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9th-Sep-2011 11:35 pm
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Quite a long time ago, during the break I took to establish my residency and pay only in-state tuition, I took a job working midnight shift in the hospital. I was happy there for a while, and when that changed I started applying for other jobs within the university, finally getting one as a computer programmer on days.

I was overjoyed with that job, and frequently thought that I'd be digging my claws in as "they" dragged me away from my desk at 74.5 years of age or whenever I would need to stop working.

Then came a really bad reorg... and out of curiosity, and as a means to give myself something to keep looking forward to each day, on 12/31/1997 or perhaps 1/1/1998 I calculated the number of calendar days before I would be eligible for retirement. I was amused to note that the number was exactly 5,000.

For years, I manually updated a file every day, but more recently a friend wrote me a script I could run as part of my login to my e-mail that would tell me how many days and hours remained.

Now I think I need to find another target.
10th-Sep-2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Congratulations on this milestone!
And may your job never be a millstone.
10th-Sep-2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
10th-Sep-2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I use sticky countdown notes on my Android phone for multiple future events...
11th-Sep-2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
First I need to get an Android...
10th-Sep-2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah: when I divide 5000 by 365 and add the result to 1998, it comes out 2011.7 or thereabouts.

You could retire sooner than I do!
11th-Sep-2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, math geek that I am, my date of hire was easy to remember, and 30 years is all you need at the U. But of course, eligibility and ability are 2 different things... Next step: Win the lottery.
10th-Sep-2011 10:32 pm (UTC) - Bad spouse!
I knew it was coming, but I didn't think to mention it yesterday.

Glad you made it!
11th-Sep-2011 06:21 pm (UTC) - Re: Bad spouse!
Thank you and no worries. I didn't commemorate it in any actual way. (Although I did get a surprise phone call from the one who wrote the script.) Perhaps next week on the way home we can celebrate both of our accomplishments.
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