Another vehicle added to our fleet.

August 24, 2011

Well, I got the bug bad to get another Ford Ranger before they quit making them – looked at the new 2011 Rangers and yes they have some great deals but the best deals are on sticks with loads of options.  If I had bought new I did not need $600 a month payments – so I was looking at what was getting traded in.  Found a 37K mile 2005 – one owner – very clean super cab.  Local dealer $3,000 below average retail and they took my 163K 1995 on trade – I think I got a reasonable deal but then you always feel like you did not so really – it does not matter.

2005 Ford Ranger - Super Cab

Looks pretty good and runs great!

I have never had a black vehicle before, almost every other color but this is the first black vehicle.   I usually would not want a black car or truck because they are hard to keep clean – but hey – I am retired so I should have more time – right?

2005 Ford Ranger - driver's side.

Driver's side of black Ranger

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I am now officially retired!

July 5, 2011

Thursday was my last day at the County and with mixed feelings (I really liked the people who worked for and around me) Friday the first found me with no particular place to go. I am going to need about a month to really find out how this whole retirement thing works.

I have a few ideas on how to keep busy and make a little “mad money” I may make this blog more informational – but then I would be like thousands of other blogs where some guy rants about what is happening around his neck of the woods and no one cares.

State of Minnesota shut down on Friday also – did not know they were going to do that in honor of my retirement from a government job :-)…. Kind of sucks for those that are not getting paid because our Idiot Governor an the herd of idiots we elected can’t come to a compromise and stop spending money we don’t have. There was a very good article in the local paper about how “Taxing the Rich” is at best a band-aid on a massive wound and will never offset our spending. Something has to give and as they say “It ain’t going to be pretty” when it does.

Well so much for ramblin’ today – got some cleaning to do!


Counting the days!

April 21, 2011

Well, I have made the big move – I have set my date to retire from the County of St. Louis. I will have 40 years of employment with the County in June of this year and that is enough. The last day of June will be my last paid day with the County.

I had originally planned to work till Lynette could retire that would be around the end of 2013. Well, I used to like working here, I can’t say that anymore. I still like the people who work for me and around me but the County has become not so fun anymore. The elected officials seem to think that dumping crap on the employees will make for less taxes and happy tax payers. Part of this was re-structuring the organization (there is an oxymoron organization and Elected officials) and that has made for some very unhappy department heads – no wait they are not heads anymore they work for some appointed or elected dude who know less about nothing about what they are now in charge of.  This puts pressure on the real department heads as they are now not in charge and subject to elimination.

Anyway, I just feel the time is best to get out before I hate working here.  I may take part time work just to have some extra spending money but really am looking forward to being my own boss.  I may get back into volunteer work for the Railroad museum or Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, I am not sure.  I have two and a half years till Lynette can join me in retirement and who know what doors will open then.  I would love to live closer to our wonderful grandchildren and that may happen.

Right now, I am just counting the days!