Thursday, December 24, 2020

Something Right

As of today, I have 4 days left to work until I take early retirement from my job as a wildland firefighter. I was pretty adamant that nobody needed to do anything for me. The only thing worse than a retirement party, in my opinion, is a Zoom retirement party. Awkward!

I was surprised to find an envelope in the mail from my past and former employees and my supervisor. Opening it, I found they had treated me to a hot air balloon ride! Not only is this not cheap, but they knew I would love it. 

I don't know any supervisor who feels 100% confident all the time that they are doing the right thing. I've been kept awake at night many times worrying about my employees and decisions I made. Sometimes I felt like I was just muddling through, faking it until the day was over.

But if you have a group of employees who get together to give you a gift like mine did, it erases that uncertainty. I must have done something right along the way.

Picture from 2FlyUs.com, the company I'm going with


                                      

12 comments:

  1. Have an awesome ride! Congratulations on your years of hard work. Love, Ant

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  2. You sure did! Enjoy that balloon ride and congrats on your retirement!

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  3. That is awesome! Congrats on your retirement! Sounds like you were lucky to have worked with a wonderful group of people.

    Funny, I'm retiring December 31st too (after nearly 32 years as an engineer for the City of Portland Transportation Bureau). And I'm with you - no party, especially not on Zoom.

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    1. Congrats! Now you'll have more time for skiing and hiking!

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  4. What an amazing gift! It speaks volumes about the kind of employee and manager you are! Congrats on your early retirement!!!

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully there won't be a government shutdown while I'm trying to retire!

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  5. Oh, how fun! What a great gift! When do you get to take the hot air balloon ride? Enjoy it!

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    1. The balloon company is up here from June till August!

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  6. Hi Lynn, what a coincidence as I have just decided to retire as well! My last day is the 1 March after which I plan to spend a lot of time out in the hills. Hopefully you have some big plans as well. Congratulations and good luck.

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    1. Yay us! Well I want to re create the Iceland/Greenland trip I had to cancel, but until I can do that it will probably be national park trips! Enjoy!

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