Ready to Sail

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This ship is ready to sail, and so is mine. Today is my last day in a job that I have worked for 19 years and 5 days. Which feels like a very long time, one that passed very quickly.

Next I will be ‘consulting’, working for others and for myself as I was doing 20 and 30 years ago. Perhaps even someone will pay me to take some pictures from time to time, but that seems unlikely.

Hopefully I will continue to find time to post frequently, to get out with my camera and to process images. If I don’t, I will have only myself to blame. 2014 is going to be interesting

There is a lot of humor in “retiring” from this job. For instance, if I had a good picture of a dinosaur (I could not afford film when I was a youngster so never took any pictures of them in the wild, or zoos) then I would post that today. The cheeky youngsters in my office post dinosaur pictures in my cubicle, and reference various dino-characters in emails to illustrate how hilarious they are, or I am to them perhaps. People have taken to saying my departure is the end of an Era, and though they don’t say Mesozoic before they say Era, there is sufficient silent pause while they mentally skip over it for me to know what they are thinking.

The truly funny part is that they forgot to invite me to my retirement party, though I found out and have invited myself. Sadly, if I go, I can never be sure if they would have noticed I was not there. In any case, that is a tag I am going to wear with pride – the guy no one remembered to invite to his own retirement party. I want a button that says something like that, or better a nice warm shirt.

It is going to be fun to be doing something new, but I will miss the people in the office, and many of my clients around BC and Canada.

This boat was in the Classic Boat festival, and is part of a series of photos I took there one afternoon in the summer.

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Canon EOS 5Dmkii, SMC Takumar 35mm/f3.5 lens, ISO100, 1/100th, f-8

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37 thoughts on “Ready to Sail

    • Hi David! Thanks so much. Freedom to choose my own work is a big deal for me, freedom from work has not arrived yet but perhaps is not such a big deal as I like to keep busy.

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  1. Congratulations! It sounds like this retirement is really just an opportunity to open some new and interesting doors. I hope all the surprises behind them are good ones. (And involve photography.)

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    • Thanks skadhu. I plan on taking lots of photos on my new adventure, and doing it in a way that they cannot be claimed as the exclusive property of someone I am working for or with – otherwise how can I share?

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  2. Ha – that scary anticipation of things new….. from this Dinosaur 🙂 I wish you all the best in your new adventures and if I was there I would buy you a large Largavulin in celebrate of a new beginning.

    David.

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    • Hi David. Thanks so much for the thought. I have a bottle of Lagavulin in the cupboard, and will raise one to you later today! As it happens, it has my family name on the box, and I think the label too, if one looks closely enough. That contributes to it being a favourite (though it would be even without). My colleagues took me out for drinks and I settled on Oban single malt for the evening. Usually I drink beer, but since I started with Oban, how could I switch? Besides which they were buying 🙂

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  3. I’m not sure if this is ‘retirement’ as I understand it, or just the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another in your working career. Whichever it is – my very best wishes to you for the next ‘chapter’ in your life. And do keep posting.

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    • Hi Andy, it feels like retirement in many ways, mostly because I am now free to pick and choose what I want to do next.
      And the first thing I am doing is helping set up a research project that will run for 5 years. This is with colleagues whose projects I formerly volunteered on, using my vacation time. They were always the most rejuvenating vacations, somewhere remote, doing interesting things. Now I am part of the team and will be paid 1 month the year for what was formerly a vacation. A great way to start things off!
      This series of posts is from the last one that I volunteered on: https://burntembers.com/tag/kilgii-gwaay/.

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  4. One door closes and another one opens. I can’t wait to see where that one leads. Sincerest best wishes for the next stage of your journey. Hopefully you can take some time between jobs to relax and get out with your camera. Happy trails!!

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    • Hi Vicki! I hope for lots of camera time, perhaps in the context of being out of town on jobs as well. And I am looking at various doors right now trying to figure out which ones to open and enter. Pretty curious myself!

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  5. I am so happy for your retirement!!! I have been retired for a while now and I highly recommend it. This is my 5th retirement but I am determined to make this one last. this can be an exciting and scary time for you. Make the most of it.

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    • Thanks Ken. I think this could be counted as my third retirement, if leaving a permanent job without another one lined up is considered retiring. I have to go on working, so I will get the chance to retire again sometime! Kind of fun, though as you say exciting and scary all wrapped up together.

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    • I love these archaeological jokes Ginelle. I have not been getting the big hole one (till now), just Era references. I do hope to dig a few holes in the near future. It is going to be a lot better than digging out from under an avalanche of paper, which has been the primary use of a shovel for the past while. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Congratulations ehpem! That has indeed been a good long run, and I’m sure you will miss many aspects of it – at the same time as you will enjoy the feeling of new beginnings and possibilities that are now opening up. Enjoy the party, and I hope you get that shirt (or at least a button).

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    • Hi there my love! We of course are sailing in new directions together, as we have for many more than 19 years. So the ship is equipped and ready to sail with both of us on board 🙂

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  7. 19 years is certainly an accomplishment these days! It’s amazing how fast the time goes (working towards 17 years myself)…have no idea if I will have a retirement party (or…be invited to mine 😉 )! Congrats my friend, hopefully the next 19 years will rock.

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    • Hi David, and thanks. Before this jobe I was pretty much a 4 year guy. Advance through the ranks in a job till there was too much waiting for the next opportunity and then move on. Somehow I stuck with this one where there was no opportunity for advancement. By and large though it has been a very good place for me but I sure am looking forward to a change of scenery.

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  8. One thing is for sure….everyone always knows whether or not you are in a room. Some are delighted and some are a bit intimidated, but they always notice whether you are present.

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    • Hi Beth. So the Tyrannosaurus jokes have some basis eh? The realists are intimidated, and the new age naturalists are delighted to add a sighting to their ‘list’? Hmm, I had not thought of it quite like that before.

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  9. Good Morning from far distance, dear friend. You are great photographer and your camera talks. I am sure the New Year with your retirement will bring so beautiful things to your life. This is a new start and be sure will be so nice because you are owner of these time… I wish you all the best in your life. Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

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