The news, once more, came in a phone call.
Even though I’d decided not to look for a new full-time position in IBM, there was one project that had recently heated up where I would be able to make a significant dent in a short time. So I asked my management to investigate extending my departure date for a month or two so I could attack that problem.
They investigated, but the answer was, as I expected, “no.” My manager gave me the word during our regular call today.
Even though I’d been expecting the news, hearing the final answer was still daunting.
So now I have a date certain for my retirement from IBM – March 31, 2010. My retirement celebration (my word, not IBM’s) will be a bit later. And I can turn my full attention to figuring out what comes next.