Throwback Thursday

Well, the day is here. I speak of my last day as a fifty-year-old of course. 🙂 🙁

Oh, it’s also the day before I start a leave of absence from work. Of course today my body is toying with me, I am tense and feeling tightness. Perhaps it’s nerves?

Wouldn’t it be ironic if I keeled over before getting to Iowa? Yes, though I certainly hope that doesn’t happen.

If I Had Only Known
I broke the news to everyone for whom I cooked lunch yesterday; it was my twist on a going-away lunch. Most were surprised, and at least one had figured out my plan.

At lunch there was a very special crossword puzzle, constructed by one of my coworkers! Within the puzzle was the answer “glenlivet”. For a long time “glenlivet” was the answer I gave when I had no idea what word solved the clue. And one day I uttered “If ‘glenlivet’ is ever the correct answer I am quitting crosswords.” The crossword constructor was one of the people who figured out my plan and put this in his puzzle so that I could uphold my commitment. 🙂 Oh and would luck as have it, he is also the other guy pictured in yesterday’s photo.

I was honored.

Last night I hung out with my soon-to-be-former boss Hank. We went to The Bird in Dunwoody for some beers and dinner. Had I known that Hank was going to pick up the tab I would have ordered something more expensive than a pretzel and two corndogs for dinner.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Throwback Thursday” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Throwback Thursday
Today I begin a leave of absence from the job I started nearly twenty years ago. This photo was taken at that startup sometime in the late 1990s when we were part of ATDC on 14th Street.

Look at me. I was so young and so thin!

A Beer, Then Packing
I’m putting off one last load of laundry until tomorrow morning. The caravan to Iowa leaves from Ackworth at 6pm so I will have time to do my laundry, complete my packing, and perhaps mow the lawn, before driving to our meeting point.

Tonight a couple of coworkers would like to have a beer with me as a going-away happy hour. Who am I to deny them?

Found Some D-Cells
At Sage Hill Kroger. On sale, for $2 off the normal price. Score!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Throwback Thursday

  1. Barb says:

    Not that you are ever late – but remember – traffic up 75 in the evening SUCKS, so give yourself plenty of time.

    That was very awesome on the crossword puzzle answer.

  2. HamWithCam says:

    Good luck Paulie…
    One door closes (or at least closes partially) another door opens.

    “Make it a nice day…”
    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  3. Thanks!

    Yes, I will leave sufficiently early to ensure that I can be in Ackworth by 17:30.

    Ugh, Dish Network announced a record subscriber loss today. Their stock is down 2.50% already today. So much for me dumping some of their stock that I still hold. 🙁

  4. Stacy says:

    Look at you? Look at that computer! OMG. 😀

    And the crossword thing? So awesome.

    And, duh. Stock is down because you’re leaving.

  5. Steve says:

    So is this really a “leave of absence” to HR or just to you?

    Either way, I hope the “new beginning” is a great start to a new chapter- at least in the blog!!

    I managed a ride last night, not knowing there was a storm a brewin’ in the direction I was heading. When I started to feel a drop or 2 and could see actual rain and cars with headlights, I did the wise thing and turned tail. As I still wasn’t sure where the actual rain was, I cut a real shortcut and used horse trails to get home. Fortunately, the rain wasn’t following, as I missed a turn and wound up taking a slightly longer route.

    I have avoided any TdF info today and plan on speed watching today’s TT once I get home. I doubt much changes…

    Happy last day!!


  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    This is an official LoA, it’s been approved by the president of the company.

    I didn’t get a chance to see the big hitters ride their ITT so I have no spoilers.

  7. bob says:

    Congrats on the LOA, at least you have an option if you don’t find something when you get back.

    Have fun in Iowa, although that drive will be a challenge.

  8. Barb says:

    That drive will be a challenge……… a school bus with no bathroom………. I agree.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Captain Prepared just messed up. My new tent fan was scheduled to be delivered today. I assumed that it would be delivered by UPS, not USPS. Wrong! Therefore the Mail Hold that started today thwarted the delivery. Poop.

  10. Barb says:

    Can you go to the post office tomorrow morning? I’d think it would be there.

  11. Barb says:

    And- did you go ride your bike after Allan did the adjustments? he was wondering.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I might be able to get it from the post office, but I have little faith.

    Haven’t ridden yet, things got in the way. Will tool around tomorrow and Saturday. Figure I can find help is needed in Iowa.

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