ROYSE CITY —
For the record — if there is one — I’m not retiring.
Let me assure you that retirement is on my bucket list — things I want to do before I kick the bucket — but it’s not likely to occur anytime, anywhere in the near future.
If you ask me how much longer I plan to work, I’ll probably give you the same answer I provided years ago when a co-worker asked me how much longer I planned to work for the Longview News-Journal. My answer: “The rest of my life if I don’t die first.”
So why are we talking about retirement again? Didn’t we cover that topic in this space about two weeks ago?
Yes, and the reason it has returned as a topic so soon is because some clarification is needed. Actually, the clarification was provided in the first sentence of this column.
I mentioned in the previous column that I was in the twilight of my work life and I had great plans for retirement. In retirement, I would have time to train for a marathon and I would get to perform all of those home chores I’ve neglected because of work interference.
Then, I slipped into the reason that I wrote the retirement column in the first place. In retirement, I wrote, I could become a greeting card consultant and teach men how to select the perfect greeting card for the love of their life.
I didn’t say that I had retired or when I would retire, but retirement was mentioned several times.
All righty, I made a mistake. I should have remembered that some people will pick up something in the first part of the column or a news story and not read the rest. In this case, some people saw “retirement” and that was it.
They didn’t stay with me long enough to realize that I used “retirement” to lead in to what my message was for the day — men selecting greeting cards for the love of their life, those sweet greeting card messages, etc.
I got several well wishes. I didn’t get any retirement greeting cards, but I did receive a telephone call and some peaches.
A reader called me at home and left a message. I called him back, he congratulated me on my retirement, then offered me peaches. All I had to do was come over to his Rockwall home and pick all the peaches I wanted.
I explained that I had not retired. He understood my explanation, and the peach-picking invitation still was open. I went over and filled a bag with peaches. The real treat was meeting this very nice man and visiting with him briefly.
I’m not going to mention his name here. I didn’t ask permission, and actually, I don’t have to ask permission. But I want to be careful not embarrass this man or hurt his feelings because tomatoes will be ripe any day now. Yep, for now, I have a standing invitation to return for tomatoes.
So the lesson for me today, boys and girls, is a reminder that I need to say what I mean and do it in such a way that I don’t mislead anyone. That’s going to be very difficult because in real life I speak like I write. I sometimes mislead people with my humor, but wife Becky is usually there to explain “Jim humor.”
So for now, please be advised that I’m still working and I actually enjoy it sometimes. And when I do retire, you will be the first to know.
ROYSE CITY —
For the record — if there is one — I’m not retiring.
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Please, friends, before you start nodding in agreement, let me explain.
An unusual officer from three countries
Walking into the headquarters of the Green Berets 10th Special Forces Group in Bad Tolz, Germany as a newly-assigned lieutenant in June of 1961, not knowing what to expect, was the start of the second best assignment I had in the U.S. Army (the best was commanding a battalion in the 8th Infantry Division in Europe during the Cold War).
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Reporter in his ‘element’ at recent Taste of Rockwall event
Someone mentioned during the recent Taste of Rockwall that I was in my element.
I checked an online definition just to make sure I pretty much understood what they were saying. I thought I knew, but sometimes I apply my own definitions, and I have been wrong.
So I checked it out and, yep, that was me all right. I was definitely “in my element.”
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