Sunday, September 1, 2019


On September 13, I will have 30 years of working for the government. Thirty! I started pretty young but that still makes me feel exceptionally old. In that time I have;

  • Cleared a lot of trails, using so-called primitive tools. Crosscut saws, axes, shovels, and the dreaded loppers..
  • Told a lot of tourists where the bathroom is and attempted to answer the unanswerable "is it worth it?" (Pro tip: it's always worth it.)
  • Lived in remote places where our entertainment came from sunsets and hot springs.
  • Put out a lot of wildfires.
  • Flew in floatplanes and kayaked in the most magical places ever.
  • Sat at a computer writing soul destroying documents.
  • Filled out reams of forms.
  • Taken the same online security training every year for decades.
  • Cleaned toilets. A lot of toilets.
Was it worth it? Absolutely.


  1. Congratulations!
    If I had known decades ago that I could have done the same as you, I like to Hope I would have.
    I spent decades in a soul-destroying software consultant job. I wish I had so much more time to do things differently for 30 more years.

    1. It was only supposed to last a short time until I got a real job. Ha.

  2. Congrats for hanging in there at your job for 30 years. I just hit my 30-year mark last March. I was really hoping to retire this year, but my hubby's job is not stable right now so someone needs to keep carrying the benefits.... it's hard to retire if you're under 65 - employer-provided health insurance forces a lot of people in their late 50s/early 60s to remain in the workforce.

    1. I'm not old enough yet, and my husband wants to retire, so I am in that boat also.

  3. In a day and age where most things are throw away and start over, 30 yrs is something to be proud of. Congratulations! Thank you for you hard work and dedication!

  4. A most interesting life (lives?) and thanks for sharing some of it with we'll never have, places we'll never see, but can share through your years of work. Glad, looking back, that it was worth it!

  5. That's amazing and congratulations!! Especially given you started with a different track and seasonal.


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