Today I am officially retired. For a long time it felt like this day would never come. 30 years working a Honda plant. some good years, some not so good, various department, various roles. The best job I had was a leadership role for 8 years, 2006 to 2014. This was in the parts delivery/shipping dept. 2012 they told us this department was being outsourced. 2015, after training the new company associates for 2 years, I am put on the weld assembly line. 26 years of service, and I am treated like a day one associate, off the street. I plug away mindlessly online for my final 4 years, able to cope knowing the end is near. I am glad it is over, especially the shift work. I suppose I am thankful to be able to retire at age 51. But the shift work was difficult, especially as my kids grew up.

You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking