I have been working on a few projects here and there, but I've had little time to put in a lot of time on anything. There have been a lot of things going on since my last posting, good and not-so-good, that have preoccupied my time.
Last week, I celebrated the Big 5-0. Yikes! My wife threw me a nice dinner party. It was mostly friends from work, their spouses, family, significant others, etc. The highlight seemed to be the showing of the "war room." A lot of my friends knew about my hobby activities, but few have seen my stuff. It always feels a little funny when I show people my minis and such. I guess I feel a little reluctant to let people into my private world.
Work has been incredibly stressful...probably the most since I became the head of the department. I'm not going into particulars, but a lot has to do with the financial health of my school and the penny-wise, pound-foolish decisions that the administration has made. The past three weeks or so has left me feeling really demoralized (the birthday party was major pick-me-up). It has also got me rather concerned about retirement, more so than usual.
Big question for folks out there: does the current economy and/or retirement plans make you re-think your hobby expenditures? It has for me. It seems that every year, the financial and retirement experts keep bumping up the minimum amount of money needed to retire somewhat comfortably. I'm not doubting their wisdom, but it feels like swimming against a current. I am not ready to put up all my wargaming stuff on E-Bay yet, but I need to take a hard look at what I am buying. I have the feeling that there are those of us out there that spend far more than I do, but I feel like I need to cut back on a lot of things.
Stonewall in the valley 12 - Banks at Bay at Bartonsville. - After all the marching and counter-marching of the day before, it was clear from the General Officer Commanding himself to the lowliest volunteer, it was ...
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