MEMOIRS OF LEAVING WORK
BY RONALD H. TEW
After saying for years that I would leave work at the age of fifty, using the terminology of not being committed to a job, I have had to change my mind on two occasions so far prior to turning fifty. Once prior to NDC becoming an arm’s length company of TELSTRA, and once when NDC did become an arm’s length company. The reasons were 1) that I had not yet turned fifty, although the idea at the time was rather inviting, and 2) I simply could not afford to.
During the period of 1999, after having the opportunity of cashing in my long service leave, which had amounted to about 9 months duration, and having access to some of my superannuation, Linda and myself decided to do something to prepare ourselves for the day when the occasion arose when I could leave my work situation and live a life of ease. Our decision was to buy a caravan so that we could travel the larger island of Australia as we have not travelled much at all. My long service leave payment was enough to purchase what we consider the ideal caravan to suit our purpose.
This van was built for only two, 18 feet in length, one double bed.
A good kitchen area (which Linda really liked).
A good lounge area that one does not have to battle to get around the table (especially after I trimmed one end off it).
Plenty of cupboard space, and heaps of other good features.
After towing the caravan with the VL Commodore it was decided that we needed something more suited to towing because the VL was just too small and lacked the real towing power. At the time I was driving a Ford panel-van at work and I decided that with it’s weight and power it would be a much more suitable tow vehicle. This vehicle was soon to be replaced but after investigating, it seemed that it would not be replaced for some time yet.
Then with some of my super I purchased what I consider the ideal tow vehicle.
A 1997 Ford panel-van, ex Victorian police, having several features that make this vehicle much better than the work vehicle. These are better looks, air vents in the roof, ABS brakes, a different front suspension which makes it a much better vehicle to drive (in fact after driving this vehicle the work one is like driving a truck). Pin-striping the side of the panel-van to match the caravan makes them a beautifully matched pair.
Many and varied trips over the next year in the van convinced us that we had made a wise decision and we were looking forward to our plans of large island touring.
About August 2000
After having health problems, which has succeeded in getting me off the booze since August 99, a study of my financial situation, which had significantly improved because of the lack of booze, indicated that this was the time of cut-over from not being able to afford to give up permanent employment and being able to afford it. The situation was that if I could receive a redundancy package from work then we would have sufficient finance to survive on until I reached the age of 55 and could then live on my superannuation. Enquiries revealed that an option that was available to accept option ‘C’ from the days of changes in NDC was now no longer available, so there was no option now but to either work for another two years or hope that another opportunity would arise.