Retired IBEW electrician. During my career I was occasionally able to get out of the field and into the office. During those times I worked as a project manager, estimator and electrical designer. The last job I worked was a 36 megawatt data center. I was brought into the job to take engineered drawings and rework them in CAD to create real-world drawings for the electricians in the field. It was the best job I had in over 34 years of electrical construction.
I dreamed of retiring to a sailboat and cruising the islands. My dad had a 45 footer I sailed from Chicago to Mackinac Island every summer for 8 years. He then took it down to Florida where he retired. We sailed it over to the Bahamas and into the Florida Keys. I wanted to do that one day. When the time came, I looked at a house on the water or a boat on the water. I chose the house because I knew one day I'd have to sell the boat and they depreciate too much.