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Forum topic by Lenny posted 07-31-2010 01:42 AM 2149 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2010 01:42 AM

Hello LJ friends. Today, after 33+ years of federal service, I am retired! While today was my last day of work, my official retirement date is tomorrow, my 55th birthday. It has been a long haul for me as for 13 of those years, including the past 6 1/2, I had three hours of commuting round trip.

I feel blessed to have had a secure job with decent pay, good benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, a thrift saving plan (equates to 401K), another “community” of fine people and the opportunity (with at least 30 years of service) to retire at the young age of 55. My wife and I were able to put our two children through college. In my co-workers, I met wonderful people and made many good friends. I enjoyed nearly all the jobs I held for at least awhile. I got to learn and/or develop a host of skills as I worked in Human Resources, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity, field office management and public contact positions. I garnered management skills, training skills, interviewing skills, listening skills, labor and management negotiation skills, etc. I didn’t always like my job, but I always DID my job and cared enough to give it my best. I resolved when I started to never become the proverbial “typical bureaucrat”. When you work in government services there is much not in your control but how you treat and serve others always is and that’s where I sought to care most and do all I could to assist others and resolve issues/problems or, if you prefer, challenges.

Anyway, I am just feeling on a high and thought I would share with my friends at Lumberjocks, another favorite community, my joy and happiness in this chapter of my life coming to a close. Of course, this means I can begin a new chapter and it involves turning what has been my hobby for the past 30+ years into some means of supplemental income. If I have my druthers it will be in making custom furniture. If not that, then perhaps making a product(s) and marketing/selling it. We shall see.

As we speak, my now 8’X18’ dedicated shop (attached to back of garage) is under renovation. A side wall will be knocked down and the finished shop will become 21’X 18’. That’s still small by many standards but more than double the current size. This too contributes to my natural high today. I think I will start a series blog on the construction to keep you informed.

Thanks for allowing me to share my feelings today and I look forward to my continued activity on this great site.

I just thought to add that through the generosity of dear friends and co-workers, I have over $300 in Woodcraft gift certificates and a similar amount to Home Depot. Coupled with the overtime money I earned in the last few weeks, I have a “pretty penny” to do some serious shopping. While buying a tool at HD is my inclination, I am going to force myself to hold onto the certificates for interior supplies once the exterior construction is complete. As for Woodcraft I have at least one tool in mind and several other possibilities.

Here’s my current shop. A bit crowded, no? The wall with the door is the one that will come down.

Outdoor shot of current shop (There’s my cupola in the background):

Foundation walls:

Thanks for looking.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 07-31-2010 01:54 AM

Congrats on the retirement Lenny. Thats a great time in a person’s life. I wish you the best. I
am jealous of all that time you will have to work on those woodworking projects….and best of all, you’re still young.

I have worked for my company (very large telecommunications company) for over 40 years now. I’m a program manager for light fiber networks. I have thought about retirement but thats has far a I have gotten with it :-) I work from home and dont have to travel much so its been great. My shop is just 30 ft down the hallway so the commute after work is short.

My shop is 21X21 so much the same size as the one you are going to have….plenty of room to have fun.

Cheers and good luck with your endeavors.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 02:01 AM

Well I hope you have a wonderful retirement (more time for the things you love) Lenny & a fantastic birthday tomorrow. Your current shop is certainly full of great toys and the expansion looks like its going really well and should make your shop even better. Happy retirement Lou

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#3 posted 07-31-2010 02:07 AM

Congratulations Lenny!!!!!! Wow, time flys by, doesn’t it. Oh yeah, just because you are expanding your shop, don’t think you are going to have any more space!!LOL

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#4 posted 07-31-2010 02:08 AM

Looks like you had a great career, and a lot more still to look forward to. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-31-2010 02:08 AM

Can’t wait to see the finished project. Looks like it will just about double it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 07-31-2010 02:34 AM

I’ve been unemployed for 16 months. I can’t say that I have found any happiness or joy in it. I do hope you enjoy your retirement though.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 02:51 AM

Congratulations, Lenny!! Look forward to up-dates on your “New” Shop…
Hey!! What’s up with these Red Sox?! It’s been a long year… and it keeps getting longer… :(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 07-31-2010 02:51 AM

Wayne, thank you very much. Personally, I could never work 30 feet from my shop. Too much temptation. Hey Lou. Thanks very much. Thank you Ron. You raise a good point. Is there ever enough space? Thank you Charlie. It wasn’t a bad way to earn a living at all. Thanks Tim, slightly more than double. Thank you Jack and my sincere wishes that you soon gain reemployment. Thanks Mike. The Sox HAVE won three in a row so just maybe the tide has turned.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 07-31-2010 03:03 AM

Congratulations Lenny,
It’s about time you got serious about this hobby. lol The best to you and your family. Enjoy retirement.
Your LJ biddy, Rand

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#10 posted 07-31-2010 03:21 AM

Congratulations on your retirement. You will love it. Your new shop will be a little bit wider than mine. With a little planning you will be surprised how much equipment you can get in your shop. Enjoy your retirement and looking forward to seeing your projects. If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 07-31-2010 03:23 AM

Great wishes Lenny on your retirement and your new chapter in life, now lets see plenty of great work coming out of your new shop…BC

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#12 posted 07-31-2010 03:40 AM

From one Bureaucrat to a former one… Congratulations on your retirement. Looks like 2 more years for me. My still developing shop is the size of your current digs. Let’s just say that I never have too far to go to get a different tool. Take Care and I look forward to more posts of that new shop.

-- Gary D.

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#13 posted 07-31-2010 04:06 AM

That is fantastic Lenny! congatulations!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-31-2010 04:27 AM

Congratulations Lenny!!!!!! AND welcome to the ranks of the happily retired!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 07-31-2010 04:43 AM

Congrats on the retirement Lenny! I hope you enjoy your retirement and new shop.

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