To get there I had to pass Building D. This is now occupied by another company.
Building B was the last one I worked in. About a year before my retirement the Gage and Metrology Lab was moved from Building C to Building B. Things were starting to slow down at that time and we knew things were not going to stay the same for much longer. I had already decided to retire in 1997, but now I seemed more anxious to make it happen. I have always liked to call my own shots about when I left a place I was working. I was not fond of being laid off. I decided I would rather choose it for myself than have that happen.
But today I sat there for a while, recalling the last day I worked there. I left after my retirement party through the door that looks just as it did that day in August 1997. This coming August it will be 20 years since I retired from Hewlett Packard. I pictured in my mind all of the people I saw that day as they came from other divisions, Fort Collins and Greeley, to wish me well on my retirement. So many are not with us anymore. The place was busy and buzzing with activity as I finished my working career there that August. Today it is completely empty and quiet. Although I have to say the property has been maintained very well and it still is a pretty campus. Loveland was the first HP Division built outside of California, and it was always a favorite of Bill and Dave. I can still see them as they visited Loveland. Of course, they are both gone now. It was so neat to see Dave walking around the buildings talking to employees. He was definitely a people person. Bill was a bit more quiet when he visited Loveland, but still a real nice down to earth person.
Building C was my home building for most of my HP career.
I sat at the back of Building C today and looked out over the completely empty parking lot. I can still see it when it was packed with cars around the clock, every single day -- except maybe Christmas. I looked for the little window that was in the upper outside wall of the east side of the building, but didn't see it anymore. It must have been bricked in. It was a special window where they tested the Laser Distance Meters for accuracy by having it measure the distance from the building to some far off spot. I never did know where the target spot was. What a fascinating place it was to work. And I had the best job in the whole place. I was so blessed to find this wonderful place to work and with such wonderful people.
I continued my tour around the four buildings and finally exited out where I came in. I felt good after reliving my pleasant memories. Things and people I haven't thought about in a very long time.
Thanks for joining in my trip down memory lane. We all need to do that once in awhile. I enjoyed it.
Who knows where I may go next. Stay tuned, Patj