Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Boomer Retirement Tuesday

Today we held a special lunch for a whole batch of newly minted retirees.  The traditional Chico bbq trailer  for the tri-tip was wheeled in along with barrels for roasting many chickens.  Veggie burgers had been prepared and huge bowls of salad and beans along with grilled garlic bread were spread out in a now vacant section of the building which is now used as a yoga center and workout space during off hours.

It was a perfect late summer day for lounging on the grass, visiting with old friends and contemplating endings.

Budget constraints, groaning workloads...all that was forgotten for a bit as our City family gathered to wish these compadres all the best.   There you would find the police chief, officers and dispatchers, the Mayor and a few Councilmembers, the street crews, the planners, the City Manager and Assistant, the engineers, the finance folk, the attorneys and legal staff, fire personnel, human resources and risk managers, housing and neighborhood services staff, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, the urban forester and park rangers and a few babies and toddlers mingling on the lawn, reminiscing or chasing balloons. 

The visionaries and the pragmatists who populate my work-world.  My second family.

I contented myself with snapping my camera madly and experiencing this day through a focused lens - it seems to help me deal with losses.

These retirees are irreplaceable, although their work remains and will be spread throughout the ranks.  Tough times in the public sector.  The need for public services remains, no matter how thin the staff.

After lunch, I prepared for a City Council meeting that evening.  So it goes.

To my comrades at arms about to embark on the next adventure, here is my video homage and my parting advice:

Happy Trails and Enjoy!

PS - I am so jealous.


  1. What a lovely tribute to those glorious boomers and I LOVE the song. Who is singing?

  2. Cris,
    You bring the Chico essence to light so well. I'm having a replay moment here as Amelia (finally) starts watching television - she's watching Sesame STreet as I read your blog. This was just like old times with your blog and Moriah watching our favorite street gang. So happy to have this gem of a combo this morning. Love you Friend!

  3. Great to see so many of my old (uh, maybe I should say former?) co-workers again! Tell them I wish them all the best. Scott A? He's not old enough to retire! He can't be....OMG.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I'm all choked up now.

  4. Chris it was a trip down memory lane watching your slide show of your Chico colleagues. i lived in Chico for fourteen years and had six kids in school there, and as I looked at the retirees I thought, "they probably went to school with one of my kids". Only one still lives in Chico, but I still remember the wonderful fall days there. We left in 1976 and most of my kids consider Chico their hometown. Only one was born in Enloe Hospital and she went back and attended Chico State. I sometimes know where my fellow bloggers live, but I confess I did not know where you live....