After counting down for the past two years, he said good-bye to the crew, the responsibility, the paperwork, the schedule.
Instead of some evening shindig, his boss and coworkers set up tables and tarps in the parking lot of the shop, lit the barbeque, iced the beer and sodas, and made room for the motorhome! Just what Bill wanted :-)
|BBQ at the rig|
In addition to the crew, lots of vendors and former co-workers and customers showed up to wish him well, share the awesome meal, and take a tour of the rig. With his chair set up under the awning, and a cold one in his hand, Bill modeled his future for all these great folks. It was very fun.
|Guarding the beer bucket|
|Boss's BBQ'd ribs were awesome!|
|It's the people you'll miss|
It was nearly perfect, but after six years, he's come down with a cold over the last few days! The man missed almost no work over the years, and his last week of work and he was out a day and a half :-( I think his "systems" were just ready to go early! Still, he felt fine for the grand event and enjoyed getting to say his good-byes.
They made a video for him and it was even more fun because we piled everyone in the rig to watch it on the flat screen! It was snug, but apparently we can fit 15 people (who like each other) in the living area. Good to know these things.
Everybody else still had to work so we helped clean up and with two loud toots of the air horn we pulled out of the driveway for his last time. About every two hours he says "I'm retired!"
One thing left on the list, Richie's (youngest) graduation on June 2. The next day - we launch :-)
Tuesday we leave for New Mexico for a family reunion in Ruidoso so I'm looking forward to a post from the road - just TWO retirees living the dream!