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Archive for December, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Just another snowy day

Its Tuesday December 9th, my second full day of being unemployed, I really did want to get down to the EI (Employment Insurance)Office, but it snowed today.
Well we are having a bit if a winter storm, and the roads were pretty crappy, but the fact that it took over an hour to go from my home to Bells Conner’s. Usually this drive takes less than 10 minutes, perhaps 20 in rush hour, I figured it would take me an hour and a bit to get to the EI office, but I gave up. Yep I had enough, hell is just about 8pm and its still snowing, guess I know what I’m doing when I get up tomorrow morning ( Hint I will be using a great gas powered device!)
So I will try for round two tomorrow.
One of my biggest fears is that my last employer terminated my employment,not laid me off, that’s the phrase used on my record of employment, “terminated” , but the HR lady made it clear to me it was a lay off, so what the hell didn’t they just say so!
So I’m a bit concerned about that, it s not like I’m not trying to get a job and just take advantage of the system , sit on my ass for a year and collect money for noting.
But I would like to take advantage of any kind of retraining or education program that I may be entitled to, just saying.
Well like I said , I will try again tomorrow, got to make sure Ive got the iPod loaded, I fear it may be a long day.
Oh well at least I got the Christmas tree up today.

PostHeaderIcon Timing is everything.

Ok ,you know how “they ” say timing is everything?
Well from my point of view can agree with that.
Let me explain, I just got laid off, yep ,Friday December 5th was my last day at a job I loved , for many reasons including I got to work with people who are smart and it only took me five minutes to get to work and I got to work with lasers, cool.
So the timing thing, try this on for size, this month , we have Christmas, my mother, aunt and father in law are all undergoing treatment for cancer and I have lost my job and there are a few other things that have been an ongoing challenge for the past year, like I said it’s all in the timing, in this case bad timing.
Wow I do sound a bit whiny and bitter and perhaps I just might have a right to be , if this happened to any one else I know I would not begrudge one bit for feeling bitter, I know I am!
So the timing is the shit, nothing I can do about that , and if you want to give advice about karma or astrology or phen shy (maybe my desk is not facing the right way?)You may have to cover you ears when I give you the reality check.
What has happen in my life is totally out on my hands, bad timing is just that bad timing, bad luck, its that same as when you have good timing and good luck , same coin different side.
So I figure I have a choice, or choices, I can sit around and blame my bad luck and bad timing on whatever , Ok I can blame the economy, but again that’s just the way it is.
Or I can take advantage of a nice break to help those in my family who need an extra hand and also see what else is out there I can take advantage of to help me get in to a better job market.
So we shall see , It could have been worse.
The one big bummer was I was finally eligible for stock options (sigh)