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My first job was working second shift, for Met Life, 15:05 to 22:50 (3:05 pm to 10:50 pm), the Met Life buildings were huge buildings on 23rd and Madison Ave in The City. They had a newer building and two older buildings including the Met Life Clock Tower. Met Life is no longer in those buildings. They moved to the old PAM AM building in mid town and to a building in Long Island City in Queens.

My first computer system was the Honeywell 200 printing subsystem. The system consisted of several drives, an operators console and three high speed impact printers. Once a tape was mounted, you had to initialize the printer, then check the header info, make sure the paper was positioned properly (more important when printing forms) then send another command to the printer to start printing.

These printers were metal hammers hitting a metal cylinder that had all the characters on it. With three printers going all at once, the noise was extremely loud. We had it measured at 120 decibels.
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The Next Step

As I approach the last pages of my life I’m taking a closer look at how I want that life to be. I’ve spent most of my life working in IT which has always been my lifelong dream. In my sixth grade autograph book, I wrote my profession to be as computer programmer. I had no idea what that was at that time but it had something to do with computers and that’s all I wanted to do. So after almost 50 years in the IT business I am now retired. So how many years are left? 15, hopefully 20. Considering how fast the last 20 years flew by, its not a lot of time. 
My world view has gotten more focused. After spending some time raising, chickens, ducks and turkeys I’m not all that thrilled in how we mass produce meat for consumption. The factory process of herding thousands of live animals to their slaughter, in unimaginable conditions is barbaric. So I’m taking small steps to remove meat from my diet. It will be hard but I’m willing to give it a shot.
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