Pete Lee

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

State-sponsored vacation, again.

Christ, the last four weeks have just been nuts. First, there's the ordeal of the surgery. Second, the car is on the fritz. Third, the few dates I've gone on recently have been borderline surreal. Fourth, I got laid off.

I can live with the first three (well, except getting another surgery), but the guys at work made getting laid off very hard. The team of guys I work with didn't know I was laid off last week, and were very sad about the whole situation, which in turn made me quite sad. The whole thing was very difficult. One of the software developers I worked with very closely with got watery eyes. I can't be angry about anything: I knew the company was having serious financial problems, and I'm not as critical to the long-term success of my former employer compared to the other guys on my team. The VP of Engineering told me to spend some time to say goodbye to everyone. After my exit interview, I asked the VP of HR if she was going to escort me out. This has been the case at almost every big company I've worked at). She said, "nope, I trust you." Both of VPs are part of the "gang of seven" that own the company, and have their personal funds in it. I honestly hope that they survive and do well.

I did what any good, well-adjusted person would do and had a slew of drinks at Mother's and Madame Butterfly downtown. It's good to know bartenders. I didn't pay for a single drink for two hours.

Now, I have a few things to look forward to: find out if I'm going to get interviewed for a project management job at Regence Blue Cross, starting in on that assessment at 24 Hour Fitness that I've been procrastinating on for months, figuring out what state to file unemployment in (Oregon or Washington--don't ask me why, I don't know either), and doing exactly what I want (as long as it doesn't cost a lot of money).


  • Shit, I'm so sorry! I hope those resumes are working their charm on some employers.

    By Blogger Pilar Cruz, at Wednesday, June 29, 2005 2:39:00 AM  

  • Fuck, I'm sorry pete. This Sucks HARD.

    By Anonymous eric, at Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:17:00 AM  

  • You know Pete...I KNOW how you feel. You know this, man. You were there for me last winter when I went through a similar situation. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Adult beverages sometime soon? On the upside, though: This is a chance for things to get even better for you. It's the summer and the economy is decent. I'll bet you'll have another job before you know it. You would be a fantastic server/bartender...think about that for summer work. Something fun for a few months until it's time to find another "real" job.

    By Blogger Marcus, at Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:35:00 AM  

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