Retirement Memories

This was basically it. Two days before my last day in the office. This was the day of my corporate retirement reception. Lorraine and Tabby walked me to the office and, to my surprise, someone with a camera took photos of the day.

I received a beautiful photo book today. I’ll share a few of the images here.

The event started with speeches. Really, really nice speeches.

What was I thinking about right at this moment? I’m at the wrong event. They must be talking about someone else!

I gave a speech as well. It was a tough one to write. I posted the speech over here.

It was also tough to deliver. So many emotions during this event. I managed to hold it together.

But there was a reward at the end of all the speeches.

Cake.

And more cake.

You might notice a picture of our coach on the second cake. Somebody found it over here. The inscription reads:

Retirement is not the end of the road… it is the beginning of the open highway.

So true.

A final goodbye to my office.

Many, many fond memories from my years with the team at this company.

Since that event back in July, I’ve had a number of colleagues ask me what retirement is like.

I’ve told them that retirement feels a lot like summer vacation did when I was a kid.

So much freedom.

In less than two weeks, Lorraine and I will finally be out on the road in our coach.

So looking forward to this next chapter of our lives.

Retirement Speech

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!

Retirement Cards

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.

 

Exit

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.

Blue Moon

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.