Retirement and other complications.
Many of you already know that I have been retired from Milborne Port Computers since July last year, and its not easy giving up what you enjoy doing. It began a couple of years ago when I started talking about maybe, hypothetically, possibly, sometime, going onto a 3-day week and that James would really be in the driving seat. By the time we came to actually doing it at the end of 2018, not only was he in the driving seat, but he was deciding how the company would operate without me.
As is often the case, the part time idea never really worked properly as you can’t plan what is going to walk in the door at any given time, and it was difficult leaving half done jobs to be finished off by someone else. In the end, it worked out well for both of us, and whilst I still answer questions about how I did something 12 years ago, James is forging ahead on his own and being successful on his own, and I’m delighted!
Its taken a while to get used to the idea of not having to go to work 5 days a week, and I can choose what to do, and when. However, the retirement plan did not include sitting on my backside in the sun, which is what I’ve been doing for the past 8 weeks. I had part time, zero hours, working at outside events, but that’s now a victim of CV19: I had part time, zero hours, working for a bank towing mobile units all over the country, but that’s also ended with CV19. Fortunately, I did agree to keep on a few websites that I helped with over the years, as James didn’t want that part of the business, and this has kept me mentally busy at least.
We, the royal we; did plan on lots of travel in our mobile home, but that’s off for the foreseeable future, so the current Mrs. Flynn has had me moving the greenhouse, patio building, conservatory painting inside & out, interior decorating, window cleaning, allotment digging etc. etc. We’ve walked every inch of every footpath within striking distance, and my running is up to 10k again, but its not really the retirement I signed up for … I’ll just have to be patient, I think.
One thing I did say I’d keep going was this monthly epistle, for a while. Well this is a year on and my 61st article, and sadly it’ll be my last for the Sherborne Times, although you may see me in another local publication where my regurgitated drivel is running about 2 years behind, same story but updated. We’ve covered everything from broadband speeds to solid state disks, email setup to viruses (not CV19), and I hope you’ve enjoyed them.
So, for the very last time … The choice as always, is yours, but if you think you need advice, you know where to call.
Added: 16th September 2020