You see, I’m retired and this job was just a 7 month contract gig with 4 weeks off in the first half. So, starting next Saturday, I’ll be back to full-time retirement.
The contract job was back at the place I retired from and my office — until next Friday — is three doors down from my old office. Except for a few weeks here and there, I had worked in the same building from April 1983 until I retired at the end of February 2007.
The last several months have been very fulfilling as I was able to do the parts of the job that I really enjoyed without getting overwhelmed with all of the administrative stuff that in-house staff has to deal with — the kind of stuff that was part of the reason that I retired when I did.
Today I was walking back to the office with an empty cardboard box for loading up my few personal possessions when I ran into the department manager. I remarked that there was a lot less accumulation with a 6 month temporary gig than there had been for 24 years as an employee.
She laughed and then said that they could probably find someplace to store it where it would be there waiting for me when I come back for another gig in about 11 months.
Hmmm… take a year off from work, then work for 6 months doing what I enjoy, then eleven months off and come back for another 6 month gig. Better than working full time, that’s for sure.
Note: the guy in the picture is not me or anyone I am related to. I was 7 years old when this picture was snapped.