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Old 04-03-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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Originally Posted by DickM View Post
I've been reasonably well, considering my advancing age <g>. The Detroit area is in really bad shape and won't be getting better for many years. It's not very comforting in retirement to realize that you couldn't sell your house if you decided to move south or to downsize or, god forbid, into a senior facility.
I know what you mean! We left Westport in 2002 to live on the river in Milford, which was also about 10 minutes from Jack’s office. Six weeks after we moved, he was laid off, and opted to take retirement. Now we are stuck here. We love the water, but in most other ways are unsuited to this place, so we would like to move back to/toward Westport. But now is not a good time, or so it seems. Oh, well.

Know what you mean about advancing age; I seem to break down in increments, all annoying, but none of them lethal. So long as I can hang on to my sense of humor, I figure I will be all right.

Mapmaking moved south of the border a decade ago. My son found work (and a wife) at an encyclopedia company in downtown Chicago but left to use his GIS-demographic profiling experience with a suburban marketing firm. He got laid off a couple years ago and went back to retail, managing a drug store. After some drawn-out foot surgery he is now a manager at an office supply store. In all, quite typical for young folks today and very unlike those of us who hired on at a major industrial company for a lifetime. But that's another sad story.
I figured that might have been the case with map-making. The pace of change these days is breathtaking. No one expects to keep one job (or sometimes even one type of job) for long.

Great to see you here again.

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