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Old 06-29-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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My wife will 'retire' after 38 years of working in the grocery business. She primarily stayed with the business, through several stores (transfers) and through several parent companies. In fact, some years ago, while she lived in the same neighborhood where I lived I met her by going through her checkout at the store. Yup! I asked her out... Right there...In line at her checkout. You would had thought the guy behind me was watching a drama on tv. Especially when I looked back and he was grinning from ear to ear.

Somewhere around the late 70's, early 80's, she was given a chance to work the bookkeeping dept. This required her to transfer to another store, farther away, for her training and for her to be at the store 2:00am sharp. While we had no night life, she loved what she did. She was happy to be away from management and the checkouts, secluded in a little room counting the prior day's receivables. Of course as the parent companies came and went she was required to learn their system or their new and improved system at bookkeeping. She kept at it! In fact, she became so good at her work, she was training other people for other stores and became the goto person when a question would come up in another store.

I for one am the happiest! Every morning, I check my cell phone and home phone in case something bad happened and I slept through it (my hearing is the pits). She would often come home and tell me stories about what was going on in the store. Such as, employees stealing from the cash register drawers, or an assistant manager messing up a high dollar money order. Of course the in store stories were interesting, but nothing compared to the drives to and from work she would talk about. My reason for checking the messages when I wake up. Early morning stories, like the person she almost ran over as he laid smack in the middle of the road. Driving alone down the freeway and seeing a pair of headlights approaching from the rear - changing lanes - and watch the speeding car stay in her previous lane - passing - going over a hundred miles per hour. Watching cars passing her, going at an incredibly high rate of speed, on the freeway and surface streets (I remember three stories about the freeways and two on the surface streets). Coming home and watching redlight runners t-boning other cars in front of her. The latest early morning was, watching a car being driven on the wrong side of the freeway passing her like she was standing still. Yup! I know it could happen anytime to any of us, but for some reason the early morning brings out the wierdos and the drunks in our happy little city of Phoenix, AZ. Through the "Thick and Thin" of it, I am the happiest she is retiring!

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Old 06-29-2012, 11:40 AM   #2
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My wife will 'retire' after 38 years of working in the grocery business. She primarily stayed with the business, through several stores (transfers) and through several parent companies. In fact, some years ago, while she lived in the same neighborhood where I lived I met her by going through her checkout at the store. Yup! I asked her out... Right there...In line at her checkout. You would had thought the guy behind me was watching a drama on tv. Especially when I looked back and he was grinning from ear to ear.

Somewhere around the late 70's, early 80's, she was given a chance to work the bookkeeping dept. This required her to transfer to another store, farther away, for her training and for her to be at the store 2:00am sharp. While we had no night life, she loved what she did. She was happy to be away from management and the checkouts, secluded in a little room counting the prior day's receivables. Of course as the parent companies came and went she was required to learn their system or their new and improved system at bookkeeping. She kept at it! In fact, she became so good at her work, she was training other people for other stores and became the goto person when a question would come up in another store.

I for one am the happiest! Every morning, I check my cell phone and home phone in case something bad happened and I slept through it (my hearing is the pits). She would often come home and tell me stories about what was going on in the store. Such as, employees stealing from the cash register drawers, or an assistant manager messing up a high dollar money order. Of course the in store stories were interesting, but nothing compared to the drives to and from work she would talk about. My reason for checking the messages when I wake up. Early morning stories, like the person she almost ran over as he laid smack in the middle of the road. Driving alone down the freeway and seeing a pair of headlights approaching from the rear - changing lanes - and watch the speeding car stay in her previous lane - passing - going over a hundred miles per hour. Watching cars passing her, going at an incredibly high rate of speed, on the freeway and surface streets (I remember three stories about the freeways and two on the surface streets). Coming home and watching redlight runners t-boning other cars in front of her. The latest early morning was, watching a car being driven on the wrong side of the freeway passing her like she was standing still. Yup! I know it could happen anytime to any of us, but for some reason the early morning brings out the wierdos and the drunks in our happy little city of Phoenix, AZ. Through the "Thick and Thin" of it, I am the happiest she is retiring!
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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Congratulations to her Jim...and you.
Now to just get to Colorado and cool off in that new house.

My wife has talked about retiring but she would go nuts.......and so would I. She's a TV person so that what she would do.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:23 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone!

and Doug I can relate to the tv gig. We've already 'squared off' on that issue!
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