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And so the pain begins...

September 6, 2009 9:53 AM 9/6/09

It hasn’t even been a week since I’ve been laid off and everybody I’m talking to is clamoring to me that I “need” to do this or I “need” to do that.

I refuse to be pushed into a job that I don’t want, don’t like, and is unsuited to what I want to do. (Those of you that have been very supportive of my choices please go somewhere else this post is not meant for you.)

I’ve spent almost 20 years working in a field that is extremely high stress and gives you NO home life whatsoever. You’re expected to LIVE THE JOB.

20 years of that. That’s HALF my life right now.



Does the economy suck? Yes.

Is it going to be tough to change directions? Yes.

Am I going to be able to do that? Yes.

I’m smart, hardworking, creative, and persevering and I refuse to be rushed into making a decision that will not allow me the freedom to use those characteristics either at work or at home.

“Beggars can’t be choosers in this economy.”



Do you know how the unemployment rate works? The unemployment rate is the percentage of job change UP AND ABOVE THE EXISTING STANDARD AMOUNT OF JOB CHANGE.

That means that even in the worst of times people are STILL able to find the jobs they want. Is it tougher to do so? Oh hell yes.

But our finances are such that all I have to do is find a job that is less than half of what I made at my previous job. Hell maybe even less than that because in about three weeks we will be debt free except for the mortgage.

Got it? Okay?

This BULLSHIT about having to jump at any and all jobs immediately happened to me the last time and forced me to take a consulting and re-hire for the employer that just spent six months screwing me.

I’m not about to jump at something that looks like I’m going to spend the rest of my life being screwed completely. Not going to do it.

Oh and one more thing...

Some people in the past who shall remain nameless have chosen to harass my wife concerning my decisions. This is not acceptable.

If someone reading this is thinking about being that person I will make you this promise.

My next job? It will be to reduce your computer and any electronics you own to slag. Period.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 6th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
friends and family, don't worry you can bug me all you want and he will probably never know because I'm very good at keeping my feelings buried inside me.
Sep. 6th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Hang in there. With your determination and skills and creativity, I am sure you will find a job which is a good fit for you financially and emotionally, but it's unlikely to be quick. Very few worthwhile things are quick.

*sending Gypsy Job-Hunting Blessings* (It couldn't hurt)
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)

A little Job-Hunting magick never hurts. ;-)
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
1 - do what's right for you. the only other people you HAVE to think about in this situation are your wife and kid, and I know you already are.

2 - try to remember the people that are pissing you off right now? really are doing it with the best intentions. most of the country is uberfreaked these days (thank you, national media) and the thought of being without a job for even one day scares the living fuck out of them, to the point they're willing to be one step away from slavery just to say they have a job. 2 days without? ohmigod you'll be sleeping under the highway, quick take this job here! they mean well, they're worried about you, they're just being sheep.
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I know it's just these things make me feel like I've gone from one high stress situation to another. :-(

We're a little better sorted out about it the wife and I after taking time to talk about it more.
Sep. 7th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
hey, I worked there too
Granted it was 20 years ago, when I was in college. My brother worked the other plant for a couple of years, just over on the other side of the Fox. It sucked at times, had its good moments (NiHau?) but it always blows donkey schlong to be laid off. Btw, this stupid spell checker doesnt know Yiddish.

I got laid off just a few years ago and it took me some time to find a crappy replacement job, one that I had to leave within barely a year. Its always hard, but the most important thing is to keep your chin up. Its always easy to feel down and emasculated when this happens, but you need to fight that.

There are a lot of college kids out there right now hunting for jobs who don't know shit, and you have years of experience and actually know what you are doing. Next time I get out there, hopefully by the end of the 4th quarter, I will actually bring some beers with me instead of just guzzling your Guinness. Keep on the tech stuff, reassess your skills, revisit your resume, and build a story. There are places hiring out there, but it will take some time and perhaps a touch of luck. Hopefully the Depression Lite will terminate early enough. Think of it as going Galt....

Btw, now would be a good time to shave that electric bill, clear up the garage, stock up on firewood, and sell that Vax!
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: hey, I worked there too
is he making an offer to buy it? He'll have to pay the shipping which would be lots of $$$ while the price of the Vax, small change.
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: hey, I worked there too

My Vax is staying right where it is thankyouverymuch! ;-)
Sep. 8th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: hey, I worked there too
In truth the Guinness is a small price to pay for a visit from a good friend. :-)

If you happen to read this before catching the next blog post know that I'm definitely looking forward to the next time you're here and worry not for I will happily provide the alcohol as needed my friend.

As for the rest? I fully intend to take the current crop of time and organize, reduce, and liquidate a considerable amount of stuff.

The PDP-11/04 and the MicroVAX II however are not leaving. ;-)
Sep. 16th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
sorry, I have too...
harass, harass, harass...demand instant decision. harass spouse about lack of instant decision. harass about decision made that it isn't the right decision...

Okay, I can haz melted puter now?


(Just kidding! Don't slag my computer!)
Sep. 16th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: sorry, I have too...
You're safe...for the moment.

I'm out of chickens to sacrifice. ;-)
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