Next Stage

Effective January 4th, 2016, I will be officially retired from the working world. A few key points contributed to my decision.

  • I've been working 40 years and that's enough
  • I've been married 40 years and that's, well, that's good
  • Both of my sons have lost their hair
  • My oldest grandson is 6' 2" tall
I think you would agree that these are all key indicators that it's time to  be doing more or less, what you want to do.

I have a great job and work with great people and if I were mad about something this decision would have been a lot easier, but there comes a time when you know it's time to move on and that time has come for me. I still have my health and at this point I'm not willing to trade healthy years for a few more dollars.

So more radio, more golf, more hunting, more camping and hiking. And I hope, more blogging.
Mike Crownover, AD5A, is a regular contributor to and writes from Texas, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “Next Stage”

  • Matt W1MST:

    “I still have my health and at this point I’m not willing to trade healthy years for a few more dollars.”

    Sage words!


    Left the working world after 40+ years been retired over 10 years and LOVING every minute of it. Good luck and good health, you have your health you’re on top of the world. 73 and GOOD DX.

  • Jeff K9JP:

    Congratulations Mike,

    May you enjoy every moment with your family, friends, and time on the radio!
    I hope to follow you in about a year or a little more.

    73 and Good Health, Jeff K9JP SKCC #3008S

  • w3fis, Paul:

    Your first project is to clean out the garage and basement. When you find yourself sorting nuts, bolts, and screws into the proper sizes, you are done….

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    Counting paper routes, I have worked with really no breaks since 1958. If it were not for Osteoarthritis in both knees I would still be working. So I was forced into retirement 2 yrs ago… The one thing you will find being retired is lack of time….For reasons I have yet to understand, having all this new ‘free time’, leaves you with little to know time… I have confirmed this with others I know and all of them have had the same experience….Let us know if you have this same issue… Other then that Mike, have fun. I wish you well.

    73 Harry

  • Mario VE2TSM:

    Go For it !!! And enjoy …. I been in retirement for 4 years and as busy as working, the difference is I / We don’t have a boss and most of the time we can decide what to do, and when, loving it, all the best in 2016 … we are in the best hobby for those quiet days 73’s

  • Larry VE8NX:

    Congrats. I will be a few weeks behind you 🙂

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