A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

14 January 2009

Uh, Well, Fuck.

The recession just tagged me. I have joined the ranks of the unemployed.

Worse yet, it happened by phone. Not worse for me, worse for my (now-ex-) boss. She's a personal friend, and when I assured her that we'd still be friends she burst into tears on speakerphone.

Ironically, she was on speakerphone because I'd arisen late and was slow getting in. So I was strangely almost relieved--I feel horribly guilty goofing off. But not no more, I guess.

I'm still processing things. First things first--I'm taking the rest of the week off. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that Mme is earning decent coin, and thank His Noodliness twice for a social safety net.

So we're not ecstatic, no we aren't O Avid Fans. But we're not dead, dying, nor even severely injured. I have a scratchy throat and a slight sniffle, but otherwise I feel fine.

Of course, my termination is effective immediately. They won't even let me back into the building. Not sure I feel good about the innate suggestion that I might be inclined to go postal.

But in fact if anything I'm inclined to go oppositely.

Still absorbing it all. We'll have to see what happens, I guess.

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At 9:56 a.m., Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Oh my god, I am so sorry to hear this! That is just total suckage. I hope they at least give you your ROE in a timely manner so you can start dealing with the EI dicks ASAP.

At 11:40 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...


Got your message on the cell - went directly to the answering machine for some bogus reason. Sorry to hear you got the ax. Hope you get some severance out of this shitty deal. Shall call you on the weekend.

Later, dude


At 1:46 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh Sh!T. Now would be a good time to get on with that novel! Or at least a series of short stories. During the last depression (oops, sorry, this is only a deep recession)a lot of authors got their start in the flood of magazines which appeared.

At 3:37 p.m., Blogger mister anchovy said...

that's a real drag...I've been seeing this happen all over recently... I hope you find a really good new adventure soon.

At 7:55 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well since you aren't doing anything now, why don't you pop over for a visit? I'll even buy the beer!


At 9:41 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crap!! That is all.

Oh, and I guess being out in the Big Sandy Archie hasn't heard that publishing is dying, too. Fark.

At 8:56 a.m., Blogger Hobbes said...

I've been laid-off more times than I care to think about, so you certainly have my sympathies. You must qualify for EI, right? Take some time off, rethink things, and keep an eye for another good opportunity.

At 9:59 a.m., Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Les plus grands Sympathies


Courage, mon Brave, Courage

One door closes ..... another Door will open

wv rakinf

At 10:18 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Thanks to you all for your good wishes. If it comes to that I'll stick a PayPal button on the blog and let you guys support me in the style to which I could eventually become accustomed :-D

The only part that really hurts is that the company made record profits year-on-year for the past three years (my period of employment). During this time I got no bonuses. The only raise I got was because I agitated for it, and I only got half that raise anyway. Yet as soon as the market hardens up I got dumped on my keister. I could feel resentful, and I do. But only about 15%.

I have yet to find out. The HR oficer said the company went "above and beyond" the mandated severance. But we'll see.

@mister anchovy
Yeah, things are tough all over. I'm lucky. I'm in good health with a strong-ish back and a middlin' sort of mind. My wife and I are in good health and the mortgage is manageable in any case. So it's not milk and honey, but we should do alright.

You're on. Let me clear it with Mme. Hey--any sign of the motorcycle manual? I might have time to assemble it now.

I don't tend to think of publishing as dying, per se. Most of it's just going online, and there's a bit less money in the industry. But Harlequin is still schlepping glurge coast-to-coast, so there's a market somewhere.

Excellent advice, my friend. And I intend to follow it. I applied for EI this very morning.

@G Eagle Esq
Actually the situation has many positive facets, any way I look at it. I'm free to polish up one or two of my unpublished novels, for starters.

At 7:05 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is your email working? I sent you a message the other day but got no reply. It's not like you're busy working or anything, right? In any case, I think they should pay you well over two weeks' pay, especially since you moved all the way there for the freakin' job!


At 8:08 p.m., Anonymous Peej said...

Ah shucks!! I've been swamped or I would have read this yesterday. I feel bad for you AND your lovely ex-boss, who's a sweetie. Take time to plan your next move. You are a very talented writer. Hey, what about that place I left in August...?

At 10:54 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Haven't seen it yet--it may be hung up in tha intertubes.

They've paid me up to yesterday, given me two weeks' worth plus vacation, and are offering me six weeks on top of that if I sign a document indemnifying them against the possibility of me suing them. However, your point on the move is well taken ... Must think that over.

We're okay for at least three months, at minimum. So I won't be rushing anywhere. All is cool. I may take a bit of travel time at some point, once I've done my next couple of plays. But the important thing is that I select something that's more than just a way to pay bills, y'know?

At 3:50 a.m., Blogger yunshui said...

Delurking to say: that sucks. My sympathies and best wishes.

Good luck in the search for employment.

At 6:43 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

I have a lurker? That's so cool!

Oh, wait. Now I don't :-(
However, on the other hand I can now increase the Avid Fan count to what, five?

At 9:38 a.m., Blogger Pugs said...

Sorry to hear that as it really sucks.

With your vast knowledge of whatever it was that you have knowledge of, I am sure you will find something better and worthy of said knowledge...

At 3:59 p.m., Blogger Slave to the dogs said...

Sorry to hear this Met. My company laid off last week and I was quaking in my boots myself. Was thankfully spared this round.

Maybe this can be an oppurtunity to find something even better?


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