July 20th, 2011
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."