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    John Gray's retirement!!

    John Gray should be in bed sound asleep at the moment. But it is almost midnight and soon to be the start of the next day in the UK so


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    Let me be the second to wish John a happy and healthy retirement. Now that he will have some time on his hands, perhaps he might want to explore some new challenges <img src=/S/pcvmac.gif border=0 alt=pcvmac width=137 height=30> <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    John would certainly find it a challenge to wear a pvc Mac - I'm sure he's more the type to own a nice gaberdine overcoat.

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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    John,

    I can vouch for Skitterbug's comment re feelings when you walk out that door for the last time. I retired a little over a year ago and I can still remember the warm feelings as I said goodbye to a 45 year working career. That is until I arrived home and was greeted by the wife with about 20 year's worth of HoneyDo tasks in the job jar!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Have a great last day as I am sure it is well earned.

    Cheers, Bob
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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    I'd also like to wish John a long and healthy retirement and offer a short ditty to send him on his way down that road.

    May your days be better than the best you've had,
    Your wrinkles from laughs not frowns.
    Your nights bring dreams that make you glad.
    And your joys be mountains,
    Not mounds.


    Best wishes and many thanks for all you do here in the Lounge.
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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    Good heavens! It's not often I get a nice "Dear John" letter! Thank you, young lady, and all the others who added their kind words!

    I should point out that I am actually a victim of a "Voluntary Redundancy / Early Retirement" scheme -- which roughly translated means "if you don't go of your own accord, we'll chuck you out anyway"! Our department has been sucked into the equivalent at a much larger organisation, and about half a dozen of us are being "let go".

    Fortunately, leaving at this time is rather less of a wrench than it might have been some years ago, for, as I said in a valedictory email to colleagues:

    I wish all who remain the continued joys of the streamlined, bureaucracy-free, dynamic, communication-rich working environment which has recently come upon us.

    You may perhaps detect a hint of irony there?

    I'm sorry I cannot promise an improvement in the quantity and quality of puns, since I am subject to the strictures of Charlotte, the AntiPunMeistress!

    John
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    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    <hr>since I am subject to the strictures of Charlotte, the AntiPunMeistress!<hr>
    And don't you forget it! <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>
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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    Hi Mr. Retired John Gray!

    It has been nearly a month of freedom for you now and I am wondering if you are enjoying your escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of traffic, dodging rain at those early and late hours while dashing to your vehicle, last minute requests for work to be done, weekends on call and the "million" other work related issues!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Hopefully you have been enjoying concerts, sleeping in a bit, or whatever else that may be pleasant for you!

    From the various items that I have read along the way, it doesn't sound like anyone ever truly retires, they just get busier and busier!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

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    Re: John Gray's retirement!!

    Skitterbug

    Yes, I am still doing a few things computing-wise, and I have been updating assorted PCs at a Citizens' Advice Bureau in south-east Wales with Service Pack 2 and Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition, because their data and telephone lines had been down for nearly a month - all hail and praise to British Telecom's dynamic repair programme <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>. When two new PCs turn up to replace two decrepit heaps, I will have to install all their software on them, including their wireless client, which should be "an interesting learning process"...!

    Only a few concerts, now, since "winter drawers on"...

    And as a number of other Lounging chaps have learned to their cost, I have installed Firefox as a potential replacement for almost all the Internet Explorery things one does, apart from Windows Update... Seems to do a good job, except for that peculiar minor mis-location of the vertical bar text cursor (perhaps just on LCD screens?)!

    And no, I don't (have to) get up at 05:15 any more, but can remain in "snooze mode" for ever so much longer!

    John
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