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Reflections: Where to go from here

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By Thomas W. Ivines

The past has brought me across a large spectrum of life. I have gone from being a mechanic to a teacher with a few other occupations in-between including a stint in the military.

After 24 years of teaching, however, I finally retired to a part time job doing what I love: working at an airport with airplanes.

Alas, though, with taxes and insurance being what they are, and not making very much money working part time, I have given up the airport job for a full time job again.

My new job is quite different from what I have ever done before, and I would love to tell you about it. The only thing is I cannot tell you because it is a confidential government job. I am forbidden to write about what I do.

You've heard the saying, "If I tell you my secret, I will have to kill you."

Well, it's not exactly that bad but my new job definitely outlines that I cannot disclose what my daily duties are, nor can I discuss publicly what I do for a living. All I can say is it is an honorable civil service job which anyone would be proud of and comfortable doing.

In any event I will have to be careful what I write about from now on being careful not to disclose anything about my job. So, sorry, my lips are sealed.

So, what shall I write about now? That's a very good question. I guess there are always politics and the weather but you've probably heard everything you want to know about them. I'll just have to write about everything else. In essence I'll have to write a lot about everything to do about nothing, which is where this column seems to be going right now. The point is, though, I won't be writing about my job.

Yeah, I'll have a harder time writing this column every week. I'll actually have to go out of my way to write about other things.

Ugh, but I don't know if I can do this - I'm such a blabbermouth.

Oh, okay I'll go ahead and tell you. I am a blah, blah, blah for the blah, blah, blah.

So, now that you know what I do and whom I work for I hope you can keep it under your hat. And, rest assured I was kidding about jeopardizing your health, even though it is serious that you do not tell.