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 Post subject: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:34 am 
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Congratulations on your recent retirement. Having gone through the same 7 years ago, I know the feeling and especially in your case because we both were teachers. There was for me and no doubt for you, a sense of happiness and fullfillment. Mostly a contentedness with not having to feel bad on Sunday evening because another 5 days was staring us in the face. I still love kids but just couldn't face the prospect of going out on Monday through Friday anymore.

I have a hard time with just too much time. I also sometimes wonder if my life has any meaning now. So, my solution is to substitute teach. The first few years I needed some more money but not now. Social Security and my retirement afford me enough to be comfortable but the additional money makes traveling possible without worrying about going broke. But mostly I like kids and teachers, so going out now is no problem for me. It is so easy that I do too much of it. I average over 110 days a year. I keep telling myself that I'll cut back but I don't. We are what we are.

Anyway my message to you is congrats and hope you golf, fish, garden or something to keep you active. If not then don't be afraid to do what my name suggests. Enjoy and travel.

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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:14 am 
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Congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:43 pm 
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BD, I didn't realize that this was happening only now. (I was under the impression that you'd retired after the 09-10 academic year.) Anyway, I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. Sleep in. Travel. Read to your heart's content. Volunteer your time to worthy causes. Attend baseball games. ;)

And congratulations.

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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:08 pm 
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Congrats BD. Hope you enjoy a great retirement. Stay busy. 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:40 pm 
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Congrats...Hopefully, I'll be able to retire in about 45 years...

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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:41 am 
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Tom,

May I wish you a long, contented, and fulfilling retirement.

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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:18 pm 
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Congratulations! I hope you are able to do all the things you've been saying you wanted to do during your career now that you're retired.


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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:42 pm 
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Thanks everyone! I just saw this post. I retired on November 9th of 2009. I suffered a TIA at the end of May of 2010. I had put too much weight on. It affected my speech and penmanship.

I'm okay now. I've lost 113 pounds. I still have about 50 or 60 pounds to go. I'm eating right and taking care of myself. I also started seriously practicing my bassoon again back at the beginning of December. I'm playing really good again. I'm also trying to get my golf swing back. I bought new clubs and it feels good to hit the ball again.

I'd like to maybe get back on the audition trail again and see where that leads.

Thanks again for your kind words! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:23 am 
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Great job! Keep at it. 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:18 pm 
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bassoondirector wrote:
I'm okay now. I've lost 113 pounds. I still have about 50 or 60 pounds to go. I'm eating right and taking care of myself.

Good job.

bassoondirector wrote:
I also started seriously practicing my bassoon again back at the beginning of December. I'm playing really good again.

Nice ... for some reason, I suspected that you like playing the bassoon. Not sure how I knew that.

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I'm also trying to get my golf swing back. I bought new clubs and it feels good to hit the ball again.

Solid. Wife bought me clubs for father's day. Still awaiting delivery, however.

Played with son yesterday. Shot an 81 on a moderately challenging public course (6900 yards, give or take), including two birdies.

E-mail or PM me if you decide to visit SoCal. Maybe we can get in 18.


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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:30 pm 
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I don't play nearly enough golf. The swing comes back like riding a bike though.


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 Post subject: Re: Bassoonman retires
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:39 pm 
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NDL wrote:
I don't play nearly enough golf. The swing comes back like riding a bike though.


The last time I went golfing, I was laughed at for how I swing...I look like I'm swinging a baseball bat. I can crush the ball though, but it's too boring for me. They need to add a wrestling mat on the greens or something to spice it up.

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