Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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2.7 Seconds

So... On Wednesday they told me that my department is being outsourced. My current job will cease to exist in eight weeks. I knew it was a possibility, even a better than even probality, but it still hurts when the hammer drops. Having done the evil thing, the company is being extremely decent; there is a nice severance package, including outsourcing services. They are really trying, but it isn't going to help.

The thing is, between loss of overtime, loss of seniority, and changes in the market in the seventeen years since I started this job (or technically, its precursor), the best I can hope for is half of my current income, and THAT is a problem.

Seventeen years ago, we were six weeks away from the cliff-- the point where there was simply no money to pay the bills-- when I got my current job. As of today, the cliff is three years away. It will get closer; we will start hammering down the rate of approach, and it is not unreasonable to hope that we will never go over it. Being a compulsive risk analyst, I have to admit that the odds somewhat less than even. We will start cutting expenses, and chasing new income, and we will see what happens. It's not like we have a choice.

So the future looks pretty bleak. I never had much hope of retirement, and now, barring a miracle, it is gone. With that in mind, I am going to take this summer off. This is, in all liklihood, the last chance I will have to do anything of the kind, and I am going to take it. My life is full of things that I have not had time and energy to do, and I am going to do as many of them as I can.

The hope is that when I do attack the job market, I will be happier, healthier, and better qualified than I am now. Fortunately, this will not be too difficult; the bar in all three categories is disturbingly low.

We shall see.

Uncle Hyena

PS I am offering a genuine nickel plated Stan Lee approved No Prize to the first person who posts the source of the title of this entry ("2.7 seconds") on FaceBook.
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