Friday, November 14, 2008

[TIPS] This is just.. Surreal

This is just too strange to wrap my mind around. Today is my last day with the IU. At close of business today I will be retired.

Holy cow!

Where did the time go? There are still so many things that I’ve not yet done. There is still so much to learn. How did it come to this? ;-)

If you’re interested, I am not going to disappear – at least not for a few years (Good Lawd willin’ and the cricks don’t rise). I’ll be working with the Classrooms for the Future program in PA at least 10 days a month. And I will continue to do workshops, etc for as long as I’m being asked to do so. And I plan to continue with this blog. This is an effort of pure joy for me. Its not work.

I’m resisting the temptation to wax philosophical. It’s a strong urge, but one that I’ll save for a bartender somewhere. :-)

I’m going to be leaving for a week’s vacation on Tuesday, so this blog will be quiet during that time. Don’t unsubscribe just yet. After that you wont be able to reach me via the CAIU email address. You’ll have to use my gmail address. And those of you who receive my tips via email – you’re going to HAVE to learn to use RSS. You can do it. I KNOW you can.

So, the next time you hear from me (unless I just HAVE to share something else today) I’ll be a “retired” man. A retired, LUCKY man.


ONeal said...

Congrats - You will definitely be missed

Jennifer Carrier Dorman said...

Congratulations on a wonderful career, Jim. Just think about all the teachers and students whose learning has been enriched through your efforts. Enjoy your retirement!

Anne Reardon said...

Congratulations, Jim! I wish you the best in retirement and I'm glad you're not going to disappear from the radar completely. Enjoy!

Mr. Lauer said...

Congratulations and best of luck.

Lori said...

Jim - I can't believet that this day has come as well. I will miss your smiling face and caring heart. I will be in touch! Best of luck to you and have a wonderful, well-deserved vacation!

Louise Maine said...

Congratulations on your retirement. Will still be here to see what you have to say!

Ken Pruitt said...

Congratulations Jim! The best is yet to come. Looking forward to many more years of learning together.

Michelle Krill said...

Great for you! Excited to be working together when you return:)

Candace Hackett Shively (Candy) said...

I hear you've posted your job for sale on eBay. I think that is a very appropriate thing for you to do, though I do wonder how you set the starting price. Perhaps we should use the wisdom of the large crowd that you have taught over these many years to come up with the best approximation. Then we could conduct a live bidding session via Ustream or Skype, letting others remix the job description into the truly transformative one that you have made it. Yes, you definitely belong in the "Creative" category, but not the "Common" one. And many owe you attribution for their success, as well. Congrats on many successful years and the freedom to move freely in the world, both real and virtual, from today on. NO more filtering!!!

Pam Shoemaker said...

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your retirement. Have a great trip next week.

Cheryl Capozzoli said...

Congrats Jim! Enjoy some lazy days for me! You aren't going to have too many. I will miss you, but I know where to find you!

Dave Solon said...

Now I've seen everything! You had to retire to help force folks to learn how to subscribe to an RSS feed! You are more than dedicated!

But seriously, thanks for all your help along the way, and I'm so glad you aren't going away any time soon.

Congratulations on this next stage in your career!

lnitsche said...

It is amazing how time flies isn't it Jim? I'm not sure about waxing philosophical, but a memory trip back in time through your career could be a surreal experience of how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. What do you think? Congratulations on your spectacular career! Enjoy your well-deserved vacation and semi-retirement!

Chris said...

I have enjoyed working with you Jim - I'm sure farewell is not warranted at this point. Go play up at the cabin - get us some more silly photos of you and your friends posing with bears. We'll be here for you
:-) Chris

stacie said...

Congratulations, Jim, on an exciting milestone. We are all very lucky to have such an excellent resource and mentor. Best of luck in your future journeys!

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Kristin Hokanson said...

Good for you! Will be looking forward to hearing of your escapades...time at the cabin and of course continuing to support tech in ed through tipline! We'll see you at PETE~

Anonymous said...

Dear Jim,
How wonderful you are retiring - even though I am throughly confused on all the weaning off tips you wrote.
I have learned SO much from you through the years.
Even with all I have learned - some days I feel as if I am stuck in computer 101!

I have been retired from the IU since summer of 2004.
The first year was a killer - missed the kids so much. Each year has gotten better - sure do not miss all the No Child Left Behind rags!
Plus it is wonderful not to have to set an alarm.!
I know you will enjoy retirement!!

Have a wonderful time on your vacation and future travels wherever they may take you.

Terry & Theresa said...

Congrats Jim
YOu were great @ Methacton two weeks ago...teachers are still buzzing over what you showed excited a whole new crowd and left them wanting more..


Carol said...

Hi Jim,
I've got you on RSS..have for a while now. Happily I'll be able to keep up with you...well, almost :-)
Thanks for the wonderful workshops you did for DCLS. There continues to be a huge need for technology education, so I expect you'll remain busy...but hopefully getting a few more cabin days in.
I wish you the best and look forward to running into you again,

videoconference said...

hi Jim,

i wish you all the best in your life...congrats!!!


sam casuncad said...

Just a short congratulations to your new place there. Everybody earns what they get and you are one of them.

Lina said...

Congratulations, Jim! The best is yet to come for you.

Brian said...

Excuse me for my late congrats! I've not been keeping up as well of late. But, really congratulations and all the best! Glad we haven't heard the last from you!
Brian Crosby