Thursday, December 30, 2021

It has Arrived

The last work day of the year has arrived! Tomorrow is a Holiday Observed, because New Year's Day is a Saturday, and is technically not a work day. 

I have been anxiously anticipating today with excitement, but now with some trepidation, as it the day is my last workday as I head off into retirement and away from the daily grind.

Being unemployed, or in my case retired, is a strange and very different concept for me. I have been fortunate to have been actively employed my entire adult life with the exception of Columbus Day weekend 1998. I had left my contractor job the Friday prior and did not start my government job until the Tuesday after the holiday. So I was unemployed for a weekend and a holiday. That is until Saturday, January 1st, when I will be officially retired at the stroke of midnight concurrent with the start of the new year. 

The off ramp, therefore, is in sight and the new highway is just ahead. Today is, hopefully, my last in a series of lasts and tomorrow begins my first in a series of new firsts and adventures.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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