Monday, August 13, 2012

The Beginning...

August 12, 2012

Hi Everyone,

This is my first attempt at a blog.  So, forgive me if I screw things up as I learn.  Hopefully, I'll learn quickly...for all our sakes!

First, the name of this blog.  Well, I hope no one is offended, because it is meant to be humorous.  In a few years, I plan to retire, and my retirement plans, as I've told my family and friends, is to "retire to a big ass RV and live in it the rest of my life."  Thus, the blog name, "MyBigAssRv".

Well, I've started my blog, but I'm not yet retired and I don't yet own an RV.  However, things are progressing.

This past July, I turned 65 and signed up for Medicare and a Medicare Advantage health plan.  Earlier this month, I joined the Escapees RV club.  So, I'm closing in on retirement and doing my "due diligence" researching RV's.  Hopefully, in 3 years, or less, I'll be out there on the road.

I decided to start this blog a little early.  My purpose is to document some of my research into RV's and to lay out my slow transformation from working everyday to the life of retirement.  I've got 3 years to get there.

Now, a little about me.  My name is Wayne Shearer.  I'm 65, male, divorced (twice), and working as a high school math teacher.  Prior to becoming a teacher (about 8 years ago), I worked in the computer field; first, as a technician repairing computer hardware, and then as a programmer and system designer.

I spent 4 years in the Air Force in what seems to be eons ago (okay, it was nearly half a century ago) and reentered civilian life with training in electronics and computers.  I wasn't particular interested in going back to college to get my degree, until one day during an annual performance review at work, my manager asked me one of those standard review questions:  "Where do you want to be in 3 years?"

Well, no dummy here, I knew the proper answer. "I want to have your job," I said, smiling.  My manager was a good guy and started commenting on how my work was really good and I'd probably have his job by then.

Suddenly, he looked up from the personnel folder on his desk and said, "Don't you have a college degree?"

"No," I answered, "I started college out of high school, ran out of money, and went into the Air Force."

"Well," he said, "I have good news and bad news for you.  The bad news is, this company requires all managers to have a 4 year degree in either computers or business.  The good news is, we'll pay for it."

So, that's when I started four years of night school, winter and summer, and finally received my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at age 42.  Best investment of time I ever made.  The company paid 80% of my tuition and all my books in every class in which I got at least a "B".  I graduated with a 3.89 GPA and, good to their word, they made me a manager.

I worked for several computer companies and even started a couple of small computer businesses on my own.  But, eventually I became burned out on corporate life and when my second business got into some financial difficulties, I started looking for a part-time job to help pay the bills.  I was coaching a girl's soccer team in West Virginia at the time and one of the soccer moms, a teacher herself, suggested I become a substitute teacher.  I did the weekend class and all the paperwork and started working several days a week a the local schools.

I found out I liked working with teenagers and I had something to offer them.  After my second marriage failed, I moved back to my home state of Pennsylvania and started working on getting certification to become a full-time teacher.  That's where I am now.  But in about 3 more years I hope to be on the road in my RV.

I hope you will follow my life adventures.  I look forward to the challenges and excitement I hope to experience in this next phase of my life.  I hope I have the writing ability to convey those challenges, excitement, and adventures to you.

With that in mind, I'm posting the first article on my new blog.  I have a digital camera and promise to include pictures of the places I visit and the people I meet.

So, ride shotgun with me as I search for and buy an RV, outfit it, and hit the road for that first campground visit.

And if you have any questions, just ask.  As I tell my students, the only dumb question is the one you don't ask!!!!

See ya...

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