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|It's official...I've been laid off from a Dot Com.|
Let me reflect for a moment on the past year and a half working for an aspiring and then failing Dot Com and perhaps inject my own theories as to why they might all have a reputation for failure:
When I came on as a Web Application Tester (--well actually, I was hired as a 'Web Developer' but things went wonky and I was shifted to being a Tester--), we were a young company of about 45 people in total. We were owned by Honeywell but we were to be spun off as our own company with an impending IPO targeted for the spring of last year. The boss of the developers (a bright, abstract type of guy who figured the best way to manage was to be friends with all your team so they don't think of leaving) kept waving a big orange carrot of stock options before his very green team and everyone was all puffed up with self-importance believing that they were going to be rolling in cash when the IPO happens. He made sure that everyone got their hands dirty in the latest and greatest technology fresh to the web and shielded his group from the criticism of the business team; making sure to alienate each group from the other generating a pervasive US and THEM mentality infecting all interactions.
Meanwhile, the director of Operations, a butt-kissing Goody Two Shoes who never left his office except to get his lunch from the fridge was doing a very mild job of running the business. Since I was in the development group, I can't comment much on his performance because the business team did their thing and the development team did another thing. No one thought of working as one unit.
We were at trade shows, putting inexperienced staff in the booth when we spread ourselves too thin on the trade show front.
We spent money like water.
Did I mention we were the first Canadian office installation of the Cisco IP phone? Yeah. Cutting edge phones to help enhance our "hi-tech" image. Those phones cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to install for only a year of use.
Not only all of that, but our business shifted about three times since I joined. None of them that exciting to even write about.
And now, Honeywell has cut us loose. No surprise.
I do have to say that Honeywell did a shitty job of laying us off. How does this sound for sensitivity:
We were all invited to a "meeting"--we knew what it was about. Everyone showed up to the meeting, including the people who already knew they weren't getting the axe. Then we were officially informed that our employment was finished as of that day. We had the day to clean out our cubicles and the office manager would hand us our "package" on our way out of the boardroom. It was a crappy way to lay a group of people off. Supposing there was one or two people who were ready to have a nervous breakdown? That should be something that everyone is told in private so it gives them a chance to react naturally.
Anyhow, I myself am quite pleased. This turn of events has expedited my moving in with my sweetheart and has allowed me to undertake some professional development. I am enrolled in a project management course.
Today we managed to completely unload the U-Haul that we rented. I am so happy that I get to spend the entire day tomorrow ORGANIZING. I love to organize.
Onto other topics:
Sept.11th--man, I couldn't tear myself away from the t.v. no matter how many times a news story repeated itself. I was hanging on every word...every headline...every late breaking story. It was emotionally exhausting being so drawn to it.
Weight loss--I've lost about 83 pounds and I'm hovering again. I have 20 more to go. It's extremely hard.
Survivor--weeehooo!! Can't wait 'til tomorrow night!!
|It's official...my job skills are on the block. I'm shoppin' around for my next employer. Haven't been canned at my current job yet, but we all smell the blood on the axe that cometh for the office hangers-on.|
Jumped on the clinic's scale this morning: I've lost 83 lbs now...that means there's only 20 left to go and I'll be done! By the way ladies, if you're like me getting weighed often...DON'T WEAR YOUR WATER BRA. I took mine off to get weighed and then weighed the bra separately: .4 lbs it weighs.
Visited La Vie en Rose yesterday and picked up a sexxxy bra and undies on sale. This is one of the perks of losing this much weight is that you get to have fun decorating your body with pretty things each day. I love my body now! Damn. I am F-I-N-E.
*laugh* my head might be gaining weight though...
|MADONNA. Strong. Cut. AbFabu.|
I was one of many attending the Drowned World Tour broadcast live on HBO on the 26th. I saw Rosie O'Donnell arrive and take her seat in the front row and watched her snap pictures of her best girlfriend on stage ALL night.
The show, even seen from our poorer vantage point (sidestage) was awesome! The dancers were high-calibre, the music rocked.
Her merch was a bit too pricey for public consumption which was a shame.
The Palace at Auburn Hills was wonderful in that it has a no smoking policy, so I was able to breathe from beginning to end.
What can I say? I saw my hero sing.
|So now we have to look at Cruise and Cruz's posturing mugs as they share what *appears* to be a very intimate kiss.|
How about this?
Kiss my ass. You are such liars. Tell me this...why would anyone so private spend money to have professional magazine spreads done of you kissing your new woman? Who are you trying to convince that you are in a romantic relationship with this (or any) woman? Trying to show up the ex? Doubtful. She isn't the one who has been flaunting relationships all over the glossies. Trying to convince the throngs that you are indeed attracted to women? That sounds more convincing to me.
Remember how all the women swooned over Rock Hudson? Yeah, we know how that story ended, don't we.
|Today is a good day. I am starting off the day with a weight loss of 78.5 lbs from Jan.4th and I'm off the diet for the day to enjoy a work-friend's goodbye pizza and to enjoy popcorn later tonight at the premier of Planet of the Apes.|
My car is packed full with wedding stuff and luggage. I am well prepared nutritionally to stick to the diet all next week.
I'm getting my hair done today and my fake nails still look fabulous.
Today is a nice tie-up day for loose ends and the weather is fantastic. Looking forward to 10 days' vacation.