What Idiot put THIS here?

Don’t expect any of my posts to remain static.  Because my opinions change over time, my posts will too.  Because I’ll never be completely satisfied with my writing, I’ll tweak the language now and then.

Life is change.  I know that’s a cliché, but I believe it’s true.  Anyone whose opinions never change is dead … or a political commentator.  My opinions now are much different from the ones I had 40 or 50 years ago.  Back then, I knew; now, I wonder.

Who knows what the next 40 or 50 years will bring.  It’s been said that the first million dollars and the first hundred years are the hardest.  I have no expectation of gaining that first million dollars, but I may make that first hundred years.  (On the day that I’m posting this, my Mom’s age is approximately 94.82.)  Considering recent advances in medical science, I’ll probably spend part of my second hundred years as a cyborg.  (I’ve heard that “resistance is futile”.)

2015 is a year of major change for me.  During the last quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, my employer made an offer that I couldn’t refuse … a Phased Retirement Program for those at or above a certain combination of age and years of service.  On December 1, 2014, I went from 40 hours per week to 32 (with a reduction in pay, of course).  On June 1, 2015 (tomorrow), I’ll go from 32 hours per week to 24 (with an additional reduction in pay).  On December 1, 2015, I’ll go from 24 hours per week to 0 (with a total reduction in pay).  I’ll have retired from roughly 54 years of “gainful employment”.  I guess it’s time to decide what I want to be when I grow up.

What I Want to Be when I Grow Up

This blog is part of what I want to be when I grow up. How big a part remains to be seen. For now, it’s not a big enough part for me to increase my annual investment above the tiny amount needed for a dot-com URL. That limits how much I can “customize” my work. One problem is that my approach to writing (adding new content to existing topics) doesn’t send update notices to those who have signed up for update notification.  (Only new topics send notification e-mails.) So far, the only work-around I’ve found is to add Most Recent Topic, Most Recent Update, and Most Recent Change to the blog’s header image. (Yeah, that’s one big jpg file.) Until I find a better approach, I hope those who want to follow my ramblings will check in from time to time to look for update notifications in the header.

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