Friday, September 06, 2013

Living the Life

It's been a few days since I managed a short post via cell phone. I don't really like using my cell for blogging, e-mailing, etc. I don't mind reading on my phone, but anything other than a short text is not for me.

Consequently, I've been doing less blogging since I always have my phone handy and seldom bring my laptop. I have an Android clone tablet that is okay, but still works like a large phone for the most part. I have thought about a small Chromebook and think that would probably be my best option for lightweight internet access.

My life is a good one.

Last weekend we went to see Aaron and Jenny in Chicago. Actually we went for the UFC fights is Milwaukee, seeing Aaron and Jenny was a grand bonus. It was a good night and I'm looking forward to our next father-son fight gathering in Las Vegas after Christmas.

Right now, I'm getting more serious about life after retirement from ATC. I've sent in my request for retirement benefits estimate and am looking at options for post retirement life. Some interesting things have come up. I'll keep you posted as things work their way into or out of the possibilities.

One of the things that came up will be beneficial in any case. I managed to get a couple of days off (with the help of co-workers) later this month for a two day training course on transitional pastoring. This will help me to serve churches that are between pastors. Unfortunately, it happen more often that you might think and with sixty churches in our local association, I could stay pretty busy.

I don't really know what post retirement will look like. I've never really worked at doing magic for anything other than churches (although I have done a few things), and I've never worked on marketing my shows or promoted myself for preaching revivals or any other church events like camps, VBS, AWANA or anything else. If that's the direction that I go, I'll have to brush up on the sales skills of the distant past and begin hustling gigs!

As far as work goes, it's still a pretty good gig.
But the face of ATC is changing and I'm one of the old guys. According to a recent Washington Post article, by 2016, the average tenure of an air traffic controller will be just five years. Perhaps it's just time to turn it over to the next generation of controllers.

Today, I'll be catching up on some much needed yard work. Hopefully, that's one thing that I'll be better able to keep up with in retirement. After working a mid, I'll catch up with Chris and others tomorrow at the campground for a weekend of camping and boating.

Did I mention that my life is a good one?

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend.

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

John, it's always a pleasure to read your posts, longer ones or those posted on your cell phone. I'm glad your trip and the UFC events were enjoyable.

Happy Friday and Saturday!

John Hill said...

Thanks, Angel. I always enjoy reading your blog, as well. Sorry that I don't always post comments.

Maybe one of my retirement trips will be to drag Chris around the country and meet my fellow bloggers. I've already met Mike and would like to meet Bilbo. I'll have to drive down through the Carolinas on my way to old people country (Florida) or we could meet in New Orleans. It's been a long time since I've been to that city!

Of course, meeting all of my fellow bloggers would also require a trip Down Under. I'm sure I wouldn't have to work too hard to convince Chris to take that trip!

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