I had a terrific career with IBM where they let me do most anything
I wanted. I always told my kids that IBM paid me lots of money to do
something I would have paid them to let me do.
In 1993 when IBM said "go away and take this money", I thought I'd better do as they said.
After several other jobs, I landed in Biostatistics at the
University of Michigan
where I spent a delightful and rewarding 13 years with them and formally retired
at the end of 2012. As with many university positions, I didn't quite completely
leave, but continue as a part time contractor. Every six months I ask my boss if
(1) he has money, (2) he's willing and (3) I'm willing.
Three 'yes' votes mean I stay on for a bit longer.
We always had a goal to live abroad and have felt especially fortunate
to be able to live in Germany ('73-75), England ('81-83), and Singapore ('98-99).
Now we've set our sights on 'down under'. Some day...
- While living in the U.K., I wrote a dictionary called
Kingdom English for the American Novice which has
has been dormant for 15+ years and is dated, but seems to
still amuse a few people. Go figure :-)
- Exploring my family tree. A distant cousin has written
a history of the Gliedt family
dating back several hundred years. I volunteered to digitize several
hundred pictures (~150MB). I need to add a good search engine for this
and add indexes for all those pictures.
If you are a Gliedt, I'd like to hear from you.
We've lived abroad three times now and we find living in other cultures very
appealing. Our most recent adventure was in Singapore which
was documented in a long series of letters called,
Reports from Tomorrow