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Today is the first day of my retirement.

I highly recommend retiring (or otherwise leaving your job) for finding out what people think of you. I was taken out to lunch twice in two days, and colleagues kept stopping by my office yesterday telling me they were going to miss me and thanking me for my help and my work. After my last case in court, the judge led a round of applause for me. To my utter astonishment, the former State's Attorney (now an Appellate Court justice) showed up at my going-away party Wednesday night, when there was no political percentage in his doing so. The party was delightful in all respects. We went to a local casual restaurant which has a patio, and, as the weather was glorious, that is where we hung out. Scads of people showed up, from my office as well as the prosecutor's office, and also a number of people with whom I used to work (one of whom brought me a bottle of champagne).

Last night, a friend invited me to a wine-tasting at her church (it was a fund-raiser for one of their summer youth programs). They had quite the variety! About 15 different winemakers, from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, were represented, with several varietals each. (I did not sample all of them!) Ordinarily, I'd have taken the bus home, but as there were a few of us from the neighborhood, we decided to share a cab. And thank goodness. About ten minutes after I got home, we were hit by a major thunderstorm. It was coming down in sheets, and in some areas they got hail so thick it looked like snow on the ground. Sadly, one of those areas was the neighborhood where the Garfield Park Conservatory is; the buildings were badly damaged, and they have had to close indefinitely.

This morning, I woke up about 6:30 and promptly turned over and went back to sleep. ;-))

It was supposed to be horribly hot today. Instead, it was extremely overcast, and threatening rain again. I debated going to an outdoor jazz concert at the local shopping center. In the event, I did go, and we got in well over an hour's worth of music (two hours were scheduled) before it started to rain a bit. Since you don't want to be playing electrified instruments in the rain, however slight, the concert ended, and I went and had a light lunch.

The rain stopped shortly thereafter, but it was still overcast, and when I got home I encountered my downstairs neighbor who was mulling over whether she should go to Taste of Chicago. I hope she did go, because it's cleared up quite nicely now, and the sun is out. The cat and I hung out on the porch while dinner was in the oven. Dinner, by the way, was excellent. I did a pork tenderloin with cardamon, mint and dried apricots, and had a green salad with it. Yum.

Here's an utter travesty. I will be taking a course on British women mystery writers, and we were supposed to read Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night, one of my favorite books ever. Today, I got an email from the instructor with a syllabus change. Seems that Gaudy Night is out of print! (And so are the two Ngaio Marsh books we were going to read.) I'm appalled.

Date: 2011-07-02 02:30 am (UTC)
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Congratulations!!! Of everyone I know, I suspect that you will make the most of your retirement!! Can't wait to hear of your adventures!

Date: 2011-07-02 03:30 am (UTC)
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Yeah - people often say that they are busier in retirement than they ever were in full time work!

Not surprised that colleagues on both prosecution and defence leanings think highly of you. You are a straight-shooter, clever and articulate, and while I've never seen you in action, I am sure that you are determined, diligent and efficient in the courtroom.

Date: 2011-07-02 04:43 am (UTC)
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Date: 2011-07-02 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations! May the next chapter of your life be absolutely sensational!

Date: 2011-07-02 11:31 am (UTC)
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Your life is about to begin - take it from one who has found life after retirement amazingly fulfilling.
Will await your adventures with baited breath.
Hope you have Dublin in 2012 firmly inked on your calendar.

Date: 2011-07-02 02:54 pm (UTC)
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And now I am glad I have a copy of Gaudy Nights on the bookshelf.

Date: 2011-07-03 12:16 am (UTC)
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Mazel tov!

Date: 2011-07-03 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on your retirement.

What a shame about your course. Both authors are still in print in the UK thank goodness but I suspect the costs of purchase and postage from Amazon UK would be restrictive for some students.

Date: 2011-07-04 12:50 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on your retirement although the time since you told us of your intentions seemed to have passed with extraordinary rapidity!

It is definitely a shame about the change in syllabus. I am sure you have no need of any Dorothy Sayers but if you would like copies of the Ngaio Marsh's let me know. I am sure that they will be easier to find in NZ than almost any other place on earth.

I am looking forward to living vicariously through even more cultural and interesting experiences with you as you begin this next phase of your life

Date: 2011-07-05 09:13 am (UTC)
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Many congratulations. Although retirement was forced on me a couple of years earlier than planned, I don't regret it for one second. The past year + has been educational, enjoyable and stimulating. It's clear from the things you write that you don't define yourself totally by your job title, which, I think, is the problem many people have with retirement. I wish you a wonderfully rewarding and enjoyable time ahead!

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