Well – as of this past Monday (03 May 2010), I officially ended my career at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; a career that began shortly before my 40th birthday and continued for 21 of the past 23 years. I had a half-hour exit interview with my boss, the Director of the Program Management Office, part of which involved my turning in my laptop, my SecureID token, and by BlackBerry. I then walked around and said some good-byes, after which I returned to my boss’s office, handed over my badge, and was escorted to the front lobby. When I walked out of that door, knowing I could not walk onto the campus again without seeking special permission, it was a very emotional moment. There was the exhilaration of knowing I was now headed into another life adventure, and there was the sadness of leaving behind so many people I’d grown close to and a life that provided both challenge and a semblance of security for over twenty years. I had to fight back tears for a moment.
I now somewhat officially start the next chapter of my life, though I’m really going to try and take a little time to be with my family, play and study with my girls, help my wife around the house some, and generally enjoy a little bit of leisure – something I’ve not had a lot of for some time. Time to wind down a bit. Soon enough I’ll have to do some heavy lifting. I can feel it!