A member whom I respect asked me the other day if I would prefer that retirees not post here on Brown Cafe. Let me begin by saying that I have the utmost respect for the majority of retirees that post here, whether hourly or management, as their experience and wealth of knowledge add to the discussion. I especially respect UPS Lifer for bringing us an insight in to the management side of the equation that few of us get to experience and for that I say Thank You. I would have been proud to have called you my Center Manager. I respect Hoax for his contributions, both from his operational and non-operational experiences, and his ability to use sarcasm and dry wit to keep things loose. 705Red, who is the member who posed the question, has given me insight in to what it takes to be an effective steward and the dedication that he has not only to those under his stewardship but to the Teamsters as a whole. It is no secret that I am a UPSer first and a Teamster by deault but that does not stop me from saying "Thank you" to Red and to his efforts. Will I still bust his chops? Absolutely (BTW, how is the vending machine grievance going?) as he will continue to bust mine. I also had a member just the other day comment to me that "my act" was getting old. This came from a fellow Red Sox fan! There is no act--this is who I am. I do not build a false facade behind the laptop screen. These are my thoughts and my beliefs and I will not back down from either. Call me a "know it all"--whatever. It is what it is. I guess the only solution to my personal issue with this particular retiree is to put him on ignore. Thank you for giving me this moment to rant. For those of you going on the cruise, have fun. For those of us not going, WHYG. Dave.