I had been toying with retirement for a year or two, but it came easy with a nasty little "tip over the edge" by company management, and I gave notice of retirement the next day, after 17 years with the company. That was 5 weeks ago, and I am now enjoying my first week of semi-freedom after nearly 47 years at the coalface. I am calling it semi-retirement because I intend getting part time work after 4-6 months when I have hopefully done all those big jobs around the house which have been on the back-burner for years. If things work out OK, I may continue through the 65 year barrier and keep part time until my wife also feels like retiring. I have just spent 20 years in the aviation industry, and its pretty hard to realise that before that I was 25 years in the automotive world, starting as an apprentice mechanic in 1967 and ending up in fleet leasing and management in the 1980's.
I have been asked what car I might restore, or whatever, and I guess that is on the cards when I have got the extra carport built and the garden landscaping finished. I was thinking about a 190E Mercedes from about 1992, as my wife always said she liked them, but when I mentioned it the other day she said don't bother, because after driving the Renault Scenic for 8 years, she won't want a car with a low seat again. So either that leaves me the opportunity to go for something completely different for a "Sunday" car, or maybe I should look at another old Scenic, and build up a fleet of them - Jo Proffi/KenFuego style!
Fortunately, I was able to part on good terms with my employer, I received some nice parting gifts from them and my workmates, and my family came up with the goods by giving me a nice Ryobi cordless tool kit, including the cordless radio! One of the girls in my office gave me the nicest clock/weather station in the style of a vintage sports car dashboard.
So I'm having the week off, visiting friends, cups of coffee, etc, and next week getting started on the garden. Hopefully I might even be able to make it to the Perth French Car Festival on Sunday.