After 22 years of active duty in the US Navy, I retired this past Friday. Actually, I’m not officially off the books until the end of July but I have stacked up enough vacation days over the years to take a few months off. I had a really great career as an electronics/computer geek turned manager, but it was time to do something else for a living. Shipboard duty in the Navy is quite hard on a family and I would have been separated from my family a bunch over the next four years. My long term goals are to raise my two sons so be successful men, husbands and fathers. With Will approaching his teenage years I believe it is really important for me to be close and involved (Wither he likes it or not) to achieve those goals.
So this past week has been a busy one around the house: Last minute retirement paperwork to, a hockey tournament, parents coming in from North Carolina, extended family coming in as well, the ceremony….. A lot of really cool and fun stuff going on. All of which seemed to push “Get a ride in” down on the priority list.
Sidenote for my wife – This is proof that biking was indeed a preexisting condition when we got together 🙂
The big question that I have been mulling over the last six months has been:
“What do I want to be when I grow up?”
Okay I still don’t have a good answer for that, but the good news is there are lot of opportunities for my next career, so I need to narrow things down over the course of the next few weeks. I have always found that some of my best thinking gets done when I am at or near my maximum heart rate with lots of good clean air in my lungs.
Hmmmm, I’m thinking that some Utah slickrock and narrow Colorado singletrack should help quite a bit with that effort.
Here is a few more pics involving the Navy. If you think my dream career involves your company please contact me. Starting on Saturday, I will be sporadically off the grid for about a week so expect some delay in responses.