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Returning to the Workplace!
« on: April 13, 2017, 07:39:14 AM »
I have been officially retired for two years. After forty-four years of providing technical documentation and developing technical training programs, I felt that it was time to give it, and me, a rest.

During my retirement; however, I was able to keep what writing skills (that I had) somehow exercised enough to bring news, reviews, and viewpoints to you.  I did not realize that it was time to come out of retirement for a while until earlier this week.

Out of the blue, I received a phone call on my cell phone. Normally, I don't answer calls that have a name or number that I don't recognize. Something; however, told me to take this call.  I immediately recognized the voice on the other end upon answering the call.  The caller was a person that I had worked for some three years ago as a contract technical writer.  A Program Manager that I had also worked for was needing my contact information; he had something that I might be interested in.  Contact information was exchanged and shortly thereafter I was contacted by the Program Manager.

It seems that he needed a technical writer that could jump into the game and get the ball rolling in short order.  I won't go into details, but the job essentially was to pick back up on a project that I had been involved with, the documentation was accepted, and updates to the document ( a very large and complicated  operation and maintenance manual that was written to government specifications) were needed due to equipment upgrades. There was a twist, however. I would be working under him but actually for a sub-contractor that is in another city. I was highly recommended because of my work on the documentation for the original contract - and my familiarization with it.  I would be, essentially, picking up where I had left off.

Shortly thereafter, I was speaking with the Program Manager with the sub-contractor.  In a very short time, I was made an offer that I could not refuse.  I'll be returning to my first love, writing technically, the beginning of next week.

The prospect of retiring was not something that I looked forward to.  Returning to the workplace is just as scary.  Jumping back into a corporate environment is not for the weak of heart.  The demands that I placed upon myself after retiring were just that - demands that I had placed on myself. I no longer had to concern myself with time and project management, or the other twenty-one skills that comprise the complete "Technical Writer"  or "Training Program Developer."  But, to tell the truth, I missed the challenges that are associated with doing what I did.

As some of you know, I used to be a LEO in a previous life.  However, in being such, I was also a trainer and developed my own training programs.  While I do miss the LEO days, I find it much easier these days to deal with bad grammar than bad guys.
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 04:16:35 PM »
Congratulations!
Have fun. "Doing something that you enjoy is not work." You're going to be paid for enjoying yourself.

In other news, I have just finished retiring...finally.
While you were accepting new employment, I've been resigning from my last volunteer job.
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 05:08:57 PM »
HECK! . . . . I have yet to actually retire.
I have found that my list seems to grow faster than I can keep up.
Retirement is actually just a state of mind . . . . .
Just because I get to choose what I do everyday is what retirement actually means.
Of course my wife does throw something in every once in a while.
These of course are not jobs . . . . . They are called "Honey Dooooees!"
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 04:12:58 AM »
Congratulations Taurian!  Hope you will be able to shape this assignment into something you can live with without a lot of interference from the top. That's pretty cool that they came after you like that. You going to work from home or is there a suit and tie in your future?

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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 04:21:49 AM »
At first, I was under the impression that this was a contract job.  I was mistaken, however. This is full-time employment - benefits and all.  There are advantages and disadvantages to contract and full-time employment.

Suit and tie the first day and business casual afterwards. The possibility of working from home, at times, is there. But, being that I like to be close to what I am writing about, I will be on site more often than not.

Not all is sunny and bright, however.  I'll explain later.
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 07:35:47 AM »
At first, I was under the impression that this was a contract job.  I was mistaken, however. This is full-time employment - benefits and all.  There are advantages and disadvantages to contract and full-time employment.

Suit and tie the first day and business casual afterwards. The possibility of working from home, at times, is there. But, being that I like to be close to what I am writing about, I will be on site more often than not.

Not all is sunny and bright, however.  I'll explain later.


I was going to say congratulations on the new job but after reading that last part I will say best of luck on your new endeavor.

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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 01:31:21 PM »
As flyover stated so well, "best of luck on your new endeavor!"
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2017, 09:21:55 AM »
I mentioned in an earlier post about coming out of retirement and that all things are not bright and rosy,

The work is going well. Essentially, I am picking up where I left off back in 2014. I work from home and go into the office as needed.  But, onto the not so bright and rosy. Before that; however, allow me to lay a back story on you.

I underwent femoral bypass surgery in 2001; a tube was connected from my right femoral artery to my left femoral artery to supply blood to my left leg.  I was doing fine over the years, at least until recently when I started to experience pain in my right leg and my left foot started swelling. At first I thought that I simply over-exerted myself while mowing the lawn and that my right calf was strained in some fashion. After a visit to the vascular surgeon who did the original surgery, I was set up for testing that would reveal more than I wanted, but was expecting due to the lack of attention as to what my body was telling me.

I have developed an aneurysm where the bi-femoral tube attaches to my left femoral artery.  The circulation in my right leg begins somewhere around mid-thigh, which is causing the problem in the right leg.  If the aneurysm lets go, I simply bleed out internally, which would ruin my day. I don't mind telling you that, right now, I am feeling pretty vulnerable.

I am going into the hospital for an arterial-gram on the 17th of this month, which is a prelude to surgery on Thursday, the 18th, to repair the damage to the left bi-femoral junction and whatever needs to be done to the right side to ensure a better supply of blood to that lower extremity. Hopefully, I will be out of the hospital and back home on the upcoming Sunday. Unfortunately, I miss a range day but I guess that some things just have to be.

Since I work from home, I will be working as much as possible between pain and discomfort.  Right now, this job is paying medical bills since I now have Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage - up to a point.

Before, I go for the surgery, I have to move my work-based equipment from the "man cave" to a location on the first floor. My wifey purchased a used recliner for me that I will be using, and I still have the walker that I used after the first surgery for when I need to get around.  It is going to be an interesting several weeks during recovery.

Of course, there is always the slim chance of not coming out of surgery. Since I won't be mentally present at the time of my demise, I can't concern myself with that. At least I can say that I made it to sixty-eight.

Anyway, I just thought that I would bring you up to date.

I'll let you know how everything turns out when I can.
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2017, 09:45:05 AM »
Prayers for you and the Mrs.

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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2017, 10:39:51 AM »
Hang in there guy . . . . . .
Just part and parcel of body repairs as needed and age takes its toll.
As long as the mechanic does his/her job and you do yours the repairs might take a bit longer than they used too but you will be fine and come out a bit slower than you went in.
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Re: Returning to the Workplace!
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2017, 01:30:21 PM »
We wish you an easy surgery, and an even easier recovery with no complications.

Please do not bleed-out, because the sight of so much blood will make me faint!
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
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