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Moving On...

Well, it's time to say so long, I guess.  Things are changing for me and my family, so I'm not sure how much time I'd have to devote to this site anymore. 

I've decided to retire a bit early and forfeit my full pension.  I'll still get enough to get by (as long as we're careful).   I had less than a year to go, but it just didn't seem right to stay when two other guys were going to lose their jobs.  They're just young kids with new wives and families.  They need their jobs more than I need mine.  We'll be fine.

Anyway, a buddy of mine needs some help at his hardware store downtown.  He's got some great ideas about how he's going to make the place work in the new world without oil.  I thought it would be a nice change of pace for me.  It'll be nice to have a laid back, normal job.  And I'm close enough that I'll be able to walk or ride my bike without a problem. 

A bunch of people in the community are encouraging me to get into local politics too.  I never really though of myself as a politician, but maybe that's part of the problem.  We need some politicians who aren't politicians!  So I don't know, we'll see if that pans out.

I truly will miss being here, but it's time to move on.  I've learned so much more than I even thought I needed to.  Thanks to all of you - the rest of the 8TSOC, FallingIntoSin, prudentrver, peakprophet, redhatty, cycleboy, GailTheActuary, the list goes on... 

We've done good, guys.  We've done good.

There will surely be more work to do.  Probably harder work than we imagine.  But, for now, I say goodbye.  Goodbye to all the heroes out there.  Goodbye to all of my friends.  Hopefully, we'll cross paths again.


Be well, my friend. Be safe. Be happy.


June 2007


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