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Aristus

(65,715 posts)
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:10 PM Nov 2023

Last day of work. Cleaning out my office.



How did I accumulate so much stuff in my desk? I've worked here four times longer than I've worked anywhere else, and three times longer than I was in the Army. So much stuff, man.

Agenda for today: Bought doughnuts for the team. Saying goodbye to my supervising physician over at the main clinic. Exit interview (still no word on what time that will be). Keep clearing out my electronic in-box (Yep, they're still sending me med refills and lab results.) Pizza for lunch (Admin is buying everyone pizza, thinking this will be an acceptable substitute for not getting Veterans Day off. Another reason why I'm leaving.). Hauling my immense storage crate out to the car (It's cute how, in movies and TV, someone who quits his job or is fired is able to pack up his desk into a cute little carton that he carries under one arm). Dismantling all three lamps that make up my office 'mood lighting' and taking them to the car. (I hate fluorescent overhead lighting; drives me crazy. I always set up my office with a nice, green-shaded library lamp for my desk, and a couple of floor lamps throughout the office. Makes for soothing, relaxing area lighting without all that soul-crushing overhead stuff.)

Turning in my clinic key and returning my laptop will pretty much wrap things up.

Home for a celebratory drink. Hope to see you all there.

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Last day of work. Cleaning out my office. (Original Post) Aristus Nov 2023 OP
Congratulations - enjoy the journey that lies ahead. waterwatcher123 Nov 2023 #1
I guess that Congrats are in order, if this is what you wish to do. You didn't mention that this was a SWBTATTReg Nov 2023 #2
I start my new job on Monday. No rest for the wicked. Aristus Nov 2023 #5
Ahhh, just as good, better pay, and you're looking forward to the new job, how nice and best wishes to you!! SWBTATTReg Nov 2023 #12
Thank you. Aristus Nov 2023 #30
Way to go. That's how it's done. brush Nov 2023 #28
Congrats. MOMFUDSKI Nov 2023 #3
An emotional day, for sure. Diamond_Dog Nov 2023 #4
Thank you. Aristus Nov 2023 #7
GMTA. Was just about to ask how this day is going. niyad Nov 2023 #6
It's quiet. Getting the final stuff done. Surfing the net a little. Aristus Nov 2023 #9
hit the turbos and get outa there . AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #11
Do hope your new position is all you want it to be. chillfactor Nov 2023 #8
I made sure my contract doesn't require all the things I don't want it to be. Aristus Nov 2023 #10
Veterans Day - the place I work is closed so we can't serve meals erronis Nov 2023 #34
The end of an era PJMcK Nov 2023 #13
The Dude wanted me to tell you ... Medical_Mom Nov 2023 #14
As long as He Abides, he is welcome any time. Aristus Nov 2023 #17
A job well done Bundbuster Nov 2023 #15
Hope you are still staying in the Evergreen State montanacowboy Nov 2023 #16
I'm changing organizations, but I'm only moving a few blocks away from my current clinic. Aristus Nov 2023 #18
You are a good person. ZonkerHarris Nov 2023 #38
That's very nice of you to say. Aristus Nov 2023 #43
Congrats... S/V Loner Nov 2023 #19
I will be raising a toast tonight Mr.Bill Nov 2023 #20
Thank you. Aristus Nov 2023 #21
On to the next phase! BumRushDaShow Nov 2023 #27
Aristus,? Enjoy yourself tonight.and congratulations for all you have done. debm55 Nov 2023 #22
Jut leaving the clinic. Joining a similar organization nearby. Aristus Nov 2023 #24
Congratulations! nt Trueblue Texan Nov 2023 #23
Can't drink, but will a commiserating piece of loaded chocolate do? Warpy Nov 2023 #25
Our cleaning staff is a guy named Heraclio. Aristus Nov 2023 #26
go get yourself a taste of downscale NJCher Nov 2023 #31
Two words.. Permanut Nov 2023 #29
Good for you. badhair77 Nov 2023 #32
A standing ovation for you Aristus. For a solid good job no doubt well done and George McGovern Nov 2023 #33
Thank you very much. Aristus Nov 2023 #35
I just turned in my badge. Aristus Nov 2023 #36
A warm congratulations! I'm two years away from being able to retire, primarily because of PatrickforB Nov 2023 #37
Glad you are getting out Old Crank Nov 2023 #39
Oh, I've still got years to go before I retire. Aristus Nov 2023 #44
If you come near Munich Old Crank Nov 2023 #48
I attended Oktoberfest in Munich in 1990. Aristus Nov 2023 #54
Glad you got to do that BigmanPigman Nov 2023 #40
Congrats!!! 2naSalit Nov 2023 #41
Congrats on moving on to better things! 70sEraVet Nov 2023 #42
Happy trails to you; may you earn lots of money as well as lots of free time. Ziggysmom Nov 2023 #45
Contgrats! May your next chapter in life be full of adventures. honest.abe Nov 2023 #46
Maybe think of it as "redeployment" rather than "retirement". There is other work to FailureToCommunicate Nov 2023 #47
Did you find a petrified egg salad sandwich yet? n/t malthaussen Nov 2023 #49
I'm chuckling at your comment about fictional... 3catwoman3 Nov 2023 #50
Good luck Aristus! people Nov 2023 #51
Congratulations to this new life chapter! pandr32 Nov 2023 #52
Congrats! Bayard Nov 2023 #53

