I have good
I retired today!
Iv'e worked at my job for 27 years, and in the last few years, my legs and feet have gotten progressively worse.
Now, my left knee has become almost impossible to stand on for any length of time.
My wife has been begging me to retire for a couple years now, and I really dont have much choice anymore, so after discussing it with her this last weekend, I took the plunge, so to speak.
We have a thing in place at my job where if the number of years you've been there and your age add up to 70, you can retire and keep your insurance for the rest of your life. (although it's better if my wife just adds me to her insurance where she works.) I started that process today.
After we get this insurance deal hammered out, I'm gonna apply for disability. Considering my numerous leg problems over the years, and how well documented they all are, I hope to get it without too much trouble.
Now! let me tell you how it feels to be free!
After filling out all my paperwork today and leaving the plant for the last time, I decided to go treat myself to Burger King, and on the way, I felt like Morgan Freeman's character at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption" riding down the highway on the bus toward an uncertain future thinking about the kind of excitement only a free man can feel!
After getting home, I sat out on my back porch watching the squirrels play in the trees as the shadows lenghthened across the yard in the cool of the early autumn evening. I now know how it feels to be a retired country gentleman. I've dreamed of this day for decades!
And...there are MANY jealous (Former) coworkers grumbling on the job tonight!
Does it get any better than this?...I dont think so!