Well this week PK showed up at work on Tuesday after another couple of weeks off on holidays. On Thursday about 60 of his closest friends and some that just wanted to make sure he was going to leave for good, had lunch on the roof at work and had about 42 pizzas ordered as well as chips, cake and softdrink etc. It was PK’s retirement lunch from work. My association with PK started about 17 years ago, when PK’s section at work (Office Systems Unit) shutdown and all the guys from there were redeployed to our central office in other teams. That is when I met this ratbag. I found out he had an interest in model trains among other things. He wasn't a bad bloke either. He used to swing between being bald with a beard, hair and no beard, a dead ringer for Santa and different combinations. On the Thursday at work, various photos from his work history were plastered around the office in stairwells, inside lifts and on some doors. He even looked like a porn star with a mow in a few of the photos. PK always knew his stuff. I have had the pleasure of being able to wander down between floors and have a talk to PK (as well as other model railway guys at work) when I needed to get away from my desk before I went postal. We could also reminisce about some dork at the Club, something funny from Tuesday Nighters, something that occurred at an exhibition, or just have a chat. PK is a great source of jokes, funny photos and train information. He will be missed at work. Although he barely spent any time there this year with holidays and long service leave.
Santa leaving work with his retirement goodies (Photo by Cookie)
PK having a drink on Friday (photo by Rob Hawkins)
Today was a Buy and Sell day at the Club. Plenty of sellers, plenty of buyers and I resisted and ended up not buying anything, although plenty took my fancy. I did not have a very happy day selling some of my excess NSW stuff, and having to buy food for my apprentice in tow.
We have all been threatened with a phone call from PK on Monday asking what we are doing, as he will be lazing around drinking coffee with his feet up in his pergola, reading the paper followed by a train magazine while we are trying to still save for our retirement. See you on Tuesday night PK. It has been lots of fun.