Welcome back, Steve. It's good that you had the time to get away from the day-to-day, but we missed you too. Times like this do give you what the old song calls 'a foretaste of glory divine' but in a human setting. I suppose we all have different thoughts on what our retirement days should be or are, but it's good for you to have a little time to get familiar with the thoughts and feeling that lie ahead. Nearing the ten-year mark myself, I can say that my passion for working with data has never come close to tapering off. On the contrary, there are still many things that I don't have time for. Most days, unless other requirements keep me away, I probably still hit at least three or four hours at the computer, just for fun. The joy is that if you want to, you can walk away for a bit.
I have been fortunate that following retirement we relocated back to the place we left in 1985, and I have been privileged to re-connect with three folks and their spouses that I worked with in IT here at that time. We're all retired now, and today my wife and I are having lunch with one of the ladies and her husband we knew those 35 years ago.
I'm sitting at my desk in front of a wall of windows with my second cup of coffee ( first coffee was laying in bed) looking out at beautiful snow on pine trees and my bird feeder with morning visitors.
Hang in there folks. Life is good!
I've never uploaded a file before, and if this is too large, feel free to delete it, but thought I'd share. It's not a bad desk view, right?
One of the best days of my IT career was the day I told my boss if the problem was so simple he should go fix it himself.