I have lived in the Falls since 1968. My great-great grandfather was one of the village founders. I have served the community in multiple ways: Firefighter, various boards and commissions and for many years was president of the Falls Cable Access Corp. Currently I own, and am active in, a restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
Last Friday I was surprised with an office party celebrating my upcoming retirement. After 40 years or so I'll be giving up going to work and the daily grind.
My family and my employees, unaware by me, got together and set up this surprise event which was totally unexpected.
Now, I am one who is not altogether clueless about his surroundings. Surprises associated with birthdays, weddings and retirements happen all the time. But this one really cought me off guard.
I had once or twice suspected that something might be up. My associates had become withdrawn and uncommunitive. A good word to describe the situation was "mumm".
The eventual outpouring of love from my colleagues at the event was overwhelming. I cannot envision anyone else in a position of "management" ever having such a nice sendoff. (I'm hoping that they were not just grateful to have me be gone.)
So, today I'm strutting around the office being greeted with smiles and well wishes. What a pleasant reward for the years of service.
The next obstacle in my life is figuring out what to do next. I have been thinking about changing the name of this blog to "The Oldguard" and turning up political commentary a notch or two. Stay tuned.