEY DUE list before you can get to your hobby fun list??
24 years retired and counting.
R.V after all those yrs at Chickasha, I commend you to full time MODEL T"ING now, no more disappointments if boss says you can't get off, ENJOY it, before your health goes.
I taught school for 24 years, Industrial Arts. Do I miss it? NO. I miss some of the kids, others I don't. I'm glad it's over. I retired on my 60th birthday, which was a coincidence. I've been working on T's solid now for eleven years, and enjoying every minute of it. Welcome to the club RV!
What Larry said. I miss some of the kids, but not the BS.
everyone talks about Hershey, what highway do you take to get there?
What Steve said. And if you think the BS is bad in the classroom, try being in Administration. Unbelievable!
I know how much you have been looking forward to this day, and I want to wish you the very best. The students at your high school will miss you and I know you will miss some of them. It your time for a new beginning, and being a former educator, I can tell you that getting up every morning, doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, is the very best!! Congratulations on your retirement!!
Mike, we don't know where you are, so can't recommend a road for you. Coming from Kansas, the road for me is I-70 into western PA. But then it becomes a toll road. I pay taxes for roads, and it rubs me the wrong way when they add on tolls, so I stay off of toll roads to the maximum extent possible. Going to Hershey last fall I took US 30 from western PA to Gettysburg, saw the sights, and took US 15 up to Harrisburg/Hershey. Coming home I took US highways up to I-80 and took I-80 into Ohio. With a road atlas in the car and Google maps on the laptop, you can get most places from wherever you are.
Congratulations RV, I'll bet there are going to be a lot of kids out there who will miss you! But I can't say enough for retirement. Pace yourself till you find your groove... I didn't at first and suffered the "kid in the candy store burn out" after about 6 months! One new invention per month is all we ask!
So, RV, how does it feel to no longer have a purpose in life?