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Jun. 1, 2012 1:23 pm 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 2:41 pm
For those of you who missed my stop and eat the roses blog, I have just officially retired.  It is a big deal for me.  So far the best part, next to sleeping in if I want to, is NO MORE BLACKBERRIES.  I know this is a food site so I am putting a food spin on this yarn where it really does not belong. The Blackberry I am referring to is the blasted  company smart phone I have had to carry, velcroed to my body, every darn day of my life, because I am a nurse and needed to be constantly available.  Well, I am still a nurse, but I have peeled that sucker off me and turned it in with my badge.  I am now operating with a $20 tracfone that costs me $7 month for minutes.  I can text, call, keep track of appointments on the calendar and that is all I need to do. I turn it off at night, can you imagine.  Some days I don't even use it.  Oh My!!  Can't tell you how free I feel to not be a slave to that constantly ringing, dinging email texting intrusive calling piece of equipment they call a Blackberry.  I had no idea how tense it made me until I got rid of it (and the job too of course).  Just had to unload.  Forgive me taking liberties. 
Jun. 1, 2012 4:35 pm
I turned off my blackberry about 1 1\2 years ago. When I Stopped Being A Manager, I am still Cellphone less, and I only worry about me and my wife.
Jun. 1, 2012 4:54 pm
We lived here for several years with no phone at all. Finally, the boss put one in for us because he wanted to be able to get ahold of us...but hardly anyone has the number as I hate to have my day interrupted whenever someone ELSE has an urge to talk! LOL
Jun. 1, 2012 6:05 pm
I am proud to step back into time a few steps with you both. Funny, this morning when I wrote this I thought of you Petey and how different our lives are. I read your blog with fascination. King, you too have caught my attention since day one of joining the AR site. I can learn a great deal from you both and others like you and feel my membership in AR pays great dividends.
Jun. 1, 2012 6:36 pm
Woo hooo! Woo hooo! Nothing but my PC and my life... I keep in touch with who I keep in touch with! Welcome to retirement my dear!!!!!
Jun. 1, 2012 7:17 pm
I see so many young folks who are tied to their phones and other gadgets and I wonder what their life is like. ... Congratulations for the retirement and new found freedom!
Jun. 2, 2012 6:25 am
Congratulations!!!! I still use my I Phone, but It is no longer glued to my hip. I wonder what the next generation is going to do if the whole communication system ever crashes. God forbid LOL I have been writing a pile of thank you notes (on real paper) and I know it must be encouraging to get a handwritten letter in your snail mail :)
Jun. 2, 2012 7:03 am
I take mine when I'm walking in the early mornings. I've found a need before to alert police----and it's probably a safety factor for me, too. If my kids didn't text me all the time, I'd be willing to give it up, however.
Jun. 2, 2012 12:50 pm
hi sweetheart! throw that blackberry to the wolves! i love nurses! ya go thru so much! my favorite folks in the world! grab a fishing pole and grab a bucket of worms, sit under a nice elm and catch some dinner. you did your do! congrats on being free to do whatever you would like to do!
Jun. 2, 2012 5:28 pm
OK Gderr "I don't want it, they can have it, I'm going out and eat worms" Or is that two different songs?
Jun. 2, 2012 8:00 pm
Whew! I thought you meant those delectable morsels of sweetness until I opened the blog. I have a similar phone to yours and have had all the extras blocked so I don't pay for someone else to send me a text I don't need. I have it mostly because I feel more secure out and about alone, knowing I can make a call in an emergency. You can sleep when you want, stay up all night if you want and live life on YOUR schedule. Enjoy!
Jun. 3, 2012 3:03 pm
I'm doin it Mama, thanks.
Jun. 4, 2012 6:15 am
I take mine off when I get home from work and don't look at it or put it on again until I go to work the next morning. During work hours, it is duct taped to my hand unfortunately. One of the "perqs" of my job. Yeah, right. Congrats on achieving separation.
Jun. 4, 2012 8:20 pm
Why does this nonsense keep getting posted (kate019), which has nothing at all to do with the blog. What a scam.
Jun. 5, 2012 2:41 pm
This is probably the last from me on the topic, but today I gathered all the skeletons of past cell phones and dusted them off. Each one had a name, Plain Jane (no text or email feature), Hal (so techi complicated I almost jumped off the roof trying to use it and Lolita (she was simple and would do anything for the mere $14 I paid for her and when the expensive ones failed shewas always there for me) (the hateful Blackberry went back to the company), All of them worked and had the chargers and accessories. I took myself down to the ATT store and donated them to the program "give a cell phone to a soldier". Hope they are vehicles for families to hear from our brave soldiers who serve and protect us every day. The clerk in the store was not sure they would "qualify for the program"....something about the various carriers i.e. verizon, sprint etc, had to agree to reactivate them, but if not they at least will be disposed of in an environment friendly manner. If you have a bunch in your closet, think about doing this if it suits you.
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I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
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My latest debacle is making Pho, Vietnamese beef soup. Very labor intensive, many exotic ingredients, cook all day. I went to strain it through a cheesecloth lined colander and forgot to put anything under the colander. Down the drain it went; 7 hours worth of broth. Oh Well!
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