I know it has been awhile since I've posted.
Been deep in thought and reflection due to a Downsizing at Work which left me unemployed for the first time in my adult career. 28 years of service and I'm out the door without an annuity that would allow me to retire. Numbers are just not there.
Last day was the 29th of December. Applied for Unemployment and immediately started feeling like a leper. My last 5 years with the Company I did work for took the life and soul out of me. Saw the CEO **** and pillage the Company and take his Bonuses and Stock options laughing all the way to the bank. Of course I am sure that he will be gone this year too. Stock is down almost 80% in a year. Someone should be calling for his head.
I decided a few weeks ago to talk with the Bike Shop owner where I work part-time to see if there were some way that I could come on Full-Time. There are a number of investors and silent partners that had to be talked too to get the okay in this.
So... On Feb 16th, I begin my stint as the Service Manager of that Shop. Of course I won't make what I did in my previous career, but I won't have the stress involved where I was working. I'll be able to see daily where my efforts go, I'll get to help people with something that I love to do. I don't know if my wife agrees 100% with this decision, but I need to do what I feel is right for my long term goals and health.
A really neat thing is that I'll have a Shop Demo bike as part of my compensation package. We had a "SEVEN" Axiom SG frame at the shop that is tuned to someone my size. We looked over the specs and the "FIT" and it should be very very close to what I need. We ordered in a Full Ultegra SL Kit, a 12-27 cassette, and a set of Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels. Not sure what I'll use for a saddle. My butt loves a Brooks B-17, but I just don't know if that'll work for me.
So...Wish me luck in my new Job and with the new bike too!