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Old 05-17-17, 07:25 PM
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Looks like i'll have more time to ride going forward

So i'm officially semi-retired.

I'm a mainframe Systems Programmer and after telling my boss that I wanted to work less hours, I just agreed to greatly reducing my hours and being a consultant. This will allow me to spend more time with my 87 year old mother who has terminal lung cancer and my soon to be grandchild that's due in July.

And I think i'll find some time to get some miles under my wheels.

This is very exciting and I look forward to do many things that I never had time to do.
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Old 05-17-17, 07:32 PM
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sorry to hear about your mother, hope all your plans for retirement work out.
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Congratulations on the good and best wishes for you to work through the hard times.
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Old 05-17-17, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by rob214 View Post
sorry to hear about your mother, hope all your plans for retirement work out.
Mom has has CLL (chronic leukemia) for 20+ years, and in the past 4 years she's had a GITS (stomach) tumor removed, radiation of a tumor in her right lung, a tumor in her left lung removed and the tumor in her right lung removed.

She's doing well, but now diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, they're doing "targeted therapy" and is doing well. But the clock is ticking and with her in Florida and i'm on Long Island I wanted to be able to spend more than s weekend here and there. I was just there this weekend for Mother's day.

I don't have any real plans... maybe go back to school. Maybe do some traveling in the USA. Maybe do some volunteer work. Only issue is my wife is only 57 and has another 4 years before she can retire. So I can't have too much fun

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I too am a retired mainframe programmer. I miss the programming but don't miss the office politics and corporate attitude. Best of luck in your new life. Pic of your Mom and you is fantastic. She's obviously a fighter and an inspiration. I mean, look at that smile . . .

Best to both of you.
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Old 05-18-17, 05:29 AM
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I've entered the same world, but not that I was seeking it (the semi-retired part,) your reasons are really good ones. My best to your mom, she sounds like a really tough lady to have been through those battles with cancer. My mother has had 4 fights with the monster now, she's 88 and lives in a retirement center, by her choice. I completely agree with you on wanting to spend more time with her, man that is a long trip to make on a regular basis. I imagine that she makes it worth the travel time though, no way to have any kind of substitute for your mom.

Congrats on the grand baby that's soon to be with y'all, you must be chomping at the bit for the arrival of this special gift. Grandpa is written all over your face now, and this is a great thing. Perhaps returning to school could open up some doors for you in the near future, our daughter is encouraging me to consider going back, again. Two degrees and a year of grad school burned me out for a few years, but it sounds like something to do now, please keep us posted in what you decide on doing. And the volunteer thing is something I truly am going after shortly, hopefully our church and the local USO will have openings for an old man that loves cycling.

Keep that positive attitude, my thoughts and prayers are offered up for you and your mom, oh, that upcoming grand baby too.

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Enjoy! I really am happy for anyone who takes more time for themselves - it is fleeting! Best wishes to your Mom!
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I too am sorry to hear about your mother. Based on what you wrote, I'm assume chronic lymphocytic leukemia that no longer is responding to tyrosine kinase inhibitors like Gleevec, and the development of the gastrointestinal stromal tumor(s) that have now spread. Rough diagnosis, but glad you are in a position to take things slower and spend time with her.
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That is probably a good decision on your part. My own mother died 21 years ago at my current age, 66, after battling MS for 40 years. I used to take my wife and sons up to visit her, but I always wonder if I could/should have done more. At least the boys, now 32 and 28, were old enough to have some memories of her.

Enjoy the grandchildren as they come along, and help their parents as you can. I now call my 2-year-old grandson "Henry the First" or "Henry 1.0," because he has a little brother who will probably be born in early July. (I like to keep naming conventions simple. )
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I hope when it's my mom's turn that I have the same opportunity to spend as much time with her.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I hope when it's my mom's turn that I have the same opportunity to spend as much time with her.
Yea me too. Semi-retirement looks like it suits you!
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I am sorry for your challenges, but being healthy due to riding benefits not only yourself, as you can enjoy semi-retirement in good health, but you are always up to the challenges of dealing with family health issues and emergencies....at least that has been my experience.

Good luck in all things.
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What is this "mainframe" you speak of?
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Sorry to hear about your Moms illness. Been there, it's rough.

Congrats, OTOH, on your semi-retirement! I'd do it right now if I could.

Hope to see you on the road.
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Old 05-18-17, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
What is this "mainframe" you speak of?
I started on a IBM 360/30 back when computers were in rooms with windows so everyone can see the new wonder.

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Mom is doing well and responding to treatment, but here energy levels are low and she's a bit depressed. Everytime family comes to visit, she perks up, so we're trying to get someone there every few weeks. Now i'll be able to go for more than a long weekend.

My dad passed away 37 years ago at the age of 53, and I promised him I would make sure she was well taken care of. My sister is down there and handles all her medical needs, she was a geriatric social worker and is well equipped.

Today was the first official day of my semi-retirement and after my wife left for work at 8:00am, I thought "what am i going to do?". So i went on a 68 mile ride.
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Tell your mom I said she looks like your sister.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
I am sorry for yourchallenges, but being healthy due to riding benefits not only yourself, as you can enjoy semi-retirement in good health, but you are always up to the challenges of dealing with family health issues and emergencies....at least that has been my experience.

Good luck in all things.
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What is this"mainframe" you speak of?
Nicely said, @BobbyG, and my best dittoes to all the above well wishes, @Oldnslow.

I remember punchcards…they ******** [hindered] my computer abilities for decades after being exposed to them.

BTW, there is a Computer History Collection at the Smithsonian in DC, that fascinated me since I was so contemporaneous (but delayed) with it.

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Tell your mom I said she looks like your sister.
She's single
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I started on a IBM 360/30 back when computers were in rooms with windows so everyone can see the new wonder.

I'll bet you are fast with an abacus.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I'll bet you are fast with an abacus.
I'm not old... but I know how to use a slide rule.

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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I'm not old... but I know how to use a slide rule.

I work with a bunch of railroad engineers--the design type, not the locomotive type. A few years ago, one of the senior guys whipped out a slide rule to make a quick calculation of something. My jaw nearly hit the desk. Guy also wears a pocket protector with several different color pens in it. I think he's in his early 60s.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I'm not old... but I know how to use a slide rule.

That's a beautiful one.

In high school I had a cheap wooden one. In ninth grade I took a special free extracurricular class outside my high school to learn to use it. Apropos of cycling, I rode my bike there, about three miles away.
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… Back in the 60’s in the Motor City, I had an “English Racer," and longed to tour at about age 14, but then joined the car culture…
Since I really didn’t have a defined sense of precision, I was disappointed that it was only accurate to three significant figures. When I took chemistry though, it’s value became apparent, and I was the only one who knew how to use it.
When I graduated high school a friend in my Physics class wrote in my yearbook, “God Bless your Slide Rule,” to this day the only comment I recall.

In college I used it too. I had a research job in the School of Public Health, and I did have access to Wang calculators, chained to the desks.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I'm not old... but I know how to use a slide rule.

It's wireless
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I took Electronics in HS. The first thing the teacher did was show us how to use a slide rule. They issued them to us, but we had to return them at the end of each class. That was 1970. I've forgotten how to use it since then.

Speaking from experience I know how hard it is to watch your parents pass on. Riding helped me clear my mind a lot. Good luck and God bless.
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