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The Opportunity to Retire and Relocate

Posted 06-11-2017 at 03:03 PM by George Miklas

No doubt that anybody who knows the Miklas Family, undoubtedly realizes their passion for the harmonica.

But to support the family and travel costs, George has held two jobs for the past five years. His primary job was full time high school special education teacher and my secondary was driving motor coach for a commercial charter company. In addition to two jobs, George also started a home based business as a harmonica retailer and service provider.


So during the summer of 2016, I took a break from charter bus driving, to prepare for a prestigious gig with my daughter. She and I were hired to perform and adjudicate at the 2016 Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival in Hsinchu City, Taiwan.

After our family's week in Taiwan, I had an additional week at an International Harmonica convention in San Antonio TX, while my daughter got ready to move Liberty University where she would begin her degree program.

After San Antonio, I had one week of In-Service at school, and then the family went to Lynchburg to move Janalyn into her dorm room so that she could begin marching band camp.

The next day (Sunday), we all went to church in Lynchburg where I met a man who invited my wife and I to apply to be drivers at LU. At lunch I sent an email to the director of transit.
15 minutes later I was scheduling a same-day interview for both myself and my wife. We went to the interview, which lasted 1.5 hours, and left with job offers for both of us.

We drove 8 hours back to Pittsburgh, talking and praying the whole time about the opportunity. We had to consider Jodi's elderly mother, my retirement from teaching, and synchronizing the selling of one house and the to buying of another. By the end of the week, we were prepared to and accepted the job offers.

To make it all work, Jodi had to begin mid-September, while living in our travel trailer in a local RV park. George notified his superintendent of the job acceptance, and that his retirement notice would come after he had the family home purchased in Virginia.

October 28th was the closing on the Virginia home, and George filed his intent to retire on November 1st. His retirement was originally set for January 13th, 2017, a replacement teacher was ready to step in, so George's retirement began December 13th, 2016.

The household move began in September with two back to back yard sales to reduce the amount of stuff. George packed his van and a 6x12 UHaul for October (house closing), and November (Thanksgiving), and then a 26' truck in December (Christmas). Finally by the end of December, the whole family was back together again.

The home in Pennsylvania is slated to close by June 30th. After 8 months of paying double mortgages and utilities, the reprieve is a welcomed one.

Due to retirement, relocation, and start up of new responsibilities at the university, George's harmonica repair business became backlogged. He anticipates being totally caught up by August of 2017.
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