GTFO 2012!!

I don’t ‘usually’ share feelings especially whiny personal sob story type blog posts. But wait, if I’m being honest I should tell you that I never had a proper blog until I created these two here on WordPress  Why? Well, unless it’s the occasional poem, I don’t open up much and definitely even less so in the past year.

See, in 2012 two major things occurred:

First of all, I lost my job of 7 years which actually is the longest I ever held a job (not because I am irresponsible but because I’ve been one of those IT folks that “Job Hop” for better pay or location. When I graduated I worked in Texas then moved to Maryland then next to Pennsylvania and then next to Louisiana all in the span of 4 years. The job I had was working for a CLEC provisioning phone lines under AT&T using the LEC‘s own software system/servers. It was a (nearly) perfect job. Monday-Friday 8-5 pm, no weekends, decent pay, hour lunches if I chose to, my own space with no one looking over my shoulder constantly and people telling me practically daily how great I was. (Really I was only great in their eyes because they’re Tier zero to my like Tier 1.5 *weak grin*…  Anyway, the company suddenly became unable to place new orders because the LEC pulled all their ‘CLEC discounts’, so the profit margin bottomed out. Then the company decided to begin the process of closing down. I was the first laid off because there wasn’t orders to be placed, all the computers were new ones I had already set up, yadda yadda. So my main outlet for socialization, ego boosting, etc was gone.

Secondly, in the span of 1 month later I broke off a 7 year relationship that should have been ended at year 2. So being a geeky introvert in the first place, I became what I am now, a geeky hermit. I attempted to break out of my hermit shell and spend some time with a Doctor Who group who were having a marathon of episodes, well after an 1 hour drive into New Orleans it all just went horribly wrong. I was too shy/repressed/socially-awkward to speak beyond a hello and the members weren’t especially welcoming either, (what club doesn’t greet new people???) therefore between that and an altercation with Dominos pizza delivery,  I had a major emo meltdown. Now since this was all the holiday weekend of my birthday (12.31) all seemed VERY lost and turning a year older just magnified my inner turmoil. All the drama and emo crap was way out of character for me, especially the me of the past year. But it got better and I soldiered on.

2012 was the worst year I’ve had since 1974. So this is me closing 2012 and attempting to put it behind me. So in honour of kicking 2012 out the door I made this graphic and put it as the cover image on my Facebook page! Enjoy! 🙂

Get the F@ck Outta Here 2012!!!

 

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  1. I hadn’t realized we’re sort of in the same game professionally. I’ve worked with software nearly 40 years; it’s been my career for over 20. Done a lot of hardware, too. I’ve been with the same company for over 30 years, but jumped around to diverse positions within it (averaging about 7 years per). Two of the last three jumps were involuntary, so I have some sympathy for your position!

    Are you jobless now? My company has been putting out reqs for a while; no idea if they still are or if it would be a fit. We do have branches all over the country; many are hiring. I’ve had it from headhunters that I’m highly employable, even though I’m 55+. That’s due to having a pretty awesome and rare skill set (if I do say so), but it means that anyone with a strong background is probably also employable. There are a lot of hacks out there; companies appreciate someone who actually knows what they’re doing.

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