And the timing is serendipitous for other reasons. The company had announced a change in management which meant the younger generation was taking over. I would have been working for a young guy that I had some history with. One of my side duties was as quality control "manager". My job was to make sure that the staff followed the quality processes that the company had instituted to be in line with ISO 9001 (If you don't know what that is, you are lucky) I had to write up this guy a couple of times for deviating from procedures for checking and record keeping. And now, in a classic example of the Peter Principle, he was going to be the department manager. Therefore, it was a good time to leave.
Here are some of the changes (mostly positive) I've noticed to my life:
- Lowe's and Home Depot are empty during the week
- I use a lot less gasoline
- Traffic is light but there are a lot of old people that keep getting in my way
- I don't need to worry about staying up late on a "school night"
- I don'r need to get up at the crack of dawn but it's hard to reset the internal clock
- I'm busier now than I was when I was working