July 20th, 2011

My wonderful Meg kitty.

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So let's get the short bit out of the way:

As of yesterday at around 2pm, I'm funemployed!

This all turns out to be OK, I think. I'll know more at 4pm. Shortly before things went south, I had gotten a call from a company that I had interviewed at inbetween my last two jobs. For various reasons, the employment process got dragged out. When they finally were able to hire me, I'd already signed an offer letter and I was enthusiastic enough to be unwilling to burn bridges and turn it around.

So, I came out of getting laid off and an hour later had an appointment for what will likely be a very cursory phone interview with the manager at the other place. He still remembers me and was apparently really happy that things have come around.

So -- that's pretty much what I call landing on my feet.

I'm technically on payroll at the old company for a little bit. It's my personal goal to have a brief period of time in which I am on two payrolls at once.

As a sort of conclusion, I'm bummed that my old gig had to go out like this. I was really enjoying stuff. So much so that even though I knew what was going to happen two days ago, I threw myself into doing as much as I could right up to the very end. I also went to the trouble of writing down notes for whoever picks up my project so that they know where I've left off.

There was a new HR chick who joined who was really committed to trying to make the workplace fun. She had all sorts of ideas that she was going to put into action. She put together this silly focus group thing to try and get people to throw stuff out there. At some point she mentioned that the company's a startup and one of the QA guys spoke up:

"We're not a startup. Are you kidding me? No one around here does anything goofy. No one takes tequila shots. No one brings beer and ice cream. We don't have food or sodas in the break room. Everyone dresses in button down shirts. Well, except for testing4l. Ok, so HE'S a startup, but we aren't."

She's really sorry to see me go because I was the one obviously fun person in the company. Apparently, I was also the only person who walked into her office on the first day and said hi.

"C'est la vie," said the old folks. It goes to show you never can tell.

One last note on it: As I was driving away, I happened to have Boston's first album in my car's CD player. Given that the company was based in Boston, I found it appropriate that it started off on "It's Been Such a Long Time":

"It's been such a long time, I think I should be goin', yeah
And time doesn't wait for me, it keeps on rollin'
There's a long road, I've gotta stay in time with
I've got to keep on chasin' that dream, though I may never find it
I'm always just behind it."
My wonderful Meg kitty.

Florida Travelogue Day 1.

I went to Florida for the space shuttle launch just about two weeks ago on 7/8.

So, those of you who know me have probably heard me say that Floridians are crazy. This was not disproven when I arrived in Florida two weeks ago at around 4pm, hit the roads in my rental car and saw this:



Or this:


As it happened, I got in on July 4th and that meant that a carnival was right across the street from my hotel:


When I got into the hotel, I asked the chick at the desk where I might catch some grub & fireworks. Food was easy. She told me of a place called "Flipper's" which was right across the way. They didn't have a dolphin pizza, but I'd have to say that it's probably the third best new york style pizza I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. It didn't hurt that the waitress was cute & personable -- she might have liked my accent. We talked for a bit whenever she found the time to come over.

As for fireworks, it turns out that Disney has their own little city out by Orlando called "Celebration". It's a little creepy -- the look of the place is obviously pretty controlled by HOAs. Anyway, they had a lovely fireworks show. Good way to end the day. A bit of time to sleep and then I had a trip to Walt Disney World for the following day.