Bob Hayes' Web Page
The personal web page of Robert G. Hayes
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I am a granduncle!†† Meet Jon Steel Meyers, my grand-nephew.† JS arrived at 5:04 PM May 19th.† Parents and child are doing fine.
I've collected news and info that might be of interest to my friends and family. Please enjoy these pages and let me know what you'd like to see added or changed.† Please sign my guestbook, don't be shy, I like hearing from everyone.
Well, I've been pretty busy the last few years, with most of my free time being dedicated to social activities. I still ride my bike, 2000 miles / year or so.† I am still working at Raytheon but I can retire in October 2008.† I have been concentrating on simply getting to eligibility for early retirement, and it's been a struggle at times.† No, I have no plans whatsoever for what to do with myself if I retire, suggestions are welcome.† I'm thinking I need to keep working, if not at Raytheon, somewhere.† Pretty bold for a baby-boomer to call it quits at 55, considering health care expenses, life expectancy, and inflation.† I figure I could live another 35 years and I've only worked full time for 34!
I still live on the
Many of you are aware of my mother's sudden and tragic death on December 16th, 2001, in an automobile accident. The outpouring of support from friends and relatives has been a comfort to the family, I thank everyone. I have created a memorial page to her here.
Again, thank you each and every one for the innumerable kind gestures and thoughts.
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On Friday, April 27th, 2001, I bought a Ford F-150 XLT Supercab Flareside 4x2 pickup truck. I've placed a couple of photos of it on the photos page. Here's the window sticker. With factory and "recent college graduate" rebates and "Internet pricing" I paid many thousands less than the MSRP.
I like the truck, it's very buff with the flareside bed and sport package. Power everything you could imagine, including the pedals. The truck handles amazingly well for a 4300 pound vehicle, due to 17" wheels with 60 series tires, anti-sway bar, and stiff rear suspension. With a 5.4L V8 engine, 3.55 limited slip rear axle, and four wheel ABS disk brakes, it starts and stops pretty well too.
I have over 100,000 miles on the truck now, with no significant problems, knock on wood.† It's on its second set of tires, Michelins, they're much quieter than the OEM BFG Longtrails, and the handling is top notch.† The disk brakes do get chewed up pretty quickly if you do any hauling or aggressive braking.† I think this is due to the non-asbestos brake pads, they're just not as good as the asbestos pads and never will be.† And it does sip the petrol with a heavy thirst - at $4.00 + / gallon, this gets old pretty quickly.
I put over 209,000 miles on the GTi in the 17 years since I bought it new in May of 1984.
discovering this page who hasn't been in contact with me, in August 2000 I
started my new job in
Why did I do it?
Well, a nice raise plus a sizeable bonus were the biggest reasons. I had been
planning to move out of
I said goodbye to
my home of 25 years in
I returned May 1st
of 2000 from a trip to the Middle East and
Stuff I think is cool
Have you seen Google Earth? It is way cool - I can spot my truck in the photo of the
If you have broadband, you can watch hi-definition, video on demand for popular shows like "Lost" and "CSI", and it's free!† The networks have finally come around to this idea.† There are still ads, but they are much shorter.† Try CBS, ABC, NBC, CWTV, Fox, Hulu, Discovery Channel, Frontline (PBS).† Video on demand was the holy grail for a long time for cable providers, but now with the prevalence of ADSL, the content providers are doing it themselves directly.
ADSL has becoming practical for a lot more people of late.† I have Verizon service, and can get broadband for as little as $15 / month!† I opted for the 3 mb/sec version at $29 / month, still a good deal in my opinion.† Check and see if your local phone provider is offering a similar deal.
Revised: 21 May 2008
Copyright ” 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 Robert G. Hayes.
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