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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Looking for work

I am actively looking for work. Another job. Something. Anything.

This morning my boss called me into his office. As I sat down, he said that he just wanted to chat. To make a long story short, he's 79 and he wants to quit working, so, he's turning over all aspects of his business to other entities that won't involve me or require my services. I guess. I'm not exactly clear on how I couldn't be of use to said other entities. Anyway, he gave me two months to figure out what I want to do. He said that perhaps I could come in two days a week after that. And, then he said, "kiss me." I was so taken off guard, I kissed him.

Posted by Marie at August 30, 2005 3:17 PM


I'm so sorry to hear this, Marie. I wish there was something I could do to help. Seems to me if you enjoy what you're doing, you should get clarification just why the new enterprise won't require your services. I'll bet you have a whole lot of corporate memory - not to mention your sense of humor - that would be extremely valuable to the new guys. Maybe you should talk to them soon rather than just take your current boss's word for it? Can't your boss help with leads or pull some strings? He must have a lot of contacts.

I don't know what to think of the "kiss me" episode. It's almost too surreal for words.

Posted by: Kem White at August 30, 2005 3:42 PM

What Kem said.

I'll take a chance and add this: Though like most of us you're probably in no position to sit back and take stock of things (for long, anyway), might this be a chance to sort of look around for new things you've thought of doing? I don't know. Like finding something at the Lincoln museum?

With that question on the table, I know it's hard to head in a new direction when you feel you have necessity staring you in the face. My wife would really like to see me go back to college and get a teaching degree because she thinks I'd be the ultimate community college history teacher. The idea even appeals to me. But somehow, I can't seem to see beyond my commitments for the next month or so to lift a finger about it.

Posted by: Dan at August 31, 2005 11:40 AM

Sorry to hear about your impending loss of income.
I wish you the best of luck in your job search.

I hate it when that happens.

Very few of us feel secure in our positions in this economy. Here one day, gone the next.

One year you're basking in the glory of being employee of the year, the next thing you know you're taking an early retirement.

One month you're employee of the month, the next month you're getting your notice.

I'm relating real life occurances, not of my life, but of people I know.

So ultimately, none of us has any job security at all - you just can't beat inheriting money, you really can't.

Make sure you don't disappear on us.


Posted by: JeromeProphet at September 1, 2005 12:07 AM

Dang! I was given a long notice once on a layoff, but when it was all over, they said, "but no kissing." They paid me well when it was over though.

Posted by: Chris at September 1, 2005 1:15 PM