Well, Chuck, I wish you luck with that “just household stuff” retirement. Before I retired, I thought I was busy at my job too. Silly me.
Since moving here, the “hobby jobs” piled up so fast, that it could make your head spin. Seems the opportunities for someone with time, energy and motivation is boundless in the “life after work” world.
First it was the local astronomy club where I became part of the leadership within two months of arrival, and my community’s Road Improvement and Maintenance District of which I was eventually elected chair. I first became a Solar System Ambassador and then added OSIRIS REx mission ambassador to the mix., Then there is the University South Foundation and the directorship of the Patterson Observatory. I am an active member of the NASA Museum Alliance and the creator and administrator of our “Bob Gent Science Center”. I write a monthly “Backyard Astronomer” column for the local newspaper, and serve at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista where I run the astronomy programs. There was the Outdoor Lighting Task Force and the lobbying of the Sierra Vista City Council, Cochise County Board of Supervisors and their planning and zoning departments to bring about meaningful improvements in the county and city light pollution codes. I serve in a sort of adjunct position on both the City of Sierra Vista’s Tourism Commission and the County’s Tourism Bureau as an advisor on dark sky and astronomy issues and as a frequent host for guests from out of the area. I’ve become the Star Party Coordinator at Kartchner Caverns State Park and a docent for the Planetary Science Institute.
I’ve resigned from the RIMD and the Lighting task force has been dissolved but all of the other jobs remain in force and some even increased in intensity; I wear like seven hats for the club these days and serve on three committees within the foundation. And until Covid, I was “working” on the UA campus quite frequently hosting school field trips for K-12 students from all over the county. And there are always extra temporary projects like the astronomy display I just helped set up at our local museum. This is all on top of the hobby jobs I brought with me like the coordinator role on the AL’s PN program and the writing gig at Sky & Telescope.
I’m thinking of going back to work so I can catch a break.
From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of charles jagow
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 4:18 AM
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] December BBAA Info
BBAA West, CO Section.
Sounds great to me. Today I have three weeks left, sixteen more work days. It has been a long 44 years since I joined the Navy in 1976. Now I am looking forward to the next phase.
What is going to be hard is going from being so busy I can’t see straight at my government job, to just household stuff and BBAA outreach. I am turning over the Treasurer’s job to Rich Roberts.
Last night at Sky Watch it was just George Reynolds and I who showed up for the club. I set up the 18 UC and George set up his 80mm refractor. We had about 6 total visitors. Last month there was about twenty BBAA participants and close to a hundred visitors. Yesterday it was cloudy all day, the weather demi-gods had predicted it was supposed to partially clear at about 6:30 PM. It was looking like about 120% cloud cover at 6:00 PM and then at about 6:10 the Summer Triangle was exposed. By 6:30 most of the clouds had vanished, we did enjoy a crappy view of Jupiter and Saturn just above that Western Tree line. But Mars was great, and Uranus was the most brilliant blue I have ever seen it. I went to Neptune just to make sure it got smaller as I thought the Nexus DSC had gotten confused. But Neptune was even more brilliant blue than Uranus was and appropriately smaller. George and I showed the usual suspects before the 6 visitors dwindled away and left George, myself and Meghan. Meghan works for the park’s department and is our “baby-sitter” while we are at the NWRP. The Chesapeake COVID Management Team has deemed that we need a chaperone to ensure our telescopes are 6-10 feet apart and we are all wearing masks. A small price to pay to be able and get out under the stars with the public. Virginia Beach cut-off all astronomy outreach including the popular Boardwalk Astronomy which has been the primary funding source of the primary scholarship.
Karen and I are hoping to have the house sold by the end of March. And then the truck will be packed and we will be dragging ourselves with five dogs and two cats to Westcliffe CO. We are going to have a modular home plunked down and we hope to be in it before the first snow flies. I will tell you that I am not planning on shoveling any snow, What’s Her Name can learn to wade through it to either the 4-wheel drive or the snow-mobile…
Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range
First let me welcome you to BBAA West! We’ll have to start referring to ourselves as “Colorado Section” and “Arizona Section”. I’m very excited for you – I understand well how remarkable it feels to have one’s own dark sky site, a capable observatory, and the free time to enjoy it. Life gets good! I can predict that you will, as I do, miss your BBAA family and will miss much about the Tidewater area. But rest assured it will not be the light pollution or congestion that you’ll miss! LOL. Personally, I’d question the sanity of anyone retiring to a place where snow shovels are a thing, but each to their own.
As a long-standing member of BBAA, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding role you’ve played in the leadership of the club. Very few can match the continuing dedication and selfless service you’ve displayed over the years. I wish you the very best in your new life and hope you’ll keep in touch.
BBAA West (Arizona section)
Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Rott'n Paws Observatory