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« on: May 21, 2015, 06:34:04 PM »

  Well really 3 but that doesn't parse well.  Way back in 1977 I worked as a stock/delivery boy for the local liquor store, that lasted a year until job two came along.  Job two was a six year stint in the Navy (1978-1984) as a Engineering Laboratory Technician doing chemistry control and radiation survey work on their nuclear reactors. I spent two years on the USS South Carolina (CGN-37) and two years on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).  I was in Nuclear Power School when Three Mile Island happened.  Job three is/was being a Shift Chemistry and Radiation Protection Technician (nickname ShiftCARP) at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for the last 31 years and while I had the skills and knowledge to move up the chain into management I turned away from that path of madness and remained in the same job from August 27th 1984 until tonight when I go in for my final shift and head off into retirement.  It does feel weird that all the skills and knowledge I've accumulated over the past three decades is being left behind but I don't like the direction the department is heading anyways so like I tell my co-workers, don't wish me luck as I feel you need it more than I do.  I do have the ability to do contract work for the company if I want to or feel like I need money but I'm hoping I don't ever go back.

  I'm lucky to have had a job that paid enough to allow me to pay off my house and save sufficient monies to leave at age 55 and I get a defined benefit pension until I kick off.  Many people think I'm crazy for leaving at 55 but it seems so few people anymore even get a chance at it and truth be told I'm burning out on some of the intense hours and stringent program requirements .  Immediate plans consist of The Witcher 3 and riding my Moto Guzzi around the West Coast until this fall when I'll point the bike south and head off to South America with designs of making it to the very tip of the continent.

  So it's almost time to pack the bag and head to work where people I don't really know will wax poetic about my departure over cake and then I'll be able to head over to the ShiftCARP desk and take the watch one last time until midnight PST when I get relieved and go home, sounds good to me.
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 07:03:36 PM »

Congratulations! 

You are part of a dying breed (well I hope not literally) of people who really stick at one job.  Not that it is good or bad but I just don't think there will be a lot of people who have 31 years at their jobs.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2015, 09:20:56 PM »

Congrats!

Definitely a rare thing these days to have been able to stick with one job for so long.  You're also lucky to be able to retire at 55, young enough to really enjoy it!  smile
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 01:27:29 AM »

That's a pretty sweet deal. I'm 58 and thinking tentatively about retiring at 67. I could call myself "semi-retired" because Curio City only demands my full attention during one quarter...but my wife does a burn when I say that, so I don't.  icon_razz For most of the year I only work 2-4 hours a day, and that's at home.

Enjoy your new life as a man of leisure. You earned it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 01:49:01 AM »

grats man, then you need to hurry up and get down travelling the world so we can play more games smile

Hope everything goes smoothly
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2015, 02:03:00 AM »

Congrats man. I am semi retired (at least for now) and it's pretty great not having to worry about being any where. Be safe on your travel. Take lots of pictures.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2015, 04:37:23 AM »

Thanks guys!  I appreciate the well wishes.  Lee I did buy a very nice new camera for trip, a Samsung NX-1 that I hope to work with this summer and see if I can take a good photo or two.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015, 02:37:02 PM »

I woulda been a ShiftCARP, but I took an arrow to the knee. frown
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