Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I have been working every day through December for the first time in over 30 years. I have a lot of leave that when you are working you have to use by January 1 or you lose it. In my case I will get cashed out for the leave when I retire. That's a pretty sizeable check since I will get paid for 458 hours---yeah---a lump sum check for about 11 weeks work. That'll carry us over until we get the retirement checks started correctly. The first checks they send are about 50% of what you really have coming and it takes about three months for everything to settle in and the right amounts to be paid so this will carry us over pretty nicely.

So what's the pain? It is way hard for me to work when I have family at home, and for most of my kids lives I have basically taken the month of December off and just worked a few hours here and there so that when the new year rolled around I wasn't too far behind. This year I won't be behind at all because I won't be starting the new year!!!!!


Debby said...

Enjoy your retirement and think of the rest of us that have alot of years left before we can retire. You deserve it!

Amber said...

I know it's always no fun to be stuck at work when everyone else is having fun spending time together, but you're right you don't have that much longer and then you'll have all the time in the world to hang out! I'm excited for you!