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By TonytheTiger ·
left on my last day.

I thought I'd share the email I sent to the organization, since I feel the same way about many people here (even the ones I don't always see eye-to-eye with... You know who you are!).

As most of you may already know, I will be starting my retirement on March 1st. A long time ago someone I respect highly once told me that retirement is when you stop living at work and begin working at living. I didn't fully grasp what he meant at the time, but as the years passed, it began to dawn on me, and I realized that he was right, and what I am doing is beginning a new career. I look forward to it with the nervous excitement of a small child waiting for the bus on his first day of school.


I know, however, that no matter how much I am enjoying retirement, that I will always remember how I got there, and how big a role so many of you played in making me who I am. In 1979, I was little more than an impetuous boy. The day I started working for ODOT, I had no idea of the great people I would get to know. I had little idea of what life was or where I wanted to go, but from my first day, someone was there to mentor me, to encourage me, to guide me back when I got a little off course (more times than I can remember), to believe in me and then to trust me. I am honored to know you and to have had the opportunity to work with you, and learn from you, and maybe teach some of you a couple of things. I am grateful for the friendships that have become lifelong, and for the qualities in you that I aspired to. I'll miss you (but be assured I'll not miss you too much... I plan to visit often).


I've done my best in these past few weeks to tie up the projects I was working on and to remember the things that need to be done to keep things running as smoothly as possible, but I know I'll have forgotten something, so if you need help finding something I'd know, need any information, or even if you just want so say "Hi", my colleagues in IT have my contact information.


Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

That's exactly what my wife, Robin, and I are going to do. And I have all of you to thank.

So, Thank you!

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Congratulations on your retirement

by AV . In reply to About an hour and a half

What an exciting time for you and Robin! I'm sure it's well earned after spending 30+ years in IT. Its going to be an adjustment, but a good one. Have fun with it.

I wish you lots of luck in your new "career" whatever that might be. Any ideas?

AV :^0

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I'm sure you'll make your own good luck

by maxwell edison In reply to About an hour and a half

Endless opportunities - how exciting!

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Does this mean

by santeewelding In reply to About an hour and a half

You are going to take your role of duct tape with you?

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Get on with the business of living!

by Jessie In reply to About an hour and a half

Congratulations on your retirement. Wishing you many many many years of enjoyment.

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Congratulations, Tony!

by Tig2 In reply to About an hour and a half

Just because you won't be working in IT any more, don't think that you can abandon us. Plenty of discussions here have little to do with IT.

Do the things you dream of doing. One of the things we struggle with is giving my partner that opportunity. Don't wait on them and never assume that there is plenty of time. Do them now.

Hugs to you and your lovely wife. I hope that you take the time to truly enjoy each and every day.

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Congratulations on your retirement

by NickNielsen In reply to About an hour and a half

You know all those things you have been putting off until "later?" Well, later has arrived.

Maybe you could join us in Louisville for a day or two this June...

edit: missing u

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Congratulations, but I hope you still find time to hang out

by Deadly Ernest In reply to About an hour and a half

out the TR water cooler and converse with us, just because you no longer work in IT full time doesn't mean you can't contribute to what we discuss or have problems with. Enjoy your self and your family, and come on back, now.

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Damn straight

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to About an hour and a half

you've spent a good portion of your life earning this moment, enjoy the heck out it.

If you get really bored you can always go back to work.

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congrats

by .Martin. In reply to About an hour and a half

congrats on making it that far

Now go out, live your life, and do all the things that you have always wanted to do, and always remember, when your bored or lonely, there will always be someone here at TR to poke fun at (I can assure you I will be here, so that's one)

now off you go, with your roll of tape, and go have some fun (I'm not sure what fun your gonna have with a role of tape, but it could be interesting )

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What a wonderful opportunity

by drowningnotwaving In reply to About an hour and a half

I trust you and your wife will make the very best of it!

Congratulations!! :)

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