PERRY’S LIFE SINCE RETIREMENT
In February 2004, I retired from the Pentagon after being the Director, Executive Contracting Office for Iraq. It was a very stressful position as I spent a lot of time on Capital Hill before Congressional Committees for things that we were doing in Iraq. I also directed the procurement of over $200 Billion in procurements for Iraq. I was exhausted when I retired. I sold my condominium in Falls Church, Virginia and bought a house in Yuma, Arizona on the golf course. I enjoyed the house as it was a 3 bedroom with a huge heated pool and a in-ground jacuzzi. Had a large yard and plenty of flowers and shrubs. Had a great view of the mountains and the 4th green on the golf course. After living there for 2 years and teaching at Northern Arizona University and working for the Yuma Elementary School District as as a Special Education teacher, I decided that the house was costing me too much money in repairs and the electricity bills were killing me in the summer. My utilities were over $1000 in the summer. So I told my kids that I was selling the house and moving into my motorhome. If they wanted anything they should come get it as I was going to sell everything except personal things that I would put into storage. I had two garage sales (will never have one again, OMG they are terrible) and sold everything and moved into the motor home. Best decision I have ever made. I love the life as a nomad. I can go visit the kids and see places I have never been. I have met the nicest people and it is a wonderful life. I traded off my motor home in March 2010 and bought a truck and 5th wheel trailer. The motor home was one of the many manufacturers that went bankrupt in the past 3 years. I love the 5th wheel. It is much more comfortable to live in and it pulls great behind my f350 truck. I still winter in Yuma, Arizona and spend time in Oregon and try to go to Maryland to see my youngest son Jeff. My older son, Max and his family ( 3 daughters and wife) live in San Diego, California. I love going to cities and towns that I have never been too and get to meet the people there. I also have a lot of friends on the computer that I have met there and only met a couple in person. My best friend is in India and is a programmer and computer engineer. He is a super person and is so kind to me. One person that has been a Godsend to me during my cancer is Mika Nelson who lives in Los Angeles. He has really helped me during the treatments and I love him as a brother. I have now bought a home in Las Vegas Nevada. I decided that I need a home base and somewhere to spend a lot of time at. Love it here in Las Vegas but will still do a lot of traveling in my RV.