00:32:51 - 00:39:58 Retirement
retirement, relationships, Weyerhaeuser, stories, memories; Green, David; Montrey, Hank; Zerbe, John; Geimer, Robert; Klein, Mary Jane; Vetter, Esther; technology, computers
Since retirement what have you been doing? Have you been maintaining any sort of relationship with people at the Lab?
Not very many. I never felt strongly drawn to go back and visit people at the Lab, I did a few times but I know there were other people that left the Lab and they came back and came to talk and they wasted your time, but they wanted to come back and visit. You know they would maybe spend a half an hour but I didn't do that. I went back when there was a specific reason. I did keep in contact with a few people. I went backpacking with two of the people that had been at the Lab, one was Hank Montrey, M-O-N-T-R-E-Y.
I've heard of him.
He had transferred to Fort Collins. So---wait a minute, I may be confusing the time---but he had transferred to Fort Collins but then he went to work for Weyerhauser in Tacoma, Washington too. Anyway, John Zerbe, Z-E-R-B-E, and I and Hank Montrey and some other people that he knew went backpacking in the Olympic peninsula together. I was to go on a "Ride the Rockies" bicycle trip, it was a week's effort with Hank Montrey but he fell off his bike and broke his arm about two weeks before so he couldn't go.
I went with twenty-four hundred, well twenty-five hundred people minus two. It was a thing you had to draw to get chosen because there were too many people applied, it was limited to twenty-five hundred people. But anyway I went to stay with him and he drove me to the starting point and then I stayed with him before I came back home. But with John Zerbe I did some other backpacking with him a couple of times and we still walk together on Saturdays, take hikes, we used to take real long ones but we still go about every Saturday, we miss a few---we just got done camping with some older people oh about three weeks ago too. Dave Green, have you got that name down there?
Yes the name sounds familiar.
Okay, I also am a volunteer at Donald Park, it's a county park up by Mount Vernon and I've been doing that for about oh maybe six years now. I got started by another employee, Bob Geimer, G-E-I-M-E-R, he's retired, in fact we used to live about a quarter of a mile from each other out in the country. So after Dave Green retired I saw him and his wife one day walking on a bike trail and stopped and talked to him and I mentioned that I was a volunteer and lo and behold he showed up the next time so he's been coming too. We do it once a week, Tuesday mornings, and so I see him frequently.
Oh that's great.
I have seen some of the people at retirement luncheons---I don't intend to go to those anymore. Let's see what else---this was in general what did I do?
Okay. I did a lot of jogging when I was in my forties and I ran one marathon when I was forty-three, did a lot of bicycle riding and I still do some bicycle riding but I'm out walking almost every day. I took up golf about ten years ago and enjoy that, in fact I golf with a lady that was at the Forest Products Lab many years ago named Judy Kent, K-E-N-T, she was in town visiting with other people and came out with Mary Jane Klein, K-L-E-I-N, and so I had a round of golf with those two ladies. I see Mary Jane Klein frequently when we golf, we're in same---we belong to the same organization. I could mention more about her. She and Esther Vetter, V-E-T-T-E-R, were typists and they typed before computer got in came into vogue they did all the typing of the reports, the rough drafts and then the final drafts, she was one of them. So lets see. Well I did a lot of work out in the country, we had ten acres out there and I planted a lot of trees on it and I pruned spruce and pine trees that I planted, mowed a lot and we had a lot of gardening, cut down trees and cut up logs for firewood---I actually had some logs I took to a lumber mill and had some lumber made. So I built some furniture and I enjoy doing things like that. So then in 2003 I talked my wife into moving into Verona and so we did and so here we are---we live in a smaller house and it takes me about forty-five minutes to mow my lawn instead of two hours.