November 28, 2016I was lucky in the job aspect - I did something that only I wanted to do and I got very good at it. All of IBM in the USA knew me and my talent and I got ahead real nice - made good money and ended up in middle management with a nice career. I met a lot of guys that left the service in the 60`s to become programmers and did real well in IBM. In those days there were not very many computers in the whole country and IBM was gearing up for the world to buy them. Personal computers didn`t come along really for another 20 years. I`m glad life is good and for you too.
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November 29, 2016It sounds like a great career with good friends. That`s more than anyone could ask.
We had Z-100s and Z-248s later on. Had to boot it up with a 5 1/4" or 1/2" floppies. OLD POSs today.
November 29, 2016Technology sure has changed but most all things I enjoy and have enjoyed haven`t changed that much. Thanks to the EVO engine I eventually bought a Harley. Rode a Suzuki 750 for many years, Heck - Now that I don`t have my bike and the worry of a flat tire I couldn`t plug I don`t even have a cell phone. What for?????? You keep having fun and in 20 years you can look back and then wonder about all the new stuff around you.
November 29, 2016Hahaha Things have changed a bunch in the last 20 years. I don`t know that things will be that much different in the next 20 but who knows. I`m sure my kids will see some odd things by the time they`re my age.
December 5, 2016Greetings Gang, been an inactive member for a very long time. I see you worked for IBM. I was offered a job in 1970 when I got out of the Air Force. Also offered a job at AT&T. Took it and stayed with them for 30 years. Retired in 2000 with 30 years at 55 years old. Wife stuck with them for 41 years. Unfortunately the retirement packages we got don`t exist anymore. Southwestern Bell bought up most of the "baby Bells", then bought AT&T.... big fish eat the little fish. Who would ever thing that AT&T was a little fish.
December 5, 2016Hey screwball! Thanks for the post. It`s good to see someone on here. Yeah, who would think AT&T would be a little fish.
December 5, 2016IBM no longer has any retirement program to speak of. Good 401K and a one time medical payment. I retired in 1994 at 52 after 33 years. Did just fine with retirement package. Still can live good but did spend all my money on fun. More or less live year to year depending on what I save each month. For 15 years I rode my bike all over the country, The first 5 years I lived on a 44 foot boat and had a ball - up and down the east coast. Now have to live in Myrtle Beach and enjoy the local entertainment and pubs. Not so bad. Also have driven my Vette all over the place including a Rt.66 trip. Have fun, spend your money, enjoy all you can.
December 5, 2016There isn`t too many places that you can get a retirement package from. Even the military is doing away with the retirement system we have now. They are going to a 401K type system from what I hear. My boys will be the last group most likely. I think FY 2018 is the cut-off.
December 6, 2016Wife and I sure can`t complain. When we hired on in 1970 along with the retirement packages there was the Employee Stock Option Plan and Matching Fund savings plan. Both of us got into it to the eyeballs and never touched it. We got our 3 sons hired when they grew up and they did the same. Most of those benefits are gone now, BUT they and anyone else already enrolled are grandfathered.
December 6, 2016Good move, screwball. It is nice knowing that you made the right choices to secure your future. I know McG can vouch for that.
December 7, 2016YUP - you did good. So did Dave. I was lucky also. I`m 74 now and have done about all I eveer wanted to do. I never did or do want to travel to another country. I have been all over this one and there just ain`t none better. Stopping at all the Mom and Pop [laces on the back roads, getting to meet up with folks I met on line, and seeing most of our beautiful country. No 4 lane highways. I met Dave and Trip in Seattle on one of my trips. It is great just doing it. I was lucky in that I had a buddy that wanted to do all the riding also. The last riding trip and the Vette trips I took my wife.
December 8, 2016There is definitely plenty to see in the USA without leaving, although I was lucky enough to be stationed in Germany and saw a bit of Europe. I still want to ride/drive through a bunch of places in the States but I have seen a lot of it in my military travel.
It was fun meeting McG and his buddy in Seattle and doing a bunch of riding, albeit typical Seattle rain!
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