It was a battle but I finally finished up the retirement speech. 891 words. Roughly 7 minutes.
The corporate retirement reception is tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. It will run for an hour and I get to bring it home at the very end.
I will post the speech tomorrow after the reception. You can let me know if it made any sense at all.
Technically I will have two more days at work after the retirement reception tomorrow. I’ll clean out what little is left of my belongings on the Thursday. I have a luncheon with the CEO on Friday and then time to celebrate this transition with my family. They have a set of events planned for me this week-end. Regardless of those plans, I am just thrilled to be with my wife, my children and my grandchildren for the week-end.
Lorraine and I will then head out on a Norwegian cruise. I expect the posts will be very limited over those two weeks as we will be either on a ship with limited Internet access or spending our days touring Norway.
The big transition to retirement is almost here. When I provided my notice last October it seemed like it was so far away.
Three more sleeps.
I will wake up the same person though.
Just without a job!
The retirement cards were delivered today. The folks at Moo did an amazing job with our order and such a wonderful unboxing experience.
We ordered the cards on 32 pt Mohawk Superfine stock. Beautifully textured. We added a blue seam colour that matches the blue sky of the picture of our coach.
I have redacted our telephone numbers on the pictures below. We love email through the Internet. Direct calls? Well, let’s say we love them only if we hand out a card directly.
Friends that we had made at Hearthside Grove last year gave us this idea to carry retirement cards — thanks Gary and Suzan. We now have our very own cards to hand out.
Another way we hope to keep in touch with the people we will meet on our travels.
I’m just about finished the transition work at the office. And there has been a lot of transition work. Since I provided my notice to retire back in October of 2017, the pace of work has been pretty intense.
Now? The pace has backed off dramatically. My successor started last week and aside from introductions and transition planning discussions, my workload has reduced a lot. I have only a few days left before I retire so I am not surprised that things have started to wind down.
There is one task that I have been putting off and that is writing my retirement speech. My company is holding a reception next Wednesday and next Wednesday will come up fast.
My speech will be short as retirement speeches should be. 5 to 10 minutes at most.
Shouldn’t take long to prepare right?
A word of thanks, a few words about the company and the team and perhaps a few words of wisdom about corporate life.
Although I have spoken extensively over the years at industry keynotes, corporate events, boards, especially my years lecturing, there have been a few speeches that I found particularly challenging:
- I was asked to be the commencement speaker for the graduating students at the college where I used to teach.
- The father of the bride speech for my oldest daughter.
- The father of the groom speech for my oldest son.
I had such a hard time putting my thoughts together for each speech and even though I am very comfortable with public speaking, all three events terrified me.
I am just as terrified about this retirement speech next week.
Time to start working on it.
We live a few steps from Kingston’s harbourfront and Lorraine and I walk our Golden Retriever alongside the waterfront everyday. In addition to the hundreds of Prevost coaches that come into the city every month during the summer, there are many nice boats that dock in Kingston.
Mostly lake cruisers and sailboats.
Every now and then, a super yacht drops by.
The Blue Moon arrived into Kingston this morning. The yacht was custom built in 2005 for Richard Duchossios. He is currently 96 years old and so the yacht now goes out on a charter basis for roughly $395,000 USD per week plus expenses.
The yacht is 198 feet long with a 36 foot beam and 1,102 gross tonnes. The Blue Moon can sleep up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms with a crew of up to 15.
If you are interested in the charter, YachtCharterFleet would be pleased to help you out. They have all of the details including a photo gallery of the interior which you can find here.
The Duchossios Group is privately held with assets and investments valued in excess of $3 billion.
By comparison, spending $75 million on a yacht could be viewed as almost frugal.
Mark Rogers is not very happy with the RV community. Large numbers of them park around Vancouver’s Jericho Beach and he wants them gone. I assume many of them are boondocking for the night although perhaps some of them stay longer.
Rogers keeps a twitter account active to highlight his issue with illegally parked RV’s.
The Vancouver Sun ran a full story about whether Vancouver’s illegal RV parkers are homeless or tourists although it looks more like a cover piece for one angry resident battling an apparently grave injustice.
When it costs over $2 million to purchase a basic 3-bedroom house in Vancouver, some people may choose to live out of an RV as that might be their only affordable option for housing.
Can gated communities be that far away for Vancouver?
14 days to go before retirement and a few retirement events are now beginning.
Last night my management team held a retirement dinner for me. Such a wonderful evening and such a great team. Incredible food at a beautiful location in the country with dear colleagues and friends. So honoured to have been able to serve with this team.
My retirement gift from my management team really means a lot to me. The Mont Blanc LeGrand is inscribed with the words Best Boss Ever!
To be remembered this way is both humbling and rewarding.
And there is a bit of a back story about the pen itself.
During my career, I have held senior executive roles at two large Canadian insurers and one very large Canadian bank, having served 10 years at each company.
For almost 15 years, I carried a Mont Blanc LeGrand with me every single day that I was working. Regardless of location, regardless of business travel, that pen was always with me. I loved the feel, the weight and the quality of such a nice writing instrument.
Then one day, at the bank, I had left my pen at the office. I had set it down for some reason, forgot to pick it up and when I returned to the office the next day, it was gone.
I was reluctant to spend the money to buy a new one as it was a very expensive pen. I did without it.
I did miss the LeGrand though and I felt badly about having lost the pen.
My executive assistant who has supported me both at the bank and at my current employer knew the story about the lost pen. She helped to decide on this retirement gift with the team.
Such a perfect gift!
I will cherish this pen not because of its feel, weight and quality. I will cherish the pen for the engraving and the memories of working with such a fantastic team.
A few more retirement events before I finish in two weeks. And then a new chapter of life begins. So looking forward to getting out there with our coach.
An Alberta developer wants to build a large RV park in Big Pond, Cape Breton. After a lengthy proposal process, the development was approved however an appeal was launched by seven people and there is a three-day hearing taking place this week to determine if the development will still go forward.
There is no website for Ceilidh on the Lakes. They do have a Facebook page. And they made this post in May:
Due to the OVERWHELMING number of inquiries and requests for seasonal sites, we will be releasing the seasonal applications this week!
A few things to note:
– Deposits will be held in trust until opening, with deposit amount deducted from first season’s rate
– If for any reason the development does not proceed, deposits will be returned within a specified time frame
– 170 seasonal sites will be available
– Choose from lot sizes 30 X 45 or 30 X 60
Stay tuned to the page for details and application in the coming days!
No word on pricing or timing. This development might take a year or two before it is open for business which makes it a bit dodgy to request a deposit at this stage.
The population near this proposed RV park is very small, literally a couple of hundred people.
They have raised a lot of concerns. A pretty disgruntled lot if I might be so bold. Here are a few of the comments from the 50 or so people that are participating in the appeal:
“The appellants say that the CBRM planners and the CBRM council did not adequately evaluate the zoning amendment proposal with respect to several provisions of the MPS, including visual compatibility, dust or fumes, traffic and noise. The appellants also say the project runs counter to agricultural land protection.”
“If you have fire pits near a barn full of hay, it wouldn’t take too long to burn a barn down.”
“I enjoy the privacy I have now, and I don’t think I’d enjoy having people watching me all day — I enjoy looking at the trees but I don’t know how many trees will be left after this.”
“I am concerned about pollution coming to our vegetables. I am not an expert, but during the time of the public hearing I submitted some research that I had done that indicated both air pollution, especially particulate matter in the air, can affect the growth of vegetables, which is of great concern to me because our main income generators in the garden are leafy greens such as salad mix, lettuce, Asian greens, spinach and kale.”
“It will change the landscape of our community.”
Obviously I love the RV lifestyle and especially the RV parks that cater to Class A motorhomes — not that we have any of those in Canada but there are more than enough in the United States.
Evidently, this love of RVing is not shared by the community of Big Pond.
Parked just a block away from my office is this Prevost XLII coach.
With so many bands coming into Kingston, I immediately assumed that this bus was a touring bus for musicians. And it was.
On the side of the coach was an engraved plate that read: Roadhouse Transportation Inc.
I found their website here. Not much content on that site at all really.
I did a bit more research and I found this overview of their company on Facebook:
Roadhouse Transportation was founded in 1976 by a seasoned touring musician who found it necessary for an alternate means of transportation during the first oil crisis of his generation. In the Seventies, the first overnight increase of nineteen cent gasoline to seventy five cent gasoline was just as shocking and hard to swallow as the increase that we are experiencing today. From this, Roadhouse was born.
Roadhouse proudly proclaims being the oldest company in this industry that remains constant and unchanged without the involvement of partners and the presence of investors. Our company has evolved with all of the different changes in creature comforts that are required on the road today. Roadhouse can undeniably claim their part and credit for all of the recent innovations that have occurred in the last 35 years in the entertainer coach industry.
Along with our fleet Prevost XL IIs, we also offer a selection of Prevost XLs that are available for tours with a smaller budget. All of our Prevost XLs have been remodelled and have many of the same features that a newer coach has, including showers, flat screen TV’s and satellite.
As fuel prices continue to rise, we are constantly looking for ways to help touring groups save money so they can continue to operate in a safe and comfortable manner. Please feel free to contact us for a quote or for any other questions regarding an upcoming tour or a coach sale.
I suspect that Roadhouse provides both bus and driver.
Used XLIIs are priced between $250,000 and $350,000 USD, considerably less than a new Prevost conversion. Based on some quick back of the envelope calculations, and assuming that Roadhouse buys used coaches, Roadhouse would need to charge about $30,000 – 50,000 USD per month to cover capital costs, maintenance, labour and related expenses like fuel which seems consistent with the daily rate of about $1,500 USD quoted by this supplier.
Must be a decent band if they can cover those rates.
Perhaps I should start a business in retirement, buy a used Prevost and drive some musicians around the country.