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Tue Sep 12, 2017, 06:39 PM

It's on the truck....counting down the days now...

Ever load a 45 foot long aluminum gecko onto a truck? Not a lot of fun - even in sections. But I had two rigging companies quote the job, and they both wanted too much money.

Anyway, it leaves tomorrow morning, I'll fly out Sunday, and Monday we start the install. By the end of next week I will be retired.

Mixed emotions of loss and excitement. I almost-but-not-quite regret the decision to do this. Hell, there's two buildings full of equipment and tools that I will now only need a portion of but I can't bear to part with. But life will now be a whole new adventure to create, and I'm really curious where the path goes from here...

Oy!

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Reply It's on the truck....counting down the days now... (Original post)
Grateful Bread Sep 12 OP
Immacolata Sep 12 #1
Grateful Bread Sep 12 #3
Immacolata Sep 12 #7
News2Me Sep 12 #2
Grateful Bread Sep 12 #4
Agent_86 Sep 12 #5
Grateful Bread Sep 12 #6
Currentsitguy Sep 14 #8
Grateful Bread Sep 14 #9
Currentsitguy Sep 14 #10

Response to Grateful Bread (Original post)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 06:54 PM

1. What is it for?

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Response to Immacolata (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 07:13 PM

3. A four story office building

that is basically an uninteresting concrete box with a parking lot next to it. The lizard will go up the side of the building that faces the lot, with the last third of the tail wrapping around the corner and over the entryway.

The weird part is the gecko has absolutely nothing to do with their corporate branding. It's a biotech firm, and apparently they're rolling in money. Originally they had planned to have a mural painted on that wall, then the CEO decided they wanted something with more wow.

It's a good job to go out on. I used to do projects of this scale more regularly in the 90's when I ran a full crew. This is the largest piece I've done in ten years.

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Response to Grateful Bread (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 09:10 PM

7. What a wonderful way of making a living!

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Response to Grateful Bread (Original post)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 07:11 PM

2. I've never seen a 45 foot gecko on a truck.

Did you take pictures? That should turn a few heads on the hoghway.

Enjoy your retirement.

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Response to News2Me (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 07:14 PM

4. Thank you!

Right now it would be pictures of several very large crates!

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Response to Grateful Bread (Original post)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 07:35 PM

5. Indulge those interests you didn't have time to pursue on the job.

I am excited about retirement. I have a Goldwing in garage that has way too few miles on it.

My research is waiting with a small library at my disposal to prepare me for my travels.

I have a nearly complete collection of state road maps at the ready to guide me on my journeys.

This Honda Ridgeline is going to well fit the driving bill with Agent 99.

My nephew's are gainfully employed and I want go to take them to the UK, at least.

Mom and Dad are still well enough to join us on family excursions.

I am envious. Hopefully just a few more years and I will be with you...

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Response to Agent_86 (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 07:39 PM

6. It'll happen before you know it!

Remember what they say: Life is like a roll of toilet paper - the closer you get to the end the faster it goes!

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Response to Grateful Bread (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 03:01 PM

8. Do you have plans for a 2nd career?

My wife and I are working on that right now. I have been in IT for 22 years now, the last 14 as part of the Executive Recruiting industry, the last 8 as the co-owner of a recruiting firm. My wife is my business partner and she has been in the industry for 17 years. For the 20 preceding years she was in concrete contracting.

We're tired and frankly we are burning out so we have been developing an exit strategy.

We are talking in about 5 years getting the hell out of PA and heading to Wyoming to open a craft Pre-prohibition cocktail lounge and microdistillery. Hell if you can't sell booze to tourists you may as well hang it up. It would be like going belly up selling condoms in a whorehouse.

Anyways, we just love it out there. I am beginning to feel very claustrophobic here in the East. It is high time we get the hell out.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #8)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 06:09 PM

9. I'm bouncing ideas around

The decision to retire was literally made one fine morning a couple of months ago on the spur of the moment, so planning really wasn't a part of it.

I know a few things for certain:

I'll never stop designing and building things - I just won't be doing massive things, or worrying about clients anymore. But I can't stop creating - my blood would clot in my veins if I tried.

I am definitely going to dig my old wood lathe out of the back of the storage building. I haven't turned anything in a decade, and I really miss it.

One of my daughters owns a small gallery/art store in town. She's wanted me to make small pieces for her for a while now - I think I'll indulge her...but my end of the profits are going to charity. I don't actually want to make any more money. I'm set pretty now and don't want to chase dollars anymore.

I'm going to slow the pace of life down. A lot. I have been running hard for too many years, and it's time to just kick back a bit.

Maybe buy a small Winnebago and just start driving.... who knows? I'm more of the mind right now of just letting the path unfold on it's own and see where it goes!

If you open a craft cocktail house - I will go all the way to Wyoming to try them!

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Response to Grateful Bread (Reply #9)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 07:52 PM

10. Forget about me

If you now have time on your hands you really should go. Wyoming is an incredible place. It is a national treasure and the birthright of all of us. Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Fossil Butte, The Grand Tetons, the Beartooth Pass; they are all places every American should see once in their lifetime.

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