Working from Goldie!
I have given notice so it’s official! I’m retiring! I’ve worked 29 years for the same company - if you exclude mergers and such. My last day of work will be Friday, July 12th. It’s a bit scary, but Suze and I are ready for the next stage.
I talked to my boss yesterday and he was very supportive and kind. I didn’t expect it to go any other way, but it was still a relief to have his blessing. I immediately set-up a call with my team to give them the news. I thought it was best that they heard it directly from me and not through the company grapevine. They too were all very supportive and generous. I work with some great people!
I’ve been working from Goldie for about a month now. It really hasn’t been too much different than working from home. I’ve worked from a home office for over 20 years, and I have most of the bugs worked out. And, my job requires me to work stretches from the road, so I’m used to working from my car, coffee shops, and hotel rooms. As long as I have a car, laptop, phone, and a decent cellular connection, I can do just about everything I need to do. If I was going to work from the Airstream longer-term I’d probably try to make it a bit more functional, but for the short time I have left I’m sure it will be fine.
Goldie is a Flying Cloud 26 RBT (RBT is short for rear bedroom twin). They used to call this model the 26U, because it features a U shaped dinette area. This is one of the main reasons we picked this particular model of airstream. The U shaped area provides a comfortable area to lounge in and watch Netflix. This is the same area that I work from primarily. I can also sit outside and work from a camp chair, but the rain this spring in western PA has limited any and all outdoor activities.
We are planning to stay here at Penn Wood Campground through July 12th. We don’t want to move around regularly while I’m still working, and this makes for a quiet and beautiful home base. The people here have been so nice and welcoming. From the first day, the “regulars” have included us in all of their activities and gatherings. The cell service here isn’t great for AT&T or Verizon, but with our Airstream Connected system - with AT&T - I’m able to manage webcasts and Skype.
Plus, here at Penn Wood there are some pretty cool things to see within walking distance of our front door.