March 19th, 2009

Oh no!

Posted in The Job - General by 200

On the whole, life is good as an ex-police officer, not that I’ve had a great deal of experience of it yet. Finances have been sorted & my family is now debt free for the first time in umpteen years. Our lifestyle has changed accordingly. We have been out a bit more than we used to, we’ve even  been known to drop into the local pub for a meal or three when previously, this was reserved for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.

I certainly feel a hand or shadow has been lifted from my shoulders in more ways than one. The trouble is there is a sense of dark foreboding.

I now wish, beyond anything else, that when I planned the end of my old career & the start of my new one (regular readers will understand my new career is actually the same as my old career only wearing different clothes & non-cancellable rest days), that I’d built in a longer time of rest & recuperation.

A month off is just long enough to shed the clutches of the job, just long enough to start t get used to being away from work and doing my own thing, but way too short before going back to work.

I know, from conversations with old mates, that things haven’t improved in the control room, some say they have even got worse in such a short period. It’s getting closer now to returning to everything I didn’t miss when I retired.

Still, I must console myself with the fact that I no longer have the responsibilities & controls I had on me as a police officer. I guess I can have some comfort in the fact that if I get pissed off enough I can just walk out the door.

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  1. bill says:

    “I guess I can have some comfort in the fact that if I get pissed off enough I can just walk out the door.”

    That option was open to you during the 30 years of your “previous” career. You didn’t take it and I don’t believe you will now in your new role.

    You may not think it, but you’re still a young man and your work is as vital as it was before.

    March 20th, 2009 at 00:03

  2. Sage says:

    You might think that, you may even consider that, but even the little time I have known you I don’t think you will actually do that.

    Hope it does work out for you…


    March 20th, 2009 at 10:14

  3. Plodnomore says:

    I know what you mean about feeling financially secure. I followed advice from the guy who has become my accountant and spent a bit on something extremely frivolous knowing that it may be a while before I could do so again. It may be different for you as you are going back into your old job while I ploughed most of my commutation into a business. I gave myself 10 days and then made an appointment to see the business manager at my bank – one I’d been with for over 35 years – regarding my future carrer (as a florist). My wife and I were ushered into a room where a young man less than half my age greeted me. First of all, he failed to stand up to greet us – a bad sign especially as he was greeting a lady – and then proceeded to lecture me in a supercillious, arrogant, superior way about requiring capital to start a new business and with me having been a mere Police Constable I would probably find problems in that respect. After about 10 minutes, my wife and I looked at each other and after suggesting he do his homework and have a look at our accounts we stood up and left, going to another bank where we were treated as adult, educated, customers who knew what we wanted. We subsequently changed our normal accounts there as well. I initially felt that 10 days was enough time off but found it wasn’t – both of us could have done with an additional month – but, touch wood, things are now blooming! (sorry). No shift work as such but very early starts and a lot of late finishes but this time it’s all for my wife and me and there’s no infantile policy statements or projections ‘cascading’ down on me.
    Best wishes in your new job.

    March 20th, 2009 at 17:08

  4. pchawkeye says:

    I don’t know if I’m lucky or not but it feels like it, when my 30 came I wasn’t ready to go, I stayed until just before my 55th birthday completing 35yrs and 9mths. Granted my Comutation dropped a little but in those last five years I was earning, I didn’t have to find another job with all that entails, and my pension is instantly index linked.. I’m now fully retired and enjoying my life with plenty to do hobby wise . My wife said, ”The Police have had you for 35 yrs, it’s my turn now.” We have a happy life together and manage quite nicely.

    March 20th, 2009 at 19:00

  5. Tony F says:

    Well, if you need a change, you can look about at your leisure. If you love the job, keep at it!

    March 20th, 2009 at 20:20

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