SWBTATTReg

(21,600 posts)
2. I guess that Congrats are in order, if this is what you wish to do. You didn't mention that this was a
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:17 PM
Nov 2023

retirement, but moving on to another task or something better to do in your future is always a good thing, so Congrats!

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
5. I start my new job on Monday. No rest for the wicked.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:36 PM
Nov 2023

Looking forward to it. I have a much sweeter contract this time around.

SWBTATTReg

(21,600 posts)
12. Ahhh, just as good, better pay, and you're looking forward to the new job, how nice and best wishes to you!!
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:42 PM
Nov 2023

Diamond_Dog

(31,243 posts)
4. An emotional day, for sure.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:23 PM
Nov 2023

Wishing you all the best in your new position, Aristus! Sounds like you’ll be a lot happier there.

Bottoms up!

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
7. Thank you.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:38 PM
Nov 2023

I'm sure I will.

I've known all the major admins at the new clinic for nearly twenty years now. The CEO has been begging me to come work for them, but I didn't want to leave my homeless patients. Once I found out that my patients go there when they can't get in here, I applied with them, and resigned my position here.

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
9. It's quiet. Getting the final stuff done. Surfing the net a little.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:39 PM
Nov 2023

Ready to blaze out of here.

See you tonight!

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
10. I made sure my contract doesn't require all the things I don't want it to be.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 12:41 PM
Nov 2023

Hell, at my new job, they get Veterans Day off. Not like here. I'm leaving a week too late.

erronis

(14,679 posts)
34. Veterans Day - the place I work is closed so we can't serve meals
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 03:24 PM
Nov 2023

to many of our clients who are veterans. We (Meals-On-Wheels) do give them some frozen meals to tide over. Still, this things are not always logical.

Congrats on your new post!

Medical_Mom

(34 posts)
14. The Dude wanted me to tell you ...
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 01:36 PM
Nov 2023

he wishes he could join you partying on the Ask Me Anything thread on this momentous Friday Night.

Congrats!

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
17. As long as He Abides, he is welcome any time.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 01:42 PM
Nov 2023

White Russians are on me.

Welcome to DU, Medical Mom.


I'm a Physician Assistant working in healthcare for the homeless. How about you?

Bundbuster

(2,800 posts)
15. A job well done
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 01:39 PM
Nov 2023

and a better one to come. There's nothing better than helping other humans. Congratulations and best wishes.

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
18. I'm changing organizations, but I'm only moving a few blocks away from my current clinic.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 01:43 PM
Nov 2023

Because most of my patients are homeless, my name gets around on the street. Someone will find out where I have gone, and they'll let everyone else know. I know I'll see them again, and I can't wait. I'm not ashamed to say I love my patients.

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
43. That's very nice of you to say.
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 09:01 AM
Nov 2023


My patients help me as much as I help them. I can’t think of any other sphere of clinical medicine that would have been as rewarding as healthcare for the homeless.

debm55

(21,955 posts)
22. Aristus,? Enjoy yourself tonight.and congratulations for all you have done.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 02:13 PM
Nov 2023
Congratulations, I didn't know if you were retiring or going to another clinic

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
24. Jut leaving the clinic. Joining a similar organization nearby.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 02:22 PM
Nov 2023

I've got at least ten years left before I can retire. Twelve if the target is 67.


Warpy

(110,524 posts)
25. Can't drink, but will a commiserating piece of loaded chocolate do?
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 02:37 PM
Nov 2023

I agree about the overhead lighting for general use, but I imagine the cleaning staff who came in to vacuum and empty the trash can appreciated it at the ungodly hour they were going through your office.

Some habits die hard, like running your hand under counters and checking the pay phone in the waiting room for baggies of various substances so you'll have fewer ODs to cope with.

Honestly? I missed the downscale patient population when I went to work at an upscale hospital.

I hope your next job is better for your mental health than the old job was.

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
26. Our cleaning staff is a guy named Heraclio.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 02:47 PM
Nov 2023

The only proper word to describe him is intrepid. He gets the job done, he's friendly and kind, and he keeps the clinic ship-shape.

I'm going to miss him.

