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20 October 2008 @ 01:51 pm
Well, it had been a pretty good month  
First up - awesome trip to Las Vegas for meanjunglist's wedding. Epic buffets! Blue Man Group! Penn and Teller! Extravagantly decorated hotels and casinos, including replicas of French and Italian streets complete with painted cloud ceilings that tripped me out the first few times I walked through there!

Last weekend - hiking along a Rails to Trails path with Dan and John. The former railway had been converted by an ATV club, and many riders passed us along the way. Our route took us over a railroad bridge quite high above a river. It's safe to walk and drive on, but I couldn't help being unnerved. The bridge is made of wooden planks with some metal grating to the side. The metal grating side has an open waist-high railing. The other has no safety barricade at all. Across the river is I-80 and an interesting view of the (BALLS BALLS) pylons (BALLS) holding up the highway bridges. I have to get the pictures off my camera.

Today - I lost my job, as did some others. It had to do with the economy, not job performance, and I have a stellar reference to anywhere I wish to apply. I have some places to start looking. Something will turn up. But for now I need to decompress.
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay
That Chickmadamewoselle on October 20th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
:( I'm sorry to hear about your job - you'll find something. You should take some time off and chill for a little while!
eve11: rationalrealeve11 on October 20th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)

That totally sucks :(

D's sis got laid off two weeks ago too :( I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you; I know something good will come up.
mire_ilramire_ilra on October 21st, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Layoffs or not, it boggles the mind that they let you escape. You worked your ass off what seemed like every weekend above and beyond the 40-hour grind.

Well, enjoy the break anyway, and I hope that you can take things a little easier wherever you end up.
Chroma Keychromal on October 21st, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Whoa, crazy. You were at the same place where I used to work, I take it? Sounds like Jason got out just in time... But... bleh. I'm really sorry for where that leaves you. :/ Can you take unemployment if it's a lay-off, then?
The Heavy Metal Matador: GTA Cao Renrydain on October 21st, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
I'd gotten out of that particular place two years ago to work with another company. All in all, my most recent job was a pleasant one that paid me well. I liked it despite the wacky overtime stress of this year.

I should be able to take unemployment because the layoff was through no fault of my own. I just applied today.

BTW, your house work is quite inspiring. (Sorry I've been lazy about commenting on your progress pictures.) And I got about 330 State College miles on my Prius before the gas gauge got down to a single tick above empty.
Skurtchasor: Nattoskurtchasor on October 21st, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
I blame you for the fact that I now use the word PYLONS as a mild expletive on a reasonably regular basis....

Bummer about the job. At least it sounds like you've got a reasonable safety net, and on the bright side, you've got more time for Orochi 2.

Nu Wa ownz ur mom.
jmsajmsa on October 21st, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the job. Good luck with the search. We really would like to move back to the east coast but I fear now is not the best time to be seeking new employment.

silverluzsilverluz on October 22nd, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to think of something to say other than just 'That sucks', but, well, that sucks.
Stephanie Dormandoitalone on October 29th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
What industry are you in? I know *tons* of recruiters.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Whizzerrydain on October 29th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm a software engineer with five years of experience in all aspects of web software development - server-side programming, interface design, project management, providing support to customers. I live in State College, PA and am not looking to move. (The spousal unit has a good job, and we like it here.)

If you'd like further information, I'd be happy to pass it along. Thank you very much for the comment.
Stephanie Dormandoitalone on October 29th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Like I said, through my travels through the tech world, I know a *TON* of recruiters. Do you think you would be able to survive in a work from home with maybe 20% travel to the office enviroment? (That would enable you to stay in PA and work for a larger company!)

If you want to send your resume along so I can pass it to my recruiter friends, my email is stephanie.dorman at gmail.com