Unintended Sabbatical

I just realized it was 18 months between my last two posts!  Unbelievable.  I guess to say I have been busy is an understatement.  Early in 2018, I was threatened by my boss with physical violence.  The old guy was getting senile from his Parkinson’s disease and he could no longer function rationally during our latest crisis.  We had a pipeline break in South Park and several of the crew had differing opinions of how to make the repair, none of which lined up with the “old man”.

After reporting the incident, I was placed on administrative leave for seven weeks( he was too, unbeknownst to me) while HR did an investigation.  I was found to have no fault in the incident and told to return to work.  He, on the other hand, was apparently told to retire or else.  He retired.

Not knowing what to expect from this event, I cashed out some of my investments and purchased some time in my pension plan so I could retire immediately if necessary.  I also put my house up for sale.  The house sold shortly after I went back to work and I had to be out by Aug 1.  I retired effective November 1 and have moved all my belongings to Oklahoma, where I now reside.

After moving, I started building the new shop/office/library I had always dreamed of.  I am just now finishing it and am starting to move in.  It will take some time to get everything arranged and settled in(“nesting” as Jim Sebastian puts it).  I am hoping to get more time to blog here shortly and am planning several adventures for the upcoming months.

Stay tuned………….

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3 Responses to Unintended Sabbatical

  1. I’ll print this and post in the crew office!


  2. J. E. Conaway says:

    Hey Gabe! I don’t know if you remember me but I met you at Bents fort last summer. You rode back to the parking area with my family and I and we got to visit. It was a pleasure to meet you as I have been following your blog and studying your pics and gear when you were with the Rocky Mountain Outfit. Oklahoma is a beautiful state and I hope you enjoy your retirement. I’m in the Texas panhandle so if you’re ever over this way look me up. Thanks again for all the wisdom.


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