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Weather etc.

July 3, 2012

Time for an update. After seeing the national news and national weather maps, I begin to appreciate how nice it is her in NH. The south-east is sweltering with no power and no AC. Colorado and Utah are up in flames. And here in NH, it doesn’t get much higher than 80. We don’t have AC in the condo, and mostly we don’t need it. This morning’s temp was about 55 with ground fog. Warmed up to about 75 by mid-afternoon.

If it weren’t for the winter, this would be a nice place to retire. Last few days our routine was to go to the UPS store, then the deli next store for lunch, then across the common to pick up the mail at the Post Office. Sometimes we go to “Annie’s Overflow Cafe” for lunch. Sign over the door says “$5 charge for whining”. They have art work posted on the walls from local artists. My favorite is titled “Sit Free or Die”. (pictures of many NH outhouses). I have been tempted  to buy it. I don’t think that Mary K would appreciate the yankee humor.

Shipped the last of three boxes off to Mike. Sent stuff that we probably won’t need until we get to California. Should ease the pain of packing the Jeep. We did our grocery shopping today and we are all set for the Fourth of July. Nothing special planned. If it gets hot, we might find a movie in the afternoon.

We still need to catch up to Bill at Hebron Marine. He told us that the boat has been sold. So we will have a couple of checks to catch. Unfortunately, the closest B of A ATM is in Concord.

The trip to Ireland is all set. We will be in Ireland from 7/13 to 7/24. So stay cool. If you’re out west pray for rain. If you’re down south, I hope you get the power and AC back on. I know how hot it can be down south without AC.




June 27, 2012

It’s beginning to feel like retirement. The weather has been cool and rainy. We haven’t felt the need to get up early. I can do two crossword puzzles if I like.

Paula and I worked on packing up some boxes of clothing that we aren’t going to need on the trip. We also packed up some stuff for Neil that we had intended to carry in the Jeep. UPS is better option. So we dropped off two boxes at the UPS store. We’ll probably do a couple more boxes of stuff that we won’t need on the trip.

We finally got around to look into the trip to Ireland that we had been wanting to do but didn’t have the time to do. So we’re booked on a 7/13/12 flight to Dublin. Click here for info.

Did some shopping at the outlets in Tilton. Got some new shorts for me and new dress for Paula. Then we had lunch at the Tilt’n Diner. Back to the condo by 4pm in time for a nap.

Life is good.


June 1, 2012

The deed is done. Today was my final day at IBM in Littleton. Time to move on. It was certainly pleasant experience working at IBM’s Mass Lab. Good people to work with and I’m sad to be leaving but time to go.

IBM gave me a chance when other companies couldn’t (or wouldn’t) take the chance at hiring a 60 something engineer. For that I thank them.

Turned in my badge, my office cabinet key and my laptop. My manager made sure that he knew what to hard-drive password was. Failing to have the power-on password would have made someone’s job of re-imaging the laptop more difficult.

So I am done. Off to drop off package for Neil at UPS. Then to get free Donut at Dunkies.

Music on the way to work

May 15, 2012

I have about two more weeks to go before I retire from IBM/Sykes. One of the things about this job that has been really good has been the commute. It takes me about 20 minutes to drive from Billerica to Littleton. Many of my friends from the DEC/Compaq/HP days will recognize the building as LKG. It used to be a DEC building back in the day but now has been bought by IBM.

The twenty minutes is just long enough to get a good dose of classical music. I usually listen to SiriusXM Channel 75 on the radio. This morning they were playing the Overture to Tannheuser by Richard Wagner.

So without further ado, here is a version by Leonard Bernstein.

Put on the head phones and turn up the volume.