Last week we had the official retirement party for the unofficial retirement of Roger Long. Sounds a little confusing, I know – just go with it.
Who is this Roger guy and why would we throw him a party? Well, for many of his clients, it ends a 30 year relationship of business and tax consulting and we wanted to give them a chance to say goodbye.
For his co-workers, who enjoyed working with him and for him, they will find time to say what a pleasure it was to be a part of his work (and social) life and will miss his sense of humor.
For myself, it brings to an end, a working relationship that started in 2002 with a guy who I had never met before but ended up becoming my best friend. We found out early that we both loved golf and gambling – I can still remember losing over $100 playing poker with Roger one on one in the storage room at lunch. And yes, we probably needed to seek counseling at this point.
We usually made at least 3 to 4 trips to Vegas together – sometimes with the wives but mostly without.
Whenever I want to golf, Roger is the first phone call. He has many special rules that allow both of our scores to be much better than when I play with other golfers.
Over this time, I met his family and friends and enjoyed them all. We have shared birthday and anniversary vacations together. His beautiful wife and my beautiful wife get along great which works out great for us. My wife calls Roger “my second wife.”
Now this retirement will not end the relationship we have. But it will make things much different here at the office. Each morning he or I would stop at the other’s office with a cup of coffee and say “Did you see that poker tournament on TV?” or “Did you read about this or that?” I will miss that part of our relationship. No matter how much you try to stop it, work spills over into the rest of your life so try to find something or someone to make work enjoyable.
Thanks for listening and I will talk at you next week.