NJCher

(35,145 posts)
31. go get yourself a taste of downscale
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 02:54 PM
Nov 2023

at that movie I recommended on Kanopy in the Netflix/streaming forum. I know it's hard for you to watch movies but maybe you can enjoy the soundtrack.

"Love in the Time of Fentanyl."

Permanut

(5,272 posts)
29. Two words..
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 02:53 PM
Nov 2023

Their loss.

Okay, more than two words -

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances: and one man in his time plays many parts." - quote from you-know-who.

All the best to you in your new endeavor.

badhair77

(4,147 posts)
32. Good for you.
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 03:17 PM
Nov 2023

Hope you have adequate time to decompress so you’re ready for the new position. At least it sounds as if you’re going to a better situation. Good luck and good wishes in reuniting with your former patients and helping new ones. Has to be satisfying.

George McGovern

(5,397 posts)
33. A standing ovation for you Aristus. For a solid good job no doubt well done and
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 03:23 PM
Nov 2023

best of all for changing over under your own terms. May your new position inspire you to greater heights of achievement.

George

PatrickforB

(14,465 posts)
37. A warm congratulations! I'm two years away from being able to retire, primarily because of
Fri Nov 10, 2023, 11:51 PM
Nov 2023

health care debt. But I still like my job.

Old Crank

(3,228 posts)
39. Glad you are getting out
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 02:48 AM
Nov 2023

While you can enjoy life.

If you travel, give me a shout if you are in my neck of the woods.

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
44. Oh, I've still got years to go before I retire.
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 09:04 AM
Nov 2023

But I’m hoping the daily firing will be a little less exhausting from now on.

My wife and I are planning to visit Germany next year. I’ve lived there several times. She has never left North America.

Old Crank

(3,228 posts)
48. If you come near Munich
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 10:17 AM
Nov 2023

Let me know. My wife and I can give you a tour. Price, a wurst and bier each. If you fly into Munich and like bier, there is a good brewery at the airport. Just a warning, small bier is half liter, large is a liter.

Aristus

(65,715 posts)
54. I attended Oktoberfest in Munich in 1990.
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 01:21 PM
Nov 2023

Not long before I was deployed to the Gulf for Desert Storm. I can’t remember how many Maßes of beer I drank, but I lost count after five. Never been so drunk in my life!

I was twenty-two and going off to war. Thought I’d have a good time in case I didn’t make it back.

If we get to meet, I promise not to do that again. Mrs. Aristus would kill me if I did.

I’m so looking forward to visiting Germany again. My absolute favorite place in the world.

BigmanPigman

(51,259 posts)
40. Glad you got to do that
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 02:52 AM
Nov 2023

I wish I had that opportunity when I left the two long time jobs I had. The first time my "last day" was ruined when a skunk sprayed my dog the night before and it was so stinky in my apt that when I opened my purse at work the next/last day skunk fumes filled the workroom and lunch was ruined when my boss had to leave suddenly.

My next "last day" was when I was too ill to even return to my classroom to finish the afternoon lessons. I hated that job with a passion and would have loved to tell the admin who made me work while I had pneumonia to fuck off. I still am pissed off that I didn't get to do that 10 years later.

2naSalit

(84,921 posts)
41. Congrats!!!
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 07:32 AM
Nov 2023

Sorry I'm late!

I am thrilled for you, made it all the way through the gauntlet! You deserve a nice beverage, I hope it was a favorite.

Have to agree with you on the lighting thing. I have astigmatism and overhead light, any flavor, is a drag and often gives me headaches. Fluorescent lighting drive me crazy at any time.

So glad you made it out, the rest should be more palatable on a daily basis from now on.

70sEraVet

(3,316 posts)
42. Congrats on moving on to better things!
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 08:56 AM
Nov 2023

On 'being able to pack all your things into a tiny box' ....
When we would get word that layoffs were coming, I would start bringing my stuff home so that if I got the axe, I could pack up and be out in five minutes. It was always embarrassing to watch somebody spend a couple of hours packing, then needing help getting the boxes out to their car.

FailureToCommunicate

(13,918 posts)
47. Maybe think of it as "redeployment" rather than "retirement". There is other work to
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 09:58 AM
Nov 2023

be done. Congratulations!

Veterans Day !

(I'm looking forward to that "redeployment" myself someday...)

3catwoman3

(23,644 posts)
50. I'm chuckling at your comment about fictional...
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 11:40 AM
Nov 2023

…office folk always leaving with a single, modest-sized box. I always think the same thing - so true, and so unrealistic.

people

(598 posts)
51. Good luck Aristus!
Sat Nov 11, 2023, 11:42 AM
Nov 2023

I always enjoy reading about you, your good work, and all that you have to say. Your patients are and will be very lucky.

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