Thursday, August 22, 2019

Finito

Although I haven't worked for some time my last official day at work was Saturday past. Tuesday I went into to work to finalise matters and clear out my work locker. I used to use my locker a lot, but over the past decade or more not so much as I don't work times where I have to eat at work, and if I do, there are many places to chose buy cheap, good and bad food and almost acceptable coffee for $1 a cup from a machine means I don't even bother making my own.

My locker turned out to be a bit of cave of my work history. Here are a few photos, not so clear. I badly need a new camera and I'm about to do something about that.

The huge card must have had 100 messages written, with quite a number from people who I have no idea who they are. Some messages were really so sweet and I felt quite humbled. There was also the gift of a wallet in a metal case. The champagne sparkling wine I won in a raffle I never entered. Go figure.


The glass had a dead blow fly inside. I hated the thick and chunky mug on the left. I loved the black mug and I was shattered when the handle snapped off. We had a set of six at home in the '80s. I'm not sure how old the Yarra Trams mug is, but it lists many places where good coffee was to be had in Melbourne.  The Band Aids are of the type that still had the red pull thread to open them. The Disprin expiry date was 2004. The jar of instant coffee is Nescafe and it was bought very cheaply at South Melbourne Market more than a decade ago. It is from Indonesia and is quite different to our local Nescafe, a little darker, stronger and bitter. I had a cup of it a few months ago and it was fine.


It's a pity the crossword at the back isn't visible but it is similar to the one in the second photo. Bar two words, it is completely filled in. I thought it was older but is from 1996. As you can see, I had a spare crossword, just in case I had some idle time.


It looks like I filled in the top part of this one fully. It is funny to remember sitting down and concentrating on something other than the internet, your Kindle or your phone. 


I should have gone to work at a quieter time when there would be less workmates around to wish me well. The boss at work wished me well, my immediate superior carried out the short finish work questionnaire, debrief and a friendly chat. It was somewhat emotional saying goodbye to workmates and caught me unawares. I also learnt that the other person at work who received a gold watch for 40 years service now has early dementia. 

Once home my eyes welled up, but there was one last thing to do. I sent my former superior, a lovely dyke who has just added another son to her family, a nice message and she responded in kind. Much earlier than usual, I poured myself a glass of wine before five o'clock. It was a bit of a rough day.

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  1. Very mixed emotions.
    And, while it is way too early, I am raising a metaphorical glass to your future.

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  2. I found it strange going into work for the last time in 2012. Have only been back once since and have had very little contact with anyone - I unfriended them all on facebook except for one prat who unfriended me first. One thing I remember thinking, morbidly, is that this is what it must be like when you die - everything continues on as normal but you're not part of it.

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    1. Interesting point Tasker and quite true. I've never had workmates bar one as an FB friend, so that isn't a problem. I will have minimal contact with work, if any at all.

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  3. YOU’ll get used to it and one day soon you will wonder how you ever found the time to go to work. For the moment indulge in a bit of nostalgia, a glass of wine helps with that.
    Cheers!

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    1. Friko, it is already happening. I am running out of time for things. I suppose there is some truth in things expanding to fill the time available. Thanks.

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  4. Yes, we run into our own mortality at times, and retiring is one of those times. A time for reflection and looking ahead to how best to live now. A camera is an excellent start.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I do feel rather mortal, but then I see how well you are doing at a few years older than I am, and I have faith.

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  5. So much memorabilia...and so many memories. Many once thought forgotten will come flooding back.

    Time to do more crosswords now! :)

    I had a mug similar to the black one you liked so much.

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    1. Lee, funnily, I would still enjoy crosswords. I may take a close up photo of my almost completed crossword and my blogmates will solve it instantly. I still like the same shaped mug, slim and light, but that in black with gold on it was quite special.

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  6. Congratulations! May you enjoy your retirement in the best of happiness and good health!

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  7. I haven't worked in a 'workplace' since about 1972, so I missed-out on the big card and gold watch. Enjoy your retirement; if it's anything like mine, you'll find yourself busier than ever.

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    1. Cro, seems that is happening already. So busy.

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  8. I had similar things in my work locker, but Milo instead of coffee and books of puzzles not the newspaper ones. I even had soap and spare roll of toilet paper in there because often enough the ladies room didn't have any spare rolls. I wasn't there long enough to be getting any farewell gifts, but there was a cake and I got to take home the leftovers.

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    1. River, cake and farewells are nice. You must have been liked.

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  9. It is a very emotional time and you are starting a new era in your life. ENJOY IT!

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    1. Diane, I thought emotional part had passed but it hadn't and caught me unawares. Thanks.

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  10. Retirement is a mixed blessing. You lose an income, gain physical strength and miss your colleagues badly. I retired at Christmas 2018, and am still looking for a new social life. Good luck!

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    1. Hels, indeed, I am a poor self funded retiree or does it sound worse if I am a person on a fixed income? OUr gang of friends has reduced to a couple of others. I know all about social life as an older person. Family now is important.

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  11. While decluttering recently I found a farewell card to me and I cannot remember the workplace from which it came. I think you are very lucky to have had such a long time in the one workplace. :) It does not happen for many people these days.

    I am sure you will find much to fill your time. The world is a big place full of awesomeness when you have the time to explore it. ;)

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    1. Snoskred, that is a shame. I think there is good and bad in working in one place for such a long time. It suited me, but is a terribly old fashioned thing to do now. Thank you.

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  12. I wish I had had a locker to go through. When I was leaving most of us had gone through so many lay-off periods that we already had our desks cleaned out. Best day was getting my package.
    I think you are going to love retirement. You will find plenty to keep you busy!

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    1. Oh Jackie, that sounds toxic. As one workmate said once when he was given his cheque, Thanks and youse can all get ****ed.

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  13. Happy retirement Andrew, I'm sure you'll find plenty to occupy you. I can imagine goodbyes would always be emotional, specially if you had good colleagues and bosses.

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    1. Thanks Sami. I thought I was past the emotional bit, but not quite.

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  14. So you emptied your "Ali Baba" cavern and put a final stroke under a big part of your life ! Now a new one starts, it's not easy at the beginning, at least it hasn't been for me.

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    1. Well done Gattina. That was what I was trying to think of, Ali Baba cavern. So far, so good and I have had a lot of leave and been at home this year.

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  15. I hope you will be happy on your retirement

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  16. Oh Andrew, that's an era ended. I would be sobbing. Good luck to you and here's to the future! Onward to Infinity!

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    1. Strayer, I expect one evening I will have too much to drink and get rid of all the emotion. I have a history of this after family or friends die. Thanks.

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