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And so it ends.
« on: March 31, 2007, 10:20:43 AM »

The last day of work.

It died more with a whimper than a bang I guess.

It could be that the remaining staff is somewhat shell shocked that my department is being gutted that only 1 remains from a crew of 7 that averaged 15 years with the company (I had 18), it could be that they see the writing on the wall and know that the cancer that hit us will soon envelope them, it could be so many things I guess, but at least for me it was quite peaceful and calm, for such an emotional animal that I am. I however am taking Celaxa and everything was ohhhhhhhhhh kayyyyyyyyyy.

I had made up my mind awhile back that there were several people I just didn't want to say goodbye to, y'know them, the sales guy who never talks to you, the marketing lady who will only acknowledge your existence when she wants a package shipped priority overnight and then will come visit the great unwashed, the office manager who is such a "b" that almost everyone in the building doesn't want to talk to her, only she doesn't know how reviled she really is.

I made the analogy in my mind that this was very much like watching someone you love die slowly, I have known of my demise for five months now, and I think that, much like watching a loved one linger in pain and die that when it ends you feel such a relief, whatever you want to call it, going to a better place, or, at least they aren't in pain anymore. There was this strange calm that came over me, instead of just riding off into the sunset and saying vaya con dios "F" you to the people that haven't had a decent word to say to me in 5 or 10 years, I shook hands, I gave hugs, and much like a politician on the campaign trail I kissed a cheek or two, that would be the cheek just east and west of your nose, heck if there would have been a baby around I would have kissed it too.

I'm sure it was the drugs the doctor gave me, although he said it would take a week or two to kick in, they had to be why I was calm in this mini storm.

So...now what. I'm taking a little time to decompose, no wait, decompress. This has been a pretty rough 5 months, I have some major and minor yard work that needs tendin' to, I have a golf game that has gone to hell in a hand basket, I realized last week at the driving range how much I miss this game, the smell of the grass, the feel of the draw breeze when you hit a fade shot, the Zen like feeling of the white ball hanging in the blue sky falling to green mother earth, man I miss it. And then I have to find another job, one more 20 year run and I can retire. Can you catch lightning in a bottle twice?

I'm shaving this depressing gray beard I've been growing since the announcement of the lay offs, then I'm taking the dog to play, he always makes me smile, and then I'm taking my blister to the driving range, time to toughen it up again.

It's like when Tim Robbins said to Morgan Freeman in "The Shawshank Redemption" and I paraphrase.

"Well Red I guess it comes down to two things, you either get busy livin' or you get busy dyin'"

Life is good.
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Re: And so it ends.
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007, 10:32:27 AM »

After reading you post it seems to me that you're better off without that job.  Besides, something willl turn up.  It always does.

And good luck with the soon-to-improve golf game! Cheers
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 10:38:09 AM »

When I was laid off (right after I got married), I spent the entire time sitting on a couch feeling sorry for myself. When I finally found a job, I looked back on my time off and wished I had spent it doing something constructive or at least fun and entertaining. Play some golf, unwind a bit and don't let it get too much in your head.  Cheers
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Re: And so it ends.
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007, 10:38:51 AM »

It's not what you wanted, but you have a great chance to take stock, see where you are, where you want to go, appreciate those around you, ...  A LOT of people are so tied up in their lives that they never get that opportunity.  Then again, maybe you already lived to the fullest and took nothing for granted.   Devil Smiley

As for new horizons, they're always looking for personnel at JDerion's Death Squad.  Especially if you're taller than, say, four feet -- a lot of assassination targets have realized they can evade Rickhicks by just going on amusement park rides.

Another recommendation is fluffer, although you'd have to move ... um, south.

Don't overlook nursing, either.  Not the RN kind, although they make decent money and have great control over their schedules.  I meant more the wetnurse variety.  "You never know until you try."
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Re: And so it ends.
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2007, 10:52:29 AM »

Good call about taking time to decompress.

In the past when I've been between jobs, those were important periods where I had a chance to recharge and look at my priorities in life with a fresh perspective.

I've been at my current job for 6 years now, which is the longest I've ever been at one company, and with the daily grind I really haven't had the opportunity take stock, just as Clive said.
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Re: And so it ends.
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2007, 01:42:56 PM »

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Besides, something will turn up.  It always does.
Ahhhhhhhhhh! The one door closing thing, thanks dude, I was wondering who and when would post that answer.  Smiley

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Play some golf, unwind a bit and don't let it get too much in your head.
Sage advice, indeed I shall do what you say, and the good news is with the better living through chemicals dept helping me the only thing in my head right now is sunshine and lollipops.

