Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Well it's another year

I guess I better say somethin'! Happy New Year everybody. I wish you all the best hope you all prosper in 2012.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. About 10 days before Xmas I get "The Letter" on Black Monday. Gov't cuts are starting to be rolled out across the country and my position has been offically eliminated. After 31+ yrs in the Coast Guard my future here is very limited. What it all means right now is not much will change right away. That's ok I understand how fast gov't works. I've sort of known this has been coming for awhile.

After thinking hard about this I'm really pushing for an early retirement (package) that won't see me penalized because of my age. They (Gov't) did it back in the 90's with something called an Early Retirement Initiative (ERI). If I can get the same benefits as they did back then I'll volunteer to go early.

I really don't think this is a bummer and would welcome the opportunity to retire early. More time for boat building but I'd have to be more careful with the $$$.

We had a pretty good wind storm come through night before last so I am looking to anchor the shed a little better. I got two of those screw in anchors farmers use for fences and a 20,000 lb ratchet strap. Once the ground thaws a bit I can get the anchors in. I've had this reoccuring nightmare of the shed being blown away in a storm and the other night it was a dream of the shed deflating like a weather baloon that's been shot down! :-) Have to quit eating jalapeno's before bedtime!