Another Birthday

Submitted: Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:22
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Truckster is having a birthday and so is a mate of mine.
Ron is 65 today and has said that he will be retiring on the 30th of June.
Ron started his apprenticeship as a Saw Doctor at the age of 15. This is not so special as a lot of kids in the 50's started working at 15, but Ron has only worked for the one company for the last 50 years. Now I think that is special.

And to Truckster have a Happy Birthday and hope to see you on the road sometime.

Wayne
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:26

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:26
hey Wayne...a BIG happy birthday to your pal Ron...hope he has a great retirement
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 14:22

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 14:22
Happy Birthday to Ron

Hey Maaaaaaaaaaaaaa ( this is an aside)

I can't believe that you have those sort of photos for your Rig pic - everyone has seen a bluddy Toyota - where are the kids???

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 14:36

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 14:36
There you go....

was nearly going to put one of me and the kids...but it might spoil your Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa image you've been building up...ahhahahaha
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:19

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:19
Oh gosh that is heaps better - I am sure everyone agrees that kids are more interesting than cars... hahaha. They are nearly as cute as mine!
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Reply By: Moose - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:27

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:27
50 years in one place - certainly special. Hope the boss appreciates that effort and suitably rewards Ron.
Happy birthday to Ron and the Truckster from the Moose.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 15:15

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 15:15
I hope they appreciate him a bit more than my workplace did to a work mate of ours, they arranged his farewell do at 3.00pm on his last day, nobody at head office knew he was leaving, they had someone rush out to buy him a gift and presented to him at about 4.15pm ( 4.00pm is knock off time), after 44 years of service without a day off sick, he got 4 Scotch glasses, oh by the way he does'nt drink. Wish Ron all the best for the future.

Baz.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:15

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:15
Personally I dont know anyone who has lasted 30yr at one place, the best of all my mates is 22yrs at 1 place.

its a sad world now where theres NO loyalty to staff from businesses to staff.. I dont think anyone starting work in the last 10-15 yrs will last 50 years.

There was a story of a bloke going back a few yrs now, he was forced to retire from his company of 50+yrs... It was his life, he had no wife and kids, no brothers sisters etc, he also lived up the road from the business, he came in on his own time to service the machines, clean up around the place and stuff. The bosses loved the fact that he did that on weekends!

After he retired, he wanted to still come in on weekends, and some days just to pass the time, but in the end the management turned their back on him totally, saying he was not allowed back on the site at all! So much for 50 yrs of making them money..

2 weeks later he hung himself.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:29

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:29
I have worked for my self since I was 18 now 44.
I know of people the same retired and dont know what to do with them selfs.
A bit sad I think.

All the best
Eric
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