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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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On January 1 of this year I wrote the following:

A New Beginning…

January 1, 2011 by Glenn Riffey

Starting today, this Journal will chronicle my countdown to retirement.

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Well, that was then and this is now. The end of the New Beginning has arrived. For you see, the New Beginning has ended. It is now the “middle” of the story, and it is to continue until the final end arrives.

If you are a writer, then you know that all good stories, articles or essays always has a beginning, a middle and an end. IOW’s you tell them what you are going to tell them, then you tell them what you want to tell them and you finish by telling them what you told them.

So, I’ve told you what I was going to do. Now, I’m going to do it… 🙂

I can’t tell you what I’ve done until I do it and, hopefully, I will be able to do so before you see “The End”. It won’t be a never-ending story, but I hope that the good Lord will allow me to fulfill one of my dreams or goals, if you prefer. And what is that? You may ask. Well, I’ll tell you.

I’ve always said that I was going to live until I’m 102. Ummm, I wonder if anyone will recognize from where that came? Anyway, that has been my goal in life to live that long and to witness the changes that take place during that time.

I’ve already seen phones go from clicking on the receiver to get an operator to using wireless phones for talking and sending text messages and photos around the world. I like to tell people that I lived in a time when the only “cell” phones were found in a prison. Ohhhhhh, I know, that’s bad.

My family was one of the first in our neighborhood to have T.V., and it was a small Black & White set. We would watch one program then maybe the station would sign off for a while until the next program was scheduled. At midnight they would always play the National Anthem and then there would be nothing be a test chart for one to use to adjust the screen’s vertical and horzontal settings. That would stay on until progamming resuemed in the morning.

I remember Dad having his friends over for the Friday night fights where they drank Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, smoked Camels and PallMall cigarettes and eat a lot of pretzels. Sometimes he would have to go out and adjust the antenna for the best reception. While Dad was on the roof I was at a window and someone would watch the TV and say when the reception was best and then I would yell out the window for Dad to stop turning the antenna.

Didn’t do that much in bad weather, of course, and many times there would be not TV at all.

There were little to no fast food restaurants and pizza was Chef Boyardee Pizza in a round can with sauce and powder cheese. It was fun at parties and tasted like cardboard but everyone loved it. It was a treat because pizza was not a big thing back then.

When people talk about the good’ol days they mean that you could leave the house unlocked while you went downtown and not worry about anyone breaking in. You could leave things outside and no one would steal them. Kids could play outside from dawn to dusk and the parents would not worry about them knowing that when they got hungry enough they would come back home, and usually it was always around supper time; a meal that was made from scratch and not “nuked” from something ready-made. Food did taste a lot better back then.

However, that was then and this is now. As of January 1, 2012 I consider myself un-officially retired, only because I don’t turn 65 until the 15th, and Friday the 13th is the last day that I have to officially work because I have to. Come the following Monday I start working only because I want to.

I have decided to continue working until February 28th as I don’t start receiving Social Security until March. This way I will still have a steady income coming in, until S.S. starts, and there will be a seemless change over of the way I receive an income. I could quit, if I wanted, the day I turn 65 and then draw a suitable income from what little 401 pension that I have, but why do so if I don’t have to?

I have now provided at least one post a week this past year and that completes the other challenge that I took as well. You see, on “WordPress.com” they had a post-a-day challenge and a post-a-week challenge. I took the post-a-week challenge and I’ve now completed it with this post. So that’s another achievement I can cross off of my to-do list… 🙂 

As for the last thing I would like to do is to post the photo that I mentioned in last weeks post. This is a photo of my wife and I, at my desk, that was taken at 11:11 AM on 11/11/11. Yeah, that was another challenge that I had and I got that one as well and without further ado, here is the photo:

Yeah, I know, I’m not smiling. Believe it or not, I forgot to do so. I guess that I was reminiscing. I’ve sat in that chair for more than ten yeas. I did so for two years as service manager, then the next eight as I.T. manager. And I’ve been married to that lovely woman for 42 years now. Thought that I would throw that in just in case you were going to ask.

Well, that’s it. I’ve completed my CountDown To Retirement. I’m there and it’s now time to move from the beginning to the middle of the story. Don’t know if I will start another blog about how that goes. I’m still mulling it over, but if I do decide to do so I will create a post on here first to let you all know about and how to follow if you so desire.

Now it’s time to say “so long” for now. May God go with you, and I hope you also can achieve your dreams and live a life worth talking about.

You know, God has been my guide through all of this and I want to leave you with the very first verse from the Bible that I ever memorized after becoming a Christian; as a small way of thanking Him for still being here.

Proverbs 3:5-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
       6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths.
      

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What Lies Ahead

I had used this photo on my photoblog over at Riff’s Photography Journal, but I thought it would also work with this weeks theme of “Possibilities”. Sure hope you agree… 🙂

 

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The Comfort Of Home At Eventide

FYI… this isn’t my home… this was taken in Colonial Williamsburg, VA…

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Steeples At Sunset

Taps

Original Version

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

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It had been a slow week. Up, until, yesterday.

Got a call from a client about mid morning concerning a Scan To Email problem they were having. It seemed that they had to shut down their MFD and move it out of the room that it had been in, in order to put down new carpeting. In the meantime, the machine was off-line for three days. That was enough time.

Enough time so that when they put it back into place and turn it on, for some strange reason their Scan To Email would not work. When they called me I had them give me the error code in the Scan Logs and it showed that the MFD was unable to connect to their mail server.

I had them contact their IT Department and find out if there had been any network or mail server changes while their MFD had been off-line. There had not been any. I walked the client through a couple of steps over the phone in trying to get things working and it just would not connect to the mail server. I gave her one last thing to try, and then to call me back if there were anymore problems. She didn’t call back.

About 9:00 AM this morning she gave me a call. Nothing was working. So I told her that I would be right over. They were only about five minutes away and besides, this would allow me to go out and get some coffee when I was finished. This was a win/win situation.

I went to the client’s office and upon running a few connectivity tests I discovered that in running a trace on the signal to the mail server we were loosing a connection at a router right before the mail server. At that point there was nothing else I could do and I put up on her screen what the test was and what were the results. This way when she was able to get a hold of her IT Department she could show them what I found and to let them know that the problem was at their end.

I left, went and got my coffee, and headed back to the shop. About a half hour later I got a call from her and the first thing she said was “you’re right!”. That was good to hear. It seemed that, after taking the MFD off-line for a few days, the router dropped the IP address for letting it have access to the network and when it came back up on-line the router didn’t recognize the IP address and would block every attempt it made to send an email through their mail server.

Once the IT Tech went in a re-configured the router’s tables the emails were once again allowed to go through their mail server and the client was back up and running and very happy. What she could not understand, however, was how I was able to find the problem and her IT Department couldn’t.

I told her that she would have to ask them but, most likely since it was an easy fix, in most cases, they are the hardest to find. Which is true for most network problems. Once the problem is diagnosed and the fix was discovered we, in IT, usually go “DOH”, laugh and then fix the problem and then proceed to tell others about our problem of the day.

Anyway, the client is happy, I got my coffee and the week ended on a high note. Stuff like this I will miss. Well, maybe just a little… 🙂

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Here are two of my favorite Fall photos…

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