“I am looking for a “dare to be great” situation.”
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” Lloyd Dobler – Say Anything
Yesterday, we all got an email from the director to meet in the bay area. Since the last time we all met in there and was told we were being furloughed you can imagine everyone’s anxiety.
F*ck, this better not be a lay-off and right before the holidays, too. I’m gonna have to sell the house. There will be no way I can pay the mortgage just teaching.
These are the things that ran though my mind. I felt like I needed a drink. Several, in fact.
Three o’clock rolled around and we all reluctantly shuffled out to the bay area (which, I might add is not heated and cold. We were all standing there in our jackets wondering if this was going to be the last time we’d be there. I was standing next to our in-house lawyer who has blown me off three times now on a property issue I have.
“Do you know what this is about?” he asked me.
I wanted to say, F*ck I don’t know, dude.
I shook my head, no, and moved back to stand next to the environmental people. The director finally came out at ten after (no we don’t have anything better to do than stand out here in the cold waiting for you to fire us).
“I don’t know how to tell you all this –“
My stomach dropped. We were going to be let go.
“-but, I put in for retirement today and taking a job with [huge corporation in private sector]. I just wanted to let y’all know that so there wouldn’t be any rumors floating around.”
There was almost a collective sigh around the room and I thought, F*ck, is that all? Thanks for scaring the sh*t out of all of us.
So, now that makes the director leaving, BAB has applied for another job up the hill and hopefully he will be gone by January 1st and we lost an engineer and a project manager the last two weeks. People are dropping like flies over here and I don’t know what to think of it. I wonder if it will get worse or better.
For now, my December is going to be really quiet at work. I plan on getting through my real estate class that month and telecommute from home on Fridays. So, on the upside it will be low-key and that will be nice.
Charlie came home last night asking if her work people could have their holiday party at the house.
“Sure, I wanted to have a holiday party anyway.”
“Well, this is for my work people.”
“Yeah, that’s fine. We can clear out around the fridge in the carport, the lights are up anyway.”
“Yeah, and we can have a fire pit.”
“Sounds great, babe!”
Yeah, we could use some kind of a party.