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they're always looking for personnel at JDerion's Death Squad.  Especially if you're taller than, say, four feet
Good news bad news with this reply, I have just completed my advanced training in the Chuck Norris hit man school out now on DVD and would relish any opportunity with JDerion, but I am only 3 foot 8 and one half inches tall right now (again it's the chemicals), any chance JD?

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Another recommendation is fluffer, although you'd have to move ... um, south.
Wow! That takes me back to high school, ahhhhhhhhhhhh the joys of your first job, John Holmes, Candy Samples, the memories.

You do know that there may be a couple of people who you'll have to explain this to in this forum don't you? Cuz...well...I ain't gonna.

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In the past when I've been between jobs, those were important periods where I had a chance to recharge and look at my priorities in life with a fresh perspective.
Again sage advice. Chill and recharge. And then charge.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2007, 01:48:19 PM »

Get busy living life!!!  I love that line. Grin

You'll be right mate!!! Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2007, 05:34:38 PM »

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Besides, something will turn up.  It always does.
Ahhhhhhhhhh! The one door closing thing, thanks dude, I was wondering who and when would post that answer.  Smiley

I've seen this hold very true for friends (and myself).

Good luck Seamus and just remember to take some time and relax. It'll be well worth it.
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Re: And so it ends.
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2007, 05:53:03 PM »

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...the sales guy who never talks to you, the marketing lady who will only acknowledge your existence when she wants a package shipped priority overnight and then will come visit the great unwashed, the office manager who is such a "b" that almost everyone in the building doesn't want to talk to her, only she doesn't know how reviled she really is.

Dude, sounds like that place sucks large.

You seem like a cool cat.  You'll be alright.  Just keep your eye on the prize (trust me, it ain't a job).
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2007, 05:53:43 PM »

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Besides, something will turn up.  It always does.
Ahhhhhhhhhh! The one door closing thing, thanks dude, I was wondering who and when would post that answer.  Smiley
I've seen this hold very true for friends (and myself).
Good luck Seamus and just remember to take some time and relax. It'll be well worth it.
Thanks Fuzz I really am going to just chill for maybe a month.
I'm kinda leaning towards taking classes to be an LPN, the health care industry in Washington State is literally begging for all sorts of people in various fields.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2007, 06:02:40 PM »

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...the sales guy who never talks to you, the marketing lady who will only acknowledge your existence when she wants a package shipped priority overnight and then will come visit the great unwashed, the office manager who is such a "b" that almost everyone in the building doesn't want to talk to her, only she doesn't know how reviled she really is.
Dude, sounds like that place sucks large.
You seem like a cool cat.  You'll be alright.  Just keep your eye on the prize (trust me, it ain't a job).
Thanks to you too Uisce.

The place really wasn't too bad, there were just a few people that sucked like in any job, my department was the best though, we made the master CD's, were listening to all kinds of music all day long as part of our QC process, and it was just 7 guys (how do you type the Tim Allen grunt?) and we were a well oiled machine from about a dozen master cd's a week we produced approx. 6,000 cd copies per week to ship, we made the artwork for the traycards and built the cd cases.

Out of the 6 I'll probably stay in touch with 4 of them the rest of my life, knock on wood. I think if it sucked too bad I wouldn't have lasted that long.
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2007, 12:19:29 AM »

Five years ago, I was given a forced opportunity to reevaluate my life. 

Keep positive and keep looking forward!

I was not looking for the opportunity, but it came my way.  It ended up being the best thing that could have happened for me.  I hope it works out similarly for you!
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2007, 08:04:27 AM »

Seamus, PM me.

I'm off on Tuesdays... Grin
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2007, 04:11:34 PM »

Hi Seamus,

Hope everything is going well.  I know how you feel.  I found out I was going to be made redundant just before Christmas last year.  I still have another three months until I finish up here, so I'm only now starting to look seriously at other jobs.

I've seen some things I'd be interested in, and have had some other offers from other companies.

The only thing I didn't count on was how boring this redundancy period is...LOL.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2007, 11:00:05 AM »

Sorry for the bump.

Thanks Lenny and 2Iron (hang in there brother) for the mojo.

And MFAWG I'm practicin'! as luck would have it one of my former co-workers lives near Maplewood and I have some Cd's to give him. Give me a few weeks and we'll get er done!

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