Furlough: Day Two

To quote Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham of Downton Abbey, “What’s a weekend?” You see, she is so privileged and moneyed that she never worked or had close contact with anyone with a job. She has no concept of work days and rest days. So, here I am heading into week three of […]

Furlough: Day One

Day One Today, I received my Notice of Furlough from my government agency’s HR Department. We, the furloughed ones, had four hours of paid time to “effect an orderly shutdown of their activities on October 1, if needed.”  That meant letting folks know you were going to be unavailable, putting on a scripted “out of […]

This is the Place: Chicago!*

Another couple of taxis and a day full of three commuter trains and waits at small depots. It was Friday afternoon and the trains were filled with students with lots of luggage heading home for the weekend. When the seats of the train are all taken the kids pile in just about anywhere. The vestibule […]

Lonnie Retired Photo*

Our First Year of His Retirement Let me catch you up to the first week of June 2012. Lonnie left his job for the last time on March 28 at noon. His first official day of retirement was April 1. No fool’in. March 28 was a Thursday. We always knew he was going to retire […]

Losing to Gain

I didn’t really think anything was that wrong. However, I started losing weight…I noticed that I was stronger. In January I started in earnest to lose weight.  My thoughts were: I am going to be married to a retired guy and I really didn’t want to look the part. I was throwing a huge retirement […]

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