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Yancy Street Gang
Jun 27 2005 10:11 PM

Well, not fired. I got three months notice at work today.

If I'm still there on September 30, THEN I'll be fired.

I've been actively searching for something else anyway, so this was kind of welcome news. Kind of liberating, actually.

I'm currently working on several different things, so I fully expect to resign before then.

The job had become miserable. Soul-draining, even, and I don't even believe in souls! I pity the fool who takes a job in the department I'm leaving!

Jun 27 2005 10:35 PM

Even so, it's never fun when they tell you to go before you're ready to tell them to fuck off.

Best of luck with the job hunt.

Edgy DC
Jun 27 2005 10:42 PM

Best of luck.

Feel free to post your résumé.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 27 2005 10:48 PM

Even so, it's never fun when they tell you to go before you're ready to tell them to fuck off.

True dat.

I did enjoy the "conversation."

They told me they were terminating my position.

I simply said, "Okay."

They asked if I had any questions.

I said, "No."

So they never even got to explain their reasons. And the best part is, I didn't have to listen to their reasons.

Jun 27 2005 11:08 PM

Yancy, that is terrible!

I am so sorry to hear that

I mean, I'm glad you have other stuff in the works and all but still

Rockin' Doc
Jun 28 2005 08:42 AM

Best of luck, Yancy.

Way to remain cool under fire. The company probably doesn't know what to think when they tell you that they are going to terminate your position and you shrug it off with a calm reply of like it's no big deal. Must have messed with their minds. I hope you find a great position so that you can leave that lame duck position as quickly as possible.

Jun 28 2005 08:56 AM

Yancy - perhaps you'll find a job in my neck of the woods.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 28 2005 09:28 AM

I might. It's a little further than I want to drive, but not so far that I'd rule it out. I do have a connection or two at a company just outside of Trenton that may be hiring. If some of my closer options don't come through, that one may move up on my list.

Jun 28 2005 09:29 AM

Well, if you're coming up this way to check things out, you have an open invite for lunch or dinner at the DiamondKnight home.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 28 2005 09:31 AM

That would be cool.

The Diamond Knight Home sounds like the place that my kids are going to check me in to when I'm 80.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 28 2005 09:39 AM

I got laid off from a soul-draining job once. Other than it happening about 5 minutes before 9/11 (thereby f-ing up the job market for too long) it was one of the best days of my life. It was like getting out of jail.


A handy piece of advice: Severance is negotiable! If they say X, you say X^3, then back up your claim with trumped-up statistics from the job market. Then settle for X^2.

Good luck!

Jun 28 2005 10:37 AM

Best of luck, Yance.

Are you a database designer/programmer?

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 28 2005 10:42 AM

That's a good way to describe it.

My specialty for the last seven years has been PeopleSoft, but I've done a variety of stuff.

Jun 28 2005 11:06 AM

Someone I work with's husband does a lot of Oracle stuff from home now.
He bounced around for awhile, even with Oracle I think, and then starting
picking up outsourced projects from companies and loves being able to
work when he wants.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 28 2005 11:44 AM

I'd enjoy that too. I've heard from a few who have done that kind of thing, and the main problem is collecting the money you've earned. One guy I know lost out on $20,000.

Edgy DC
Jun 28 2005 12:08 PM

Try it anyway.

Crane Pool Collections will back you up.

Jun 28 2005 12:42 PM

Best of luck Yancy, I'm sure things will work out.

Jun 28 2005 12:46 PM

Good luck Yancy.

Now you have more time to camp out for opening night Fantastic Four tickets.

Jun 28 2005 01:08 PM

Getting stiffed five figures is something I hadn't even thought of. Yeah, when
you work on your own there's a lot more hats to wear. The thought of the
freedom is appealing but I don't think I could work from home. I'm too easily
distracted and would miss the office even though the women here drive me
nuts most days.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 28 2005 01:09 PM

Thanks, everyone.

I wish I had July off! Remember, I'm still employed by the soul-drainers until September 30, or until I resign, or until they decide "my duties have been completed," whichever comes first.

I think the resign part will, but we'll see.

Jun 28 2005 01:54 PM

] even though the women here drive me
nuts most days.

Yeah, yeah.

Kase talks like he's an old curmudgeon, but you know that he LOVES the attention ;)

Edgy DC
Jun 28 2005 03:07 PM

I swear I'm going to find a way to put this time-consuming hobby to work for me. You should too.

Jun 28 2005 03:20 PM

Been saying it for years, out loud less and less. The man hours added up would be a staggering figure.

Jun 28 2005 03:23 PM

Well, the MOFO lead to Kase asking me to write to, which wound up leading to a gig at Mets Inside Pitch for a time. So yes, there are ways for this hobby to pay dividends.

Jun 28 2005 06:09 PM

I mentioned that my son's LL coach is the CEO of MLB Advanced Media which is the parent of I became very friendly with him and If any of you come up with something you think might appeal to the guy, I'd be happy to make an introduction.

Even though I have no idea who anybody really is.

Jun 30 2005 10:59 AM

Getting out of bad jobs can be quite liberating. Best of luck to you Yance, I'm sure you'll land on your feet. It's good to hear you were thinking of leaving anyway...think of the severance as getting paid to do something you were willing to do for nothing.

Jun 30 2005 10:57 PM

Yancy, my husband lost his job when Corning shut down the local plant and offices and put 1200 people out of work.

This happened less than a year after our daughter's bike accident, and I can honestly say that without his severance pay we would not have been able to pay her medical expenses, which have reached five figures (that's out of pocket) and are still not done.

So I guess every cloud has a silver lining.

Tough luck for the other 1199 people though...

Yancy Street Gang
Jul 01 2005 07:51 AM

Well, to look on the bright side, maybe the other 1,199 people also had injured daughters.

Jul 01 2005 09:08 AM

Oh, I HOPE so! :)

Otherwise it was all for naught!

Jul 01 2005 10:21 AM

Best of everytingg, Yancy.
Same thing happened to me around 9/11. Finding something was very difficult.

Took a while, but landed on my feet again.

We're holding a place here for good news.


Yancy Street Gang
Jul 01 2005 10:59 AM

Thanks. I think I'll be all right.

There's a company today that's hot to hire me, but I don't think I want to go there. Actually, I told them (through the recruiter who's trying to place me there) that I wanted to withdraw, but they're still after me.

Hopefully it won't be too long before somebody more appealing falls in love with me.

Jul 04 2005 09:45 AM

Just caught up with this. Best of luck, Yancy.

from the job-hunting Mole.