It is October 31, 2011Posted: October 31, 2011
Today is October 31, 2011. Two years from today it will be October 31, 2013.
Yes, it is a big deal. I will retire on October 31, 2013. I’ll be fifty-two years old.
I will close an empty locker. Two weeks earlier they will have taken my work equipment to allow me time to wrap things up. I will hug some people and then walk out the back door of my office for the last time.
At the end of that week, Human Resources will send out an email. The email will let people know who will take over my assignment. The line below that person’s name will say “Omawarisan, hire date 1/30/85, assigned to North East Sector, retired effective October 31”. Some people will read the email and swap a few stories about me. Others will think “who?” and then go back what they’re supposed to do.
I’ll be out there in the world, starting my second chance. I intend to enjoy it even more than the first one. If you’re hiring then, I will be looking. If you’re a literary agent, have your people call my people, I can start yesterday.
But It Is Still 2011
In today’s news, I am on work release today. I am on my way to a week away from it all. Away from everything but my great friends and a lot of laughs – I need a lot of both of those. And it is birthday week. I am going to enjoy this.
Blurt will keep rolling while I’m on the road. I’ve got stuff planned and may even write some new pieces while I’m gone – if my laptop and I find wi-fi when I’m in the mood to make words.
The Jolie has finished her soon to be published Detroit adventure and arrived at my house on Friday. She is headed south with me before heading out to her next destination.
Happy Halloween everyone!
And now, so I can say that I have wrung everything possible out of this idea, here is a watermelon jack-o-lantern.